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Metro Cash and Carry to open retail units in Punjab


Chandigarh : German retail giant Metro Cash and Carry will open its first retail centre in Punjab at Zirakpur town Jan 15.

The opening of the outlet is part of the company's plans to invest up to Rs.9 billion (around $185 million) in the state in the coming months, according to a government official.

"The German company will establish a chain of wholesale distribution cum retail centers in different districts of the state," the official said.

PM calls for private investment in science research


New Delhi : Stressing that only 112 out of every million Indians are involved in scientific research, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday asked the private sector to spend more on research and development (R&D).

“At present, barely one-fourth of R&D expenditure in our country comes from the private sector. The private sector has also to play its due role,” Manmohan Singh said here after launching a scholarship scheme to attract students to pursue science as a career.

Restraining non-state actors not easy: Chief justice


New Delhi : Governments have limitations in restraining "non-state actors", Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan said Saturday in the context of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

"Yet another practical constraint that has been brought to the fore with the Mumbai attacks has been the question of holding governments responsible for the actions of non-state actors," sad Balakrishnan, addressing a conference on terrorism and human rights.

Dalai Lama back in Dharamsala


Dharamsala : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday returned to his residence in this Himachal Pradesh town after visiting Poland, his aide said here.

Thubten Samphel, a spokesperson for the Tibetan government-in-exile, told IANS that the 73-year-old attended ceremonies to mark the 25th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Polish labour leader Lech Walesa. The Dalai Lama also met French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Poland.


Indian Army colonel arrested for misbehaviour


New Delhi : An Indian Army colonel was arrested Friday night after a lady officer complained he had misbehaved with her, police said Saturday.

"The incident took place Friday night. Colonel Sunder Yadav, 52, was with the lady officer, a captain, who is a doctor at base hospital in Delhi cantonment. The victim told us that when Yadav started to misbehave with her, she somehow managed to get out of the car they were in," a senior police officer said.


Sweets distributed to hail police killing of arrested youths


Hyderabad : The police killing of three young men arrested for throwing acid on two girls has been welcomed by many including women's groups as a case of "instant justice". Others have dubbed it murder.

Some people distributed sweets and burst crackers to express their joy over the killing Friday night of the three involved in the acid attack on two female engineering students in Warangal town.

S. Srinivas, a spurned lover, and his two associates were shot dead by the police when they tried to allegedly attack the policemen engaged in collecting evidence against them.

Police make peace with villagers in West Bengal's Lalgarh


Kolkata : Senior police officials went to violence-hit Lalgarh area in West Midnapore district of West Bengal Saturday to make peace with villagers protesting for the past one-and-a-half months against police harassment.

"We sent a police team to visit trouble-prone Lalgarh and its adjoining areas. They went there and talked to several villagers on various issues," West Midnapore police superintendent R.K. Singh told IANS.


Pakistan will not hand over suspects to India: Gilani

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS,

Islamabad : Reiterating that his government will not hand over any terror suspect to India, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday said he had not received any evidence of any Pakistani's involvement in the Mumbai carnage.

In an interview with a Gulf television channel, he said if anyone was found involved in any terrorist activity, he will be dealt with according to the law but will "not be handed over to India".

Two map-makers in Ahmedabad ATS custody for seven more days


Jamnagar/Ahmedabad : Two software engineers, who had been arrested here after their geographical survey work raised suspicions, were Saturday remanded to the custody of the Ahemdabad Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for another seven days.

The ATS approached the Jamnagar court seeking seven-day remand for Mahesh Parab and Anil Jagtap, and Additional Senior Judge A.A. Nanavati granted the appeal.

The two professionals were arrested near the Jamnagar-Khambaliya highway Dec 6 after villagers in the region reported to police about their suspicious movement.

Kerala group to campaign against multinational food companies


Thiruvananthapuram : The organisers of a five-day food and agro biodiversity event, to be held here Dec 27-31, Saturday said they would start a campaign against multinational food companies once the event is over.

Named 'Annam', the national food and agro biodiversity festival is being organised by the city-based Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) along with the support of various state government departments.