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Pakistan massacre an attack on progress: French envoy

Kolkata : French Ambassador to India Francois Richier Wednesday strongly condemned the massacre in a Pakistan school that left nearly 141 people dead, most of them children, and said it was an attack on progress.

Richier also asserted his country's commitment towards fighting terrorism.

People's Forum lauds Modi stand on Pakistan school attack

Mumbai : The Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) Wednesday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gesture of standing by Pakistan in the wake of a terror attack on school that left nearly 150 people dead.

"We welcome the Indian government's gesture of standing by Pakistan at this critical moment. We appeal to Narendra Modi to carry forward this gesture of compassion and urgently resume dialogue with Pakistan," PIPFPD office-bearers Anuradha Bhasin, Asha Hansa and Jatin Desai said in a statement here.

HC to hear Somnath Bharti's plea against NHRC Dec 22

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday posted for Dec 22 former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti's plea against the NHRC order to pay Rs.25,000 each to 12 African women "victims of racial prejudice and unlawful acts", whose homes the AAP leader had allegedly barged into during a controversial midnight campaign.


A day after Pakistan attack, strict vigil at Delhi school

New Delhi : Security at a Delhi school was very strict Wednesday, with policemen frisking everyone entering the premises, a day after a school was attacked in Pakistan's Peshawar city. Pupils said the principal and teachers advised them to be careful, and immediately inform them if they find anything suspicious.

"Soon after the morning assembly prayers, our principal addressed us with the opening line that we should not fear such acts," said Arjun Narula, a student of Modern School in central Delhi, where police increased security.

ASI spends Rs.16,964 lakh for monument conservation

New Delhi : The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) spent Rs.16,964 lakh during 2013-14 for conservation of monuments, parliament was informed Wednesday.

"Adequate funds have been provided by the government for conservation, preservation and environmental development of protected monuments," Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

The ASI spent Rs.14,867 lakh and Rs.13,433 lakh in 2012-13 and 2011-12, respectively.


Telangana, Andhra schools pay tribute to Peshawar victims

Hyderabad : Schools across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Wednesday paid tribute to the children killed in the terrorist attack in Pakistan's Peshawar city.

Students in government-run and private schools in the two Telugu-speaking states observed a two-minute silence in memory of the children massacred in the attack on an army-run school.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call, schools observed the silence.

Employees in some government offices also observed the silence and prayed for the victims.

775 illegal expatriates arrested in UAE

Dubai : As many as 775 illegal residents were arrested during November as part of a police campaign launched in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to stem loitering in public places, police said.

The suspects were of various nationalities and had entered the country illegally or had run away from their sponsors, the Gulf News reported Wednesday citing police.

They used to earn their living by either street hawking, begging or gambling.

A police official said the campaign will continue according to a security plan.

Haryana's 15 panchayats to get Nirmal Gram awards

Gurgaon : Haryana's 15 gram panchayats, of which five are located in Gurgaon district, have been selected for Nirmal Gram Puraskar-2013 under the Swacch Bharat Mission.

The panchayats have been selected by the union ministry of drinking water and sanitation.

Overall, 587 gram panchayats from across the country have been selected under Swachh Bharat Mission for the Nirmal Gram Puraskar-2013, which would be awarded by President Pranab Mukherjee.


HC seeks Delhi Police's response on filling up of vacancies

Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the city police to file an affidavit on steps taken to recruit an additional 14,000 personnel.

A division bench of justices B.D. Ahmed and I.S. Mehta asked Delhi Police to file its response by Dec 24, the next date of hearing.

The court's direction came on the suo motu cognisance of the Dec 16, 2012, gangrape where it has been issuing a slew of directions, including safety of women.


Maharashtra drought worse than expected, rues Fadnavis

Mumbai : The drought situation in Maharashtra has turned out to be worse than earlier calculations, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Wednesday.

As per previous estimates, 19,059 villages in 22 districts, mostly in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, were affected by drought, but now the figure has increased to 24,700 villages, he said.