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Man wants to know about Netaji, SC slaps Rs.50,000 cost

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Monday imposed a cost of Rs.50,000 on a petitioner advocate as it dismissed as "frivolous" his plea seeking directions to the government to furnish details on the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Dismissing the petition by M.L. Sharma as "frivolous", a bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman initially imposed a cost of Rs.1 lakh but scaled it down to Rs.50,000 as it held that the petitioner advocate was in the habit of filing frivolous petitions.

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Tatra case: Tejinder Singh moves HC seeking bail

New Delhi : Lt. Gen. (retd) Tejinder Singh Monday moved the Delhi High Court after a trial court rejected his bail plea and ordered his arrest in the Tatra truck case.

Justice Pratibha Rani will Tuesday hear his plea challenging the trial court order sending him to judicial custody till Oct 20.

Tejinder Singh was taken into custody Monday after the trial court order in connection with offering bribe to then army chief Gen. V.K. Singh for clearing "sub-standard" Tatra trucks for the Indian Army.

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India-Canada to sign personnel management agreement

New Delhi : India and Canada will sign an agreement on sharing of experiences in personnel management through information technology and data collection.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh Monday met Canadian minister Tony Clement, who is also president of the treasury board.

Jitendra Singh said that while the government is trying to introduce enhanced transparency and accountability in personnel management, there already exists a wide range of checks and balances in the working of the Indian governance system.

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Bihar's flood-hit loot food grain from warehouse

Patna : Flood victims in Bihar's Nalanda district broke into a government warehouse and looted food grain Monday to protest inadequate assistance given to them by the government, officials said.

"Hundreds of flood victims forcibly broke open the lock of a godown (warehouse) of the state disaster management department at Sarmera block office in Nalanda in the presence of the police and looted rice and wheat," district official Sunil Kumar said.

He said the food grain looted from the godown were meant for relief distribution among flood victims.

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Universities need to become drivers of innovation: President

Jammu : Universities need to become drivers of innovation, President Pranab Mukherjee said Monday.

Addressing the 14th convocation of the University of Jammu, Mukherjee said: "Universities today need to become drivers of innovation. Their focus should be on collaborative relationships with industry and government."

He added that entrepreneurial activities in the universities could take various forms such as contract research, consultancy, patenting, licensing, spin outs, start-ups, incubating companies.

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Modi, Abe pledge to realise full potential of India-Japan ties

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe Monday pledged to realise the full potential of the India-Japan strategic and global partnership for continuing progress and prosperity for their people, according to the Tokyo declaration issued after their meeting.

The declaration said the two sides pledged to advance peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the world, and elevate the India-Japan relationship to a special strategic and global partnership.

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Competition commission proving to be efficient regulator

By Amit Kapoor,

Citizen control and takeover by companies is often pointed out as an Achilles’ heel in any capitalist society. People with leftist leanings, too often criticize free markets, citing market failure and greed as fundamental reasons for radical activism or resort to force. Not only does this position appear weak as an argument, but also appears to us as being fundamentally flawed. The reason for that is markets in our opinion expand choices and promote economic liberty for citizens.

Ban MTV Splitsvilla: Goa Hindu group

Panaji : A Goa-based Hindu group has now demanded a ban on the popular reality show MTV Splitsvilla, accusing the showmakers of eroding culture and promotiing "short skirts, strapy dress and bikinis".

In a statement issued here Monday, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) said that the show "erodes culture and morality of the Indian youth" and even demanded censorship for TV shows.

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Talks on for civil nuclear deal with Japan: Modi

Tokyo : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said negotiations were on for a civil nuclear agreement with Japan, indicating that the deal is not likely to be sealed during his ongoing five-day visit to the country.

"We have succeeded in expanding mutual consensus towards civil nuclear agreement," Modi said in a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here.

He said negotiations are on for the agreement.

"We have directed officials to soon conclude the agreement so that India and Japan's strategic partnership is strengthened," Modi said.

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Uttarakhand shootout: HC notice to CBI on convicts' pleas

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Monday issued notice to the CBI on the appeals of 13 personnel of Uttarakhand Police, who challenged the trial court's verdict sentencing them to life imprisonment for killing a 22-year-old MBA student in a staged shootout in Dehradun in 2009.

A division bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Vipin Sanghi also sought the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) response to the bail pleas of the convicts.

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