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Fast track courts for crimes against women in UP

Lucknow: All 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh will soon have fast track courts for crimes against women, an officials said Saturday.

A decision to this effect was taken at the state cabinet meeting Friday.

The state government has also earmarked a sum of Rs.15.15 crore every year to run these fast track courts. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had few weeks back written to the chief justice of India seeking his approval for setting up such courts.

Sources said the CJI approved the move last week after which the matter was put before the state cabinet for ratification.

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SC seeks government's proactive role on 'undertrial' prisoners

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday asked the central government to place before it the complete information about "undertrial" prisoners languishing in jails all over the country till March 2014 and urged it to play an active role in addressing the situation.

"It is a serious matter. You can't be a mute spectator. You must take a proactive role. Call a meeting of the home secretaries of the states" to address the issue, a bench of Chief Justice R.M.Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman told the government.

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Shooter conversion case to be referred to CBI: Hemant Soren

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Hemant Soren Friday night announced that national shooter Tara Shahdeo's conversion case will be referred to CBI for probe.

"Tara Shahdeo met me and we assured all possible help to her. We agree to her demand regarding CBI probe. We will refer the case to CBI," he said at a press conference here.

Soren, however, declined to speak about the names of two ministers figuring in the case.

Shahdeo has alleged that two ministers -- Haji Hussain Ansari and Suresh Paswan -- have links with her husband Ranjeet Kohli alias Rakibul Hussain.

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Bihar finally to honour CWG medallist Shreyasi

Patna : Criticised for ignoring 2014 Commonwealth Games women's double trap shooting silver medallist Shreyasi Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Friday announced that she will be honoured soon.

"The state government has decided to honour Shreyasi Singh soon," Manjhi said at an official function here, adding she will also receive Rs.11 lakh.

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BSF, Pakistan Rangers hold flag meeting

Jammu : A sector commander level flag meeting was held Friday between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district, officials said.

BSF sources told IANS here that Deputy Inspector General (Jammu range) B.S. Kasana and the Rangers' Sialkot sector commander, Brig. Mateen, represented their countries in the meeting, which was one of the longest, lasting four hours from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., at Octroi border outpost in Suchetgarh area of R.S. Pura sector.

India's partnership with US important: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said India's strategic partnership with the US is an important pillar of its foreign policy.

"This partnership is not only relevant for the attainment of India's national, regional and global aspirations, it is also an important contributor to peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the world," he said during an interaction with the Japanese media ahead of his visit to that country.

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HRD ministry seeks DU response to complaints against VC

New Delhi : The HRD ministry has sent a letter to the Delhi University registrar asking for a para-wise reply to the allegations of irregularities and anomalies against the VC levelled by Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA).

The ministry of human resource development (HRD) letter dated Aug 25 reads: "...It is requested that para-wise comment on each of the issues is sent at the earliest on the alleged anomalies and irregularities on the functioning of the university, as per the complaint put forward by DUTA."

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FDI policies in India with minimal conditionalities: Modi

New Delhi : Prior to leaving for Japan Aug 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday spoke to the Japanese media and stated that FDI (foreign direct investment) influx will happen on its own, as the foreign capital investment policies are with minimal conditionalities.

"I feel that with the right signal of policy stability and genuineness of intent by the government, FDI influx will happen on its own, as India is an excellent investment destination," Modi replied to a question put to him regarding his efforts at attracting FDI in India.

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Lok Nayak hospital to be made model hospital: Jung

New Delhi : Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung Friday said the Lok Nayak hospital will soon be turned into a model one with upgraded medical facilities.

Jung was speaking after visiting the hospital and inspecting its medical and infrastructural facilities including the out-patient department which was made fully air-conditioned recently and the paediatric wing.

He also visited a special "kids play zone" which too was set up recently.

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Railway minister's son summoned for questioning in rape case

Bangalore : Police Friday summoned the son of Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda for questioning in a case of rape and cheating Kannada actress Maithreyi has filed against him.

"We have sent notice to Karthik's house in the city, asking him to appear before our investigation team soon in connection with the case booked against him under section 376 (rape) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," a police official told IANS here.

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