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Transfers against norms, say EC officials
HYDERABAD, DEC. 22. A team of Election Commission officials today expressed displeasure over the transfer of officials involved in the summary revision of electoral rolls after November 27. It termed the measure as "going against norms" and ...
FCI agrees to relax procurement norms
VIJAYAWADA, DEC. 22. The Food Corporation of India has agreed to relax norms for the moisture content up to 20 per cent for purchase of paddy from farmers of cyclone-affected districts of the State. The permissible limit for discolouration of ...
More questions about bogus voters
HYDERABAD, DEC. 22. Will the verification of lakhs of applications in each district be possible within a week by two or three officials deputed by the Election Commission ? There were more questions than answers regarding the bogus names ...
AICC observer lambasts Naidu
BAPATLA, DEC. 22. The All India Congress Committee observer to Andhra Pradesh and president of the Pondicherry Pradesh Congress Committee, V. Narayana Swamy, has lambasted the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, saying no politician in the ...
Talks with junior doctors fail
HYDERABAD, DEC. 22.The Government failed to reach any understanding with the striking junior doctors during yet another round of talks between them and the Health Minister, Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, here on Monday night. Dr. Rao told The Hindu ...
Small Industries Institute to conduct new course
HYDERABAD, DEC. 22. The Small Industries Services Institute (SISI) will organise a six-month full-time skill development programme on `Scientific glass blowing and glass decorative articles' beginning from January 20, 2004. The minimum ...
Telugu Desam hails court judgment
HYDERABAD, DEC. 22.The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has hailed the High Court judgment in the case relating to the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, and others and called it a victory for justice. Addressing a news conference here on Monday, ...
Deve Gowda's charge causes a flutter
BANGALORE, DEC. 22. Although the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, has given a political angle to the land intensive Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project by levelling allegations against the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, the ...
Crop loss compensation to be paid by January 5
BANGALORE, DEC. 22. The Minister for Agriculture, H.K. Patil, has said that all farmers who lost crops in 2002 will get compensation under the crop insurance scheme before January 5, 2004. Addressing presspersons here today, Mr. Patil, who ...
Rehan Baig remanded in police custody
BANGALORE, DEC. 22. Rehan Baig, younger brother of the Minister for Small-Scale Industries, R. Roshan Baig, was remanded in police custody till January 1 by the Ninth Additional City Metropolitan Magistrate, Chandrashekar Hipparagi, on ...
Ex-servicemen to be roped into STF
BANGALORE, DEC. 22. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, today suggested the idea of deploying ex-servicemen in the operations to nab Veerappan. Speaking at a rally of ex-servicemen organised by the Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement, Mr. ...
Two murdered in separate incidents
BANGALORE, DEC. 22. Two persons were murdered in separate incidents in Ulsoor and Tilaknagar police station limits on Sunday night. Police said that a four-member gang stabbed Pullaiah (28), of A.K. Colony, Domlur, when he was coming out of a ...
BESCOM to resort to load-shedding
BANGALORE, DEC. 22. The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company has said that it plans to impose "unscheduled load-shedding" from 9 a.m. on Tuesday to 4 p.m. on Wednesday in some parts of the city for taking up emergency maintenance works on the 66 ...
State seeks higher weightage for population
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 22. Kerala today represented to the Twelfth Finance Commission that the population of each State should be the key criteria while determining the quantum of funds being transferred from the Centre's shareable tax revenue ...
Talks with finance panel satisfactory: CM
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 22.The Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, said here on Monday that the discussions with the Finance Commission today were very satisfactory. "The Government could effectively present its case. It hoped that Kerala would not ...
AG had found Secretary's plea `irrelevant'
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 22. The Advocate General, M. Ratna Singh, had found the former Forest Secretary, E.K. Bharat Bhushan's demand that he should see the Appeal Memorandum to be filed before the Kerala High Court in connection with the ...
Give 10 per cent extra grant to local bodies: VS
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 22.The Leader of the Opposition, V. S. Achuthanandan, has urged the 12th Finance Commission to earmark an additional 10 per cent of the divisible revenue of the Central Government to the Local Self-Government Institutions ...
Nature lovers to the rescue of grand old mahogany
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 22. Nature lovers in the Government Secretariat are gathering round an ancient mahogany tree, believed to be as old as the Secretariat building itself, to prevent it being chopped down as part of the construction ...
Auto-driver killed in gang attack
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 22. A 23-year-old autorickshaw driver, Ratheesh, was beaten to death by a three-member gang near Vandanoor, in the Kilimanoor police station limits on Monday evening. The police have launched a hunt for three persons ...
Government asked to pay salary to dislodged road workers
CHENNAI, DEC. 22.The Madras High Court today asked the Government to pay a month's salary to over 9,000 road workers who were rendered jobless following abolition of their posts on September 5 last year. Passing orders on a petition filed by ...
`No merit in objections to Saharya panel jurisdiction'
NEW DELHI, DEC. 22. The Centre today submitted before the review committee on the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), headed by Justice A.B. Saharya, that there was no merit in the preliminary objections raised by Tamil Nadu to the panel ...
PMK seeks 24 per cent quota for MBC candidates
PONDICHERRY, DEC. 22. The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader, S. Ramadoss, today urged the Pondicherry Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, to provide 24 per cent reservation for the Most Backward Class (MBC) candidates in admission to educational ...
Government hands over land for eco-park
CHENNAI, DEC. 22. The State Government today issued an order for handing over a 52-acre stretch of land along the Adyar river creek to the Chennai Corporation for developing an eco-park. According to a senior government official, the park is ...
300 students denied hall ticket
CHENNAI, DEC. 22.A section of B.E/B.Tech students was not allowed to take the first semester examinations by the Anna University, parents and college managements complained today. University officials, however, said all candidates who benefited ...
Web designing gives him golden chance to stand on his own feet
CHENNAI, DEC. 22.Ramesh Sangunathan lost both his legs, knee downwards, in a train accident, in 1998. Since then, he has found walking difficult. But he manages to navigate easily on the world wide web. As testimony, he wears three gold medals ...
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