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Mamata inaugurates new attractions at Alipore zoo

Kolkata : An open air reptile house, an enclosure for smaller cats, an information centre and a renovated aviary were inaugurated at the Alipore zoo here by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday.

According to zoo director Kanailal Ghosh, the aviary 'Swarnamoyee House' has been strengthened with a steel framework and will now house seven to eight bird species including macaws, peacocks and pheasants.


Tatra case: Court to hear case Dec 6

New Delhi : A Delhi court Monday posted for Dec 6 the hearing of a case filed against Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh (Retd) who allegedly offered a bribe to then army chief Gen. V.K. Singh for clearing "sub-standard" Tatra trucks.

Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain fixed Dec 6 for hearing the case after Tejinder Singh's counsel moved a plea seeking documents related to the case filed by the CBI with the charge sheet.


Timeline of 2010 Dhaula Kuan gang rape case

New Delhi : Timeline of the 2010 Dhaula Kuan abduction and gang rape case of a call centre executive:

Nov 24, 2010: Five men abduct a call centre executive, who hails from northeast, and take her to Mongolpuri area in north Delhi and gang rape her.

Dec 2, 2010: Police arrest two accused Shamshad alias Khutkan and Usman alias Kale from Haryana.

Dec 4, 2010: Victim identifies Shamshad and Usman in test identification parade in Tihar Jail.

Dec 4, 2010: Third accused Iqbal alias Bada Billi arrested.


Don't make life serious, Modi to medical students

New Delhi : "Why are you so serious"? This was how Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the ice with 500-odd students graduating from the AIIMS attending their convocation Monday.


Help rural students dream big: PM to AIIMS

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a novel idea to inspire children from rural background to take up higher calling. He wants prestigious institutions like AIIMS to invite them at their convocation ceremonies.

Interacting with graduating medical students at the 42nd AIIMS convocation here, the prime minister suggested a tradition be introduced of having special guests at the convocation.


11 burnt alive in Andhra firecrackers unit blast

Hyderabad : At least 11 workers were burnt to death and seven others injured when a blast rocked a firecrackers unit in Andhra Pradesh Monday, police said.

The accident took place in a building in coastal East Godavari district's Vakatippa village. Firecrackers were being manufactured illegally in the building, they said.

The blast and fire destroyed the building. Two fire engines battled for two hours to douse the flames.

The condition of five of the injured, admitted to a private hospital in Kakinada town, was stated to be critical.


India to reconstruct pillars on India-Nepal border

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : A senior Indian security official Monday said India will take the initiative for the reconstruction of damaged border pillars on the India-Nepal border.

In the course of an inspection at Indo-Nepal border in Kanchanpur district in far west Nepal, chief at the Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB) of India, Pilibhit sector, DIG K.P. Singh said India has planned to carry out repair and maintenance of the border pillars.


Government will subsidise fertilisers post-hike in gas price

New Delhi : Following an upward revision in natural gas price by nearly $2 per unit, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Monday reassured fertiliser producers that the government will give them additional subsidy to make up for the enhanced gas price.

"Fertiliser is already being subsidised by a mechanism that will continue. There is a market formula through which the differential amount is borne by the government (through subsidy)," Pradhan told a news channel here.

Courts need to be more accountable: Parrikar

Panaji : Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday said the judiciary has to be more accountable because its decisions have an impact on the country's economic trajectory.

Parrikar was speaking in the assembly during a discussion on the constitutional amendment pertaining to the judicial accountability bill.

The chief minister cited the long-drawn coal allotment controversy case as a point for his argument.


Tolerance and India's plurality

By Amit Kapoor,

The world is becoming increasingly connected, both physically and digitally. It has raised the fundamental ‘death of distance’ debate. According to the debate, the pro-side believes that the world is becoming increasingly flat while the opponents point to the relative non-availability of data about internationalization to conclusively say that distance is dead. While we believe that, 'distance' still matters, we do feel that increasingly there is a movement towards distance becoming irrelevant over a longer time frame.