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Two more carriers offer pan-India number portability

New Delhi: Two more service providers will provide pan-India mobile number portability from Friday, enabling customers to retain their mobile phone number while relocating between states.

Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTL), and Aircel decided to roll out the facility along with five other operators: Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular and MTS India.

India's Maggi noodles found safe in Canada

New Delhi: The Canadian food regulator on Friday announced that Nestle India's Maggi noodle products were safe for consumption.

"The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) investigation did not find any health risk associated with the consumption of Maggi brand noodle products sold in Canada," the food regulator said in a release.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation in India and working with our international regulatory partners," it added.

In June, Singapore's food regulator had also declared Maggi noodles from India as safe for consumption.

Rescue ops on despite fresh landslides in Darjeeling

Siliguri/Kolkata: Rescue and relief operations continued in the landslide-ravaged Darjeeling hills of West Bengal on Friday even as fresh landslips were reported from the region, officials said.

According to the district administration, so far 32 bodies have been recovered while at least 11 people are still missing.

"The search for the missing people is in full swing. Rescue and relief operations are continuing," Darjeeling District Magistrate Anurag Srivastava said.


Sikh who removed turban to help wounded boy felicitated

Wellington: A Sikh from India who removed his turban to help a seriously injured young boy was on Friday recognised for his act of "outstanding compassion and empathy", a media report said.

Harman Singh received a certificate of appreciation from the Counties Manukau District Commander for his bravery.

His "outstanding compassion and empathy" in the situation was to be commended, New Zealand Herald quoted Counties Manukau Police as saying.

Government releases Socio-Economic and Caste Census

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday released the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) and said that it would be an important input for the policy makers.

"The progress which households in India have made, who are the ones who have qualitatively moved up in terms of quality of life, a document of these will be an important input for all policy makers, both at the Centre and in the states," Jaitley said while releasing the SECC here.

CBI grills Maran over phone lines scam

New Delhi: The CBI on Friday interrogated former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran for the third consecutive day over the installation of over 700 phone lines at his Chennai and Delhi residences.

"Maran reached CBI headquarters at scheduled time and our Special Task Force team began his questioning at 11 a.m.," a Central Bureau of Investigation officer told IANS.

Hema Malini's driver arrested for car crash

Jaipur : The driver of veteran film actress and BJP MP Hema Malini, whose car met with an accident here, has been arrested, police said on Friday.

"We have arrested the driver of Hema Malini's car, Mahesh Thakur, a resident of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh," a police officer at Dausa, where the accident took place on Thursday evening, told IANS over phone.

Thakur has been arrested on charges of rash driving, causing death by negligence, besides others, the official said.

No intention to surround India in 'string of pearl' bases: China

By Hardev Sanotra

Shanghai : It's not possible for China to surround India in a 'string of pearls' bases as has been stated by some commentators, according to a top PLA naval official.

Senior Captain Wei Xiao Dong, chief of staff at the Shanghai Naval Garrison said that there was no reason for India to "show concern or worry about" Chinese navy vessels, including submarines, visiting countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or others.

4 Indian-Americans honoured as "The Pride of America"

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Four Indian-Americans are among 38 individuals being honoured for having "helped advance and enlighten our society, culture, and economy" as "Great Immigrants: The Pride of America" by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

As a July 4th American independence day "Salute to Great Immigrants Who Help Make America Strong" and their accomplishments, the corporation for the tenth year is taking out a full-page public service ad in The New York Times.

India, Pakistan ties important to us: US

Washington : Reiterating that relations between India and Pakistan are important to it, the US has expressed the hope that New Delhi and Islamabad would work on issues between them and reduce tensions.

As US Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned a couple of weeks ago after a call with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif "relations between India and Pakistan are important to us," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Thursday.