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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Jul 2014

Katju charge: Ex-SC judge blames Lahoti

Former SC judge justice Ruma Pal had put her objections in writing on getting to know that a 'tainted' Madras HC judge was given an extension overlooking the reservations of the collegium she was part of.

Lax antibiotic controls raise killer disease fears

An Indian pharmacist swiftly pulls white boxes of powerful antibiotics from neatly stacked shelves behind him, and hands them over the counter without asking for a doctor's prescription

Sunanda case: Govt ‘considers’ CBI probe demand

Home minister Rajnath Singh is “looking into” BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s demand for a CBI investigation into the mysterious death of senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Cong may join Lalu-Nitish's 'secular' alliance in Bihar

With the Congress willing to play ball, JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar's initiative of cobbling together a "secular formation", in the lead-in to the August 21 by-elections to 10 assembly seats, as a strategy to stop the BJP-led NDA juggernaut in Bihar appeared to gain ground Wednesday.

Iraq crisis: 39 captive Indians may now be in Syria

There is growing concern about the fate of the 39 Indian workers in Iraq as the latest reports received from various foreign interlocutors paint a confusing picture for the authorities in New Delhi.

Voice recorder in MH17 black box intact: Dutch team

Investigators looking into the causes of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week said they have found no evidence the airliner's black box voice recorder had been tampered with.  A kiss, a prayer: The last hours

TCS crosses Rs. 5 lakh cr mkt cap; 1st by Indian firm

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country's largest software services exporter, on Wednesday attained a market valuation of over Rs 5 lakh crore, becoming the first company in Indian markets to achieve this milestone.

Encephalitis outbreaks kill about 550 across India

Recent outbreaks of encephalitis in India have killed around 550 people this year and the toll is likely to rise with health experts saying 70 million children nationwide are at risk. The disease causes brain inflammation and can result in brain damage.

Govt may give AIADMK LS deputy Speaker post

To gain further from a fractured Opposition camp, the government is keen to distribute plum posts in the parliamentary forums among different parties and thereby denying Congress a monopoly in Opposition space.

Row over Sania Mirza as Telangana brand ambassador: the real reasons

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader K Laxman's objection to tennis player Sania Mirza being named the brand ambassador of Telangana is not entirely because of her connection with Pakistan.

Lanka will learn from Pak on trawlers, hopes govt

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s goodwill gesture of returning 57 boats of Indian fishermen at  PM Narendra Modi’s request has raised hopes that Colombo too may soon be persuaded.

3-year-old boy brutally beaten up by tutor in Kolkata

A private tutor at Lake Town in the northern fringes of Kolkata was caught torturing a three-and-half-year-old on CCTV.  She was seen kicking the child in the chest at least twice, hurling him head first on the bed and punching him on the face.

Is PM God to give us occasional darshan: Kharge

"Is Prime Minister a God that he should give us darshan" once in a while, leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge remarked sending the members into peals of laughter on Wednesday.

India backs Palestine in UNHRC vote on Gaza

India on Wednesday voted in support of a United Nations Human Rights Council UNHRC) resolution to launch a probe into Israel’s offensive on Gaza.

FII investment limit in G-secs raised by $5 bn

The Reserve Bank on Wednesday said the FII limit for investment in government securities has been increased by USD 5 billion within the total cap of USD 30 billion.

Anger, apology over Shiv Sena MPs' Ramzan bullying

Opposition parties demanded action as television channels showed footage of the Shiv Sena MP apparently upset over the poor quality of food, thrusting a chapati into the Maharashtra Sadan catering supervisor’s mouth.

Delhi man sues hospital for botched surgery

A 62-year-old Delhi man has accused a private hospital of botching up a surgery that left him urinating from rectum. He has filed a case of medical negligence and sought Rs 98 lakh in damages.

Sports minister 'shocked and outraged' over turban row in basketball

Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Wednesday that he was 'shocked and outraged' after learning Sikh members of the national basketball team were not allowed to wear turbans on court at the recent Asia Cup.

‘Xi, Modi agreed to respect interests at BRICS’

Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to create the “right conditions” to harness the true potential of ties with India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need to respect each other’s ‘interests and concerns’, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Israel strikes kill dozens in Gaza as toll tops 670

An Israeli air strike on the northern Gaza Strip killed five people on Wednesday evening, medics said, as Israel's army announced two more soldiers had died in fighting.

2G: Kanimozhi moves SC seeking urgent hearing

DMK MP Kanimozhi has filed apetition in the the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing on her plea to quash the charges framed against her in the 2G case.

One for the road: Liquor tax for cheaper bus ride

Soon, every pint of alcohol that you down will, likely, chip in towards making the Capital a superior city – one with cheaper public transport, smoother vehicular movement and cleaner air.

Driver alerted, Maoists fail to blow up Rajdhani

Passengers of the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani, which was 10 minutes behind, had an escape when the driver of the derailed pilot engine spread information that saved immense casualties.

Is India ignoring Palestine to humour Israel?

Is the NDA government getting closer to Israel and leaving aside the traditional, vocal formulations on supporting the Palestine cause? The question that has been doing the rounds of the power corridors has some facts to fall back on.

3 Arunachal hydel projects get green light

An environment ministry committee has approved three adjacent hydel projects on a small river in Arunachal Pradesh even as cumulative impact assessment of these projects on the state’s river management system is yet to be finalised.

India willing to stall WTO deal to ensure food security for all

India will not support the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) 'trade facilitation agreement' (TFA) if the deal doesn’t come bundled with a permanent solution that will allow unhindered roll-out of welfare schemes such as the food security programme.

UP rape and murder victim’s identity in doubt

The anomalies in the postmortem findings of the Mohanlalganj rape and murder victim, whose corpse was found naked in a school compound in Balsinghkheda village on July 17, could end up helping the accused during a trial, feel legal and police experts.

Government plans enhanced security for VVIPs

Following the death of rural development minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident, Union home ministry has asked all stakeholders to look for more secure vehicles, skilled drivers and assertive personal security officers (PSOs) for government protected persons, sources told HT.

Katju to Karunanidhi: explain growth of your wealth

Former Supreme Court judge and Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju on Wednesday hit back at DMK chief M Karunanidhi by asking him to disclose how much his family's wealth has grown after joining politics.

U'khand Govt mulls Char Dham Yatra in winters too

The Uttarakhand government is mulling to continue Char Dham (pilgrimage to four shrines) in winters too. As of now shrines are open thrown for pilgrims six months in a year. Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked officials to check out possibilities for running pilgrimage in winters too.

Not just PMT, PEB scam helped them crack MBBS too

The ineligible candidates who cracked the pre-medical test (PMT) with the help of the racket that was functioning in the professional examination board (PEB), were not just brought to the doors of the medical college but were also helped later in the MBBS exam.

India, Pak foreign secys to meet on Aug 25

Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet on August 25 in Islamabad to discuss the way forward in bilateral ties, which have made no headway since the interruption of dialogue process nearly two years ago.

Force-feeding row: Muslims say outraged by Shiv Sena MP's action, demand his arrest

Muslim leaders have said they have been outraged by the attempt of a Shiv Sena MP to put food inside the mouth of a Muslim employee on Ramadan fast, calling it an attack of “secularism”.

Bangalore minor's rape: School chairman arrested

Rustam Kerwalla, founder-chairperson of Vibgyor High, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of negligence in handling the case of a six-year-old girl's alleged rape in a Bangalore school three weeks ago.

Kerry lands in Tel Aviv to broker Gaza truce

Washington's top diplomat flew into Tel Aviv on Wednesday, defying a US flight ban, to try to broker an end to violence in Gaza, which has killed hundreds and hobbled Israel's main airport. Airlines cancel flights to Israel

CBI arrested just 9 persons in graft cases in 2014

CBI has made only nine arrests in the 268 anti-corruption cases registered this year while 87 arrests were made in 2013 in 649 such cases, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

I didn't know he is a Muslim, says Shiv Sena MP accused of 'forcing' man to eat

Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare, who was seen in a video clip trying to put food into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan staffer observing Ramadan fast, Wednesday defended his action, saying he had no idea about the man's religion. Shiv Sena MPs ‘force’ fasting Muslim staffer to eat | Poll: Who do you think is at fault in the controversy?

Shiv Sena force-feeding row: Opposition MPs write to speaker Mahajan, seek probe

Incensed over reports that Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a fasting Muslim worker to eat in the Maharashtra Sadan here, several opposition parties on Wednesday wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding an inquiry into the incident. Shiv Sena MPs ‘force’ fasting Muslim staffer to eat | Poll: Who do you think is at fault in the controversy?

Sports minister asks IOC to intervene in 'patka' row

Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal Wednesday has asked the the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take up the issue of Indian basketball players being barred from 'patkas', a head covering in place of a turban, at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup held in China.

Woman abducted, gang-raped in Muzaffarnagar

A 25-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and gangraped by three persons at Budhana town in the Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Wednesday.

Katju effect: Govt demands Manmohan's statement

A day after informing Parliamentthat the PMO under Manmohan Singh had pushed for extension to a judge facing corruption charges, the government today demanded that the former Prime Minister should make a "categorical" statement on the controversial matter.

Bihar: Rajdhani pilot engine derails in Maoist attack

Maoists blasted a portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar, leading to derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.

Millionaire beggar arrested in Saudi Arabia

An Arab national, arrested in Saudi Arabia for begging, has turned out to be a millionaire having a fortune of over USD 300,000.

Whistleblowers can get security from govt

Whistleblowers or people exposing corruption can get security from the government, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

‘Infiltration’ from Bangladesh up 5 times in TMC rule

No wonder Prime Minister Narendra Modi was harping before the Lok Sabha polls on the problem on infiltration from Bangladesh into India through West Bengal.

Haryana AAP decides not to contest assembly polls

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has shown its disinclination to fight the upcoming Haryana assembly polls as it plans to focus its energy for the Delhi assembly polls.

Govt plays it safe as Shiv Sena denies MP forced fasting Muslim man to eat chapati

Ruckus broke out in both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday over reports that some Shiv Sena parliamentarians had allegedly forced a Muslim catering supervisor on fast to eat a chapati last week. Shiv Sena MPs ‘force’ fasting Muslim staffer to eat | Poll: Who do you think is at fault in the controversy?

Wary of infighting, BJP not to name CM candidates

Wary of infighting, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unlikely to name chief ministerial candidates in three states heading for assembly elections and will instead seek votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delhi cops to keep an eye on vegetable prices

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has added another item to the list of ‘unaccounted duties’ that the city police must perform for Delhiites: assist in controlling spiralling vegetable prices across wholesale markets.

Enough material against Dayanidhi Maran: AG to CBI

Attorney general of India Mukul Rohatgi has given a legal opinion to the CBI, saying there was enough evidence to prosecute ex-telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and brother Kalanidhi Maran.
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