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Social media changing rules of engagement: Expert

Bangalore : Riding on disruptive technology platforms, social media was changing the rules of engagement, making its stakeholders face more challenges than opportunities in the virtual world, an expert said here Friday.

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Himachal public service commission seeks funds for e-governance

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has sent a proposal to the central government to approve its Rs.6.48 crore e-governance project, the commission's chairman K.S. Tomar said Friday.

He said a detailed report of the project had been prepared by the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, Chandigarh.

Tomar said the project would enable online examinations system of Himachal Administrative Services (HAS).

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Caught in traffic jam, Gadkari says situation is bad

Gurgaon : Union minister Nitin Gadkari was caught in a traffic jam near Kherki Daula toll plaza, 43 km from Delhi, Friday, prompting him to say the traffic situation is very bad.

Gadkari, union minister for road transport and highways, along with union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh and Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Krishan Pal Gujjar were stuck in the traffic bottleneck for 20 minutes in a two-kilometre-long stretch of vehicles.

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Told to quit as reward for my honesty, says former Puducherry governor

New Delhi : Former Lt. Governor of Puducherry Virendra Kataria, who was given marching orders by the Narendra Modi government earlier this month, Friday said his ouster was a "punishment for his honesty, integrity and views on the present set up" in the union territory.

A veteran Congressman, Kataria said when he went to meet Prime Minister Modi and union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after the new government was formed in mid-May, they told him to "carry on doing the good job as governor".

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New programme to reduce malnutrition: Maneka

New Delhi : A new programme which aims to reduce malnutrition among women and children has been launched in 200 high-risk districts of the country, parliament was told Friday.

The government has taken new measures to reduce malnutrition among children and women, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi told the Lok Sabha in response to a question.

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Central government ready to build KMP Expressway: Ministers

Gurgaon : Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gujjar Friday said the central government was ready to take charge of building the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Defence, Planning, Statistics and Programme Implementation Rao Inderjit Singh and Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Krishan Pal Gujjar were reviewing the expressway along with union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

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'69 percent of military requirements sourced from Indian companies'

New Delhi : Sixty-nine percent of the military requirements in the last three years were sourced from Indian public and private sector companies, the Lok Sabha was informed Friday.

Detailing the methodology for assessing indigenous content of equipment, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said this had been arrived at, as indicated by the Defence Procurement Procedure, 2013, by excluding from the total cost the following elements at all stages of manufacturing/production/assembly:

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Seven dead as IAF chopper crashes in UP

Lucknow : An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crashed in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur district Friday, killing all seven people on board, police said.

The helicopter was on way from Bareilly to Allahabad. Just before the crash, the pilots reportedly contacted the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and alerted them about a technical glitch.

But before the ATC could guide them or send help, the chopper nose-dived into an agricultural field near Palitpurwa village under the Atariya police station and caught fire.

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Sushma Swaraj in Kathmandu, says Nepal high priority

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawarj arrived in Kathmandu Friday evening on a three-day official visit during which she will co-chair the third meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission.

She is the first high-level foreign official to visit Nepal after the second Constituent Assembly elections held in this Himalayan nation in November last year.

"I am here two months after the formation of a new government in India," Sushma Swaraj said in a brief statement on her arrival at Tribhuvan international Airport.

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As protests intensify, government asks UPSC aspirants for patience

New Delhi : As hundreds of UPSC aspirants held noisy protests Friday, the Narendra Modi government appealed them to be "patient" about their demand for scrapping the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) and said "no injustice" will be done to them.

The civil services aspirants held fresh protests in two places in the national capital. When hundreds of students tried to march to parliament, police detained around 300 of them. On Thursday violent student protests

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