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Kerala to adopt Narayana Guru’s philosophy in education

The Oommen Chandy government Tuesday cleared a committee consisting of education experts to submit a report on how the teachings and philosophy of social reformer Sree Narayana Guru could be included in the education curriculum at both school and college levels. Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph told reporters here that the experts committee would be headed by eminent educationist M.K. ...

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AIIMS paper leak accused sent to jail till Feb 14

A Delhi court Tuesday extended till Feb 14 the judicial custody of seven people allegedly involved in a bid to leak the post-graduate entrance exam paper of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences earlier this month. The seven accused were presented before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal. Of the seven accused booked for cheating and conspiracy, police said ...

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Hockey squad picked on performance not reputation: Nobbs

 India hockey coach Michael Nobbs Tuesday said a national team cannot be picked on sentiment and reputation but on current form, making it amply clear that the 18-member squad for the 2012 Olympic qualifiers was chosen on the basis of performance in the Test series against South Africa. When questioned why former captains Rajpal Singh and Arjun Halappa were dropped, ...

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NHRC notice to Odisha on torching of Dalits’ houses

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Odisha Government on the torching of 30 houses of Dalits, allegedly by upper caste people, in the state’s Bolangir District. The commission has sought a report from the government within four weeks regarding the Jan 22 incident in Bolangir’s Lathore village.

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Dubai fast food chain comes to Delhi

After establishing themselves in southern India, Dubai-based halal fast food chain ChicKing has opened its first outlet here in north India, promising unique and lip-smacking dishes to Delhi residents. “We have planned 100 outlets in India by 2015. Currently we have 25 outlets in south India and this is the first outlet in the north,” A.K. Mansoor, CEO of the ...

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Need to first read full judgment: Congress

The ruling Congress Tuesday said it needs to read the full judgment before reacting to the apex court order setting a three-month deadline for the government on sanctioning the prosecution of public servants for corruption. “We have respect for the Supreme Court order but party cannot make any comment on a judgment without reading it,” said Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi. ...

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Court denies parole to Jessica murder convict

The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking parole for three months by Amardeep Singh Gill, sentenced to jail for four years for the 1999 murder of Jessica Lall. Gill was sentenced on charges of destroying evidence along with prime accused Manu Sharma. Gill filed a petition seeking parole to arrange for a house for his wife and two ...

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TCS expands US presence, opens new facility in California

India’s IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Tuesday said it has opened a customer collaboration centre in California which will serve as the worldwide headquarters of the firm’s mobility solutions unit, expanding its presence in the US. “The centre will serve as the worldwide headquarters of TCS’ mobility solutions unit, which aims to bring the benefits of emerging technologies like ...

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China to recruit 8,000 police officers

China will recruit 8,000 police officers to boost security in its western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, authorities said. Their tasks include patrolling, management of the migrant population and cracking down on illegal religious activities, a spokesman of the local administration said, People’s Daily reported Tuesday. Xinjiang has been battling extremism and terrorism for decades. About 41.5 percent of its 21 ...

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Obama confirms Pakistan drone strikes

 Unmanned drones regularly strike suspected militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas, US President Barack Obama confirmed during a video “hangout” on Google’s social network Google+ that was also streamed live on YouTube. Use of the unmanned drones began under former president George W. Bush, BBC reported. There were 118 drone attacks in 2010 and 70 in 2011, according to the New ...

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Janardhana Reddy’s bail plea dismissed yet again

A city court has once again dismissed the bail petitions of former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law B.V. Srinivasa Reddy in an illegal mining case. The judge, who had reserved his orders, pronounced it Tuesday. This is the fourth time since their arrest on Sep 5 last year that the special court dealing with Central Bureau of ...

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Apex court verdict vindicates PM : PMO

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Tuesday said the Supreme Court verdict on time-specific sanction for prosecuting alleged corrupt public servants has “completely vindicated” the prime minister. “We welcome the fact that both the learned judges have completely vindicated the PM while appreciating the onerous duties of his office,” said a statement from the PMO. In its verdict, the apex court ...

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Court rejects Yeddyurappa plea to quash corruption cases

The Karnataka high court Tuesday rejected former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s plea to quash two corruption and illegal land deals cases against him for which he was sent to jail last year. Justice Anand Byrareddy dismissed Yeddyurappa’s petitions against the two cases filed in the Lokayukta (ombudsman) court by Bangalore advocate Sirajin Basha. Justice Byrareddy also rejected a similar petition ...

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Former NBA star Yao Ming eyeing film business

Retired Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming has been looking for business opportunities in the film industry but has not entered it yet, Yao’s agent said Tuesday, responding to media reports claiming that Yao is planning to set up a film finance fund. Foreign media reports that Jay Cohen, an American film producer, is setting up a film finance fund with ...

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