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Did girl top Board exam through forgery?

By IANS,

Raipur : The Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE) ordered a probe Wednesday into alleged forgery by a girl student who topped the Class 12 exam.

CGBSE chairman B.K.S. Ray wants to find out if someone else wrote the answer sheets for the girl, who topped the merit list among 190,567 students. The results came out two days ago.

Pending the completion of investigation, the name of the student of Birra Government School, Janjgir, has been deleted from the list of successful candidates.

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Pakistan to be an industrialised country - in 159 years

By IANS,

Islamabad : Pakistan will take 159 years to catch up with industrialised nations while India will achieve the target in 50 years, an affiliate of the World Bank says.

Pakistan, however, can reach the milestone by 2050 if it maintains an annual growth rate of 8.3 percent or by 2100 if its growth rate is 4.9 percent, says the Commission on Growth and Development.

The highest growth rate Pakistan has achieved in the last 10 years is 4.8 percent at an average of 1.8 percent a year. Pakistan's per capita GDP in 2006 was $2,206.

Six years of the Nitish Katara murder case

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Nitish Katara murder case, as it proceeded from February 2002 when his body was found to Wednesday when a city court held Vikas and Vishal Yadav guilty of kidnapping and murdering him:

Feb 16-17, 2002: Nitish Katara abducted from a marriage party in Ghaziabad.

Feb 20, 2002: The body of Nitish Katara found in a village in Bulandshahr. His alleged girlfriend Bharti Yadav, daughter of influential Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav, leaves for Britain.

March 11, 2002: The Tata Safari allegedly used in the murder recovered from GT Road, Karnal.

India needs evidence-based policies to fight poverty: experts

By Aroonim Bhuyan, IANS,

Dubai : Good grassroot research was needed to formulate "evidence-based policies" to help in reduction of poverty, according to top experts who gathered here for an international workshop on research and policy.

"The central theme of India's policy priorities is poverty reduction and, in that context, how to improve inclusion in India's growth story," P.K. Mohanty, mission director of India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), told IANS.

He said to reach that goal it was imperative that Indian policies were based on good research.

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Vikas, Vishal Yadav guilty of murdering Nitish Katara

By IANS,

New Delhi : Six years after the brutal murder of Delhi boy Nitish Katara, a court Wednesday held influential Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav's son Vikas Yadav and his nephew Vishal Yadav guilty.

The courtroom was packed as Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur announced her verdict in the high profile case and held the Yadav brothers guilty of murder, kidnapping and destruction of evidence.

The quantum of sentence, which could range from life imprisonment to death penalty, will be pronounced Friday.

Five held near Vadodara airport

By IANS,

Ahmedabad : Five immigrant labourers from West Bengal were held when they were trying to enter the Vadodara airport premises on bicycles, the police said here Wednesday.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel guarding the airport detained the men Tuesday evening because they found their movements suspicious, and then handed the men over to the local police force.

The five men were taken to a local police station for questioning. The police said they worked in the walled city area in Vadodara.

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Life term for Pakistani spy

By IANS,

Bhopal : A Madhya Pradesh court Wednesday awarded life term to a Pakistani citizen for spying in a military area and two years in jail to two others for helping him.

Additional District and Sessions Judge (Gwalior district) Meena Singh awarded life imprisonment to Abbas Ali for spying at Gwalior's air force station and other defence areas, public prosecutor Kamal Jain told IANS.

The court also sentenced two local residents, Amin Khan and Mohammad Shahid, for helping Ali. They have been sentenced two years in jail and a fine of Rs.1,000 each.

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Teacher kills official in Uttar Pradesh

By IANS,

Lucknow : Angered at not receiving salaries for several months, a teacher in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh Wednesday shot dead the district inspector of schools (DIOS), police said.

Anjani Shanker, the teacher at the Raj Inter College in Jaunpur, over 200 km from here, fired at Dinesh Chandra Pandey when the latter was resting in his cabin.

"After firing two shots at the DIOS, the teacher managed to escape. We are on the look-out for Shanker and will arrest him soon," Superintendent of Police Chandra Prakash told IANS.

Chandigarh mayor, former mayor 'detained'

By IANS,

Chandigarh : Chandigarh's Mayor Pradeep Chhabbra and former mayor Subhash Chawla were "detained" in a local court Wednesday in an 11-year-old case against them.

Both Chhabbra and Chawla had held a protest rally in the city on a civic issue and were arrested along with 35 other workers. The trial in the case had not even begun in these 11 years. Nearly six judges changed during the pendency of the case.

The embarrassed mayor was released by the judge only after he and former mayor Chawla arranged their bail bonds before the court.

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11 percent of south Delhi students carry weapons: study

By IANS,

New Delhi : In a shocking finding, over 11 percent of students in the upscale south Delhi carry weapons, a study by Safdarjung Hospital said Wednesday.

The hospital's community medicine department studied three schools and two colleges in south Delhi and surveyed 550 students mainly below 19 years of age.

Rahul Sharma, professor at the department, said they carried out the survey to assess violent behaviour among students. He said many students carrying weapons said they do so as means of self-protection.

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