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Kanpur Metro rail project to be launched by March
Lucknow : The Metro rail project in Kanpur, the largest industrial city in Uttar Pradesh, would be launched by March while Rs.200 crore has been provided from the Infrastructure Development Fund for the Lucknow Metro rail, an official said on Monday.
 
During a meeting here to review the project, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan directed state government departments and officials concerned to ensure that all necessary approvals were taken before the state cabinet's next meeting scheduled for February 10, the official said.
 
Ranjan also asked the officials to ensure necessary action for finalising the detailed project reports on metro rails for Varanasi and Agra within 10 days. 
 
Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director Kumar Keshav presented a progress report on works scheduled to be completed by December 2016 on the project.
 
Keshav said civil work of two stations and two-km viaduct had been completed as per the set targets whereas work on four stations and a five-km viaduct was targeted to be complete by March 2016. He said all works were going on as per time-schedule. 
 
The last date for submission of bids for the construction of underground metro route from Charbagh to K.D. Singh Babu stadium here is February 11.
 
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26/11 attacks planned one year in advance, reveals Headley
Mumbai : Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley revealed in a Special Court that the dastardly 26/11 attacks in Mumbai was planned out over a year in advance by various groups and agencies of Pakistan, here on Tuesday.
 
Continuing his deposition via videoconferencing before Special Judge G. A. Sanap for the second consecutive day from a US jail, Headley said that in 2006, ISI official Major Pasha and LeT functionary Sajid Mir and others met to discuss plans to set up a business for (him) Headley in Mumbai.
 
Later, in November 2007, he met LeT top leaders when the proposed terror attacks on Mumbai were planned in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, he told Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
 
This meeting came in the wake of Headley's recce trips to Mumbai since the previous year (2006) when he made video recordings of various locations, including the iconic Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, and they studied the recordings of the hotel very carefully, especially the entry-exit routes.
 
In a chilling disclosure, Headley said the plan was to attack the hotel opposite Gateway of India when a major military conference was scheduled to be held there.
 
Later, when the attacks were executed with precision, it was mainly attributed to the pictures and videos Headley had clicked during his recce trips to the city.
 
The 56-year old Headley said that LeT chief Hafez Sayeed - whom he described as "the spiritual head" of the extremist organisation - and its armed wing head Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi used to regularly consult the Pakistan Army and its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) on various issues.
 
Headley today identified photos of Lakhvi and Major Pasha before Special Judge Sanap and threw more light on Pakistan's links with the 26/11 terror attacks which killed 166 persons.
 
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SC declines plea on farmer suicides, terms it governance problem
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a PIL questioning 'flawed' government policy in dealing with the spate of suicides by farmers across the country, saying it was a matter related to policy and governance.
 
"What are we supposed to do," observed the bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice R. Banumathi, saying this was a matter concerning people in the government.
 
Asking petitioner S. Sundaresan to approach the government, the bench said: "This is a problem of governance. It is a policy matter and the court could not sit on judgment on policies."
 
The petitioner sought the court's direction for the implementation of eminent agricultural scientists M.S. Swaminathan's report.
 
The National Commission on Farmers headed by Swaminathan during 2004-2006 in its report had said: "The Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be at least 50 percent more than the weighted average cost of production. The net take home incomes of farmers should be comparable to those of civil servants."
 
The recommendations were targeted to improve the economic viability of farming by significantly increasing the income of farmers and setting up of the agricultural coordination committee headed by the prime minister.
 
Asking the petitioner to approach the government, the court dismissed the PIL.
 
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