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'Nawaz and Modi should meet on sidelines of Saarc'

New Delhi : The prime ministers of India and Pakistan should meet on the sidelines of the forthcoming Saarc summit in Nepal to resume bilateral talks between the two countries, foreign policy experts from India and Pakistan demanded at a conference here Friday.

SC notice to Centre on dropping German in Kendriya Vidyalayas

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on replacing German with Sanskrit as a third language in the centrally run Kendriya Vidyalayas in the mid-session of the current academic year.

The apex court bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave issued notice on a plea by one V.S. Ramanathan who had challenged the government decision to replace German with Sanskrit in the mid-session.

The matter will be heard Nov 28.


Haryana government seeks status of Vadra land deals

Gurgaon : The Haryana government has asked for the status of the land holdings of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra from four deputy commissioners (DCs) of the state including Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat, an official said.

Taking action on the complaint of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka who cancelled one of Vadra's land deals in Gurgaon, the director of land records and consolidation of holding sought the status reports.


Return of the natives: Tamil Nadu fishing village erupts in joy

Chennai : Thangachimadam, a fishing village in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, erupted in joy Friday when the five fishermen who escaped from the jaws of death in Sri Lanka reached home safely.

The five fishermen - Emerson, P. Augustus, R. Wilson, K. Prasath and J. Langlet - who were sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court for smuggling drugs, were given a rousing reception when they reached their village after being released from the Sri Lankan jail following a presidential pardon.


Railways to get policy for development issues

New Delhi : The Indian Railways will ready a road map and a guiding policy in the next two-and-half months on development-related issues during the next 10-15 years, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said Friday.

"We will be having a guiding policy frame work and a road map for the growth and direction of the railways in the next two-and-half months," Sinha said adding: "This document will give the right direction to railway development."


India to host 11th conference on population, development

New Delhi : India will host the 11th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development in Delhi Nov 25-26 to promote cooperation on reproductive health and development.

The conference will be organised by the ministry of health and family welfare. It will focus on issues like understanding demographic dividend and improving the financing mechanism for maternal, new born, child and adolescent health, a statement said.


Too early to comment: Mohun Bagan on Srinjoy's arrest in Saradha scam

Kolkata : City football club Mohun Bagan Friday chose to take an indecisive stand on the arrest of its assistant general secretary Srinjoy Bose in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

"It is too early to comment," club general secretary Anjan Mitra told IANS when quizzed on the issue.


Press Council to probe attack on journalists in Barwala

New Delhi : A committee appointed by the Press Council of India (PCI) Friday left for Barwala in Haryana to probe the attack on media persons while they were covering the operation to arrest self-styled godman Rampal.

The committee will meet the Haryana police chief and other concerned officials, a PCI statement said.

Journalists were attacked and injured during clashes between security forces and followers of controversial sect leader Rampal in Barwala Tuesday.


Tripura government reduces tax on aviation fuel

Agartala : The Tripura government Friday reduced the value-added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) by four percent, a minister here said, following a request from the central government.

"The state government on the request of the central government has reduced the VAT on ATF by four percent. Earlier the VAT on ATF was 22 percent and henceforth it would be 18 percent," Tripura Information and Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha told reporters.

Expenditure Management Commission to submit sugestions soon: Jaitley

New Delhi : The Expenditure Management Commission (EMC) tasked with suggesting ways to reduce subsidies will submit its recommendations soon, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday.

"The Expenditure Management Commission has had a recent meeting and is soon coming out with a set of suggestions on how to rationalise subsidies," Jaitley said addressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.