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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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President flags off Run for Unity

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday flagged off 'Run For Unity' at Rashtrapati Bhavan to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

"Pranab Mukherjee flagged off 'Run for Unity' in Rashtrapati Bhavan today (Friday) in which around 2,000 people participated," said a tweet by the President's Office.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has decided to mark the birth anniversary of Patel as the National Unity Day and Modi too flagged off 'Run for Unity' from Vijay Chowk. Patel was born Oct 31, 1875.

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World Bank aid for power projects in northeast

Agartala : The World Bank would provide a major share of Rs.8,150 crore for improving power transmission system in six northeastern states, officials said Friday.

State-owned Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) would execute the World Bank-aided projects in six of the eight northeastern states.

"Under the World Bank, new power transmission lines would be erected, power sub-stations would be set up and old lines would be changed. Modern methods for power transmission would be adopted," said a senior PGCIL official.

UP appoints officers to expedite pending court cases

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government has asked officials to expedite thousands of cases pending in different courts, officials said Friday.

It has done so by asking divisional commissioners and district magistrates to direct district level nodal officers to contact district judges on a daily basis and to provide the list of cases to be taken up.

Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has said this needs to be done promptly so that cases pending for many years could be disposed of.

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India would've been different if Patel was PM: Naidu

New Delhi : Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday said that if Sardar Vallabhbahi Patel had become the first prime minister of India, the fate of the "country would have been different".

Speaking at the function at Vijay Chowk to mark Sardar Patel's birth anniversary as National Unity Day, Naidu said Sardar Patel was foremost among leaders who had made sacrifices for country's freedom.

Naidu said millions of people in the country have a feeling that history has not done justice to Sardar Patel, the first home minister of India.

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