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India faces shortage of five lakh teachers

New Delhi: India is facing a shortage of over five lakh teachers while the deadline for regularisation of teachers under Right to Education Act is only days away.

RTE Forum, a network of 10,000 grassroot organisations working in 18 states, on Wednesday highlighted that an additional 6.6 lakh teachers need teacher-training.

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WhatsApp rape videos: Accused sent to one day police custody

New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday remanded an accused arrested in connection with rape videos that were posted on phone messaging service WhatsApp to a day's police custody.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to quiz accused Kalia Sahoo alias Subrat Sahoo till March 26.

Sahoo was arrested from Bhubaneswar on March 23 and brought to Delhi after a local court there granted three days transit remand to the CBI.

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Gangster arrested while planning to kill industrialists

New Delhi: A 32-year-old Uttar Pradesh-based gangster was arrested here after he hired sharpshooters to kill three top industrialists, police said Wednesday.

Mohammad Yusuf was arrested from the Alipur area of north Delhi on March 20 following which he was in five-day police custody.

According to the police, Yusuf was Wednesday presented before the chief judicial magistrate, who sent him to 14 days' judicial custody.

Police said Yusuf has been a former aide of Ejaj Lakdawala, who himself was a former member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang.

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Northeast India to get ready-made garment units

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala: The Indian government plans to set up ready-made garment manufacturing units in each of the eight northeastern states which, among other things, would boost local employment, particularly for women.

This is being done to boost the textile industry in and export of ready-made garments from the region, officials here said.

India, Qatar ink six agreements; MoUs on convict exchange, news sharing

New Delhi: India and Qatar inked six agreements, including on transfer of sentenced prisoners, as visiting Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on energy, investment and people-to-people ties on Wednesday.

The emir, who is here on a two-day visit, was accorded a ceremonial reception in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on him, after which he held talks with Modi at Hyderabad House.

Cancer treatment breakthrough by Indian American professor

New York: Queen's University cancer researcher Madhuri Koti has discovered a biomarker that will help lead to better predictions of the success of chemotherapy in ovarian cancer patients.

Biomarkers are an indicator of a biological state or condition, and the discovery could lead to better treatment options in the fight against ovarian cancer, according to a press release from the university.

Indian Navy commissions three UAE-supplied naval vessels

Visakhapatnam: The Indian Navy has commissioned three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) supplied by the UAE's Abu Dhabi Ship Builders (ADSB).

Vice Admiral Satish Soni, the Eastern Naval Command chief, who commissioned them at an impressive ceremony here on Tuesday, praised their quality and sturdiness, pointing out that they had sailed 1,200 nautical miles from Mumbai to Visakhapatnam over a duration of 12 days.

"That proved their sturdiness as the boats had crossed successfully the Gulf of Mannar facing strong winds and high seas," Vice Admiral Soni said.

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No decision on Good Governance Day yet: Goa

Panaji: Defying Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan and BJP's controversial diktat to observe Christmas (December 25) as 'Good Governance Day', the saffron party's alliance government in Goa said it has taken no specific decision on the matter.

This was stated by Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in a written reply to an unstarred question tabled on Tuesday during the ongoing budget session of the state legislative assembly.

US to oppose plea to declare RSS a terror group

New York: The US has told a court here that it intends to move for dismissal of a lawsuit for declaring India's RSS as a "terror group" while seeking time till April 14 to do so.

In a motion filed Tuesday before judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York, US attorney Preet Bharara said the "government requires additional time to finalize its motion and supporting papers".

Naval plane crashes near Goa, two missing

Panaji: A Dornier surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy with three personnel on board crashed into the Arabian sea, some 20 miles off the coast of Goa late on Tuesday, officials said.

One of them was rescued and two others, including a woman, have gone missing, a naval official said on Wednesday. The aircraft was from Squadron 301 of the Indian Navy base at INS Hansa near Dabolim in Goa.

It was on a training sortie, the official added.

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