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August 26, 2014

SC pulls up government, army for ‘eyewash’ action on illegal arms sales

New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday frowned at the central government for letting off lightly army officers in the southwestern command involved in unauthorised sale of weapons they had bought from the army for their personal use but later sold to arms dealers and other people.Describing the punishment handed over to such officers as "pittance" and "an eyewash", a bench of Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre said: "For a drunken brawl, you…

Air India to celebrate merger with IA

New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) National carrier Air India on Tuesday said it will be observing Aug 27 (Wednesday) as Air India Day, the day erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India were amalgamated into one airline."This is the first time that the airline will be celebrating the Air India Day. A function will be held to celebrate the day and also to award the meritorious employees of Air India," the airline said in a statement. According to the airline, on the occasion of Air India Day it will be launching the Air India…

Nigerian held with cocaine worth Rs. 1.25 crore

New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) A 29-year-old Nigerian has been arrested for possessing 115 gm of cocaine valued at Rs.1.25 crore in the international market, police said on Tuesday.Kingsley Chinedu Odefour was arrested Monday from Najafgarh in west Delhi. Odefour, who was residing at Uttam Nagar, came to Delhi in 2012 on single-entry business visa for textile business at Tirupur in Chennai. "Odefour's visa expired in November 2012 but he continued to stay illegally in India. He used to send consignment of textiles to…

HC notice on poor girl’s plea for free treatment

New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the central and Delhi governments on a plea by a 13-year-old girl, suffering from Turner's Syndrome, seeking continuous and uninterrupted treatment free of cost.Justice Vibhu Bakhru, seeking a response from the union health ministry and the Delhi government by Nov 27, also asked the government and Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Hospital to continue the treatment of the girl, Afreen Ansari. Afreen, a class 7 student, was diagnosed with the syndrome, which…

High prices possible cause of BJP bypoll defeats

New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) With explanations like the missing Modi factor or local conditions unable to fully explain BJP's by-election losses in light of its recent overwhelming win nationally, the phenomenon of inflation, especially of food prices hurting people everywhere, has emerged as a possible answer to this poll puzzle.In this season of deficient rainfall, consumer price (CPI) inflation accelerated to a two-month high of 7.96 percent in July against 7.46 percent in June, pushed up by rising prices of vegetables, fruit…
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