AI pilots to call off strike
NEW DELHI: Agitating Air India pilots on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that they will call off their 58-day-long strike with immediate effect.
Separatists to meet Pak foreign secy
New Delhi: Separatists from Kashmir, including Hurriyat Conference, will be meeting visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Tuesday, ahead of his talks with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai tomorrow.
An invitation was sent to moderate Hurriyat Conference faction led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik while a telephone call was made to the hardline faction of Hurriyat Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Geelani said he had received a telephone call from the Pakistan High Commission inviting him for consultation with the visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary.
The new High Commissioner designate Salman Bashir will also be present at the meetings.
Mirwaiz had said that he would be leading an eight-member delegation to meet the Pakistani Foreign Secretary and hold consultations on the Kashmir issue.
"After all Kashmir is the main issue between India and Pakistan and needs serious discussions," he said.
Adarsh scam: CBI to file chargesheet
Mumbai: The CBI is likely to file its first chargesheet in the Adarsh housing scam on Tuesday against some of the members of the upscale society, 18 months after a case was registered in this connection. The scam had fuelled a political storm in Maharashtra that led to the resignation of Ashok Chavan as chief minister. Chavan is among the 14 accused in the case in which Union ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde are also under the scanner.
According to official sources, a chargesheet would be filed on Tuesday, a day before the case comes up before Bombay high court which is hearing a bunch of public interest litigations seeking the court's supervision of the probe.
The CBI on June 18 had assured the high court that it would file a chargesheet in the case before July 4 as the agency had to take prior sanction from the government to prosecute bureaucrats.
It was expected that the first chargesheet may not name any bureaucrat or public servant as the high court had suggested to the CBI that it could first file chargesheet against those accused for whom sanction was not required.
Remove political cartoons: Panel
New Delhi: The Thorat committee appointed by the government to review NCERT's political science textbooks for schools has said that textbooks should remove cartoons with negative references to politicians, reports said.
The committee also pointed out that textbooks carry too many caricatures of the Nehru-Gandhi family and said that these had to be deleted.
Totally the committee recommended the modification of 36 of the 176 cartoons in textbooks for classes 9-12.
The government has set up a panel headed by former UGC chairman SK Thorat in the wake of the cartoon row to review NCERT's political science textbooks for schools.
The committee reviewed Class 11 to 12 social science/political science textbooks of NCERT to identify educationally inappropriate material in them.
The members of the committee are AS Narang (School of Social Sciences IGNOU), Patricia Mukhim (the editor Shillong Times and social worker), Prof MSS Pandian, Abha Malik (teacher of social science of Sanskriti School) and Saroj Yadav (head of department of education in social science, NCERT).
Thorat, who is now the chairman of Indian Council of Social Science Research will is the chairman of the committee.