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Ponty Chadha killing: Notice to accused on police plea

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Tuesday issued notice to all the 21 accused involved in the killing of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep on the plea of city police, challenging the trial court's order of dropping murder charges against them.

Justice Indermeet Kaur sought responses from Uttarakhand minorities panel's sacked chairman S.S. Namdhari and 20 other accused by Sep 4.

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Pass Women's Reservation Bill: NHRC

New Delhi : The National Human Right Commission (NHRC) Tuesday called for the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill to give them one-third seats in parliament and state legislatures.

It also called for the successful implementation of women related policies.

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Schemes for protecting intangible cultural heritage: Minister

New Delhi : The government is implementing various schemes for protecting and promoting the country's intangible cultural heritage, Culture and Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik said Tuesday.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, he said the schemes do not cover heritage sites that are looked after separately by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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India Inc's thumbs up for Gowda's maiden railway budget

New Delhi : Welcoming the thrust on resource mobilisation in this year's rail budget, India Inc Tuesday welcomed the new government's maiden exercise as practical and execution-oriented.

"The Minister has presented a practical and execution-oriented Budget, laying emphasis on implementation of on-going projects and focusing on monitoring them for an early closure", Sumit Mazumder, president designate Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and chairman, CII special task force on Railways told reporters here.

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Rail budget fine but ensure effective implementation

New Delhi : The introduction of bullet trains, food lounges and better security announced in the railway budget Tuesday received a thumbs up from the common man, though skepticism about the timely and effective implementation remains a concern.

In the budget presented by Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, it was announced that the first bullet train would run on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route while on some routes the speed of the trains will be increased between 160-200 km per hour.

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NRI businessman in Oman offers jobs to rescued nurses

Muscat : Another NRI businessman has come forward to recruit the 46 Indian nurses who were rescued from war-torn Iraq last week.

M.M.Ramachandran, chairman of Atlas Jewellery and Group, announced in a statement, that all 46 nurses are welcome to work at hospitals owned by the group in Oman.

"We are extremely happy to offer them jobs at this critical juncture. I am very happy to help those who faced such hardship," Ramachandran said.

Atlas Healthcare division owns and runs two hospitals - one in Al Ghubra near Oman's capital Muscat and the other in Ruwi in Muscat.

Seven new trains for Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad : Railway Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda in his maiden budget proposed seven new trains for two Telugu-speaking states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

In the first railway budget presented after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the central government announced four new trains for Telangana and three for Andhra Pradesh.

The new trains for Telangana are Hyderabad-Chennai semi-bullet train, Nagpur-Secunderabad semi-bullet train, Secunderabad-Nizamuddin premium AC train and, Mumbai-Kazipet weekly express.

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Parents urged to avoid illegal school vans

New Delhi : The Delhi government has asked all private schools in the city to urge parents to use "safe transport" provided by them and avoid "illegal vans" to send their wards to school.

In a circular issued by the Directorate of Education, the private schools have been warned against the illegal vans who flout rules by not adhering to permitted seating capacity, driving recklessly at high speeds.

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SpiceJet starts promotional fares at Rs.999 per ticket

New Delhi : Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Tuesday launched another promotional fare scheme offering all-India travel options starting from Rs.999, excluding taxes.

According to the low cost carrier, it has placed 10,00,000 seats starting from Rs.999, that can be booked between 8 and 10 July for travel from 6 January to 24 October 2015 to destinations across India.

In the recent months, SpiceJet has launched four nation-wide discount schemes and several sector-wise fare reduction plans.

Railway ministry's Twitter following surges

New Delhi : In less than 24 hours of joining the micro-blogging site Twitter, the official handle of the ministry of railways Tuesday had close to 40,000 followers.

The ministry of railways made its debut on Twitter a day before D.V. Sadananda Gowda was to present the his maiden railway budget.

The ministry's twitter handle is @RailMinIndia.

"The ministry of railways is now on social media. We look forward to interacting with netizens, using this vibrant medium," read the first tweet Monday.

The followers were increasing with each passing second.

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