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Resentment over hold on tobacco pictorial warnings

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The central government's decision to postpone implementation of pictorial warnings that asked for more space on tobacco packaging from April 1 has saddened many, including health associations. Reacting to the decision, the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) said it was feeling let down by the government's decision to hold the implementation of pictori...

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Drunken driver akin to suicide bomber: Court

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A drunken driver is like a suicide bomber, a court here said, and proposed strict punishment to the guilty on the roads. A drunken driver is like a suicide bomber who has set out to kill himself as well as other road users and thus deserves a very stern sentence which should have a deterrent effect and discourage everyone from driving after alcohol intake, Addi...

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Armed men break into Goa distillery

Panaji, March 31 (IANS) Ten masked men armed with guns and swords broke into an alcohol distillery near Panaji late on Monday night only to steal an LCD TV set worth Rs.40,000, police said on Tuesday. A complaint filed at the Old Goa Police station by the owner of the distillery, Rajesh Shirodkar, also says that the bandits also shepherded the labourers in the distillery into an adjacent...

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Telangana proposes garden, museum at Qutub Shahi tombs

Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) The Telangana government has sent a proposal of Rs.85 crore to the central government for restoration works at Qutub Shahi tombs, the final abode of Qutub Shahi rulers at Golconda here. The state government proposes to develop landscaped gardens, site museum and illumination of the monuments spread over 104 acre royal necropolis. Principal Secretary, To...

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Himachal suffers Rs.48 crore damage to crops

Shimla, March 31 (IANS) The damage to agricultural and horticulture crops due to unprecedented rains and snowfall in Himachal Pradesh in the past seven months is estimated at Rs.48 crore, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Tuesday. Raising the issue with Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan here, he said this month the state witnessed four hailstorms,...

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10,000 jewellers in Bengal down shutters

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) Over 10,000 jewellers in West Bengal downed their shutters on Tuesday in protest against the union budget making PAN number declaration mandatory for gold purchases of Rs.1 lakh and above. This move marks a protest from the jewellers in the state as we feel it is unjustified. With more than 10,000 jewellery shops remaining closed, it is estimated that the state g...

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Mumbai's Cafe Samovar shuts after five decades

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Cafe Samovar, a favourite haunt of intellectuals and celebs including Amitabh Bachchan, M.F. Husain and V.S. Naipaul, students and commoners, finally downed shutters on Tuesday after over five decades as loyal clients, some in tears, thronged it for one last time. Located inside the Jehangir Art Gallery, surrounded by heritage buildings like Chhatrapati Shivaji Mu...

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Maoist group owns up to Patna blast, Nitish orders probe

Patna, March 31 (IANS) A Maoist group, People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in the Bihar capital on Monday night, police said. A suspect was detained, and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked the state police chief to look into the extremism and terrorism aspects in the incident. No casualties were reported in Monday's blast in a resi...

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No information on sanction plea in coal block case, CBI tells court

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The CBI on Tuesday told a court here that it has not received any information from the competent authority regarding grant of sanction to prosecute a coal ministry official for his alleged role in a coal block allocation case allegedly involving Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda. Central Bureau of Investigation's senior public prosecutor told special judge Bharat Para...

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No one convicted for rhino poaching in Assam in five years

Guwahati, March 31 (IANS) Although hundreds of rhinos have been poached in various areas of Assam, including the high-security Kaziranga National Park, no one has been convicted so far for poaching in the last five years. Statistics of the Assam government - which were accessed by an RTI activist - revealed that 247 people have been arrested since 2009 till 2014 for their involvement in ...

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Demolish unauthorised construction in Chidambaram Stadium: SC

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the three stands (I,J,K) of the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will not be used for seating spectators during cricket matches as they do not conform to regulations and public safety and their unauthorised parts need to be demolished. Your starting point was wrong. You are not an average citizen constructing one room o...

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World Women's Chess: Harika wins second tie-breaker in semis

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Indian chess Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli on Tuesday kept her chances alive in the World Women's Chess Championship, underway at Sochi in Russia, by winning the second tie-break game in the semi-finals on her 80th move against Ukraine WGM Mariya Muzychuk. Dronavalli, who earlier lost the first tie-break game in 38 moves, opted for Pric defence, playing with blac...

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BSF hands back Pakistani national to Rangers

Chandigarh, March 31 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday handed over a Pakistani national, who had crossed the international border in Punjab's Gurdaspur sector, to Pakistan Rangers. The Pakistani national, Sawaj, a resident of Narowal district in Pakistani Punjab, had inadvertently crossed the international boundary on Monday, entered into Indian territory and reached near...

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World Women's Chess: Harika wins second tie-breaker in semis

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Indian chess Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli on Tuesday kept her chances alive in the World Women's Chess Championship by winning the second tie-break game in the semi-finals on her 80th move against Ukraine WGM Mariya Muzychuk. The championship is being held in Sochi in Russia. ...

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Jadavpur 'sanitary pad protest': Students refuse to relent

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) Refusing to abandon their protest despite authorities' disapproval, a section of Jadavpur University students were seen scribbling feminist messages on sanitary pads and sticking a fresh batch inside the campus on Tuesday. Both male and female students, participated in the campaign following similar protests in New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia, where sanitary nap...

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Amarinder seeks MEA help for Iraq hostages

Chandigarh, March 31 (IANS) Congress's Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought intervention of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to save four Indian hostages who have been traced alive in Iraq after several months of their having gone missing. In a statement here, the former Punjab chief minister disclosed that relatives of four of the hostages, whose identity i...

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Saudi-led airstrikes kill eight in Yemen

Sanaa, March 31 (IANS) At least eight civilians were killed when a Saudi-led air raid overnight Monday hit a village, a gas plant and petrol stations in Yemen's central province of Ibb, an official and residents told Xinhua news agency, pushing the toll to 83 while about 350 people were wounded. The warplanes fired missiles on Marawiah village, a gas plant and petrol station in Ibb's cen...

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Parties, church welcome Kerala bars' closure, drinkers unhappy

Thiruvananthapuram, March 31 (IANS) Political parties and the church welcomed Tuesday's verdict of the Kerala High Court allowing only 24 five-star hotels to serve liquor starting Wednesday -- but people who are fond of their drink were unhappy. The high court on Tuesday upheld the liquor policy of the state government and dismissed a petition filed by the Kerala Bar Hotel Owners Associa...

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City pollution check to be just a click away

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) People in 10 cities across India will soon be able to track the quality of air they breathe with the click of a button. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a national air quality index at a conference of state environment ministers here on April 6, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday. Available on the ministry's website after the...

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IS executes 30 in Syria

London, 31 March (IANS/AKI) Islamic State (IS) militants have slain 30 civilians, among them women and children, in horrific executions in central Syria, a Britain-based watchdog said on Tuesday. The civilians were shot, burned or beheaded, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' director Rami Abdel Rahman. The victims included Alawite Sunni and Ismaili Shia Muslim...

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