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Punjab seeks punishment for Sikh riots perpetrators

Chandigarh : The Punjab government Friday said it would mount pressure on the central government to seek punishment for those who were involved in the killing of hundreds of Sikhs in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal told the media in Bathinda, 250 km from here, that the enhanced compensation awarded to the victims of 1984 riots by the Narendra Modi government Thursday was just a beginning of the procedure to heal their wounds.


Court reprieve for 250 Kerala hotel bars

Kochi : A Kerala High Court division bench Friday stayed for a month, Thursday's single judge bench verdict directing 250 two and three star bars to close immediately.

The division bench of Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Babu Mathew P. Thomas was acting on a petition from the 250 two and three star hotel bars owners which said that Thursday's verdict was discriminatory.

The bench said that starting next week there will be a detailed hearing in this case and a final verdict will be given after that.


India to launch electronic toll collection at 350 highway plazas: Minister

New Delhi : Launching an electronic toll collection (ETC) system for the Delhi-Mumbai highway, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari Friday said such a facility will be extended to as many as 350 plazas by the end of next year.

"In the coming time, this system will get revolutionalised. This is our step towards a digital India. I have given orders that before March, there should be over 350 such tolls," the minister said at an event here to launch the project.


President asks NITs to adopt villages

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee has asked each of the 30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to adopt five villages and turn them into model ones - on the lines of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He was speaking at a two-day conference of directors of National Institutes of Technology at Rashtrapati Bhavan here Thursday.

Mukherjee said he noticed that NIT Jamshedpur was already working with seven villages, NIT Uttarakhand with 20 and NIT Jaipur with five.


Bangalore child rape: Activists, parents protest against school

Bangalore : Hundreds of socio-political activists and parents Friday staged a massive demonstration against a private school in the city's eastern suburb where a six-year-old girl student was allegedly raped twice this week by a teacher.

Seeking severe punishment to the suspect and stringent action against the school for the horrifying crime in its premises, many parents said the management was not forthcoming on what safety measures it had taken to protect their wards.


Court grants bail to former coal secretary, others

New Delhi : A court Friday granted bail to former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and others in the coal block allocation case against Madhya Pradesh-based Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar granted bail to Gupta and Kamal Sponge's director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia, senior official and chartered accountant Amit Goyal, and two government officials, and the coal ministry's then joint secretary K.S. Kropha and then director (coal allocation-1 section) K.C. Samaria.

All the five accused appeared in the court on summons issued against them.


'Without Patel, Hyderabad would not have merged with India'

Hyderabad : If there was no Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Hyderabad State would perhaps not have merged with India, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Friday.

Paying rich tributes to India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary, Singh recalled that Hyderabad State merged with the Indian Union more than a year after Independence.

Singh flagged off the 'Run for Unity' and participated in the passing out parade of Indian Police Service Officers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy here.


Gadkari to attend Nepal Infrastructure Summit

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : India's Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Jairam Gadkari will deliver the inaugural speech in the first ever Nepal Infrastructure Summit-2014 in Kathmandu Nov 11.

The summit, organised by the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), will be held here Nov 11-12 with more than 400 investors, policy makers, government officials, architects and engineers participating.

Competition commission okays Adani-Lanco power plant deal

New Delhi : Fair trade watchdog, Competition Commission of India (CCI), has approved Adani Power's Rs.6,000 crore purchase of Lanco Infratech's 1,200 MW thermal plant in Udupi, Karnataka, setting at rest concerns on monopolising market share.

"Post combination the combined market share of the acquirer, both in terms of installed capacity and electricity generation, would not be significant enough to raise any competition concern," CCI said in its order on the matter, released Thursday.


New twist to Goa's peculiar 'dual nationality' issue

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : Portugal's new consul general in Goa has given a new spin to the simmering row on the eligibility of indigenous Goans for Portuguese nationality, an issue that has forced the state government to approach the central government for help.