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Maoists blast railway track in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Maoist guerrillas blasted a railway track in Jharkhand's Bokaro district early Thursday, police said.

The Maoists destroyed a 1.5 meter long stretch of the track between Dania and Jogeshwar Bihar station, affecting services of six trains, officials said.

Officials said the services will be restored by the afternoon.

Polling is taking place in six Lok Sabha seats of Jharkhand.

Delhi HC summons chief secretary over water contamination

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday summoned the city chief secretary over not submitting a report on contaminated water supplied to residents and not cleaning the polluted Najafgarh drain that was affecting the health of people due to toxic gases emitted from it and which later merges into the Yamuna river.

A division bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Jayant Nath expressed displeasure on the conduct of the Delhi government and Delhi Jal Board for not filing a status report on the issues sought by it months before.

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Increase policing in areas where crimes occur frequently: HC

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed police to take "immediate steps" to increase policing in pockets in the city where crimes against women, including molestation and rape, occur more often than in other areas.

After taking into note a report submitted by police, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul said crimes against women showed a pattern in terms of pockets where such crimes occur more frequently than in other areas.

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Ghaziabad lawyers boycott courts

Ghaziabad : Lawyers from Ghaziabad Wednesday boycotted the courts here after a former bar association secretary was allegedly manhandled and roughed up at a police station.

The bar association appealed to all lawyers to boycott court proceedings Wednesday.

The decision was taken after former bar secretary Sashi Tyagi was allegedly manhandled at the Kavi Nagar police station April 13 when he had gone to inquire about the detention of his nephew.

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Order for release on interim bail unworkable: Subrata Roy to SC

New Delhi : Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy Wednesday told the Supreme Court that its order sending him to judicial custody and the conditions to secure his release on interim bail was "unworkable".

"The court passed an order that was unworkable" and was without scrupulously following the laid down procedures, Roy's counsel Rajiv Dhawan told the bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar.

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'No First Use nuclear doctrine an article of faith with Indian governments'

New Delhi : India's no first-use (NFU) nuclear doctrine "remains an article of faith" and has remained so with successive governments, a government's expert on the subject said Wednesday days after the BJP said in its election manifesto that it will "revise and update it (India's nuclear doctrine) to make it relevant to challenges of current times" if it comes to power.

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Innovative research work at IIT-Delhi Open House

New Delhi : Waterless urinal technology, a wood cane crusher and a solar powered refrigeration system are some technologies that will be displayed at IIT-Delhi's Open House 2014.

The open house, to be organised April 19 within the institute, will provide an insight into the research work, student projects and the advanced facilities available at the institute.

The event is a platform to exhibit path-breaking technical projects.

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Appoint special prosecutor for sex crimes against children: HC

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the city government to appoint special public prosecutors within four weeks in the special court set up to handle cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal who sought direction to the Delhi government to appoint special prosecutors for such courts.

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Complete drain de-silting work by May 15: Jung

New Delhi : Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Wednesday instructed senior state officials and municipal commissioners to finish de-silting of drains by May 15 and buckle up before the monsoon sets in.

"The preparations must start much in advance so the government is ready to deal with flooding and water-logging during the monsoon by the middle of May," said Jung in a statement.

He also instructed officials to gear up to tackle floods in Yamuna river and cloudbursts and heavy rainfall during the monsoon.

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NGO wants EC to stop JNPP agreement

Mumbai : An NGO has cried foul over attempts by the central and the Maharashtra governments to strike a deal regarding the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) despite the model code of conduct being in force, an official said Wednesday.

The Konkan Bachao Samiti (KBS) has shot off urgent letters to the Election Commission, the Chief Election Commissioner and Maharashtra's Chief Electoral Officer urging them to immediately direct the central and state governments to retrain from approving or entering into any kind of agreement pertaining to JNPP.

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