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Government not utilising Rs.2,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund, SC told

New Delhi: The Supreme Court was told Friday that the government was sitting on Rs.2,000 crore earmarked under the Nirbhaya Fund - meant to be spent for ensuring the safety and dignity of women - that was created after the December 16 Delhi gang-rape.

The social justice bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was told that so far the government has sanctioned only one scheme of Rs.150 crore and another scheme of Rs.200 crore has yet to emerge from the gover nment files.


Court summons pest control firm for insulting national flag

New Delhi: A court here on Friday summoned a pest control company Terminix for allegedly insulting the tricolour by printing a pamphlets with a image of cockroach with three colours of national flag and and national emblem Ashok Chakra.

Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain issued summons to Terminix and asked it to appear on June 30 while hearing a a private complaint filed by Rajiv Jolly Khosla against the firm's proprietor.


2G money laundering: Recording of statements of accused concluded

New Delhi : A court here on Friday concluded recording of statement of accused in connection with money laundering related to the 2G spectrum allocation case and fixed April 6 for examination of defence evidence in the case.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini recorded the statements of two firms -- DB Realty Limited and Mystical Construction (earlier known as Nihar Constructions) and Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables director Rajiv Agarwal.


Delhi launches India's first 'e-ration card' facility

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched the country's first "e-ration card" facility in the national capital.

He said the e-ration card will bring immense convenience to the people of Delhi as it will cut down the delays in preparation and delivery of ration cards to the beneficiaries.

"Now the beneficiaries can print the ration card as soon as it is approved by the department (of food, supplies)," Kejriwal said during the launch.

The event was held at the Delhi Secretariat.


Indian held in forced labour in Australia to get $145,000

Sydney : An Australian court on Friday ordered a restaurant owner to pay A$186,000 ($144,387) in unpaid wages to a man who was trafficked from India and held in forced labour for 16 months, a leading Australian law firm involved in the case said in a statement.

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia heard that Divye Kumar Trivedi trafficked Dulo Ram from India to work at Trivedi's Mand's Indian Restaurant in Eastwood, Sydney. Ram was functionally illiterate, spoke virtually no English and had no contacts in the Australian community.


Nuclear energy vital for India's economic development: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he considered nuclear energy vital for supporting economic development in India.

During a meeting with visiting International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano, Modi said he considered nuclear energy to be vital for also meeting the energy needs of the people and addressing the challenge of climate change.


Terrorism, Maoism, corruption major problems for business: Experts

New Delhi : Terrorism and Maoism, besides corruption, remain a big worry for investors in India, experts said on Friday.

Overall business improves and helps the country move forward fast when risks, of all types, are taken care of, they added while addressing a seminar here on "New Age Risks-2015".

Rajiv Arora of the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid), an attached office of the ministry of home affairs, said terrorism and maoism have been serious threats to business interests in India.


Members of civil services Everest expedition call on Modi

New Delhi : A five-member climbing team embarking on the first All-India Services expedition to Mount Everest called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday, an official said.

The team consists of five civil servants -- two each of the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian administrative Service (IAS) and one of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

"The expedition will be carrying the banner of 'Swachh Bharat' (clean India) to the peak. The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes for the success of the expedition," said a statement here.


Modi, Satyarthi on Fortune list of greatest leaders

New York : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi figure among the Fortune magazine's 2015 list of the world's 50 greatest leaders who are transforming “business, government and philanthropy”.

While Modi is ranked fifth, Satyarthi comes in at 28th on the list that is topped by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“Modi rode to victory in (the Indian general) elections last year on a wave of economic dissatisfaction,” the profile on the Indian prime minister reads.


New Indian envoys for South Korea, Oman named

New Delhi : In a string of ambassadorial appointments, the government has named new envoys for South Korea, the Netherlands, Peru and Oman.

Vikram Doraiswami, an Indian Foreign Service officer of 1992 batch, and at present ambassador to Uzbekistan, has been appointed the next envoy to Seoul.

Sandeep Chakravorty, an IFS officer of 1996 batch and currently deputy high commissioner in Dhaka, has been appointed the envoy to Peru.