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Jaitley urges ADB to engage more in India's infra development

Baku : Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday sought closer engagement of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for development of smart cities, industrial corridors and railways in his country.

"In addition to supporting conventional infrastructure projects, we would like a deeper engagement on development of smart cities, industrial corridors, rail transport and manufacturing and job creation through flagship initiatives of 'Make in India' and 'Skill India'," Jaitley said at the ADB's 48th annual meeting in Azerbaijan's capital.


21 killed as bus falls into gorge in MP

Panna (MP) : At least 21 people were burnt to death on Monday when their bus fell into a gorge and caught fire in Madhya Pradesh's Panna district, an official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths, wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

Divisional Commissioner, Sagar, R.K. Mathur told IANS that the accident occurred at about 2.00 p.m. when the private bus, plying from Chhattarpur to Panna, fell into the gorge in the Bhairav Ghat region and caught fire. However, 12 passengers were rescued.


Rabindra Bharati to confer honorary doctorate on Gulzar

Kolkata : Eminent lyricist Gulzar and noted cartoonist Narayan Debnath will be conferred the honorary 'Doctor of Letters' by Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) at its 40th annual convocation on May 8, it was announced on Monday.

Social scientist Dipankar Gupta will be the chief guest and West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi, who is also the chancellor of the university, will preside over the ceremony at RBU's Jorasanko campus in north Kolkata, said acting registrar Debdatta Roy.


Six killed in Maharashtra cracker factory blast

Sangli (Maharashtra) : At least six workers were killed and four injured in a blast which ripped through a firecracker factory in Maharashtra's Sangli district on Monday evening, police said.

A loud blast was heard around 5.45 p.m. from the premises of the Eagle Fireworks factory in Kavtheakand village, around 15 km from Tasgaon town, said a police official in Sangli.

Police officials rushed to the site, and the cause of the blast was being probed.

The injured were rushed to hospitals, and the identity of the dead was being ascertained.


Jilted lover kills girl's brother, held

New Delhi : A teenager has been arrested for killing the 12-year-old brother of a girl who spurned his advances, police said on Monday.

Lakhan, 18, was arrested on Sunday from his rented house in west Delhi's Sagarpur.

He took the victim, identified as Prince, to a secluded place nearby on April 28 on the pretext of a local excursion and strangled him to death.

Prince's body was found on April 29 morning, police said.

Lakhan had come to Delhi from Uttar Pradesh for studies. He stayed with his sister and brother-in-law who were tenants of the victim's family.

Bill soon to declare 101 waterways as national waterways

Chennai : The central government is expected to table a bill soon to convert 101 waterways into National Waterways in a bid to boost waterways traffic.

In March this year, the union cabinet gave its approval for a law to declare 101 inland waterways as national waterways, officials said.

The 101 waterways cover almost all the major river/canal systems.

The proposed law would enable the central government to develop the waterways for navigation.


Mamata flags off 30 trucks for Nepal

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday flagged off 30 trucks carrying relief material for quake-hit Nepal.

The Trinamool Congress leader was at Pani Tanki check post at the border to oversee the passage of trucks carrying water, medicines, dry and packaged food as well as tarpaulins, the party said.

Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale on April 25.


Patna HC axes SC/ST quota in promotions

Patna : The Patna High Court on Monday quashed Bihar's decision to provide reservation in promotions to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) government employees.

After hearing a petition by Sushil Kumar Singh and two others challenging the decision, a division bench of the court ordered the 2012 policy be scrapped.

The court's order is a setback for hundreds of SC/ST officials.

Assam CM concerned over militant activities in northeast

Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday expressed concern over the attacks on security forces by militant groups in the northeast region and asked the central government to take serious note of the menace.

His comment came a day after eight security personnel were killed when NSCN-Khaplang militants triggered a powerful blast and ambushed a convoy of the Assam Rifles in Nagaland along the border with Myanmar.

Jharkhand, Tripura seek no-confidence motion against IOA chief

New Delhi : The state Olympic associations of Jharkhand and Tripura raised the issue of a no-confidence motion against incumbent Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran on Monday.

"In view of the present working style of N. Ramachandran (Indian Olympic Association president) the Jharkhand Olympic Association demands a no confidence motion against him," Shivendra Dubey, acting general secretary, Jharkhand Olympic Association, wrote in a letter addressed to IOA on Monday.