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Pakistan Army violates ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu : The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said Wednesday.

"The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at our positions in Hamirpur sector during the night," defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS here.

He said the firing in Rajouri district of the Jammu region started around 9 p.m. local time Tuesday and continued till 9.20 p.m.

"Our troops retaliated effectively using small arms and automatic weapons," the spokesman said.

Manmohan Singh immune as PM, not as FM: US court

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : A US court here has ruled that former India prime minister Manmohan Singh had "head of state immunity" from claims that he supported violence against Sikhs, but it did not cover his tenure as finance minister.

US District Judge James Boasberg in the District of Columbia Tuesday ruled that Manmohan Singh was entitled to "residual immunity" even after he ceased to be the prime minister as suggested by the US State Department.

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A Jodhpur community opts for gas-based cremations

Jodhpur : In another sign of changing times, the influential Oswal community has decided against using wood for cremating its dead to curb the felling of trees and to protect the environment. A gas-based crematorium will instead be used.

"A gas-based crematorium has been installed in a newly-built hall in the community's Shivanchi Gate cremation ground here at a cost of Rs.30 lakh," Manoj Mehta, vice president of the Oswal Swargashram Sewa Samiti, told IANS.

The crematorium has been brought from Vadodara for Rs.18 lakhs, he added.

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SC notice on plea seeking Hindi's use in higher judiciary

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notice to the central government on a plea seeking amendment to the constitution's article 348 to provide that proceedings in the Supreme Court and in the high courts as well should be in Hindi instead of English.

"You want Hindi," observed a bench of Justice H.L.Dattu and Justice S.A. Bobde as they issued notice to the government on the plea by lawyer Shiv Sagar Tiwari.

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Blind civil service aspirants to get more time in exam

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Tuesday granted 20 minutes additional time per hour to blind candidates to answer questions in both preliminary and main examinations for civil services conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S Endlaw said: "The visually impaired candidates shall be allowed additional time/compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour in both preliminary and main examinations apart from being extended the help of a scribe."

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Coal scam: Fresh charge sheet to be filed against Darda

New Delhi : The CBI Tuesday told a special court hearing the coal block allocation case against Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda that it will file a supplementary charge sheet in the case as its probe is almost complete.

Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge Bharat Parashar fixed Aug 29 as the next date of hearing.

Judge Parashar has been appointed for exclusively holding trial in cases related to coal blocks allocation scam under the direction of Supreme Court. The court Tuesday began its first hearing in the case.

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Over 4 lakh affected by Assam floods

Guwahati : A man and a child were killed even as over four lakh people continued to reel under floods caused by surging waters of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries in Assam, an official said Tuesday.

While one person was killed due to floods in Golaghat district, a child was washed away in Lakhimpur district, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) official said.

Constitutionality of judges appointment panel challenged

New Delhi : A plea was moved in the Supreme Court Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the amendment paving the way for the judicial appointment panel in place of existing collegium system for the appointment of judges to the apex court and the high courts.

The petitioner, senior counsel Bishwajit Bhattacharyya, in his PIL said that both the National Judicial Appointment Commission and the constitutional amendment paving way for it (NJAC) were in violation of basic structure of the constitution which was absolute and unalterable and thus were unconstitutional.

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India, Singapore to boost defence ties

New Delhi : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday met his Singapore counterpart Ng Eng Hen and discussed boosting defence ties between the two countries.

An official statement said both ministers, during the meeting, agreed that the enhancement of defence relationship between the two countries was "in the mutual interest".

The two ministers also expressed satisfaction over the wide ranging and comprehensive defence exchanges between the two countries and exchanged views on the global and regional security scenario.

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Taiwan-based AOU keen to set up operations in Andhra

Hyderabad : AU Optronics (AOU), a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer, has evinced keen interest in setting up their operations in Andhra Pradesh.

A team of company representatives led by its vice president James C.P. Chen Tuesday met state Information Technology Minister P. Raghunath Reddy here.

One of the top three companies in the world for LCD and LED Technology, AOU also manufactures high efficiency solar products.

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