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Rename Aurangzeb Road after Kalam: BJP MP urges Modi

New Delhi: BJP's national secretary Mahesh Girri on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Aurangzeb Road in central Delhl be renamed after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who died earlier this week.

"In my opinion, this will be a great way of preserving his memories and legacy forever," said Girri, the East Delhi MP, after meeting the prime minister to whom he submitted a formal proposal in this regard.

Land bill anti-farmer, needs major changes: AAP

Kolkata: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Friday said the land bill which has been brought by the NDA is "anti-farmer" and needs "major changes".

"In the present form it is not good at all... it needs major changes and we are requesting the government that if it wants the land bill to become a reality then it must make certain fundamental changes.

"It (government) cannot have a bill where farmers are not safe, in fact, it's a very anti-farmer bill in that sense," he told the media here when quizzed on the party's support for the bill.

Three policemen injured in Kashmir guerrilla attack

Srinagar: Three Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel were injured on Friday as guerrillas in a vehicle fired on a police checkpost post on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, police said.

"Police at a'Naka' (checkpost) at Mirgund on the highway today (Friday) evening flagged down a vehicle. But instead of stopping, militants inside it opened fire at the police and sped away," a senior police officer told IANS.

"Sub Inspector Saleem, incharge of Mirgund police post, and two other personnel were injured in the attack," he said, adding reinforcements have been sent to the spot.

India, Bangladesh to swap enclaves from midnight

New Delhi: With effect from midnight on Friday, India and Bangladesh would swap small enclaves of land in each other's possession - bringing in to effect the implementation of the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement.

The 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in India would be exchanged pursuant to the Land Boundary Agreement and the 2011 Protocol, instruments of ratification of which were exchanged during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka in May.

DU admission scam: Key player 'Kaku' on police radar

By Rajnish Singh

New Delhi : Sleuths probing the Delhi University (DU) admission scam busted two days ago have their sights set on Inderjeet Singh alias 'Kaku' identified as the likely mastermind of the Rs.1 billion racket.

A Delhi Police official privy to the investigation told IANS that Kaku's trail was being hotly pursued and he was the next target of the Crime Branch.

According to the official, the 35-year-old Malviya Nagar resident in south Delhi has links with some big political leaders. He, however, declined to name any leader.

SC raps government on discrepancy in figures on missing children

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday took exception to huge discrepancy in the number of missing children given to it and those placed in parliament, saying such a situation would "not be tolerated".

The apex court's social justice bench, comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, imposed a fine of Rs.25,000, to be paid to the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee.

Observing that "ideas can change but numbers can't change", the apex court said somebody was "misleading" the court.

'Stateless' enclave dwellers finally getting a country

Dinhata (West Bengal) : Having been "stateless" for 68 long years, more than 51,000 enclave dwellers will finally have a country of their own, when at the stroke of midnight Friday-Saturday, the historic exchange of enclaves between India and Bangladesh takes place.

Decades of isolation and deprivation has given way to hope and ecstasy as almost all the houses inside the enclaves have prepared some kind of celebrations to mark the historic day when finally they will unfurl the flag of a country they call their own.

Samajwadi Party legislator booked

Ghaziabad : Ruling Samajwadi party legislator Gulam Mohammad and his five accomplices have been booked by the Ghaziabad police in Uttar Pradesh in a criminal case.

In a First Information Report (FIR) lodged by Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Kunwar Ayub Ali, it was claimed that Gulam Mohammad, his son Sarique, Afzal and three others barged into the emergency ward of Yashoda Hospital in Kaushambi on July 24, ransacked it and beat up Ayub Ali's son Azhar, son-in-law of Gulam Mohammad, and forcibly took away the latter's daughter to Meerut.

Assam completes construction of 91 percent of school toilets

Guwahati : With Assam completing construction of 91 percent of school toilets under the "Swachh Vidyalaya" programme, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday directed the authorities concerned to expedite the completion of toilets in all schools by August 10.

Funds for the construction of school toilets were provided by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), public sector undertakings and the corporate sector.

BJP asks Rahul: Explain your merits to be Congress VP

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Friday sought to know from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi the merits on which his party promoted him to the post of vice president.

The question was raised in response to Rahul Gandhi attacking the BJP-led union government and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman.

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