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Odisha government recommends setting up IIM in Sambalpur

Bhubaneswar : Ahead of elections to the Sambalpur municipal corporation in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged the Centre to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur under relaxed guidelines.

In a letter to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Patnaik said: "If central government is willing to relax this guideline for site selection, then the state government strongly recommends Sambalpur in western Odisha as the location of IIM, Odisha."

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Tripura to increase number of women police personnel

Agartala : The Tripura government will increase the number of women police personnel to one-third of the total strength, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said on Monday.

"Currently, 13 percent of the total police constables and ten percent of the total police force are women. Our government's target is to raise the percentage to 30," Sarkar said at the passing out parade of 300 newly recruit women constables.

Bills on e-rickshaws, coal introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : The government on Monday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to facilitate plying of e-rickshaws and e-carts and a bill to provide for allocation of coal mines. The two bills seek to replace ordinances issued during the inter-session period.

The government also introduced The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the lower house.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to facilitate plying of e-rickshaws and e-carts by amending the Motor Vehicles Act. The bill also seeks to define e-rickshaw and e-cart.

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Unfolding the JNU saga

New Delhi : Those who are not familiar with Jawaharlal University (JNU) and feel it is only a leftist institution, here comes a book that demystifies the myth and traces the origins of one of the country's prominent educational institutes.

The book, titled “JNU: The Making of a University” (Harper Collins, pp 459, Rs 799) launched recently by JNU academic Rakesh Batabyal, is an attempt to portray the institution beyond being perceived as a politically influential university

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Assam CM, governor clash over Assam poaching issue

Guwahati : The debate between Assam Governor P.B. Acharya and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi over the killings of one-horned rhinos gained steam on Monday after the latter slammed the chief minister on the first day of the assembly's budget session.

The protection of rhinos is the responsibility of the people of Assam. It is the pride of the state. Petty criminals challenging the government of Assam will not be tolerated. I cannot appreciate that fact that rhinos are being killed unabated, Acharya said while speaking to reporters outside the assembly.

'Normalisation of ties between India-Pakistan urgently needed'

Islamabad : The Pakistani prime minister's key advisor, Sartaj Aziz, has said normalisation of Indo-Pakistan relations is urgently needed to reduce tensions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is premature to predict the outcome of foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India scheduled for March 3, but chances of a decision to resume a composite dialogue are likely either in the upcoming or the follow-up meetings," Dawn Monday quoted Aziz as saying.

India to launch fourth navigation satellite March 9

Chennai : India will move closer to its own satellite navigation system with the launch of its fourth satellite tentatively slated for March 9, a senior official of the Indian space agency said on Monday.

"The launch is tentatively planned for March 9 evening around 6.35 p.m. However final green signal for the launch will be given days ahead of the satellite launch," M.Y.S. Prasad, director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, part of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Two injured in bomb explosion in Meghalaya

Shillong : Two people were injured on Monday morning after militants hurled a crude bomb at a petrol pump in Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district, police said.

The incident occurred at around 6.15 a.m. when unidentified Garo militants lobbed the crude bomb at the Indian Oil petrol pump injuring two workers - Amresh Kumar and Mejentis Sangma.

"Two petrol pump workers were injured in the bomb attack. They have been rushed to hospital and their health condition is stated to be stable," Sylvester Nongtynger, the district police chief of West Khasi Hills, told IANS.

No casualties in gas pipeline blaze in Telangana

Mumbai : Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd (RGTIL), a part of the Mukesh Ambani-led group, has said there was no injury or loss of life in a fire that broke out in its pipeline in Telangana following a gas leak in the main line valve on Monday.

The fire was noticed in a section of the pipeline and RGTIL experts immediately reached the war room as well as the site of the fire.

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India's budget: Mood mixed at Moody's

Chennai : Global credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service on Monday said India's budget for 2015-16 is credit positive for corporates and a mixed bag for the banks.

The increase in service tax, however, is credit negative as it would increase the production cost for Indian corporates, the agency said.

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