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HindustanTimes Tue,29 Jul 2014

India

Choppergate: Ratan Tata records statement

AgustaWestland AW101 chopper
Tata Sons’ former chairman Ratan Tata recorded his witness statement before an Italian court conducting a trial against Italian firm Finmeccanica — and its subsidiary AgustaWestland (AW) — for alleged corruption, including their 2010 deal with India for supply of VVIP choppers.

Historians slam Dina Nath Batra books, call them 'fantasy'

Dina Nath Batra
Leading Indian historians on Monday slammed former school teacher and activist Dina Nath Batra's books which have been recommended as secondary reading in Gujarat schools, saying they were nothing but works of 'fantasy'.

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HC stays EC order against Ashok Chavan

Ashok Chavan | Adarsh scam
The Delhi High Court on Monday stayed the EC's show cause notice to ex-Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan asking him why he should not be disqualified for failing to give his true and correct expenses incurred in 2009 Assembly polls.

Kanpur: Trader's wife kidnapped, murdered brutally

Murder

A young married woman was kidnapped and brutally murdered by bike-borne goons in Kanpur city in the wee hours of Monday. The woman identified as Jyoti was a resident of Pandu Nagar in Kakadev area.

Saharanpur to get curfew break for Eid but no mass prayers

Saharanpur, curfew
District authorities decided late on Monday to disallow people in large numbers to congregate at the Saharanpur Idgah, because of tension in the area following communal riots on Saturday. However, Muslims will be permitted to offer namaz at their neighbourhood mosques.

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Karnataka HC judge, in line for promotion, under lens for land deal

KL Manjunath
Karnataka HC judge K L Manjunath, who is being backed by the judges’ collegium for a promotion despite the central government’s opposition, had illegally bought a prime plot from a housing society in 2004 and also presided over cases involving the society.

Maharashtra: Dhangars want ST tag, govt in fix

Mumbai monorail

A weeklong protest by members of the Dhangar community for their inclusion in Scheduled Tribes (ST) category turned violent on Monday after agitators burnt a state transport bus and damaged a police van.

Shrinking green cover escalating tiger-human conflict

 tiger
More tigers in India are being forced out into human habitation because rising mining activity is reducing their habitat, leading to a spike in deadly man-animal conflict.

Chhattisgarh home minister escpaes unhurt in mishap

Two cars in the cavalcade of Chhattisgarh home minister Ram Sewak Sagra met with an accident near Pharam village in Aurangabad on Tuesday evening.

Minister conducts surprise check; 80 found missing

Venkaiah Naidu
Around 80 staffers of the urban development and housing and urban poverty alleviation ministries were found missing in office when minister Venkaiah Naidu conducted a surprise check on Monday morning.

UP emerges as country's most power-starved state

High voltage electricity
Uttar Pradesh registered a supply shortfall of 3,849 megawatts, 24.5% of its total demand, in the first quarter of 2014 financial year (April to June), beating Jammu and Kashmir’s 20% deficit figure.

Ex-judges, lawyers for scrapping collegium system

Indian Judiciary
The NDA government’s move to scrap the two-decade-old collegium system under which judges appoint judges got a boost on Monday with former judges and senior advocates unanimously supporting it.
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