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EC holds talks with State Govt. officials
NEW DELHI, DEC. 3.The Election Commission today held a meeting with senior officials of the Andhra Pradesh Government in preparation for Assembly elections in the State next year. The meeting, which discussed the revision of electoral rolls, the ...
Special Investigation Team cops `raid' civil liberties activists' houses
CUDDAPAH, DEC. 3. Armed and plainclothed Special Investigation Team (SIT) policemen raided the houses of civil rights activists in Rayachoti town in the early hours of Wednesday and took into custody the AP Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) ...
Krishna water project work in full swing
HYDERABAD, DEC. 3.Notwithstanding the misgivings raised in some quarters about 45 mgd of Krishna waters reaching the twin cities by March-end, the project work is in full swing and the prospects to store the required quantum of water in the ...
Fake visa racket busted, five held
HYDERABAD, DEC. 3.The police have busted a fake documentation racket with the arrest of five persons. Following a tip-off, a premises at Akber Tower in Malakpet was raided yesterday and a computer system, 186 passports, 143 fake rubber stamps, 36 ...
A new address for colourful bougainvillea
HYDERABAD, DEC. 3.Till recently a stinking waste tract filled with refuse, a three-acre site close to Peddamma temple in Jubilee Hills is fast transforming into a colourful address for a variety of Bougainvilleas. The Municipal Corporation of ...
`ISI agent' nabbed
HYDERABAD, DEC. 3. A "Pakistan-trained ISI agent", Syed Aijaz Ahmed ailas Chota Aijaz, resident of Yakutpura, was nabbed by the police at Chaderghat on Wednesday. HE was sent to judicial custody. A statement from the police said that he was ...
CBI probe only on SC order, says Krishna
BANGALORE, DEC. 3. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, said here on Wednesday that if the Supreme Court decided that the stamp paper scam should be investigated by the CBI as a single command of inquiry, the Government would have no objection and ...
Victory was expected: Krishna
BANGALORE, DEC. 3. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, on Wednesday expressed happiness over the victory of the Congress in the Legislative Council elections from local authorities' constituencies, and said it was "on expected lines". "The ...
Govt. to decide today on special court
BANGALORE, DEC. 3. The Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, D.B. Chandre Gowda, said today that the State Government, in compliance with the directive of the Supreme Court, had decided to set up a special court to try the two ...
Krishna's fiat stirs BMP into action
BANGALORE, DEC. 3. Following the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna's surprise inspection of Cunningham Road on World AIDS Day, the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) swung into action by taking up remodelling of pavements and desilting drains all along ...
Congress wins 20 Council seats
BANGALORE, DEC. 3.It was the day of the Congress, with the ruling party winning 20 out of the 23 seats in the Legislative Council it had contested, and despite the defeat of a Minister, T. John. The elections to the 25 vacancies in the Upper ...
Rs. 32 lakh worth jewellery stolen
BANGALORE, DEC. 3. Diamond jewellery worth Rs. 32 lakh was stolen from Shoppers' Stop, an upmarket department store on Magrath Road in Ashoknagar police station limits on Tuesday night. The Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Alok Mohan, told ...
Hunt on for man for allegedly cheating BSNL
BANGALORE, DEC. 3. A resident of J.P. Nagar here has allegedly caused a loss of Rs. 6 crore to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) and Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL) by making international calls illegally through technical manipulation. The ...
Help the disabled, people told
BANGALORE, DEC. 3. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, on Wednesday called for the active involvement of the public in the Government's endeavour to provide equal opportunities to disabled persons. Speaking at a function organised to mark World ...
Karunakaran, son firm on leadership change
NEW DELHI, DEC. 3. The senior Congress leader from Kerala, K. Karunakaran, and his son, K. Muraleedharan, are firm in their demand of a change in the leadership in the State Government. This has apparently been communicated to the Congress ...
Follow-up on anti-graft drive far and few
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 3.The `delay' in registering cases and taking departmental action against Government officials accused of indulging in corruption could blunt the edge of the anti-corruption drive of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption ...
Two instalments of DA for Government employees
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 3.The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to sanction two additional instalments of dearness allowance (D A) to Government employees and teachers. The allowance will be paid in cash from January next year. The arrears, two per ...
Shortage of tax tokens hits tax remittance at Friends
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 3. Vehicle tax collection at the Friends Janasevana Kendram has been partially stalled again following the failure of the Motor Vehicles department to issue tax tokens. Customers who turn up at the Friends centre at ...
Probe into alleged visa racket
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 3. The Medical College police are questioning three persons, including the managing director of a scanning centre, in connection with an alleged visa racket. The Sub Inspector (Crime Bureau-Medical College) said that on ...
Protests mark World Disabled Day
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 3. Protests marked the observance of the World Disabled Day with organisations representing the physically challenged sections urging the implementation of various demands. The National Handicapped Persons Federation ...
State film awards presented
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 3.The 33rd Kerala State Film Awards were distributed at an impressive star-studded function at the University Senate Hall here this evening with the call of the Cultural Affairs Minister, G. Karthikeyan, to all associated ...
High Court order extending licence for retail traders stayed
NEW DELHI, DEC. 3. The Supreme Court today suspended the operation of an interim order passed by the Madras High Court extending the licence of 879 retail IMFL vendors and permitting them to carry on their trade along with the shops set up by the ...
State police put on extra alert
CHENNAI, DEC. 3. With the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid three days away, the State police have been put on extra alert to prevent any untoward incident. The police said vigil had been strengthened and patrolling intensified. ...
Secure release of Ramnad men facing death penalty in Malaysia: CM
CHENNAI, DEC. 3. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, has written to the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on the plight of eight men from Tamil Nadu now facing death penalty in Malaysia on charges of smuggling narcotics into that country. A ...
`Open dumping of garbage affecting environment'
CHENNAI, DEC. 3. Open dumping of garbage by municipal local bodies has led to degradation of groundwater and environment, speakers at a workshop said here today. With the ever-increasing garbage generation and rapid urbanisation, the local ...
`EIA notification, a colourable exercise of power'
CHENNAI, DEC. 3. A new public interest litigation petition challenging the Union Environment and Forest Ministry notification, making environment impact assessment clearance mandatory for building projects involving an expenditure of Rs. 50 ...
Children want to join all activities
CHENNAI, DEC. 3.Disabled children from the city and other parts of the State participated in programmes held here today as part of the World Disability Day. The participants wanted the society to include them in all activities. At the ...
CITU meet to focus on ill-effects of globalisation
CHENNAI, DEC. 3.Chennai will host the 11th all-India conference of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions from December 9 to 13. About 2,200 delegates, including 400 women, from all over the country will participate in the meet, held in the city ...
`Museum revenue up by ten-fold'
CHENNAI, DEC. 3.The Government Museum's annual revenue has increased ten-fold in three years, thanks to the renovation and introduction of modern technology, said the Commissioner of Museums and Agriculture R. Kannan, today. Speaking at a ...
`Let's be earnest about AIDS'
CHENNAI, DEC. 3. India, China and former Soviet Union are the next places where the AIDS epidemic will explode, unless the governments take it seriously, the Hollywood star and founder of the Gere Foundation, Richard Gere, said today. In ...
NCB seizes 13 kg of heroin
CHENNAI, DEC. 3. Officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau seized about 13 kg of heroin, bound for Sri Lanka, in two separate operations on Tuesday. Based on specific information, a team, along with police personnel, intercepted a lorry, going ...
Govt. to implement 3 per cent quota for the disabled
PONDICHERRY, DEC. 3. The Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, said today that steps would be taken to implement the quota of three per cent as envisaged by the Central government for the physically challenged persons in government jobs in ...
CM expresses regret over Chandirakasu's remarks
PONDICHERRY, DEC. 3. The Pondicherry Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, today expressed regret over the comments made by the Social Welfare Minister, M. Chandirakasu, against a State Chief Minister. Mr. Rangasamy, who was participating at a ...
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