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We're facing a conspiracy of silence: Environmentalist Sunita Narain

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Environmentalist Sunita Narain, who heads the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and is a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), says the environment challenges we confront are progenies of a conspiracy of silence. Pollution is visible in Delhi because some important people live here, so there's a good monitori...

2 days ago
SC rejects plea to block 'Padmavati' release

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea seeking to block the release of controversial film Padmavati, saying that it is premature as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has yet to decide and any interference at this stage would amount to pre-judging the matter. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandra...

2 days ago
Does CBFC hold no values, asks 'Muzaffarnagar...' director

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The director of Muzaffarnagar: The Burning Love, a film facing trouble over its release in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, on Monday questioned the authorities as to why his movie was being stopped even when it has a pan-India release permit from the censor board. Harish Kumar, the director, has urged the authorities to allow the movie to hit the screens...

4 days ago
Google salutes Indian filmmaker V. Shantaram

Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) Google on Saturday celebrated the 116th birth anniversary of renowned Indian filmmaker, actor and writer Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, famed as 'V. Shantaram', alias Annasaeb. A colourful doodle depicts Shantaram's pensive profile, with an iconic old movie camera of the early filmmaking era, stills from a Marathi film, and his two later blockbusters, Do Aankhen Bara H...

5 days ago
SC asks states, UTs to curb use of pet coke and furnace oil

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday asked all the states and Union Territories to consider enforcing the decision of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) prohibiting the use of pet coke and furnace oil by the industry in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. Asking the states and UTs to voluntarily enforce the MoEF ...

6 days ago
Probe non-utilisation of green cess by AAP government: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) The BJP's Delhi unit leaders on Thursday met Lt Governor Anil Baijal and demanded an inquiry into the non-utilisation of around Rs 1,000 collected as green cess by the AAP government in Delhi in three years. We met the Lt Governor and demanded an inquiry into non-utilisation of around Rs 1,000 crore collected from the people, Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) un...

10 days ago
Soon filmmakers will commit suicide like farmers: 'Muzzaffarnagar' director

Mumbai, Nov 12 (IANS) Muzaffarnagar: The Burning Love director Harish Kumar says his film is facing problems over its release in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. He feels that if such cases go on, then filmmakers will also start committing suicide like farmers. Muzaffarnagar: The Burning Love, which is based on the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, is slated for release on November 17.

11 days ago
After furore, Pune varsity retracts 'vegetarian' condition for gold medallist

Pune, Nov 11 (IANS) Following an uproar, the Savitribai Phule Pune University on Saturday junked a 10-year-old circular stipulating that a gold medalist must be a vegetarian, free of any vices, said a top varsity official. We have withdrawn the 10-year-old circular after objections were raised from various quarters. Now we shall write to the Shelar family (which had endowed the two gold ...

11 days ago
After uproar, Pune varsity removes vegetarian condition for gold medallist

Pune, Nov 11 (IANS) Following an uproar, the Savitribai Phule Pune University on Saturday junked a 10-year-old circular stipulating that a gold medalist must be a vegetarian, free of any vices, said a top varsity official. We have withdrawn the 10-year-old circular after objections were raised from various quarters. Now we shall write to the Shelar family (which had endowed the medal) to...

12 days ago
President appeals for spreading organ donation awareness

New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday appealed to prominent persons of the society to spread awareness about voluntary donation of body organs to decrease the number of deaths every year due to their unavailability and to end illegal marketing of body parts. Due to poverty, some people may be compelled to sell their body organs, and this is unacceptable. If we inst...

16 days ago
The Madras Gig to help south India's indie music talents

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Global music company Sony Music and South Indias post-production facility Knack Studios have collaborated for The Madras Gig, which is a platform for indie talent across South India. Through this, the two brands aim at making indie music more accessible while also presenting fans with talent which are yet unexplored. The same will be mentored by musicians...

21 days ago
CBI is Compromised Bureau of Investigation: Congress

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Terming the CBI 'Compromised Bureau of Investigation' following its clean chit to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam, the Congress on Wednesday said it will file a private complaint against the agency in a trial court. The party also pointed fingers at certain appointments made by the government in the Central Bureau of Investig...

23 days ago
Two businessmen shot dead, Rs 25 lakh looted

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Two businessmen going to a bank to deposit cash here were shot dead on Monday and another was injured after three masked men opened fired at them and escaped with Rs 25 lakh they had, police said. The incident occurred at around 10.30 a.m. near Old Grain Mandi in Narela when the attackers, riding two motorcycles, intercepted the car of businessmen Pankaj, 35, Har...

27 days ago
ISRO's new baby: Building secure quantum communications in space

Bengaluru, Oct 26 (IANS) After some delay, India is joining the handful of nations that have already embarked on a new kind of space race to build satellite networks for secure quantum communications. Existing communications systems are not hack-proof. Raman Research Institute (RRI) in Bengaluru has joined hands with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to develop the quantum te...

28 days ago
Collection agent held for youth's murder

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) A collection agent has been arrested on the charge of shooting dead a young man in east Delhi, police said on Wednesday. Police said Ravi Solanki, 27, was arrested from his residence in Usmanpur area after a friend of the deceased Rohit Pal, 22, was questioned. Locals informed police around 9.30 a.m. on Monday about the body of a man, later identified as ...

29 days ago
Parliamentary panel report only advisory, SC told

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court was told on Tuesday that a parliamentary standing committees' report was advisory in nature, which may or may not be accepted by Parliament and thus can't be relied upon by the higher courts in adjudication matters. As a parliamentary committee's report is an advice rendered to the house, no petition can be brought to issue a mandamus in terms o...

1 month ago
Modi targets Congress over Kedarnath redevelopment, party asks him to shed Italian glasses

Kedarnath/New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attacked the Congress for rejecting his proposal in June 2013 when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat for redevelopment of Kedarnath shrine but the party hit back asking him to shed his arrogance and Italian glasses. Modi, who offered prayers at the Kedarnath Temple and laid the foundation stone for five infrastruct...

1 month ago
Of Sindhis, patriarchy, mythology and love

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Take a close look at the Sindhi way of doing business; know the stories of women resisting the patriarchal rules of the society; go through an illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata that is sure to enthrall the new generation of readers; and flick through a modern love story, full of bumps and hurdles. These are the reads, IANS bookshelf has on offer for this w...

1 month ago
Explain Modi's chartered air travels as CM: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Countering the BJP's attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and terming it a 'witch hunt', the Congress on Wednesday demanded to know who paid for over 100 trips Prime Minister Narendra Modi made by chartered plane across India and abroad when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister between 2003 and 2007. The party also accused the BJP of t...

1 month ago
Rs 80 lakh seized from Hawala operators in Bhopal

Bhopal, Oct 13 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Police on Friday said it seized Rs 80 lakh, including in demonetised notes, from two Hawala perators here as it was being taken to Mumbai. Acting on a tip-off, police caught the two with a bag full of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, Inspector Sudesh Tiwari told IANS. He said Dayanand and Harish revealed that the money belonged to some businessperso...

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