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Bangladesh seeks to supply rice to northeast India: Tripura minister

By Sujit Chakraborty ,

Agartala: In one more sign of warming cross-border ties, Bangladesh says it is keen to supply rice to food-deficient northeastern states and can allow all its ports, in "mutual interest", to ferry goods bound for the region, a Tripura minister has said, quoting the Bangladeshi prime minister.

"Madam Hasina has proposed to supply rice to Tripura and other northeastern states if required," Tripura Industries and Commerce minister Tapan Chakraborty told IANS, referring to the assurance of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Marhama 'land scam' rocks J&K assembly

Srinagar: The ruling National Conference (NC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members Saturday engaged in a war of words in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly over the alleged Marhama land scam.

Speaker Mubarak Gul tried to restore order and said the state Crime Branch had seized all revenue documents pertaining to the alleged scam and these have been placed before him for perusal so that these are not tampered with to mislead investigations.

"The sale document carries signatures of Deputy Speaker Sartaj Madni as a witness to the sale deed," the speaker said.

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Coca Cola stalls expansion plans in Varanasi

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government Saturday clarified that it had "very little role" in beverage major Coca Cola's decision to stall its expansion plans in Varanasi - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd - the bottling arm of Coca-Cola - recently wrote to UP chief secretary Alok Ranjan saying that "inordinate delays in receiving of the no objection certificate was causing delay in expansion of capacity leading to financial losses".

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Two-third of Uttar Pradesh districts face drought

Lucknow: More than two-third of the districts in Uttar Pradesh are facing an acute drought, officials said Saturday.

Officials said more than 53 of its 75 districts were reeling under an acute drought because of below average rainfall during the monsoon months that has affected agriculture and the paddy crop adversely.

Out of these districts, officials said the condition in at least 19 is "very acute and severe".

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Four gen-next Indian-origin economists in IMF list of 25

Washington: Four economists of Indian origin have been featured in in the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) list of 25 economists under 45 who are shaping the way one thinks about the global economy

The "Generation Next" list of "economists under 45 (who) will have the most influence in the coming decades on our understanding of the global economy," was compiled by IMF with information from "readers, assorted international economists and journal editors."

The list is published in the September issue of "Finance & Development."

Fast track courts for crimes against women in UP

Lucknow: All 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh will soon have fast track courts for crimes against women, an officials said Saturday.

A decision to this effect was taken at the state cabinet meeting Friday.

The state government has also earmarked a sum of Rs.15.15 crore every year to run these fast track courts. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had few weeks back written to the chief justice of India seeking his approval for setting up such courts.

Sources said the CJI approved the move last week after which the matter was put before the state cabinet for ratification.

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SC seeks government's proactive role on 'undertrial' prisoners

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday asked the central government to place before it the complete information about "undertrial" prisoners languishing in jails all over the country till March 2014 and urged it to play an active role in addressing the situation.

"It is a serious matter. You can't be a mute spectator. You must take a proactive role. Call a meeting of the home secretaries of the states" to address the issue, a bench of Chief Justice R.M.Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman told the government.

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Shooter conversion case to be referred to CBI: Hemant Soren

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Hemant Soren Friday night announced that national shooter Tara Shahdeo's conversion case will be referred to CBI for probe.

"Tara Shahdeo met me and we assured all possible help to her. We agree to her demand regarding CBI probe. We will refer the case to CBI," he said at a press conference here.

Soren, however, declined to speak about the names of two ministers figuring in the case.

Shahdeo has alleged that two ministers -- Haji Hussain Ansari and Suresh Paswan -- have links with her husband Ranjeet Kohli alias Rakibul Hussain.

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Bihar finally to honour CWG medallist Shreyasi

Patna : Criticised for ignoring 2014 Commonwealth Games women's double trap shooting silver medallist Shreyasi Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Friday announced that she will be honoured soon.

"The state government has decided to honour Shreyasi Singh soon," Manjhi said at an official function here, adding she will also receive Rs.11 lakh.

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BSF, Pakistan Rangers hold flag meeting

Jammu : A sector commander level flag meeting was held Friday between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district, officials said.

BSF sources told IANS here that Deputy Inspector General (Jammu range) B.S. Kasana and the Rangers' Sialkot sector commander, Brig. Mateen, represented their countries in the meeting, which was one of the longest, lasting four hours from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., at Octroi border outpost in Suchetgarh area of R.S. Pura sector.

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