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Maharashtra doctors withdraw mass leave agitation

Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) In a late night development, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) on Thursday urged all resident medicos to call off their four-day-long mass CL agitation immediately. The MARD said the Bombay High Court had taken a very sympathetic view of the doctors concerns about physical security and related issues, which it would monitor every 15 days. <...

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Sushma exposes concocted story of 'kidnapped' Indian in Serbia

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday exposed a concocted story of an Indian kidnapped in the central European nation of Serbia, saying it was a stage-managed act. Responding to a tweet by a person named Rajeev Sharma that his brother Vinay Mahajan had been kidnapped in Serbia and the kidnappers were threatening to kill him unless paid money, Sush...

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Shun pressuring government for transfer-posting: Modi to UP MPs

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Days after the BJP installed its government under Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cautioned party MPs from the state to refrain from pressurising state officials and asked them to focus on development of their region, sources said. Modi's remarks came during his meeting with parliamentarians from the state over breakfa...

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Men more prone to infertility due to less sleep: Experts

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Men are more likely to have infertility with less sleep than women, said IVF experts on Thursday. According to them, sleep seems to have an impact on male fertility and snoring may be the first sign. Studies show that men, who have disturbed sleep may have sperm counts equal to only 70 per cent, compared to those who sleep normal, and are less likely t...

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Auditors should ensure nations meet environmental commitments: President

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said auditors should play an important role in making nations meet their commitments on environment treaties. The audit institutions also have an important role to play in ensuring the nations leverage technology to provide high-quality services to citizens, the President said. Mukherjee was speaking at the 23rd Co...

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New taxi app to provide roadside pickup

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) People in Delhi and some other cities will now have a wider choice of taxis with the launch of a new app that also provides roadside pickup, and commission-free registration and enrolment to cab drivers. The app was launched on Thursday across seven cities, including Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bengaluru. The app 'Baxi', which ...

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India for expediting WTO deal

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) India on Thursday called for expediting negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on a trade facilitation agreement in services (TFS), saying multilateral bodies cannot afford to deliver slowly in the present global context. I hope it will not take too long because the disillusion that multilateral institutions are delivering slowly cannot be afforded ...

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Rs 5,021-crore central assistance to disaster-affected states

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) A high-level committee chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday approved a total of nearly Rs 5,021-crore assistance to 10 states affected by natural disasters. Andhra Pradesh will get Rs 584.21 crore, Assam Rs 269.40 crore, Bihar Rs 822.96 crore, Himachal Pradesh Rs 152.28 crore, Karnataka Rs 171.69 crore, Manipur Rs 19.11 crore, Rajasthan Rs 3...

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BJP government destroying institutions: Congress

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP-led government of destroying the country's institutions and said this could not be the way to move forward. Institutions are hard to build and sustain. Constitutional, educational and other important institutions are being ignored and surpassed by the present dispensation, Congress spokesperson M.V. Rajeev Gowda told the...

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Indian Navy's all-women team to sail across globe

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Indian Navy's all-women team is likely to set sail for journey around the world in June, Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar said on Thursday. Commander Abhilash Tomy, who did a solo circumnavigation of the world on a sailboat, will also be going on a solo circumnavigation by air in June or July, the Vice Admiral said. The two events come at a time when the Navy...

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President condoles deaths in London attack

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday condoled the loss of lives in the terror attack in London a day earlier and said India received the news with shock and sadness. At four persons were killed when a British-born attacker drove a car along the pavement, knocking down at least 40 pedestrians on the iconic and crowded Westminster Bridge near Parliament -- the ...

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Delhi sees hottest March 23 in six years

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The national capital saw the hottest March 23 in the past six years with the maximum temperature settling at 37.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday, seven notches above the season's average, the Met office said. It has forecast similar weather on Friday. This year's March 23 has broken the last six years' hottest day record. We noted 30 degrees temperature in 2016, 3...

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Evolve with technology, LG tells Delhi Police

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday advised Delhi Police to evolve with the technology for proper upkeep of records and for random checks of existing systems. Baijal also directed the police to widely publicise its One Touch Away app to spread awareness about the app among masses, so that people could utilise its services optimally. The direction...

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Resident doctors in Delhi go on strike, 800 surgeries postponed

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Over 20,000 resident doctors in the national capital on Thursday went on mass casual leave in solidarity with their Maharashtra counterparts, leading to postponement of over 800 surgeries across Delhi government and civic body-run hospitals, and also left thousands of patients in the lurch with OPD functions hit. Resident doctors in Delhi went on mass casual le...

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Separatist leaders' arrest to add fuel to fire: Farooq

Srinagar, March 23 (IANS) National Conference (NC) President and candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll in Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that the detention of separatist leaders will precipitate an already volatile situation in Kashmir. Abdullah was addressing an election meeting in north Kashmir's Ganderbal district, organised jointly by the NC and the Congress. ...

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Bangladesh to join India's South Asia Satellite initiative

Dhaka, March 23 (IANS) Bangladesh has signed an agreement with India to formally join New Delhi's 'South Asia Satellite' initiative, through which the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a communication satellite for serving the South Asia region. The agreement was inked by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood and Indian H...

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Congress questions move to replace tribunals; some legal experts differ

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The governments move to do away with eight tribunals by assigning their work to existing ones and assume power to appoint/remove their members was qestioned by the Congress on Thursday. However, legal experts IANS spoke to said the move was in the right direction. Amendments to the Finance Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, entail re...

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Initiate SOPs for prevention of vector-borne diseases: LG

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday directed that Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) be put in place for preventing vector-borne dengue and chikungunya diseases in Delhi. He issued these directions in a meeting held to review the preparedness to deal with the diseases in Delhi. The meeting was attended by Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, ...

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Man dies of burn injuries, another injured in factory fire

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) A 22-year-old man was burnt alive while another worker sustained injuries when a fire broke out in a shoe factory in west Delhi, police said on Thursday. Fire began after a spark from a machine ignited chemicals and plastic stored on the second floor of a shoe factory in Narela industrial area around 11.15 p.m. on Wednesday. Some workers jumped out of ...

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SC working on less-paper petitions: Chief Justice

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court is taking steps to curtail paper-based work to the minimum and making the task of justice delivery easier as well as faster. In the course of hearing of a case on Thursday, Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said that in a matter of a few months, bulky paper books having petitions, documents and annexures could become history. Accordin...

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