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Conference on housing for all held in Delhi

New Delhi : To ensure housing for all, the government needs to focus on identifying locations facing shortage, figuring out how to provide housing there and prioritising Public Private Partnership (PPP), a conference said here Saturday.

The All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG) in association with Urban Update magazine organized a one-day conference on 'Housing for All' that brought together urban experts, architects, policy makers, corporate houses and other stake holders to find a viable solution for the housing shortage in the country.


We have always spoken of friendship with Pakistan: Rajnath

New Delhi : Ahead of next week's Saarc summit, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday said India was open to talks with Pakistan but Islamabad should take the first step to resume dialogue.

"If not today then tomorrow, one side will have to take the first step. We have always spoken of friendship but they should take some friendly action," Rajnath Singh said at the 12th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

India-Bangladesh collaboration can save Sunderbans: Experts

Kolkata : India and Bangladesh must collaborate to facilitate and maintain a flow of fresh water round the year to save the Sunderbans mangrove ecosystem, scientists said here Saturday.

Sunderbans is the world's largest mangrove forest and home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger. More than two-thirds of the forest lies in Bangladesh and the rest in West Bengal.

Northeast journalists urge tribal body to lift ban on book

Guwahati : A forum of journalists in the northeast has expressed concern over the ban on a book written by a Dimapur-based journalist by the apex body of the Ao tribe in Nagaland, and urged the tribal body to withdraw the ban.

The Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) expressed concern over the ban on "Cogitating For a Better Deal" written by journalist and Nagaland Page editor Monalisa Changkija.

The ban was imposed by the Ao Senden, the apex body of the Ao tribe which is responsible for their welfare in Nagaland.

President congratulates new batch of IAS officers

New Delhi: President Parnab Mukherjee Saturday congratulated a group of state civil service officers promoted to the rank of IAS officers and suggested they develop a pan-India perception.

Welcoming the officers, the president said: "There has been a sea change in our country over the years and it was the responsibility of the officers to manage changes and channelise them in the form in which people get benefits," a statement from the president's house said.


Indian women should document their achievements: Sitharaman

New Delhi:Asserting that Indian women have a significant role to play in nation building, Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday said women should start "documenting their achievements".

Speaking on the topic of 'Hindu women's participation in politics and social leadership' on the second day of the World Hindu Congress here, Sitharaman said: "The women should start recording their achievements, not in a pompous way but document it, show it out."


Illegal weapons recovered in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad: Illegal weapons have been recovered from an arms manufacturing factory in Ghaziabad, police said.

Police nabbed three people Friday midnight at Maharajpur check post opposite Anand Vihar Bus Terminal. They were travelling in a hired three-wheeler auto.

They revealed during an interrogation that they manufactured weapons on demand. One weapon costs from Rs.3,000 to Rs.5,000. If a buyer wants an automatic weapon, its price goes up to Rs.20,000, police said.


Abducted Tripura girl rescued in Bihar

Agartala: Bihar Police have rescued a 16-year-old girl kidnapped from Tripura and arrested her abductor, police said here Saturday.

"A married young man kidnapped the girl Sep 4 and took her to Bihar," an officer said.

Acting on a tip off from Tripura Police, Bihar Police Friday rescued the girl and arrested her abductor Premananda Biswas from Gaya district, the officer said.

A team of Tripura Police led by West Agartala Women's Police Station officer-in-charge Shova Telli Friday rushed to Bihar to take back the girl and Biswas.


Bihar woman leaves husband's house for lack of toilet

Patna: A woman in a Bihar village has left her husband's house after he failed to construct a toilet. She has returned to her parents' house and made it clear that she will not return until the toilet is built.

She has also submitted a written petition at a women's police station here demanding her husband construct a toilet.

Babli Devi, 20, left the house early this week at Bikram in Patna district after her repeated demands to construct a toilet was ignored by her husband Rakesh Sharma.


Nepal nod for Reliance, Satluj to invest billions of rupees

Kathmandu: The Nepal Investment Board headed by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has given its nod to two prominent Indian groups to invest billions of rupees in cement and hydropower projects.

The NIB cleared the decks for the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group to set up a cement plant, with an annual capacity of 2.3 million tonnes, worth NRs.40 billion.

A report on the downstream and upstream impact of the project will be readied within six months so that other projects or local initiatives would not be affected, said NIB CEO Radesh Pant.