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India to present its first detailed report on Nuke safety

By IRNA

New Delhi : India will present its first detailed report on safety of the civilian nuclear plants at the forthcoming two-week Convention of Nuclear Safety (CNS) beginning on April 14 at Vienna.

India joined the convention in 2005 and "this will be our first national report on the safety of civilian nuclear plants," Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) chairman, PTI reported here quoting S K Sharma who will be leading a 17-member team to CNS, said in Mumbai today.

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Delhi to speed up development works in colonies

By IANS

New Delhi : With an eye on the coming assembly polls in Delhi, the Congress-led central government Friday issued guidelines to carry out development works in over 1,400 unauthorised colonies in the city.

Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken said the ministry has notified the regulations for regularisation of the unauthorised colonies in the city, like providing electricity, drainage, roads and other civic amenities.

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Rains lash parts of Gujarat

By IANS

Ahmedabad : Cyclonic winds followed by heavy rains lashed several border areas of Gujarat Friday, uprooting trees in several areas. The Met department has warned of unseasonal rains in several parts of the state.

Heavy rains and cyclonic winds lashed the border districts of Banaskantha, otherwise a dry area even during rainy season, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Surendranagar.

The Met department has forecast heavy rains in Valsad district in the next 24 hours.

Several farmers are hoping the rains will not destroy their standing crop.

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Apex court halts parking lot construction at Siri Fort

By IANS

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday halted the construction of a parking lot at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here, being built as part of plans to upgrade the city for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan ordered suspension of the creation of the parking lot on a plea by a morning walker, who objected to the felling of trees for the project.

Asking the authorities to consider an alternative site for the parking lot, the bench ordered status quo till further orders.

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GoAir flight lands on closed runway at Mumbai

By IANS

Mumbai : A GoAir flight from Chennai to Mumbai, with 120 passengers on board, landed on a runway closed for maintenance Friday evening. The landing was normal, said an official of Airport Authority of India (AAI).

The official said maintenance works were being carried out on the runway at Mumbai airport when the GoAir aircraft landed.

"The runway was closed for maintenance. While workers ran for cover, the aircraft fortunately landed safely," he said.

The authorities said it could be the fault of the air traffic control officials.

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Mechanic comes under wheels of Blueline bus

By IANS

Noida : In a freak incident, a mechanic came under the wheels of a Blueline bus Friday while he was working under it as authorities here tried to move the vehicle, thinking that it had been abandoned.

The bus, operating on route number 33 between Noida and Bhajanpura in Delhi, developed an engine snag and the driver parked it in Sector 37, while mechanic Akram crawled underneath to repair it.

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US undecided on clean coal technology transfer to India

By IANS

New Delhi : The US has not yet made up its mind on sharing clean coal technology with India, a visiting official of the US Department of Energy said here Friday.

"There is no change from our earlier stand," said Clarence Albright, under secretary of the US Department of Energy, when asked about the transfer of clean coal technology under the FutureGen project.

FutureGen is a public-private partnership project of the US government to build a zero-emission power plant based on coal, with the help of carbon capture and storage.

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Energy focus of Ansari's visit to Central Asia

By Vishnu Makhijani, IANS

Ashgabat : Vice President Hamid Ansari Friday underlined the importance of oil-rich Central Asia for India's energy security as he began a week-long visit to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

"Energy will definitely figure in my talks," Ansari told reporters on board his special Air India aircraft as he headed for this Turkmenistan capital on the first leg of the visit, his first overseas after assuming office last year.

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US undecided on clean coal technology transfer to India

By IANS

New Delhi : The US has not yet made up its mind on sharing clean coal technology with India, a visiting official of the US Department of Energy said here Friday.

"There is no change from our earlier stand," said Clarence Albright, under secretary of the US Department of Energy, when asked about the transfer of clean coal technology under the FutureGen project.

FutureGen is a public-private partnership project of the US government to build a zero-emission power plant based on coal, with the help of carbon capture and storage.

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Defence ministry to pursue soldiers' pay issue

By IANS

New Delhi : The defence ministry will take up with the finance ministry its grievances over the sixth Pay Commission's recommendations for personnel below the officer rank who have not benefited from the pay panel's proposals.

A three-member pay panel, which met Defence Minister A.K. Antony Friday, indicated that it was open for amendments. The decision was taken by Antony during the meeting held at the defence headquarters in South Block.

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