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Artist working on creating Rashtrapati Bhavan's digital legacy

New Delhi : As you walk into artist Pratap Morey's room, you are greeted with a panoramic art panel on which the multidisciplinary artist is working as his tribute to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"I am trying to do a digital work which will be a tribute to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The architecture is very different, with historical evidence to it. Architecture is not about a building with four walls -- it's about the culture, history... I am sure this will percolate into my work and evolve at a different level," Mumbai-based artist Pratap Morey told IANS Tuesday.

CBSE postpones Teacher Eligibility Test in flood-hit Kashmir

New Delhi : The CBSE Tuesday announced the postponement of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

"In view of the current situation due to floods in Jammu and Kashmir, the board has decided to postpone the CTET-September 2014 examination that was scheduled to be held at the Srinagar centre," the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said in a statement.

The examination for the rest of the country and abroad will be conducted Sep 21.

Modi's speech to be beamed live at iconic Times Square

New York : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the Indian community at a grand public reception at Madison Square Garden Sep 28 will be beamed live on giant screens at New York's iconic Times Square.

With no more tickets available for the event at the huge multi-purpose indoor arena in Midtown Manhattan with a capacity of over 20,000, New Yorkers would be able to watch it in the heart of the city at Times Square.

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Rajnath inaugurates underwater training tank for NSG

Gurgaon : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday inaugurated the Diving Training Tank, developed to train commandos in underwater operations, at the NSG camp here, an official said.

Rajnath Singh visited the National Security Guard (NSG) camp, Manesar for the first time after becoming home minister.

After paying homage to the NSG martyrs by laying a wreath at the Martyrs' Memorial, he was briefed on the various aspects and issues pertaining to the force by Director General J.N. Choudhury and other senior officers.

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SC frowns as officers get lighter punishment for selling weapons

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday took a strong view of the army letting off its officers with light punishment after they were held guilty of selling their weapons to arms dealers without taking required permission.

Noting that the army officers after getting weapons from ordnance depot Jabalpur sold them to the dealers, the apex court bench of Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre said an army officer is supposed to uphold the "highest moral standards" and could not be seen buying from the army and selling it in the market.

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Hiring activity improving in India: Survey

New Delhi : The Indian companies job market is finally showing signs of improvement after almost two years as more than half of the companies surveyed in India are hiring now, a latest survey done by search and selection specialist Antal International Tuesday said.

“The survey stated that 52 percent of Indian companies are recruiting new staff at the moment, while 60 percent are looking to do so in the near future,” the 16th Antal Global Snapshot said.

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NTPC inks MoU with Andhra Pradesh for 1,000 MW solar park

Hyderabad : State-run National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here with the Andhra Pradesh government for developing a 1,000 MW solar park in the state.

"NTPC shall develop 1000 MW solar power project(s) at sites identified by the government of Andhra Pradesh on Build-Own-Operate basis," a power ministry release said.

The project entails an outlay of Rs.7,000 crore.

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Need strategies to make non-functional airports perform: Aviation minister

Hyderabad : Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati said Tuesday there is a need for strategies to make the country's non-functional airports functional.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event here, he said while the government wants to build new airports to reach places which are not connected, there is also a need for strategies to make non-functional airports perform.

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US announces $250,000 aid for flood-hit Jammu & Kashmir

New Delhi : US Ambassador to India Kathleen Stephens Tuesday announced an aid of $250,000 for relief and rehabilitation work in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

"The US intends to provide $250,000 in response to the needs of the people affected by the disaster through the US Agency for International Development," a statement by the American embassy said.

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'XI visit will set tone of Modi's US trip'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Chinese President Xi Jinping's India visit will set the tone of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming trip to the US, according to Jagat Shah, secretary general of the China-India Trade and Investment Centre.

Coming ahead of Modi's first summit meetings with President Barack Obama in Washington Sep 29 and 30, Xi's India visit was "very important", he said.

"It will set the tone of Modiji's visit to USA in terms of negotiations on several fronts, including WTO agreements on food security," Shah told IANS.

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