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Saradha scam: CBI conducts raids, Bengal minister denied bail

Kolkata : The CBI on Thursday raided seven locations in West Bengal and Odisha of the Mangaldeep Land Promoters Ltd. for raising public money through illegal schemes, while a court rejected the bail plea of state minister Madan Mitra who was arrested for his alleged complicity in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.

Mangaldeep is one of the 44 companies including the Saradha Group, being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following orders of the Supreme Court.

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Will end child labour, Kejriwal assures Nobel laureate

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and assured him of his government's best efforts to remove child labour from the national capital.

Satyarthi, who called on Kejriwal at the secretariat here, raised the issues of child rights and child protection.

He told Kejriwal that a huge number of children were being trafficked and used by job placement agencies.

He said such agencies need to be regulated.

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Coal block auction likely to fetch Rs.3,35,370 crore for states

New Delhi : The auction of 67 coal blocks is expected to fetch a revenue of nearly Rs.3,35,370 crore for seven states where the mines are located, besides additional benefit of Rs.69,310.97 crore to consumers "in terms of reduction of electricity tariffs", parliament was informed on Thursday.

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Delhi lawyers' strike to continue, over 100 detained

New Delhi : The two-day strike by Delhi lawyers, which began on Wednesday to protest against the delay in passing the amended bill regarding enhancement of the pecuniary jurisdiction of district courts, was on Thursday extended till April 28 even as over a 100 lawyers were detained during a protest march.

The lawyers also decided to hold a rally outside parliament on April 28.

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Police formally charge three in document leak case

New Delhi : Delhi Police on Thursday formally charged in a court three accused in connection with the second FIR filed in the documents leak case.

The charge sheet was filed before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Satish Kumar Arora, who fixed May 1 as the next date of hearing.

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Government puts Ford Foundation on watch list

New Delhi : The home ministry on Thursday ordered placing the Ford Foundation, one of the most powerful international funding organisations, on a watch list in "national interest and security" of the country, official sources said.

The ministry asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), through a letter, to instruct all banks and their branches to ensure that any fund flow from the foundation was first cleared by the ministry.

The action comes in the wake of intelligence reports that such organisations were creating hurdles in the country's development.

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Tamil Nadu aiming at Rs.100,000 crore investment in 2015

Kolkata : As part of its drive to invite investment, Tamil Nadu has targeted drawing investment of Rs.100,000 crore in 2015, of which Rs.52,000 crore is nearly on the verge of being signed, and another Rs.21,000 crore is under consideration.

"Our target is to draw in investment to the tune of Rs.100,000 crore of which a total of Rs.73,000 crore has been concluded. Of this amount, Rs.52,000 crore is nearly finalised and we are sure about getting it," the state's industries secretary C.V. Sankar told media persons here.

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22 million infants miss out basic vaccines: WHO

New Delhi : Around 22 million infants across the globe still miss out on the basic vaccines for diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and tetanus. And out of this, nine million infants live in the Southeast Asian region, World Health Organisations's (WHO) Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh said here on Thursday.

Jammu traders allege discrimination, announce shutdown

Jammu : Alleging discrimination against Jammu region by the state government, various traders organisations on Thursday announced a complete shutdown here on Friday.

Rakesh Gupta, president of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said at a press conference that "The state government has been acting against the interests of the common man and the traders in the Jammu region."

"Despite repeated requests to consider our demands, the state government has been overlooking the problem which speaks of its step motherly treatment towards the Jammu region."

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Will clarify things: Chetan Bhagat on defamation suit

New Delhi : Reacting to news of a defamation suit filed against him, author Chetan Bhagat says his novel “Half Girlfriend” has nothing to do with the former kingdom of Dumraon in Bihar and that he will try to settle things by explaining the point to the other party.

“I didn’t know them and was not aware of their existence. I came to know about these people after the book came out,” Bhagat told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

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