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Home secretary dismisses reports about army's rescue operations bill

Srinagar : Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami Thursday dismissed local media reports that the army and the NDRF had sent a bill of Rs.853 crore to the Jammu and Kashmir government for their relief and rescue operations after the floods in the state.

Briefing the media at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the home secretary dismissed as "baseless rumours" some local media reports about the bill.

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Pakistan says India constructing bunkers close to border

Islamabad : Pakistan's foreign office Thursday said Indian forces under the cover of unprovoked firing were engaged in constructing bunkers in locations within five hundred metres of the working boundary.

Speaking to media persons at the weekly briefing in Islamabad, foreign office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said the construction of the bunkers was in violation of the 2010 agreement between New Delhi and Islamabad, Dawn online reported.

Second MERS case reported in Qatar

Doha : A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday.

The patient had fever for a few days and was shifted to the emergency department of the Hamad General Hospital, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said Wednesday, The Peninsula reported.

He was diagnosed with pneumonia and subsequently confirmed MERS-COV case.

Last week, the SCH reported the first MERS case of this year, when a 71-year-old person was found infected with the virus.

Venkaiah Naidu to adopt cyclone-hit village

Visakhapatnam : Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has decided to adopt a cyclone-affected village in Andhra Pradesh.

The minister Thursday announced that he and his family members will adopt Chepalupada village and undertake rebuilding work.

Venkiah Naidu said they were ready to spend any amount of money required for reconstruction of the village battered by cyclone Hudhud Oct 12.

He said he will provide Rs.25 lakh to the village from the MP Local Area Development Fund.

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11 infants die over three days in Bengal

Kolkata : The ghost of crib deaths returned to haunt West Bengal with 11 infants losing their lives at the Malda Medical College and Hospital in the past three days, an official said Thursday.

Confirming the deaths, medical superintendent and vice principal M.A. Rashid said all the infants were underweight and suffered from respiratory problems.

The state-run hospital has frequently witnessed infant deaths in the recent past. Earlier in July, over a dozen babies died, while in June at least 19 infants died of encephalitis. In January, over a dozen crib deaths occurred.

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Modi greets Pranab from Siachen

Srinagar : Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of Diwali Thursday -- from the icy heights of Siachen Glacier.

"Wished President Pranab Mukherjee a very Happy Diwali from Siachen!" Modi said in a tweet. "Am sure this would be among the most unique greetings Pranabda received."

Modi flew to Siachen, the world's highest battlefield, at the start of a visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

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Men's groups resent move to empower women panel

New Delhi : Men's rights groups, fighting for shared parenting in case of divorce, Thursday protested the central government move to empower the National Commission for Women (NCW) with powers to direct police to arrest the accused in crimes against women.

In a missive to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bangalore-based NGO Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) said: "If the NCW is elevated, it will lead to a complete disintegration of the Indian judicial system."

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Vizag Steel Plant donates Rs.5 crore for cyclone relief

Visakhapatnam : Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) Thursday donated Rs.5 crore for relief works in cyclone-hit areas of north coastal Andhra.

Rashtriya Ispat Nagam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of VSP, has donated the money to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

P. Madhusudan, chairman and managing director of RINL, Thursday presented the cheque through union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

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No Diwali sweets exchange at Attari border

Amritsar : The Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday did not exchange sweets and greetings with their counterparts Pakistan Rangers on the occasion of Diwali.

This is the second time within this month that the border guards of both the countries have not exchanged sweets during their festivals.

Both sides broke the tradition and did not exchange sweets and greetings on the occasion of Eid earlier this month.

BSF officials here said that no effort was made to work out the protocol for exchange of sweets Thursday.

Goa government clips anti-graft judge's power; decision challenged

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : A senior anti-corruption judge's power to hear corruption-related cases has been suddenly clipped and divested two weeks after he made a critical observation against the police while deciding a graft case in which the Goa chief minister is an alleged accused, triggering a controversy here.

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