Swiss, Canadian envoys meet Narendra Modi

Switzerland’s ambassador Linus Von Castelmur on Tuesday met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and explored possibilities of mutual cooperation in diverse sectors between his country and the State.

Switzerland’s ambassador Linus Von Castelmur on Tuesday met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and explored possibilities of mutual cooperation in diverse sectors between his country and the State.

AP Lokayukta takes cognisance of report on pregnant woman

Taking suo motu cognisance of a newspaper report about a pregnant woman delivering on the road here, the Andhra Pradesh Lokayukta today called for a report from the Director of State for Medical Education. Upa-Lokayukta M V S Krishnaji Rao sought for a report in the matter, after a report in a Telugu daily alleged that a pregnant woman was “pushed out” of a maternity hospital at Sultan Bazar and had to deliver on the road, according to a release issued today. The Lokayukta posted the matter to June 4. PTI

Raj HC orders to install CCTVs in old woman’s house

In a rare decision, the Rajasthan High Court has ordered to install CCTV cameras in the house of an old woman to observe her son and daughter-in-law’s behaviour with her. The court directed the SHO of the concerned police station to report the details to the court every fortnight. The court gave these directions while hearing a criminal revision petition filed by widow Vimla Dhariwal (72) stating that she was being ill-treated by her son Arun Dhariwal and daughter-in-law Lalita.

Man held for cheating eight women using marriage as pretext

A 28-year-old man who allegedly cheated as many as eight young women under the pretext of marrying them was arrested today by the Central Crime Station (CCS) wing of the Hyderabad police. Motaparthy Vamshi Krishna, got registered his name in matrimonial sites seeking marriage alliances and allegedly went on to cheat eight girls in besides taking money from them to the tune of several lakh of rupees,” the police said. Vamshi, used to impress girls and their families by visiting them in high-end vehicles and inviting them for lunch or dinner, they said.

Technology will make books available in every household: Modi

Emphasising on digitisation of libraries, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said that efforts were underway to make books available in every household through technology. “Every publisher releases a digital book too. This has increased the reach. Through technology we are trying to spread books to every house,” he said during his inaugural speech at the second National Book Fair organised here. “Literature in one language needs to be spread in other languages as well. Gujarat’s books must be available in other languages though the e-book format, he said.

Wife, mother-in law among 6 arrested for man’s murder

A man was today found dead at his residence in Bandhan area, with his parents suspecting foul play by his wife and in-laws, police said. Massuri police has arrested six persons, including the victim’s wife –Aasma, mother in-law — Murshid, three brothers in-law– Siroj, Amir, Jubair and neighbour — Bittu on charges of murder. The victim Amjad Kharad, a construction worker was married a month back to Kotdwar resident Aasma. His in-laws had come to stay at their residence as they were to attend a wedding in the locality.

US panel seeks continued visa ban on Modi

A Congress-established independent panel on religious freedom has called on the US to maintain a visa ban on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying there was significant evidence linking him to the violence in the state in 2002. “There is significant evidence linking him to the violence and the terrible events that took place in Gujarat and for this reason, a visa would not be appropriate,” Katrina Lantos Swett, chairwoman of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) told reporters today during a press conference held to release its annual report.

Former Gujarat Minister Fakirbhai Vaghela dies at 60

Former Gujarat Minister and BJP leader Fakirbhai Vaghela passed away after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday in Gandhinagar, party sources said.

He was 60. Fakirbhai, a prominent Dalit leader, is survived by his wife Kusum and two sons. The former Social Justice and Empowerment Minister complained of severe chest pain and breathlessness on Tuesday afternoon. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital at Gandhinagar but passed away while being admitted in the ICU, said BJP sources.

India has not been firm with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj

As the family of Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh said he was “clinically dead”, opposition leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday slammed the government for not dealing with Islamabad “firmly”.

“Whatever happened with Sarabjit in Pakistan, India has not talked as firmly with them (Pakistan government) as we should have,” she said in response to a question.

No malafide intention in checking Mayawati: Election Commission

The Election Commission on Tuesday said there was “no malafide intention” in the checking to which BSP leader Mayawati was subjected to during campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka.

Mayawati, while campaigning in Karnataka’s Gulbarga district on April 27, was stopped for checking at the airport and a total of Rs 1 lakh found in her possession. She had objected to the act and alleged “bias” against her.

UPA afraid of taking action on China issue: Uma Bharati

BJP leader Uma Bharati on Tuesday alleged that UPA government was “afraid” of taking any action on China issue. Uma told reporters in Etawah, “Delaying any step on China issue was not in the national interest.”

On the issue of security of women in Delhi, the BJP leader alleged that the attitude of police towards women was not right. “Such incidents could be curbed if victims get speedy justice,” the BJP leader said.

Price of non-subsidized cooking gas cut by Rs 54 per cylinder

The price of non-subsidised cooking gas was cut by Rs 54 per cylinder with effect from midnight tonight.

The price of a 14.2kg LPG cylinder that consumers buy beyond their quota of 9 subsidised cylinders has been reduced to Rs 847 from Rs 901.

Rates will vary in different cities, depending upon local sales tax or VAT.

This is the second time that the price of non-subsidized LPG cylinder was slashed in a month with the previous cut of Rs 3 having come on April 1.


For Preity Zinta human relations come before business interest

Actress Preity Zinta, whose comeback film ‘Ishkq in Paris’ saw a roller coaster ride and is now set for release in late May, says for her human relations are far more important than commercial interest.

‘Ishkq in Paris’ is a romantic comedy starring Preity (who is also its producer) and newcomer Rhehan Malliek. The movie, directed by Prem Soni, was scheduled to hit theatres in last year but as Prem was unwell the release date was pushed forward.

Bomb tears through Damascus, killing 14 people

A powerful bomb ripped through a bustling commercial district of Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, shattering store fronts and bringing Syria’s civil war to the heart of the capital for the second consecutive day.

A day earlier, the Syrian prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt after a car bomb struck near his convoy, a few kilometres from today’s blast. The bombings appear to be part of an accelerated campaign by opposition forces to hit President Bashar Assad’s regime in the heavily defended capital.