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SC directs medical examination of Asaram Bapu

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the constitution of a medical board to examine self-styled godman Asaram Bapu for trigeminal neuralgia, which causes severe headaches to those afflicted with the condition.

Asaram, 72, is presently in jail after a 16-year-old girl lodged a police complaint on Aug 20, 2013 accusing him of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur.


Central government to seek report on Odisha student's suicide

Bhubaneswar : The central government will seek a detailed report from Odisha on allegations that a tribal woman student committed suicide after failing to get her stipend released from the state authorities for more than a year, a union minister said Tuesday.

Expressing his displeasure in the way the local authorities handled the matter, Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram who is here in his home state on an official visit told IANS Tuesday he will also depute a team to find out why stipend money is not being disbursed to tribal students.


Modi greets Afghanistan on its Independence Day

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday greeted Afghanistan on its 94th Independence Day and assured India's full support to create a peaceful and prosperous nation.

"Independence Day greetings to the people of Afghanistan. India's ties with Afghanistan are strong and will grow further in the coming years," said Modi in a tweet.

"India assures full support to govt and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to create a peaceful, united, democratic & prosperous nation," he added.

IAF to replace crashed C-130J medium-lift aircraft

By Gulshan Luthra,

New Delhi : The Indian Air Force (IAF) will buy one more Lockheed Martin C 130J Super Hercules medium-lift aircraft apart from the 12 contracted for to make up for the loss of one plane in an accident in March.

The IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, told India Strategic magazine ( ) in an interview that the induction of the C-130Js, as also the heavy-lift Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs had "brought about a paradigm shift in our airlift capabilities".


US terms cancellation of India-Pakistan talks 'unfortunate'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : As India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over its envoy's meeting with Kashmiri separatists, the US termed the cancellation "unfortunate" and said it continued to support their efforts to improve bilateral relations.

Indian colours, floats celebrate I-Day in New York

New York : The Indian-American community, wearing bright and colourful clothes, celebrated India's 68th Independence Day with a parade dancing down Manhattan's Madison Avenue Sunday. One of the main fashionable avcnues of New York was a sea of Indian colours, complete with floats, drums and, of course, a lot of saris.

"It's a way of saluting those who lost their lives" in the struggle for independence, said Ankur Vaidya, president of the Federation of Indian Associations, which organizes the annual India Day Parade in New York City told Newsday.


Uttar Pradesh floods toll rises to 49

Lucknow : The deaths in the Uttar Pradesh floods have risem to 49, officials said Tuesday.

The situation in Uttar Pradesh continued to be grim as rivers flooded more villages, the officials said.

Revenue officials told IANS that 49 people have died, including 22 in Bahraich, 10 in Shravasti, two in Balrampur, 11 in Lakhimpur Kheri, and four in Sitapur district.


When call of the hills became a driving nightmare

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : What was meant to be a fun trip for hundreds of weekend tourists from the region to the hills of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh turned out to be a nightmarish driving experience over the weekend for many with traffic jams, landslides and other hold-ups forcing people to spend long hours for journeys of less than 100 kilometres.


Meghalaya tribals oppose Jaypee getting power project

Shillong: Tribals in Meghalaya Monday opposed the handing over the proposed construction 240 MW Umngot hydro electric project to Jaypee Group, saying that it has flouted the international norms.

"We are totally against the decision of the empowered committee to hand over the construction of the Umngot hydro project to Jaypee group as the government did not follow the international competitive bidding," Hynniewtrep Youth Council's Peter J. Lawai told journalists.

Bharti Foundation announces Rs.100 crore for toilets in Ludhiana

Chandigarh : Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to corporates to chip in for rural sanitation projects, Bharti Foundation - the development arm of Bharti Enterprises - Monday announced a Rs.100 crore 'Satya Bharti Abhiyan' to provide toilets in Punjab's Ludhiana district.

"The foundation has decided to adopt Ludhiana district - home district of the Bharti founder Sunil Bharti Mittal, as its focus area for improvement of rural sanitation.