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SC notice to Maharashtra, Trimbakeshwar temple trust

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court has sought a response from Maharashtra and the Trimbakeshwar Sansthan Trust on a plea for increasing the number of trustees from the general public to six with two seats reserved for females in the Board of Trustees of the historic Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharashtra. A vacation bench of Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Indu Malhotra o...

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Kovind holds meetings with Greek leaders, calls for expanding trade

Athens, June 18 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday met his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos on his state visit and highlighted Indias commitment to expand and diversify trade and investment engagement between the two nations. India also thanked Greece for its support for India's candidature for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council and for membership to the Nuclea...

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AIIMS declares MBBS entrance results; girls bag top three ranks

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday declared the results of its 2018 MBBS entrance exam for the 800 seats at the hospital's nine campuses across the country. The top three ranks were bagged by girls. The results of the AIIMS-MBBS 2018 Entrance Examination held on May 26 and 27 for 800 seats in AIIMS, New Delhi and other eight AIIMS were...

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Won't tolerate data misuse to influence polls: Prasad

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday warned social media companies against misusing users' data to influence the outcome of elections, saying this will not be tolerated. Also, the government was awaiting the report of the Justice Srikrishna Committee on data protection and law, said Prasad, who is also Law and Justice Minister. At a press conference...

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Taking significant steps to fill varsity vacancies: Javadekar

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that the government is taking all significant steps, including filing a petition in the Supreme Court to reverse the mode of recruitment, to fill the vacancies of universities teachers across the country. We are doing all things necessary to fill the teachers' posts in the Delhi Universit...

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CTET to be held in 20 languages, including Tamil: Javadekar

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) will be held in 20 languages, including Tamil, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. The CTET examination will be conducted in all Indian languages as was being conducted earlier. I have already directed the CBSE to conduct examination in all the 20 languages, Javadekar said in a t...

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Tripura Assembly to begin budget session on Tuesday

Agartala, June 18 (IANS) The Tripura Assembly will begin its 11-day budget session from Tuesday, Speaker Rebati Mohan Das said here on Monday. Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarma would lay the budget for the current fiscal (2018-19) on the first day of the 11-day session of the Assembly, Das told the media. He said two important bills were likely to be submitted during the sess...

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Renewable energy-based desalination could resolve India's perennial water woes

The ever-increasing demand for potable water is exerting tremendous stress on our existing consumable water resources. Water covers a little over 70 per cent of the earths surface, and by this we erroneously presume that there is adequate potable water. Realistically, only 3 per cent of this water is potable. According to a study in Science Advances, some African and Asian countries face...

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Banks Board Bureau recommends 22 executive promotions at PSBs

N0ew Delhi, June 17 (IANS) The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended 22 general managers to be promoted as Executive Directors at various state-run banks, according to an announcement by the BBB. Tasked to improve the governance of public sector banks (PSBs), the BBB is an autonomous body that recommends selection of heads of government-owned banks and financial institutions and inclu...

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Turkey arrests 19 suspects over armed attack on ruling party lawmaker

Ankara, June 17 (IANS) At least 19 suspects were arrested on Saturday over the recent armed attack on ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) members in southeast Turkey, said a Xinhua news agency report. The suspects included Ismail Kaplan, a parliamentary candidate of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) and some district officials of HDP and Democratic Regions Party wer...

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Belgium can cope with absence of key defensive duo, says Alderweireld

Moscow, June 15 (IANS) Belgium have the depth to cover for the likely absence of injured centre-backs Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen in their opening FIFA World Cup match against Panama on Monday, defender Toby Alderweireld said on Friday. Belgium and Manchester City captain Kompany and Barcelona's Vermaelen continued to train separately from the main squad on Friday as they race a...

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'Digital India' eliminated middlemen, empowered citizens: Modi

New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his flagship programme Digital India helped citizens by eliminating middlemen and promoted 4Es -- Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment. We launched Digital India with a very simple focus -- to ensure more people can benefit from the joys of technology, especially in rural areas, he said while interac...

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Over 100 planets with life-hosting moons identified

Washington, June 15 (IANS) Researchers have identified more than 121 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life. These giant planets have orbits within the habitable zones of their stars, meaning it's neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water -- and potentially life -- to exist. At more than three times the radii of the Earth, these gaseous planets ...

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Amazing-but-true reports from North Korea

Pity us poor reporters. This columnist covered a North Korean election in the 1990s. There was only one candidate! So for the first and only time in my life, I wrote a firm, confident prediction about who would win an election. I got it wrong. The North Korean Electoral College discussed the issue for hours and finally gave the presidency to the corpse of the candidate's father.<...

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Comey 'broke norms but not biased', says agency watchdog report

Washington, June 15 (IANS) A highly anticipated US Department of Justice report accuses ex-FBI Director James Comey of being insubordinate but not politically biased. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he had broken dramatically from FBI and department norms in handling an inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails, BBC reported. Clinton has blamed Comey for her election loss to ...

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BJP claims 13 seats out of 27 in Rajasthan local body by-elections

Jaipur, June 15 (IANS) Rajasthan's ruling BJP on Thursday captured 13 seats out of 27 in local body by-elections held recently in 17 districts of the state. The by-elections were held for one zila parishad seat, 17 seats of panchayat samitis and 9 seats of nagar palika/parishad. The BJP nabbed 11 seats of panchayat samitis and two seats of nagar palika. On the other hand,...

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Ready for game against Morocco, says Iran coach Queiroz

Saint Petersburg, June 14 (IANS) Noting that the first match against Morocco here on Friday will be a must-win for both sides, Iranian coach Carlos Queiroz said that the team is ready for the fixture. Queiroz, 65, is the first coach in Iran to take the team to the World Cup twice. This time the Asian team will be facing Morocco, Spain and Portugal in its group, reports Xinhua news agency...

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Kirti Azad hints at contesting as Congress candidate in 2019

Patna, June 14 (IANS) Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad on Thursday said he will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls but not as a BJP candidate, hinting his inclination towards the Congress. Announcing he would contest from his traditional Darbhanga seat in Bihar, he said: I will contest as a candidate of a national party other than BJP. He did not disclose the name of the party but expre...

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UPPSC to conduct main exams as SC rules out re-evaluation

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) can now conduct main exams for Upper Subordinate Services Examination 2017 as the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed its appeal challenging the Allahabad High Court order directing re-evaluation of the answer-sheets. Preliminary exam for 677 positions were held on September 24, 2017. Advertisement for the same w...

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Punjab CM announces projects worth Rs 2,140 cr in Jalandhar

Shahkot (Punjab), June 14 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced development projects of Rs 2,140 crore for Jalandhar and Shahkot as a gesture of gratitude to the people for ensuring the Congress candidate's victory in the Shahkot bypoll. Addressing a thanksgiving rally here, the Chief Minister said the Congress was indebted to the voters of the Shahkot assemb...

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