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199 ceasefire violations by Pakistan till June: Parrikar

New Delhi : There have been 199 violations by Pakistan of the bilateral ceasefire with India till June, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday.

The number of violations in 2014 was 583, and in 2013, the number was 347, the minister informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

This year, till June 30, two soldiers and two civilians have been killed, he said.

In 2014, 13 civilians and four soldiers died, while in 2013, 10 soldiers were killed.

Naroda Patiya riot case: Guj HC bench refuses to give preference to Kodnani’s appeal, says will hear all appeals together

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Ahmedabad: A division bench of Gujarat High Court that has begun the final hearing in the Naroda Patiya cross appeals of 32 convicts, witnesses, SIT etc., has refused to give preference in hearing to the appeal filed by former minister Maya Kodnani and said it will hear all appeals together.

The devision bench comprising Justice Mohinder Pal and Justice R D Kothari on Tuesday heard the submissions made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which probed the riot case on the directions of the Supreme Court.

Gag order on Memon funeral; media blacks out telecast

Mumbai : Not willing to take any chances, police here on Thursday issued a gag order to the media barring it from photographing and videographing the funeral procession and the last rites of hanged convict Yakub Memon.

The 13-hour gag order was issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Sanjay Barkund from 11 a.m. till midnight of Thursday.

Following this, all TV channels voluntarily dissuaded from telecasting the funeral procession and the last rites.

Four arrested for DU admission scam

New Delhi : Four people have been arrested for running a fake admission racket in colleges under Delhi University (DU), police said on Thursday.

Sunil Panwar alias Guruji, 41, Mohd. Zuber, 25, Parveen Kumar Jha, 35 and Ranchit Khurana alias Bunty, 30 were arrested from different places in the capital on Wednesday.

"Panwar and Zuber used to procure the candidates and then get in touch with Ranchit, who in turn used to obtain forged documents from Parveen Jha, who prepared them," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav.

Tampering with RBI's autonomy will damage economy: Moody's

New Delhi : American research firm Moody's Analytics, in a report on Thursday, warned against the NDA government's moves to tamper with the autonomy of the Reserve Bank of India in deciding on interest rates, as being potentially damaging for the economy.

"We believe that a government-elected panel undermines the RBI's independence. Moving to the new model would severely dent the RBI's competency: Credibility would be lower, politics would drive decisions, and transparency would be reduced," the economic research conmpany said.

'Manjhi - The Mountain Man' made tax free in Bihar

Patna : The Bihar government on Thursday announced that "Manjhi - The Mountain Man", an upcoming Indian biopic based on the life of 'Mountain Man' Dashrath Manjhi, will be exempted from tax in the state. The idea is to get the maximum number of people to watch it, officials said.

Rajnath holds Pakistan responsible for Dinanagar attack

New Delhi : Holding Pakistan responsible for the July 27 Dinanagar terror attack, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said any attack by enemies will meet an effective and forceful response from the Indian security forces.

Making a formal statement in the Rajya Sabha, the home minister said the central government was committed to rooting out terrorism from the country.

People's President, Missile Man Kalam laid to rest

Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu) : Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was laid to rest on Thursday here with full military honours in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other leaders who paid tributes to the man who strengthened India's missile programme and played a key role in country's 1998 nuclear test -- making him a national hero.

The body of Kalam - warmly called the people's president - was draped in the Indian tricolour and brought to the burial site at Pei Karumbu here in a flower-bedecked gun carriage, escorted by columns of the three armed services.

UP to decide fee structure for private medical colleges

Lucknow : In a bid to rein in private medical colleges from charging exorbitant admission and other fees from students, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to fix their fee structure, an official said on Thursday.

The medical education department has also issued notice to six private medical colleges and 11 dental colleges seeking to know the rationale behind their fees structure.

In case the responses do not come within the next three days, process to cancel their recognition would be initiated, the official told IANS.

Congress wants Modi to make Ufa discussions public

New Delhi : The Congress on Thursday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveal what he discussed on terrorism with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa on July 10 as India continued to suffer terror attacks from across the border.

"The prime minister should make a statement on the issue in parliament," Congress leader Anand Sharma told the media here, expressing concern over the terror attack in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district in Punjab, believed to be carried out by terrorists from Pakistan.