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Too early to comment: Mohun Bagan on Srinjoy's arrest in Saradha scam

Kolkata : City football club Mohun Bagan Friday chose to take an indecisive stand on the arrest of its assistant general secretary Srinjoy Bose in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

"It is too early to comment," club general secretary Anjan Mitra told IANS when quizzed on the issue.


Press Council to probe attack on journalists in Barwala

New Delhi : A committee appointed by the Press Council of India (PCI) Friday left for Barwala in Haryana to probe the attack on media persons while they were covering the operation to arrest self-styled godman Rampal.

The committee will meet the Haryana police chief and other concerned officials, a PCI statement said.

Journalists were attacked and injured during clashes between security forces and followers of controversial sect leader Rampal in Barwala Tuesday.


Tripura government reduces tax on aviation fuel

Agartala : The Tripura government Friday reduced the value-added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) by four percent, a minister here said, following a request from the central government.

"The state government on the request of the central government has reduced the VAT on ATF by four percent. Earlier the VAT on ATF was 22 percent and henceforth it would be 18 percent," Tripura Information and Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha told reporters.

Expenditure Management Commission to submit sugestions soon: Jaitley

New Delhi : The Expenditure Management Commission (EMC) tasked with suggesting ways to reduce subsidies will submit its recommendations soon, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday.

"The Expenditure Management Commission has had a recent meeting and is soon coming out with a set of suggestions on how to rationalise subsidies," Jaitley said addressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.


MoU on German teaching violated 3-language formula: Irani

New Delhi : Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani Friday said that German was a foreign language and was being taught as one, and added that the government deliberately could not have signed an MoU that violates the three-language formula.

"This MoU was presenting German as a third language in all schools which in itself is a violation of the Indian Constitution as it is not the third language of the country," she said on the sidelines of an event here.


R.K. Dutta takes over 2G spectrum probe

New Delhi : A day after the CBI director Ranjit Sinha recused himself from the investigation and prosecution of the 2G spectrum allocation case following a Supreme Court order, additional director R.K. Dutta Friday took charge of the probe.

Dutta is the seniormost officer of the investigating team.

The Supreme Court Thursday directed Sinha not to interfere with the 2G spectrum case and recuse himself from its investigation and prosecution.


Bengal lynching: Rights group demands job for victim's kin

Kolkata : Accusing authorities of covering up the lynching and alleged bobbitisation of a man at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, a rights group here has approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking its intervention.

The city-based Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) in its letter to the NHRC chairperson demanded the arrests of junior doctors and students who are alleged to have carried out the crime as well as Rs.10 lakh compensation and a job for victim Korpan Sha's family.


All set for India's first high speed train

Agra : The decks have been cleared for the launch of India's first high speed train that will link New Delhi and the Taj city of Agra -- in 105 minutes.

An official statement here said the coaches for Gatiman Express had reached New Delhi from Kapurthala in Punjab. Two successful trials have been held July 3 and Sep 11.

When the service starts, the train will leave the national capital at 8 a.m. and reach Agra Cantt railway station at 9.45 a.m. It will depart Agra at 5.30 p.m. and reach New Delhi at 7.15 p.m.


Issuance of driving licenses to be computerised: Gadkari

New Delhi : Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said Friday that a new computerised system would soon be put in place to curb the menace of fake driving licenses, an issue encompassing 30 percent of the drivers in the country.

Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here, Gadkari said: "Thirty percent of the licenses are fake. India is the only country where three people have the same license".

Therefore, the ministry will set up around 1,000 fully computerised centres all over the country, which would carry out tests and issue licenses.


Let upper age of civil services aspirants remain: CPI-M

New Delhi : The CPI-M Friday urged the government not to reduce the upper age limit and the number of attempts by applicants for the civil services examinations.

"Such a step would adversely affect all those who are seeking to join the civil services," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement.

"The move to reduce the age eligibility and the number of attempts for SC/ST candidates is particularly objectionable," it said. "The government should not take any step in this direction."