Round up of the day's headlines - Friday, 2 August, 2013

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 02, 2013 13:43 hrs

6.10 pm:

Geelani accuses Govt of sinister plan to make Muslims a minority in J&K

Hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani today termed Jammu and Kashmir government's move to regularise 20 unauthorised colonies housing non-state subjects as a "sinister plan" to change the demography of the state.

"The government's move to regularise 20 unauthorised colonies in Jammu province is a sinister plan. The government of India is working on a long-term plan to change the demography of the state and it wants to settle the non-state subjects so that Muslims are made a minority in the region," Geelani said in a statement here.

Geelani accused all the mainstream political parties in the state of "silently taking dictation from New Delhi".

"Though National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, State Congress and others are taking silent dictation from New Delhi, Congress minister (for Housing) Raman Bhalla has been entrusted with a special task in this regard and he sometimes even bypasses the state administration to take decisions," he said.

The state government on Wednesday had ordered "immediate regularisation" of un-authorised colonies within the jurisdictions of Jammu and Srinagar Development Authorities, in a meeting chaired by Bhalla.

The meeting opined that the residents of about two dozen unauthorised colonies in Jammu and Srinagar cities, who are mostly poor people, have remained without the benefits of several welfare schemes launched by the Central government and it is high time to regularise these colonies to extend such benefits to the people, an official spokesman said on Wednesday.

The officers were directed to clear all the bottlenecks and come up with the concrete proposal to get the formal nod of the government.

5.51 pm:

UK rejects Salman's visa, Kick delayed

Sallu was all set to join  his Kick co-stars in Glasgow. But the UK Government has thrown a spanner in the works by declining Salman's visa application.

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5.30 pm:

TMC accuses Centre of 'instigating' Gorkhaland stir

The ruling Trinamool Congress today alleged that the Centre 'instigated' the trouble in the Darjeeling hills following the decision to create a Telangana state and reiterated that there was no question of division of West Bengal.

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4.56 pm:

Shatrughan attacks Modi, says Amitabh should be President if popularity is any criteria

India Today:
BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Friday launched a fresh attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi - the party's likely prime ministerial candidate - saying the principal Opposition party compromised several issues by appointing the latter as the chairman of its campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

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4.10 pm:

Prayers to restart at Kedarnath temple on September 11

Traditional 'puja' will begin at the flood-ravaged Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand from Sep 11, officials said Friday.

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3.42 pm:

Demolition notice to Mumbai restaurant that printed anti-UPA bill

Pune Mirror:
Parel's Aditi restaurant, which made national headlines last month for printing an anti-UPA slogan on its bill, will be issued a demolition notice by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, reports Pune Mirror.

Civic officials said that the hotel had illegally encroached upon the pavement.

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3.00 pm:

200-member group to keep track of Chennai city illegal buildings

Deccan Chronicle: Taking its cue from Ahmedabad , the city corporation plans to soon establish  a network of 200 authorised liaison officers to help people get town planning permission for construction.

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2.20 pm:

TV actress Sakshi Parikh rams her car into 2 vehicles in Mumbai, biker killed

India Today:
TV actress and model Sakshi Parikh allegedly rammed her car into a two-wheeler and an auto-rickshaw in Mumbai's Kandivali area on Friday.

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1.45 pm:

55 girl students taken ill after drinking water in school

Fifty-five girl students were today taken ill after drinking water from hand pump in a government girls' school in Tharhar village in Bihar's Sitamarhi district.

The girls studying in Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya fainted soon after drinking water from a handpump, Block Education Officer (BEO) Shahjanand said.

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1.10 pm:

BCCI working committee meeting cancelled

The BCCI working committee meeting scheduled to be held on Friday in New Delhi has been called off.

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1.00 pm:

HC  issues notice to Uttar Pradesh government on IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal case.

12.30 pm:

Mamata woos India Inc, says Mukesh Ambani called Bengal a 'gold mine'

A confident West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee strode into a hall of waiting reporters in Mumbai to announce what she had achieved. Ms Banerjee was leading a delegation of bureaucrats and ministers from West Bengal to woo investors to her state.

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12.00 pm:

IAF plans aerial combat video games to attract young fighter pilots

India Today:
Video games featuring the air forces of foreign countries could soon lose favour with Indian youngsters as the IAF has decided to come out with its own 'desi' version of such aerial combat games to attract youths aspiring to become fighter pilots.

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11.27 am:

India Today:
Uddhav Thackeray slams Shobhaa De over her Mumbai remark, accuses the author of using social media to attack Maharashtra in a Saamna editorial.

10.56 am:

Virgin Mary as tribal keeps debate running in Jharkhand

The Indian Express:
Talks between church representatives in Jharkhand and members of the Sarna faith have broken down over the latter's demand that a statue portraying Virgin Mary as a tribal be removed.

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10.22 am:

Tremors felt in Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana

: A moderate intensity quake today shook some parts of Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana.

No loss of life or property has been reported from any parts of the region so far in the quake that measured 5.4 on the Richter scale, officials said.

According to the seismology department, the epicentre of the earthquake was Doda in Jammu and Kashmir.

10.00 am:

Telangana fallout: 4 Union ministers, 7 MPs to resign today, say sources

Rediff: The Telangana crisis is expected to worsen today. Sources tell our correspondent in New Delhi that four Union ministers and seven MPs of the Seema-Andhra region have decided to quit today. They will announce their at 11 am at the Parliament Central Hall and submit their resignations to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

The Union ministers who are expected to quit are MM Pallam Raju, J D Seelam,  D Purandeswari, Killi Kruparani.

Lagadapati Rajagopal, Kanumuri Bapiraju, Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Harsha Kumar, Anantha Venkatarami Reddy, Sai Pratap and KVP Ramachandra Rao are the MPS who are expected to resign.

9.28 am:

Idea of Andhra was born in Mylapore

The Hindu:
The buzz now, is all about the carving of Telengana from Andhra Pradesh. A similar excitement once surrounded the creation of Andhra from the erstwhile Madras Presidency. In Mylapore, there stand two buildings that played an important role in the process.

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9.00 am:

Threat closes US embassies in Muslim world for day

The United States is shuttering its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday after receiving an unspecified threat, officials said.

State Department officials said they were taking action out of an "abundance of caution."

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8.30 am:

Experts feel Chennai’s infrastructure gaps need to be filled

TOI: Chennai needs a massive infrastructure boost keeping in mind the huge influx of people from rural areas to the metropolis, felt speakers at a conference on future urban planning , organized by the Global Initiative for Restructuring Environment and Management (GIREM).

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8.00 am:

Indian American announces bid to run for mayor in US city

Chennai-born Indian American Suja Lowenthal has announced her bid to run for Mayor of Long Beach, which is the second largest city in Los Angeles County of California in US.

Currently serving her second term as City Council, Suja is pitted against five other candidates.

Suja Lowenthal holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from UCLA, a Master's in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from USC.

In 2001, she was elected to the Board of Education in the Long Beach Unified School District, serving as Board president for two years, during which time LBUSD earned recognition as the best urban school district in the nation by the Broad Foundation.

"The essence of effective government is balance which has been the hallmark of my years of service on the school board and city council" Suja said after announcing her decision.

"The challenge is to find the right balance promoting business and creating jobs that pay a decent wage," she said.

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