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Men's groups resent move to empower women panel

New Delhi : Men's rights groups, fighting for shared parenting in case of divorce, Thursday protested the central government move to empower the National Commission for Women (NCW) with powers to direct police to arrest the accused in crimes against women.

In a missive to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bangalore-based NGO Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) said: "If the NCW is elevated, it will lead to a complete disintegration of the Indian judicial system."


Vizag Steel Plant donates Rs.5 crore for cyclone relief

Visakhapatnam : Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) Thursday donated Rs.5 crore for relief works in cyclone-hit areas of north coastal Andhra.

Rashtriya Ispat Nagam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of VSP, has donated the money to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

P. Madhusudan, chairman and managing director of RINL, Thursday presented the cheque through union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.


No Diwali sweets exchange at Attari border

Amritsar : The Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday did not exchange sweets and greetings with their counterparts Pakistan Rangers on the occasion of Diwali.

This is the second time within this month that the border guards of both the countries have not exchanged sweets during their festivals.

Both sides broke the tradition and did not exchange sweets and greetings on the occasion of Eid earlier this month.

BSF officials here said that no effort was made to work out the protocol for exchange of sweets Thursday.

Goa government clips anti-graft judge's power; decision challenged

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : A senior anti-corruption judge's power to hear corruption-related cases has been suddenly clipped and divested two weeks after he made a critical observation against the police while deciding a graft case in which the Goa chief minister is an alleged accused, triggering a controversy here.


No Diwali in 50 Kashmir villages

Jammu : Residents of more than 50 border villages in Jammu and Kashmir cannot celebrate Diwali Thursday. They have been told that the lamps they light will guide Pakistani forces to target them.

The diktat means that the festival of lights will pass without earthern lamps and electric lights - and of course firecrackers - in these villages in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.

Indian authorities fear that the lamps and lights will be used by Pakistan Rangers to target civilian habitations.


Pakistan Rangers breach truce in Kashmir

Jammu : Pakistan Rangers fired at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday, sparking intermittent exchange of gunfire.

A senior police officer told IANS here that Pakistan Rangers fired at the Narain border post of the Border Security Force at Ramgar in Samba district.

"The Pakistani firing started at 10.30 a.m. and is still continuing intermittently," the officer said. The BSF retaliated. "No casualty or damage has been reported from our side."

Every Indian stands by soldiers in Siachen: Modi

Srinagar : Every Indian stands "shoulder to shoulder" with soldiers posted in Siachen Glacier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday as he began a visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

"Everyone is aware of the extreme conditions at Siachen. Overcoming every challenge our soldiers stand firm, protecting our motherland," Modi said in a tweet.

"Be it the altitude or bitter cold, nothing deters our soldiers. They stand there, serving our nation. They make us truly proud.


Indian-American appointed to key counter spying job

Washington : Indian-American Anita M. Singh has been appointed to a key post in the Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD) as part of a restructuring to counter state-sponsored economic espionage and proliferation, including through cyberspace.

The strategic changes are designed to put additional focus on the protection of national assets from such threats and to empower US attorneys as they conduct outreach on these issues, assistant attorney general for National Security John P. Carlin announced.


CBI arrests Railway Board official in bribe case

New Delhi : A senior Railway Board official was arrested by the CBI Wednesday for allegedly receiving a bribe from Mumbai-based tour operators in return for facilitation to run special trains and additional coaches for tourism purposes.

Ravi Mohan Sharma, a 1997 batch official of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, was arrested by a team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) while accepting the bribe of Rs.5 lakh at his residence here.


Two Indian-American cardiologists to pay $380,000 for fraud

Washington : Two Indian-American cardiologists have agreed to pay $380,000 to resolve allegations of a sham deal with a hospital in exchange for the referral of healthcare services, according to a media report.

London, Kentucky-based Satyabrata Chatterjee and Ashwini Anand, who jointly owned Cumberland Clinic were charged with violating the False Claims Act with their sham management agreements with Saint Joseph Hospital, reported.