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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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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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BJP demands closure of illegal slaughter houses in Bihar

Patna, March 23 (IANS) The opposition BJP on Thursday demanded that illegal slaughter houses flourishing in Bihar should be closed in line with the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh. Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar raised this issue in the state assembly to demand immediate closure of illegal slaughter houses in Bihar and asked for the cancellation of licences of all slaughter houses i...

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Amendment to Companies Act shall kill fair elections: Ex-Bureaucrat

Visakhapatnam, March 23 (IANS) A former senior bureaucrat has warned that the removal of the cap on company donations to political parties and allowing companies to keep the names of the parties confidential will spell disaster for the concept of free and fair elections. E.A.S. Sarma, a former Secretary to the Indian government, said the latest amendment to the Companies Act will open fl...

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Draft TB control plan targets fewer cases, seeks 4 times more funding

A radical draft National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Elimination of TB that proposes to bring down new infections by nearly 80 per cent over the next eight years says India must expand the programme to the private sector, offer direct benefits transfer to patients, improve surveillance and monitoring of patients, and increase funding for the existing TB control programme. The country's ongo...

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Why empowering women is key to sustainable development in Hindu Kush Himalayas

Patna, March 23 (IANS) Although from three different countries, Mahima Shrestha, Sadia Farhat and Rukmini Devi have something in common -- they are fighting for their own empowerment in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) countries of Nepal, Bangladesh and India. They are among millions of women in the HKH region whose empowerment will help achieve sustainable development, experts say. Shresth...

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Bihar launches free WiFi for students

Patna, March 22 (IANS) The Bihar government on Wednesday launched an ambitious programme to provide free WiFi facilities in colleges and universities. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar formally launched free WiFi facilities for students on the occasion of Bihar Divas celebrations here. He said free Wi-Fi facility in college and university campuses was part of the seven decisions of th...

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Prohibition main theme of Bihar Diwas

Patna, March 22 (IANS) The three-day Bihar Diwas inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday has prohibition as its main theme this year. The inauguration ceremony was attended by hundreds of people at the historic Gandhi Maidan here. The Bihar Diwas is celebrated to commemorate the state's separation from Bengal on March 22, 1912. This year's main theme of c...

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Tejaswi taunts Modi for 'hollow' Bihar Diwas greetings

Patna, March 22 (IANS) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Wednesday taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for greeting people on Bihar Diwas without either according special category status or providing any special package to the state. It is a good thing that Modi has extended his greetings to the people of Bihar, but he failed to grant special category status or special packag...

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Was Modi aware of ISI hand in Kanpur derailment: Digvijay

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday sought to know whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi was aware of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI's hand in the derailment of a train near Kanpur. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ganagaram Ahir responded in the Rajya Sabha that the attacks on railway tracks in the last few months were being probed but did not ment...

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Hindustan Petroleum to upgrade units using Honeywell technology

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) State-run oil marketer Hindsutan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) has selected Honeywell's technologies for the expansion and modernisation of its refinery at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, according to the American software-industrial company. Honeywell said in a statement here that the project includes licensing, basic engineering design and other associated servi...

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Bihar gears up to send examination system online

Patna, March 21 (IANS) In its bid to ward off embarrassments like topper scam, question paper leak and cheating in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said that the government may introduce online examination soon for transparency. The state government is set to change examination pattern in Bihar by introducing online examination and evaluation for overall transparency and to ...

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Congress minister demands end to 'red beacon' culture in Bihar

Patna, March 21 (IANS) Taking cue from Punjab, a Congress minister in Bihar on Tuesday demanded an end to the use of red beacon on the official vehicles of ministers in the state. Education Minister Ashok Choudhary, who is also state unit chief of the Congress, said: Yes, I have demanded an end to the VIP culture on the lines of the Punjab government. All vehicles of ministers an...

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Two killed over land dispute in Bihar

Patna, March 21 (IANS) A father and son were killed and seven women of their family were injured on Tuesday in Bihar's Siwan district over a land dispute, police said. In the violent clash in Pipra village, Parmeshwar Singh and his son Virendra Kumar were killed. The injured women were admitted in a hospital. A police officer said tension prevailed in the village after the killin...

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BJP disrupts Bihar assembly over JD-U MLA's arrest

Patna, March 20 (IANS) The opposition BJP disrupted proceedings in the Bihar assembly on Monday demanding the arrest of ruling Janata Dal-United's suspended legislator Mewalal Choudhary for alleged irregularities in the appointment of staff members in the Bihar Agriculture University. Choudhary has been accused of gross irregularities in the appointment of 162 staff members when he was V...

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MP High Court Chief Justice sworn in

Bhopal, March 18 (IANS) Justice Hemant Gupta was on Saturday sworn in as the 23rd Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Governor Om Prakash Kohli administered the oath of office to Justice Gupta at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state ministers, and senior bureaucrats were present on the occasion. Justice Gupta has been the officiatin...

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Nitish Kumar to launch 'Gandhi Smriti Yatra' in April

Patna, March 18 (IANS) Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is set to launch a Gandhi Smriti Yatra from Champaran next month to mark the 100th year of Mahatma Gandhi's first major Satyagraha against British rule in the district. The Yatra will be followed by series of programmes, officials said on Saturday. Kumar will launch the Yatra from Champaran on April 15 to mark the day Mahatma Gan...

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This Indian is the oldest enrolled for an MA programme

Patna, March 18 (IANS) A 97-year-old, who enrolled for a masters in economics here in 2015, has been recognised by the Limca Book of Records as the oldest man to do so. The Limca Book of Records has included the name of Raj Kumar Vaishya for enrolling himself in a M.A. Economics in 2015 at Nalanda Open University (NOU). Vaishya said he enrolled nearly one and half years ago for ...

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Dalai Lama opens Buddhist conference

Patna, March 17 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday inaugurated a three-day international Buddhist conference in Bihar's Nalanda district. The Dalai Lama lit a traditional lamp to mark the start of the meeting at Rajgir, a Tourism Department official said. Union Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma was present at the event. President Pranab Mukherjee wil...

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Nitish to challenge Modi in 2019?

Patna, March 16 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general election, leaders of his Janata Dal-United (JD-U) said on Thursday. JD-U leaders and workers gathered here from across the country advocated support for Nitish Kumar. Nitish Kumar is the only popular leader who can challenge Modi in 2019 as the non-BJP parties' P...

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