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Swine flu toll in Rajasthan now 286

Jaipur : The toll due to swine flu in Rajasthan touched 286 on Tuesday, health officials said.

"The number of positive cases have started to slow down. The total positive cases as of today (March 3) was 5,782 from January 1. Only 67 new positive cases were reported from across the state today (Tuesday)," a health department official said.

Nine deaths were reported on Tuesday, taking the total due to H1N1 virus to 286, he said.

The highest number of deaths at 57 has been reported from Jaipur, followed by Ajmer at 32 and Jodhpur at 30.

Mukherjee to inaugurate 'Festival of Innovations' on Saturday

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a week-long 'Festival of Innovations' at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday.

The festival is being organised by the president's secretariat in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation, a release said.

On the first day of the festival, Mukherjee will give away national biennial awards for grassroots innovations.

The president will also interact with a new batch of innovation scholars in-residence and writers in-residence, it said.


Hang the convict: Family of December 16 rape victim

New Delhi : Demanding the "immediate" hanging of the December 16, 2012 gang rape convict for justifying the ghastly crime, the father of the victim blamed the "judicial system" and said such remarks will embolden other rapists.

"The person who can do such kind of disgusting act... can say anything. He should be hanged immediately. I appeal to the court to hang him as soon as possible," the victim's father said when asked about his reaction to the BBC documentary "India's Daughter".


'Defence cooperation important pillar of India-US ties'

New Delhi : Defence cooperation is one of the pillars of the India-US partnership that "greatly benefits the security and prosperity of both countries", a US official said Tuesday.

Admiral Harry Harris, junior commander of the US Pacific Fleet, in a statement issued by the US embassy here said that he was enthusiastic about a "shared future" based on the strategic view of US President Barack Obama that the relationship between India and the US can be one of the "defining partnerships of this century".


Women activists oppose airing of December 16 convict interview

New Delhi : Women's rights activists came out strongly on Tuesday against the airing of an interview of one of those convicted in the December 16 gang rape, terming it "totally unacceptable" and "very disturbing".

"This is very, very disturbing. The case is still pending," Akhila Shivdas of the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) told IANS.

Women's rights activist Ranjana Kumari told the media: "This is totally unacceptable. We have to draw an ethical boundary. I do not understand why they are doing it (airing the interview)."


School student killed, 33 injured in Himachal accident

Shimla : A six-year old girl student was killed and 33 students of a private school were injured on Tuesday when a bus driven by the school principal rolled down a 130-feet gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district, police said.

The accident occurred near Banethi, some 20 km from Nahan town.

The dead girl was identified as Sanjana. Two critically injured students were referred to the PGI in Chandigarh, a police official told IANS.

The other injured were admitted to the zonal hospital in Nahan.


University teachers demand state funding of higher education

New Delhi : Coming down heavily on the government move to privatise higher education, a group of central university teachers here on Tuesday strongly pitched for state funding of higher education.

This was the view of teachers attending a day-long national convention on higher education held at Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi.


Fewer chopper accidents, deaths: Defence minister

New Delhi : The numbers of defence helicopter accidents and deaths have come down, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday.

The minister told the Rajya Sabha that most accidents happened due to human error and bad weather.

Giving figures for 24 years, the minister said the number of accidents between 1986-91 was 22, killing 19. Between 1991-96, there were 10 accidents and six deaths; during 1996-2001, 13 accidents claimed 14 lives; in 2001-06, 10 accidents and five deaths, while during 2006-11 there have been 11 accidents and 14 deaths.


Delhi Police to move court against BBC documentary

New Delhi : Delhi Police on Tuesday said it was moving court against the airing of a BBC documentary interviewing one of those convicted of the Dec 16, 2012 horrific gang rape.

"We are going to move the court against the broadcast of such inputs," Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi told reporters here.

"This was a ghastly crime and the law has been broken, we will investigate the case," Bassi said.

He said they were filing a first information report (FIR) on the basis of media reports over the documentary.


Telangana to take e-governance to villages

Hyderabad : The Telangana government is all set to launch an e-panchayat initiative, aimed at taking e-governance to the village level.

The Panchayat Raj department will launch the initiative from Domakonda mandal (block) in Nizamabad district.

Minister for Panchayat Raj and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao said that under the e-panchayat in Domakonda, 18 gram panchayats will be connected with internet enabling them to offer a wide range of services to the rural people.