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Course launched to train people in basic life support

New Delhi : The Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here launched a course Monday to improve emergency medical services in trauma centres across India and train citizens in basic life support during accidents,.

The course was introduced two months after RML was designated the nodal hospital by the health ministry to study the gaps in the basic life support being given to victims both in the trauma centers and in their absence.

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Adani Power buys Avantha's 600 MW Chhattisgarh unit

Ahmedabad : Adani Power Monday said it has entered into a binding agreement with the Avantha Group to purchase its 600 MW Korba West unit in Chhattisgarh for over Rs.4,200 crore.

Korba West Power owns the 600 MW thermal power plant at Raigarh in the state, where an expansion project is underway.

The deal makes Adani Power the largest private sector power utility in the country with an installed capacity of 11,040 MW, it said in a stock exchange filing.

Use of technology has become game changer for polls: EC

New Delhi : Appropriate use of technology has become a "game changer" in elections and can help in meeting many challenges, Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma said Monday.

During an interaction with a delegation of MPs from Bangladesh, Brahma underscored the need for increased voter enrollment and encouraging the registered voters to come out to vote, a release said here.

The delegation of ten MPs from Bangladesh was led by Muhammad Faruk Khan.

Besides Brahma, they also met Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi.

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PM meets chairman of Nippon foundation

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday met Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of The Nippon Foundation, who has worked extensively for the leprosy-affected in India.

Modi expressed deep appreciation during the meeting for Sasakawa's personal commitment to the cause of eradication of leprosy, both in India and across the world, an official release said here.

Sasakawa had initiated in 2005, the establishment of the National Forum of People Affected by Leprosy in India, a nationwide network of leprosy colonies.

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Bengal lynching: Rights group moves court seeking justice

Kolkata : A city-based rights group Monday filed a petition seeking a Calcutta High Court-monitored probe into the lynching and alleged bobbitisation of a man at the NRS Medical College and Hospital.

Alleging that the West Bengal administration and the hospital authorities were destroying crucial evidences to hush up the matter, the petition was filed before the bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Arijit Banerjee, by the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR).

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Srinivasan visits Padmanabhaswamy temple

Thiruvananthapuram : As the Supreme Court Monday questioned whether sidelined BCCI chief N. Srinivasan was not in a position of conflict while heading the cricket body and also holding a franchise in the IPL, he made a quick visit Monday evening to the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in the Kerala capital.

Srinivasan was in the temple in the evening for about 25 minutes, but did not oblige the media there.

Later at the airport, he said he would be unable to speak on any issue as the court was looking into the matter.

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China communicating with India on cross-border river issue: Official

Beijing : A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Monday said China is maintaining sound communication with India on exploiting the Yarlung Zangbo river.

Hua Chunying made the remarks when asked to respond to the claim that a new hydropower station and other planned stations on the river, known as Brahmaputra after it enters India, could have an environmental impact downstream in India and Bangladesh, Xinhua reported.

Tibet's largest hydropower station became partly operational Sunday.

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Government to provide interest subvention for housing loans

New Delhi : The government Monday said it will offer interest subvention on housing loans to make it more affordable for the poorer sections of the society to own a house.

"We are coming out with an interest subvention scheme for the housing sector for the economically weaker section and lower income group people," said Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu at an industry event here.

As per government data, the housing shortfall is 18.78 million out of which more than 90 percent is in the LIG segment.

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Chopper deal: Court to consider charge sheet Nov 28

New Delhi : A court here Monday fixed Nov 28 for considering the charge-sheet filed against businessman Gautam Khaitan and others, including two Italians, in connection with its money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland VIP chopper deal.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge V. K. Gupta listed the matter for considering the charge-sheet for Friday.

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With no CIC, RTI appeals pile up

New Delhi : With no chief information commissioner since August, a total of 10,290 appeals were pending before the Central Information Commission till Nov 23, according to information obtained through an RTI query.

The pending appeals have seen a 35 percent increase in a period of three months since Rajiv Mathur retired Aug 23 as the chief information commissioner, according to information received by RTI activist Commodore (retd) Lokesh Batra.

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