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'Parrikar playing into hands of private mining firms'

Panaji : Chief minister Manohar Parrikar is playing to the whims of Goa's mining magnates by rejecting a popular demand for a state-run corporation to control the mining industry, a pro-mining workers' collective said Thursday.

Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF) leader Christopher Fonseca told a press conference Thursday that the Goa government should follow the apex court's cue from last week's landmark judgment and take over operational mining leases from mining magnates, who allegedly oversaw a Rs.35,000-crore illegal mining scam.


Indian detained in Bangladesh for possessing illegal gold

Dhaka : Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have detained an Indian national from Benapole, a border town with India, for possessing contraband gold.

The border guards, after receiving a tip-off, caught Putul Rani, 35, from Ghiba border area, Motiur Rahman, commander of Jessore 26 BGB Battalion, said

Rani hails from West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, reported.

Five gold bars were found in her possession.

She is now in the custody of Benapole Port Police.


SC entrusts Padmanabhaswamy temple to five-member committee

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Thursday entrusted the administration of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala to a five-member committee headed by the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram.

The bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice A.K. Patnaik said former comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai would undertake the audit of the temple properties, assets and accounts.

The court also appointed a senior Indian Administrative Service officer and former administrator of the Guruvayur temple as the executive officer of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple.


India needs active strategies to combat tobacco use: Siddhartha Mukherjee

By Sreeparna Chakrabarty,

New Delhi : Tobacco is one of the primary causes of cancer in India, particularly oral and lung cancer, and the Indian government needs to formulate "active" strategies to combat its consumption, noted oncologist and Pulitzer prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee feels.

"India has to have active strategies (to combat cancer). They (the government) have to identify the problem areas and work accordingly," Mukherjee told IANS in an interview.


Will those behind Goa's mining scam walk free?

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : Mining may soon resume in Goa with the Supreme Court's lifting of the 18-month ban but the big names indicted in the state's mammoth Rs.35,000 crore (nearly $6 billion) illegal mining scandal continue to evade arrest.

Six people, including small-time traders, junior bureaucrats and a mines' director have been arrested after much delay by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government, which has conspicuously failed to nail the real architects of the scam exposed by the Justice M.B. Shah Commission.


Poll code relaxed in Karnataka

Bangalore : The Election Commission Wednesday relaxed the Model Code of Conduct in Karnataka, five days after polling was held in all the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state, an official said.

"The EC has agreed to the request of the state government to relax the model code, which was enforced March 5 for the Lok Sabha election in the state April 17," state chief electoral officer Anil Kumar Jha told IANS here.

The conditional relaxation will enable the state government to resume administrative activities that were suspended during the election period.


Himachal cricket body needs to be revamped: Chief Minister

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Wednesday said the state cricket body headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur "needs to be revamped and constitutionally elected body".

Addressing election rallies for Congress candidate Rajinder Rana for Hamirpur parliamentary seat, Singh said that Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur and his father and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal illegally occupied land worth crores of rupees under the garb of the cricket body.


India may witness poor monsoon this year

Pune : India may witness poor rainfall this monsoon season, scientists said Wednesday.

This has been linked to the El Nino, a weather phenomenon characterized by unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific.

It has a significant impact on climate in many parts of the world and has a warming influence on global temperatures.


Need to specify junk food items regulated in schools: HC

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday stressed the need to specify the junk food items that should be regulated in schools.

Hearing a plea seeking a ban on junk food in and around schools, the court asked advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, the amicus curiae in the case, to segregate the portion enforceable in the draft guidelines submitted by an expert panel.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog asked the amicus curie to submit a report within three weeks and posted the matter for further hearing Aug 6.


LG puts Delhi civic officials on toes

New Delhi : Continuing with his proactive approach to governance, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung Wednesday directed the city's civic bodies to "gear up" for the summer season and ensure "proper delivery of services" and cleanliness of neighbourhoods, slums and schools.

In a review meeting held at the Delhi Secretariat, Jung met the heads of the government departments, municipal corporations and other local authorities and asked them to "visit the field" and send an "action taken report" to him every week.