UP restores chief secretary status
LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday decided to restore the status of cabinet secretary to the chief secretary,restoring the latters pre-eminent position in the civil service,which had suffered erosion under the Mayawati regime. It also scrapped an order by the previous government giving facility of a domestic help and a driver to the retired cabinet secretary and retired chief secretaries for life.
Varsity violence: FIR against SP leader
LUCKNOW: FIRs were lodged against seven students and 300 unnamed ones following violence on Thursday night on the Allahabad University campus and nearby areas. Among those booked was SP students wing leader Abhishek Yadav,who allegedly held V-C A K Singh hostage for more than 30 hours. The violence was provoked by the universitys decision to vacate all 14 hostels to remove illegal occupants.
Teachers threatened over CPM links
KOLKATA: Trinamool Chatra Parishad president Shanku Den Panda has announced that teachers and professors having allegiance to the CPM would not be allowed to teach in schools and colleges. He was addressing a rally in South 24 Paraganas supporting former TMC MLA Arabul Islam who allegedly abused a professor a couple of days ago.
Maoist cadre lays down arms
BHUBANESWAR: In a morale booster for the Orissa Police
following a spate of Maoist abductions,a woman deputy commander of an armed Naxal squad surrendered before the Malkangiri police on Friday alleging torture by Telugu cadres. Nirmala alias Nande Sodi (25) surrendered three weeks after husband Sanyasi Pujari alias Prabeen,commander of a dalam,had laid down his arms.
Retd Army officer moves court
CHENNAI: Retired Army officer K Ramaraj,sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a 13-year-old boy who had entered the army officers quarters complex in July last year,moved the Madras High Court against his conviction.
Six siblings charred to death
DARJEELING: Six siblings,including two sisters,were charred to death after a fire engulfed their house in a remote area along the Nepal border in Darjeeling district. The children,between two and 12 years of age,were alone in the house.