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HC notice to police on Vikas Yadav's parole plea

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday issued notice to the city police on a parole plea of Vikas Yadav, who is serving life imprisonment in the Nitish Katara murder case.

A division bench of Justice Gita Mittal and Justice J.R. Midha sought response from police by Aug 29 on the plea of Yadav, son of politician D.P. Yadav.

Moving the high court, Yadav sought three months' parole on the ground that he has to visit his 93-year-old ailing grandfather.

Yadav pleaded that he has been in jail for the past 12-and-half years and his conduct has been good throughout.

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Odisha dengue cases rise to 249

Bhubaneswar : The number of dengue cases in Odisha this year has risen to 249 with 60 new cases being reported in the past two days, an official said Friday.

"The number of dengue cases has increased to 249. Sixty of them were reported in the past two days," a senior official of the state health department told IANS.

Sixty-eight people in coastal Jajpur district tested positive for dengue, the highest in the state, followed by Jagatsinghpur district which reported 30 cases. Only one death due to the disease has been reported so far, he said.

Syndicate Bank bribery case: Accused to be declared absconding

New Delhi : A court here Friday initiated proceedings to declare as a proclaimed offender an accused in Syndicate Bank bribery case.

The court order came on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea seeking the issue of an order to declare alleged middleman Purushottam Lal Totlani as absconding.

CBI Special Judge Swarna Kanta Sharma said: "I am convinced that the accused is concealing himself and the non-bailable warrants (NBW) cannot be executed against him, and therefore, order, issuance of process under section 82 CrPC (proclamation for person absconding)."

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Kerala clears Rs.1,200-crore infrastructure project

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala government has given the go-ahead for a Rs.1,200-crore investment proposal here, said a statement issued Friday.

The project in Technopark by Taurus Investment Holdings LLC, Boston, the US, has been named "Taurus Downtown Technopark".

With a projected investment of Rs.1,200 crore, it will see development of more than 20 lakh sq. feet of IT special economic zone (SEZ) and non-SEZ space.

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President to pay two-day visit to Bengal

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee will visit West Bengal Aug 23-24, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said Friday.

On Saturday, the president will inaugurate a new building of Domkal Girls' College at Domkal and will then address students of Krishnath College at Berhampore, followed by the inauguration the sixth edition of KKM Memorial Gold Cup - a rural football tournament - at Jangipur, said the statement.

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'100 workers die inside manholes, drains in Delhi annually'

New Delhi : Every year 100 sewerage workers die after entering drains and manholes with high temperature, slippery walls, floors and toxic gases in Delhi, a study revealed Friday.

The report named "Down the Drain", on the health and safety-related issues of sewerage workers in Delhi, says that besides the high risks the workers also face health issues by virtue of their occupation.

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NSEL scam accused Jignesh Shah gets bail

Mumbai : The Bombay High Court Friday granted conditional bail to FTIL promoter Jignesh Shah, who was arrested in the Rs.5,574 crore National Stock Exchange Ltd (NSEL) scam.

Shah - who spent over three months in custody - will be freed on a bail amount of Rs.500,000 and the condition he appears before the Mumbai police's Economic Offences Wing all Mondays and Thursdays till further orders.

While granting Shah's bail plea, Justice A. M. Thipsay directed him to furnish a cash surety Friday and another solvent surety (guarantor) of a like amount within a fortnight.

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India to host all 54 African Union countries in December summit

New Delhi : In a major signal to Africa, a continent which had felt neglected by the previous UPA government, the Narendra Modi government is set to host all the 54 African Union countries at the India-Africa Forum Summit this December in Gurgaon.

During the previous two summits, in 2008 and in 2011, around 12-15 countries, in representative selection by the African Union, participated in the summit. But for the Dec 4 summit, all the 54 countries of the continent are being invited in what would be one of the biggest such international gatherings in India in recent years.

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Andhra earmarks Rs.5,000 crore for crop loan waiver

Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh has allocated Rs.5,000 crore for waiver of crop loans in its budget for agriculture.

Presenting the agriculture budget for 2014-15 in the legislative assembly Friday, Agriculture Minister P. Pulla Rao said despite the revenue deficit, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government has allocated the amount to fulfill its poll promise to waive off farmers' loans.

The total outlay for agriculture and allied activities is Rs.13,108 crore, comprising planned expenditure of Rs.6,736 crore and non-plan expenditure at Rs.6,373 crore.

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IWPC concerned over working conditions in media houses

New Delhi : The Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC) Friday expressed concern over the way leading media houses "have been either abruptly terminating the contracts of their employees or have shut down operations without any prior notice".

The IWPC also pointed out in a statement how most of the media houses have failed to set up properly constituted committees to prevent sexual harassment at work place as mandated by the law.

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