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HC notice to Centre on honouring killed police, paramilitary personnel

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre on a PIL seeking directions to issue the honorific of "martyr" or "shaheed" to paramilitary or police personnel who sacrifice their lives in the line of duty.

A division bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Deepa Sharma asked the ministries of defence and home affairs and the department of personnel and training to file a reply on the issue within two weeks.

Delhi High Court's notice to ACB chief Meena

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to ACB chief M.K. Meena on the Arvind Kejriwal government's plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against him.

As the Delhi government has alleged that the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief Meena violated the court's order by removing an officer of the body, Justice V.P. Vaish issued the notice to Meena.

The high court had earlier declined the plea of the Aam Aadmi Party government to restrain Joint Commissioner of Police Meena from working as the ACB chief.

PMO didn't support fight against corruption: Magsaysay winner

New Delhi: Ramon Magsaysay award winner Sanjiv Chaturvedi on Wednesday accused the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) of not backing his campaign against corruption in Haryana and the AIIMS.

"PMO didn't support (my) fight against corruption," bureaucrat Chaturvedi told NDTV, soon after the Magsaysay Foundation announced that he and social activist and fellow Indian Anshu Gupta were among the winners of the 2015 awards.

"Zero tolerance should be against corruption, not honest officers," added Chaturvedi, who earlier worked at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Pakistan must help India probe Punjab attack: daily

Islamabad,: A newspaper on Wednesday urged Pakistan to extend "full cooperation" to India's probe into Punjab's terror attack "if facts point to a role of elements operating from Pakistani soil".

The Dawn said in an editorial that some of the public mistrust in both countries could have been curbed if only India and Pakistan had followed up the decision their prime ministers took at Ufa, Russia.

Five injured in Kashmir grenade blast

Srinagar: Three troopers and two civilians were injured on Wednesday in a grenade explosion in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, police said.

"Militants hurled a grenade at a posse of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) troopers at K.P. Road. Two civilians and three troopers were injured in this grenade explosion," a police officer told IANS.

"The target appears to be the road opening party (ROP) of the CRPF," he added.

The injured were shifted to a hospital and the area has been cordoned-off for searches.

UP to get five new hydro-power projects

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh will get five new hydro-power projects over the next few years, officials said on Wednesday.

The decision was taken at the meeting of board of directors of the Hydro-Power Corporation on Tuesday. Principal Secretary (Energy) Sanjay Agarwal presided over the meeting wherein a status report on the existing hydro-power projects was presented.

Anshu Gupta, Sanjiv Chaturvedi win Magsaysay awards

New Delhi: Social worker Anshu Gupta and former AIIMS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi on Wednesday won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay awards for "enterprising leadership" and for exposing corruption.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said Gupta was being recognized for "his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor".

The award citation also credited Gupta with "reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity".

People gather in large numbers at Kalam's Rameswaram house

Chennai: A large number of people have gathered at former president A.P.J.Abdul Kalam's house at Rameswaram to pay their last respects, a relative said on Wednesday.

"People in large numbers have assembled at Kalam's house to pay their last respects," A.P.J.M.K. Sheik Saleem, the former president's brother's grandson told IANS over the phone.

"All our relatives have also come to attend the last rites," he added.

The coastal town of Rameswaram, a Hindu pilgrimage centre, is located around 600 km from Chennai in Ramanathapuram district.

Protection, management and development of awqaf in India

(Editor’s note: A shorter version of this write up was delivered as a welcome address by Dr Alam at a seminar on ‘Awqaf in India’ organised by K KEducational & Charitable Trust, Bengaluru in association with Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi; and Karnataka State Board of Awqaf, Bengaluru on June 25-26, 2015 at Bengaluru)

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam

The girl behind 'Who is Kalam'?

By Preetha Nair

New Delhi : The book title "Who is Kalam?" may be intriguing but has a heart-warming story behind it -- of a teenaged schoolgirl who asked the tough question to the former president and was in turn inspired by him and went on to become a scientist.

It was in 2001, that Sudarkodi Sukumar, a 14-year-old from Tamil Nadu's Vellore district, sent a question to Kalam in a Tamil monthly for children, with it never occurring to her that she was going to inspire him to name a book after her question.

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