Chennai: MDMK leader Vaiko on Saturday requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take efforts for cancelling the death sentence awarded to three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assasination case. President Prathibha Patil had rejected the clemency petitions of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan, recently. They were three of the four persons awarded death penalty with the sentence of another convict Nalini, being commuted to life.

Vaiko, who recently took up the case of Perarivalan with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram, said there were provisions allowing the Centre to still cancel the death sentence of the three " and there are precedences." " Even after the President rejected the clemency petitions, the Centre can still cancel the death sentence. It has the right to do that and there are precedences.

India to get five MiGs by year end

Moscow: Russian makers of MiG aircraft will hand over remaining five MiG- 29K/ KUB carrier- based fighters to the Indian Navy by the end of this year. " We will fulfil the 2004 contract by the end of this year. We have already delivered 11 out of 16 aircraft," MiG CEO Sergei Korotkov said. The contract, a part of USD 1.5 billion Gorshkov aircraft carrier deal inked in January 2004, provides for the deliveries of 12 single- seat MiG- 29Ks and four twoseat MiG- 29KUBs for the Indian Navy, reported RIA Novosti.

DMK ends Assembly boycott

Chennai: Ending its week- long boycott of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, DMK on Saturday said it would attend the proceedings when the House resumes its sitting next week as it wanted to discharge its democratic duties towards the people. Party’s Treasurer and DMK Legislature Party Leader M K Stalin informed Speaker D Jayakumar that his party MLAs would attend the budget discussion pertaining to grants for various departments ( which is scheduled from next week). DMK, which has 23 members in the 234- strong Assembly, had boycotted the budget presentation on August 4 and subsequent discussion on it, demanding that the Speaker make seating arrangements accommodating all its MLAs in a single bloc.

Alexander buried in native village

Mavelikkara: Veteran bureaucrat P C Alexander, who passed away recently was laid to rest at his native village Puthiyakavu in Alappuzha district with state honours on Saturday. The funeral prayers at St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral was led by Catholicose Baselius Marthoma Paulose- II and senior metropolitans of the Orthodox Church. Kerala Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan, ministers and others turned up to pay their last respects.

Partnership programmes with India Washington: 11 prestigious US colleges and universities have been selected for partnership programme with India as part of the Obama- Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative. An announcement to this effect came ahead of the scheduled India- US Education Summit in Washington in October.

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