Live: Attorney General proposes exempting some coal mines from de-allocation

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 01, 2014 16:09 hrs

4.02 pm:

SP demands ban on Yogi Adityanath from campaigning of bypolls

Samajwadi Party today demanded the Election Commission to impose a ban on BJP MP Yogi Adityanath from campaigning of bypolls to 11 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, slated for September 13 next, for his alleged remarks on "love jihad".

"The party has already written a letter to the commission to take action against Adityanath trying to incite communal passion by raising the issue of love jihad again and now it demands that he should be banned from campaigning," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.

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Attorney General proposes exempting some coal mines from de-allocation

The Attorney General proposed to the Supreme Court on Monday that about 40 of the 218 coal mines it declared illegal should not be taken back from the companies that operate them as they were either producing or were close to producing.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi also told a Supreme Court hearing that the government was open to re-auctioning the coal blocks if their allocations are revoked.

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Andhra government proposes metro rail project for Tirupati

Andhra Pradesh government aims to complete two metro rail projects in Visakhapatnam and VGTM (Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri) area - within three-and-half-years and it has proposed a similar venture for the temple town of Tirupati.

The state government has assigned the construction of these two projects to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), whose principal adviser E Sreedharan has been appointed as the adviser for the AP government on the metro rail projects.

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Retired judges should stay away from posts: former SC judge

Retired Supreme Court and high court judges should take a two-year "quarantine period" from any posts barring that of a judicial inquiry commission, retired apex court judge K.T. Thomas said Monday.

The statement comes after Congress leaders in Kerala have been discussing whether a former chief justice of India should be appointed the governor of a state.

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CBI files final status report on graft case against HP CM

The CBI today filed its final status report in the Delhi High Court on its probe into allegations that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, during his earlier tenure as CM and Union Minister, was involved in graft, money laundering and forgery.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw also directed the HP Chief Minister to file his affidavit in the court by tomorrow.

12.48 pm:

BJP's TN allies oppose naming Teachers' Day as Guru Utsav

Two of BJP's Tamil Nadu allies today opposed naming Teacher's Day as 'Guru Utsav', with PMK terming it as a discreet attempt to impose Sanskrit.

Leaders of PMK and MDMK, S Ramadoss and Vaiko, demanded that the Centre immediately withdraw the order to rename Teachers' Day as 'Guru Utsav.'

While welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to interact with students on September 5, coinciding with Teachers' Day, Ramadoss however opposed the day being called as 'Guru Utsav.'

"It is not proper for the Central government to have changed the name as Guru Utsav. This is a discreet attempt to impose Sanskrit, which is not acceptable," Ramadoss, who besides Vaiko had opposed the Sanskrit Week celebrations in CBSE schools recently, said in a statement.

12.10 pm:

Now SpiceJet offers Rs 499 fare on domestic network

Country's second largest airline by market share, SpiceJet on Monday launched yet another limited period special fare scheme, 'Early Bird', offering customers ticket prices as low as Rs 499 on its domestic network.

The bookings for this three-day offer commences from today with a travel validity period between January 16 and October 24 next year, SpiceJet said in a release.

SpiceJet offers discounted flying options to destinations across the country, with one way fares starting as low as Rs 499 (including fuel surcharge but excluding applicable statutory taxes and fees), the release said.

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Gujarat to get Asia's first Ballistic Research Centre

India is all set to achieve self-reliance in testing of armoured vehicles, as Asia's first Ballistic Research Centre will soon be functioning at Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU).

"A Ballistic Research Centre will be set up in GFSU to test bullet-proof armoured vehicles as big as trucks. This would be the first-of-its-kind centre in Asia," GFSU's Director General J M Vyas told PTI.

Till now, the armoured vehicles from India are sent to countries like the UK, USA and France for testing.

"India will become self-reliant in the testing of armoured vehicles as our manufacturers will not need to send their vehicles to these countries in which crores of rupees are spent on transportation and testing," Vyas said.

10.40 am:

Myanmar introduces e-visa to boost tourism

Myanmar immigration authorities Monday introduced online e-visa in a bid to boost tourism in the country.

The formal launch of the e-visa came after a trial period in August for a limited number of applicants, Xinhua reported.

The system will ensure all tourists destined to Myanmar get e-visa within five days.

According to hotel and tourist authorities, the number of tourist arrivals in Myanmar reached 1.6 million in the first seven months of this year, up 43 percent from the same period last year.

10.10 am:

Markets at record high; Nifty crosses 8,000-mark

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Monday hits record high of 26,807.90 points surpassing its previous high of 26,674.38 points hit Aug 28.

All the sectors were trading in green and the rally was led by capital goods, metal, banking and auto.

Beating expectations and showing another sign of revival, the Indian economy expanded by 5.7 percent during the first quarter of the current financial year to log the highest growth yet in nine quarters, official data compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed Aug 29.

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9.40 am:

Akhilesh heads to Holland leaving UP in darkness and drought

Amid an unprecedented power crisis and a drought in the state, a high-level delegation led by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav left for Netherlands Monday, a government spokesman informed.

Accompanied by ministers and senior bureaucrats including chief secretary Alok Ranjan, Yadav will be meeting industry captains and government officials in Netherlands in a bid to attract investment in the state and enhance trade ties.

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Seven militants killed in Egypt

At least seven militants were killed when security forces raided areas in Egypt's Sinai region, an official said Monday.

According to the official, one militant, who was responsible for abducting seven soldiers during the rule of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, was killed during an operation Sunday, Xinhua reported.

Fayez Abou Sheeta, leader of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, was also wanted for killing police officers and soldiers in the city of Arish during Morsi's rule, the official said.

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Five cops injured in clash with villagers in Varanasi

Angry over the kidnapping and murder of a minor boy, a mob today set ablaze vehicles, blocked the national highway near Badagaon and pelted stones at the police, in which five cops were injured.

At least 44 people from Sagunaha village were detained in connection with the clash and an FIR has been registered against unidentified persons for inciting violence, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jogendra Kumar said.

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Islamist militants occupy US embassy in Libya

A group of Islamist militants stormed the US embassy in Tripoli as intense fighting was ongoing in the capital's suburb Sunday, a security source said.

The Libya Dawn militants broke into the embassy compound and occupied the main building, Xinhua quoted the source as saying. Some witnesses said they saw militants swimming in the pool in the compound. A commander from the armed group confirmed that their fighters had "secured" the embassy.

The US embassy had already evacuated all its personnel in late July, as fierce fighting between Islamist armed groups and pro-secular militia set the capital city ablaze.

US Ambassador to Libya Deborah K. Jones Sunday tweeted that she saw a video of the compound and it appeared to be shot in "a residential annex of the US mission but cannot say definitively since (I am) not there". Jones is in Malta.

On Sunday, fierce clashes continued in western Tripoli as Islamist fighters launched assaults on local militiamen. Although the combat zone has slowly shifted to suburban areas, the security situation in the capital city has not improved.

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