Indian news on March 13, 2016

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

  • NEW DELHI: Centre plans 50,000 km of waterways nationwide:: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the government is looking to harness the country’s 50,000 kilometres of sea and river fronts as waterways and mulling over innovative ways to raise around Rs.70,000 crore to develop these stretches in the first phase. In the country, its 14 States are bestowed with 7,500 km of coastline with 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways. In addition, 116 rivers across the country provide 35,000 km of navigable stretches. In total, we have about 50,000 km of waterways which on development will change the face of India’, he said.
  • Another police complaint against Nivedita Menon:: The ABVP on Sunday lodged two separate police complaints one against JNU Professor Nivedita Menon for justifying pro-Azadi slogans on J&K and the other against an Associate Dean for giving nod to the controversial Afzal Guru event on February 9. The complaints were lodged by Saurabh Sharma, JNU Students Union joint secretary. He demanded action against the University’s teaching and non teaching staff were filed at the Vasant Kunj (North) police station. No FIR has been registered yet.
  • No complaint from Kingfisher staff on PF dues, says EPFO:: Even as the Kingfisher Airlines employees sought the intervention of the Prime Minister Modi for non-payment of sala5ry and provident fund dues by Vijay Mallya, the EPFO said the company has no pending PF and that it has not received any complaint. It, however, said that the Airlines had to pay the PF department only Rs.7.62 lakh as penalty charges due to delayed salary payment. It said that notice has been issued to the company with the total liability comes to Rs.7,61,604 said the EPFO.
  • MORADABAD: Varun Gandhi escapes unhurt:: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Sunday escaped unhurt after a makeshift stage, overcrowded with his supporters collapsed at a party function here. He was on his way to interact with farmers in Chhajlet had made a brief halt at Peeli Kothi Chowk on the Moradabad-Haridwar Highway where the local MP Sarvesh Kumar had organized a welcome ceremony. Moradabad ASP Yashvir Singh said no one was injured in the incident.
  • SIMLA: Eight missing trekkers found in Chandrakhani Pass:: All eight trekkers who were caught in heavy snowfall in Chandrakhani Pass at the height of 3,660 meters are safe and are being evacuated to Kullu. The student trekkers from Longowal Engineering Institute of Punjab were traced on Sunday by administration’s helicopter after the weather cleared towards the evening. Six of the trekkers were brought down in the first sortie and the rest two would be evacuated soon said an official spokesman.
  • THIRUVANANTHAPURAM::Probe ordered into special treatment for beedi baron:: A probe has been ordered into allegations that special treatment was being provided by prison authorities to beedi baron Mohammed Nisham, convicted for killing a security guard in a fit of rage. DGP (Prisons) Rishiraj Singh has directed IG (Prisons) H.Gopakumar to conduct an inquiry and submit a report.
  • SRINAGAR: Kashmir court gives Rs.15 lakh to injured civilian after 26 years:: After twenty six years after bullet wounds left an eight year old with an immobilized arm, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has given a direction that is bound to benefit thousands of injured civilians granted Rs.15 lakh as compensation. The petitioner, who was working as a labourer has been deprived of practicing any profession or to carry on any profession, trade or business as guaranteed by Article 19(G). This, it becomes the duty of the State to adequately compensate the petitioner said Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar. On December 31, 1990, Hussain Farash, a resident of the valley sustained bullet injuries on ride side of his chest and right upper arm in cross firing between militants and security forces and since then, Farash’s right arm has been completely disabled.

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