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Use of Hindi should be encouraged: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday said use of Hindi should be encouraged in an all-round holistic manner.

She made the comments after presenting certificates of appreciation to winning participants of various activities held under the initiative of 'Hindi Pakhwada' (Hindi Corner) at the external affairs ministry.

It was organised as part of the Hindi Diwas (Sep 14) celebrations held from Sep 2-16.


Karnataka University VC arrested on graft charges

Dharwad (Karnataka) : State Lokayukta (ombudsman) sleuths Monday arrested Karnataka University vice-chancellor H.B. Walikar and three other university officials on charges of financial irregularities and abuse of power in recruitments, a senior official said here.

"Walikar, 62, university's examination registrar H.D. Pothe, 49, financial officer S. Rajashri, 48, and vice-chancellor's personal secretary S.L. Bilagi, 61, were arrested under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code," Lokayukta superintendent of police K. Parashuram told IANS.


Militant groups active on India-Nepal border: SSB DG

Siliguri : Militant groups, which pose a danger to the country, are actively using the India-Nepal border, a top security official said here Monday.

"The Indo-Nepal border may seem to be peaceful. But the reality is organisations which pose danger to the country are active there," Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General Bangshidhar Sharma said. The SSB guards the Indo-Nepal border.


Commerce ministry to address coffee sector's concerns

Bangalore : Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman Monday assured stakeholders in the coffee plantation sector of addressing their concerns on priority.

"This is the first meeting with coffee stakeholders after the new government was formed (in May) and held under the specific instructions of the prime minister to review the working of all commodities, including coffee, tea, rubber, spices and marine products," Sitaraman told reporters after a half-day brain-storming session here.


Centre to bring ordinance on coal block allocation

New Delhi : The union cabinet Monday decided to bring an ordinance to resolve the issues of coal blocks arising out of the Supreme Court judgment quashing their allocations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here.

"The cabinet has recommended promulgation of ordinance to the president in order to resolve the pending issues particularly the situation arising out of a Supreme Court judgment quashing allocation of coal blocks," he said.


Chopper deal: Court rejects Khaitan bail plea

New Delhi : A court here Monday dismissed the bail plea of businessman Gautam Khaitan, arrested in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper deal.

Special judge V.K. Gupta denied bail to Khaitan who is in judicial custody.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), while opposing the bail plea, had last Wednesday informed the court that he did not join the trial in Italy and the arrest warrants were still pending against him in an Italian court.


India, Germany hold foreign office consultations

New Delhi : India and German held their annual Foreign Office Consultations here Monday during which both sides discussed, besides other bilateral matters, the Hannover Fair next year and ways to ensure successful participation by India at this major industrial technological fair.

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and State Secretary in the German Federal Foreign Office Markus Ederer held the annual Foreign Office Consultations.

The primary focus of discussion was the schedule for high-level activities during 2015, official sources said.


There are many ways to suppress judiciary: Goa CM

Panaji : There are many ways to suppress the judiciary, if someone really decides to do it, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Monday, while making it clear that he was not suggesting that such steps should be taken.

"If you have to suppress judiciary, there are many other ways... I am not saying you should do it. If someone really decides to do it, he has many ways," he said in the state assembly during a discussion on a constitutional amendment pertaining to the judicial accountability bill.


Modi gets formal invitation for Saarc summit

New Delhi/Kathmandu : Foreign Minister of Nepal Mahendra Bahadur Pandey Monday extended an invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the forthcoming 18th Saarc Summit to be held in Kathmandu Nov 26-27.


Dengue cases rise to 225 in Delhi

New Delhi : The number of dengue cases in Delhi and its adjoining areas has risen to 225, authorities said Monday.

According to figures, 205 cases have been reported from the national capital till Oct 18.

"The remaining 20 cases have been reported from the adjoining areas -- Uttar Pradesh and Haryana," the authority said.

There has also been one death due to dengue in the national capital.