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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

 India

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.

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.

Brazen Delhi agencies uproot trees in name of transplantation

Public Works Department’s (PWD) transplantation exercise in the city has been ‘brazen’ and almost cruel. Almost 86% of the transplanted trees have been left to die a slow, agonizing death, the forest department has informed the National Green Tribunal.

Minority rights watchdog for action on BJP MPs

The National Commission for Minorities has sought a probe into the “vitriolic” remarks by BJP leaders against the country’s Muslims, which violate the spirit of the Constitution.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dialysis solution infects 15 kidney patients in 3 months

More than a dozen kidney patients in Mumbai have reported severe infections and related complications, possibly from the use of contaminated dialysis solution made by a multinational drug firm.

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.

AAP initiates signature campaign to impeach judge Manjunath

Aam Aadmi Party MPs have started a signature campaign to initiate impeachment proceedings against Karnataka high court judge K L Manjunath, accusing him of corruption amounting and “misbehaviour”.

Delhi cop faces arrest for molesting rape victim

The 25-year-old woman, who is from Karnataka, has registered an FIR against the inspector at Karawal Nagar police station in northeast Delhi, where he earlier served as station house officer.

AAP accuses Jung of stopping them to send J-K aid

AAP on Friday accused LieutenantGovernor Najeeb Jung of preventing its MLAs from sending relief package to Jammu and Kashmir by "raising an objection" to the transfer of Rs. 20 lakh from the funds of each of its 27 legislators to Jammu and Kashmir CM fund.

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.
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