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23 hours ago
Goa government told to provide potable water to mining-hit village

Panaji, April 27 (IANS) The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the state government to ensure supply of potable water to the villagers of Sonshi in North Goa's Sattari sub-district. Sonshi was in the news earlier this month after 45 inhabitants of the village were arrested for protesting against pollution caused in water due to iron ore transportation. The...

8 days ago
Mining dust eats into lives at Goa's Sonshi village

Sonshi (Goa), April 20 (IANS) Although annual school exams are around the corner, homework or preparing for the series of tests is the last thing on the mind of 10-year-old Vasudev Gawde of Sonshi village, literally a speck in North Goa's dusty mining belt. Gawde as well as more than a dozen other minors are awaiting the release of their parents from incarceration. They were among the 45...

8 days ago
Will stop mining in areas if people complain of pollution: Parrikar

Panaji, April 19 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said he would stop operations in mining leases, if there are pollution-related complaints from local residents. Speaking to reporters at the secretariat here, Parrikar said his office would not be able to come to the assistance of 45 villagers from Sonshi village in north Goa's Sattari sub-district, who are incarcer...

21 days ago
Former Goa Congress MLA joins BJP

Panaji, April 6 (IANS) Former Congress legislator Vishwajit Rane formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and state party President Vinay Tendulkar. Addressing a press conference here, Vishwajit, son of senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane, said that he was in the BJP to stay and had joined...

25 days ago
Akhil's new film launched

Hyderabad, April 3 (IANS) Akhil Akkineni's second Telugu outing, which will be directed by Vikram Kumar, went on the floors here on Monday. The film was officially launched on Sunday. It's going to be a romantic actioner. The film was supposed to commence much earlier, but due to some changes, which Akhil's father Nagarjuna had suggested in the script, it had to be pushed, a sour...

1 month ago
Process on to buy five truck scanners: Centre

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The government on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that it is in the process of procuring five full-body truck scanners for deployment at border check posts, including Attari in Punjab, along the India-Pakistan border. In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said these scanners will be used also at Uri-Salamabad and Poonch - Chakan-da-bagh...

1 month ago
India repatriates Uri attack 'suspects' to Pakistan

New Delhi/Islamabad, March 10 (IANS) India on Friday repatriated to Pakistan the two teenagers who were suspected of involvement in the terrorist attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri. Two Pakistani juveniles, Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khurshid Chaudhry, following the completion of investigation and confirmation of their nationality, were repatriated via Attari-Wagah on M...

1 month ago
Uri attack 'suspects' return to Pakistan

Islamabad, March 10 (IANS Two Pakistani youths who were initially suspected of being involved in the terror attack on an Indian Army base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, and freed two days ago after charges against them could not be proved, crossed the border into Pakistan on Friday . Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed were initially suspected of being involved in the September 2016 atta...

1 month ago
Army conveys concern over terrorists along LoC

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) The Indian Army on Thursday conveyed its concerns to Pakistan on the movement of terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-held Kashmir, informed sources said. The Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhat, spoke to his Pakistani counterpart to share his concerns, the sources said. The LoC divides Jammu and Kashmir b...

1 month ago
Of the nether world and dark secrets

Title: Don't Look Down; Author: Karishma Attari; Publisher: Penguin India; Pages: 282; Price: Rs. 299 What would you do if you had a secret to hide? A past you don't want to delve into? What if there are problems in life which you want to resolve but are unable to share even with the person with whom you are the closest? How many more lies are you going to utter to save the lie y...

1 month ago
India releases 39 Pakistani prisoners

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) In a reciprocal gesture after Islamabad freed 200 Indian prisoners lodged in jails in Pakistan, India on Wednesday freed 39 Pakistani prisoners lodged in jails here. Thirty-nine Pakistani prisoners, comprising 21 civil prisoners and 18 fishermen, whose nationality has been confirmed by Pakistani authorities, are being repatriated to Pakistan via Attari/Wagah on ...

2 months ago
Wagah-like tourist spots proposed on Bangladesh border in Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 24 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) has proposed to develop two areas along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya as tourist spots along the lines of the Attari-Wagah border with Pakistan, a BSF official said here on Friday. Inspector General of BSF in-charge Meghalaya frontier, P.K. Dubey said the two border areas -- Dawki in West Jaintia Hills district, and Kila...

2 months ago
Congress demands CBI probe into murder allegations against Goa BJP leader

Panaji, Feb 21 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged murder of a local youth in 2006, allegedly by a BJP leader, after a video surfaced on social media in which a former associate of the politician claimed he was an eye-witness to the alleged crime. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar said t...

2 months ago
Viral video with clues to murder gets Goa police, rights panel attention

Panaji, Feb 21 (IANS) A video, purportedly spilling the beans on an alleged murder of a local youth in 2006, which went viral on Monday on social media, has commanded the interest of the Goa Human Rights Commission and the state police on Tuesday. The Commission on Tuesday issued notices to state Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, after a city-based lawyer-activist Aires...

2 months ago
Full-body truck scanners being procured, says minister

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) The government is in the process of procuring five full-body truck scanners (FBTS) to deploy at international borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. In a written reply in the upper house, Rijiju said a global tender enquiry has been issued and the government is in the proces...

2 months ago
5-year-old Pakistani boy reunited with mother at Attari-Wagah border

New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) A five-year-old Pakistani boy was reunited with his mother on Saturday at the Wagah-Attari border crossing, with some help from Indian authorities. The boy, Iftikhar Ahmed, had been taken forcibly to India by his father, who belongs to Jammu and Kashmir, a year ago. Pakistan thanked India for the help in helping with the boy's return. The Pakistan ...

3 months ago
68th R-Day celebrated in Punjab, Haryana amid rain

Chandigarh, Jan 26 (IANS) The 68th Republic Day was celebrated on Thursday across Punjab and Haryana despite rain in some parts of both states. Chandigarh and its surrounding areas were experiencing rain since Wednesday evening which continued on Thursday morning. With Punjab in full election mode for the February 4 assembly polls, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal unfurl...

3 months ago
Pakistan frees Indian soldier, family overjoyed

Islamabad/Amritsar, Jan 21 (IANS) Pakistan on Saturday released Indian Army soldier Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had inadvertently crossed the LoC in September last year. Chavan was handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah-Attari joint check post, a Border Security Force (BSF) official confirmed in Amritsar. Chavan was handed over to Army authorities after his return to India, ...

3 months ago
Indian soldier who crossed over had griped about superiors

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Indian Army soldier, Chandu Babulal Chavan, who was released by Pakistan on Saturday, had crossed the LoC inadvertently due to severe grievances with his superiors and leadership, according to a Pakistan Foreign Office statement. Chavan, 23, of the 37 Rashtriya Rifles, crossed the Line of Control over severe grievances with his superiors and leadership. Pakistan ...

3 months ago
Family, friends of soldier celebrate his release by Pakistan

Dhule (Maharashtra), Jan 21 (IANS) Indian Army sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan's kin and residents of his native village Bohivir in northern Maharashtra were overjoyed on his release on Saturday by Pakistan. His family thanked authorities for securing his safe return. Scores of villagers came out into the streets to greet the Chavan family, who were overwhelmed by the unexpected turn of even...

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