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SC notice on plea against Centre's nod for sentence remission

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the cental government on a plea by a Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict challenging the legal provision mandating the state government to take the Centre's prior consent before remitting the sentence of a convict whose offence was investigated and prosecuted by the CBI.

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Himachal may bar university teachers from politics

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Friday said the state may bar teachers of Himachal Pradesh University here from taking part in active politics and contesting elections.

"If any teacher is interested to join politics, he should resign from the university first and then contest the elections. He would not be allowed to join back the university after he takes part in the polls," he told reporters here.

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SC notice on hiking acid attack victims' compensation

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central and state governments and union territory administrations on a plea seeking enhancement of compensation to acid attack victims from the existing Rs.3 lakh to Rs.10 lakh coupled with free medical treatment that involves a series of surgeries.

The central government is not active in addressing the issue, observed a bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman as it issued notice returnable in six weeks.

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Chautalas' bail extended till Aug 1

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday extended, till Aug 1, the interim bail of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the teachers recruitment scam.

Justice Siddharth Mrudul, who had reserved order on appeals of 55 convicts in the case, also extended bail of two other convicts - Sher Singh Badshami and Chautala's former aide Vidya Dhar.

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Centre to promote medical tourism

New Delhi : The union tourism ministry has finalised fresh guidelines to promote the "untapped" market in medical tourism, an official said here Friday.

"We have finalised fresh guidelines to promote and market medical tourism by sufficiently incentivising tour operators and market facilitators to cash in on its hidden potential that hitherto stays untapped and unexplored," tourism secretary Parvez Dewan said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of "Medical and Wellness Tourism Summit -2014" here that was organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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India's two Gazas: One in parliament, another at UN

By Saeed Naqvi,

Sushma Swaraj's statement on Palestine in the Rajya Sabha so pleased Jerusalem that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman thanked her that evening over the telephone. But the goodwill thus generated was fading by Wednesday when New Delhi, having changed its mind, voted with the resolution at the UN "condemning Israel for disproportionate use of force in Gaza".

International flights allowed from Chandigarh

Chandigarh : The defence ministry has cleared a proposal to allow international flights from Chandigarh airport, the Punjab government announced Friday.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, in a communication to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Spicejet and Indigo Airlines have been accorded permission to operate international flights from Chandigarh.

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Indians among asylum seekers to be identified

Sydney : Australian authorities Friday said they will transfer to the mainland 157 asylum seekers detained offshore in an Australian customs ship so that at least the Indians among them can be identified.

The detainees are being held since their boat was intercepted near Christmas islands July 7, and are now in a legal limbo.

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President inaugurates Rashtrapati Bhavan museum

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday dedicated Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the nation at a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking on the occasion, the president said the museum will enable the people to get an inside view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, its art, architecture and help them get educated about lives of past presidents.

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Two Meghalaya policemen killed in blast

Shillong : Two police constables were killed and two others were injured Friday in a bomb blast triggered by insurgents in Meghalaya.

"ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom) and GNLA (Garo National Liberation Army) militants planted a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) bomb by the roadside in Tebrongre area of West Garo Hills district, killing two constables and injuring two others," IGP (Operations) G.H.P. Raju told IANS.

He said the police constables were conducting a road patrol in the militant-hit area between Dadenggre and Rongram.

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