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Sarabjit Singh's sister pleads for his life again

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS,

Islamabad : Two mercy petitions were filed for Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner on death row in a Pakistan jail, including one by his sister Dalbir Kaur, a senior government official said Monday.

The petitions filed with President Pervez Musharraf were by Dalbir and Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney, the interior ministry official said. Both petitions have been received by the presidency.

The official said this was at least the third letter by his sister to the president, while Burney has also sent his appeal to the president Monday.

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Doha ministerial likely by later May: WTO official

By IANS,

New Delhi : Ministers of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) member-countries are likely to meet by the end of next month in Geneva to seek solutions and to help conclude the global trade talks, a senior WTO official said here Monday.

"A ministerial meet can be expected by the later part of May," said Harsha Vardhan Singh, deputy director general of WTO, here at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

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IITs to hike fees soon, says Arjun Singh

By IANS,

New Delhi : India's premier technical institutions, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), could hike their fees soon, Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh Monday told parliament.

He told the Rajya Sabha that the Standing Committee of IIT Council (SCIC) has recommended increase in its tution fee for graduate and post-graduate courses.

However, he did not specify the amount of the fee hike being considered by the SCIC. Singh is chairperson of the IITs Council.

The SCIC had proposed a fee hike from Rs.25,000 to Rs.50,000 per year.

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Celebrating Earth Day with clay and paper

By IANS,

New Delhi : Painting messages on paper bags that will be distributed to passersby, organising clay-modelling workshops, film screenings and seminars - are activities planned to sensitise people towards the environment on Earth Day Tuesday.

WWF India has invited entries from school children to paint on paper bags that will be distributed in commercial areas.

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PM favours proper remuneration for civil, defence services

By NNN-PTI,

New Delhi : Allaying apprehensions among government servants over the Pay Commission recommendations, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said he favoured proper remuneration for the civil and defence services.

The Pay Commission has recently submitted its report and some apprehensions have been expressed by certain sections of the civil services on parts of the report, he said addressing senior officers on the Civil Services Day here.

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Price rise due to 'imported inflation': Finance Minister

By NNN-PTI,

Kannur : Terming the current inflation in the country as largely imported, Finance Minister P.Chidambaran said "no Prime Minister or Finance Minister can ever roll back prices of essential imported goods".

The general price rise is largely due to costly imports of essential commodities and the Central government is taking firm steps to contain it through administrative and monetary measures, he said on Sunday.

Saudi welcomes Indian companies to invest in its energy sector

By NNN-PTI,

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia said Indian companies were welcome to explore opportunities in its energy sector through join ventures, responding to New Delhi's keen interest to enter the hydrocarbon-rich Gulf country in a bigger way.

During the two-hour "warm" and "cordial" meeting between External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his Saudi counterpart Saud bin Al-Faisal on Sunday, the two sides also agreed on setting up of a joint investment fund.

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Train services hit, life affected in Bengal state due to bandh

By NNN-PTI,

Kolkata : Train services were disrupted and normal life was hit in West Bengal today due to a 12-hour bandh (strike) called by the Trinamool Congress and SUCI to protest against price rise and the alleged attack on party leader Mamata Banerjee.

Railway sources here said that train services in both Howrah and Sealdah divisions were disrupted after bandh supporters blocked movement of trains at different stations.

However, local trains ran smoothly on the Howrah-Baruipur, Howrah-Konnnagar and Bandel-Naihati sections, the sources said.

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PM to visit Bokaro steel plant in Jharkhand

By IANS,

Ranchi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will Tuesday visit Jharkhand to lay the foundation stone of the Rs.110 billion expansion and modernization project of the Bokaro Steel Plant and will also visit the steel city of Jamshedpur to plant a banyan tree.

Indian aviation marketing company in trouble in Nepal

By IANS,

Kathmandu : Vectra Aviation, an Indian company that markets helicopter services in Nepal, is in trouble here with the foreign ministry likely to ask Indian authorities to take action against the company for violating the civil aviation act.

Vectra is the sole marketing agency in India for Eurocopter and poised to provide dedicated on-shore chartered helicopter service through its separate division Heliair. It landed in trouble last week after one of its choppers came to Kathmandu without seeking the permission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan).

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