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40 houses gutted in Delhi slum fire

New Delhi : At least 40 huts were gutted in a fire here Friday, the Delhi Fire Service said.

The fire began in one of the huts at Shastri Park area and the blaze soon spread and engulfed many other adjoining huts, an official said. Fourteen fire tenders battled the blaze for an hour.

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VC appointments in Kerala: Saga of political manipulations

By Sanu George,

Thiruvananthapuram : With politicking taking centre-stage in appointing vice chancellors, things have reached an all-time low in the 13 universities in Kerala, the country's most literate state.

If earlier political parties in the state looked upon these universities and the affiliated colleges as a 'factory' for producing future politicians, today the universities are considered as sources of plum posts at the highest level.

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Haryana paanwala gets Rs.132 crore power bill

Chandigarh : A paan or betel-leaf seller in Haryana has got a shocker of an electricity bill this Diwali. His bill is a whopping over Rs.132 crore.

Rajesh, who runs a shop in Gohana town in Sonipat district, has got the electricity bill of Rs 132.29 crore for the month of October.

"I was shocked to read the amount. It is not that the amount was printed wrongly only in numerals. The full amount was written in words too," Rajesh said.

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Delhi fire department gets 293 calls on Diwali

New Delhi : The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received 293 calls -- the highest in the past five years -- on Diwali Thursday, an official said Friday.

"This is the highest figure in the past five years. On Diwali, from midnight till 7 a.m. Oct 24, we received 293 calls of fire incidents from across the city," a fire official told IANS.

"Of these, 55 incidents were related to fire caused by crackers. But in most of the other cases, the reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained," the officer added.

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Why China does not want a boundary settlement with India

By Ranjit Singh Kalha,

Recent transgressions by Chinese troops in the northern border areas of India and the protest note by the Chinese foreign office on road building in Arunachal Pradesh have again highlighted the fact that the Sino-Indian boundary issue remains to be settled, despite negotiations for nearly half a century.

India asks UNSC to enforce resolutions on countering terrorism

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : India's UN Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji has asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to enforce without exception its resolutions on countering terrorism in order to stave off "an ever-widening spiral of violence and destruction".

"The Council must seriously and transparently take measures available to it under the Charter to require member states of implement its resolutions on countering terrorism without exception," he said Thursday.

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Home secretary dismisses reports about army's rescue operations bill

Srinagar : Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami Thursday dismissed local media reports that the army and the NDRF had sent a bill of Rs.853 crore to the Jammu and Kashmir government for their relief and rescue operations after the floods in the state.

Briefing the media at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the home secretary dismissed as "baseless rumours" some local media reports about the bill.

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Pakistan says India constructing bunkers close to border

Islamabad : Pakistan's foreign office Thursday said Indian forces under the cover of unprovoked firing were engaged in constructing bunkers in locations within five hundred metres of the working boundary.

Speaking to media persons at the weekly briefing in Islamabad, foreign office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said the construction of the bunkers was in violation of the 2010 agreement between New Delhi and Islamabad, Dawn online reported.

Second MERS case reported in Qatar

Doha : A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday.

The patient had fever for a few days and was shifted to the emergency department of the Hamad General Hospital, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said Wednesday, The Peninsula reported.

He was diagnosed with pneumonia and subsequently confirmed MERS-COV case.

Last week, the SCH reported the first MERS case of this year, when a 71-year-old person was found infected with the virus.

Venkaiah Naidu to adopt cyclone-hit village

Visakhapatnam : Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has decided to adopt a cyclone-affected village in Andhra Pradesh.

The minister Thursday announced that he and his family members will adopt Chepalupada village and undertake rebuilding work.

Venkiah Naidu said they were ready to spend any amount of money required for reconstruction of the village battered by cyclone Hudhud Oct 12.

He said he will provide Rs.25 lakh to the village from the MP Local Area Development Fund.

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