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Thursday, March 24, 2016

  • CHENNAI- Celkon plans 10 new models:: Mobile handset maker Celkon plans to introduce at least 10 new models during the April-June quarter and commission its new factory near Tirupati by July. The Hyderabad headquartered firm aims to increase its market share in the Indian market to 6-7 per cent from four per cent now in the next one year supported by new products, additional capacity and favorable growth trend in the market, said Murali Reteineni, Executive Director of the company.
  • MANGALLURU- Two students warned of posting pro-Pakistan slogan:: Posting of pro-Pakistan slogan on WhatsApp during the recent India-Pakistan T-20 cricket match landed two students at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada in trouble as they were taken under preventive custody on Wednesday. They were let off the same day after a warning by the police and the taluk magistrate.
  • MUMBAI- LeT wants to eliminate Bal Thackerary:: Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley on Thursday told a court here that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) wanted to eliminate Bal Thackeray but the person who was assigned the job to kill was arrested. Headley, who has turned approver in the terror case disclosed this during a cross-examination on the second day by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Abu Jundal, an alleged key plotter of Mumbai Terror attacks.
  • NEW DELHI- ‘Never applied for any other citizenship’, says Rahul:: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has emphasized that he had never applied for any other citizenship ever and said there was a conspiracy hatched by the ruling BJP to malign his image. He was responding to a Lok Sabha Ethics Committee notice that he held British citizenship, party sources said. It may be noted that on March 15, Arjun Ram Meghwal, BJP chief whip and a member of the Ethics Committee said that the panel issued a show-cause notice to Rahul Gandhi to lean how he identified himself as British to become a director of a London based company.
  • PUNE-Rioting at Pune’s Fergusson College:: The Pune police have registered a case of rioting against 200 unidentified people following a clash between workers of Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party and a group of student activists of the BJYM, student wing of the BJP and ABVP at the Fergusson College on Wednesday. The clash on Wednesday follows a series of protests and counter-protests at the college since Tuesday when an informal meeting organized by the ABVP called the ‘Truth of JNU’ and addressed by the unit’s JNU president Alok Singh was disrupted by Dalit students.
  • SIMLA-Opposition seeks resignation of Virbhadra Singh:: Following the ED decision of attaching the properties of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the BJP has demanded his immediate resignation. State BJP president Satpal Satti and former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said they would not allow the ongoing budget session to proceed if Singh does not resign.
  • THIRUVANANATHAPURAM-Centre relaxes norms for four laning of National Highways :: In a bid to upgrade road infrastructure, the norms for four laning has been brought down to 10,000 passenger car units form the existing 15,000 PCUs. The daily traffic threshold also has been brought down to 6,000 PCUs in hilly areas from the current 8,000 PCUs. The related norms, rolled out by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways are part of the NH upgrade. Hence forth, any road connecting to National capital with State capitals and those connecting State capitals can be notified as NH stretches.

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