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Government may extend central aid to spur private investments in housing: Naidu

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that to promote private investments in affordable housing on a large scale, his ministry is considering to extend central assistance. The assistance would be to the tune of Rs 1.50 lakh per eligible beneficiary belonging to the economically weaker section under the projects tak...

2 days ago
Telangana to guide Tripura to improve Ease of Doing Business index

Agartala, April 18 (IANS) The Telangana government will train Tripura government officials to improve its ranking in the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) index, official said here on Tuesday. A group of officials from Telangana government's Industries Department would soon arrive here to teach the officials of Tripura Industries and Commerce Department and other industry related department,...

3 days ago
Easter Sunday celebrated in northeast

Aizawl/Kohima, April 16 (IANS) Christians in most parts of the northeast with traditional pomp and gaiety celebrated the Easter Sunday signifying Jesus Christ's victory over death after his crucifixion to redeem the world. Accompanied by men, women and children dressed with vivid traditional attires, band parties of different corps of the Salvation Army woke the populace of several north...

4 days ago
BJP loses assembly by-poll to Sikkim Democratic Front

Gangtok, April 15 (IANS) Ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) candidate Dilli Ram Thapa on Saturday defeated BJP's Suresh Khanal Sharma to win the Upper Burtuk assembly by-poll, garnering over 8,000 votes. According to the Election Commission, Thapa secured 8,406 votes to claim the Upper Burtuk seat while nearest rival, Sharma, could only garner 374 votes out of the total 9,427 polled on...

7 days ago
'States not serious on protecting street vendors' rights'

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Most states of the country are not serious about implementing the act meant to protect street vendors' rights and top defaulters include Gujarat and Nagaland, a leading think-tank said in a report here on Wednesday. The Street Vendors Act Compliance (SVAC) Index 2017, published by Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society (CCS), took stock of 23 states across the co...

9 days ago
Don't divide Indian cinema: Priyanka Chopra

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Every year, when the National Film Award winners are announced, a tally is drawn between who won more -- Hindi or regional films. For actress-producer Priyanka Chopra, they are all, after all, Indian. This divide between regional and Hindi cinema is uncalled for, affirmed Priyanka, whose Marathi film production Ventilator won three honours at the 64th National ...

11 days ago
By-polls for Srinagar LS seat, 10 assembly seats on Sunday

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) By-elections to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat and 10 assembly constituencies in eight states, including the national capital, will be held on Sunday. The assembly constituencies that go to the polls on Sunday are: Rajouri Garden (Delhi), Litipara (Jharkhand), Nanjangud and Gundlupet (Karnataka), Dholpur (Rajasthan), Kanthi Dakshin (West Bengal), Ater and Bandhavga...

12 days ago
Over 4,000 apply for Mansarovar pilgrimage this year: Minister

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said over 4,000 applications have been received for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, 1,400 more than last year. An additional batch of pilgrims will be sent on the pilgrimage via Nathula Pass this year due to increase in the number of applicants, and 49 more seats will be available for the yatra. To facilitate ...

13 days ago
A student commits suicide every hour in India

On April 3, 2017, Arjun Bharadwaj, a 24-year-old management student, committed suicide by jumping out of a 19th-floor hotel room in Mumbai. Media reporting suggested he had been depressed about failure in exams and repeatedly talked about ending his life on social media. There were also suggestions he was battling drug addiction. Bharadwaj's story made the headlines -- likely because he ...

14 days ago
Rural jobs scheme: 3 northeastern states on top, two at the bottom

Agartala, April 6 (IANS) Three northeastern states -- Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim -- topped the country in the just-concluded 2016-17 fiscal in providing work under a flagship rural jobs scheme while two others -- Manipur and Assam -- are at the very bottom in its execution, an official report has revealed. While the rest of the country lags, Congress-ruled Mizoram topped for the first t...

15 days ago
Bhutia reinstated as AIFF advisor

Kolkata, April 4 (IANS) Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been reinstated as advisor to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for a one year term. Bhutia's contract as advisor was not renewed after December. In March he was also removed from the technical committee of the AIFF and was replaced by former India legend Shyam Thapa. Yes I have agreed to a one year contract...

16 days ago
Goa tourism industry worried, liquor traders bank on CM's assurance

Panaji, April 3 (IANS) The now deemed illegal liquor outlets, located less than 500 metres from national highways in Goa have downed their shutters following the Supreme Court order, hopes of about 1,000 liquor outlet owners now hinge on an assurance given by Chief Minister Minister Manohar Parrikar to bail them out. The travel and tourism industry in the state however, said that the ban...

18 days ago
In most states, you can be arrested for 'looking poor'

Begging is a crime in 20 states and two Union territories (UTs) of India, reflecting society's embarrassment at manifest poverty and annoyance at perceived encroachment of public spaces. In most places, people can be arrested for looking poor, as our analysis of laws in 18 states and UTs shows. Laws allow the police to round up beggars without warrant and judges to confine them in govern...

18 days ago
3,000 liquor licences not renewed in Goa; Parrikar assures of solution

Panaji, April 1 (IANS) Even as Goa's Excise Department on Saturday did not renew the licences of over 3,000 liquor vends dotting the national highways, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar assured that efforts would be made to ensure that the livelihood of affected traders is not compromised. At a meeting chaired by Parrikar and attended by Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and top excise and...

18 days ago
Alcohol part of Goan culture, will fight for bar owners: Congress

Panaji, April 1 (IANS) Claiming that alcohol is a part of Goan culture, the Congress on Saturday said due to the laziness of the BJP-led coalition government, the coastal state could not get relaxation from the Supreme Court's ban on the sale of liquor along the national and state highways like Meghalaya and Sikkim. The Congress also accused the BJP-led coalition government of trying to ...

18 days ago
Corrugated board box manufacturers to go on strike on Monday

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) Over 900 corrugated board box manufacturers in eastern India have called for a one-day token strike on Monday to protest against the unprecedented and unjustified increase in the cost of primary raw materials. We have seen unprecedented and unjustified increase in cost of kraft paper, a primary raw material for corrugated board box manufacturing. The manufacturing...

19 days ago
SC bans hotels, restaurants along highways from serving liquor

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday said hotels and restaurants falling within 500 metres on either side of the national and state highways cannot serve liquor. The top court by its December 15, 2016 order had banned the liquor shops within 500 metres on the either side of the national and state highways. Refusing to issue a clarification that the December 15 j...

19 days ago
SC bans hotels, restaurants along highways from serving liquor

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday said hotels and restaurants falling within 500 metres on either side of the national and state highways cannot serve liquor. The top court, by its December 15, 2016 order, had banned liquor shops within 500 metres on either side of the national and state highways. A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Ch...

19 days ago
Tata Motors bets big on new generation cars, remains optimistic in FY18

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors which achieved close to 20 per cent growth in its passenger car sales in the first 11 months of the current fiscal is optimistic about its sales growth in 2017-18, a top company official said on Friday. Nationally, we are growing close to 20 per cent in the current fiscal while the industry growth was about 7-8 per cent, the company'...

29 days ago
Indo-Kenyan Chef Kiran Jethwa takes TV viewers on spirited journey through India

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) He's quite a citizen of the world, what with being born in Kenya to an English mother and Indian father, whose roots are in Gujarat, and whose grandmother was from Daman and Diu. Just the right genes for Chef Kiran Jethwa to transport television viewers across the country with his Spirited Traveller show that highlights Indian culture through its local drinks and food. ...

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