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Tihar has separate lock-ups for women, Delhi HC told

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court was Wednesday informed by the city government that there were separate lock-ups for women accused in Tihar jail to protect them from sexual abuse, harassment and torture.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw was informed by Delhi government's standing counsel Zubeda Begum that jail No.6 in Tihar was exclusively meant for women and was managed by a woman officer.

The advocate said that as per the Supreme Court's guidelines, Tihar jail has separate lock-ups for women accused.

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Civic officials suspended for negligence sanitation duties in Delhi

New Delhi : Lt Governor Najeeb Jung Wednesday drove home to local officials the importance of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Campaign when, after a surprise check of government buildings and public facilities, he suspended and transferred civic officials.

After visiting 8 hospitals, 20 schools and 6 municipal deputy commissioner's offices across Delhi, Jung expressed his unhappiness over shoddy implementation of the programme.

The campaign was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Oct 2 with an aim to make Indian litter-free by 2019.

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Plea in HC against unrecognised play schools in Delhi

New Delhi : A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court Wednesday against unauthorized and unrecognized play schools in the capital, contending these are posing danger to the small kids taking admission there.

NGO Social Jurist moved the court, saying that the court's 2008 order that no unrecognized school be allowed to run in Delhi, the city state's directorate of education (DoE) have done nothing to ensure this, resulting in "continuous existence and mushrooming of hundreds of unauthorized, unsafe and unrecognized play schools and pre-primary schools in Delhi".

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Tamil Nadu bans poultry from Kerala

Chennai : The Tamil Nadu government Wednesday banned import of poultry from Kerala as a measure to prevent the spread of bird flu in the state, a government release said.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting, headed by Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, held here.

According to the statement, around 17,000 ducks died in Kerala due to bird flu and as a precautionary measure several steps have to be taken so that the flu does not spread to Tamil Nadu.

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When Sharif walks for speech, Modi reads newspaper

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : The frostiness of ties between India and Pakistan was visible in the Nepalese capital at the 18th Saarc Summit's inaugural session Wednesday.

First, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif totally ignored his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi after entering the podium to take his seat. He did not look at Modi and proceeded straight to his seat.

Vaiko cuts cake to celebrate Prabhakaran's 60th birth anniversary

Chennai : MDMK leader Vaiko Wednesday celebrated the 60th birth anniversary of slain Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran by cutting a cake, a party leader said.

"Our leader celebrated the birth anniversary of Prabhakaran by cutting a cake in Karur district," a party official told IANS here. Karur is 375 km from here.

The party leader also said MDMK got permission from the Madras High Court to hold a public meeting here Thursday.

On Nov 19, Vaiko had called for grand celebrations Nov 26 to mark Prabhakaran's 60th birth anniversary.

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Decision to not teach German won't affect youth: Minister

New Delhi : The decision to discontinue teaching of German as a third language will not have any impact on the youth in preparing them for a globalised world, parliament was told Wednesday.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha said foreign languages would be taught to Kendriya Vidyalaya students of Class 6 to 8 as an additional subject or hobby class, if they so desire, "but not as a third language as it violates the three language formula".

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Illegal axing of 477 trees: Himachal forest official shifted

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh government Wednesday transferred an Indian Forest Services (IFS) officer in connection with the illegal felling of 477 trees on the outskirts of Shimla.

Earlier, the government had suspended three officials, including divisional forest officer Vinod Sharma.

Conservator (forests) Sanjay Sood, who was posted in Shimla circle, has been shifted, an official told IANS.

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LS gives IIITs national importance status

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha Wednesday passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) Bill, 2014 which will declare some IT institutions to be of national importance and provide manpower of global standards.

The bill seeks to provide the four existing IIITs an independent statutory status and proposes to declare them as institutes of national importance to enable them to grant degrees to their students.

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Himachal HC reserves judgement on CM's I-T case

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh High Court Wednesday reserved its judgment on the petitions of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members challenging transfer of the cases relating to investigations into their income tax returns.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan reserved the order after hearing arguments of both the parties.

The petitioners have challenged the transfer of their income tax return cases from Shimla to Chandigarh. They said the transfer of the cases would only result in their harassment.

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