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Delay in use of central funds criticized

By: Syed Najaf Ali Shaukat, Bureau Chief, Andhra Pradesh The state government was taken to  task by the Opposition parties in the State Assembly for  its failure to fully utilize in time the funds provided by the central government for it’s sponsored schemes.     Expressing grave concern over the failure to completely use the central funds for various schemes, the Opposition parties, especially the ...

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Air passenger traffic in India up by 8.8 percent: IATA

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Wednesday said that passenger traffic in India grew by 8.8 percent year on year in January, with demand rising by nine percent over that of December 2011. According to IATA, the aviation capacity was expanded by 12.8 percent and passenger load factor touched 74.9 percent. Global passenger traffic grew by 5.7 percent in the month ...

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Deshmukh challenges ‘grave strictures’ in apex court

Union Cabinet Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the “extremely grave strictures” against him by the Bombay High Court, while quashing the allotment of land to film-maker Subhash Ghai’s production house for setting up a state-of-the-art film institute. The high court, in its Feb 9 verdict, quashed the joint venture agreement between the Maharashtra Film, Stage and ...

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I am now more determined: Dinda

Returning to the Indian squad after a gap of nearly two years, Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda Wednesday said he was now a more determined cricketer and had worked hard for making the comeback into the national side. Having last donned the Indian colours in the Asia Cup at Sri Lanka in June 2010, Dinda has made the cut for the ...

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Central minister reviews law and order in Assam

A day after a grenade blast, Union Minister of State for Home M. Ramachandran Wednesday reviewed the law and order situation in Assam with Governor J.B. Patnaik and top police officers of the state. Suspected militants triggered a grenade blast at Ganeshguri area of Guwahati Tuesday evening and injured two persons. The union minister, however, termed his visit as a ...

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Plea against Scheduled Caste, woman seats in MCD polls dismissed

The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed all petitions seeking quashing of the State Election Commission’s (SEC) decision to reserve seats for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and woman candidates in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections in April. The court held that it finds nothing wrong in the mode and manner of reservation of MCD seats for woman and the ...

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Dubai exported products worth $800 mn in 2011

The total value of exports from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), crossed three billion dirhams (over $800 million) in 2011. The largest share of exports — 61 percent — went to Gulf countries while Africa accounted for 35 percent. The remaining four percent was distributed among countries in Asia and Europe and the rest of the world. Food ...

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Engineering students arrested for topper classmate’s murder

Two days after they allegedly shot dead their classmate in front of their college, two students of a private engineering college have been arrested by Haryana Police for the murder, police said here Wednesday. A police spokesman said here that Kalyan Singh and Raj Kumar have been arrested for the alleged murder of their classmate Pradeep Jangda here Monday. Police ...

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Prosecution is under pressure from Dikshit, says Jolly

Alleging that “prosecution is under pressure” from Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi BJP leader Vijay Jolly Wednesday moved a Delhi court to oppose the police decision to withdraw the case against Dikshit for allegedly violating the Election Code. Jolly moved his application in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar, requesting that he should be allowed to intervene in ...

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BSP legislator’s son accused of assaulting Russian woman

The son of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator from Uttar Pradesh has been accused of assaulting and threatening his Russian female friend in her south Delhi house and escaping with her passport, cellphone and debit card. Vivek Singh, son of BSP legislator Chandraveer Singh, was in an inebriated state when the incident took place Wednesday morning in the 24-year-old ...

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Mamata’s nephew arrested for assaulting traffic cop

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew  and three others were arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a traffic police officer and causing obstruction to traffic, senior government and police officials said. State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, who earlier called it a “minor incident”, said the chief minister, who left for Darjeeling during the day, ordered Akash’s arrest when she ...

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Patnaik demands chief ministers’ meeting over NCTC

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of chief ministers to address the concerns of the states on the provisions of the proposed anti-terror hub, the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). The chief minister, who was the first to raise objections to NCTC provisions, has already received support from other non-Congress ruled ...

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Former DMK legislator gets jail term for corruption

A special court Wednesday sentenced former DMK legislator Gomathi Srinivasan to over three years in jail for acquiring assets disproportionate to her known sources of income between 1996 and 2001. Sentencing Srinivasan to rigorous imprisonment of three years and four months, the special court trying cases under Prevention of Corruption Act also levied a fine of Rs.5,000 on her. Srinivasan ...

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It’s Buddha versus Mamata again in Bengal

Former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Wednesday led a huge protest rally in Jadavpur against the alleged ransacking of a Communist Party of India-Marxist office by Trinamool Congress backed attackers. Hours before Bhattacharjee’s roadshow, the Trinamool Congress announced that party chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lead two road rallies in the area Thursday and Saturday. “To counter ...

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