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Survivors recount train crash, salute Khatauli samaritans

Khatauli (Muzaffarnagar), Aug 20 (IANS) Dazed survivors on Sunday recounted the horrific Kalinga Utkal Express train disaster, saying the death toll would have been much more but for the timely help rendered by residents of this Uttar Pradesh town. Virtually everyone credited the locals with rescuing dozens of trapped passengers from the mangled coaches of the train that was on its way t...

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Dera chief case: Haryana to deploy 35 companies of central forces

Chandigarh, Aug 20 (IANS) Ahead of a court verdict on August 25 in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief, the Haryana government on Sunday said the police was on alert and 35 companies of paramilitary forces would help maintain law and order in the state. Police is fully prepared to tackle any situation. The Centre has provided 35 companies of paramilitary forces, deployment of whic...

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'Over 30 lakh LED street lights installed, 50k of roads illuminated'

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The government on Saturday said that the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) has achieved installation of over 30 lakh LED street lights across the country to illuminate 50,000 km of road. According to the Ministry of Power, state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has emerged as the world's largest street light management company after the succe...

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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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Modi to inaugurate, lay foundation for NHs worth Rs 15,000 cr

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay foundations for National Highways (NH) worth Rs 12,300 crore in Rajasthan's Udaipur on August 29, an official statement said on Friday. According to the statement, Modi will dedicate a total of 11 NHs (873 km) constructed at an expense of Rs 4,925.12 crore to the nation while laying foundations for NH (555 km) ...

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Shabana Azmi felicitates frontline community workers

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Friday honoured few frontline community workers, who have tried to bridge the gaps between communities and service providers in various states, at an event here. Organised by child development organisation Plan India, the event recognised the efforts made by these workers to bring social and behavioural change nationwide. S...

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I-League bid evaluation committee asks interested parties to apply again

Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) The I-League bid evaluation committee on Friday asked the three prospective teams to bid again if they want to be part of the league as all three of them could not tick all the boxes in order to meet the criteria. According to sources close to the development, Crown Sports from Rajasthan, Kerala's Gokulam FC and Bengaluru's Ozone FC had interviews with the bid eval...

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Home Ministry's report sought over deporting Rohingyas

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday sought details from the Home Ministry on its plan to deport about 40,000 illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants of Myanmar to their native country. Taking suo motu cognizance of the media reports regarding the government's plan, the NHRC issued notice to the Home Ministry calling for a detailed report on the matte...

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Amit Shah sets Mission 350+ for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) As opposition leaders were holding a conclave on Thursday, BJP President Amit Shah held a meeting here with party officials and union ministers to chalk out strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls setting a target of 350-plus seats for the party in the next Lok Sabha elections. Sources in the BJP said that during the hour-long meeting at the party office here, Shah...

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Rajasthan, HPCL ink pact for Rs 43,000 cr refinery

Jaipur, Aug 17 (IANS) The Rajasthan government on Thursday signed an agreement with the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) to form a joint venture company to set up a Rs 43,129 crore petroleum refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in the state's Barmer district. The Union government had given approval to the project on Wednesday. As per the agreement, HPCL will hold 74 per c...

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For dancer Uma Sharma, kathak is all about Lord Krishna

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) If dance is about inspiration, then for renowned Kathak dancer Uma Sharma it has always been Lord Krishna who continues to motivate her. For the past 30 years, Sharma has been presenting the raas leela of Vrindavan through dance. Kathak is 'katha kahe so kathak kehlawa'; the dance form itself speaks of the stories associated with Lord Krishna. It's a narration of...

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Sreesanth back on cricket field after 4 years

Kochi, Aug 15 (IANS) As the country celebrated its 71st Independence Day on Tuesday, former Indian speedster S. Sreesanth took to a cricket field for the first time in four years as he led a team in an exhibition match here. The exhibition match was played at the ground where he first plied his trade and was cheered by a sizeable crowd. Members from the two teams presented roses ...

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Rajasthan celebrates I-Day

Jaipur, Aug 15 (IANS) Rajasthan on Tuesday celebrated the 71st Independence Day with traditional enthusiasm and fervour throughout the state. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje unfurled the national flag at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here and highlighted the policies of her government in a speech. The Chief Minister said: Various steps are being taken to improve infrastructure in the...

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Wish to create international-level academy for Indian music: Shankar Mahadevan

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Years ago, when Shankar Mahadevan became part of the Indian music industry, youngsters from middle-class families didn't see huge opportunities in the field. The singer-composer feels that today, when there are so many possible avenues for them, the country lags in providing world-class music education. He runs an online academy in his name, which teaches differe...

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President to confer two Vayu Sena Medals for gallantry

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind has approved Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to two Indian Air Force pilots on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day. Wing Commander Ravinder Ahlawat executed a safe landing on the nearest runway of an Air Force Base near the Pokharan firing range in Rajasthan despite of limited vision owing to injury, which caused after a bird hit the a...

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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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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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Five arrested for murdering woman relative after branding her a witch

Jaipur, Aug 13 (IANS) Five persons were arrested in Rajasthan's Ajmer district on Sunday for torturing and murdering a woman relative earlier this month after branding her a witch, police said. We have arrested Mahaveer, Gopi Chand, Chandra Prakash, Pinki and Sonya in this case. These arrests have been made under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including Section 302 (punishment...

6 days ago
Five arrested for murdering woman relative after branding her a witch

Jaipur, Aug 13 (IANS) Five persons were arrested in Rajasthan's Ajmer district on Sunday for torturing and murdering a woman relative earlier this month after branding her a witch, police said. We have arrested Mahaveer, Gopi Chand, Chandra Prakash, Pinki and Sonya in this case. These arrests have been made under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including Section 302 (punishment...

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