HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014


Relief for Uttarakhand flood victims make slow start now

More than a year after rains led to unprecedented death and destruction in the hill state of Uttarakhand (UK), Uttar Pradesh (UP) is still busy ‘sorting’ out its dead spread across 60 districts. As the state grapples with numbers – from initial figure of 5500, the ‘missing/dead’ were vetted down to 2500, then to 1956 and 1150 before settling for 948, only to see a recent addition of three more names – hundreds of victims despite having got the ‘death certificate’ of the near ones still await the promised Rs. 5.5 lakh ex-gratia.

Bihar teen arrested in case preceding his birth

In a case of mistaken identity, an 18-year-old man in north Bihar was arrested by the police in connection with an incident of arson that took place a year before he was born. The man, identified by a single name, Rajkumar, was arrested earlier this week at Makhnupur village in north Bihar.

CBI chief row: Bhushan 'won't name' whistleblower

In a stand that could lead to a face-off between the Supreme Court and CPIL — an NGO represented by advocate Prashant Bhushan — the latter has declined to disclose the identity of the ‘whistle-blower’ who leaked the visitors’ logbook at CBI chief Ranjit Sinha’s Delhi residence.

States may take call on townships near sanctuaries

In a boost to the real estate sector, the environment ministry may soon allow state governments to take a call on setting up new townships and information technology and developmental parks near tiger reserves, national parks, eco-sensitive zones and critically polluted areas.

'Cops didn't lathicharge Jadavpur varsity students'

Kolkata commissioner of police said on Thursday the police showed restraint in dealing with Jadavpur University students, who were demanding a fresh probe into the alleged sexual harassment of a female student inside the campus, on Tuesday.

Maharashtra: Emergency landing for navy chopper

An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter made an emergency unscheduled landing at Uran village in Raigad district of Maharashtra on Thursday morning after its engine developed a technical problem.

Odisha: Kin of 7 students get ex-gratia after 16yrs

A local court has awarded a compensation of Rs. 25 lakh each to the families of seven students who drowned due to untimely discharge of water from a dam more than 16 years ago.

NDA govt committed to reviving SAARC: Rajnath Singh

The NDA government at the Centre is committed to reviving SAARC as a major forum to promote active collaboration in the region, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.

Saradha: CBI to grill another Trinamool MP

The CBI has summoned Subhendu Adhikari, a Trinamool Congress parliamentarian, for questioning in connection with the Saradha scam. The agency has also summoned Rabin Deb, a CPI(M) leader and former state minister.

Jaya opposes Centre's move to make Hindi compulsory in colleges

Maintaining its opposition to 'imposition' of Hindi, Tamil Nadu directed two universities on Thursday not to implement a circular and said the decision taken by the UPA would not be binding on it.

Four labourers buried alive in wall collapse

Twelve labourers were working at the construction site on VIP road when suddenly the parapet of a wall along with sand fell on them, an official from III-town police station said.

Onus on Sena to solve seat-sharing row: Shah

Amid tension in the saffron alliance over seat sharing, the BJP on Thursday indicated that a solution could be in sight if Shiv Sena relents from its present position.

Widows from other states should not crowd Mathura: Hema Malini

Actor-turned politician Hema Malini has stoked a controversy with her remarks that widows from Bengal and Bihar should not crowd Vrindavan, the holy city in Uttar Pradesh and home to thousands of destitute women.

Delays, allowance mess may hurt India at Asian Games

With just a day to go before the 17th Asian Games kick off, players from around the world are busy practising at the various venues here. But most of the Indian contingent is nowhere to be seen.
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