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Chhattisgarh gets new chief secretary

By IANS,

Raipur : P. Joy Oommen was Thursday appointed the new chief secretary of Chhattisgarh state.

A 1977 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official, Oommen supersedes chairman of Professional Examination Board and Administrative Academy B.K.S. Ray, a 1972 batch IAS officer, to the top bureaucratic post of the state.

The new chief secretary will hold the office till July 2012.

The announcement was made after a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Raman Singh at his official residence.

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Monsoon below average in most parts of India

By IANS,

New Delhi : Except northwestern parts of India, most of the country, including Kerala, has experienced less than average rainfall this monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday.

Till July 30, the country has received two percent less rainfall than normal.

If looked at the situation regionwise, the gap is much more. The southern peninsula is the worst affected, registering 20 percent less than normal rain followed by central India facing a shortage of nine percent. The northeast India has registered three percent less rainfall this year.

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US national questioned over terror email

By IANS,

Mumbai : US national Keith Haywood was summoned to the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) headquarters Thursday and interrogated for over two hours in connection with the terror email sent by the 'Indian Mujahideen' from his email ID just before the serial bombings in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

Haywood was present at the ATS headquarters with his lawyer.

The police found that the email was sent through Haywood's email ID, which he claimed had been hacked by some unknown persons. The bombings killed at least 50 people and left over 200 injured.

Kurukshetra ready for solar eclipse, pilgrims

By IANS,

Chandigarh : The holy Hindu city of Kurukshetra in Haryana is all decked up for more than one million pilgrims expected to arrive for a holy dip on the occasion of solar eclipse Friday.

"The district administration is fully prepared to welcome the influx of pilgrims. It has made all the necessary arrangements to facilitate the smooth conduct of the solar eclipse festival," said an official spokesman of the Haryana government.

The state government has decided to provide insurance cover of Rs.100,000 for each pilgrim visiting Kurukshetra from July 30 till 8 a.m. Aug 2.

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AIIMS committee fails to finalise new director

By IANS,

New Delhi : The search for a director for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) continues as a committee formed to find a suitable person to head the prestigious institute Thursday failed to take a decision.

Though Health Secretary Naresh Dayal refused to reveal the names of the hot contender from among the 69 applications received, sources said K.K. Talwar, the current head of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) in Chandigarh, and Salim Yusuf are being considered.

Bihar gets new police chief

By IANS,

Patna : The Bihar government Thursday named D.N. Gautam as the new director general of state police, official sources said.

Gautam, a 1974-batch Indian Police Service officer, takes over from Shiv Chandra Jha, who retired July 31.

Earlier, Gautam was posted as an additional director general at the police headquarters.

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Aviation fuel price goes up again, but no fare hike now

By IANS,

New Delhi : State-run oil companies Thursday hiked aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices by 2.8 percent, but airline operators said they will wait and watch the market situation before taking a decision on raising airfares.

Aviation fuel in New Delhi will now be costlier by Rs.1,931.07 per kilolitre from midnight, a senior Indian Oil official said.

This is the second state increase in ATF prices, which are revised once a month based on monthly average of global oil prices, said the official.

Himachal top cop named next CBI chief

By IANS,

New Delhi : Himachal Pradesh Director General of Police Ashwini Kumar was late Thursday named as the next chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the country's premier investigative agency.

Kumar takes over from Vijay Shanker, who retired July 31 after heading the agency for over two years.

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Submarine Sindhuvijay to rejoin navy after refitting

By IANS,

New Delhi : After facing extensive delays in its overhaul, Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine INS Sindhuvijay will set sail for India shortly from the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia after undergoing refitting, a navy official said.

The submarine, the fourth to be refitted at Zvezdochka, will start for India Aug 5 to rejoin the Indian Navy.

“The sea trials for the Club-S subsonic cruise missile, fitted on the submarine, have been successful and the ship is ready to join the Indian navy's submarine fleet,” the navy official said.

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Maharashtra governor, chief minister greet Amtes

By IANS,

Mumbai : Maharashtra Governor S.C. Jamir and Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh Thursday paid rich tributes to Prakash and Mandakini Amte who have been jointly conferred this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership.

In a message to the Amte couple, Jamir expressed his joy at the announcement and said it was a “fitting recognition” of their selfless services to the poor people living in the tribal areas of Gadchiroli district.

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