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NDMC exceeds revenue targets

New Delhi : The NDMC, the smallest of civic agencies in the capital, said on Wednesday that it has exceeded revenue targets for 2014-15 in respect of four major components.

These are property tax, license fee, electric and water charges, and interest on investments which together contribute some 92 percent of total revenue receipt, the New Delhi Municipal Council said.

Against a target of Rs.2,450 crore in revised estimates for 2014-15 for these four components, the actual receipts as on March 31, 2015 stood at Rs.2,533 crore, an additional collection of Rs.83 crore.


Lucknow girl in quest for national game sees hope in PMO

Lucknow : Will India soon have a national game? The answer might be yes. Based on a request from Aishwarya Parashar, a class IX student from here, the prime minister's office (PMO) has forwarded her letter to the ministry of youth affairs and sports for consideration and appropriate action.

Aishwarya's RTI had revealed last year that India has no official game. The 13-year-old had then written to then prime minister Manmohan Singh to get a sport declared as a nation game but her plea was not entertained by the PMO.


India among 'Group of Friends Against Terrorism' at UN

New York : India and Pakistan are among the 30 countries named in the 'Group of Friends Against Terrorism' created at the UN at the initiative of Morocco.

The group consists of 30 countries, including the five permanent members of the Security Council.

Corporate espionage: Judicial custody of six extended

New Delhi : A court here on Wednesday extended till April 15 the judicial custody of six people who have been accused of leakage and sale of confidential government documents.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special CBI Judge S.C. Rajan remanded chartered accountant Khemchand Gandhi and Paresh Chimanlal Budhdev, a partner in Mumbai-based Chitale and Associates, with four others in 14-day judicial custody.


Nun rape case: Four suspects detained in Ludhiana

Chandigarh : Four Bangladeshi nationals were detained in Ludhiana in connection with the gang rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal's Ranaghat town last month.

DCP Navin Singla told the media here Wednesday that four Bangladeshi nationals were detained from Ludhiana's Motinagar area.

Punjab Police additional DGP Dinkar Gupta said that the suspects were being questioned.

The suspects were detained following their photographs being made available to police authorities in various states.


Students get violent in Allahabad over PCS paper leak

Lucknow : Hundreds of students, worked up owing to the paper leak of the Uttar Pradesh PCS exams last week, on Wednesday indulged in violence and set ablaze a city transport bus in Allahabad, police said.

Violence broke out after hundreds of PCS aspirants gathered in front of the Public Service Commission office and began a protest.

The sit-in soon turned violent and the agitating students started pelting stones at the building, passersby and a police contingent deployed outside the PCS office. They also set on fire a transport bus.


Himachal passes bill to raise lower judiciary staff wages

Shimla : Less than a fortnight after the Himachal Pradesh High Court rapped the state for non-implementation of the Shetty Commission recommendations for the non-judicial employees, the state assembly on Wednesday passed the amendment bill to implement it.

With this, a controversy over the increase in wages of the subordinate courts has finally been resolved.


Tripura gets new chief secretary

Agartala : Senior bureaucrat Yashpal Singh on Wednesday took over as the new chief secretary of Tripura. He succeeded G. Kameswara Rao, who retired from service on March 31.

An Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) officer of the 1984 batch, Singh worked in the central government in various capacities before joining the new post, an official notification said.

Singh, who has in the past worked in Tripura in numerous positions, would look after home, general administration and forests department.

Indian Oil targets 55 MT crude processing in 2015-16

New Delhi : Announcing plans for the new financial year that began on Wednesday, state-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) said its refineries have targeted to process 55 million tonnes (MT) of crude during the fiscal.

Addressing employees here, the company's director of refineries, Sanjiv Singh, said the state-of-the-art Paradip refinery in Odisha will be added to the group along with the ones in Guwahati, Barauni, Gujarat, Haldia, Mathura, Panipat, Digboi and Bongaigaon, according to an IOC release here on Wednesday.

North Eastern Council to meet in Delhi

Agartala : The North Eastern Council (NEC) will meet in New Delhi on April 9 and 10 to discuss the funding of various projects in the region, an official said on Wednesday.

NEC spokesman Suresh K. Vatta told IANS over telephone from New Delhi that this would be its second meeting after Narendra Modi became the prime minister in May last year. The first meeting was held in January.