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Jaitley refused comment on Gajendra Chauhan: FTII students

New Delhi : Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday "denied to comment" on the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairperson of FTII, said a delegation of students after a meeting with the minister.

"The minister refused to comment on the appointment of Chauhan as the chairperson but instead assured that in future there won't be issues that hamper the curriculum of the students," Prateek, a student who was part of the delegation, told IANS.

Railway Board chief seeks enhanced passenger safety, security

Kolkata : Calling for special emphasis on safety and security of the passengers with focus on passenger amenities, Railway Board chairman A.K. Mital on Friday instructed carrying on more field inspections for the purpose.

Mital, who held a high-level meeting with various officials of the South Eastern Railway (SER) at its headquarters here to review and evaluate its performance, stressed on adherence to safety norms by all railwaymen in the field and instructed that more field inspections by officers should be carried out specially during night time.


MP students enter Guinness book for washing hands

Bhopal : A world record attempt by 12,76,425 students in Madhya Pradesh for washing their hands together on the 2014 Global Handwashing Day has been officially recognised, an official said here on Friday.

The attempt, by students at 13,196 venues in Madhya Pradesh's 51 districts under the supervision of the state's Panchayat and Rural development department on October 16, 2014, has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.


Special rooms at TN bus stations for lactating mothers

Chennai : In a novel initiative for the benefit of lactating mothers, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa on Friday announced that exclusive rooms will be provided at bus terminals across the state for them to breastfeed their babies.

In a statement issued here Jayalalithaa said the new initiative will be launched on August 1, to commemorate the 'World Breast Feeding Week'.

Arrest warrant for Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA

Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh) : An arrest warrant was on Friday issued against a BJP legislator nearly a year after he and four others allegedly beat up a Panhchayat official here, police said.

The warrant was issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramji Gupta against BJP legislator K.K. Shrivastav and four others in the incident which occurred in August, last year.

It was alleged that Tikamgarh MLA Shrivastav beat up Udayraj Singh, a senior official in the district's Janpad Panchayat office, following a quarrel.

India's 40 percent rural people prefer to stay single: Census

New Delhi : Over 40 percent people living in India's rural areas prefer not to marry and live single, according to Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) data released here on Friday.

The data said 41.64 percent people have never married and stayed single in rural areas. Nagaland, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir led the tally for being home to such people.

Nagaland has the maximum 55.88 percent people preferring not to marry followed by Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir with 53.33 and 51.64 percent respectively, the data said.


Man gets Aadhar card for dog, arrested

Bhind : A computer operator at an Aadhar centre has been arrested in Madhya Pradesh for getting an Aadhar card made for his dog, police said on Friday.

Bhind Superintendent of Police Navneet Bhasin told IANS that Azam Khan was arrested on Thursday night.

Khan got the card for his dog in April. It carries the photo of the dog, Tomy Singh, and lists the date of birth as 26.11.2009. The "Father" column reads: Sheru Singh.

Hema Malini's driver arrested, family mourns girl's death

Jaipur : Veteran film actor and BJP MP Hema Malini, injured in a car crash in Rajasthan that killed a girl child, remained in hospital on Friday even as her driver was arrested for rash driving.

Doctors at the Fortis Escorts Hospital said Hema Malini, 66, was stable and on liquid diet after undergoing a two-hour surgery here late Thursday following the accident near Dausa, over 50 km from Jaipur.

Shun political vendetta while staging protest: Delhi court

New Delhi : Members of the public participating in a demonstration should not take the law into their own hands and should show some restraint while protesting, a Delhi court has observed while convicting six people for rioting in the capital almost 12 year ago.

"It's after all the hard earned money of taxpayers which is at stake... even the trial of such matters should be double-quick as a delayed trial may eventually give undue benefit to some mob-members due to possible non-identification," Additional sessions judge Manoj Jain said while delivering his order.

Ex-foreign secretaries to felicitate the Dalai Lama

New Delhi : India's three former foreign secretaries will felicitate Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama by speaking on his work at an event here, it was announced on Friday.

The event, which is being held to mark the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama on July 6, will see former foreign secretary Shyam Saran making an introductory remark.

Another former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh would speak on interfaith dialogue and harmony while former foreign secretary and national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon would talk on leadership and vision.