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Book release, Kathak recital liven up Darbar Hall

New Delhi : The high marbled dome of the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan reverberated with music and some scintillating Kathak dance - watched by President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other invited guests at a special book release event.

First copies of the books "Thoughts and Reflections" - a compilation of quotes of the president; "Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan" on the birds of the President's Estate and "Indradhanush" on the cultural events organized in Rashtrapati Bhavan were presented to President Mukherjee at the event.

Telangana accident: Child's body exhumed, handed over to real parents

Hyderabad : Police exhumed the body of a six-year-old boy, one of the victims of Thursday's tragic school bus-train collision in Telangana's Medak district, and handed it over to his parents after a blunder came to light Friday.

The body of Dattu was mistaken as that of Danush alias Darshan Goud and handed over to the latter's parents Thursday and he was buried Friday morning in Kistapur village.


Manish Sisodia asked to pay Rs.2 lakh outstanding rent

New Delhi : The Delhi government has asked former public works department minister Manish Sisodia to pay an outstanding house rent of nearly Rs.2 lakh.

"We have issued a notice to him (Sisodia) to pay Rs.1,99,596 as his outstanding house rent," said a PWD official on the condition of anonymity.

"A notice was issued May 22 to Sisodia to vacate the house, but he vacated it only on June 30," the official added.

As a minister in the 49-day Aam Aadmi Party government, Sisodia was allotted the government flat in Mayur Vihar Phase II in east Delhi.


Select right contractor: Delhi chief secretary to PWD

New Delhi : Delhi chief secretary S.K. Srivastava Monday asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to choose "right contractors" to deliver work of international standards.

The work of international standard is expected of the the agency which needs to work in a "mission mode" to deliver on time, Srivastva said on the occasion of the 53rd Public Works Department day.

"You have to choose right contractor and purchase right things so that work could be done on time," he said.


SC notice on plea against Centre's nod for sentence remission

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the cental government on a plea by a Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict challenging the legal provision mandating the state government to take the Centre's prior consent before remitting the sentence of a convict whose offence was investigated and prosecuted by the CBI.


Himachal may bar university teachers from politics

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Friday said the state may bar teachers of Himachal Pradesh University here from taking part in active politics and contesting elections.

"If any teacher is interested to join politics, he should resign from the university first and then contest the elections. He would not be allowed to join back the university after he takes part in the polls," he told reporters here.


SC notice on hiking acid attack victims' compensation

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central and state governments and union territory administrations on a plea seeking enhancement of compensation to acid attack victims from the existing Rs.3 lakh to Rs.10 lakh coupled with free medical treatment that involves a series of surgeries.

The central government is not active in addressing the issue, observed a bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman as it issued notice returnable in six weeks.


Chautalas' bail extended till Aug 1

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday extended, till Aug 1, the interim bail of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the teachers recruitment scam.

Justice Siddharth Mrudul, who had reserved order on appeals of 55 convicts in the case, also extended bail of two other convicts - Sher Singh Badshami and Chautala's former aide Vidya Dhar.


Centre to promote medical tourism

New Delhi : The union tourism ministry has finalised fresh guidelines to promote the "untapped" market in medical tourism, an official said here Friday.

"We have finalised fresh guidelines to promote and market medical tourism by sufficiently incentivising tour operators and market facilitators to cash in on its hidden potential that hitherto stays untapped and unexplored," tourism secretary Parvez Dewan said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of "Medical and Wellness Tourism Summit -2014" here that was organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


India's two Gazas: One in parliament, another at UN

By Saeed Naqvi,

Sushma Swaraj's statement on Palestine in the Rajya Sabha so pleased Jerusalem that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman thanked her that evening over the telephone. But the goodwill thus generated was fading by Wednesday when New Delhi, having changed its mind, voted with the resolution at the UN "condemning Israel for disproportionate use of force in Gaza".