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India, Pakistan foreign secretaries to meet Aug 25

New Delhi : Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are to meet in Islamabad Aug 25, in a major forward movement in reviving stalled peace talks two months after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

The date and venue of the talks was decided Wednesday during a telephonic talk between Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin at a briefing here.

First engineering college for women gets AICTE nod: Irani

New Delhi : An engineering college exclusively for women to be set up in Maharashtra has got approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said Wednesday.

"According to the information furnished by the All India Council for Technical Education, it has approved one women's engineering college during the academic year 2014-15 in the name of 'New Horizon Institute of Technology and Management'," she said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.


Silicosis risk to be discussed at national conference

New Delhi : With close to three million workers in India at high risk of silica exposure, of which 1.7 million do mining-related activities, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will organise a day-long conference Friday to discuss and review steps taken by the government to prevent, detect and eliminate Silicosis, a lung disorder.

The conference, at the India International Centre, will be attended by health experts, representatives of the central and state government, state human rights commission, legal experts and NGOs dealing with the problem.


Manipuri man's killing: another attacker sent to police custody

New Delhi : A Delhi court Wednesday sent another youth, arrested in connection with the killing of a 29-year-old Manipuri BPO employee, to one day's police custody.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar allowed police to interrogate Azad Choudhary alias Bhola, 24, till July 24.

Justice Kumar Tuesday sent three youths - Sanjay Basoya, 24, Shakti Basoya, 21, and Rajiv, 25 - to police custody till July 24.

Akha Salouni was beaten to death Monday following a spat with the youths while he was going to a friend's house in south Delhi's Kotla Mubarakpur area.

Dropout rate matter of concern: Smriti Irani

New Delhi : The overall primary school dropout rates have gone down in India except in the case of tribal children, Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani said here Wednesday.

The primary school dropout rate has gone down from 9.11 percent in 2009-10 to 4.67 percent in 2013-14, Smriti Irani said in the Lok Sabha.

The minister, however, added that the dropout rates of tribal children is a matter of deep concern, though the overall rates have gone down.


Is Shimla still a 'pedestrian city', asks high court

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh High Court has asked the state government whether Shimla still retains the tag of a pedestrian city where the walkers have the right to walk freely.

Hearing a petition on vehicular problems of Shimla filed by a city resident, Dharam Pal Thakur, the court asked the government Tuesday if the provisions of the Shimla Roads Users and Pedestrians (Public Safety and Convenience) Act, 2007, are being enforced.


One killed, 3 injured in Assam blast

Guwahati : One person was killed and three others were injured Wednesday morning in a bomb blast, triggered by militants suspected to be from an ULFA faction opposed to peace talks, in Assam's Goalpara district.

The militants planted a powerful bomb on a bicycle outside a small tea stall in Krishnai police station area of the district, police said, adding that four persons were injured in the blast. One of the injured later died at the hospital, police said.

Mahatma's bust unveiled in South Korean city

Seoul : In yet another sign of the growing people-to-people ties between India and South Korea, a bronze bust of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in the South Korean city of Busan to mark the inauguration of an Indian Cultural Centre.

Suh Hyeong-soo, the newly elected mayor of Busan metropolitan government, unveiled the bust Monday at the picturesque Hongbeop-sa temple.


Indian scientists craft portable blood-disorder detection kit

By Sahana Ghosh,

Kolkata : Harnessing the technology that powers new-age mobile phones, Indian scientists are set to develop a portable and affordable kit - a lab-on-a-chip - detection system for sickle cell anemia, a common inherited blood disorder in the tribal belts of India's central and southern parts.


Controversy over Lucknow woman's autopsy heats up

Lucknow : The controversy surrounding the autopsy of a woman gang raped and murdered near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh last week turned murkier Wednesday with the opposition parties accusing the government and police of a whitewash job.

The 32-year-old woman was brutally gang raped and then killed in Mohanlalganj on the outskirts of state capital Lucknow last Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a probe into the lacunae in the autopsy report of the woman.