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Presidential visit helps India establish presence in key Arctic region

By Ranjana Narayan,

New Delhi : With the resource-rich Arctic region becoming the focus of heightened attention, President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the two Nordic countries of Norway and Finland last week was a crucial step by India to assert its "willingness to have a strong presence in the Arctic Council and to work closely with" the eight countries of the region.


No ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu : There has been no ceasefire violation on the border in Jammu and Kashmir for the past one day, an official said Monday.

"There has been no violation of ceasefire on the border...for the past one day," a senior official of the provincial administration told IANS in Jammu.

The Pakistan Rangers had fired at Indian positions in Pargwal area of R.S. Pura sector Sunday at 10.30 a.m. without any provocation, he said.

"Despite the firing, the BSF (Border Security Force) had maintained restraint by not responding to it," the officer said.


India lagging behind in medical research: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and more work should be done.

"India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and much more needs to be done... We should focus on research, particularly on case history. This can be a big contribution to humankind," Modi said while addressing the 42nd annual convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

He also suggested a tradition be introduced of having special guests at convocation ceremonies.


Acid attack victims open cafe in Agra

Agra : Acid attack victims opened a coffee shop-cum-hangout area Sunday for activists, supporters and civil society members on Fatehabad Road, close to the Taj Mahal.

Named the 'She-ros Cafe', it is run by survivors of acid attacks, Chanchal, Ritu, Rupa and Geeta, on a 'pay what you wish' basis.

"The initiative is part of the 'Stop Acid Attack' campaign," said Alok Dixit, the founder of the coffee shop.

Similar cafes are to be shortly opened in Kanpur and Delhi.

The Agra hangout is supported by local NGO Chaanv.


Major turbine problem at Kundankulam n-plant

Chennai : A major problem in the first atomic power unit's turbine at Kudankulam has caused uncertainty on its early commissioning, said a source.

"The turbine of the first unit has developed some problem. It seems some component inside the turbine turned loose and damaged the turbine blades," the source told IANS preferring anonymity Monday.

According to him, discussions are on with the experts whether to replace the faulty equipment from the turbine of the second unit so that the first unit could be run at the earliest.


Andhra police to check Maoists-villagers clash report

Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh Police sent teams to a tribal area in Visakhapatnam district Monday following reports that three Maoists were killed by the villagers after the extremists eliminated a tribal on suspicion that he was acting as a police informer.

Maoists had to reportedly face people's ire in Korukonda village of Chintapalli mandal of Visakhapatnam district when they gunned down a youth after branding him a police informer.

Police have not yet confirmed the reports of the clash between the Maoists and villagers.


Youth stalking African student held in Hyderabad

Hyderabad : A youth has been arrested for stalking an African girl student in Hyderabad.

The youth was booked after the Angolan girl lodged a complaint with Banjara Hills police station late Sunday night.

The 25-year-old girl, a student of Osmania University, stated in her complaint that the youth had been stalking her for some time.

The accused riding a bike allegedly misbehaved with her when she was returning home, a police official told IANS.

The complainant provided bike's registration number to the police which led to his arrest.


North East Racial Attack, Can It Be STOPPED?

By Madhu Chandra,

Utterly socked and indeed panic at the unprecedented hate crimes against the people from North East India in Delhi and now in other mega cities of India. A man from Manipur brutally attacked for not able to speak Kannada in Bangalore on 16 October, two other men from Nagaland attacked in Gurgaon on 17 October – threatening the entire North East people to leave Gurgaon and a young from Mizoram murdered in South Delhi on 17 October. These attacks are the unprecedented hate crimes against North East people for last almost a decade in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).

Ghaziabad teacher arrested for sexually assaulting student

Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad Police arrested a teacher for sexually assaulting a class XI student of a prestigious public school in Modinagar town here.

The police said that teacher Sanjay Agrawal was arrested Friday night following a protest by students outside the police station.

The students complained that Agrawal who teaches in Chhaya Public School also runs a coaching institute from his Harmukhpuri residence where they used to attend classes.


'India-Japan co-operation to help link south India to ASEAN'

Kolkata:Stressing the importance of enhancing connectivity in India's northeastern states, Japanese Ambassador to India Takeshi Yagi Saturday said the "bigger picture" is to eventually link south India with ASEAN countries.

"This is a part of increasing connectivity between India and ASEAN. We already have concrete projects. Another aspect is the Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor - the bigger picture we have in mind is to enhance connectivity between southern part of India and ASEAN," Yagi said at a lecture at the Observer Research Foundation here.