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Will Modi opt for early general election?

The synchronisation of the next general election with the assembly polls of 2018 to set a pattern may not be the only reason why the Narendra Modi government is said to be considering bringing forward the 2019 general election by a year. While the need to evolve a system where the major elections are held simultaneously has been talked about for some time, the present conjecture relates ...

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A book that could be morale booster for the HIV-positive

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) In a society where HIV patients are very often forced into seclusion, a new book titled I Am HIV-Positive, So What? promises to raise new hopes among the silent sufferers. The book, authored by journalist Jayanta Kalita and published by Bloomsbury, was launched on Friday at an event organised at the Press Club of India here. The book is based on the life ...

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Stand vidicated by EC remarks on elections: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Reacting to Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat's remarks that winning elections at all cost, without ethics, is the new normal in politics, the Congress on Friday said it stood vindicated on the issue. We said the same thing during the (August 8) Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, wherein we pointed out that Congress MLAs were offered Rs 15 crore for voting against ...

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Gold bars worth Rs 7 cr seized in Manipur, smuggler held

Imphal, Aug 18 (IANS) Gold bars worth nearly Rs 7 crore have been seized and an international gold smuggler arrested from the Tengnoupal district in Manipur bordering Myanmar, officials said on Friday. Troopers of 12 Assam Rifles deployed at Khudengthabi in Tengnoupal district bordering Myanmar, made the recovery on Thursday night and the smuggler, Kamal Hassan, was handed over to the Cu...

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HC raises questions on youngsters playing Blue Whale

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday raised questions over youngsters committing suicide while playing the Blue Whale Challenge online game, asking how people are getting influenced by it. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar was hearing a plea seeking a direction to restrain companies -- including Google, Facebook and Yaho...

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Bury deadly 'Blue Whale' game, says Nasscom

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Concerned at the 'Blue Whale game' phenomenon that has taken several lives globally, including in India, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) on Thursday issued an advisory for all stakeholders to check the spread of the game. We at NASSCOM-DSCI have apprised our member companies of th...

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Irom Sharmila gets married in Kodaikanal

Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) Civil rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila on Thursday married her lover Desmond Coutinho in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. The low-key ceremony was held in the sub-registrar's office in the hill station in Dindugal district. The two came in the morning and completed the formalities. They also exchanged garlands, an official in the sub-registrar office told IANS ...

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Violations on Blue Whale will be dealt with strictly: Minister

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Any violations of government instructions of removing all links which direct users to the dangerous online game The Blue Whale Challenge will be dealt with strictly, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. We received several complaints related to the Blue Whale game that it has been provoking youngsters to com...

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New-gen northeast filmmakers to get platform in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) A new-generation of filmmakers from the northeast will get a chance to showcase their movies at a festival here later this week. Organised by India International Centre and North East Media Forum, the festival will be held on Friday and Saturday. The festival's theme is 'The Fresh Lense: New Cinematic Voices from Northeast India'. We will be screening fi...

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'Blue Whale' type games totally unacceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Games like Blue Whale -- that has been provoking youths to commit suicide -- are completely unacceptable, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. Prasad said the government has already issued instructions to all tech platforms to check the spread of The Blue Whale Challenge. On July 30, a 14-year-old sc...

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Peaceful I-Day celebrations in Manipur despite boycott call

Imphal, Aug 15 (IANS) Manipur saw peaceful celebrations of the 71st Independence Day on Tuesday despite a boycott and strike called by seven insurgent groups. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh unfurled the national flag and took salute from 43 contingents in the Ist Manipur Rifles parade ground. Explaining the slew of developmental works and other people-oriented projects undertaken...

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Assam celebrates 71st Independence Day

Guwahati, Aug 15 (IANS) Independence Day celebrations took place across Assam on Tuesday amid the devastating floods that have claimed 20 lives in the past few days and affected over 30 lakh people in 25 districts of the state. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal unfurled the tricolour at the Veterinary College ground at Khanapara here, while his cabinet colleagues and senior officials hoi...

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JD-U suspends 21 rebels in Bihar, says no split in party

Patna/New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Monday suspended 21 members, including former Minister Ramai Ram, for anti-party activities after they backed Sharad Yadav, who has opposed the party's tie-up with the BJP. At the same time, the party denied there is any split in its ranks. Among the leaders suspended for six years are Arjun Rai, a former ...

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JD-U suspends 21 rebels in Bihar, says no split in party

Patna/New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Monday suspended 21 members, including former Minister Ramai Ram, for anti-party activities after they backed Sharad Yadav, who has opposed the party's tie-up with the BJP. At the same time, the party denied there is any split in its ranks. Among the leaders suspended for six years are Arjun Rai, a former ...

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68 militants surrender in Manipur

Imphal, Aug 14 (IANS) A total of 68 militants, along with a huge cache of assorted weapons including AK series assault rifles, surrendered here on Monday before Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. The militants surrendered at a specially-organised Home Coming Ceremony in the parade ground of 1st Bn Manipur Rifles. Welcoming the surrendering militants to the national mainstrea...

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JD-U denies any split in its ranks

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) There is no split in the Janata Dal United (JD-U) and that most MPs and MLAs are with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, party spokesperson K.C. Tyagi said on Monday. Tyagi said that only rebel MP Ali Anwar Ansari, who was suspended from the parliamentary party for taking part in a meeting of opposition parties, was with senior leader Sharad Yadav. Since ...

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Three Manipur terrorists held in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Three members of a Manipur-based banned terror outfit, including its self-styled commander-in-chief, have been arrested in Delhi, police said on Monday. Kangleipak Communist Party (People's War Group) chief Laishram Ranjit Meitei, 45, Khumanthem Naobicha Singh, 36, and Thoidam Chaothoi, 30, were arrested from near the Inter-State Bus Terminus in north Delhi on Su...

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Manipur CM urges voters not to accept bribes

Imphal, Aug 14 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Monday appealed to the voters in the state not to accept money from candidates during elections -- if they wanted to stop post-election bribery. He was addressing a public meeting in his Heingang constituency in Imphal West district. Voters take money from all candidates and some of the candidates, when they become mi...

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Three Manipur terrorists held in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Three members of a Manipur-based banned terror outfit, including its self-styled commander-in-chief, have been arrested in Delhi, police said on Monday. Kangleipak Communist Party chief Laishram Ranjit Meitei, 45, Khumanthem Naobicha Singh, 36, and Thoidam Chaothoi, 30, were arrested from near the Inter-State Bus Terminus in north Delhi on Sunday evening, Deputy ...

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Manipur ex-Minister's son falls to death from restaurant terrace

New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) A son of a former Manipur Minister was found dead after he allegedly fell under mysterious circumstances from the second-floor terrace of a restaurant in south Delhi's Hauz Khas village, police said on Sunday. Police said Sidharth, 19, fell down from the building housing 'Match Box' restaurant around 4 p.m. on Saturday. He was rushed to a hospital but he succumbe...

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