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Compensation for Centre's civilian staff enhanced

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The ex gratia lump sum compensation to families of the central government's civilian employees who die in harness has been increased, the Lok Sabha was told on Tuesday. In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the compensation has been increased as per the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations. Rijiju said deaths due...

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Assam seeks Rs 2,939 crore as interim flood relief

Guwahati, July 25 (IANS) The Assam government has sought an interim assistance of Rs 2,939 crore from the central government to deal with destruction caused by floods as an inter-ministerial team arrived in the state on Tuesday to assess the damage. Chief Secretary V.K. Pipersenia said the government had submitted to the Centre its own assessment of the economic loss. The team w...

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NDFB terrorist killed in Assam

Guwahati, July 25 (IANS) A terrorist linked with the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) was killed and a police official injured in a gunfight in Assam's Kokrajhar district on Tuesday morning, police said. Around 11.30 p.m. on Monday, police launched an operation after getting a tip about the presence of NDFB militants in Karigaon area, Inspector Genera...

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Plantation drive across 1,513 kms of National Highways

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Tree plantation will be undertaken along 1,513 km of National Highways under the Green Highways Scheme by the National Highway Authority of India, parliament was told on Monday. The plantation drive includes 390 km of National Highways in Andhra Pradesh, 133 km in Assam, 418 km in Haryana and 100 km in Jammu & Kashmir, Minister of State for Road Transport an...

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Tripura assembly polls: BJP to field new faces

Agartala, July 24 (IANS) The BJP will put up 98 per cent new faces and 65 per cent young candidates in next year's assembly elections in Left-ruled Tripura, a top party leader has said. An 11-hour-long marathon meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Tripura Pradesh executive committee was held here on Sunday night to finalise the party's strategies before the state assembly elections,...

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Gogoi airs concern over CAG revelation on army's munition shortage

Guwahati, July 24 (IANS) Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday slammed the BJP-led NDA government over the recent CAG revelation about shortage of ammunition with the Indian Army at a time when there is an ongoing stand-off along the India-China border. The CAG report, which has highlighted that the Indian Army is battling serious shortage of ammunition, including tanks and a...

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Nagas in Arunachal seek surrender and rehabilitation policy

Itanagar/New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) A Naga students outfit in Arunachal Pradesh has urged Chief Minister Pema Khandu to come up with a surrender and rehabilitation policy for the youths who joined the outlawed forces, to enable them to return to mainstream. With over 500 Naga youths in Arunachal Pradesh having joined the outlawed forces, the Arunachal Naga Student's Federation (ANSF) sai...

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Iconic stars don't do justice to real-life characters: Dhulia

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia had a tough time casting actors for his forthcoming film Raagdesh as he says that iconic stars don't do justice to real-life characters. Dhulia, whose last directorial project Bullett Raja was released four years ago, says it was not easy for him to cast three faces to play the INA soldiers in Raagdesh. He finally zeroed in on actors Kuna...

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India, Bangladesh to establish new waterways using the Brahmaputra: Minister

Agartala, July 22 (IANS) The Indian and Bangladeshi governments have undertaken an ambitious project to establish a new waterway between the two neighbours using the mighty Brahmaputra river, Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said here on Saturday. India and Bangladesh governments have signed an agreement to establish the news waterways between the two countries using the Brahmaputra rive...

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Millennium Development Goals-2015 only partially achieved: CAG

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) With a countrywide average of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of 39 deaths per 1,000 live births and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of 167 per 1,00,000 live births, the country only partially achieved the Millennium Development Goals-2015 under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the CAG has said. The partial achievement was far from the targets set under the F...

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Congress 'cleanses' Assam college over RSS' training camp

Guwahati, July 22 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday cleansed with milk a college located at Mariani in Assam's tea-rich Jorhat district after the college authorities allowed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to organise a training camp in the campus. Congress sitting MLA from Mariani constituency, Rupjyoti Kurmi staged a protest and dharna in front of the college and locked the campus ...

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Inadequate cold storage facilities for vaccines in 4 states

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have inadequate cold storage facilities for vaccines, a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has revealed. The states also have no deep freezers, ice-lined refrigerators (ILR) and vaccine carriers to maintain vaccines at the prescribed range of temperature, according to the CAG report, tabled i...

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Haryana to bring 'fixed service' for medical students

Chandigarh, July 21 (IANS) Students passing out of government medical colleges in Haryana will now be required to do a fixed period of service in government hospitals of the state, state Health Minister Anil Vij said on Friday. Vij has directed officers to formulate a policy to ensure that medical students doing MBBS or MD degrees from the state government's medical colleges would have ...

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Government looking at monthly wind project auctions

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The government plans to hold auctions for wind power projects every month, ensuring, however, that this process does not push up tariff rates, Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. Speaking at an event here for signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) under the first wind auction scheme of the government, Goyal said that wind e...

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'Gaps found in financial management, compliance of RTE Act'

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The CAG on Friday said it found gaps in financial management, compliance, monitoring and evaluation of Right To Education (RTE) Act 2009. Also, teachers were deployed for non-educational purposes in nine states in violation of the Act, said a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on 'Implementation of The Right of Children to Free and Comp...

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Anil Kapoor urges fans to support Assam

Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) Veteran actor Anil Kapoor has urged his fans and followers to provide relief to the flood-stricked people of Assam. Anil on Thursday took to Twitter to ask fans to donate for relief efforts in the state. Lakhs of families in Assam urgently need your support. Donate now to support -- Plan India Assam relief efforts, he wrote along with a link for the Assam f...

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Cross-voting mostly favours Kovind, Meira Kumar gains in Rajasthan

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Most of the cross-voting in presidential election favoured NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, but significantly in Rajasthan, where the BJP is in power, opposition-backed Congress nominee Meira Kumar was the beneficiary of cross-voting. In Rajasthan, where the Congress won 24 seats in the last assembly polls, Meira Kumar got 34 votes, which are believed to have come...

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Kovind led in 21 states, benefited from cross-voting too

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind led in 21 states as also in both houses of Parliament over his rival Meira Kumar to register a thumping victory in the Presidential election, apart from cross-voting by those from the SP, Trinamool Congress and AAP. Meira Kumar, fielded by 18 opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, led only in eight states and two ...

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Husband of dead Assamese actress sent in judicial custody

Gurugram, July 20 (IANS) Nisheeth Jha, the husband of Assamese actress Bidisha Bezbaruah who allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan, was on Thursday sent to 14 days in judicial custody. Before a magistrate remanded him in judicial custody, Jha admitted to his interrogators that there was another woman in his life, police said. During a day-long police r...

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Presidential poll: Kovind ahead of Meira by over 2 lakh vote value

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) NDAs Ram Nath Kovind established a massive lead of more than two lakh in vote value over UPA rival Meira Kumar as counting of votes progressed in the Presidential election on Thursday. In an electoral college of 4,896 voters with 10,98,903 value, 2,002 votes with value of 6,84,179 have been counted. Thirty seven votes were declared invalid. Kovind has so...

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