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Railways TCs' demands to be considered: Minister

New Delhi : The government on Friday said the demands of ticket-checking staff of the Indian Railways will be considered and the workforce will be better equipped to handle passengers.

Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Manoj Sinha said: "Each and every demand of the ticket-checking (TCs) staff will be taken as seriously as the demands of soldiers of Indian Army."

An official statement here cited the minister as having said that arrangements will be made to train TCs in how to behave with the travellers.


Maharashtra governor's chopper gets delayed, sparks tension

Nanded (Maharashtra) : Officials suffered anxious moments as a helicopter carrying Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao was "delayed" by 20 minutes in reaching its destination on Friday, sources said.

The governor was expected in a village near Kinwat in Nanded district to attend a function as part of his ongoing tour of Nanded, Aurangabad and Dhule.

The chopper with two pilots -- Capt Sanjay Karve and Capt Mahendra Dalvi, the governor and three others took off from Nanded for its onward destination.


Manipur to get 400 kw power project: DoNER minister

Imphal : DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday announced that Manipur would get a 400 KW power project at an estimated cost of Rs.124 crore.

"Manipur will soon get a 400 kw power project. The power project had got delayed due to certain reasons but now only a few technical formalities are pending," he said addressing media persons here on the last day of his three-day visit to northeast region.

The development of north eastern region minister also held a detailed meeting with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and other senior officers in Imphal.

India'S 7.3 percent growth neck-and-neck with China's

New Delhi : India may have just fallen short of surpassing China as the fastest-growing emerging market economy in 2014-15, but its 7.3 percent growth is expected to have matched that of the Asian neighbour, according to official data released here Friday.

The Indian economy had expanded by 6.9 percent in the previous fiscal year.

Not against students' freedom of expression: IIT Madras

Chennai : After acting against a students' group for distributing controversial pamphlets that were likely to create an atmosphere of hate, IIT-Madras on Friday declared it was not against freedom of expression for students but expected them to adhere to certain guidelines

"We are not against students' freedom of expression, but expect them to adhere to certain guidelines," the premier institution said in a statement issued here by its spokesperson.


Nobody involved in drug racket will be spared: Chennithala

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Friday asserted that nobody found involved in the narcotics racket in the state -- reportedly involving the high and mighty also -- will be spared.

"We have declared a war against drugs and it does not matter who are engaging in this... we will act tough," Chennithala told reporters here.

"No leniency will be shown to anyone. Our sole aim is to ensure that drugs are driven out and violators -- irrespective of which section or class of society they come from -- are taken to task," he said.


Coal secretary hid facts from Manmohan, CBI tells court

New Delhi : The then coal secretary, H.C. Gupta, concealed material facts related to allocation of a coal block in Jharkhand's Rajhara town from the then prime minister Manmohan Singh, who also held the coal portfolio, the CBI told a court here on Friday.

Advancing arguements on the issue of framing of charges, Senior Public Prosecutor V.K. Sharma told Special Judge Bharat Parashar that Gupta concealed facts related to Jharkhand's Rajhara North coal block allocation, involving Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd. (VISUL), Manmohan Singh.


P.K. Sinha appointed cabinet secretary

New Delhi : Pradeep Kumar Sinha, an IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was on Friday appointed the new cabinet secretary. He will succeed Ajit Seth.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Pradeep Kumar Sinha as the next cabinet secretary with effect from June 13, 2015," a PMO press release said.

Sources said the government appoints the cabinet secretary 15 days to one month before the date of his formal taking over and the senior official then works as officer on special duty in the cabinet secretariat.


Trial run on June 1-3 of Agartala-Kolkata bus via Bangladesh

Agartala : The trial run of a bus service between Agartala and Kolkata via Bangladesh will be held on June 1-3, a minister said here on Friday.

"As a part of the trial run, a bus carrying West Bengal government officials would start from Kolkata on June 1. It will reach Agartala via Bangladesh on June 2 and would return the next day," Transport Minister Manik Dey told reporters.

Chemical leaks at Delhi airport, substance not radioactive

New Delhi : A leak of a chemical, identified as liquid sodium iodide, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) early Friday created panic after two cargo loaders complained of skin "irritation" but authorities denied the substance, used to treat thyroid disorders, was radioactive.

Operations were temporarily halted at the Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Private Limited - one of the two cargo terminals at IGI. Work at the other - the Delhi Cargo Service Centre Private Limited - continued.