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Defence acquisition council meet ends abruptly

New Delhi : A meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) ended here abruptly on Friday after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar left for another meeting, sources said.

It was, however, unclear to which meeting the defence minister rushed to.

The DAC clears proposals for defence acquisition.

The meeting is now expected to take place next week, most likely on Tuesday.

Ministry proposes to reduce Lutyens Bungalow Zone area

New Delhi : The ministry of urban development has proposed to reduce the Lutyens Bungalow Zone (LBZ) area by 5.13 sq. kms and has for the first time sought suggestions and/or objections to proposals in this regard.

The ministry has also proposed to exclude areas such as Jor Bagh, Golf Links, Sunder Nagar, Bengali Market, Ashoka Road, Mandir Marg, Panchsheel Marg, Sardar Patel Marg and Chanakyapuri from the LBZ area, an official statement said.

Aurangzeb Road named A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road

New Delhi : Delhi's Aurangzeb Road has become A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday.

The tree-lined Aurangzeb Road is located in the heart of Delhi and has several billionaires living there.

"Congrats! NDMC just now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road (as) A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road," Kejriwal tweeted, referring to the New Delhi Municipal Council.

An NDMC official said: "We have decided to change the name of Aurangzeb Road to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road. The Delhi government will finally clear it."

Union health secretary, AIIMS, Delhi Police get NHRC notices

New Delhi : The NHRC has issued notice to the union health secretary, director of AIIMS and the commissioner of Delhi Police over reports that an injured girl died after failing to receive timely treatment, an official said on Friday.

The eight-year-old girl was injured in a road accident on August 12 and her uncle was made to run from one hospital to the other, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), resulting in her death, the commission said citing media reports.

Manual scavengers to tie rakhi to Modi

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Several manual scavengers, liberated by an NGO, will tie rakhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan that falls on Saturday.

The group of five women will also hand over 1,000 rakhis to Modi designed by the widows from Vrindavana and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh who have been looked after by the NGO Sulabh International.

Haryana gets 21 all-women police stations

Chandigarh : Promising a better policing environment to make women feel secure in approaching police, the Haryana government on Friday launched all-women police stations in all 21 districts of the state.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the first all-women police station at Mansa Devi complex in Haryana's Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh.

"The all women police stations are a gift for women of Haryana on the eve of the festival of Raksha Bandhan," Khattar said.

Rahul Gandhi pays obeisance at two Valley shrines

Srinagar : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday concluded his three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir after paying obeisance at two shrines in the Valley.

He paid obeisance at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar where, he said, he prayed for the peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the country.

The Congress vice president earlier went to a holy shrine of Kashmiri Pandits, Tullamulla, in north Kashmir's Ganderbal district.

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Hardik Patel is Gujarat hero, says Shiv Sena

Mumbai: The mass appeal of Hardik Patel in Gujarat "does not augur well for the BJP", the Shiv Sena said on Friday, calling him "a hero" who had punctured claims that Gujarat was a peaceful state.

"Until now, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi was considered the only political 'neta' who could pull crowds," a hard-hitting editorial in the party's mouthpiece "Saamana" said.

Three killed in Pakistan shelling in Jammu

Jammu: In the worst such incident in two weeks, three civilians were killed and nine injured when Pakistani military resorted to indiscriminate shelling on the Jammu and Kashmir border, police said.

The Pakistan Rangers went on the offensive in R.S. Pura sector of the international border in Jammu district around 1 a.m., an officer told IANS here.

The shelling left Subhash Chander, 45, and Bimla Devi, 42, both residents of Sai Khurd village, and Pawan Kumar, 55, who lived in Abdullian village, dead besides causing widespread panic.

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