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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

India

35 Chinese PLA soldiers return to Chumar, sit on a hillock

Ladakh
Official sources said about 35 PLA men returned to Chumar in northeast Ladakh and were perched on a hillock claiming the area to be part of China while another 300 soldiers were maintaining presence close to Line of Actual Control.

UP prepares plans to tackle 'love jihad'

wedding ceremonies
Uttar Pradesh's home department is drawing up a strategy to deal with cases of so-called ‘love jihad’, a highly emotive issue that officials say is turning out to be a major law and order problem in various districts.

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CBI probing Chidambaram role in Aircel-Maxis deal

budget 4
The CBI is probing the role of then finance minister P Chidambaram in allowing foreign investment by a Mauritius-based company, according to its charge sheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

‘Good at putting people at ease’

Richard Verma (Photo courtesy: Albright Stonebridge Group)

Richard Rahul Verma had reportedly declined the US ambassadorship to India the first time he was sounded out by the Barack Obama administration. After many years in the State Department and the US Congress he had recently joined the lobby group Albright Stonebridge, a common career shift among Washingtonians who need to earn the dollars that cannot be earned in a government job.

Direct benefit transfer plan set for expansion

MNREGA workers
To check rising public expenditure, the government’s two biggest money-spender schemes — subsidised ration for poor and job guarantee in rural areas — will soon be on the Aadhaar-enabled Direct Benefit Transfer platform.

Poor monsoon pushes food output to 5-year-low

Agartala
India’s summer foodgrain output may to fall 7%, a five-year low, after a patchy start to this year’s June-September monsoon period, as per the government’s first of the four annual projections.

At Chumar, a retreat of sorts

Chinese troops
The staring match between Indian and Chinese troops at Chumar in eastern Ladakh continued on Friday amid evidence that the Chinese were retreating. Indian troops, however, have decided to adopt an aggressive stance and stay put at their positions in the sector.

India to play hardball at UN climate summit

Prakash Javadekar
India will play hardball at the United Nations climate summit in New York next week asking rich nations to deliver on their promise to capitalise Green Climate Fund to buy copy rights of clean technologies and have a new climate treaty on the cardinal principles enshrined in Kyoto Protocol and Rio plus 20 outcome document.

SC to CBI: Don’t file coal scam closure reports

The Supreme Court Friday asked the Centre for its stand on NGO Common Cause’s application to remove CBI director Ranjit Sinha from supervising the coal scam probe, while restraining the agency from filing charge sheets or closure reports in the case until the plea wasn’t decided.

Bangladesh rakes up Saradha money with India

Ajit Doval
Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali learnt to have taken up issue of Saradha scam money making its way to fund to Jamaat-e-Islami in the neighbouring country during his meeting with national security adviser Ajit Doval on Friday.

Govt changes rules of land acquisition to give a leg-up to industry

Paro, Molki
Clearing the decks for land acquisition under the UPA-enacted land acquisition law, the NDA government has notified the rules for its implementation.

Over 90 guests barring finance, home ministers at Pranab’s banquet

Xi's visit
President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday night, along with a large number of VVIPs.
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