Ramzan to start from today
NEW DELHI: Ramzan,the holy month of fasting for Muslims,will begin from Saturday. The announcement was made late Friday night by Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri mosque Maulana Mufti Mukkaram Ahmed,reversing an earlier announcement which had said that it will start from Sunday. The sky was cloudy and we could not sight the new moon,so we had earlier decided that the month of Ramzan will begin from Sunday. However,we later contacted Maulanas in various parts of the country like Hyderabad and Srinagar who told us that they have sighted the moon, Mukkaram said.
Rural roads upgrade: Funds embargo lifted
NEW DELHI: Even as the Rural Development Ministry is doing the paper work to get Cabinet approval for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-II,it has lifted the three-year-old embargo on release of funds for upgradation of existing rural roads. In a circular issued to all state governments on Thursday,the ministry said it had revisited the curtailment of funds and decided to lift the embargo to sanction funds for upgradation of existing rural roads.
Govt issues advisory against Syria travel
NEW DELHI: A day after India voted in favour of a UN Security Council resolution threatening sanctions against Syria,New Delhi on Friday asked its nationals to avoid all travel to Syria. In an advisory,the Ministry of External Affairs said in view of the situation prevailing in Syria,Indian nationals are advised to avoid all travel to Syria until further notification.
SC notice to Centre on Vectra chief plea
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Central government and the CBI on a plea by Ravinder Rishi,chairman of the Vectra group,which is facing probe in the Tatra truck deal,to visit England for medical treatment. The court issued notice on Rishis petition which also sought direction to the CBI to permit an advocate to be present with him during questioning by the agency.
Govt sets up panel to examine Bihar twins
NEW DELHI: The Central government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it has constituted a three-member medical team to examine and provide required help to the two teenaged conjoint twins from Bihar. It told the court that the team would comprise two expert paediatricians from AIIMS,besides a neurologist.