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Ordinance to make coal block allocation transparent: Centre

New Delhi : The intention behind bringing an ordinance on coal blocks allocation is to make the process transparent, union Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said here Thursday.

The central government last month decided to bring an ordinance to resolve the issues of coal blocks arising out of the Supreme Court quashing their allocations.

According to the ordinance, all the cancelled coal blocks will be put in a pool for auction to end-users in the three core sectors of power, steel and cement.

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Planning Commission to function till replaced: Centre

New Delhi : The Planning Commission will continue to perform its mandate till a new body replaces it, Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said here Thursday.

"The Planning Commission still continues to function under the chairmanship of the prime minister (Narendra Modi) even though the deputy chairman and other members are not there," Singh told the Rajya Sabha.

He said a new body will replace the commission but till it comes into existence, the commission will continue performing its mandate.

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Coal block case: Court to consider closure report Dec 12

New Delhi : A special court here hearing coal block case involving industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and others Thursday fixed Dec 12 to consider the closure report filed by the CBI in the case.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar posted the matter for Dec 12.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) booked Birla, former coal secretary P.C. Parakh and others on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption in the allocation of coal blocks in October 2013.

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SAARC leaders gather at Nepal resort for retreat

Kathmandu : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew in an Indian Air Force chopper to the Dhulikhel resort to join other South Asian leaders at the retreat there Thursday, the concluding day of the two-day Saarc Summit.

While the heads of state and government of other member countries were flown to Dhulikhel in Kavre district by Nepal Army helicopters, Modi flew in an Indian Air Force helicopter, said media reports.

Nepal Prime Minister Shushil Koirala is hosting the event.

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10 killed in Jammu gunfight ahead of Modi visit

Jammu : Ten people, including four civilians, were killed in fierce gun battles in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday when security forces took on infiltrating guerrillas, just a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state, officials said.

The gun battle began near the international border in the morning after a group of heavily armed guerrillas infiltrated into the Indian side in Arnia sub-sector.

DLF deposits Rs.100 crore with Supreme Court

New Delhi : DLF Thursday deposited Rs.100 crore with the Supreme Court registry - a part of Rs.630 crore penalty imposed on it by the Competition Commission of India for alleged one-sided contracts for flat buyers in Gurgaon.

Senior counsel Harish Salve, while seeking adjournment of the hearing till Friday, told the apex court bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave that to establish their bonafide, they are depositing Rs.100 crore with the apex court registry.

Salve produced before the court a cheque of Rs.100 crore.

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Government draws up plan to raise power generation

New Delhi: The ministers of the key energy portfolios of power and petroleum met Wednesday to finalise a plan to increase power generation in the country that would also involve operating 16,000 MW of gas-based plants lying stranded for lack of fuel.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal met Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here to craft a rescue package, although no specific details were forthcoming.

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Committee to investigate Sep 16 unrest, role of police: Jadavpur VC

Kolkata: After over two months of a series of student protests that rocked Jadavpur University, Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti Wednesday agreed to form an inquiry committee into the events, including alleged police action on students, that transpired on the night of Sep 16-17, it was announced here.

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IT industry creates more jobs than public sector: Murthy

Bengaluru : The burgeoning Indian IT industry had over taken the state-run public sector in job creation, Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy said Wednesday.

"The IT industry, especially its software sector, has over taken public sector undertakings (PSUs) as the biggest job creator in the country, with 3.2 million employees and adding 200,000 new jobs every year," Murthy said at a special session of the Commonwealth Science Conference here.

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Women can't be secured by curbing their freedom, says CJI

New Delhi : Chief Justice of India H.L.Dattu Wednesday said security of women, in the wake of spate of cases of sexual assaults, could not be secured by curbing their freedom as is being advocated in some quarters.

"Safety of the women could not be achieved by curbing their freedom" and we have to find ways of dealing with the problem, he said in his address at a function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association on National Law Day.

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