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Two Delhi civic officials suspended

New Delhi : The South Delhi Municipal Corporation Monday suspended two officials over a case of attempted suicide by a sanitation worker.

"South Delhi Municipal Corporation has suspended a sanitary inspector and an assistant sanitary inspector of Najafgarh zone with immediate effect in an attempt to suicide case of a safai karamchari (sanitation worker)," said a statement from the civic body.

Phool Singh, a sanitation worker, tried to commit suicide Saturday by setting himself on fire. He is currently admitted in Safdarjung hospital.

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Notice to Hindu College over sports, extra-curricular quota

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Monday issued notice to Hindu College on a plea by an admission seeker against scrapping of the five percent quota for admission to undergraduate courses for sportspersons and for extra-curricular activities (ECA).

Justice Manmohan sought a response from the college while hearing the plea of Vishal Maharaj, who contended that Hindu College has 37 seats available under the ECA category but it scrapped the quota.

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Naidu makes surprise visit to ministries, catches latecomers

New Delhi : Union urban development and housing and urban poverty alleviation ministries staff casually rolling into work were caught off guard Monday when minister Venkaiah Naidu made a surprise visit to Nirman Bhavan.

In his second such visit since last month, Naidu found many latecomers. Taking a serious view of "absenteeism", the minister announced the setting up of bio-metric attendance system.

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Assam seeks central help for skill development centres

Guwahati : Assam has approached the union government for support for setting up skill development centres across the state to increase employability of the state's youth, a minister said Monday.

State Industry and Power minister Pradyut Bordoloi said a proposal has been sent by the state government to Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs and Skill Development Sarbananda Sonowal in this regard.

Hooda courts controversy over hurried appointments

Chandigarh : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's decision to go ahead with controversial appointments of five people to constitutional posts even as these were red-flagged by a senior officer were Monday questioned by the opposition in the state.

Hooda had hurriedly administered oath of office to two commissioners of the state information commission and three to the Right to Service Commission at his residence Sunday just a couple of hours after new Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki took charge.

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Mobilise health staff to fight diarrhoea: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Monday said health personnel at both the central and state levels will be mobilised to boost diarrhoea-control measures.

He was speaking at the launch of the nationwide "Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)".

"The measures are a set of activities which include enhancing advocacy, stepping up awareness generation, establishing more ORS-zinc corners, enthusing ASHA volunteers to reach oral rehydration solution (ORS) packets to families with children as well as detecting kids in need of treatment," the minister said.

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Two men involved in 125 cases held in Gurgaon

Gurgaon : Two men, against whom 125 cases including that of murder are registered in Haryana and the National Capital Region (NCR), have been arrested here, police said Monday.

Sanjay, 32, and Sandeep, 26, were arrested July 24 from Palam Vihar area here.

Sanjay is a resident of Delhi while Sandeep hails from Sonipat district of Haryana. Both are school dropouts.

Uttarakhand CM's plot: Case against clerks over forgery

Ghaziabad : Police here Monday registered a criminal case against clerks of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) for forging documents to sell a plot of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat in the Indirapuram area.

Police said a man named Gulab Yadav filed a complaint in which he alleged that GDA clerk Vinay Kumar lured him to buy two plots in February 2010.

He said the clerk arranged a meeting with supervisors Chandra Pal and Virpal Raghav, who called three clerks Prashant Kumar, Rajendra and Mewa Lal.

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Nepali parties prepare to make Modi visit a success

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Three major political parties of Nepal, at a meeting here chaired by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Monday decided to make the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Himalayan nation a grand success.

The meeting also discussed the preparations for the visit and discussed ways on how to make it a success, party leaders said after the meeting.

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Facebook favoured for background check on prospective partner: Survey

New Delhi : Almost fifty percent unmarried people in India use social networking site Facebook to conduct a background check on their prospective partner, revealed a survey conducted by matrimonial site Shaadi.com.

The survey was carried out to understand the different mediums of personal background check that people do before getting married and 48.9 percent chose Facebook as an important medium to understand a person's behaviour, said a statement.

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