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Court orders Rs.600,000 compensation for school brawl victim

By IANS,

Chennai : The Madras High Court Wednesday ordered a school to pay a compensation of Rs.600,000 to the parents of an 11-year-old student killed in a classroom clash in 2004.

Allowing a writ petition by P.N. Kanakaraj, father of the schoolboy who was killed, Judge Paul Vasanthakumar ruled that the Tamil Nadu government should ensure payment of the compensation before Jan 12, lawyers for Kanakaraj told IANS.

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West Bengal government promises action against police excesses

By IANS,

Kolkata : The West Bengal government Wednesday held a meeting with organisations agitating in the Maoist violence hit Lalgarh area of West Midnapore district, and promised to look into police excesses on people during landmine blast investigations.

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India urges comprehensive reform of UN Security Council

By Lalit K. Jha, IANS,

United Nations : Vying for a permanent member seat at the Security Council, India has called for a "comprehensive reform" of this powerful body of the United Nations and said it is opposed to any stop-gap or interim arrangement.

"We remain convinced that the only remedy is a comprehensive reform of the Security Council, involving expansion in its permanent and non-permanent categories," said member of parliament Vijay Bahuguna in his address Tuesday to a meeting of the General Assembly on Security Council reform.

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Chatterjee calls for more cooperation between India, Pakistan

By IANS,

New Delhi : Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee Wednesday called for increased co-operation between India and Pakistan and their parliaments.

Welcoming a nine-member delegation from the National Assembly of Pakistan, Chatterjee expressed hope that there would be more synergy in bilateral relations and such a spirit of camaraderie would be extended to other areas as well.

He also recalled the close cooperation between the two parliaments at the recently concluded Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

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Nun's plea to hold identification parade in Delhi rejected

By IANS,

Bhubaneswar : An Orissa court Wednesday rejected a rape victim nun's plea to hold the test identification parade (TIP) in New Delhi instead of in the state.

The court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Dola Gobinda Barik rejected her plea to change the venue and time of the TIP.

"The nun through her lawyer told the court that she cannot attend the TIP at Baliguda at the moment because she was unwell and suffering from trauma," Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) B. Loknath Dora told IANS by telephone.

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Court notice to government for deporting Pakistani nationals

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the central government to respond to a plea from over 60 Pakistani nationals illegally staying and seeking refugee status in India.

A bench comprising of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar asked the government to reply by Dec 17, the next date of hearing.

The Pakistanis approached the court seeking stay on their deportation Wednesday, a day after the government decided to deport them.

The Pakistani nationals were arrested for illegally staying in India last year.

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Government asked to give NGO CBI probe report on Scorpene

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the government to provide the preliminary inquiry report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to an NGO that has alleged kickbacks in the Rs.160 billion Scorpene submarine deal.

The report, filed by the CBI in a sealed envelope a few months back, is understood to say that no evidence has so far been found of kickbacks in the deal. The report also details the investigations that helped the CBI arrive at this conclusion.

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Chinese team interested in hydropower, infrastructure projects in India

By IANS,

Kolkata : A business delegation from China's Yunnan province, which is here to promote bilateral trade between the two countries, Wednesday expressed interest in hydro power development and infrastructure projects in India.

"We are here to explore the markets and will be interested in various bilateral trade relations," Li Jiashou, leader of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) team, said.

Four lorries carry goods to Pakistan from Kashmir

By IANS,

Srinagar : Traders here Wednesday ended a stalemate over commerce with Pakistan-administered Kashmir after the state government said it would soon clear a delegation that will travel to that country to chalk out business modalities.

Following the assurance, four lorries carrying goods from the Kashmir Valley travelled to Muzaffarabad across the Line of Control (LoC) - the de facto border between India and Pakistan - in north Kashmir Baramulla district.

The government said the delegation will travel to Pakistani Kashmir after a go ahead from the administration there.

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West Bengal to give incentives for employment generation

By IANS,

Kolkata : The West Bengal government will come up with a fresh incentive scheme for industrial units in December focussing on employment generation.

"Our goal is to provide an incentive to the units for generating employment. Now we give incentive only on capital expenditure," state industry secretary Sabyasachi Sen said at a programme here Wednesday.

The old scheme, formulated in 2004, expired in March, and the new scheme would be given retrospective effect from April, Sen said.

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