Family of deceased security personnel demands death penalty for Sabyasachi Panda

Bhubaneswar, July 23 (ANI): The family of deceased security personnel, Pramod Kumar Satapathy, demanded capital punishment for the top Maoist leader, Sabyasachi Panda, who was arrested and sent to 10 days of police custody. Special Operation Group commando, Satapathy, was one of the 17 officers who laid down their lives in the process of fighting armed Maoists on February 15, 2008 in Nayagarh district of Odisha. On July 18, Panda was produced in front of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) of Berhampur amid tight security where he was ordered to be sent on 10-day police custody. Jul 23, 2014

Modi releases Braille biography of Sardar Patel

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released a biography of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Braille. The biography has been prepared by Dr. A Saibaba Goud, for the benefit of the visually challenged. Dr. Goud also runs the Devnar School for the Blind, in Hyderabad. Bandaru Dattatreya, Member of Parliament, was present on the occasion. Jul 23, 2014

MoU signed to boost up power capacity without additional fuel consumption in north-east

Agartala, July 23 (ANI): India’s North East Power Corporation (NEEPCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd (TSECL) to upgrade three power projects in Tripura. Two power projects – Baramura gas thermal power project and Rukhia gas thermal power plant – will be converted into combined cycle in order to raise power capacity without increasing the fuel consumption. The other Dumbur hydro power project will undergo renovation to increase its power generation capacity. Chairman-cum-managing Director of NEEPCO, PC Pankaj, said this MoU will prove very beneficial as more power will be generated without increasing the tariff. The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar. The cost will be borne by both NEEPCO and TSECL. Jul 23, 2014

Police denies receiving complaints from Maharashtra Sadan

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): New Delhi ACP SBS Tyagi on Wednesday denied receiving any complaints from Maharashtra Sadan regarding improper basic facilities. Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare had clarified that the leaders had filed a complaint with the police to look into the facilities at Maharashtra Sadan. Shiv Sena MPs have been a part of a controversy when they reportedly tried to force feed a Ramazan observing Muslim waiter. Jul 23, 2014

Markandey Katju clarifies not raising the corrupt judge issue earlier

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Justice (Retd) Markandey Katju on Wednesday clarified why he did not raise the issue of corrupt judge made permanent by UPA government fearing withdrawal of support by TN ally. Katju stated that the judges are supposed to maintain a particular discipline and not to come in public domain. He added that he did all that he could at his level. Jul 23, 2014

Basketball player on being forced to remove turbans during Basketball Asia Cup

Chennai, July 23 (ANI): Indian Basketball players Amrit Pal Singh and Amjyot Singh had to play Asian Basketball Championship in China without their turbans as match officials informed the players that they were violating International Basketball federation rules and can't play with the turbans. Reacting over this, Amjyot Singh on Wednesday said that he has played in many tournaments before but he has never been asked to remove his turban. Jul 23, 2014

Army pays homage to soldier martyred in cross border firing in Jammu

Akhnoor, July 23 (ANI): Military personnel on Wednesday paid homage to soldier (Late) NK Mong Chon P who was martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan at Jammu and Kashmir's Akhnoor sector on Tuesday. Many of the high-ranking officers of the Indian army attended the wreath laying ceremony of the martyred soldier. Jul 23, 2014

EAM holds diplomatic dialogue with Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister in New Delhi

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, held foreign office consultation with Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister, U Thant Kyaw, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The two ministers and delegates from both the sides met to review and discuss bilateral relations and conduct talks on issues of mutual interest. Sharing a border of over 1600 kilometres and a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal, India and Myanmar have signed a number of agreements to enhance diplomatic ties. Jul 23, 2014

Mohanlalganj victims family protests demanding CBI probe

Lucknow, July 23 (ANI): The family of Mohanlalganj victim protested in Lucknow on Wednesday demanding CBI probe in the woman’s brutal murder case. The woman was allegedly raped and murdered but the police denied rape in an autopsy report. The victim’s family members said that CBI investigation is required because the police’s probe in not trustworthy as they provided an autopsy report which showed the woman’s both kidneys, whereas, she had donated one of the kidneys to her husband. Jul 23, 2014

Health hazards force state to issue stop notice to ship-breaking unit in Kerala

Kannur, July 23 (ANI): Protests by local villagers against the increasing health hazards and environmental pollution compel authorities in Kannur city of Kerela to issue a stop notice to the ship dismantling factory of the area on Wednesday. After widespread protests by residents of Azhikkal village in the city, the District Collector, P. Balakiran, issued a stop memo to the ship-breaking unit, Steel Industrial Kerala Ltd (SILK). Balakiran said the stop notice was issued because SILK failed to produce valid and legal license for their functioning. Jul 23, 2014

Controversy over woman's autopsy report in Mohanlalganj case, politicos react

Lucknow, July 23 (ANI): The autopsy of woman, who was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in Lucknow's Mohanlalganj, came in questions on Wednesday after it said that both her 'kidneys were intact'. The family of victim says that she donated one of her kidneys to her late husband after he battled renal failure. Reacting over this, SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that the government has taken strict action in the case but if there is loophole in the autopsy report action will be taken. Jul 23, 2014

Sikh Indian players asked to remove turbans in China

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): In a shocking incident during the Asian Basketball Championship in Wuhan, China last week, two Sikh players from the Indian Basketball team were asked to remove their turbans. The match officials informed the players that they were violating International Basketball federation rules and can't play with the turbans. Players Amrit Pal Singh and Amjyot Singh had to play the remainder of the tournament without their turbans. Speaking on the same, Former Sports Minister, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Wednesday said that remove turban is a big insult in their religion. He further said that he will write to ministers to take action against it and take cognizance of the matter. Jul 23, 2014