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Land for Andhra capital to be acquired in three months

Hyderabad : The Andhra Pradesh government will acquire 30,000 acres of land in 17 villages of Guntur district in three months for building the state capital.

The Capital Advisory Committee at its meeting here Thursday said the land will be acquired through the land pooling system (LPS) after convincing the farmers.

Seeking the cooperation of people in building what it calls "people's capital", the panel assured that the farmers will be benefited from the land acquisition process as they will get transferable rights on developed land.

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Delhi schools, colleges, varsities to celebrate Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

New Delhi : Schools and universities in the national capital will Friday organise several cultural events to celebrate the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas commemorating the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The government had announced that Oct 31 will be celebrated as the Rashtiya Ekta Diwas, where the Prime Minister will flag off the "Run for Unity" and also administer pledge of "unification and internal security".

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Government bars first class air travel for officials

New Delhi : Calling for cutting expenditure due to the current fiscal situation, the finance ministry Thursday asked government departments to cut non-plan expenditure by 10 percent, including first class air travel on overseas visits and meetings in five-star hotels.

"In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalise expenditure and optimise available resources," the ministry said in an office memorandum.

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Haryana bank heist: Two suspects arrested, building owner's body found

Chandigarh : In the daring bank locker heist in Gohana town, Haryana Police have arrested two suspects and recovered over 10 kg of ornaments, an official said Thursday, adding that the man who owned the building from which the burglars dug a tunnel to the bank was found dead inside a car.

The body of Mahipal, who owned the building from where the 125-foot long tunnel was dug to the bank's locker room, was found in a car on the Panipat highway, in a shocking twist to the case. Police said it appeared Mahipal committed suicide.

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Over 80 issues facing industry solved by UP government

Lucknow : Over 80 issues confronting the industry, entrepreneurs and investors were resolved Thursday at the second Samadhaan Divas (Resolution Day), organized by Udyog Bandhu, the investment facilitation agency of the Uttar Pradesh government, an official said.

The issues were mainly concerning the issuance of no-objection certificates (NoCs) by electrical safety department and the UP Power Corporation and Pollution Control Board. The others were related to public works department and commercial tax.

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Nov 10 target for Agra-Delhi high speed train

Agra : The Agra-Delhi high speed train Gatiman Express, with a speed of 160 km per hour, is expected to start running around Nov 10 as the Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory is ready with the first rake of 17 coaches for the train, an official said Thursday.

The exact date will be announced by the Railway Board in New Delhi.

"The rake with 17 coaches, specially manufactured, will roll out from our factory during the first week of November," an official of the Kapurthala Railway Coach Factory told IANS.

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Jadavpur unrest: Students participate in referendum

Kolkata : Jadavpur University students Thursday took part in a referendum in their bid to prove that they were unanimously demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti.

The students have been clamouring for the removal of Chakrabarti since Sep 17 when the university authorities allegedly ordered a police crackdown to break up a sit-in demanding an independent investigation into the alleged molestation of a female student inside a hostel.

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Delhi government gets notice on plea against free books

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Thursday asked the city government to respond to the association of private schools' plea challenging the rule under the Right of Education Act that requires books and uniforms to be supplied to poor students free of cost.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul asked the directorate of education to file its reply within a week to the private schools' plea and posted the matter for Nov 18.

The association of private schools sought an amendment in the petition filed by it earlier, which the court allowed.

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Badal seeks higher Minimum Support Price for wheat

Chandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday asked the central government to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat for the forthcoming season.

He argued that the enhanced Rs.1,450 per quintal price for wheat could not even cover expenses incurred by farmers.

In a statement issued here after the central government hiked the wheat MSP by only Rs.50 per quintal, Badal said the M.S. Swaminathan formula for fixing the MSP should be implemented immediately.

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Chopper deal: HC notice to ED on Khaitan's bail plea

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Thursday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on a bail plea of businessman Gautam Khaitan, arrested in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper deal.

Justice V.P. Vaish sought response from the ED and asked it to file a status report on the issue by Nov 11.

Filing the bail plea, Khaitan said he has been fully cooperating with the investigation and his arrest by the ED is based purely on speculation, conjectures and surmises.

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