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Manmohan, Sonia lead the nation in paying homage to Rajasekhara Reddy
HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi led the nation in paying homage to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, whose mortal remains were laid to rest at Idupulapaya in Kadapa ...

Release of defence spectrum to be speeded up
NEW DELHI: With an empowered Group of Ministers (e-GOM) finalising the reserve price for auctioning 3G spectrum and paving the way for the nationwide launch of the next generation of mobile service, the government has decided to expedite the ...

Swamy’s fresh plea against Sethu project to be heard next month
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear in the first week of October a fresh application filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy for a direction to the Centre to scrap the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project. A Bench comprising ...

RSS chief calls on Vajpayee
NEW DELHI: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday met former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to discuss the current political situation and to enquire about the latter’s health. A note to this effect was issued by ...

10 die in landslip in Mumbai slum
13 injured admitted to hospital; Chief Minister announces compensation

‘Ties with others not at Russia’s expense’
Moscow: India on Friday sent out a strong signal to Russia that it must not harbour any disquiet on account of India’s engagement of the United States. The message came through in President Pratibha Patil’s one –on-one ...

Publicise steps for students in Australia, says Supreme Court
New Delhi: Expressing satisfaction with the steps taken by the Centre to protect the interests of Indian students studying in and visiting Australia, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the government to give wide publicity to these measures to ...

Pranab warns against “protectionism”
It is a real threat to global economy

“Take a re-look at inquiry procedure”
NEW DELHI: After a tearful farewell to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who, along with four others, died in a helicopter crash, the focus now shifts to the probe, which is expected to finger the reasons for the Bell-430 ...

‘Public nod must to divert forest land for civic purpose’
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In what is being termed ‘the single biggest pro-conservation step taken by any government agency in recent decades’ by environment activists, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided not to ...

Swine flu death toll rises to 4 in Kerala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With samples of a patient who died on Tuesday testing positive for influenza A (H1N1) on Thursday, the number of swine flu deaths recorded in Kerala has gone up to four. The patient was admitted with a respiratory disease ...

Chandrayaan data analysis will take time, says ISRO chief
KOCHI: It will take from six months to two years to analyse the data gathered by lunar probe Chandrayaan, which died an early death last fortnight, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief G. Madhavan Nair. At a news ...

Tremors rock Assam
GUWAHATI: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook Assam and neighbouring States at 1.21 a.m. on Friday, the fourth since August 11, prompting the Disaster Management Authority to launch an earthquake simulation exercise here. Woken up by ...

Defence forces must optimise use of space technology: Kurup
KOCHI: The former Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, K. Narayana Kurup, has urged the defence forces to expand their knowledge base of space applications and optimise space-based capabilities. Satellite ...

Ville Parle blast: four depose
Mumbai: Four witnesses of the Ville Parle taxi blast, which was part of the 26/11 terror strike, deposed before the Special Sessions Court on Friday. Witness Usha Chowdhary, sister-in-law of Hyderabad-resident Laxminarayan Goyal who died ...

Tenure extended
NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday extended the tenure of the Lok Sabha Secretary-General P.D.T. Acharya for one year, starting October 1, 2009. Mr. Acharya has held this position since August 2005. His tenure is to end ...

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