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President craft call

New Delhi, Nov. 9 (PTI): President Pranab Mukherjee has urged the Centre to provide policy support to handloom and handicraft sector which requires modern weaving techniques to become more competitive.

Mukherjee called for modernisation in the weaving technique, improvement of designs and pattern, technology and upgradation of skills to ensure quality.

Mob charges

Mumbai: Police have filed a 3,384-page chargesheet naming 57 people in connection with the mob violence at Azad Maidan in which two persons were killed. The mob was protesting violence against Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.

Bhatt plea

Ahmedabad (PTI): Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has sought a “high-level probe” into the Gujarat government’s claims that some 2002 Godhra riots-related intelligence documents were destroyed.

Women’s bill row

Barabanki, Nov. 9 (PTI): Rural women will not benefit from the women’s reservation bill because they are not as attractive as those from the upper classes, Mulayam Singh Yadav has said.

The Samajwadi Party supremo made the comment said the bill would benefit only the affluent class while those from the weaker sections would be further suppressed. Mulayam said his party could consider supporting the bill if Dalits, Muslims and backward classes were taken care of under its ambit.

2G stay

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has stayed proceedings on pleas filed by 2G scam accused A. Raja, Kanimozhi and telecom executives in Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the charges. CBI counsel K.K. Venugopal said there were around 20 petitions before the high court, filed after the chargesheets.

Carriage bid

London (PTI): A nearly 200-year-old magnificent and rare Indian royal state carriage, once owned by the Maharaja of Mysore, will go under the hammer in the UK on November 24 and is expected to fetch up to 100,000. The carriage can be seen in a wall painting at the Mysore Palace Museum.

Ashram plea

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking a CBI probe into the deaths of two boys at Asaram Bapu’s ashram. The boys had gone missing on July 3, 2008. The boys had gone missing on July 3, 2008. Their bodies were found two days later outside the ashram.

Digvijaya case

Ujjain (PTI): A Ujjain court has ordered a case to be registered against Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and five others for allegedly manhandling Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha workers during a protest. The incident took place about six months ago.