PM visits Ansari, greets him on Eid

New Delhi, August 31: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday visited Vice President Hamid Ansari and greeted him on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, an official said here.

‘Prime minister visited the vice president. The prime minister wished him and stayed for some time,’ an official told IANS.

Manmohan Singh drove down to Ansari’s official residence at 6 Maulana Azad Road at 12:30 p.m.

A host of cabinet ministers and other leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, were among those who met Ansari to greet him on the occasion, the official added.

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Scuffle over scarf in park

New York, August 31: A scuffle broke out at an amusement park in Westchester County on Tuesday when a group of Muslims there to celebrate the end of Ramadan were told that women could not wear their head coverings on certain rides, park officials and witnesses said. Fifteen people were arrested.

The Muslim American Society of New York had arranged the trip to Playland Park in Rye, which was expected to bring some 3,000 people to the site from New York City, as well as surrounding suburbs like Yonkers and parts of Long Island.

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SRK to have EID PARTY

Mumbai, August 31: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is not known to throw Mumbai,August 31 :Eid parties but this year the actor is planning to have a bash on the day that falls Tuesday.

‘I want to have a big Eid party this time because I want to read namaaz with my kids this time. We will call few friends. I’ve never celebrated Eid in a big way, but this time I feel like celebrating it.

‘My children are old enough now and I want them to learn about my religion in the best way possible,’ Shah Rukh told reporters here.

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Resolution on Afzal Guru? Omar asks

Srinagar, August 31: “If J and K assembly had passed a resolution similar to the Tamil Nadu one for Afzal Guru, would the reaction have been as muted? I think not,” chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Wednesday.

Reacting to the Tamil Nadu assembly resolution’s on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s killers, Omar Abdullah moaned that the sentiments of the people in Kashmir were unfairly treated outside the state.

In the Kashmir Valley, the death sentence awarded to Afzal Guru for the 2001 Parliament attack has been a sensitive one.

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GHMC extends deadline for trade license renewal

Hyderabad, August 31: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has extended the last date for renewal of trade licenses till September 15th. The GHMC has asked all the traders in the GHMC limits to pay their trade license fee without penalty on or before the extended date.

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Govt to honour 58 teachers on Sept 5

Hyderabad, August 31: The State Government on Tuesday released a list of 58 teachers to be honoured on September 5, on the occasion of birthday celebrations of Sarvepally Radhakrishnan.

Besides, a list of 32 teachers was also released by the National Foundation for Teachers’ Welfare for honouring them on the Teachers’ Day. The state government honours teachers every year, as a mark of respect for Sarvepally Radhakrishnan, who was also the second President of India.

——Agencies

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Speaker serves notices to two pro-Jagan MLAs

Hyderabad, August 31: Speaker Nadendla Manohar on Tuesday served notices on Telugu Desam Party MLA Bala Nagi Reddy and Congress MLA Srikanth Reddy asking them to appear before him on September 3 at 4 pm to air their views on resignations that they submitted. They are among 26 MLAs who have resigned in support of YSR Congress party president Jaganmohan Reddy, who is presently facing a CBI probe for allegedly having disproportionate assets.

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Move privilege motion against Naidu for double standards: TRS

Hyderabad, August 31: Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLA K Taraka Rama Rao on Tuesday asked Telugu Desam Telangana Forum members to move privilege motion against TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu for adopting double standards on bifurcation of statehood issue instead of Telangana Political Joint Action Committee Chairman Prof M Kodandaram.

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30,000 buildings in city are illegal

Hyderabad, August 31: Demolition of under-construction buildings at Sardar Patel Nagar in Kukatpally by the GHMC is only the tip of the iceberg. There are nearly 30,000 unauthorised buildings in the city which are occupied by families now. What’s more, these buildings have come up on government, wakf and endowment lands and on the full tank level (FTL) area of water bodies in the city.

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Ghaddafi sighted in Tripoli

Tripole,August 31 :Three days after the fall of his Bab al-Azizia citadel, elusive Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi held last meeting of his clan on a street in southern Tripoli amidst gunfire to plan his and his family’s exit.

The meeting in a complex on Friday with his son Khamis and daughter Aisha was the last confirmed sighting of Gaddafi before he made a dash across the desert to hole up in his home region of Sabha, on the edge of the Sahara, the Telegraph reported.

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Modi should know who killed my husband: Mrs pandya

Ahmedabad,August 31:Slain BJP leader Haren Pandya’s widow Jagruti Pandya has asked Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader LK Advani to take up the challenge and ensure that the real killers are brought to book.

Jagruti Pandya demanded that Modi and Advani seek reinvestigation in
the case.”This should not be my personal fight but it should be Modi’s crusade too,” she said.

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No plans to withdraw the general strike: TEJAC

Hyderabad, August 31: Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee chairman Swamy Goud on Tuesday sought the support of Telangana Congress Steering Committee convener K Jana Reddy for the people’s general strike scheduled to begin on September 6.

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More ministers, IAS officers set to fall in CBI’s net

Hyderabad, August 31: The Central Bureau of Investigation is preparing to tighten its noose around some tainted ministers and IAS officials. CBI’s joint director VV Laxminarayanana met the Chief Secretary SV Prasad at the State Secretariat here on Tuesday, which gives clear indications that the agency might soon take action against some more officials and the ministers in connection with disproportionate assets case against Kadapa MP Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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Two injured as gas tanker mishap

Visakhapatnam, August 31: Two persons sustained injuries when a gas tanker turned turtle near bypass junction on National Highway No 5 at Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district on Tuesday.

According to Anakapalle police, the gas tanker heading towards Visakhapatnam from Rajahmundry overturned near bypass junction at Anakapalle injuring the driver and cleaner of the tanker. Fortunately, a major mishap was averted as the gas in tanker was not leaked.

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Stop attending duties: Jeevan to T ministers

Hyderabad, August 31: Former minister and senior Congress leader T Jeevan Reddy asked the Telugu Desam Party MLAs from Telangana to behave like a real opposition party.

Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Jeevan Reddy said that the TDP’s Telangana Forum MLAs must not emulate what the Congress leaders are doing. He said it was improper for the Forum members to wait for the Congress to resign first for the Telangana. Despite having 33 members, the TDP’s T-Forum looks spineless, he said.

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No threat to my govt

New Delhi, August 31: In the wake of 26 MLAs loyal to Y S Jaganmohan Reddy submitting their resignation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy today ruled out any threat to his government saying it would last its full term.

Dismissing suggestions that Jagan is being targeted, the chief minister said the CBI probe was initiated on the directions of the Andhra Pradesh High Court into the companies invested in firms owned by Jagan.

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AP-TET results postponed to Sept 4

Hyderabad, August 31: The announcement of results for the Teachers’ Eligibility Test has been deferred to September 4. According to APTET director Sheshu Kumari the announcement has been postponed due to technical problems.

Sheshu Kumari said as per the schedule, Teachers Eligibility Test would be hosted on the official website http://aptet.cgg.gov.in from Sept 4.

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Child pornography rising in India

New Delhi, August 31: There is a steady rise in the number of child pornography cases registered and arrests in India.

Across India, the number of cases stood at 99 in 2007, 105 in 208 and 139 in 2009, Minister of State for Home M. Ramachandran told the Lok Sabha.

The tally for arrests was 86 in 2007, 90 in 2008 and 141 in 2009.

In the same period, Kerala and Maharashtra accounted for most cases and arrests, the minister said.

Maharashtra registered 27, 17 and 25 child pornography cases in the three years respectively. For Kerala, the figures were 20, 39 and 44.

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Satyam scam: HC rejects Raju’s bail plea

Hyderabad, August 31: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail petitions of B Ramalinga Raju and seven other accused in the multi-crore Satyam Computer scam.

Justice Samudrala Govindarajulu, who heard the arguments on the bail petitions on August 27 dismissed all the bail applications. It was for the fourth time in August alone that the different courts have denied bail to Raju and other accused in the Satyam scam.

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Rs 6 lakh for a night of dance, and sex in Mumbai

Mumbai, August 31: Its security befitted a spy agency, its charges were more than a starred hotel’s, and the operations were straight out of a James Bond thriller. The Sun-n-Sheel, an inconspicuous hotel in Andheri, was busted last month for running a prostitution racket and dance bars. It was not, however, the catch that left the raiding party astonished but the management’s sophisticated functioning.

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Telangana TDP MLAs seek Jana’s resignation

Hyderabad, August 34: Telugu Desam Telangana Forum convener Errabelli Dayakar Rao on Tuesday called on Telangana Congress Steering Committee convener K Jana Reddy at his residence and appealed him to submit resignations for the cause of Telangana state formation together.

Talking to media persons after meeting Jana Reddy, Forum convener Errabelli Dayakar Rao said that Jana Reddy responded positively to his suggestion. He said that Jana Reddy assured him that he would take a decision after discussing the matter with his party colleagues.

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