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Kirloskars set up centre to service irrigation systems in Egypt

New Delhi : Engineering and infrastructure major Kirloskar Brothers has set up a giant facility in the Egyptian capital Cairo to provide services like energy audits and systems analysis, the company said Tuesday.

"Kirloskar Brothers to provide energy audits and system analysis value-adds to Egypt’s irrigation and agriculture sectors. The company has set up a mammoth 10,000 sq metre facility in Cairo under its subsidiary SPP Pumps MENA LLC," a release here said.

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Indian among four charged for negligence in restaurant blast

Doha : An Indian man was among four people charged with dereliction of duty that caused gas explosion in a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital and led to the death of 11 people, leaving 35 injured here, media reported Tuesday.

The Indian, whose name was not mentioned in the report, was working as a supervisor in a local restaurant, where the explosion occurred Feb 27 , the Gulf Times reported citing local Arabic daily Arrayah.

Bengal's third gender elated at SC verdict

Kolkata : West Bengal's transgender community was Tuesday elated over a Supreme Court ruling treating it as a third category and felt it brings the promise of social security and much-needed infrastructural support from the state and central governments.

The ruling also states that the third gender should be considered a socially and economically backward class and be entitled to job reservations.

Estimated at about 20,000, members of the third gender in the state feel this would ensure a decent livelihood, respectable source of income and a part of the national census.

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NHRC demands report on Maharashtra RTI activist's suicide

Pune : The National Human Rights Commission Tuesday demanded a report from the Maharashtra government on the suicide of an RTI activist who had alleged that harassment by officials had driven him to end his life.

RTI activist, Vilas D. Baravkar, 53 was found hanging March 25 at his residence in Chakan, 33 km from Pune.

Police also recovered a suicide note on a stamp paper alleging that around four dozen prominent politicians, serving and retired bureaucrats and police officials were harassing him since long, driving him to take the extreme step.

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Gopalkrishna Gandhi wants CBI under RTI Act

New Delhi : Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi Tuesday said the CBI should be brought back under the ambit of the Right to Information Act and it should become "a people's partner" to combat corruption.

Delivering the annual D.P. Kohli Memorial Lecture here organised by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Gandhi said the "RTI-trained public" won't accept corruption and "it will expect, prod and make the CBI an instrument of change".

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Transgenders hail SC verdict, seek respect from society

New Delhi : Transgenders are elated at the Supreme Court judgment Tuesday recognising them as a "third gender", but are afraid that the social acceptance will take longer because of the stigma and discrimination associated with them.

"The judgment is good in terms of recognising us as the third gender, but the discrimination will continue in (the society)," Shaila Jaan, a transgender, told IANS.

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Supreme Court verdict on transgenders historic: Experts

Thiruvananthapuram : Human right activists in Kerala Tuesday termed as "historic and revolutionary" a Supreme Court verdict treating transgenders as the third category and entitling them to resevations as backward classes.

Recongising transgenders as the third category of gender, an apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice A.K. Sikri directed the centre and the state governments to include them for reservation in education and jobs.

Former CPI-M lawmaker Sebastian Paul said this was a very important judgement on transgenders.

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Three bombs recovered in Jharkhand

Ranchi : At least three bombs were recovered Tuesday from a jungle in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district, police said.

According to the police, the bombs were found in a jungle near the national highway connecting Ranchi to Patna in the Kuju area of the district, 55 km from Ranchi.

They were recovered after villagers informed police about them. Ramgarh falls in Hazaribagh constituency which will go to the polls April 17.

Police suspect that Maoist guerrillas might have planted the bombs.

US varsity to connect Indian researchers to the world

By Papri Sri Raman,

Chicago/New Delhi : In a move that will empower Indian researchers and help them connect with rest of the world, the University of Chicago (UC) and two other American universities will help Indian universities ramp up their computing ability to fulfill the scientists' dream of sharing data with the international fraternity.

The connectivity will be via high-speed 'cloud' computing clusters and superfast internet.

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Show dying declaration of Delhi gangrape victim: SC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday asked Delhi Police to show the dying declaration of the Dec 16 gangrape victim as it extended its interim order putting on hold the execution of death sentence of Mukesh and Pawan Gupta who were convicted of the crime.

The apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice J. Chelameswar asked Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra to produce the dying declaration as counsel M.L. Sharma appearing for Mukesh and Pawan expressed his inability to produce it before the court.

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