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Delhi to have special hostels for northeast students

New Delhi : The central government Wednesday proposed to set up special hostels for students from the northeast region studying in Delhi.

Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Jitendra Singh ordered a sub-committee be set up consisting of representatives from offices of resident commissioners of various states as well as representatives of the DoNER ministry to identify suitable location and land for construction of such hostels.

The minister was addressing a meeting here of resident commissioners of the northeastern states.

HC pulls up civic bodies for failure to keep Delhi clean

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday pulled up civic agencies for their failure to keep the national capital clean and wondered how Delhi would become a "world class city" when it's "not even an Asia class city".

A division bench of justices B.D. Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said: "How would Delhi become a world class city? It's not even an Asia class city."

The bench further observed that "on paper India is the best country", however, in reality "it's entirely different thing".

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Dalit IAS officer explores law to preach Christianity

Chennai : Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer C. Umashankar is looking at legal options to challenge a government directive forbidding him from preaching Christianity.

"I am looking at legal options. I have to discuss with my lawyers first," Umashankar told IANS Wednesday.

According to him, the government's directive suppresses his constitutional right to speech and freedom to practice and preach religion.

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Cabinet approves Rs.3,705 crore per MHz reserve price for 3G

New Delhi : The Cabinet Wednesday approved a reserve price of Rs.3,705 crore per megahertz (MHz) for third generation (3G) spectrum auction due March 4 next, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

“In 2010 3G auction, the government fixed Rs.700 crore per MHz reserve price and in the auction the then government earned Rs.3,350 crore per MHz, almost 8 times of the reserve price,” he told reporters after a meeting here of the union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Veteran journalist D.K. Raikar to get Lokmanya Tilak award

Mumbai : Veteran journalist D. K. Raikar, group editor of the Lokmat Group, was named for the prestigious 'Lokmanya Tilak Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism' for 2013, an official said here Wednesday.

Besides Raikar from Mumbai, the award for 2011 was bagged by Laxman T. Joshi, editor of Lokshahi of Nagpur, and for 2012 by former editor of Lokmat daily newspaper, Vijay V. Kuwalekar from Pune.

The announcements of the awards for the past three years were made by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here Wednesday.

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No urgency to intervene in Sunanda death probe: HC

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused urgent hearing of a plea seeking its intervention in the ongoing investigation of the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said let the matter come before the Chief Justice next Wednesday. The bench comprising Delhi High Court's Chief Justice G.Rohini did not assemble Wednesday.

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Can't compensate for zoo mishap: Delhi government to HC

New Delhi : The Delhi government's forest department Wednesday expressed its inability before the Delhi High Court to pay compensation for a mishap in the National Zoological Park.

The court was informed that the National Zoological Park in the city is under the control of the central government and the Delhi government has no jurisdiction over the working of the zoo. So, it is not competent to give compensation.

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Odisha police get ISI agent's seven-day remand

Bhubaneswar : An Odisha court Wednesday allowed the state police to take Ishwar Chandra Behera on seven-day remand to inquire into his alleged role in passing vital information of the Chandipur ITR to Pakistan intelligence agency ISI.

A number of missiles have been launched from the Chandipur's Integrated Test Range (ITR), including the nuclear-capable Akash.

The sub-divisional judiciary magistrate (SDJM) court of Balesore district allowed police to take Behera (35), a contractual cameraman engaged at the ITR, Chandipur, for further interrogation.

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Relief for Vodafone in Rs.32,000 crore tax case

New Delhi : The government Wednesday decided not to appeal against a Bombay High Court ruling that telecom service provider Vodafone was not liable to pay tax demand of Rs.3,200 crore in a transfer pricing case, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.

"The cabinet has decided not to move Supreme Court in this regard. This is an important decision," he told reporters after a meeting here of the union cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Allahabad HC commutes death term of Nithari killer

Lucknow : The Allahabad High Court Wednesday commuted the death sentence of Nithari killing convict Surinder Koli to life imprisonment.

A bench of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice P.K.S. Baghel passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Peoples Union for Democratic Rights.

Uttar Pradesh Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh and state counsel Akhilesh Singh opposed the petition to commute Koli's death sentence.

Koli was convicted for the murder of Rimpa Haldar, who went missing in Noida in December 2006.

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