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Haryana diverted most forest land, now wants money for afforestation

New Delhi, Jan 18: Haryana diverted the most forest land -- 79.44 sq km or about 200 times the size of New Delhi's Lodhi Gardens or 900 times size of Mumbai's Nariman Point -- from its forest area of 1,584 sq km between 2014-15 and 2016-17, according to a reply to the Lok Sabha last month. Up to three per cent of Haryana's land, nearly the size of Delhi, is officially marked as forests.<...

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Rongali Festival to showcase Assam's cultural mosaic

Guwahati, Jan 18 (IANS) Aiming to celebrate the vivid colours of Assam, the fourth edition of Rongali Festival will begin here on Friday. The three-day fest will showcase the culture of communities of the northeastern state and also give a platform to 75 musicians, housewives who will exhibit their culinary skills, designers, cyclists and more. We are bringing different communities toget...

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Adopted Indian child now a Swiss parliamentarian

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) His biological mother Anasuiya could never have imagined that Niklaus-Samuel Gugger, whom she abandoned in a hospital 48 years ago just after his birth, would be the first Indian to be elected to the Swiss parliament. Born in CSI Lombard Memorial Hospital, run by Basel Mission, in Karnataka's Udupi town, on May 1, 1970, Niklaus was adopted by a Swiss couple withi...

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ISL: Jamshedpur snap Kerala's unbeaten run

Jamshedpur, Jan 17 (IANS) Jamshedpur FC snapped Kerala Blasters FC's three-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Wednesday. Jerry Mawhmingthanga (1st minute) and veteran striker Ashim Biswas (31st) scored first-half goals to ensure the hosts got back to winning ways after going down 1-2 to FC Goa in their pre...

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Lower GST collection indicates evasion by traders: Sushil Modi

Bengaluru, Jan 17 (IANS) The sharp drop in revenue collection under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system indicated attempts to evade or suppress taxes, said Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday. The revenue slump to Rs 80,806 crore in November from Rs 92,283 crore in July indicated attempts to evade or suppress taxes under the GST, he told reporters here. ...

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Modi government will pay heavily for atrocities: Jignesh

Hyderabad, Jan 17 (IANS) Dalit leader from Gujarat, Jignesh Mewani, on Wednesday said the Narendra Modi government will have to pay a heavy price for the atrocities being committed on Dalits across the country. The newly-elected member of Gujarat Assembly said a nationwide movement would be launched on the issues faced by the youth in general and Dalits in particular. The youth l...

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Kerala HC orders land survey in ex-Minister's case

Kochi, Jan 17 (IANS) The Kerala High Court on Wednesday ordered a detailed land survey in a case involving former Transport Minister Thomas Chandy who had been accused of usurping land. The court made it clear that there was no need to register a FIR but asked authorities to hold the survey and submit a report in three months. Chandy quit in November last year as Minister.

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151 Tripura police officers transferred on EC's order

Agartala, Jan 17 (IANS) Following the instructions of the Election Commission, ahead of the assembly elections, the Tripura police chief has transferred 151 officers, including 20 offcers-in-charge (OC) of police stations, a senior officer said here on Wednesday. Twenty OCs among 151 police officers in the rank of sub-inspector and inspector have been transferred in different posts acros...

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Haj subsidy should be continued: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 16 (IANS) The Congress' Kerala unit on Tuesday demanded that the central government should continue with the Haj subsidy, terming its removal yet another of its acts against the minority community. Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy termed it as the most unfortunate and called for it to be reversed. Giving subsidy for Haj is historically relevanA and has ...

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Ensure efficacy of cyclone forecast technologies: Alphons

Kochi, Jan 16 (IANS) In the backdrop of the controversy surrounding forewarning about Cyclone Ockhi that devastated coastal Kerala, Union Minister of State for Tourism K.J. Alphons on Tuesday called for ensuring the efficacy of the existing technologies used for forecasting such disasters. He was speaking at the second international symposium on the Societal Applications in Fisheries and...

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Joining party won't ensure ministerial berth: Kerala NCP

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 16 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Kerala chief T.P. Peethambaran on Tuesday made it clear that anybody joining the party should not do so with an intention to become a minister. The NCP in Kerala is an ally of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and has two legislators and one of them holds a cabinet berth. But, while A.K. Saseendran had to q...

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Rail commuters vote Kozhikode station 'cleanest': Survey

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Kozhikode railway station in Kerala has been declared the cleanest in the country by railway commuters while the Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi is at the lowest rung, said a survey by an app-based travel portal on Tuesday. Kozhikode was ranked the best railway station with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 while Hazrat Nizamuddin was rated the lowest by our users in t...

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ISL: Kerala challenge for Jamshedpur FC

Jamshedpur, Jan 16 (IANS) Kerala Blasters FC will look to continue their good run against Jamshedpur FC when the two sides meet in an Indian Super League (ISL) tie here on Wednesday. The Blasters, fresh from their fighting 1-0 away win over Mumbai City FC, are also riding high on the form of striker Iain Hume who is back among the goals after struggling for playing time under former head...

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Two Kerala policemen, two others held for teenage girl's rape

Alappuzha (Kerala), Jan 16 (IANS) A probationary Sub-Inspector of the Kerala Police attached to a station near here and a police constable, besides two others, have been arrested for rape of a 15-year-old girl, police said on Tuesday. Addressing reporters here, Alappuzha Superintendent of Police S. Surendran identified the arrested policemen as Sub-Inspector Liju and police constable Nel...

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India take on Japan in 4-nation hockey meet opener

Tauranga (New Zealand), Jan 16 (IANS) India will aim to make a winning start in the Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament -- the first event of 2018 -- as they take on Japan at the Blake Park here on Wednesday. With four days of training at the venue and getting used to the conditions in New Zealand, senior drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh is confident that the team is ready for the...

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Four decades in Malayalam filmdom, Asokan going strong as ever

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 16 (IANS) After successfully donning the greasepaint in the Malayalam film industry for the past four decades, actor Asokan is going strong as ever before. The 55-year-old actor, who has worked in close to 200 Malayalam films, told IANS that there's no truth in reports that he has quit films and is now concentrating only in TV serials. This is nothing but ...

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I-League: Arrows look to avenging defeat against Neroca

Panaji, Jan 15 (IANS) Indian Arrows would be looking to avenge their defeat in the reverse fixture as they come up against Neroca FC in an I-League encounter here on Tuesday. The margin of victory was slender as Neroca FC won 2-1 the last time the two sides met but the game in Goa could be a very different affair. The Luis Norton de Matos coached-side has once again made Goa its...

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BJP MP arrested, bailed out in fake address case

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 15 (IANS) Malayalam superstar and BJP MP Suresh Gopi was on Monday arrested on charges of giving a fake address and released on bail, police said. The Rajya Sabha member presented himself before police, which recorded his arrest. He was released on bail after furnishing a bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties, said Inspector General of Police S. Sreejith. Act...

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Rising sea swamps island along Bengal coast

Mousuni (West Bengal), Jan 15: The living drown and the dead float out of their graves as the rising sea engulfs Baliara village in Mousuni, an island facing the Bay of Bengal. Every third or fourth day, the high tide enters homes and leaves farms a wasteland. At one edge of the Sundarbans -- the world's largest mangrove forest -- Mousuni used to have an embankment along Baliara to hold ...

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Orange passport will be discriminatory: Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 15 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday strongly condemned the proposed move by the Centre to come out with an orange colour passports for those who have not passed their Class 10 examination, calling it discriminatory. No way this proposal should go forward. This is creating two different types of citizens, one with education and one withou...

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