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CBI questioning Dayanidhi Maran
Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran is being questioned by the CBI in a case registered against him for using over 300 high data capacity BSNL telecom lines at his Boat House residence in Chennai, an official said.
 
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources said Maran reached at the agency's headquarters around 11.00 a.m.
 
"Maran reached the CBI headquarters around 11.00 a.m. His questioning is on," a CBI official said.

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Bengal landslides kill 28, Mamata announces compensation
The death toll in landslides triggered by incessant rain in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills has risen to 28, an official said on Wednesday.
 
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs.4 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs.1.25 lakh each to those injured in the wake of heavy rain since Tuesday. 
 
"So far, we have recovered 28 bodies. Several others are still missing," Darjeeling Superintendent of Police Amit Javalgi said.
 
According to Javalgi, 20 bodies were recovered from Mirik, six from Kalimpong and one each from Sukhiapokhri and Gorubathan areas of the district.
 
The landslides have badly affected National Highways 31 and 10, snapping the link with Sikkim. The heavy rainfall also washed away the Rohini-Garidhura bridge.
 
Banerjee assured all assistance to the affected people.
 
"Money can never compensate the loss of life. However, the state government has decided to pay Rs.4 lakh to kin of those who have died and Rs.1.25 lakh to the injured. The government will provide all kinds of assistance for the rehabilitation of those affected by the calamity," Banerjee said. 
 
"We are constantly monitoring the situation. The home secretary has already reached there. I am rushing to the area," the chief minister said at Bahrampur in Murshidabad district. 
 
In Jalpaiguri district, at least 5,000 people were affected by water-logging and their misery was compounded by the release of over 5,000 cusecs of water from the Teesta barrage.
 
The district administration has issued a red alert as the Teesta and Torsa rivers touched danger levels.
 
While the Sashastra Seema Bal and disaster management personnel are engaged in relief and rescue operations, North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb said the army had been called in to help in the rescue efforts.

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Uttar Pradesh has 8 fake universities, says UGC
Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of "fake" universities in the country at eight, followed by six in Delhi, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said on Wednesday. It said the country has 21 such bogus universities.
 
There was a university in Lucknow whose matter is being heard before court, the officials said.
 
According the the UGC website, the Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Jagatpuri; Commercial University Ltd., Daryaganj; United Nations University; Vocational University; ADR-Centric Juridical University, Rajendra Place; and Indian Institute of Science and Engineering were notified as fake universities in Delhi.
 
The list includes one institution each in Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
 
UGC secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu in a notification said that according to the UGC Act, 1956, only a university established by a central/state/provincial legislation or an institution deemed to be university under Section 3A or an institution especially empowered by an act of parliament was allowed to confer UGC-specified degrees.
 
"Section 23 of the UGC Act prohibits the use of word 'university' by any institution other than an established university."
 
"Therefore, students and public at large are hereby informed that such 21 self-styled and unrecognised institutions, functioning in contravention of the UGC Act are declared as fake, and are not entitled to confer any degrees," the notice said.

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