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Modi to speak on All India Radio Oct 3

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will connect with the people through national broadcaster All India Radio on Oct 3.

The speech, which will be exclusive to AIR, will also be telecast on all news channels of Doordarshan, AIR Director General (News) Archana Dutta told IANS.

The speech will begin at 11 a.m.

Modi had announced in the beginning of September on the website that he will be sharing his ideas through radio, and also said in a tweet that he has received many ideas and suggestions for it.

This is likely to be the first in a series.


Chopper deal: Khaitan remanded to five days ED custody

New Delhi : Businessman Gautam Khaitan, arrested for graft in the AgustaWestland chopper deal, was remanded to five days custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) by a court here Tuesday after it was told that he needs to be confronted with documents received from Italy.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma extended Khaitan's custody till Oct 5 after the ED told him that the accused is required to trace the proceeds of crime.


Modi to wield broom, launch Swachh Bharat Mission

New Delhi : It's been a clean-up week in central government offices with cobwebs being cleaned up, corridor clutter removed, old furniture discarded or overhauled, and office environs spruced up, tidied and polished like never before.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now symbolically wield a broom and reach out to all Indians to make cleanliness a mass movement by launching the Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission.


Deeper India-China engagement will benefit Asia: Mukherjee

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday said deeper India-China engagement is in the interest of Asia and the world.

The president greeted China and its people on the country's 65th foundation day Oct 1.

In a message of felicitation to his counterpart Xi Jinping, Mukherjee said: "As two of the most significant emerging economies, deeper engagement between our two countries is in the interest of Asia and the international community."


Punjab minister orders release of grants to aided colleges

Chandigarh : The Punjab government will soon release grants for aided private colleges in the state, a minister said Tuesday.

Higher Education Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra directed senior officers of the education department to release all pending grants of aided private colleges in the state.

Hundreds of teachers in private aided colleges in Punjab held a protest on Teachers' Day Sep 5 - against the failure of the state government to release grants to these colleges.


Saradha scam: ED seals East Bengal's holding company's accounts

Kolkata : Having already grilled several officials of the East Bengal Football club in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has now sealed the accounts of the club's holding company.

Confirming the news, club's general secretary Kalyan Majumdar said the ED will be requested to defreeze the accounts so that it can make payments to the players and the club is able to function properly.


Regulation of placement agencies soon, court told

New Delhi : The city government Monday informed the Delhi High Court that an executive order for regularising placement agencies operating in the capital has been passed and will soon be implemented.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw asked the government to implement the order passed on Sep 25 as soon as possible, as it disposed of the PIL filed by an NGO seeking regularisation of placement agencies.


Students suffer as schools, colleges damaged in Meghalaya floods

Shillong : The recent flash floods and landslides in Garo Hills in Meghalaya which have claimed over 55 lives have also severely affected educational activities.

More than 200 school and colleges have been damaged by the flash floods a few being washed away, said a government officials.

Moreover, thousands of students in the flood-hit areas have lost their books, school uniforms and other educational items.

The disaster has struck at a time when the school examinations are hardly a few weeks away.

Ninteenth Indian jailed for Singapore riots

Singapore : An Indian man Tuesday was awarded 18 weeks' jail term for his involvement in the Dec 8, 2013, riots in the city.

Ravi Arun Vengatesh, 25, a quality control supervisor, became the 19th Indian to be convicted for the riots, the Straits Times reported.

Vengatesh was convicted of obstructing a police officer who was trying to control last year's Little India riot.

He admitted obstructing acting inspector Thinagaran S. Krishnasamy near a lane at Chander Road.

The riots erupted after an Indian, Sakthivel Kumaravel, was run over by a bus.

Security tightened in Tripura, Assam for Durga Puja

Agartala/Silchar : Armed with sophisticated weapons and electronic gadgets, a large number of security personnel have been deployed in Tripura and Assam for the Durga Puja.

The puja began Tuesday with 'Maha Sasthi' or 'Bodhan'- the welcoming of the Durga idols.

"The BSF has been asked to maintain a close watch on the India-Bangladesh border to ensure that the festival is free of any untoward incident," Tripura's Inspector General of Police Nepal Das told reporters in Agartala.