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Rs 43 lakh looted from cash van in Bhopal

Bhopal, July 20 (IANS) Criminals on Thursday walked away with a carton packed with Rs 43 lakh from a cash van in this Madhya Pradesh capital, police said. The van was targeted when it reached Maharana Pratap Nagar to deposit money in an ATM. While some of the van occupants went into the ATM kiosk, two others remained in the vehicle. According to CCTV footage, a person can...

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MP makes 'Hindi Medium' and Sachin biopic tax free

Bhopal, July 20 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday waived off entertainment tax on Bollywood movies Hindi Medium and Sachin: A Billion Dreams, said a state Minister. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting on Thursday in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said Finance and Commercial Taxes Minister Jayant Kumar Malaiya. The budget for building ...

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'Lipstick Under My Burkha': Lifelike and Irrepressible

Film: Lipstick Under My Burkha; Director: Alankrita Shrivastav; Cast: Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Sushant Singh, Shashank Arora, Vikrant Massey, Ahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Rating: ***1/2 The much-awaited Lipstick Under My Burkha is a bold and brutally honest film about the unbridled dreams of four women, trapped in their lives owing to societal norms and stereotypes. <...

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Medha Patkar among 500 arrested, released in Bhopal

Bhopal, July 19 (IANS) Around 500 people, including Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA)founder Medha Patkar, Madhya Pradesh Aam Admi Party (AAP) Convener Alok Agrawal and their supporters, were on Wednesday taken into custody from the railway station here. They were arrested when they were about to proceed to meet Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to apprise him of the problems of people liv...

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My questions for house changed, alleges Congress MLA in MP

Bhopal, July 19 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Congress legislator Ram Nivas Rawat has written to the assembly secretariat, alleging his questions for the house relating to farmers' issues, their agitation and promises that the government made have been altered. His questions, forwarded to the secretariat for the monsoon session of the state legislature, had been modified to hide the harsh realit...

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Malaysian companies show interest in redeveloping 7 stations

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The Indian Railways on Tuesday said a consortium of Malaysian developers has shown interest in redeveloping seven railway stations after meeting Railway Board members here. According to officials in the Railway Ministry, a Malaysian delegation visited Rail Bhavan on Tuesday and had a meeting with the senior officials of Railway Board. In the meeting, th...

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Madhya Pradesh legislators queue up to vote in presidential poll

Bhopal, July 17 (IANS) Legislators queued up to cast their vote for the next President in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly premises here on Monday amid tight security. The committee room in the legislative assembly has been made the polling centre. Many legislators were seen queuing up outside the polling centre to cast their votes. The polling, which began at 10 a.m., will end at 5 p...

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25 transfers in 13 years: 'KBC Wali Madam' turns 'Transfer Wali Madam'

Bhopal, July 14 (IANS) Conventionally, the average duration of a government officer's stay in a posting has been around three years. But here is a woman officer who has been transferred 25 times in 13 years, that too without being assigned any reason for her being frequently shifted. Amita Singh Tomar, the now-harassed woman officer, has no corruption charges against her. The kee...

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My fight is against Manuwadi ideology: Meira Kumar

Bhopal, July 13 (IANS) Opposition candidate for the President's post Meira Kumar on Thursday said her fight is against those trying to impose on the people a Manuwadi ideology having strong upper caste bias. Kumar, who was here to campaign for the presidential poll, without naming any party or government said that the election this time round was a battle of ideology. Speaking to...

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Plumbing lethal palace intrigues in Princely India

Title: A Necessary Evil; Author: Abir Mukherjee; Publisher: Harvill Secker/Penguin Random House; Pages: 380; Price: Rs 599 If a crime fiction series is set in the Raj era, one installment will invariably be in a Princely state, where there is usually an uneasy pact between tradition and modernity, succession battles and other palace intrigues (especially within/from the zenana), some dod...

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Three more farmers commit suicide in MP -- toll 45

Bhopal, July 9 (IANS) The spate of farmer suicides in Madhya Pradesh continues unabated. Three farmers committed suicide in the last two days under pressure from banks and moneylenders, taking the number of farmer deaths to 45 in 28 days. A debt-ridden farmer on Sunday killed himself by jumping in front of a train in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district. Tekram Kurmi, 48, was the owne...

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Meira Kumar to campaign in Bhopal on July 13

Bhopal, July 9 (IANS) The Congress-led opposition's Presidential nominee Meira Kumar will arrive in the Madhya Pradesh capital on July 13 to seek support for her candidature. Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh on Sunday said that Kumar would interact with the state legislators. She would appeal to legislators of the Congress and other like-minded parties to back her candidature for ...

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I've stopped judging people: Aahana Kumra

Mumbai, July 7 (IANS) Actress Aahana Kumra says Lipstick Under My Burkha has taught her that it's best not to judge people. Asked about any change that the bold film could bring in the society, Aahana told media persons here: I think change does not come in one day. Change takes place when you keep a keen eye on your own actions. This film has educated me not to judge anyone or at least ...

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Bhopal's bike sharing sets a new trend

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh's capital city recently launched India's first fully-automated bicycle-sharing system as part of its second anniversary of the Smart Cities programme. This development comes just three weeks after Mysuru, Karnataka launched the country's first city-level bicycle-sharing project. The Bhopal system involves a fully-automated bike-sharing system of 500 bicycles with o...

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Can tackle radicalism through education: Naqvi

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) Education is the key to countering radicalism and ending poverty, said Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday. The Minister's observation came while felicitating candidates belonging to minority communities who qualified in the the prestigious civil services examination. Seven candidates - five Muslims and two Jains - have been ...

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'Kisan Mukti Yatra' to continue in MP, 450 arrested

Bhopal, July 6 (IANS) The 'Kisan Mukti Yatra', taken out on Thursday to pay homage to the five protesting farmers killed in police firing in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district, was halted by the police and 450 persons arrested. The farmers have announced they will continue with the Yatra. People involved in the Yatra were arrested on charges of disrupting peace. As many as 450 persons we...

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Madhya Pradesh 'Kisan Mukti Yatra' halted, 300 arrested

Bhopal, July 6 (IANS) The 'Kisan Mukti Yatra', taken out on Thursday to pay homage to the six protesting farmers killed by police in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district, has been halted by the police and as many as 300 persons arrested. The people involved in the Yatra have been arrested on the allegation of disrupting peace. Till now, as many as 300 persons have been arrested, Superinten...

13 days ago
Madhya Pradesh 'Kisan Mukti Yatra' halted, 300 arrested

Bhopal, July 6 (IANS) The 'Kisan Mukti Yatra', taken out on Thursday to pay homage to the six protesting farmers killed in police firing in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district, has been halted by the police and as many as 300 persons arrested. The people involved in the Yatra have been arrested on the allegation of disrupting peace. Till now, as many as 300 persons have been arrested, Su...

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'Kisan Mukti Yatra' begins in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, July 6 (IANS) To pay a tribute to the six protesting farmers killed in police firing in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district, the 'Kisan Mukti Yatra' began on Thursday under the leadership of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee. Representatives of more than 100 groups of farmers from all over the country reached Mandsaur, demanding loan waivers and fixing the maxim...

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Three more farmers end lives in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, July 5 (IANS) Three more farmers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh due to debt, taking the total number of farmer deaths to 42 in the past 24 days -- an average of two deaths a day. Parshuram Sahu, an elderly farmer from Maneshia village of Rahatgarh region in Sagar district, reportedly swallowed pesticide, troubled by debt and usurers on Tuesday. He was taken to the Medic...

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