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Left trade unions call strike across rural Bengal Nov 26

Kolkata: The Left trade unions Friday called a strike across rural West Bengal Nov 26 in protest against the policies of the central and the state governments.

Transport, shops, markets and commercial establishments and factories will be under the purview of the strike, which coincides with the shutdown called by the Left peasants' bodies on the same day in the villages of the state.

The strike is mainly in protest against the central government's decision on scuttling the 100 days's rural work programme MNREGA.


Four held for gang rape in Bihar

Patna : Four of the six men who gang raped a young student in Bihta near the Bihar capital were arrested Friday, police said.

The higher secondary student and resident of Bhojpur district was gang raped by the six in Bihta, about 30 km from here, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said.

Four of the six were arrested Friday, and police teams were conducting raids to nab the other two, he said.

Policeman used stolen AK-47 to extort Rs.10 lakh

Hyderabad : The policeman, who opened fire from a stolen AK-47 at a top executive of a pharma company here Wednesday, had abducted "a person with luxury car" from the same area and extorted Rs.10 lakh in February, police said.

Police, however, has not named the victim.

Constable P. Obulesu, who stole the firearm in December last year from the armoury of anti-Maoist force Greyhounds at Gandipet here, took the victim to Kotthur of Mahaboobnagar district and left him there along with the car.

Strong evidence against bureaucrat: Kerala home minister

Kottayam (Kerala) : The vigilance raid conducted at the home of top Kerala bureaucrat T.O. Sooraj was based on a complaint and there is strong evidence against him, said Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala Friday.

"There were complaints against him and hence a probe is being held. There is strong evidence against him and the action against him is neither vindictive nor prejudiced," Chennithala told reporters here.


'Nawaz and Modi should meet on sidelines of Saarc'

New Delhi : The prime ministers of India and Pakistan should meet on the sidelines of the forthcoming Saarc summit in Nepal to resume bilateral talks between the two countries, foreign policy experts from India and Pakistan demanded at a conference here Friday.

SC notice to Centre on dropping German in Kendriya Vidyalayas

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on replacing German with Sanskrit as a third language in the centrally run Kendriya Vidyalayas in the mid-session of the current academic year.

The apex court bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave issued notice on a plea by one V.S. Ramanathan who had challenged the government decision to replace German with Sanskrit in the mid-session.

The matter will be heard Nov 28.


Haryana government seeks status of Vadra land deals

Gurgaon : The Haryana government has asked for the status of the land holdings of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra from four deputy commissioners (DCs) of the state including Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat, an official said.

Taking action on the complaint of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka who cancelled one of Vadra's land deals in Gurgaon, the director of land records and consolidation of holding sought the status reports.


Return of the natives: Tamil Nadu fishing village erupts in joy

Chennai : Thangachimadam, a fishing village in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, erupted in joy Friday when the five fishermen who escaped from the jaws of death in Sri Lanka reached home safely.

The five fishermen - Emerson, P. Augustus, R. Wilson, K. Prasath and J. Langlet - who were sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court for smuggling drugs, were given a rousing reception when they reached their village after being released from the Sri Lankan jail following a presidential pardon.


Railways to get policy for development issues

New Delhi : The Indian Railways will ready a road map and a guiding policy in the next two-and-half months on development-related issues during the next 10-15 years, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said Friday.

"We will be having a guiding policy frame work and a road map for the growth and direction of the railways in the next two-and-half months," Sinha said adding: "This document will give the right direction to railway development."


India to host 11th conference on population, development

New Delhi : India will host the 11th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development in Delhi Nov 25-26 to promote cooperation on reproductive health and development.

The conference will be organised by the ministry of health and family welfare. It will focus on issues like understanding demographic dividend and improving the financing mechanism for maternal, new born, child and adolescent health, a statement said.