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Karnataka ready for ED probe into lottery scam

Bengaluru : The Karnataka government would allow Enforcement Directorate (ED) to investigate the lottery scam if it had an inter-state fallout, Home Minister K.J. George said Monday.

"We are ready to hand over the lottery scam to the ED for further investigation if it (scam) had spread to other states though it (ED) can probe on its own inter-state scams," George told reporters here.

Part of the union finance ministry's revenue department, the ED is a law enforcement and economic intelligence agency responsible for fighting economic crimes.


Saradha scam: Court rejects Madan Mitra's bail plea

Kolkata : A city court on Monday turned down the bail plea of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam.

City sessions judge Kallol Das rejected Mitra's bail plea after hearing both the prosecution and the defence.

Mitra's lawyers sought the minister's bail citing medical reasons.

Defence counsel Milon Mukherjee submitted documents to support the contention that Mitra was ailing.


Task force to make India cyber security hub

New Delhi : Indian IT industry body Nasscom and the Data Security Council of India on Monday set up a task force to make the country a global hub for providing cyber security solutions.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) cyber security task force will also develop cyber security research and development (R&D) plan and a skilled workforce on experts in the domain.


Union home ministry says not party in ACB case

New Delhi : The union home ministry on Monday said it was not party to the case in which Delhi High Court held that the city government's Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) had "jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute" Delhi Police officials and would look into the issue after studying the judgment.

"MHA (ministry of home affairs) was not a party in this case. MHA will obtain a copy of the judgment and take appropriate legal recourse in the matter," the ministry said in a statement.


Helpline to provide counselling to class 12 students launched

New Delhi : NGO Snehi has set up its post-result helpline to counsel class 12 students whose CBSE examinations results were declared here on Monday, a statement said.

In its 17th year of providing counselling to students, 'Hopeline' will be available from May 25 to 31 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Students can call on the helpline - 011-65978181, and their queries will be handled by a group of trained counsellors and mental health professionals. Students can also seek help through email at


Come to Bayana with concrete proposal: Gujjars to government

Jaipur : Membedrs of the Gujjar community, staging a protest to seek five percent reservation in government jobs under OBC category in Rajasthan, on Monday said if the state government wanted to hold talks it should come to Bayana town with concrete proposals.

The protestors, meanwhile, continued to sit on railway tracks in Bharatpur district affecting movement of trains for the fifth day on the important Delhi-Mumbai sector.


Arunachal, Varanasi to get NDRF battalions: Rijiju

Guwahati : Two new battalions of the National Disater Response Force (NDRF) will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh and in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union minister Kiren Rijiju said here on Monday.

The new NDRF battalions will have 1,200 personnel each, the union minister of state for home affairs said after inaugurating a training programme for NDRF on management of animals during disasters.

Rijiju said the union cabinet recently approved the home ministry's proposal to enhance disaster response facilities in the country.

India continues scaled down relief ops in Nepal

New Delhi : Indian forces are gradually scaling down their rescue and relief operations in quake-hit Nepal as the situation limps back to normal after the April 25 temblor, an official here said on Monday.

The Indian Army has de-inducted two of its ALHs, while three Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) continue their operations.

The three ALHs conducted 12 sorties on Sunday, and transported 44 people apart from assisting in induction of Nepal Army troops in affected areas.


Decision on Guwahati-Dhaka bus service during Modi's Bangladesh visit

Shillong : India and Bangladesh will finalise the passenger bus service between Guwahati-Dhaka via Shillong during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh next month, a Bangladeshi official said here on Monday.

The proposed bus service, which covers approximately 500 km, will traverse from Guwahati via Shillong and then proceed to the southern slopes of Meghalaya's Dawki international trading before entering Tamabil (Bangladesh)-Sylhet-Dhaka route.

Women's power extends beyond banking: Naina Lal Kidwai

By Aparajita Gupta,

New Delhi : Women have broken through the glass ceiling not just in India's financial services space, holding top positions in top banks, but have also made a significant mark in a host of other industries, says Naina Lal Kidwai, executive director of HSBC Asia Pacific.

The editor of "30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories" that was released here on Monday, the Harvard-educated Kidwai says Indian women today lead large organisations - in banking, law, media, IT, advertising, governance, healthcare, consulting, consumer goods and non-profits.