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Telangana CM's help for tribal girl to become pilot

Hyderabad : A few days after extending financial assistance to a Muslim woman pilot for her advanced training, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday announced help for a tribal girl to fulfil her dream to become a pilot.

the chief minister has sanctioned Rs.28,09,815 to Ajmeera Bobby for commercial pilot's license training at Dean International Flying School in Florida (US).

The financial assistance includes tuition fee, travel, living and other expenses for the girl hailing from backward Adilabad district.

SC pulls up Assam for laxity over illegal Bangladeshi migrants

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Assam government for filing a vague and unsatisfactory affidavit and questioned its seriousness in dealing with illegal Bangladeshi nationals entering the state exploiting the porous India-Bangladesh border.

Chiding the Assam government over the steps taken by it to contain the influx of illegal migrants in pursuance to its December 17, 2014 direction, the bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman described the government's affidavit as "vague" and "highly unsatisfactory".

Centre quotes norms as Haryana seeks Rs.1,136 crore for crop damage

Chandigarh : The central government has quoted existing norms to virtually express inability to release compensation to Haryana for the recent loss suffered by farmers when their standing crops were damaged due to unseasonal rain, strong winds and hailstorms.

Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Sanjeev Kumar Balyan held meetings with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and senior officers here on Tuesday to review the damage to crops after the state submitted a demand of Rs.1,136 crore as compensation in the form of special central assistance.

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No information on sanction plea in coal block case, CBI tells court

New Delhi : The CBI on Tuesday told a court here that it has not received any information from the competent authority regarding grant of sanction to prosecute a coal ministry official for his alleged role in a coal block allocation case allegedly involving Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda.

Central Bureau of Investigation's senior public prosecutor told special judge Bharat Parashar that that no information has yet been received from the competent authority regarding according of sanction to prosecute the public servants involved in the case.

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No one convicted for rhino poaching in Assam in five years

Guwahati : Although hundreds of rhinos have been poached in various areas of Assam, including the high-security Kaziranga National Park, no one has been convicted so far for poaching in the last five years.

Statistics of the Assam government - which were accessed by an RTI activist - revealed that 247 people have been arrested since 2009 till 2014 for their involvement in rhino poaching in four districts of Assam - Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Sonitpur and Nagaon. But none of them have been convicted by a court so far.

Demolish unauthorised construction in Chidambaram Stadium: SC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the three stands (I,J,K) of the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will not be used for seating spectators during cricket matches as they do not conform to regulations and public safety and their unauthorised parts need to be demolished.

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Amarinder seeks MEA help for Iraq hostages

Chandigarh : Congress's Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought intervention of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to save four Indian hostages who have been traced alive in Iraq after several months of their having gone missing.

In a statement here, the former Punjab chief minister disclosed that relatives of four of the hostages, whose identity is being kept secret for security reasons, had approached his office in Amritsar and said that they had credible information that they were very much alive.

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Parties, church welcome Kerala bars' closure, drinkers unhappy

Thiruvananthapuram : Political parties and the church welcomed Tuesday's verdict of the Kerala High Court allowing only 24 five-star hotels to serve liquor starting Wednesday -- but people who are fond of their drink were unhappy.

The high court on Tuesday upheld the liquor policy of the state government and dismissed a petition filed by the Kerala Bar Hotel Owners Association on closure of the 710 bars, including the 418 that have not opened since April 1, 2014.

State Congress president V.M. Sudheeran, a known anti-liquor activist, termed the verdict a historic one.

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Apex court declines relief for Jat students

New Delhi : The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that Jat students would not get the benefit of reservation under the OBC category even if their admission process began before it quashed the government notification extending reservation to the community in nine states.

While declining relief to eight students seeking admission to post-graduate medical and dental courses, a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, however, did not upset admissions that have already "crystallised" under the OBC reservation for Jats.

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Tripura tribal council polls on May 3

Agartala : Elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) will be held on May 3, it was announced here on Tuesday.

"The elections to the 30-seat TTAADC will be held on May 3. The statutory notification for the elections will be issued on April 4. Votes will be counted on May 6," State Election Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Rakesh told reporters.

A total of 758,554 electors, including 375,117 women, are eligible to vote. Of the 30 seats, 28 are filled through direct elections and two members are nominated by the government.

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