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Jadavpur University chancellor warns against convocation boycott

Kolkata : Nearly three months after Jadavpur University erupted in protests over a police crackdown on agitating students, yet another showdown looms large with many students set to boycott the convocation even though West Bengal Governor and university chancellor K.N. Tripathi has warned against it.


No proposal to reduce employees age: Government

New Delhi : There is no proposal to reduce the age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years, the government announced Thursday.

"Attention of the government has been drawn to some news items appearing in a section of the press regarding proposal of the central government to reduce the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years," an official statement said.

"It is clarified that government has no proposal to reduce the age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years," it added.


DDA criticized over corruption, shortage of houses

New Delhi : The urban development ministry has criticized the DDA over the huge shortage of houses in Delhi especially for the economically weaker sections (EWS), in an official report released Thursday.

In its third report on 'functioning of DDA with reference to affordable houses in Delhi and its role in regularization of unauthorized colonies' the ministry's standing committee "expressed anguish over the shortage of houses and directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to take "appropriate action".


Tulsi Gabbard takes part in Clean India campaign at Delhi school

New Delhi : Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu American in the US Congress, Thursday made an impromptu stop at a government school here and joined the children in cleaning up the school.

The Democrat from Hawaii made a stop at the Navyug School in Jor Bagh in south Delhi which comes under the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

"Made impromptu stop at NDMC Navyug School Jor Bagh, public school in Delhi, so impressed with the kids!" tweeted Gabbard.


Kerala tweaks liquor policy

Thiruvananthapuram : Bowing to pressure from various quarters, the Kerala government Thursday decided that from now on Sundays will no longer be dry days and 418 bars that have not opened since the beginning of this fiscal would become beer and wine parlours, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Chandy told reporters that these changes have been made to ensure that the fundamentals of the liquor policy remain intact as the principled stand of the government is to achieve total prohibition in a phased manner.


CBI files three charge sheets in NRHM case

New Delhi : The CBI Thursday filed three charge sheets in three separate cases against five people in connection with alleged irregularities in upgradation of 134 hospitals in Uttar Pradesh under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

The charge sheets were filed in a special CBI court in Ghaziabad.

All the three cases were registered May 28, 2013 under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections related to cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy besides relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.


Discretionary quota allocation of plots, houses in Odisha scrapped

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha cabinet Thursday decided to cancel allotment of all houses and plots made under the discretionary quota (DQ) since Jan 1, 1995.

The cabinet also decided to conduct a vigilance inquiry and initiate criminal proceedings against those who produced false affidavit to get plots and houses under discretionary quota meant for martyrs, sportspersons and distinguished personalities.


Maharashtra to launch web portal, app for e-governance

Mumbai : The Maharashtra government will launch a web portal and a mobile application called 'Aaple Sarkar' (our government) to encourage people to participate in e-governance and address public grievances, an official said here Thursday.

"The proposed web portal and mobile application shall handle citizens' grievances redressal and receive suggestions or feedback for a more participative governance," said an official from the directorate of information technology (DIT).


Navi Mumbai airport to take off by 2019: Maharashtra CM

Nagpur : The decks have been cleared for starting work on the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) and it will be operational by 2019, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here Thursday.

"All obstacles to the project have been overcome and we plan to make it (NMIA) functional by 2019," Fadnavis informed the Maharashtra Legislative Council here.


Security tightened at Bodh Gaya temple

Patna : Security was Thursday tightened at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya after the terror attack in Pakistan's Peshawar city, a top official said.

"We have tightened security at the temple following an intelligence alert after the terror attack in Peshawar," Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said.

Tiwari and other senior police officials Wednesday night took stock of the security arrangements at the temple in Bodh Gaya, 110 km from here.

He said three companies of Bihar Military Police have been deployed at the temple.