Friday, February 25, 2005

25 feb 2005

100 per cent FDI in construction industry through automatic route
By Sushma Ramachandran

NEW DELHI, FEB. 24. The Government today allowed 100 per cent foreign direct
investment in the construction industry through the automatic route.
Conditions restricting FDI to a minimum area of 100 acres and 2,000 dwelling
units are relaxed to 25 acres and 50,000 square metres for construction
development projects.

Bar on appointing women to temple post lifted
By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, FEB. 24. A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court held invalid a
provision in the Travancore-Cochin Hindu Religions Institution rule which
prohibited women from being appointed sub-group officers in Devaswoms under
the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB).
The Bench comprising Justice R. Bhaskaran and Justice M.N. Krishnan gave the
ruling while allowing a writ petition filed by Baby S. Supriya, an employee
of the Board, against its refusal to appoint her to the post in a Devaswom
in Kollam. According to her, the board refused to appoint her on the ground
that the rule prohibited women from occupying the post. The petitioner
contended that the rule was discriminatory and against the Constitutional
provisions. There was no bar on women being appointed in categories such as
Kazhagam under the Devaswoms. The duties of a sub-group officer were to
manage and supervise devaswoms and competent women could be appointed to the

This day in history
1964: Cassius Clay crowned world champion
Cassius Clay, 22, has been crowned heavyweight champion of the world after
beating Sonny Liston in one of the biggest upsets in boxing's history.
Clay, from Kentucky, was announced the winner after the hot favourite
retired at the end of the sixth round in Miami.
When the bell rang for the start of the seventh round, Liston stayed on his
stool in the corner of the ring - saying he did not want to continue.
Florida state attorney Richard Gerstein is to launch an inquiry into the
Clay was earlier fined around £900 for disgraceful conduct after he ranted
at his 32-year-old opponent during the weigh-in.
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