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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

India

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

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.

Sene lashes out at Rajnath Singh on love jihad issue

Hindu right-wing organisation SriRam Sene on Friday lashed out at Union home minister Rajnath Singh for his controversial comments on the love-jihad issue and demanded that a special panel be set up to probe all such cases.

Bihar toilet project founder is $1,00,000-global award finalist

US Northwestern university environmental engineering graduate Anoop Jain, who started a project for greater toilet access to the residents of a Bihar village, is one of two Indians among the four finalists for a $1,00,000 global citizen award.

Army says 200 militants waiting to cross border

Around 200 heavily armed militants were waiting across the LoC to infiltrate into the Indian side even as the security forces foiled several attempts by the ultras to sneak into Valley following the recent floods.

Birbhum gang-rape: 20yrs jail for all 13 convicts

A court in Bengal sentenced on Saturday 13 people to life imprisonment for the gang-rape of a tribal girl on the orders of a village council in Birbhum district around eight months ago.

UP prepares plans to tackle 'love jihad'

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.

CBI probing Chidambaram role in Aircel-Maxis deal

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.

India to play hardball at UN climate summit

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.

Verma once declined US ambassadorship to India

The ambassador-designate served as a lawyer in the US navy, worked as national security advisor to senator Harry Reid, did a stint in the democracy promoting National Democratic Institute before serving in the state department.

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.

Direct benefit transfer plan set for expansion

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.

Bangladesh rakes up Saradha money with India

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.

Poor monsoon pushes food output to 5-year-low

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.

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

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

At Chumar, a retreat of sorts

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.
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