Bihar has decided to buy 200 canines of various breeds at an estimated cost of Rs.17 crore in order to raise 50 more dog squad units to help police in their investigations, officials said Thursday.
"Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has approved the proposal to deploy a dog squad in each district to help police in speedy and scientific investigation of crimes," a state home department official said.
The dogs inducted in the police department would be trained in detection (sniffer) and tracking.
Of the 50 dog squads to be raised, 11 will be stationed in the state's various ranges, zones and the police headquarters here, while the rest will be deputed in each of the state's 39 districts, an official at the police headquarters said.
"A tender will be issued on national level to buy the dogs belonging to breeds like Doberman, Labrador and Alsatian. Each squad will have four dogs - two sniffers (detection dogs) and two trackers," the official added.
All the dogs will be sent to train with the army, para military forces and police in various parts of the country.
At present, the Bihar Police have 33 trained dogs stationed at various police ranges across the state.
Vindoo Dara Singh has confessed his addiction to betting, say the Mumbai police.
Dara Singh, who was picked up by the police on Tuesday in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal is still being questioned by them.
Nawaz Sharif seeks civil-nuclear technology from China
Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif today sought civil nuclear technology to overcome Pakistan's energy crisis during a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Sharif called on Li at a hotel here this morning and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations in different fields.
The Mumbai police are in Chennai to question the CEO of CSK, Gurunath Meiyappan, reports NDTV. Vindoo Dara Singh who was arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal had made several calls to Meiyappan. But he claimed those calls had nothing to do with the scandal.
Meiyappan is the son-in-law of BCCI chairman and CSK owner N Sreenivasan.
Indian-origin boy wins National Geographic Bee contest
Sathwik Karnik, an Indian-origin boy from Massachusetts has won this year's National Geographic Bee contest after gruelling rounds testing his geographic knowledge about lions in Botswana, mountain ranges in Asia and port cities in England.
To clinch this title, Karnik, 12, correctly named Chimborazo as the mountain in Ecuador that represents the farthest point from the Earth's center.
PTI: India's deterrence capabilities have matured in the last nine years and have taken concrete shape, says PM.
AP: Building materials blamed in Bangladesh disaster
A government investigation says poor quality construction materials and building code violations contributed to the collapse of building housing garment factories last month in Bangladesh.
Committee head Khandker Mainuddin Ahmed told The Associated Press on Thursday a series of irregularities occurred in the construction of Rana Plaza. Its collapse killed more than 1,100 workers and was one of the world's deadliest industrial disasters.
Ahmed says the building owner used "extremely poor quality of iron rods and cement." The report says the owner had permission for a six-story structure and added two floors illegally. Past information said the owner had permission for a five-story structure and added three.
The report sent to the government Wednesday also recommends life prison terms for those found guilty of violating building codes in the case.
Woman 'tortured' by husband hacks him to death
A woman, who was allegedly a victim of regular domestic violence, hacked her husband with a chopper at her home in Howrah on Wednesday. Police said the man, who worked in a hosiery unit, died on the spot and the woman was arrested. Ananda Koley (45) tortured his wife Shibani almost daily, police said quoting neighbours at Sirajbati village at Amta.
Forbes: Sonia Gandhi, Indra Nooyi among 10 most powerful women globally
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and India-origin PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi figure among the top 10 in the global list of most powerful women, in the league of leaders like Angela Merkel, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Gandhi is ranked ninth while Nooyi is at the 10th place in the global list of world's 100 most powerful women leaders compiled by Forbes magazine for 2013.
LeT militant killed in Srinagar, three policemen injured
Security forces killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant in a gunfight in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar Thursday morning, police said.
"Hilal Molvi of LeT was killed in an encounter with police in Narparistan (Fatah Kadal) area of old Srinagar city," Syed Ashiq Bukhari, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Srinagar, told IANS.
IRS officer, inspector among 4 booked for manhandling woman
An Indian Revenue Service officer and three others, including an inspector, were today booked in connection with alleged manhandling of a woman here.
IRS officer Veerbhadram, suspended inspector P Srinivas Reddy and two others were booked under relevant sections of the IPC on a complaint lodged by the woman, a Government employee, over the incident, whose footage was broadcast by a local TV channel, they said.
Reddy, attached to Balanagar Police station, was present at the time of the incident and was subsequently suspended.
On May 10, Cyberabad Police chief had ordered an inquiry after the footage was aired. However, it is still not clear when and where the incident took place.
"The IRS official is alleged to have manhandled a woman over some matter and provoked her to attempt suicide," Cyberabad Police Commissioner Dwarka Tirumala Rao had said while ordering the probe.
The woman has accused the IRS officer of harassing her and family members over a period of time, demanding Rs 25 lakh and proposing her for marriage.
The IRS official has denied the allegations and termed the woman as a "blackmailer". Veerbhadram has claimed he had sold a piece of land to the woman's family and they owed him money.