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HindustanTimes Tue,29 Jul 2014

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Karnataka HC judge under lens for land deal

Karnataka HC judge KL Manjunath, who is being backed by the judges’ collegium for a promotion despite the Centre's opposition, had illegally bought a prime plot in 2004, documents accessed by HT show.

UP emerges as country's most power-starved state

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.

Maharashtra: Dhangars want ST tag, govt in fix

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.

Ex-judges, lawyers for scrapping collegium system

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.

Saharanpur riots: Daily wagers bear the brunt

Clashes between Muslim and Sikh mobs on Saturday have shattered the hopes of an Eid celebration for thousands of people, who had laboured throughout the year in anticipation of the holy occasion.

Dina Nath Batra’s plan: ban teaching of foreign languages in schools

Dina Nath Batra is demanding an overhaul of the school education and has sent in a string of proposals to human resource development minister Smriti Irani. Historians slam Batra books, call them 'fantasy'

I have no connection with the PM, says controversial teacher Dina Nath Batra

Out of the nine books published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board, eight are by Dina Nath Batra. The 85-year-old controversial retired school principal talks to HT about his books and more.

Preparations on in Nepal for Modi visit

With external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj wrapping up her Nepal visit on Sunday, Nepal has already begun preparations to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

US, India look towards re-energising ties

India and US are trying to re-energise their relationship, driven by closer defence, business and energy ties, as secretary of state John Kerry accompanied by commerce secretary Penny Pritzke arrive in New Delhi on July 30 for strategic dialogue as well as to touch base with the Narendra Modi government.

NDA government allots Rs. 500 crore to raise strictly desi cows

The NDA government is set to launch a national programme worth Rs. 500 crore to 'protect and conserve' local cow breeds through traditional-style 'gaushalas' or cattle-care centres. The scheme was a manifesto promise by the BJP and is a key Hindutva plank.

Girl’s college may provide healing touch to riot-torn Saharanpur

In the middle of the dispute in Saharanpur, stands a college that could well have a positive impact on the riot-torn area.

Free ride on highways but govt may charge one-time levy

The proposal follows a study by the national highways authority of India that found private vehicles generated just 14% of revenue at toll plazas but accounted for nearly half of the traffic at toll plazas.

Kerry to Hagel, US sets the stage for Modi meeting with Obama

US secretary of state John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalise ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power. The visit by Kerry, and a trip by Chuck Hagel next month, follow the resounding election win of Modi.

Woman branded witch, stripped and paraded naked

Villagers in Mayurbhanj district blamed the death of an 18-year-old boy on the woman, saying she had practised witchcraft on him, although medical records showed he died of malaria.

Calcutta HC orders FIR against Tapas Pal; TMC silent

The Calcutta high court ordered filing of an FIR against Trinamool Congress MP-cum-actor Tapas Pal for his controversial comments against women and directed that the CID investigate the case.
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