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India Politics

No concrete plans to deal with Greek crisis impact: Finance secretary

New Delhi : India is monitoring developments in Greece after breakdown of talks between its government and creditors, but does not have concrete plans at present to deal with the impact of the crisis, Finance Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said on Monday.

However, the central government was in touch with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to deal with any untoward situation, he added.

"This a dynamic and evolving situation. There is no firm plan that we can access. Nobody can predict what the exact situation would be," Mehrishi told reporters here.

Information commissioner quits over Maharashtra Sadan scam

Mumbai: The ongoing investigation into the multi-crore Maharashtra Sadan scam claimed its first major victim in Information Commissioner D.B. Deshpande of the Aurangabad Division as he quit under a cloud, officials said here on Monday.

Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao accepted Deshpande's resignation following his alleged involvement in the scam in which the names of former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal and others have also surfaced.


Trinamool MP Tapas Paul gets bail in hate speech case

Kolkata: Actor turned Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul was on Monday granted bail by a West Bengal court in a case over his alleged inflammatory remarks.

Charge-sheeted for bailable offences by the CID for his kill-and-rape remark, Paul surrendered before a court in Nadia district, following which he was granted bail.

"Today (Monday), Paul surrendered before the court, which granted him bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs.5,000," said a lawyer for the member of parliament.


Bulk of pickpockets on Metro are women: CISF

By Rajnish Singh

New Delhi: Be careful while travelling on the Delhi Metro as the teenaged girl disguised as a student or a woman carrying a toddler could be a pickpocket. Data collated by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the network, shows that over 95 percent of the pickpockets caught on the network are women.

Data shows that of the 149 pickpockets apprehended between January and May, 142 were women. A CISF officer dealing with women pickpockets on the Delhi Metro said that they camouflaged their intentions by clever modus operandi.

Protest in Bihar over lynching of school director

Patna: A day after the director of a private residential school in Bihar's Nalanda district was lynched by villagers, hundreds of angry protestors on Monday blocked traffic and demanded action against those involved, police said.

Devender Prasad, director of the Devender Prasad Sinha School in Nirpur, about 100 km from Patna, was beaten to death by angry villagers on Sunday after the bodies of two missing students, residents of the school hostel, were found in a pond nearby.

The villagers blamed the school authorities for their death.

Jung orders probe into Delhi jailbreak; MHA seeks report

New Delhi: Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the escape of two prisoners from Tihar jail while the central government sought a report from jail officials on the incident.

Jail authorities too initiated an internal probe into the escape of undertrials Faizan, 19, and Javed alias Rinku, 18, from the high-security jail No.7 on June 27 evening.

There were different accounts of what exactly happened.

Dhoni, Kohli rested, Rahane to captain India

New Delhi: Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane was on Monday made captain of the 15-member Indian cricket team that will tour Zimbabwe in July as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli among other seniors were rested.

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav along with Dhoni and Kohli were rested by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) All-India Senior Selection Committee which met here on Monday.

BJP losing its appeal in West Bengal?

By Anurag Dey

Kolkata: Intense factionalism, a perceived tilt towards the Trinamool Congress and a flop show in civic polls threaten to confine the BJP to its traditional role of a fringe player in West Bengal - a far cry from the promise it held out after the Lok Sabha election.

Buoyed by its 2014 Lok Sabha performance when it nearly trebled its vote share to 16.8 percent from 6 percent in 2009, the BJP had been talking big about winning next year's assembly polls in Bengal.

Congress opposes appointment of parliamentary secretaries in Delhi

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday opposed the Delhi government's move to regularise the appointment of 21 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators as parliamentary secretaries.

"This is a desperate effort by an under-confident chief minister who wants to accommodate his party MLAs in VIP berths in order to keep them united," party spokesperson Ajay Maken said at a press conference here.

He added that Arvind Kejriwal led-Aam Aadmi Party government had gone ahead to pass a bill in the Delhi assembly to regularise the appointment.

Congress protesters detained at Smriti Irani house

New Delhi: Scores of Congress party workers were detained by Delhi Police while staging a protest outside Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani's official residence here on Monday.

The protesters demanded Irani's resignation as the minister for providing false information to the Election Commission of India about her educational qualification.

The Congress workers raised slogans and held placards asking the minister to resign from the post.

Members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) also participated in the protest.