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NCC girls' team to scale 6,001-metre peak

New Delhi: An NCC girls expedition to the 6,001-metre-high Mount Deo-Tibba peak was flagged off from here by Director General Lt. Gen. A. Chakravarty on Wednesday.

This is the first of a series of training and preparatory expeditions for the NCC Everest expedition in 2016.

These cadets have been selected after extensive trials conducted at hubs all over the country followed by rigorous training at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling where cadets were trained in ice/rock craft survival skills and rescue.

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US envoy favours India-Pakistan trade enhancement

Amritsar: US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma on Wednesday favoured enhancement of trade between India and Pakistan, and said he would certainly do whatever was possible to push both the governments to resolve the issues at the earliest.

"There is indeed immense potential to save huge transportation costs and time if more and more trade is done through land route via the Attari-Wagah border," he said.

Delhi HC says no to Rs.404-crore CCTV camera plan

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday declined to give its approval to a Delhi Police proposal to install 6,630 CCTV cameras in 44 red-flagged areas of the national capital at a cost of Rs.404.32 crore.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said it would not give its "stamp of approval" to the project and said "the cost is a bit pricey".

"We won't give our stamp of approval to the project. Rs.404 crore for the CCTV cameras seems to be on the upper side, to say the least," the bench remarked.

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Delhi government to crackdown on illegal constructions

New Delhi: To ensure no unauthorised construction and encroachment takes place in the national capital, the Delhi government has formed a task force of sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs), an official statement said on Wednesday.

The step is being taken to strengthen the Arvind Kejriwal government's move to regularise all unauthorised colonies in Delhi, as the government has decided to stop all kinds of unauthorised construction in future, it said.

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Woman burns husband, six others to death in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: In a gruesome incident, a woman allegedly burnt her husband and six other family members to death on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu.

The incident took place in Madurai district, around 470 km from here.

Police said Pandeeswari was married to Kannan three years back. However, owing to marital discard the couple lived separately with Kannan shifting to Chennai after finding a job.

Kannan was at his native place when his wife asked him to live with her, which he declined. He was staying with his parents, sister and her three children.

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Indian men apologise to British tourist for harassment

London: British tourist Lucy Hemmings received numerous apologies among 600 replies to her viral blog post describing sexual harassment she faced during a trip to India.

"If I'm honest, I was nervous to publish something that shows India in a negative light -- in no way did I want to suggest that India as a whole is like this. But I think that all of these messages just go to show what wonderful, humble and incredible people India has to be proud of," The Telegraph quoted her as saying.

Indian community doubts allocations in Malaysia budget

Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysia government's claim of allocating $800 million (RM2.89 billion) for the Indian community during 2012-2014, was under the scanner of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) leaders due to lack of substantial results.

DAP leader M. Kulasegaran has suggested that the federal treasury's claim of an allocation of RM 2.89 billion for the Indian community, which forms 7.1 percent of the population of Malaysia, could be an attempt to mislead or confuse them, Free Malaysia Today reported on Wednesday.

Saina seeded No.2 at Australian Open

Sydney: Star Indian shuttler and defending champion Saina Nehwal has been seeded No.2 in the women's singles event for the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries to be played here from May 26 to 31.

World No.2 Saina had defeated Spaniard Carolina Marin -- who later won the World Championships -- to lift the trophy last year. This time she will open her campaign against a yet to be decided qualifier.

Meanwhile, World No.11 P.V. Sindhu is unseeded and has a tough opening match in the face of former World Champion Yihan Wang of China.

Huge cache of detonators seized in Bengal

Kolkata: In a major haul, at least 25,000 electronic detonators were seized on Wednesday from West Bengal's Bankura district, police said.

The detonators were found in an abandoned sports utility vehicle (SUV) in Gangajalghati area of the district, some 200 km from Kolkata.

"We have seized 25,000 electronic detonators. Evident from the labels on them, the devices were manufactured in a company in Andhra Pradesh and brought here without any documents," said Superintendent of Police (Bankura) Sudheer Kumar Neelakantam.

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Girl robbed at ATM in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: An unidentified person opened fire and robbed a girl of money and jewellery at an ATM here on Wednesday, police said.

The incident occurred at State Bank ATM in Yousufguda area around 7.30 a.m. when she was withdrawing money.

The armed man threatened the girl by opening two rounds of fire and escaped with the money and jewellery.

She lodged a complaint with police.

Senior police officials rushed to the scene.

The incident caused a flutter in the busy area.

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