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12 Hindu pilgrims die in accident

Patna : A speeding vehicle crushed 12 Hindu pilgrims, including four women, who were sleeping in Bihar's Aurangabad district early Tuesday, police said.

Eighteen others were injured in the ghastly pre-dawn incident along a national highway, Aurangabad Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar Sharma said.

Sharma said more than four dozen Hindus were asleep in the open after parking their bus on the highway when a truck ran over them.

The injured were admitted to different hospitals.


Northeastern states' boundary squabbles to be resolved

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala/Aizawl : The Modi government has taken the initiative to resolve the long pending boundary disputes between the northeastern states, officials said.

"Survey of India (SoI) officials at the behest of the union government have started talks with the officials of the northeastern states to solve the border disputes among the northeastern states," an SoI official told IANS.

Telangana train-bus accident toll rises to 18

Hyderabad : The toll in last week's accident at an unmanned rail-road crossing in Telangana rose to 18 with one more child dead at a hospital here Tuesday.

Doctors at the Yashoda Hospital declared 11-year-old Vaishnavi dead. This took the toll of children in the accident, caused by the negligence of the school bus driver, to 16 and overall deaths, including those of the driver and helper, to 18.


Two Delhi civic officials suspended

New Delhi : The South Delhi Municipal Corporation Monday suspended two officials over a case of attempted suicide by a sanitation worker.

"South Delhi Municipal Corporation has suspended a sanitary inspector and an assistant sanitary inspector of Najafgarh zone with immediate effect in an attempt to suicide case of a safai karamchari (sanitation worker)," said a statement from the civic body.

Phool Singh, a sanitation worker, tried to commit suicide Saturday by setting himself on fire. He is currently admitted in Safdarjung hospital.


Notice to Hindu College over sports, extra-curricular quota

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Monday issued notice to Hindu College on a plea by an admission seeker against scrapping of the five percent quota for admission to undergraduate courses for sportspersons and for extra-curricular activities (ECA).

Justice Manmohan sought a response from the college while hearing the plea of Vishal Maharaj, who contended that Hindu College has 37 seats available under the ECA category but it scrapped the quota.


Naidu makes surprise visit to ministries, catches latecomers

New Delhi : Union urban development and housing and urban poverty alleviation ministries staff casually rolling into work were caught off guard Monday when minister Venkaiah Naidu made a surprise visit to Nirman Bhavan.

In his second such visit since last month, Naidu found many latecomers. Taking a serious view of "absenteeism", the minister announced the setting up of bio-metric attendance system.


Assam seeks central help for skill development centres

Guwahati : Assam has approached the union government for support for setting up skill development centres across the state to increase employability of the state's youth, a minister said Monday.

State Industry and Power minister Pradyut Bordoloi said a proposal has been sent by the state government to Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs and Skill Development Sarbananda Sonowal in this regard.

Hooda courts controversy over hurried appointments

Chandigarh : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's decision to go ahead with controversial appointments of five people to constitutional posts even as these were red-flagged by a senior officer were Monday questioned by the opposition in the state.

Hooda had hurriedly administered oath of office to two commissioners of the state information commission and three to the Right to Service Commission at his residence Sunday just a couple of hours after new Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki took charge.


Mobilise health staff to fight diarrhoea: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Monday said health personnel at both the central and state levels will be mobilised to boost diarrhoea-control measures.

He was speaking at the launch of the nationwide "Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)".

"The measures are a set of activities which include enhancing advocacy, stepping up awareness generation, establishing more ORS-zinc corners, enthusing ASHA volunteers to reach oral rehydration solution (ORS) packets to families with children as well as detecting kids in need of treatment," the minister said.


Two men involved in 125 cases held in Gurgaon

Gurgaon : Two men, against whom 125 cases including that of murder are registered in Haryana and the National Capital Region (NCR), have been arrested here, police said Monday.

Sanjay, 32, and Sandeep, 26, were arrested July 24 from Palam Vihar area here.

Sanjay is a resident of Delhi while Sandeep hails from Sonipat district of Haryana. Both are school dropouts.