Maoists set demands
Added At: 2012-04-22 11:02 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-22 11:02 PM
RAIPUR: Maoists on Sunday demanded release of eight of their jailed leaders in Chattisgarh and a halt to "Operation Green Hunt" in exchange for freedom of Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon, who was safe, a day afer he was abducted and they also set an April 25 deadline. The demands were made even as spiritual leader Swami Agnivesh expressed willingness to mediate between the Naxals and the government to secure the release of the 32-year-old 2006-batch IAS officer, who was abducted on Saturday at Majhipara village in Raipur district where he was meeting villagers for a government programme.
Faux pas in book
Jammu: In a faux pas, an exercise book prescribed for Class III at an Army school in Srinagar has depicted Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as "Azad Kashmir". The controversy surfaced three days ago when it was found that the map practice exercise book for schools run by Army Education Welfare Society showed PoK as "Azad Kashmir". "As soon as the discrepancy was noticed, the Society withdrew the books," sources in Army said on Sunday. The Central Board of Secondary Education has, however, distanced itself from the controversy by maintaining that the exercise book in question was brought out by a private publisher and not of the NCERT which it prescribes for Class I to VIII students.
When asked to comment on the faux pas, CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi said the Board has "Nothing to do with it".
"We prescribe only NCERT textbooks for Class I to VIII students. This book which is being talked about is of a private publisher," he told PTI.
ED after Kanimozhi
NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate has summoned DMK MP Kanimozhi later this week in connection with its probe into alleged financial irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation case. The 43-year-old daughter of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has been asked by the agency to either come herself or send an authorised representative for submission of financial documents and recording of statement on April 26, Enforcement Directorade sources said. Kanimozhi was last year released on bail in the 2G case and the agency is set to begin prosecution action. Kanimozhi and others have been charged by the CBI in connection with the channelling of Rs 200 crore to DMK family- run Kalaignar TV through a circuitous route.