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Digital weather alert system for general use soon

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Union Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Harshvardhan Thursday launche an SMS-based weather alert system, which will soon be available to the general public, on the occasion of the Good Governance Day marking former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday. TheWeather Information And Disaster Alert System is a component of the union governme...

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Guerrilla hideout busted in Kashmir

Jammu, Dec 25 (IANS) A guerrilla hideout was busted in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district and some arms and ammunition seized, a defence official said. Defence spokesman, Col. Manish Mehta said that the hideout, in a natural cave in Saranwa area of Kishtwar, was discovered during a massive search operation by a joint team of Rashtriya Rifles and Jammu and Kashmir Police after a contin...

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Pomp, gaiety mark Christmas across India

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Pomp and gaiety Thursday marked Christmas celebrations across India. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people on the occasion. In Delhi, Christmas was celebrated with prayers being offered for the country's well-being as well as the victims of the Dec 16 Peshawar school attack. We prayed for the well-being of ...

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59 become Hindus on Christmas day in Kerala

Kottayam (Kerala), Dec 25 (IANS) Fifty-nine people converted to Hinduism Thursday in Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's home district Kottayam, a day after he said there was no forced conversion in the state. As many as 42 people from 21 families - all of them Christians - took part in temple rituals, and amidst chanting of slogans became Hindus in Ponkunam in Kottayam district.

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Modi, Advani visit Vajpayee on 90th birthday

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader L.K. Advani were among the leaders who Thursday visited former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence and greeted him on his 90th birthday and on being conferred the Bharat Ratna. Sources said those who visited Vajpayee included former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and former prime minister Manmohan ...

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Saina Nehwal participates in Swachh Bharat

Hyderabad, Dec 25 (IANS) India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal Thursday participated in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan programme organized by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). She led the Walkathon organised by BPCL at the territory office and also took part in sweeping the road. Saina, who is a BPCL sportsperson, thanked Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for ha...

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Two arrested for throwing acid on Kashmir woman student

Srinagar, Dec 25 (IANS) Two people were arrested Thursday for throwing acid on a 21-year-old woman law student in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, police said. A Special Investigation Team headed by Hazratbal Superintendent of Police Rayees M. Bhat set up nine units to track down the assailants involved in the Dec 11 attack in Nowshera area. Irshad Ahmad Wani alias Sunny, s...

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Good Governance Day: Modi gives citizen first mantra, initiatives launched

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said that citizen first was the mantra of his government and promised a transparent and accountable administration as various ministries launched initiatives towards e-governance to mark the Good Governance Day. In his message to the nation, Modi said that it had been his dream to bring government closer to citizens so that t...

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BJP wants to rule Kashmir - with Hindu chief minister

Srinagar/Jammu, Dec 25 (IANS) The BJP declared Thursday that it was determined to govern Jammu and Kashmir amid speculation that the National Conference would ally with it if the BJP didn't insist on a Hindu chief minister for the country's only Muslim-majority state. BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ram Madhav made known the party's intentions separately in Jammu and Srinagar, with the latt...

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Won't talk to terrorists, Rajnath says in Assam

Guwahati, Dec 25 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday ruled out talks with Bodo terrorists, as the death toll in the two days of violence in Assam rose to 73. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has a clear policy against terrorism - zero tolerance. There would be no talks at any cost with the militants who carry out such heinous killings, he said after visiting some...

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Child begging a serious issue, says HC

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has raised concern over the issue of child begging in the capital while hearing a PIL seeking elimination of the practice and identification of exact number of destitute children who are subjected to begging. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice P.S. Teji asked the Delhi government counsel to find out whether a similar matt...

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India to achieve full immunisation by 2020: Nadda

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda Thursday said India aims to achieve full immunisation coverage for children by 2020. India will achieve full immunisation coverage for all children by 2020 through a Catch-Up campaign, Nadda said. He was speaking at the launch of Mission Indradhanush, a campaign that aims to cover all those children by 2020 who are either ...

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Shubhankar sparkles with 8-under 64, grabs round one lead

Kolkata, Dec 25 (IANS) Teenager Shubhankar Sharma posted a blistering eight-under 64 to take the pole position in round one of the Rs.1.5 crore McLeod Russel Tour Championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) here Thursday. S. Chikkarangappa carded 66 to end the opening day of the richest-ever domestic event to be staged in India in second place after the first round of the year-en...

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Delhi sees chilly Christmas, similar Friday expected

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Delhi saw a chilly Christmas Thursday with dense fog delaying over 115 trains. The met department forecast similar Friday. The maximum temperature went six notches below season's average at 16 degrees Celsius while minimum was 6 degrees Celsius -- two notches below season's average. Sky Friday will become clear after foggy morning, said an official of Ind...

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Finance ministry releases good governance e-book

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) The union finance ministry Thursday released an e-book about its various initiatives including those under the government's good governance programme, an official statement said. This provides an easy access to various initiatives including good governance initiatives taken under the ministry of finance and an IT enabled platform. The ministry hopes this will be ...

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Akashdeep excited to again play with Sardar, Simon Child again in HIL

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) After a successful year where he played crucial roles in helping India notch up some memorable performances, young and talented striker Akashdeep Singh is now hoping to produce similar sort of performance for defending champions Delhi Waveriders in the 2015 Hockey India League (HIL) starting Jan 22. The 20-year-old, who idolises Indian skipper Sardar Singh, Thurs...

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Swimming, athletics endure dope tainted year

Beijing, Dec 25 (IANS) The fight against doping went into its climax in the second half of the year when top names from track and field, swimming and badminton fell from grace. The anti-doping in the first half of 2014, however, had got its fair share in the limelight when six offenders were exposed in Sochi Winter Olympic Games in February, reports Xinhua. China's top sport star...

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Six Janata Parivar parties to merge in January

Patna, Dec 25 (IANS) Six parties of the Janata Parivar will merge in January to take on the BJP, leaders of the JD-U and its ally RJD said here Thursday. After the result in the Jharkhand polls, six parties will merge in January to stop the winning rath (chariot) of the BJP ahead of the Bihar assembly polls next year, Janata Dal-United state president Vashisht Narayan Singh said. ...

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'Babumoshai Bandookbaaz's Bengal shoot goes haywire, unit leaves

Kolkata, Dec 25 (IANS) Bollywood filmmaker Kushan Nandy has scrapped the filming of Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Babumoshai Bandookbaaz in West Bengal following problems with technicians from the state. Nandy, who was shooting in Burdwan and Bolpur districts last week returned to Mumbai Wednesday in the aftermath of hurdles regarding hiring of local technicians. This is what actua...

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Kashmir must have BJP-led government: Ram Madhav

Srinagar, Dec 25 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir must have a BJP-led government, party general secretary Ram Madhav said Thursday, adding he was here to explore the various options. Ram Madhav, who arrived in the afternoon, told reporters: The BJP has the mandate to lead the government in Jammu and Kashmir. I am here to explore the options. He added that he was meeting representatives f...

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