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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

 India

Intelligence Bureau chief plans another hurrah before retiring

Even in his last few days at the helm of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Syed Asif Ibrahim is not ready to relax. He wants to cap his two years as the IB director by neutralising a terror module that has turned into a headache for India's security establishment in the last few months.

Christmas a working day for govt officials in Delhi

From inspecting offices and attending inauguration of projects to taking part in a walkathon, many officials in Delhi had to skip their Christmas holiday and fall in line with the Centre's orders to observe Thursday as Good Governance Day.

'Hot engines', UAVs: India's wish list to Pentagon

India has asked the Pentagon for five key technologies, including advanced high-altitude UAVs and 'hot engines' for its fighter jets, to bolster its defences, sources said.

Spurned colleague hired juveniles for acid attack on Delhi doctor

Senior resident doctor Ashok Yadav, 32, and his BPO executive friend Vaibhav hired two juveniles for Rs. 25,000 to carry out the crime that left the 30-year-old victim with a damaged right eye and severe burns to her face.

Monkey scam brewing in Delhi: Maneka Gandhi

Over 1,000 monkeys may have died in Delhi's Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary after pending bills stopped their food supplies earlier this month, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said on Thursday, terming the procurement of fruits and vegetables a Rs. 200 crore scam.

J-K suspense on; BJP eyes chief minister's post, tie-up with NC

The National Conference and the People's Democratic Party willing to do business with it in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP was eyeing the chief minister's post in the border state, sources said.

How will CM find open spaces in encroached city?

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised to double the open space each Mumbaiite can access, but more than one-third of the city’s open spaces might be lost permanently to encroachments. Now, officials are saying they will look for new plots to convert into open spaces. “We will look for new open spaces that can be used by the public,” said R Balachandran, chief engineer, development plan. “We will examine the deficiencies and plan accordingly.”

MU asks students to vacate hostels for foreign visitors

Even as Mumbai university gears up to host the 102nd edition of the Indian Science Congress (ISC) from January 3, students staying in two hostels inside the varsity’s Kalina campus have been asked to vacate their rooms to accommodate foreign students attending the event.

Panel will decide min rate for land acquisition in state

With several projects stuck because of problems in compensation to private land owners, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to form a committee that will come up with a formula and decide the minimum rate to pay.

All 5 in car on Western Express Highway may have been drunk, say police

Just like any 23-year-old, Lalnunthari Samate was excited about the Christmas party with her four friends on Thursday night. But her friend’s mistake of taking the wheels when he was drunk, even as the city police have initiated a special drive against drink driving, cost Samate her life.

Drink driving on Christmas eve kills 23-year-old in city

A 23-year-old woman was killed in an accident on the Western Express Highway, when she was on her way home from a Christmas party early on Thursday. Her friend Pradeep Shah, 30, who had allegedly consumed alcohol, was driving the car.

How the world watches its waste

Only 2.4% of Singapore’s daily waste generation of 8,289 tonnes is dumped in landfills and 34% of this is used to produce electricity. Now, compare this with Mumbai. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) dumps 91% of the 10,060 tonnes of waste the city generates at its dumping grounds in Deonar and Mulund where it receives no treatment.

Staff crunch: 2 specialists quit GTB hospital

Two specialists working with the city’s biggest tuberculosis (TB) hospital— the Group of TB Hospital (GTB), Sewri — have quit to join other hospitals.

For 12 years, Anahita Pandole has waged war againt illegal hoardings

Dr Anahita Pandole smiled at the news she read in October this year. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which she had taken on first in 2002 over illegal and unauthorised hoardings and posters, had told the Bombay high court that it had removed 4,800 of them across the city in the two preceding months. It had also filed nearly 100 complaints to the police, many of which should result in First Information Reports (FIRs).

Advance bookings turned on-the-spot flight tickets costly

Nearly 8 out of 10 year-end vacationers in India bought their air tickets almost three months ahead of their date of travel, and this is one of the reasons why spot fares have skyrocketed, an analysis of this year’s air tickets bookings found.
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