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Allow central agencies to work independently: Bengal governor

Kolkata : West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi Thursday asked people not to draw any inferences from the CBI summoning political leaders in the state for questioning and called for allowing the central probe agencies to function independently.

"The central agencies should be allowed to work independently and without any prejudices," Tripathi told reporters here.

"Part of their investigation is to call people and try to know the facts from them. So, I don't think any inference should be drawn about who has been called," Tripathi said.

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Centre approves Chennai monorail project with conditions

New Delhi : The BJP-led central government gave its 'in-principle' clearance, with certain conditions, for the first phase of Chennai Monorail Project (CMP), an official statement Thursday said.

According to the central government, monorail services will be provided between Poonamalle and Kathipara with a link from Porur to Vadapalani with a total length of 20.68 km.

The total estimated outlay of the project is Rs.3,267 crore.

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Ban Ebola patients from entering Goa: Ex-CM

Panaji : Ebola patients should not be allowed to enter Goa and those who succumb to the disease should not be buried in the state, demanded Congressman and former Goa chief minister Ravi Naik.

Speaking to reporters in Ponda, a sub-district located 30 kms from Panaji, Naik specifically expressed his opposition to a state government order identifying the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Ponda as a quarantine facility should a person in the state be diagnosed with Ebola.

Northeast's traditional environmental knowledge important: Expert

Kolkata : The traditional environmental knowledge from India's northeast and northern regions, particularly the Himalayas, integrated with modern science is important for battling climate change, suggested Nobel laureate Betsy Weatherhead here Thursday.

Weatherhead, an American environmental scientist with a background in ozone depletion and climate change, shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Governor unaware of who is supporting Maharashtra CM: RTI query

Mumbai : In a startling revelation, an RTI query has revealed that the BJP failed to provide a list of legislators supporting it when the party staked claim with the governor to form a minority government in Maharashtra.

"This has now been revealed through a reply by the governor's secretariat to my query under RTI, in which I sought information about the strength of MLAs who supported (Chief Minister Devendra) Fadnavis when he staked claim to form the government," Right to Information (RTI) activist Anil Galgali said.

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HC asks Haryana for report on Rampal operation, activities

Chandigarh : Refusing to listen to controversial sect leader Rampal's plea that he could not appear before the court as he was "kept in captivity" by his followers at his ashram, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday directed that he be kept in police custody till Nov 28.

A division bench of Justice M. Jeyapaul and Justice Darshan Singh directed the Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) to file a comprehensive affidavit on the operation conducted to arrest Rampal.

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SC directs CBI chief to recuse himself from 2G case

New Delhi : In a rap to CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, the Supreme Court Thursday directed him not to interfere in the 2G spectrum case and recuse himself from its investigation and prosecution.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justive Madan B. Lokur and Justice A.K. Sikri said that the senior-most officer heading the investigation team probing the 2G case will take over the overall investigations of the 2G cases.

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Centre calls meeting to resolve Mullaperiyar issue

New Delhi/Muallaperiyar (Kerala) : Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati has called a meeting of water resources ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to discuss the issue of rising water level in the Mullaperiyar dam.

"I have called for a meeting of both the states' representatives Saturday (in Delhi) and have also decided to include the Central Water Commission to discuss the rising water level in the Mullaperiyar dam," she said in New Delhi.

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Hindustan Zinc to construct bio-toilets in 152 schools

Udaipur : In another sanitation project that enjoins Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clean India campaign, Hindustan Zinc has said it will soon construct bio-toilets in 152 schools in Rajasthan.

The news comes as part of the World Toilet Day that was observed Wednesday to serve as a reminder of the fact that billions of people globally still lack access to some basic sanitation, said the company, which is a part of the Vedanta Group.

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India did not offer car to PM Sharif: Pakistani official

Islamabad : India has not offered any bulletproof car to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, to be held in Nepal Nov 26-27, according to a Pakistani official.

According to a media report Nov 17, a Nepalese official had said that Sharif rejected the use of a bulletproof car provided by India for the Saarc summit in Kathmandu.

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