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India, Bahrain to sign labour welfare pact in December

By Aroonim Bhuyan, IANS,

Abu Dhabi : India and Bahrain will sign a labour welfare agreement next month to ensure the safety and security of the large number of Indian workers in that Gulf nation.

"I will be signing the labour welfare agreement when I visit Bahrain in the first week of December," Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said at a media interaction here Thursday.

Prachanda seeks release of Maoists in Indian jails

By Manish Chand, IANS,

New Delhi : Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has pressed for the release of nearly 100 Maoist activists who are held in various jails in India.

Prachanda, who is currently on his second trip to India to attend the BIMSTEC summit, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday night.

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Saint Gobain wants suppliers to slash rates

By IANS,

Chennai : The Indian arm of leading French glass maker Saint-Gobain, which is developing a greenfield plant in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan, Thursday said it will renegotiate rates with the project's suppliers to achieve substantial cost savings.

"Taking advantage of slowdown and the general fall in prices we will renegotiate rates with our vendors for the Rajasthan project. However, I will not be able to comment on the price reduction that would happen," Saint-Gobain India managing director B. Santhanam told reporters here on the sidelines of a seminar.

Did Malegaon blast suspect buy his holy title?

By IANS,

Lucknow : Dayanand Pandey alias Swami Amritanand Dev Teerth Maharaj, who has been arrested in connection with the Malegaon blast, has a controversial past with many Hindu seers questioning his self-proclaimed title of Shankaracharya.

While Pandey, 40, says Narendranand Saraswati was his Guru, the Varanasi-based monk denied his claim.

"I met him once in Pune in 2000. I have also heard he was a non-commissioned officer in the Indian Air Force and was shown the exit door after he was found involved in financial anomalies," Narendranand Saraswati told reporters in Varanasi.

India's moon impact probe to hit lunar surface Friday

By IANS,

Chennai : The moon impact probe (MIP) abroad India's first lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 is expected to hit the lunar surface Friday evening, said a top official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

"Ninety-five percent of the moon mission is over successfully. I am not in a position to say when the MIP will land on the moon," ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here Thursday.

According to him the unmanned Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft will map the moon to get an idea about the minerals present there.

Appellate court can review acquittal: Supreme Court

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Supreme Court has said that though the appellate court generally does not intervene with an acquittal order in a criminal case, there was no bar on a high court on reviewing evidence.

The bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice C.K. Thakker said in a judgement last week that normally the appellate court does not interfere with the acquittal order because such an order strengthens the presumption that an accused is innocent till he is found guilty.

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India's inflation rate in single digit after 21 weeks

By IANS,

New Delhi : India's annual rate of inflation fell sharply to 8.98 percent for the week ended Nov 1, from 10.72 percent for the week before, in a development that should bring some cheer to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, ahead of the ensuing state elections.

The rate, based on the official wholesale price index has come down to the single digit level after 21 weeks. The annual rate of inflation stood at 3.35 percent during the corresponding week of last year.

Malegaon blast suspect Pandey visited Kashmir in 2003

By IANS,

Srinagar : The mystery surrounding the Kashmir connection of self-proclaimed Shankaracharya Dayanand Pandey, arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts, appears to be getting deeper by the day.

Pandey visited in 2003 the Zeethyar temple, which lies adjacent to the Raj Bhawan in the summer capital Srinagar, according to an official of the temple trust.

"In 2003, Swami Amritanand Pandey visited the Zeethyar temple," Maharaj Krishen Pandita, general secretary of the Zeesta Devi Temple Trust, told IANS.

Probe ordered into violent clash between Chennai law students

By IANS,

Chennai : The Tamil Nadu government Thursday suspended nine policemen and the principal of the government law college here for failing to control a violent clash between students, and announced a probe into the incident by a retired Madras High Court judge.

Law Minister Durai Murugan told the assembly that P. Shanmugham, a retired judge of the Madras High Court would investigate Wednesday's clash between two student groups.

The students had allegedly fought over the contents of an invitation for a political event. They attacked each other with sticks and iron rods.

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Bejan Daruwalla foresees prosperity in 2009

By IANS,

New Delhi : Take heart, recession hit Indians. Renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwalla sees a year of plenty ahead. The Sensex might stop tumbling and the days of austerity may end to make room for fatter pay cheques and corporate wisdom.

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