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Six hurt as police fire on agitating flood victims in Bihar

Patna : At least six people were injured when police opened fire to disperse a mob of agitating flood victims in Bihar's Patna district Tuesday.

"Police resorted to firing to control an angry mob protesting against the unfair distribution of relief for flood victims at Ghoshwari block near Barh in Patna," a district police official said.


Seven-ministry sponsored meet on minerals, metallurgy opens Thursday

New Delhi : The four-day 10th international conference on minerals and metallurgy supported by seven ministries will be inaugurated here Thursday by Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar as a business platform towards realising the national target of achieving 300 million tonnes of steel capacity by 2025-26.

"The Indian Institute of Metals is organising the 10th edition of Minerals, Metals, Metallurgy and Materials International Exhibition and Conference (MMMM 2014) keeping the business potential in consideration," said a release here.


GMR Infra signs MoU with Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Hyderabad : GMR Infrastructure Tuesday said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for giving financial assistance to Japanese companies investing in infrastructure projects of GMR Group.

The MoU was signed during the course of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ongoing state visit to Japan.


We ensured transparency in environment clearances: Javadekar

New Delhi : Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar Tuesday said that his ministry has ensured greater transparency by initiating online submission of applications for environment and forest clearances.

Speaking on his government's initiatives in checking pollution, Javadekar added his ministry has upgraded pollution norms for the cement industry.


India Inc lauds Modi's Japan visit

New Delhi : India Inc Tuesday applauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ongoing Japan tour, from where he has announced major initiatives like turning the bilateral strategic partnership into a "special" partnership and a fast-track channel for Japanese investors.

"This visit marks a defining moment in our relationship and will be registered in history as one that significantly elevated the level of engagement between India and Japan," said Sidharth Birla, president, of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in a statement here.


INS Sumitra to be commissioned Sep 4

Chennai : The naval offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra will be commissioned here Sep 4, according to a government statement.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, will commission the vessel built in Goa Shipyard, the statement said

INS Sumitra has a displacement of about 2,200 tonnes.

The ship is manned by a crew comprising eight officers and 105 sailors with Commander Milind Mokashi as her first commanding officer.


Private non-financial firms' sales contracted in 2013-14: RBI

Chennai : The total sales of non-financial private corporate sector in 2013-14 declined due to lower sales growth in the manufacturing sector while the services sector logged sales growth, according to a study by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Releasing the data on the performance of the private corporate sector (non-financial), the RBI Tuesday said the information technology (IT) sector recovered in 2013-14 showing higher sales growth.


Apex court holds Kingfisher plea infructuous

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear Kingfisher Airlines's plea that the United Bank of India should not have declared it a wilful defaulter without hearing its case.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave said the petition had become infructuous as the state-run bank had already declared the airline a wilful defaulter.

The order can be challenged before the Calcutta High Court, the Supreme Court said.


Despite Modi's comments, India-China ties stable: Chinese daily

Beijing : Though Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment in Tokyo Monday about there being an 18th century expansionist mindset in the world today has made international media hype as an allusion to China, the fact remains that China-India relations are stable as India is a rational country, a Chinese daily, known for its sharp views on India, said Tuesday.


Now, artificial limbs for cows!

By Anil Sharma,

Jodhpur : Two orthotists here claim to have developed artificial limbs for cows, though it's early days to say how successful they will be.

The prosthetics, which have been fitted below the knee on one hind leg each of three cows at Krishna Gopal Gaushala in Nagaur, over 160 km from here, have been developed using waste material of products used to manufacture artificial limbs for human beings, Rakesh Sharma, an orthotist at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital here, told IANS.