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Bobby Jindal to decide on presidential run after November

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Louisiana’s Indian-American Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has acknowledged that he’s considering a 2016 run for president, and will make his decision after the November Congressional elections.

His decision would not hinge on polls or fundraising, he told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast here Tuesday.

Only 3 percent of Republican primary voters backed him in a new CNN/ORC poll of Republican presidential possibles in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the US presidential election cycle.

Fuel rushed to Kashmir as Jammu-Srinagar highway reopens

Jammu : The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Tuesday started despatching petroleum products to flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir following the reopening of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, officials said.

"As part of its efforts to restore normalcy in petroleum supplies in the flood-affected areas of Kashmir Division, IOC has loaded and dispatched about 400 kilo-litres (kl) of petrol and 1,000 kl of diesel in tank-trucks from its Srinagar depot ... for distribution in local markets," officials said here.


IAF chief carries out aerial survey of flood-hit Kashmir

Srinagar : Chief of Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Tuesday visited the flooded-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir and carried out an aerial survey of these areas.

A defence statement issued here Tueday said: "The chairman, chiefs of staff committee (COSC) and chief of the air staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha visited the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir, today and carried out aerial recce of both north and south Kashmir.


Odisha chit fund scam: Businessman sent to judicial custody

Bhubaneswar : A court in Odisha Tuesday sent the owner of a local TV channel to 14 days' judicial custody for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore-rupee chit fund scam.

Manoj Das, the owner of Kamyab TV, was arrested Sunday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) along with Madhu Mohanty, a real estate developer and owner of Odia daily Odisha Bhaskar, for their alleged role in the chit fund scam.


Pakistan interior minister skipping SAARC home ministers' meet

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudary Nisar Ali Khan will not attend the sixth meeting of the SAARC home or interior ministers that will get under way in Kathmandu Wednesday.

Top diplomatic sources confirmed to IANS that Nisar Ali Khan has cancelled his visit owing to the devastating floods in the country's Punjab province.

Apart from the home ministers of the SAARC countries, home secretaries and immigration officials will also be attending the meeting.

The Indian delegation will be led by union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

India, China cooperation will help develop the world: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday hinted at the immense possibilities that could open with a free trade agreement between India and China and the creation of such a market.

"India and China today constitute almost 35 percent of the world’s population. From a purely arithmetic point of view, the betterment of 35 percent of the world’s population and that they decide to work together will open big gates for progress and development in the world," Modi told Chinese journalists here ahead of President Xi Jinping's visit to India.


Carry relief measures on war footing, Centre advises Kashmir

New Delhi : Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth Tuesday reviewed the relief and rehabilitation work in flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir here and advised the state chief secretary to execute relief measures on a war footing.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), under the chairmanship of Seth, reviewed the situation and spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey.

The committee took stock of the steps being taken to restore power, drinking water and connectivity through roads.

Efforts to review communication were also reviewed.


Rs.70 lakh looted from Hapur bank

Hapur (Uttar Pradesh) : Seven unidentified robbers Tuesday looted over Rs.70 lakh in cash from a bank in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

The robbers, armed with pistols, knives and knuckle-dusters, looted the District Cooperative Bank in Dhaulana town.

They came on three motorcycles around 1 p.m. at a time when the bank employees were busy transferring cash from a van into the bank.

The robbers overpowered the security guard and snatched his gun, and then snatched the cash box from the bank employees.

Boy's drowning: NHRC notice to Delhi government

New Delhi : The NHRC Tuesday issued notice to the Delhi government over drowning of a boy in a pit at a Metro construction site.

On the basis of a media report, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognisance and issued notice to the chief secretary of the government over the incident, an official said.

The secretary has also been asked to give a factual report within two weeks.

A class 8 student drowned while four others were rescued from a water pit at a Metro construction site in east Delhi Sep 6.


Artist working on creating Rashtrapati Bhavan's digital legacy

New Delhi : As you walk into artist Pratap Morey's room, you are greeted with a panoramic art panel on which the multidisciplinary artist is working as his tribute to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"I am trying to do a digital work which will be a tribute to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The architecture is very different, with historical evidence to it. Architecture is not about a building with four walls -- it's about the culture, history... I am sure this will percolate into my work and evolve at a different level," Mumbai-based artist Pratap Morey told IANS Tuesday.