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Lokesh Chandra new ICCR chief

New Delhi : Lokesh Chandra has been appointed the 17th president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) by President Pranab Mukherjee, an official release said Thursday.

Chandra would be the president for a period of three years with effect from Oct 27. He succeeds Karan Singh who demitted office on Aug 18, the release said.

Chandra also holds the position of honorary director of the International Academy of Indian Culture, a premier research institution for Asian cultures.


Education key to ending child labour: Nobel laureate Satyarthi

New Delhi : Nobel laureate and child rights champion Kailash Satyarthi Thursday said governments around the world "must invest" more on education to eradicate child labour and "build a peaceful society".

"I strongly believe in good quality education for all the children of the world. So, the international community, the governments, families must invest more on education for the children," Satyarthi told IANS.


Don't ignore domestic black money: Jaitley to tax officials

New Delhi : At a time when the focus is on illicit income stashed away in foreign accounts, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday asked the Income Tax department not to lose sight of domestic black money and pursue offenders in sectors where it is most prevalent.

Jaitley told revenue department officials to "not lose sight of domestic black money keeping in view its much higher magnitude".

He asked them "to make their best efforts to chase those sectors where the domestic black money is most prevalent", a finance ministry statement said.


Supreme Court to hear plea against CBI chief Nov 18

New Delhi : The supreme Court Thursday said it will hear Nov 18 a plea by a non-profit organisation, wanting the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha to be kept off the 2G case probe due to his questionable meetings with the accused at his residence.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu fixed the hearing date, after the petitioner Centre for Public Interest Litigation said Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover has already given his opinion on the role of Sinha.


Land for Andhra capital to be acquired in three months

Hyderabad : The Andhra Pradesh government will acquire 30,000 acres of land in 17 villages of Guntur district in three months for building the state capital.

The Capital Advisory Committee at its meeting here Thursday said the land will be acquired through the land pooling system (LPS) after convincing the farmers.

Seeking the cooperation of people in building what it calls "people's capital", the panel assured that the farmers will be benefited from the land acquisition process as they will get transferable rights on developed land.


Delhi schools, colleges, varsities to celebrate Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

New Delhi : Schools and universities in the national capital will Friday organise several cultural events to celebrate the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas commemorating the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The government had announced that Oct 31 will be celebrated as the Rashtiya Ekta Diwas, where the Prime Minister will flag off the "Run for Unity" and also administer pledge of "unification and internal security".


Government bars first class air travel for officials

New Delhi : Calling for cutting expenditure due to the current fiscal situation, the finance ministry Thursday asked government departments to cut non-plan expenditure by 10 percent, including first class air travel on overseas visits and meetings in five-star hotels.

"In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalise expenditure and optimise available resources," the ministry said in an office memorandum.


Haryana bank heist: Two suspects arrested, building owner's body found

Chandigarh : In the daring bank locker heist in Gohana town, Haryana Police have arrested two suspects and recovered over 10 kg of ornaments, an official said Thursday, adding that the man who owned the building from which the burglars dug a tunnel to the bank was found dead inside a car.

The body of Mahipal, who owned the building from where the 125-foot long tunnel was dug to the bank's locker room, was found in a car on the Panipat highway, in a shocking twist to the case. Police said it appeared Mahipal committed suicide.


Over 80 issues facing industry solved by UP government

Lucknow : Over 80 issues confronting the industry, entrepreneurs and investors were resolved Thursday at the second Samadhaan Divas (Resolution Day), organized by Udyog Bandhu, the investment facilitation agency of the Uttar Pradesh government, an official said.

The issues were mainly concerning the issuance of no-objection certificates (NoCs) by electrical safety department and the UP Power Corporation and Pollution Control Board. The others were related to public works department and commercial tax.


Nov 10 target for Agra-Delhi high speed train

Agra : The Agra-Delhi high speed train Gatiman Express, with a speed of 160 km per hour, is expected to start running around Nov 10 as the Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory is ready with the first rake of 17 coaches for the train, an official said Thursday.

The exact date will be announced by the Railway Board in New Delhi.

"The rake with 17 coaches, specially manufactured, will roll out from our factory during the first week of November," an official of the Kapurthala Railway Coach Factory told IANS.