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Antony again writes to parties on creating top military post


New Delhi : Defence Minister A.K. Antony has once again written to the political parties seeking their views on creating the post of chief of defence staff (CDS) as a single point of reference to advise the government on military matters.

"I have again written to all political parties to express their views on this. We want a consensus on this," Antony told reporters on the sidelines of a two-day Unified Commanders Conference here Tuesday.


UK firm to advice Uttar Pradesh on industrial institutes


Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government has sought suggestions from a British consultancy agency to help it in establishing Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) through public-private partnership (PPP), an official said Tuesday.

"We have roped in the Grand Thorton and Co. for guidance to set up ITIs involving private players in various blocks of the state," the state's Technical Education Additional Director Rahul Dev told IANS.

Farmer killed in police firing in Karnataka


Bangalore : One man was killed and three were injured when police fired on a group of farmers agitating against fertiliser shortage in Haveri district of Karnataka Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Siddalingappa Churi, a local farmer.

Farmers in several districts like Hassan, Dharwad and Davangere have been agitating for nearly a week now demanding supply of fertilisers to enable them start sowing, as monsoons have arrived in the state.


India-Pakistan joint panel to push release of prisoners


New Delhi : Four retired Indian judges Tuesday began their six-day visit to Pakistan to discuss ways of expediting the release of either country's nationals imprisoned in the other's country.

They will visit jails in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore to meet Indian prisoners lodged there.

The judges will also participate in the second meeting of the India-Pakistan Joint Judicial Committee and discuss modalities for early release of prisoners in both countries.

Ahead of the meeting, Pakistan has decided to release 54 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture.

Renuka again attacks Noida cops, Balaji Telefilms over Aarushi murder


New Delhi : Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury Tuesday again criticised Noida police over their shoddy handling of the probe into the murder of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her domestic help last month.

Speaking at the launch of a mobile medical van equipped with basic medical facilities meant for disadvantaged women and children, Chowdhury also criticised Balaji Telefilm's move to make a serial on the life of Aarushi as "insensitive".

Praful to meet PM over aviation fuel hike


New Delhi : Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday to discuss rising aviation fuel prices that have left the airline industry shaken.

According to sources, representatives of the airline industry are also expected to join Patel when he meets the prime minister. The meeting was earlier slated for Tuesday, but was cancelled due to the prime minister's busy schedule.

A day before Patel meets Singh, he told news channels that both consumers and airlines were bleeding owing to steep rise in the aviation fuel charges.

Three held for Rs.20 mn post office savings fraud


Aligarh : Three people were arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district for withdrawing about Rs.20 million from post offices through fraudulent means, said a police official Tuesday.

"All the three arrested are employees of a post-office here and (they) used to withdraw money by using fake savings certificates," Aligarh Superintendent of Police Aseem Arun told IANS.

India, Bangladesh to strengthen anti-terror cooperation

New Delhi : India and Bangladesh Tuesday reiterated their support to each other's anti-terror campaign and agreed on sustained cooperation and information-sharing in this regard.

"India and Bangladesh reiterated that the use of the territory of either country would not be allowed for terrorist and criminal activities against the other country and that sustained cooperation and information sharing would be encouraged for the benefit of both countries," a home ministry official said.

India, Egypt to enhance defence cooperation


New Delhi : India and Egypt, both members of the Non-Aligned Movement, Tuesday discussed ways to enhance defence cooperation and armed forces interaction.

A six-member Egyptian defence delegation led by deputy chief of operation authority of Egyptian armed forces, Maj. Gen. Mohamed Mohsen Saad El Shazly, called on the Indian Minister of State for defence M. Pallam Raju here Tuesday.

“The Egyptian delegation is on a week-long visit to India to participate in the 2nd Indo-Egypt joint defence committee meeting,” a defence ministry official said.

Shiv Sena legislator, parents attacked in Thane


Mumbai : Yogesh R. Patil, the Shiv Sena legislator from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi, and his parents were attacked outside their residence by rival political activists.

The activists attacked Yogesh, his father Ramesh and mother Kamalabai with knives in Kalergaon village around 7 a.m., wounding them grievously, Bhiwandi police constable R.B. Sathe said.

The motive behind the attack is believed to be old political rivalry. The police have managed to arrest one of the attackers, Kapil Patil, while they were on the lookout for another assailant, Santosh Patil.