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New device converts diesel into household fuel for rural India

By K.S. Jayaraman,

Bengaluru : Diesel, which is normally used in automobiles, buses, trucks and even railway engines and is considered "dirty", has been turned into a clean fuel for cooking and lighting in rural areas courtesy a device developed at the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), an NGO in Phaltan, Maharashtra.

Kerala Hindus celebrate Vishu, usher in New Year

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Hindus celebrated Vishu, ushering in their New Year, in the traditional style with the devouts among them making early morning visits to temples on Wednesday.

Women dressed in Kerala saree and men in conventional dhoti were seen visiting temples. The maximum rush was witnessed at the famed temples like Sabarimala, Sree Krishna temple Guruvayoor, and also Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in the capital city.

Vishu is believed to mark the arrival of good luck for the coming year and is a public holiday in the state.

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Maoists' training camp demolished in Bihar

Patna : A training camp of Maoists was demolished in Bihar's Nawada district on Wednesday, police said.

Security forces arrested three hard core Maoists in the operation and recovered arms and ammunition as well as Maoist literature from the camp.

Acting on a tip-off, a Special Task Force (STF) team from Patna raided the forest area in Kauakol in Nawada and demolished the training camp of the Maoists, Inspector General of Police (Operations) Sushil Kopde said.

'Modi's visit to boost Canadian investment in India'

By Gurmukh Singh,

Toronto : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit will give a huge boost to Canadian investment in India, says Excel Funds, which is the largest Canadian Mutual Fund geared towards India.

Indian-origin Bhim D. Asdhir, who is the president and CEO of Excel Fund, says the visit of the Indian prime minister will set a new milestone in India-Canada investment relations.

"As the world’s fastest growing economy, India is firing on all cylinders and has become attractive to foreign investors," says Asdhir who has just returned from a business trip to India.

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Woman journalist roughed up in Delhi road rage

New Delhi : A woman journalist and her colleague were roughed up in a road rage incident here on Wednesday, police said.

The incident took place around 6.30 a.m. near Delhi-Noida border in east Delhi's Mayur Vihar area when Chanchal Saini was on her way back home along with her colleague Dilip Pandey.

Saini works as a video editor at a private news channel and Pandey is a producer in the same organisation.

"When our car reached near a park, a speeding truck overtook our car in such a manner" that we nearly had an accident, Saini told IANS.

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Government forms task force on interlinking of rivers

New Delhi : The government has constituted a task force on interlinking of rivers comprising experts and senior officials, an official statement said on Tuesday.

The task force, constituted by the ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, will be chaired by B.N. Navalawala, the water ministry's communique said, adding that it will take up issues for expediting work on interlinking of rivers in the country.

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Guerrilla also killed besides youth in Kashmir gunfight: Police

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Tuesday that the youth killed in Pulwama on Monday had died in exchange of gunfire between guerrillas and security forces in which a hardcore guerrilla had also been killed.

Giving details about Monday's incident in Bamla forest area of Tral town in Pulwama district, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, S.J.M. Gillani told media here: "Yesterday a routine patrol of the army had gone into Kamla forests, Tral wherein it came under fire from the terrorists who were hiding there.

Former railway official held for Rs. 85 crore cheating

New Delhi : A former railway official has been arrested for duping 350 people of Rs. 85 crore under the garb of trading through National Stock Exchange (NSE) and other financial institutions, police said on Tuesday.

Ashok Kumar, 68, a resident of Mehrauli in south Delhi, was arrested on Monday.

A case was registered against Kumar on April 10 following the allegation that the directors and other employees of Kassa Finvest Pvt. Ltd., Kassa Holdings & Consultants Pvt. Ltd. and its sister concerns, have committed misappropriation of funds, breach of trust and cheating.

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Gunter Grass was great friend of Bengal: Mamata

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday condoled the death of German Nobel laureate Gunter Wilhelm Grass, saying the novelist was a "great friend" of Bengal.

"Gunter Grass, novelist and poet was a great friend of Bengal. His passing is a great loss for all of us. RIP," Banerjee tweeted.

Grass, best known for his 1959 novel "The Tin Drum", died in a hospital in Lubeck at the age of 87 on Monday.

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Will create mechanism to facilitate German investment: Modi

Berlin : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government will create a mechanism to facilitate German investment in India and provide all support to German companies there.

In his remarks at the joint media interaction with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Modi strongly pitching for making India a manufacturing hub and for success of his government's "Make in India" initiative and that India and European Union should quickly resume their negotiations and conclude a trade and investment agreement.

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