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Rape accused driver sent to two days' police custody

New Delhi: A court here Wednesday sent the taxi driver accused of raping a woman here to two days' police custody in a case of forgery of documents, police said.

Shiv Kumar Yadav, the 32-year-old driver of banned online cab booking service Uber, was lodged in Tihar jail. He allegedly raped a 25-year-old working women in his cab Dec 5 while she was on her way home in north Delhi.

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SC directs Centre to fence entire India-Bangladesh border

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the central government to complete the fencing of the India-Bangladesh border where it has not been done to check illegal immigration.

"The Union (central government) will take all effective steps to complete the fencing (double coiled wire fencing) in such parts/portions of the Indo-Bangla border (including the state of Assam) where presently fencing is yet to be completed," the bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said in their judgment on a number of petitions.

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11 prisoners committed suicide in Tihar in three years

New Delhi : At least 11 prisoners have committed suicide in Tihar jail in the past three years due to mental stress, union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed parliament Wednesday.

"In Delhi prisons, 11 prisoners committed suicide and 16 attempted to commit suicide during last three years till Sep 30, 2014, mainly due to mental stress ...," Chaudhary said in a written statement in the Rajya Sabha.

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Defence ministry clears proposals worth Rs.4,444 crore

New Delhi : The defence ministry Wednesday cleared procurement proposals worth Rs.4,444 crore, ministry sources said.

The proposals were cleared by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar-headed Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex decision-making body in the ministry.

The proposals include one for acquiring four survey vessels for the navy worth Rs.2,324 crore.

A decision on a joint bid by Tata Sons and Airbus to replace the Indian Air Force's Avro transport fleet, a project worth Rs.12,000 crore, was however deferred.

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Cabinet nod for Goods and Services Tax Bill

New Delhi : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Wednesday approved the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill paving the way for its tabling in the ongoing session of parliament towards reform of India's indirect tax regime.

A senior finance ministry source told IANS of the CCEA approval after it met to consider the bill.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had reached a consensus with the Empowered Committee (EC) of State Finance Ministers on GST in a meeting here late Monday.

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Centre de-classifies files relating to Netaji

New Delhi : Highly classified information about the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been made available to the public, the central government informed parliament Wednesday.

Files relating to the Justice Khosla and the Justice M.K. Mukherjee commissions have been sent by the ministry of home affairs to the National Archives Oct 1, 2012 for permanent retention, union Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

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Delhi's Aurangzeb Road not to be renamed

New Delhi : Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen's Delhi, the address of the city's many billionaires, will not be renamed, parliament was told Wednesday.

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had recently demanded that Aurangzeb Road be named after Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Guru Teg Bahadur was executed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

The name of the road was not changed by the New Delhi Municipal Council in the light of the guidelines of the home ministry, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in the Rajya Sabha.

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SC refuses to free Sahara's Subrata Roy from custody

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Wednesday declined Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy's plea for release from jail along with his two other directors.

The trio were taken into custody March 4 for non-compliance of Aug 31, 2012, order to return investors' money that Sahara's two real estate companies - Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Limited (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Limited (SHICL)- had collected through optionally fully-convertible debentures (OFCDs) in 2008-2009.

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Sudipto Sen presented in Siliguri court

Siliguri : The Saradha chit fund scam's purported mastermind Sudipto Sen was Wednesday presented in a court and given a copy of the chargesheet filed in a graft case here.

The case was filed in police station in this north Bengal town with regard to the multi-crore rupee scandal.

Sen was presented in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate A.H. Rahman.

He initially refused to accept a copy of the chargesheet, arguing that the matter should be appended to the broader chit fund scam case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Have no words to express sorrow: Mamata on Peshawar carnage

Kolkata : Crying "shame" over the dastardly killing of school children by terrorists in Pakistan's Peshawar city, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said it was an "irreparable loss to the world family".

"Every child is like a bud that blossoms into a beautiful flower. The heinous killing of so many children is an irreparable loss to the world family, as children are the future of nations," Banerjee wrote on her official Facebook page.

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