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REC to fund Rs.20,000 crore of power projects in Telangana

Hyderabad : Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) will fund power projects in Telangana to the tune of Rs.20,000 crore, its chairman and managing director Rajeev Sharma Tuesday told Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

During a meeting with the chief minister, he said REC would fund projects of Telangana Generation Corporation (GENCO), Transmission Corporation (TRANSCO) and distribution companies.

According to a statement from the chief minister's office, REC also agreed to fund all the power projects of GENCO.


One new traffic district, 10 new circles in Delhi

New Delhi : For better traffic management, Delhi Police have bifurcated a traffic district and created ten new circles, said an official.

"It was observed that some traffic circles did not have continuous boundaries and the traffic inspectors could not cover the opposite points of the circles," said Joint Commissioner of police Anil Shukla.

Shukla also said a new outer district has also been created after bifurcating the West District.


'Modi visit, Tokyo Declaration give new dynamism to India-Japan ties'

New Delhi : The Tokyo Declaration taking India-Japan relations to the next level - a Special Strategic Global Partnership - has lent "new dynamism" to the close ties between the two nations, especially with its emphasis on increased economic and defence cooperation, even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe failed to tie up the civil nuclear deal during this visit, say experts.


DDA'S EWS flats scheme challenged in HC, hearing on Sep 24

New Delhi : An organisation of slum dwellers Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court, challenging DDA's new housing scheme and seeking direction to the government to allot them the flats meant for the economically-weaker sections.

Slum dwellers residing in Shankar Garden and Indra Camp No 2, 4, and 5 at Vikaspuri, under the aegis of JJ Cluster Dwellers Welfare Association, moved the court saying they should be handed over the possession of 2,382 flats at Dwarka Sector 23, which they claim are now being offered in the DDA's 2014 housing scheme under the general category.


Kala-azar free India by 2015: Harsh Vardhan

Patna : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Monday said that India aims to eliminate dreaded vector-borne disease kala-azar by 2015.

"We are confident to eliminate kala-azar by 2015 with a new road map," Harsh Vardhan said at a function here after launching non-invasive diagnostic methods for detecting kala-azar by using oral fluid and urine samples at Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Harsh Vardhan also attended a day-long meeting on kala-azar with officials and experts from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

Vinod Mehta named for G.K. Reddy award

New Delhi : Veteran journalist Vinod Mehta has been named for the G.K. Reddy Memorial Award 2014 for his outstanding contribution in the field of journalism, it was announced Tuesday.

The award, which comprises Rs.5 lakh in cash, a gold medal and a citation was founded in the memory of distinguished journalist G.K. Reddy.

The award ceremony will be held here in December 2014.

Mehta is presently the editorial chairman of the Outlook Group.

Previous recipients of the award include prominent journalists like H.K. Dua, Aroon Purie and Prabhu Chawla.


Mayors from 60 countries expected for Hyderabad conference

Hyderabad : Mayors and experts in urban management from 60 countries will attend the Metropolis conference scheduled here next month.

Around 2,000 delegates including commissioners, town planning Officers and experts in municipal administration will attend the four-day conference, beginning Oct 7. It has been called by Metropolis, the world association of major metropolises, is the leading international organisation that gathers cities and metropolitan regions with more than a million population.


AIIMS sees increase in eye donors

New Delhi : The eye bank of AIIMS has seen a rise in the number of donors in the last couple of years, an official said Tuesday.

"In the last couple of years, the eye bank of AIIMS has seen an increase in the number of eye donors. From a very few eye donors in the beginning of the eye bank, it has now 39,855 registered eye donors," said AIIMS Eye Bank chairman Jeewan S. Titiyal.

Titiyal was speaking during the National Eye Donation Fortnight, which is celebrated every year for 15 days to create awareness about eye donation.


Indian nuclear power plants accident-free last year

Mumbai : Not a single out of 33 incidents in various nuclear power plants in India during 2013-2014 has been classified as "accident" as per the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, India's atomic energy regulator said Tuesday.

While 32 incidents were below scale or having no safety significance, only one was pegged at scale 1, signifying "anomaly" or implying minor problems in components while sufficient defense in depth is remaining, said the the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) in its annual report for 2013-2014.


Border residents bear brunt of India-Pakistan skirmishes: Omar

Jammu : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said residents of areas near the boundary between India and Pakistan in the state bear the brunt on border skirmishes, making their lives miserable and difficult.

Visiting areas close to the international border in Jammu district where ceasefire violations by Pakistan have forced residents to migrate to safer places, he said people living near the Line of Control (LoC) and the border have to bear the brunt of firing and shelling and their life and property is endangered by such incidents.