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Over 3,000 heavy vehicle drivers prosecuted in Delhi

New Delhi : Over 3,000 heavy vehicle drivers were prosecuted for rash and dangerous driving in the city during the night hours, Delhi Police said Thursday.

A total of 3,265 commercial transport vehicle drivers were prosecuted, and of these 2,100 faced action for dangerous and rash driving during a six-day drive launched by Delhi Police from April 18.

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Amarnath Yatra to begin June 28

Jammu : The annual yatra to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district will start on June 28, it was announced Thursday.

The announcement was made at a meeting here of senior officials including the governor's Principal Secretary R.K. Gupta and Jammu Divisional Commissioner Shantanu to discussed various arrangements for the forthcoming Shri Amarnath Yatra.

"The first batch of Yatris will be flagged off from the Yatri Niwas at Bhagwati Nagar here on June 27," Gupta told the meeting.

Power secretary reviews Delhi's Bawana power plant

New Delhi : Delhi's principal secretary of power Thursday visited the Bawana power plant here to review its preparedness for the summer season, a Delhi government statement said.

The visit of principal secretary Arun Goyal comes a day after Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung directed the city's civic agencies to "gear up" for the summer season and ensure "proper delivery of services".

"A team of officials from Pragati Power Corporation Limited (an undertaking of Delhi government) made a detailed presentation on the progress of ongoing works at the plant," said the statement.

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Bhubaneswar hottest in Odisha at 42.8 degrees

Bhubaneswar : The capital city of Bhubaneswar recorded a maximum temperature of 42.8 degrees Celsius Thursday, the day's highest in Odisha, an official said.

The intense heat of the past few days also continued to sear many parts of the state with both Angul and Bhabanipatna recording a maximum temperature of 42.7 degrees Celsius, the second highest temperature of the day in the state, an official of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre told IANS.

Day temperatures have remained above 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the state.

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Mamata government suppressing Saradha facts: Left Front

Kolkata : West Bengal's opposition Left Front Thursday accused the Mamata Banerjee government of committing a "crime" by exploiting the special investigating team (SIT) to suppress facts related to the Saradha scam.

"The state government is unwilling to go for any meaningful inquiry into the scam," leader of opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said referring to the state police securing a court order to scuttle the centre-run Enforcement Directorate (ED) attempt to open a bank locker of Piyali Sen, the arrested wife of Saradha chief Sudipta Sen.

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Mixed response to SC order on Padmanabhaswamy temple

Thiruvananthapuram : The Supreme Court's decision to entrust the administration of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple to a five-member committee Thursday evoked mixed response from political parties in Kerala.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the state government will follow the directive of the apex court.

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69 percent cyber attacks targeted at large companies in India: Report

New Delhi : Despite stepped up information security measures, businesses in India continue to be an attractive target for cybercriminals with as many as 69 percent targeted attacks being focused on large enterprises, a report said here Thursday.

“Globally targeted attacks were up 91 percent and lasted an average of three times longer compared to 2012. In India, cyber criminals are unrelenting in their focus on large enterprises with a staggering 69 percent targeted attacks carried out against them.

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Indians, Asians fast becoming politically relevant in US: Report

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : With Indians and other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders growing in number at a fast pace, people of colour will be in the majority in the US by mid-century, according to a new report.

They are also quickly reaching the critical mass needed to be politically relevant, says the report from the Centre for American Progress and AAPI Data on how the growth of this group will affect a variety of key policy areas from immigration and education to healthcare and the environment.

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German scholars revived Indian culture: Merck-Tagore awardee

Kolkata : German intellectuals revived Indian culture during the 20th century when English literature in the country became a tool of "domination and subjugation", said Pramod Talgeri, vice-chancellor, India International Multiversity.

"German intellects rejuvenated our classical culture. New impulses of German appreciation also inspired the Indians," said Talgeri, who was awarded the Merck-Tagore award Wednesday for the promotion of the vibrant Indo-German cultural relations.

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IGIA to become zero-diversionary by October: Committee

New Delhi : The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is set to become a zero-diversionary airport by October as the government is set to implement the recommendations set out by an expert committee which was formed to look into the matter.

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