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Meghalaya students protest sexual harassment in varsity

Shillong : Students and faculty members of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Wednesday gave a three-day ultimatum demanding the termination of a professor for allegedly sexually harassing a woman research scholar.

Thousands of students took out a protest march and assembled in front of the office of Vice Chancellor P. Shukla, shouted slogans and demanded the sacking of mathematics professor A.K. Das.

ADB president assures Modi bank's support for India's growth

New Delhi : Takehiko Nakao, president of the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) Wednesday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi his development finance institution's support to help India grow faster and assured some $7-9 billion credit to the country over the next three years.

"India has great potential to grow faster and ADB will be supporting India to reach its potential," Nakao, who is on a visit to India, is quoted as having told the prime minister during his meeting here.


Bengal working on crystallising deals with Singapore: Mitra

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Singapore visit to tap investment has spurred dialogues between industry captains and the south-east Asian nation, which the state government will "crystallize" into viable ventures soon, a minister said here Wednesday.

In a follow-up meeting between industry captains and Banerjee during the day, as many as 45 industry representatives discussed avenues of potential collaborations with Singapore, Finance Minister Amit Mitra told mediapersons.


Budget 2014-15 first not to sideline agriculture: Minister

New Delhi : The union budget presented last month is the first since India's independence that has accorded agriculture its rightful place in the country's economic scheme of things, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Wednesday.

"Through all the budgets since independence, agriculture has been sidelined. This is the first budget (2014-15), where agriculture has been placed on the frontline," Singh said here giving away the Crystal National Agri Awards instituted by a leading agro-chemicals company.


Ravi Shankar Prasad unveils dot Bharat domain name

New Delhi : Telecommunications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday unveiled the dot Bharat domain name, an official statement said here.

Most of the future expansion of the internet is going to come from Asia, Africa and the developing world. Local languages, content and culture will increasingly become important themes for the future expansion of the internet, the minister said, adding that mobile devices and applications as well as social media will be important determinants of this growth.


Jaitley reviews Scorpene submarine project in Mumbai

Mumbai : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday reviewed the progress of the prestigious Project 75 indigenous Scorpene submarine construction and other ongoing warship building projects, including the P-15B Class stealth destroyers.

Jaitley was accompanied by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R.K. Dhowan during his visit to the Mazagon Docks Ltd., where Project 75 to construct six state-of-the-art submarines is currently underway in collaboration with M/s. DCNS, France.


Police arrest 'dead' RTI activist

Noida : The Noida police have arrested an RTI activist who was presumed dead in a car-blaze here May 2, police here said Wednesday.

The "dead" RTI activist was arrested from Bangalore along with his girlfriend Tuesday.

The police said May 2 when a car caught fire on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, RTI activist Chandra Mohan Sharma was burnt to death.

Kavita, wife of Sharma and resident of P-38 Alpha II, Greater Noida alleged that her husband was murdered by goons against whom he had raised issues through the RTI.


Delhi HC orders restoration of Lalit Modi's passport

New Delhi : Paving the way for the return of suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi to India, the Delhi High Court Wednesday ordered the restoration of his passport.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru allowed Modi's plea challenging the revocation of his passport.

The regional passport office in Mumbai had revoked Modi's passport March 3, 2011, following an Enforcement Directorate probe into allegations of financial irregularities in the IPL.


'Police-public working group needed to address people's grievances'

New Delhi : A working group that includes legislators, local representatives and police officers should be constituted to better address the grievances of the people of Delhi, the BJP state unit said Wednesday.

A delegation of the party consisting of legislators and led by Delhi party chief Satish Upadhyay met city police commissioner B.S. Bassi here and submitted a memorandum listing the grievances of Delhiites against the police force.


Guwahati airport to swap land with SOS village

New Delhi : The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will swap land from the SOS village in Guwahati for upgrading the international airport there.

The decision to swap the SOS village land - measuring 2,397 square metres - with an equivalent plot of airport land was taken at a meeting of the union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Wednesday.