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'Close relations with neighbours is key priority for my govt' Open in new window
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that developing close relations with India's neighbours is a key priority of his government, ahead of his planned visit to Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Summit.

Polling begins for first phase of J-K elections Open in new window
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Voting began on a brisk note on Tuesday in 15 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir going to polls in first of the 5-phased state elections.

Terror bled these 10 nations; India 6th Open in new window
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While Iraq and Afghanistan top the Global Terrorism Index 2014 as the most terror-affected nations, India has been ranked number six.

Heavenward bound: ISKCON to construct 700-ft high temple at Vrindavan Open in new window
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In Vrindavan, work is on to build the world's tallest religious structure, a new temple for Krishna by ISKCON-Bangalore

India just saved its warships from being sitting ducks Open in new window
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Without advanced towed array sonar systems, all warships the navy has built and bought since the 1990s would be sitting ducks in war.

Violence in Ferguson after grand jury verdict Open in new window
The Hindu
Officers in armoured vehicles lobbed canisters of irritants that made people?s eyes and lungs burn, dispersing crowds in Ferguson after a police car was vandalized, business windows shattered and...

Abide by the rule, says HC to errant Delhi playschools Open in new window
The Hindu
Allotment of land at concessional rate has not benefited weaker sections

Cricketer Hughes knocked out by ball Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
Former Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes is taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious by a short delivery.

Teen hangs himself, blames his teacher Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A 16-year-old tribal boy hanged himself in Baran district of Rajasthan after the alleged humiliation and harassment by the school teacher.In a suicide note left for parents, Dilkush Sahariya accused his teacher Mukut Bihari Sen for harassing and beating him and requested police to take strict action against his teacher.The teacher was arrested by police and was sent to judicial custody by a local court on Monday.Police said Dilkush Sahariya was studying in class 10 in government secondary school in Bansthuni village. He was a resident of Rampuria village under Bhanwargarh police station area of Baran district. The child was studying in his room while the parents were preparing dinner. When they called him to eat the food he did not reply. The parents checked the room and found that the child had hanged himself from the ceiling, said Bajrang Singh Hada, station house officer, Bhanwargarh police station.The child was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead, he added.Police searched the room and found the suicide note written by the child which explained the reason for his action.The boy has left a suicide note that his teacher Mukut Bihari Sen used to beat and humiliate him in front of others. The boy has accused that teacher would burden him with excess work, said Bajrang Singh Hada.Once he could not complete his home work following which the teacher beat him and abused him saying that he was big burden on school and why doesn't he die, said Hada.Dilkush has two younger brothers. His father is a driver and mother works under NAREGA, he added.This is the second incident in week where a school kid has committed suicide after being allegedly harassed by school teacher.A week before, a 12-year-old boy had committed suicide in Sirohi district, leaving behind a suicide note in which he accused three teachers of beating him for not doing his homework.

Youth thrown out of speeding train for refusing to bribe cops Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A youth was allegedly thrown out of a speeding train near Lalitpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh, about 400 km from here, on Monday by railway police personnel for refusing to pay them.Om Narain Yadav, a resident of Kanpur, suffered serious injuries and had been admitted to the hospital at Jhansi, where his condition was stated to be critical, according to the sources here.Om's brother Jai Narain, who was with him, alleged that the Government Railway Police personnel had demanded Rs 900 from them to allow them to travel in the reserved sleeper coach.We had tickets for general compartment but as there was a huge rush, we had boarded the sleeper coach, Jai Narain said.The two brothers were returning home after appearing in a competitive examination in Nagpur.Jai Narain said the GRP constables, who had extorted money from several passengers in the sleeper coach, also thrashed his brother before throwing him out near Lalitpur railway station.He said he also fell out of the compartment in an attempt to save his brother.He alleged that his brother continued to bleed near the railway tracks for two hours before he could be sent to the hospital.The doctors, who were attending on the youth, said one of his legs might have to be amputated.Police said they were looking into the matter. We are investigating the reports. Stern action will be taken against the cops if the charges are found to be true, said an officer here. Earlier also GRP personnel had been accused of throwing passengers out of the train after they refused to pay them.A few months back, an old woman had died after being pushed out of the train by GRP constables in the state.

Clean Delhi campaign clean bowled by politicians Open in new window
The Hindu
Haphazardly placed publicity materials with beaming faces of politicians continue to dot the Capital?s urban landscape, while the Narendra Modi government?s Swachh Bharat campaign aims to clean up...

Gujjars seek intervention of PM on 5 pc quota Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Upset over the deadlock with the state government on five per cent special backward classes (SBC) reservation, the Gujjar community of Rajasthan will seek the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and block two national highways in protest.Community leaders and members will march to New Delhi to meet PM and demand categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBC) quota in government jobs the state.The community has declared plans to start fresh agitations and block two national highways, NH-11 and NH-8, in the state.Around one lakh Gujjars will march down to Delhi and a delegation of our leaders will meet the PM to demand categorisation of the OBC quota, said Himmat Singh, a Gujjar leader.We will soon take an appointment to meet him, said Singh. If we are not allowed to meet Modi, we will hold protest outside Parliament, he added. Members of rgw Gujjar community have been agitating for five per cent SBC quota, but now they are demanding categorisation of OBC quota.As per Supreme Court directives, state government cannot exceed 50 per cent total reservations 50 under normal conditions.Earlier, governments had given five per cent SBC reservation to Gujjars, which exceeded the prescribed limit of 50 per cent, and this was challenged in the court.Now Gujjars are of the view that categorisation of OBC reservation will ensure reservation to them without exceeding the limit set by the SC.Around 82 castes in Rajasthan, including Gujjars, come under OBC category. For the last many years, very few castes have been taking all the benefits of OBC reservation. We demand categorisation of the OBC quota, said Singh.Gujjars and four other nomadic castes should be given five per cent reservation within the overall 21 per cent of the OBC quota, added Singh.

Key polls begin in India's Kashmir Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
Voting begins in India's Jammu and Kashmir state where PM Narendra Modi's BJP is making an attempt to win power for the first time.

Complaint against Head Constable Open in new window
The Hindu
K. Lalitha, a native of Madurai, on Monday petitioned the District Collector that V. Kumaravel, a Head Constable, divorced her through fraudulent means. She said that he has allegedly threate...

Customers to pay more for plastic bags Open in new window
The Hindu
Corporation to introduce biometric attendance in its office

Infant, maternal mortality rates to be reviewed Open in new window
The Hindu
Meeting being held in the backdrop of pre-term baby deaths at Dharmapuri PHCs, GH

Mini-marathon marks Coimbatore Day Open in new window
The Hindu
More than 400 people participate in the run held to commemorate the formation day

Ship passenger missing off Sydney Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
Officials call off a search for an 84-year-old man believed to have gone overboard from a cruise ship east of the Australian city of Sydney.

Pratik Kumar, New Delhi, Nov 25, 2014, DHNS: Open in new window
Deccan Herald
The Delhi University on Monday signed an agreement with the National Skill Development Corporation to increase the content of vocational training in undergraduate courses.The move is aimed at improving the employment potential of the students with systematic training, certificates of competency, and placement assistance.As per the MoU between DU and NSDC, the skill-based training will be provided in sectors such as banking, financial services and insurance, IT and IT-enabled services, healthcare, media and entertainment, tourism and hospitality and the automotive industries.All the DU-affiliated colleges will offer these courses as add-on short-term courses or long-term compulsory courses at the undergraduate level.After signing the deal with NSDC chief Dilip Chenoy, vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh said, NSDC and DU have recognised the need of the hour. A large number of DU students would benefit from this by coming to terms with the real world by attaining the skills and professional knowledge which would give them jobs.The VC also expressed the hope that other universities would also adopt this idea and implement it.According to the agreement, NSDC will design the curriculum and accredit the skill-based courses. It will also provide training through its approved training partners, which will be shortlisted and selected through a joint process by NSDC and DU.Students opting for these skill-based programmes will be given flexibility in transfer of credits.This is a big opportunity for students who wish to supplement their theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training that will improve their employability in the increasingly competitive job market in the country and transform their lives, Chenoy said. The university claimed that at least 70 per cent of students under this programme will get job placements or start-up assistance from NSDC.DU had earlier signed an agreement with NSDC in May this year for introduction of some job-oriented courses under the now-scrapped four year undergraduate programme following pressure from UGC.This is entirely a new initiative which has nothing to do with the earlier MoU. It is a fresh bouquet entirely different from what was proposed earlier in May 2014, said DU media coordinator Malay Neerav, said.The programme will start in many colleges in January 2015, he added.

Homeopathy sub-group won't be recognised now Open in new window
Deccan Herald
The state government has directed the Delhi Medical Council not to recognise electrohomeopathy as a branch of medicine. This comes after the medical council repeatedly approached the Directorate of Health Services, Delhi to put strict orders in place to keep away quacks from treating patients.The electrohomeopathy practitioners were also found indulging in prescribing allopathy medicines, which is illegal.However, there is no order from the government yet if a college giving out such degrees should be shut down.The DHS is also planning to issue an advisory on its website to create awareness among citizens that an electrohomeopathy degree is unrecognised and that such degree-holders cannot treat patients, said a source in the DMC.In the past four years, there has been a considerable rise in the number of quacks who claim to be electrohomeopathy specialists when called to the DMC to explain how can they practice medicine as they do not have recognised degrees. The DMC sees four to five such cases every month in its anti-quackery meeting, said a DMC senior official.The DMC found it difficult to counter these so-called doctors because of lack of guidelines on the issue. There is no specific data on the number of practising electrohomeopathy specialists. The NEHM (Naturo Electro Homeopathy Medicos) college at Janakpuri is handing out degrees of electrohomeopathy. It has become difficult to curb their practice as they claim they have recognised degrees. We approached the DHS after we saw the rising trend of such unchecked practice. In a recent order, the DHS said the practice of electrohomeopathy is non-permissible in Delhi, said Dr Girish Tyagi, Registrar, DMC.With what they call is a qualifying degree in the stream of electrohomeopathy, the practitioners also form a considerable chunk of quacks who are indulging in crosspathy of medicine.In most of the cases referred to the DMC, the electrohomeopathy practitioners were found prescribing allopathy medicine. Any doctor practicing allopathy has to be registered with the state medical register, said Dr Tyagi.

137 cases of dengue reported last week Open in new window
Deccan Herald
The Capital reported 137 dengue cases last week, according to data collected by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Among the total number of cases reported, nine cases are from adjoining states. With the current data, the number of dengue cases recorded in the Delhi NCR till November 22, rose to 781. Also, two cases of malaria have been reported last week.So far, official data records the number of dengue deaths at two. In October, 318 cases were reported. But with last week's data, the total number of cases in November has already gone up to 343. In 2013, Delhi had reported 5,279 cases. Around 14 cases were reported from west Delhi and 12 from south Delhi. Another nine cases were reported from Civil Lines. The New Delhi Municipal Council has, meanwhile, noticed one case. The total number of chikungunya cases reported till November 22 are five against six for last year's corresponding period. Though a considerable number of fever cases are being reported, dengue cases are likely to decline in the coming weeks, said doctors.However, it is important that people continue to take precautions against dengue as dispensaries have overall noticed a spurt in number of fever cases, said health experts.The cases of fever may also be due to seasonal change. But it is important that people do not relax the standards and continue to take precautions as the threat still remains, said Dr Anil Bansal, a member of the Delhi Medical Association.Also, haemorrrhagic dengue fever is the more severe form of the infection and has more complex impact on the health. So people should not ignore if they have fever and should continue to get checked if the dengue symptoms persist, said Dr Bansal.With the winter settling in and people starting to wear covered clothes, it is likely that dengue cases will drop.In the past one week, we have seen a decline in dengue cases in both the OPD and wards. The cases will further come down as the cold settles in, said Dr A P Dubey, Head of the Department, Paediatric Unit, Lok Nayak Hospital.

Kathak legend Sitara Devi passes away Open in new window
The Hindu
Kathak queen Sitara Devi died at a hospital here on Tuesday. She was 94. ?Her funeral will take place Thursday morning. We are waiting for her son who has gone abroad for a show,? Rajesh...

Former Australia batsman Philip Hughes rushed to hospital Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes was rushed to a Sydney hospital on Tuesday after being struck by a short delivery when batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match. Hughes, bidding for a place in Australia's test side for the series against India, was on 63 when he was struck by a bouncer from New South Wales paceman Sean Abbott. Dazed, the left-hander put his hands on his knees before falling face first onto the pitch, causing alarm at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Medical staff rushed to the middle of the ground and Hughes was taken off on a motorised stretcher before being treated on the boundary by ambulance staff. A helicopter landed at the ground but Hughes was taken to hospital by ambulance, local media said. The match was called off. Local broadcaster Fox Sports tweeted that Hughes was taken to hospital in a critical condition.   ReportSportReutersMelbourneAustraliabattingdeliveryHospitalMedical staffPhillip HughesSouth AustraliaSydneylocalmatchTuesday, 25 November 2014 - 10:18amTuesday, 25 November 2014 - 10:18am Phillip

Drivers go unidentified in 40 pc fatal accidents, tracing them an uphill task Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Drivers involved in almost 40 per cent of all fatal road accidents over the last three years in Delhi have remained untraced. Of the 1,060 people killed in accidents till August-end this year, it remains unknown who caused the death of 436 of them, according to Delhi traffic police data.Police said they earnestly look out for every piece of evidence or eyewitnesses in these hit-and-run cases. But these are most often lacking, forcing police to put files related to such accidents in the unknown category after investigations.Of the 1,822 fatal accidents in 2012, police failed to track the culprits in 696. Killers of 702 people that year were never identified. It was not very different last year as drivers responsible for the deaths of 723 of the 1,820 killed in road accidents remained untraced.The presence of CCTV cameras has helped trace a number of drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents, but cameras generally cover only certain junctions and investigating such cases often ends up producing no results if drivers escaped with the vehicles.Acknowledging that identifying drivers involved in hit-and-run cases is very difficult, Sharad Agarwal, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, adding installing more CCTV cameras by the roadsides was not a practical solution.CCTV cameras are of help, but they cannot cover the entire stretch of Delhi roads. There are also limitations caused by range of the cameras, low visibility, and the costs involved, Agarwal told Deccan Herald.Instead, he said, the police could do well to reach an accident spot early. Public memory is short. An eyewitness must have noticed the colour or make of the vehicle or must have partially read the registration number of the vehicle. If they are questioned soon after the accident, the driver's identity can be ascertained, said Agarwal.The officer remembers an old incident in which one driver involved in a hit-and-run case was identified by a unique method adopted by a policeman in Delhi. The policeman found no eyewitness at the accident spot. So he put up a board there seeking out the help of anyone who might have seen the accident take place. The method led to an arrest, said Agarwal.But identifying the erring vehicles becomes nearly impossible if the accidents have taken place during the night or early morning hours.In such cases, we look out for broken number plates or other parts of the vehicle. All these are time-consuming exercises and there are very few success stories if the driver has left the spot, said another police officer.If police's visit to the accident spot throws up no eyewitness, the files are closed for investigations. But we can reopen such cases if anyone comes up with evidence later, said the officer, adding they generally close a clueless case after a month of the accident.tal accidents, tracing them an uphill task.

Sensex trades flat; banking stocks down Open in new window
The Hindu
A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Tuesday was trading flat at 8.96 points or 0.03 per cent down as banking stocks dropped. Good buying was observed in IT and healthcare sectors...

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