Mr. Syed Omer Jaleel is appointed Spl. Sec

Chief Secretary of A.P., Dr. P.K. Mohanty issued orders transferring Mr. Syed Omer Jaleel, IAS and posted him as Special Secretary of the Dept. of Minorities Welfare. He belongs to 1998 batch of IAS. Earlier, he served in GHMC, Wakf Board and Revenue Depts.

Avoid marriage expenses and remove Educational backwardness- Zahid Ali Khan

The campaign of Mr. Zahid Ali Khan, Editor of Siasat Urdu Daily has crossed the boundaries of India and it is reaching overseas. The NRIs in the Middle East have promised to support his campaign. Mr. Khudad Khan, Managing Director of Adride group, UAE and Qatar and Chairman of Inayath Millath Well care Charitable Trust has arranged Hyderabadi seminar in Dubai in which Mr. Zahid Ali Khan participated as the Chief Guest. He was felicitated by the Hyderabadis. Mr.

Non-payment of substantial rent of Waqf properties against Shariah: Mufti Khaleel Ahmed

The state has nearly 6000 masajid registered under the Waqf and there are innumerable shops and houses under those masajid. The masjid expenses are disbursed through the income gained through the rents. Several rulers and philanthropists have endowed their property in and around Hyderabad and Secunderabad by constructing masajid at the places. The motive behind endowment of properties and shops under the masajid was that the income gained through the rents could be spent to pay the salaries of Imams, mouzens and Khateebs and to meet the other expenses of the masajid.

Tejpal spends night in lock-up with murder accused

Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal spent the night at a police lock-up here with two murder accused and an anti-social person, after he was arrested by the Crime Branch.

Tejpal, who was arrested in a sexual assault case, was referred for mandatory medical check-up at Goa Medical College near here at 12:30 midnight.

He was taken to Panaji police lock-up at around 2 am, after his medical check-up.


Diesel price hiked by 50 paise a litre

The diesel price will go up by 50 paise a litre, excluding taxes, from midnight Saturday, state-run oil marketing company Indian Oil Corporation said.

“Indian Oil Corporation has decided to increase the retail selling price of diesel by Rs.0.50 per litre, excluding state levies from midnight of Nov 30,” the largest oil marketing company (OMC) said in a statement.

Allowing for local taxes, the prices per litre of diesel will be Rs.53.67 in Delhi, Rs.58.08 in Kolkata, Rs.60.70 in Mumbai and Rs.57.23 in Chennai.

Call for developing DNA identification cards

DNA identification cards can be developed for Indian citizens to serve as a single comprehensive identity cards, said speakers at a conference on DNA here Saturday.

Such DNA fingerprinting card with unique marker can not only be a single comprehensive identity card for all purposes but can also help in offering better medical care for everybody, they said.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan urged the scientists to put together their heads and come out with single card to do away with multiple cards.

Andhra calls all-party meet on Krishna water tribunal award

Disappointed over the final judgment of Brijesh Kumar tribunal on the Krishna water dispute, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to call an all-party meeting to chalk out its future course of action.

The government, which plans to challenge the judgment in the Supreme Court, will take a final decision after the all-party meet, said state Irrigation Minister Sudershan Reddy.

The state cabinet at its Dec 3 meeting will discuss the issue and finalise the date for all-party meet.

‘Cross-LoC trade important CBM between India and Pakistan’

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Saturday more initiatives are required for further growth of trade between the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir since it is an important CBM between India and Pakistan.

Interacting with traders after opening the Trade Facilitation Centre at Salamabad in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district near the LoC, Abdullah underlined the importance of tranquillity on the border as the key to smooth trade activities as also safeguarding life and property of the people living near the frontier.

India’s Mars Orbiter leaves earth’s gravity

India’s maiden spacecraft to Mars left earth’s gravity early Sunday to enter into the sun’s orbit on way to the red planet through the inter-planetary system.

“The Orbiter departed from earth at 12:49 a.m. to enter the solar orbit after 23 minutes for its 680-million km voyage over nine months to reach Mars in Sep 2014,” a senior space agency official told IANS.

Only Congress can take care of Sri Lankan Tamils: Chidambaram

Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram Saturday said that only the Congress-led government can take care of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Speaking at a meeting here, Chidambaram said the decision of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to skip the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) in Colombo was correct and it was like a shock treatment.

Sending External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to attend the CHOGM was also correct as dialogue should continue with the island nation, he added.

‘Cannibal cop’ kills and eats man after meeting on cannibalism website

A detective has been arrested over a cannibal murder after a man’s body was found in his garden.

According to German Police, the 55-year-old suspect admitted of murdering the victim, who he had met on a dark website for people obsessed with cannibalism.

Dresden police chief Dieter Kroll said that the 59-year-old victim had always fantasized about being murdered and eaten by someone else since his youth, the Mirror reported.

When the business consultant went missing, police began a search and found out that they had met on Nov 4 and within hours the death had taken place.

Maoists attack train in Bihar, three killed

Three escort policemen were shot dead and two injured by armed Maoists in a running train near Jamalpur Railway station in Bihar’s Munger district this evening.

A group of 8 to 10 Maoists, which was travelling in Sahebganj-Patna Inter-City Express, opened fire in a ladies compartment as the train was between a railway tunnel and the the bridge at Ashikpur barely 900 yards away from Jamalpur railway station at around 1745 hours, Railway Superintendent of Police Amitabh Kumar Das said.

Tejpal arrested after anticipatory bail plea rejected

Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague, was arrested here Saturday after a court rejected his anticipatory bail application.

Tejpal, who was at the Crime Branch office since 4.30 p.m., was taken into custody soon after the verdict was announced.

The much-delayed order on Tejpal’s bail plead was pronounced just a shade past 8 p.m. by North Goa District and Sessions judge Anuja Prabhudessai.

Decision making fears straining liquidity: Kochhar

Blaming fear psychosis for policy paralysis, ICICI Bank CEO and Managing Director Chanda Kochhar Friday said delay in claim settlements of private sector due to indecision is putting strain on liquidity in the system.

“It is not only project under implementation. There are so many claims pending from private sector where money is not released, creating huge liquidity strain in the system,” she said at the India Economic Conclave.

Diesel price hiked by 50 paise; petrol rates unchanged

Diesel prices were on Saturday hiked by 50 paise per litre but there will be no revision in rates of petrol this fortnight.

The price increase, the 11th since January, excludes local sales tax or VAT and will be effective from midnight tonight, oil companies announced.

The price of diesel in Delhi will be hiked by 57 paise, including tax, to Rs 53.67 per litre, while it will cost Rs 60.70 a litre in Mumbai as against 60.08 currently.

RBI aims to make people aware of not writing on currency notes

The Reserve Bank aims to create awareness among people about not writing anything on the currency notes and that they need to keep them clean, Deputy Governor K C Chakrabarty said on Saturday.

However, when asked if banks would stop accepting such notes from Januray 1, 2014 onwards, he said: “If anyone writes anything on the currency note at the front of a banker then he may deny to accept that note so that this mistake may not be repeated again by that person.”

Leading Egyptian activist turns himself in

Ahmad Maher, a symbol of the popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, turned himself in to the authorities on Saturday after an order for his arrest was made for defying a tough new law restricting demonstrations.

The protest law, passed a week ago by the army-backed interim government, has provoked an outcry among rights groups. The army deposed elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, following mass protests against his rule, and the country has seen widespread unrest since.

Baloch nationalists to be included in Pakistani textbooks

The government of Pakistan’s Balochistan province plans to include chapters on Pashtun and Baloch nationalist leaders like Akbar Bugti in school textbooks.

Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik said it had been decided in principle to educate schoolchildren on the history of the political struggle of leaders like Bugti, Mir Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo, Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai and Mir Yousaf Aziz Magsi.

‘Inclusive’ settlement must for Afghanistan: PM Sharif

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday pledged his support for Afghan efforts to seek peace with the Taliban, saying a solution could be found only through an “inclusive political settlement”.

Addressing a joint press conference in Kabul after talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Sharif said, “The key to sustainable peace in Afghanistan in 2014 and beyond is an inclusive political settlement.

“I…Urge all the stakeholders to seize this moment and join hands to support peace efforts,” he said. “It is imperative to reverse the destructive cycle of conflict.”

Soviet dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya dies

Russian poet Natalya Gorbanevskaya, one of the former Soviet Union’s foremost civil rights activists, died in Paris at the age of 77, his friends in Moscow have said.

Gorbanevskaya was a key figure in the dissident movement that fought for human rights in the Communist country and took a prominent role in the protests against the August 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops.

The activist breathe her last breath yesterday.

On August 25, 1968 she was one of seven dissidents who publicly denounced the invasion in Moscow’s Red Square.

Indian, Pakistani doctors perform transplant surgeries

In a rare instance of cross-border medical collaboration, doctors from India’s Apollo Group of Hospitals performed four successful liver transplants with Pakistani surgeons at Shaikh Zayed Hospital here.

The Indian doctors – Neerav Goyal, Shaleen Agarwal, Shishir Pareek, Shiraz Ahmad, Subhash Chander Chawla and Navaneethan Subramanian – performed the procedures this week.

They were assisted by Indian operating theatre technicians Sarat Singh Rawat, Vanitha and Abey Varghese Abraham and Pakistani transplant surgeons of Shaikh Zayed Hospital.

US offers to destroy Syria’s chemicals at sea: OPCW

The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a US ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Saturday, and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been under pressure to find an alternative plan for the destruction of Syria’s poison gas arsenal after Albania backed out of hosting the work.

BCCI trying to send Test specialists early to South Africa

The BCCI is keen to send Test specialists, including seasoned fast bowler Zaheer Khan, to South Africa earlier than scheduled for acclimatisation if logistics work out in its favour.

“We are trying to send not only Zaheer but all others in the Test squad too who are not part of the ODI team early to South Africa. The issue is logistics over the number of available hotel rooms,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI on Saturday.