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Madras, now Chennai, to celebrate 375th anniversary Friday

Chennai : Madras, that is called Chennai since 1996, will be celebrating its 375th anniversary Friday.

A stretch of no-man's land in 1639, it is now a major industrial, business and cultural centre.

It was on this day in 1639 that British administrator Francis Day along with his superior Andrew Cogan struck a deal with the Vijayanagar empire to acquire a stretch of no man's land, which went on to become Madras, today known as Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu.

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1984 riots: Man let off after CBI fails to prove presence

New Delhi : A court here has let off a man, accused in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which a mob had set afire a gurdwara leading to the death of three people, holding that the CBI has a "very, very weak case" as it has failed to prove his presence on the spot.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Bansal acquitted Suresh Kumar alias Panewala of various charges dealing with murder, rioting, damaging a place of worship with an intent to insult the religion of any class of persons and mischief by fire.

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Bengal, Singapore to work on study paper on business: Mamata

Singapore : The West Bengal government, in association with the National University of Singapore, will create a study paper with focus parameters to facilitate entrepreneurs, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday.

On her maiden foreign visit after becoming the chief minister, Banerjee, during the day, held discussion with Singaporean Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam.

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Four selected for Rashtrapati Bhavan's in-residence programme

New Delhi : Two writers and two artists have been selected for Rashtrapati Bhavan's artist-in-residence programme from Sep 8, officials said Thursday.

Writers Yishey Doma Bhutia from Gangtok and Vempalli Gangadhar from Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, as also artists Rahool Saksena from Chennai and Pratap Sudhir Morey from Mumbai have been selected, a statement said.

All four persons have been selected through a nationwide application process and will reside in Rashtrapati Bhavan Sep 8-26.

Standards of excellence improving in India: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said the standards of excellence were improving and becoming tougher in India.

Addressing students of Delhi University's Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Jaitley, who is also the defence minister, said: "Earlier, admissions were challenging, but not as difficult as it is now.

"Something seems to have changed... but I think the real reason is the country has changed, and with the passing years, the standards of excellence are improving and becoming tougher."

Jaitley is an SRCC alumni.

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Four Canadians held while escaping through Bangladesh border

Kolkata : Four Canadians involved in credit card fraud have been apprehended in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district while trying to sneak out through the Bangladesh border, the Border Security Force (BSF) said Thursday.

Muralitharan, Prakash, Sugananthan and Chandramohan from Ontario were on bail after police in Chennai arrested them in connection with ATM and credit card fraud earlier this year.

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Assam, Nagaland agree to resolve border crisis: Rijiju

Guwahati : Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju Thursday said a joint mechanism would be worked out soon to defuse prevailing tension along the border between Assam and Nagaland.

Rijiju, who held a meeting here with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Nagaland Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang, told media that the central government would extend all possible support to both the state governments.

"We want early restoration of peace and tranquility in the violence-affected areas. The central government would extend all possible help towards this end," he said.

Delhi cops got a personal I-Day message from PM

By Alok Singh,

New Delhi : About 50,000 personnel of Delhi Police got an Independence Day surprise last Friday - a personal message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Reaching out to the Delhi Police rank and file - who are out on duty irrespective of national holidays and festivals - the Prime Minister's Office has launched a new initiative of sending greeting messages on such days. The exercise was begun with the 68th Independence Day celebrations.

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Heroin seized, Myanmarese national held in Mizoram

Aizawl : Officials of the Mizoram excise and narcotics department have arrested a Myanmarese national and seized 44 grams of heroin, estimated to be worth about Rs.4 lakh, from him, an official said here Thursday.

"The contraband was seized from two locations in Aizawl city and its outskirts and Thangkhuma, 28, a Myanmarese national, was arrested Wednesday," an official of the state excise and narcotics department said.

Thangkhuma has been booked under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

Check crimes against women: NHRC to Gurgaon police

New Delhi : The NHRC has issued notice to the Gurgaon police commissioner over the increasing number of crimes against women.

Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports that indicated a rise in kidnapping, rape and murder of women in the satellite city of Delhi, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) asked for a report within four weeks.

"The Commission has observed that the reports, if true, raise an issue of the state's failure to protect its subjects, particularly the girl child, who were being kidnapped, raped and murdered," NHRC said in a statement Thursday.

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