Orissa to enact law to ensure right to services
BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa government on Thursday decided to enact a law to ensure time-bound delivery of important public services to the people. Necessary work for enactment of this law has already been completed, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters after a high-level meeting.
70 kg IED defused near Srinagar
SRINAGAR: The J-K Police averted a major tragedy by detecting a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) at Channapora in the outskirts of the city. Officers said the powerful IED weighing 70 kg was found in an unattended vehicle near the Channapora bridge. The Bomb Disposal Squad of the police was immediately rushed to the spot and the IED was defused.
Angola ambassador summoned by MEA
NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday summoned Ambassador of Angola Manuel Eduardo Dos Santos Silva regarding the work-related issue involving nearly 1,200 Indians in that country. The Indian workers,employed by a Dubai-based company,are facing problems there due to non-payment of wages,resulting in a strike. The government here has maintained that it was making all efforts to find an amicable solution.
Sorcery: 24 Indians held in Oman
DUBAI: The police in Oman have arrested 24 Indian men and women in a raid for allegedly practising sorcery and cheating people. The police reportedly seized skulls,bones,and magic stones. The alleged sorcerers were staying in a residential flat and luring clients by offering them fortune and relief. Their flat was raided after a betrayed client lodged a complaint with the police,said a report in the Times of Oman.
2G: Lok Sabha nod to JPC extension
NEW DELHI: The Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into the 2G spectrum issue was on Thursday granted a second extension till the end of the Winter session by the Lok Sabha. The motion was passed by a voice vote. The term of the committee was to end on the last day of the Budget session.
India-US hold meet on Afghanistan
NEW DELHI: India and the US on Thursday exchanged notes on their perceptions on the situation in the strife-torn Afghanistan. The discussions included the security situation,economic assistance and reconstruction programmes,issues of safe havens,the Haqqani network as well as the forthcoming NATO Summit to be held in Chicago on May 20 and 21.
Home Secy meets J-K traders,visits LoC
SRINAGAR: Union Home Secretary R K Singh,on a two-day visit to Kashmir,held discussions with the cross-LoC traders on Thursday. Singh,along with other senior officers,also visited Kaman post where he was briefed about the status of the cross-LoC trade. Singh met J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Governor N N Vora on Wednesday.
Raza masterpiece to make auction debut
London: Iconic artist S H Razas key 1971 work La Forge will make its auction debut at Sothebys here next month and is expected to fetch £400,000. The auction house said La Forge represents the pinnacle of Razas career when,after some artistic experimentation,his work bore an innovative form of expression focussed on the orchestration of colour.
Adarsh: CBI questions Tejinder Singh
THE CBI questioned Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh,who is alleged to have offered a Rs 14-crore bribe to Army Chief Gen V K Singh in the Tatra case,in connection with the Adarsh Society housing scam in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Sources said the retired Army officer was questioned about how he got an apartment in the society and the source of his funds. Singh may be called for examination again,said officials.
The CBI has so far arrested nine persons,including suspended senior IAS officer Jairaj Phatak and former chief information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari,in the Adarsh case. It has named another five as accused in its FIR,including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan.