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Kerala tops in governance, Karnataka 4th, says report

Bengaluru, July 22 (IANS) Kerala stands as the best governed state in the country and Karnataka is in the fourth position, said the Public Affairs Index 2018 released by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC) here. Kerala has topped the Public Affairs Index (PAI) for 2018 as the best governed state for the third consecutive year since 2016 among large states, said Bengaluru-based PAC...

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India calls for rules-based order in Indo-Pacific

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) India on Thursday called for a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region that should allow use of common spaces on sea and in the air. The Indo-Pacific must be a free, open and an inclusive region, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in her keynote address at the ministerial session of this year's Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event to...

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India reaffirms commitment to promoting blue economy

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Ahead of this year's Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and the Asean bloc, India on Wednesday reaffirmed it commitment to promote the blue economy. Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-India cooperation in the field of blue economy has tremendous scope, ...

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Assamese and Malwi folk music performances at the IGNCA

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Folk music from Madhya Pradesh and Assam was rendered at the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) here on Wednesday, as part of a three-day series, to bring to Delhi, fading music from all over India. The Sanjari: Ek Bharat-Shreshth Bharat series by the centre has organised presentations of music from Arunachal, Bihar, Rajasthan, Goa, Tamil Nadu, J...

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Duleep Trophy begins on Aug 17, Ranji Trophy from Nov 1

Mumbai, July 18 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced that the 37-team Raji Trophy championship will be held from November 1, 2018 to February 6, 2019 after the conclusion of the Vijay Hazare and the Deodhar Trophy 50-overs tournaments. The domestic season will begin with the Duleep Trophy, starting on August 17, 2018. It will end on September 8.<...

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In LS, new MPs take oath amid sloganeering

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) As the monsoon session of Parliament began on Wednesday amid sloganeering by Opposition members, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan started the day by swearing in new members and taking up obituary references. The new members who were administered oath were M.Y. Kukade from Bhandara-Gondiya (Maharashtra), Rajendra Gavit from Palghar (Maharashtra), Tokheho from Na...

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J&K says FIR against Major Aditya justified; SC to hear final arguments on July 30

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday told the Supreme Court that investigation in the Shopian case involving Major Aditya Kumar was justified and his father can't filed plea against the FIR. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said it would hear, on July 30, the final arguments in the case. Lt ...

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Haemorrhagic stroke highest in northeastern states: Study

Toronto, July 14 (IANS) One in three people, between 30-69 years, living in India's northeastern states, suffered premature deaths due to haemorrhagic stroke in 2015, and were about three times higher than the national average, alarming research, led by one of an Indian-origin, has found. Hypertension is the primary risk factor for haemorrhagic stroke and consumption of excessive salt co...

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Base year for identifying migrants in Manipur likely to be 1951

Imphal, July 13 (IANS) The base year for identifying migrants in the Inner Line Permit Bill that the BJP led government is introducing in the monsoon session of the state assembly is likely to be 1951. The draft bill tabled by chief minister N. Biren Singh had mentioned the base year as 1972. However, stakeholders, including two Congress MLAs, R.K. Anand and N. Bijoy, had insisted on 195...

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Rajnath assures Centre's assistance for border development programme

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday emphasised the need to improve social and economic infrastructure for people residing along the international borders so that they continue to live in their villages, and assured that Centre would continue to provide assistance to states to strengthen activities under Border Area Development Programme (BADP). The Uni...

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Rajnath reviews border area development programme

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday reviewed the ongoing development programme being run in 17 states located along the international borders, an official said. Chairing the meeting, Rajnath Singh interacted with field-level officers to review the Border Area Development Programme (BADP). Union Ministers of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir ...

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9 killed in Manipur landslide

Imphal, July 11 (IANS) At least nine persons, including five children, died after a landslide hit Manipur's Tamenglong district early on Wednesday. Among the victims were three girls and two boys, while two more children have gone missing, Adim Panmei, Chairman of State Disaster Management said. Panmei and his team along with the police and fire fighters are searching for the tw...

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NE Governors, CMs disapprove Centre's decision to stop new schemes

Shillong, July 10 (IANS) Governors and Chief Ministers of the northeastern states have expressed their disapproval of the Central government's decision to put on hold new schemes funded through the North Eastern Council (NEC). The Union Finance Ministry, through its Expenditure Finance Committee had last year decided to stop projects under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources, followin...

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Review decision to put NEC-sanctioned projects on hold, demand northeastern CMs

Shillong, July 9 (IANS) Chief Ministers of the northeastern states on Monday appealed to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singhto review the recent decision to put on hold developmental projects sanctioned by North Eastern Council (NEC), the regional planning body, to meet the development needs of the region. We welcome the proposal to reposition NEC into a conflict resolution, development pl...

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Rajnath Singh to chair NEC meet in Shillong on Monday

Shillong, July 8 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 67th plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC), a regional planning body of eight northeastern states, here on Monday, an official said. Governors and Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura - who are also members of newly reconstituted NEC - will att...

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'Big 500' corporates account for 90% CSR spend: Survey

Mumbai, July 4 (IANS) The 'big 500' companies in India contribute the lion's share of more than 90 per cent of the total Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spends in India, and just 20 top corporations account for over 45 per cent, a new survey revealed on Wednesday. In terms of the geographical beneficiaries, Maharashtra received the biggest chunk of the total CSR fund spent in the c...

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SC seeks response of Centre, eight states on vacancies in CIC, SICs

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and eight states on a plea for direction to immediately fill up vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC) and State Information Commissions (SICs). A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand as to why the appointments were not being...

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Rajnath to chair NEC meet in Shillong on July 9

Shillong, July 2 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair here from July 9 the 67th plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC), a regional planning body of eight northeastern states, an official said on Monday. Governors and Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura -- who are also members of newly reconstituted NEC...

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NSCN-IM stresses integration of all Naga territories

Kohima, July 1 (IANS) The NSCN-IM on Sunday stressed that the issue of integration of all Naga territories was an integral part of the ongoing political dialogue with the Centre and that both parties had agreed to pursue this through a democratic process. A Nagaland Socialist Council of Nagaland-Issac Muivah statement said that Naga territories had been arbitrarily and indiscriminately k...

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Centre approves Rs 390 cr assistance to three states

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Central government on Friday approved Rs 390 crore central assistance to three states affected by natural calamities during 2017-2018, including Andhra Pradesh. The approval was given by a High Level Committee, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, convened to consider the additional central assistance to the states affected by floods, landslides and droug...

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