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'Children's books should create awareness about Indian culture'

New Delhi : Children's books shouldn't merely be the retelling of mythologies or unnecessary lecturing but should have relatable content and
illustrations that are in tune with modern culture, an Indian publisher said Tuesday.

The national capital's well-known Full Circle bookstore has been publishing books on mind, body and spirit and French translations since 1999, and since the beginning of this year begun focussing on nurturing a children's book section after directly understanding the needs of children and parents.

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Two Indians found dead in Oman

Muscat : Two Indians were found dead under mysterious circumstances in Oman, a media report said Tuesday.

Vandana Vijayakumar, 31, an advertising professional, was found dead outside her office premises, while Biju, a 35-year-old freelancer, was found hanging in the former's living room in the port town of Azaiba Sunday, the Times of Oman reported.

Vandana's colleague discovered the two bodies with a knife lying beside her body.

Both the dead hailed from the south Indian state of Kerala.

SC turns down Subrata Roy's plea for parole

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday turned down Sahara Group chairman Subrata Roy's plea for release on parole to arrange the sale of three overseas hotels to generate Rs.10,000 crore to be returned to investors.

A bench headed by Justice T.S. Thakur said that in case a concrete proposal came before the court regarding the sale of property, then it would examine it and permit him to be released from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the time it took to finish the transaction.

The apex court had July 4 reserved its order on Roy's plea.

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Indian soldier dies in Pakistan firing

Jammu : An Indian soldier was killed Tuesday when Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the military said.

Military spokesman Col Manish Mehta told IANS here that the Pakistan Army used automatics and small-calibre weapons in Pallanwalla area of Akhnoor sector.

"The firing was intended to facilitate the infiltration of militants into our side of the LoC," he said. "The infiltration attempt has been foiled but searches are still going on in the area."

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Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes

By Imran Khan,

Patna : First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature.

"We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango varieties Ratna and Alphonso," V.B. Patel,chairman of the horticulture department at the Bihar Agriculture University(BAU) at Sabour in Bhagalpur district, told IANS.

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Tripura power projects capacity to be augmented

Agartala : The generation capacity of three power plants in Tripura will be augmented by 62 MW without increasing fuel consumption, an official said here Tuesday.

To boost the production capacity of two gas-based thermal power plants and one hydel power project, the North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) in association with Tripura government would invest Rs.500 crore.

Thousands evacuated as Odisha river breaches embankment

Bhubaneswar : About 10,000 people were evacuated and moved to safer places Tuesday after the Baitarani river breached its embankment following heavy rain in Odisha's Jajpur district.

Meanwhile, thousands of residents in Bhadrak district were shifted after heavy flooding in the area following a breach in the Sathie Bankuda river.

The Baitarani river breached its embankment at Patapura and its waters submerged homes and inundated crop fields in about 30 villages located in low-lying areas, District Collector A.K. Samal told IANS.

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PSUs should be competitive, says Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday said public sector undertakings should learn to function like private business houses in a competitive environment.

"The Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) must learn how to function like any other business organisation in a competitive environment and should not be run like a government department," he said, replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha.

The minister informed the elders that 79 central public sector enterprises have incurred losses, of which 49 are sick.

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Jayalalithaa opposes buoys on India-Sri Lanka sea boundary

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa urged the central government to pursue the idea of sustainable fishing by Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen and disagreed with a proposal to instal buoys to demarcate the international maritime boundary.

"During the talks between the fishing communities of two countries, there has been a clear recognition that fishing by both the countries could co-exist with both sides agreeing over the fishing days and a thrust given to sustainable fishing practices like use of gill nets and long liners," said Jayalalithaa.

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Justice Katju's six posers to ex-Chief Justice Lahoti

New Delhi : Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju, who alleged corruption in judiciary, Tuesday posed six questions to former chief justice of India Justice R.C. Lahoti.

Justice Katju posed the questions to Justice Lahoti in his blog justicekatju.blogspot.in.

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