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Fervour, gaiety marks Eid in Karnataka

Bengaluru, June 16 (IANS) Fervour, gaiety and piety marked the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday in Karnataka after the month-long Ramadan fasting by the devout. Thousands of Muslims, including women and children, offered prayers at idgah maidan, mosques and seminaries in cities and towns across the state, greeted each other and feasted with families and friends. Attired in ...

2 days ago
Illegal liquor seized, bootlegger held

New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) A vehicle carrying 192 cartons of illegal liquor was seized here and an inter-state bootlegger arrested, police said on Friday. The seizure and arrest of Surender took place in the Nand Nagri area of east Delhi on Wednesday, during an ongoing surprise checking drive in the border areas. Surender, a resident of Kananda village in Haryana's Bahadurgarh, u...

4 days ago
Gang led by lawyer busted, 65 mobile phones seized

Ghaziabad, June 13 (IANS) Police in Ghaziabad have busted a gang of mobile thieves headed by a lawyer and recovered 65 mobile phones from their possession. Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna said the gang members snatched mobile phones in densely populated areas and at railway stations. The criminals were identified as Mithlesh, Alopi Mehto, Durga Mehto, Gopal Kuma...

5 days ago
My appearance is not a source of insecurity: Lisa Ray

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Indo-Canadian actress Lisa Ray, who likes to call herself a cancer graduate after surviving the disease, never feared over her looks after chemotherapy sessions. She says her appearance is not a source of insecurity for her. When you are fighting for your life, everything comes second. And then when you are better, you realise how much energy and time we waste i...

5 days ago
Flavours of festivity in first Durga Puja-themed restaurant

Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) With food stalls lining the streets, devotees queuing up outside eateries and plates full of food passed among families and friends, the whole of Kolkata turns into a giant food court during Durga Puja. While the five-day festivities get over in the wink of an eye, the city now has its maiden Durga Puja-themed restaurant ready to serve gastronomes round the year. ...

6 days ago
Punjab to develop 30 tourist destinations

Chandigarh, June 11 (IANS) Punjab Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said 30 places of significance would be developed as world class tourism spots at an outlay of Rs 590.97 crore. A total of such 11 places would the centre of attraction in and around Amritsar. Presiding over presided over a meeting here to chalk out a roadmap to transform and deve...

9 days ago
Don't want to do films with big stars: Nirbhay Wadhwa

Mumbai, June 9 (IANS) Actor Nirbhay Wadhwa, who will be seen as a tantrik-turned-rakshas in the upcoming show Qayamat Ki Raat, says he wants to do a solo film as he feels he will be overshadowed if he featured along side big stars. I want to do a solo film and not with a big stars because then I would get overshadowed... And I would like to do stunt-based films and want to do fights with...

9 days ago
Learnt to be content in insecure, competitive industry: Karishma Tanna

Mumbai, June 8 (IANS) Actress Karishma Tanna, who will seen in the upcoming fantasy thriller Qayamat Ki Raat, says in an industry where there is a lot of insecurity and competition, she has learnt how to be content. The 34-year-old started her acting journey with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in 2000 and has completed eight years in the small screen industry. Calling it an amazi...

9 days ago
Democracy under attack in India: Actor and filmmaker Nandita Das

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Democracy is under threat in India with artists, writers and rationalists being attacked in some form or the other, says acclaimed actress and filmmaker Nandita Das, who feels conservatives and right-wing groups are increasingly becoming the country's moral police. Be it the debate around growing intolerance in India or the agitation around the release of Sanjay ...

12 days ago
World Environment Day marked with slew of programmes in Bengal

Kolkata, June 5 (IANS) West Bengal marked World Environment Day on Tuesday with a slew of programmes including colourful parades, distribution of environment-friendly bags to replace plastic, planting of trees and holding of awareness programmes. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged everyone to curb plastic pollution. Today is World Environment Day. Following this year's theme, l...

12 days ago
Chill your summer drinks with 'cool' cumbers

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) From juices to margaritas, mojitos and daiquiris -- cucumbers are now given a twist in myriad forms in refreshing summer cocktails, which are readily being shaken and stirred at pubs, bars and eateries. Full of health benefits and not burning a hole in your pocket, cucumber-based drinks are turning into a centrepiece of summer sips and are being lapped up by the ...

15 days ago
Mamata to skip NITI Aayog meet for Eid

Kolkata, June 2 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she will not be able to attend the NITI Aayog meeting scheduled on June 16, as it coincides with Eid-ul-Fitr falling on the day. I have received a letter for the meeting. According to the calendar, June 16 is a national holiday on the occasion of Eid. How can I leave the state? Banerjee told reporters here...

15 days ago
I never felt like an outsider in India: Anusha Dandekar

Bogmalo (Goa), June 2 (IANS) Popular VJ Anusha Dandekar, who shifted base from Australia to Mumbai in 2002, says she never felt like an outsider in the country, but it was the language which was a huge barrier. Anusha in April had tweeted that when she shifted base from Australia to India, she was overcharged for everything as she was considered to be a foreigner. Asked if she st...

16 days ago
Mundka-Bahadurgarh metro line to start operation soon

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety has given its nod for start of passenger operations on the Green Line's Mundka-Bahadurgarh corridor, the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) said on Friday. The 11.18-km-long section will be the extension of Mundka-Kirti Nagar/Inderlok Green Line which was started in two phases in 2010 and 2011. The exact date of opening of...

19 days ago
I've never gone for fame or stardom: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who has completed a decade-long journey in the Hindi film industry, says she chooses good work over fame and stardom. The daughter of actor-producer Anil Kapoor ventured into the world of filmmaking in 2005 as an assistant director for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie Black. She made her acting debut two years later in Saawariya. ...

23 days ago
Want to make Bangabandhu Bhavan here, says Mamata

Santiniketan (West Bengal), May 25 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed her government's desire to build a Bangabandhu Bhavan in the memory of Bangladesh's founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Banerjee was speaking at the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavan in the presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is the daughter of Mujibur Rahman. ...

25 days ago
Rs 2.04 lakh cr projects sanctioned for smart cities: Centre

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Projects worth over Rs 2.04 lakh crore have been sanctioned by the Central government for the Smart Cities Mission since the inception of the project four years ago, an official said on Wednesday. Addressing the 4th Smart Cities Expo here organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation, Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said that follow...

25 days ago
Varanasi: Sons hide woman's body to keep pension flowing

Varanasi, May 23 (IANS) In a shocking incident, five children of a woman were keeping her dead body in their house here for the past five months, so that the pension coming in her name did not stop despite her passing away, police said on Wednesday. The bizarre incident came to light in the Awas Vikas Colony of Durgakund in the temple town after locals reported of stench emanating from t...

25 days ago
Village headman hacked to death in Jharkhand

Ranchi, May 23 (IANS) A village head was hacked to death by a group of co-villagers on Wednesday in Jharkhand's Khuti district, following which two persons were arrested, police said. Police said village head Durga Singh Munda was cutting a 'palash' tree on his land falling in the jurisdiction of Sadar police station, which was opposed by six villagers. Following an argument, th...

26 days ago
'Clean air plan lacks sector-specific emission reduction targets'

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) The proposed National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) would be of no use as it has not mentioned sector-specific and time-bound emission reduction targets for industries. It has also failed to lay enough emphasis on units which are contributing to air pollution, environmentalists say. With the goal to meet the prescribed annual average ambient air quality standards at a...

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