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A year of comparative normalcy, but permanent peace eludes J&K

Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 16 (IANS) Even though permanent peace remained a distant dream for the people of beleaguered Jammu and Kashmir, 2017 was a comparatively better year for the state -- security forces registered huge successes against militants, mainstream politicians once again moved out to meet people, the Centre appointed a special representative for a sustained dialogue, and the common man f...

6 days ago
RJD protests against Bihar's sand mining policy, calls for shutdown

Patna, Dec 11 (IANS) The opposition RJD on Monday protested against the sand mining policy of the Bihar government which it said had led to an over two-fold increase in the price of sand, and called for a day-long shutdown on December 18. The new sand mining policy had resulted in a crisis since July and rendered lakhs of construction workers and others jobless, Leader of Opposition in t...

9 days ago
US Congress approves budget measure avoiding government shutdown

Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) The US Congress has approved a stopgap budget that averts, for now, a partial government shutdown, which had been a strong possibility due to the failure of Republican and Democratic lawmakers to agree on a more comprehensive bill. The approval came after President Donald Trump met Democratic and Republican congressional leaders on Thursday to negotiate an agreem...

10 days ago
Rajnath to meet 3 CMs on framework agreement with NSCN-IM

Imphal, Dec 7 (IANS) Union Home minister Rajnath Singh is set to meet the Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur on the contentious issue of framework agreement signed between the Central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) in 2015. Meanwhile, normal life was thrown out of gear on Thursday at Thangmeiband in Manipur's Imphal we...

11 days ago
Babri anniversary passes off peacefully in Hyderabad amid tight security

Hyderabad, Dec 6 (IANS) The 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh passed off peacefully here on Wednesday amid tight security. Police said no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city as security personnel kept a tight vigil, especially in the communally sensitive old city area. The shutdown called by various Muslim groups evoked a...

11 days ago
Additional financial package sought for loss-hit Darjeeling tea industry

Kolkata, Dec 6 (IANS) The Union Commerce Ministry has sought additional financial assistance from the Department of Expenditure to support the Darjeeling tea industry which had suffered huge losses due to the indefinite shutdown in the north Bengal hills and is working out a mechanism for extending the support, an official said. All plucking and manufacturing activities in the 87 gardens...

12 days ago
Tripura journalists protest in Delhi, demand CBI probe into scribes' murder

New Delhi/Agartala, Dec 5 (IANS) The Forum for Protection of Journalists (FFPJ) on Tuesday staged a protest at the Press Club of India in the national capital demanding a CBI probe into the murder of two Tripura journalists. FFPJ Convener Pranab Sarkar told IANS over phone from Delhi that an eight-member delegation of the forum led by veteran editor Subal Kumar Dey on Tuesday also met Pr...

12 days ago
US SC allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

Washington, Dec 5 (IANS) The US Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the US by residents of eight countries, including six Muslim-majority countries, while legal challenges will proceed in lower courts. Issued in September, the third version of the travel ban placed varying levels of restrictions on nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North...

12 days ago
US lawmakers begin negotiations to avoid government shutdown

Washington, Dec 5 (IANS) The US Congress has begun bipartisan negotiations to reach a consensus on federal funding to avoid a partial government shutdown. White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley confirmed on Monday night that President Donald Trump is set to meet leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Thursday, a day before funding for the federal government is due to expire, ...

13 days ago
Tripura journalists in New Delhi, demand CBI probe into murder of journos

Agartala/New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) A nine-member delegation of Tripura journalists met Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh on Monday to demand a CBI probe into the murder of two journalists from the state. The team also plans to hold a demonstration in Delhi on Tuesday in front of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) office, Forum for Protection of Journalis...

13 days ago
Babri case can't be decided on 'aastha', says Owaisi

Hyderabad, Dec 4 (IANS) MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that the title suit of the Babri Masjid can be decided only on the basis of evidence and not on 'aastha' (faith) as the Sangh Parivar is demanding. Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday, he voiced his apprehension that the Sangh Parivar might vitiate the atmosphere in the country on the issue before the 2019 elections to ga...

15 days ago
Lava fills one-third of Bali volcano's crater

Jakarta, Dec 2 (IANS) Lava has filled up one-third of the crater of Agung volcano in Indonesia's Bali island as the area remained on maximum alert Saturday over a possible bigger eruption. High-frequency earthquakes continue to occur and show that the volcano is very active and capable of pressurization to cause the ongoing eruptions, the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Miti...

18 days ago
Defiant N. Korea fires more advanced ICBM capable of hitting US

Seoul, Nov 29 (IANS) North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday that can reach the whole American mainland, in a bold act of defiance against US President Donald Trump after he put the country back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism. The latest launch drew swift global condemnation with Pyongyang's ally Beijing expressing grave concern. The Hwasong-...

18 days ago
US Democratic leaders cancel meeting with Trump

Washington, Nov 29 (IANS) Democratic congressional leaders have cancelled a meeting with US President Donald Trump after he attacked them on Twitter. The Republican president said he did not think he could reach a deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on funding the government, BBC reported on Tuesday. The Democrats said they would negotiate with Republican lawmakers instead.<...

19 days ago
Tripura, Bengal governments offer job, other help to slain journalist's kin

Agartala, Nov 28 (IANS) The Tripura and West Bengal governments on Tuesday offered government jobs, educational help and financial aid to the kin of a slain Tripura journalist, who was gunned down by a security personnel last week. Journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik, 50, was shot by a Tripura State Rifle (TSR) rifleman in Radha Kishore Nagar, 25 km from Agartala, on November 21. The ...

20 days ago
Many injured in Assam drive to clear encroachments from sanctuary

Guwahati, Nov 27 (IANS) Several people were injured and hundreds of houses demolished after the Assam government on Monday carried out an eviction drive against illegal encroachers at two areas under Amchang wildlife sanctuary located near here. Meanwhile, hundreds of agitators took to the streets in different parts of the state, demanding immediate halt to the ongoing eviction drive.

20 days ago
Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent separatist protests

Srinagar, Nov 27 (IANS) Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir imposed restrictions in many areas here on Monday to prevent separatist-called protests. Restrictions under section 144 CrPc have been imposed in Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, M.R.Gunj and Safa Kadal. While partial restrictions have also been imposed in Maisuma and Kralkhud, the police said. Leaders of separatist conglomera...

22 days ago
Tripura journo's killing: SIT arrests two more security personnel

Agartala, Nov 25 (IANS) The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was constituted by the Tripura government to probe the killing of a journalist by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper, on Saturday arrested two more security personnel, police said. Following their investigation, the SIT arrested Naib Subedar Amit Debbarma and TSR rifleman Dharmendra Singh, as they are found to be abett...

24 days ago
Journalist killing leads to clashes, shutdown in Tripura

Agartala, Nov 23 (IANS) Many activists of different political parties were injured in clashes while normal life was hit in Left ruled Tripura as the BJP, Congress and other parties called a shutdown on Thursday to protest the killing of a journalist by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper. Around 25 activists of different political parties including BJP and CPI-M were injured following t...

25 days ago
Tripura governor to submit report to Rajnath on journalist's killing

Agartala, Nov 22 (IANS) Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy will submit a report to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the killing of a journalist by a Tripura State Rifle (TSR) trooper on Tuesday. I am going to Delhi today (Wednesday) and would meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh to give a report on the killing of the journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik by a TSR rifleman, Roy told the media before...

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