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7 die in Patna hospital, junior doctors may intensify strike

Patna, May 24 (IANS) Though at least seven patients have died at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) during their strike since Tuesday night, junior doctors have now threatened to extend it indefinitely if their demands are not met, officials said on Wednesday. Protesting junior doctors have been abstaining from work for 24 hours, seeking action against police officials who can...

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Prachanda resigns as Nepal PM, paves way for Deuba to succeed

Kathmandu, May 24 (IANS) Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Wednesday announced his resignation during a televised address. The move paves way for Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba to become the next Prime Minister, as part of an agreement between the two leaders. Prachanda will now meet President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to submit his resignation. <...

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Seven die in Patna hospital as junior doctors strike work

Patna, May 24 (IANS) At least seven patients at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) died on Wednesday due to lack of treatment following a flash strike by junior doctors that started after midnight, officials said. The doctors have threatened to stay away from work for 24 hours if action was not taken against police officials who lathicharged them a few days back injuring some ...

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Prachanda defers resignation as PM, adds to political uncertainty

Kathmandu, May 23 (IANS) Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Tuesday deferred his planned resignation from the top post, adding to political uncertainties in Kathmandu. Earlier in the day, Prachanda informed his cabinet colleagues that he will put in his papers to pave way for Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba to become the next Prime Minister. On th...

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BJP plans grand 'Modifest' in 900 cities to mark three years

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The ruling BJP has planned a grand 'Modifest' in 900 cities across the country between May 26 to June 15 to highlight the central government's achievements in the three years of the Narendra Modi government. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said: The government is going to celebrate the three years of the historic...

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Highest-ever food grain production this year: Agriculture Minister

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Good monsoon for consecutive two years, coupled with farmer-friendly policies and decisions of the Modi government, is going to result into highest-ever production of foodgrain in the country this year, said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday. Total foodgrain production was estimated to be 273.38 million tonnes this year, which is 8.67 per cen...

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IDBI Bank wage revision: Unions warn of more strikes

Chennai, May 22 (IANS) Two major unions -- All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) and All India Bank Officers' Association (AIBOA) -- will chalk out separate agitation and strike programmes in support of early wage revision in IDBI Bank, the unions said. Employees of IDBI Bank will strike work on Tuesday demanding wage revision. In a joint circular issued here by the two u...

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Unconventional but alluring 'heroes': Byron's kin down the ages

In human affairs, things exist before they are formally named and continue to thrive even when people don't know or forget the name. Take this type of literary character, who continues to hold a strange fascination for us -- the hero (or rather, the anti-hero or even villain) who is passionate but flawed, charismatic but behaves outrageously, holds unshakeable beliefs while internally-conflicted ...

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India will lose 2,305 sq km forest cover by 2025: Study

Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) A staggering 2,305 sq km of forest cover in northeast India and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands -- slightly more than the size of Mauritius -- could disappear by 2025, a simulation study by ISRO scientists has predicted. The overall predicted loss of forest cover by 2025 is estimated to be 2,305 km square in the Northeast and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The m...

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Goa India's most preferred travel destination

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Be it winter or summer, Indians do not seem to get enough of Goa. A new Google India report released on Wednesday shows that Goa remains the most preferred destination within the country. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands witnessed a boom in popularity with 39.8 per cent year-on-year growth. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the top...

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SBI's Kolkata circle aims at Rs 5,000 cr home loan disbursement

Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) With the reduction in lending rate by 0.25 per cent in the affordable housing segment, State Bank of India's Kolkata circle is aiming at a disbursement of around Rs 5,000 crore in the home loan segment in the current fiscal. Kolkata circle consists of Bengal, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Last year we had disbursed Rs 3,125 crore under home loan seg...

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India's first ornamental fish tech park to come up in Chennai

Mangalore, May 16 (IANS) India's first ornamental fish technology park in Chennai would become operational in the next three months, MPEDA Chairman A. Jayathilak said on Tuesday. He said that after its completion, the technology park would be handed over to breeders and farmers of ornamental fish on lease for three years. Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park (ARTP), an ultra-modern fa...

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'Andamans should be developed as commercial hub'

Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) Expressing confidence in the adequate security arrangements in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, a senior Indian Navy officer has said that the authorities should focus on developing the archipelago as a commercial hub. We should look at developing Andaman and Nicobar commercially, specially (its capital) Port Blair as it is central to the islands. A lot of tourism ...

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China slowly increasing influence in the Bay of Bengal: Navy officer

Kolkata, May 15 (IANS) China is slowly increasing its political, economic and military influence in the Bay of Bengal by forging maritime ties with the countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh through infrastructural fundings, a senior Indian navy officer said here on Monday. However, there is an amount of skepticism about China's military initiatives in the region, Eastern Na...

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Navy's capability significantly enhanced on east coast: Bisht

Kolkata, May 15 (IANS) The Indian Navy's capability has been significantly enhanced on the east coast, as the sealine is strategically important to the nation in addressing security issues and threats from the rivals, a senior naval officer said here on Monday. There has been a progressive enhancement of the Indian Navy's capability on the east coast to increase the military assets on th...

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Positive macro-data, rupee lift equity markets to new highs

Mumbai, May 15 (IANS) Indian equity markets on Monday closed at record high levels as positive domestic macro-economic data and a strong rupee cheered investors. The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) rose by 44.95 points or 0.48 per cent to 9,445.85 points -- a new closing high. The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE closed at a new hig...

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Fasting Mishra's condition weakens, promises another anti-AAP 'expose'

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Doctors on Friday advised sacked minister Kapil Mishra to get admitted in hospital as his condition weakened on the third day of his indefinite hunger strike, but the suspended AAP leader was adamant about continuing and has also promised another expose against the AAP on Sunday. Doctors who did his health check-up sounded a warning, saying that Mishra's blood su...

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Modi in Sri Lanka, stresses on peace and harmony in a multi-language society

Dickoya (Sri Lanka), May 12 (IANS) In the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the Tamil-dominated tea plantation area in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said there is no better sight than a multilingual society living in peace and harmony and exhorted that threads of unity should be strengthened and not separated. With Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena an...

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Cochin Shipyard building 4 ships for Andaman & Nicobar

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Cochin Shipyard Limited is constructing four passenger-cum-cargo vessels for the Andaman and Nicobar Administration under the 'Make in India' initiative, the government said on Friday. The vessels would be ready before 2020. While two of these vessels will have a capacity of 500-persons-cum-150-tonne-cargo, the other two will have a capacity of 1200-perso...

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Finding the course of a dreaded disease - for eight annas

Affecting humans across all continents for centuries, this debilitating disease was long believed to be caused by unhealthy vapours, which gave its name - malaria (from Latin for bad air). While several scientists in the 19th century began zeroing in on its actual cause, the definitive proof was obtained by a British doctor in India who paid a volunteer eight annas for being bitten the same numbe...

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