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IAS officer says Haryana chief secy threatened him

A senior Haryana officer, who took on the state government over its choice of information commissioners, has accused the state’s top officer of threatening him. IAS officer Pradeep Kasni said chief secretary SC Choudhry sent him objectionable SMSes for questioning the decision.

Govt will ‘tread cautiously’ over GM crop trials

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that the government would “tread cautiously” on allowing field trials of genetically modified crops after the Swadeshi Jagran Manch issued a statement quoting the minister saying that the trials have been put on hold.

Put Bali agreement on hold, Modi govt to tell Kerry

India will push for the trade facilitation agreement to be put on hold until a permanent solution on public stockholding for food security is found, during US secretary of state John Kerry’s visit beginning Wednesday.

Centre sets ball rolling for smart city project

With finance minister Arun Jaitley allocating Rs. 7040 crore in 2014-15 budget for developing smart cities, the urban development (UD) ministry has set the ball rolling for preparing the blueprint for the project.  

Draft anti-hijack bill sent to law ministry

Aviation ministry has sent the draft anti-hijacking bill, which includes death sentence as a punishment, to the law ministry for vetting. To make the anti-hijacking law much tougher the aviation ministry wants to repeal the Anti-Hijacking Act 1982 and replace it with a new one.

PM Modi may not get to address US joint session

The PM's proposed address to a joint sitting of the US Congress in September is unlikely to happen, as the Republican Party wants a shorter session to enable early elections to the law-making body.

Pray for Gaza: Muslims in India worried about Israeli assault

Just how are the Indian Muslims reacting to the Israel-Hamas conflict at the Gaza Strip? A quick look at different strata of the Muslim society, from senior bureaucrats to common men, shows they are worried.

A failed out-of-court deal to settle land dispute led to Saharanpur riots

The warring Sikhs and Muslims of Saharanpur had tried for an out-of-court settlement for the land dispute, much before it became a religiously divisive issue leading to riots in the city, sources tell HT.

Coalgate: CBI may file two more cases

The CBI may soon file two fresh cases against private firms for their alleged misrepresentation of facts related to allocation of coal-blocks to them in Jharkhand.

In real life: Coal mafia gang wars continue in Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur I and II, the two Bollywood movies that catapulted this small town to stardom, are being followed up by real-life sequels with continuing gang wars.

Madhya Pradesh to invoke NSA for sex determination

Action under the National Security Act (NSA) must be ensured in cases of sex determination, said Madhya Pradesh health minister and president of state supervisory committee for PC&PNDT Act Narottam Mishra on Monday.

Saharanpur baby gets healthy lungs as Eid gift

Despite the curfew in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, Mohd. Rushid managed to get the perfect Eid gift for his 14-month-old son Zubair, who was suffering from a congenital heart condition-Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).

HC has no pollution records of judges’ cars: RTI reply

The Delhi High Court, it seems, does not maintain records of whether cars allotted to its chief justice or other judges of the court — including the protocol vehicles — have pollution-under -control (PUC) certificates, an RTI reply has found.

Kejriwal vacates Tilak Lane house, returns to Kaushambi

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal shifted base from Tilak Lane in central Delhi back to Kaushambi in Ghaziabad on Tuesday.

Modi factor won't work in Maharashtra polls: CM

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan feels the 'Modi factor' will not work in the upcoming assembly polls in the state, pointing out that the voting pattern in state elections are different than that in general elections.

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