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Indian citizenship for Sri Lankan refugees?

Chennai : The central government will consider Tamil Nadu's request to grant Indian citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the state, central minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday.

The minister of state for home visited a refugee camp near Chennai and told the media that the central and state governments were taking several measures to promote the welfare of refugees.

Rijiju said the central government would consider the recommendation of the Tamil Nadu government on granting Indian citizenship to the refugees.


Goa's first woman CM down with swine flu

Panaji : Goa's first woman chief minister Shashikala Kakodkar is being treated for swine flu, Health Minister Francis D'Souza said on Tuesday.

Kakodkar, 80, who served as chief minister of Goa in 1977, had already been admitted due to an illness at a city hospital when she was detected positive for swine flu.

"She was already admitted to hospital, when she was also diagnosed with swine flu," said D'Souza, also a deputy chief minister. Three people have already died of swine flu over the last two-three days.

Army commander visits Samba, meets field commanders

Jammu : Army's western command chief, Lt. Gen. K.J.Singh, Tuesday visited Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district where guerrillas attacked the an army camp last week and interacted with field commanders, a defence statement said.

The army commander appreciated the prompt action by the soldiers who had acted professionally in eliminating the two terrorists while they tried to enter one of the unit locations, but were successfully foiled by the alert sentry on the post.


Woman's body cut in 16 pieces found in garbage

Lucknow : The body of a woman, cut into 16 pieces and packed in a bag, was found in a garbage dumping site in Rae Bareli, 95 km from here, police said on Tuesday.

The body was yet to be identified. It is of a woman of around 30 years and she appears to have been killed 3-4 days back, police told IANS.

Sweepers who collect garbage called police after they opened the bag and found the body in the morning.

Police said the bag must have been picked up by garbage collecting vehicles from the city and drivers of such vehicles were being questioned.

Need progressive replacement for section 66A: Chandrashekhar

Bengaluru : There is need for a new, "modern" and "progressive" replacement in place of Information Technology (IT) Act's Section 66A which the Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday, parliament member and petitioner Rajeev Chandrasekhar said here.

"We need to bring a new law that is modern and progressive, as the IT Act of 2000 was amended in 2008," he said in a statement here.

The apex court struck down the section as it violated the Constitution's Article 19 (1)(a), which guarantees freedom of speech and expression to the citizens.


Rs.37,750 crore Delhi budget for 2015-16

New Delhi : The Delhi government on Tuesday proposed an estimated Rs.37,750 crore budget for the 2015-16 financial year.

The budget proposals were presented in the Delhi assembly by Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia.

Of the total budget, Rs.21,500 crore has been earmarked for non-plan expenditure, and Rs.15,350 crore for plan expenditure.

A separate Rs.900 crore has been earmarked for centrally-sponsored schemes.


Panvel church attack act of vengeance, says CM; four held

Mumbai : Four people have been apprehended in connection with the March 21 attack on a church in New Panvel, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Tuesday, describing the attack as an "act of vengeance".

The main accused is 39-year-old Rahul Ramesh Patil, while the other three - Anilchandra Chavan, 27, Laxman Prasad Sugvekar, 21, and Mohammed Tabrek Sheikh, 20, were his associates, Fadnavis said.

They were nabbed by Navi Mumbai police.


Telangana court dismisses petitions in Azad killing case

Hyderabad : A Telangana court on Tuesday dismissed the petitions for a murder case against policemen involved in the alleged staged gunfight in which top Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and journalist Hemchandra Pandey were killed.

Judicial First Class Magistrate in Adilabad district dismissed the petitions filed by Azad's wife K. Padma and Pandey's wife Babita.

Azad and Pandey were killed in an alleged gun battle with police in the Sarkeguda forests of Adilabad district of then undivided Andhra Pradesh on July 2, 2010.


SC/STs have healthiest sex ratio in Goa

Panaji : Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in Goa lead the way as far as sex ratio is concerned, according to the Economic Survey 2014-15 tabled in the legislative assembly.

At a time when successive state governments have been working overtime to reduce the gender imbalance, the survey -- tabled in the ongoing budget session by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government -- said the sex ratio was also very healthy amongst the state's Gowda and Kunbi tribes.

IIT-Kharagpur to launch short term courses

Kolkata : Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur is launching short-term courses on niche subjects via video conferencing for students of engineering colleges and working professionals from April, it said in a statement.

"The Institute is launching a unique first of its kind 'Knowledge Dissemination Programme' for faculty and students of engineering colleges, working professionals from research and development organisations and industry with effect from April 2015," the institute said in a statement on Monday.