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I can do that: Danny Dengzongpa on leading life sans acting

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) At 70, Danny Dengzongpa has featured in hundreds of films in a career spanning almost five decades. The Bollywood baddie has no immediate plans to retire from acting, but he says it's something that he can live without. In the last few years, Danny has featured in movies like Naam Shabana (2017), Baby (2015) and Bang Bang! (2014). He has certainly slowed ...

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Childhood memories influence one's personality: Actress Geetanjali Thapa

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) National Award-winning actress Geetanjali Thapa, who plays the female protagonist Minnie in the forthcoming film Bioscopewala, says a person's childhood memories influence and impact his or her personality as an adult in a huge way. The film Bioscopewala revolves around the story of a girl who comes back to her roots and childhood memories of a bioscopewala, who pla...

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Two more states, five UTs to roll out intra-state e-way bill

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The central government on Thursday said that two more states -- Maharashtra and Manipur -- along with five Union Territories will roll out the intra-state e-way bills from Friday. The Union Territories are Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep. According to a Finance Ministry statement, with the la...

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No respite for Delhi as heat wave to last till May 29

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The national capital saw another scorching day on Wednesday with maximum temperature reaching 43 degree Celsius, three notches above the season's average, and is, along with north, central and east India, set to face a heat waves all this week. Heat wave conditions are very likely to persist over parts of Northwest India and Central India during May 23 to 27, an...

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25 years of conserving biodiversity in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

This year marks a quarter century of the ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) - an agreement among 196 countries to conserve the earth's biological diversity while ensuring it is used sustainably and that the benefits from using genetic resources are shared fairly. All eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the...

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Congress-mukt Northeast after Mizoram polls: Amit Shah

Guwahati, May 20 (IANS) BJP national President Amit Shah on Sunday said the northeast will be 'Congress-mukt' (Congress free) after the Mizoram election, scheduled for the year-end. In the northeast, we first won elections in Assam, then Manipur followed by Tripura, where the people have given us a thumping mandate, he said here, addressing the third conclave of the Bharatiya Janata Part...

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Sikkim government honours journalists

Gangtok, May 17 (IANS) Sikkim government on Wednesday felicitated veteran journalists CD Rai, Samiran Chhetri Priyadarshi, Santosh Nirash and Amalendu Kundu with Kashiraj Pradhan Lifetime Journalism Award here. Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and Governor Shriniwas Patil handed over the awards during a gala event at Chintan Bhawan. All the journalists have been working in this prof...

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More thunderstorms expected till Friday

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Thunderstorms, squalls and gusty winds are likely to hit many parts of India including Delhi till Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday. The IMD said the states likely to be affected by thunderstorms and storm on Wednesday were Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West B...

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Assam, Rajasthan to roll out intra-state e-way bill

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Assam and Rajasthan are set to roll out e-way bill for intra-state movement of goods from this week, taking the total number of states and union territories which have implemented the system to 20, said an official on Monday. While Assam will implement it from Wednesday, Rajasthan will join the bandwagon on Sunday, according to an official statement. It i...

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Sporadic violence, clashes mar Bengal rural polls

Kolkata, May 14 (IANS) Sporadic violence and clashes between opposing political groups marred the initial hours of West Bengal panchayat polls on Monday. The polling for electing 38,616 representatives across three tiers of state (rural) bodies started at 7 a.m. and would continue till 5 p.m. According to the State Election Commission (SEC), 12.2 per cent votes were cast in the i...

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Voting for Bengal rural bodies begins

Kolkata, May 14 (IANS) Polling for electing 38,616 representatives across three tiers to West Bengal Panchayat (rural) bodies began at 7 a.m. on Monday. Long queues were seen outside several booths as people from all social and economic backgrounds patiently waited for their turn to exercise their democratic right. Pre-poll surveys have predicted that the coming rural elections c...

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Stage set for Bengal panchayat polls on Monday

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) Preceded by weeks of violence, intense court battles and alleged use of muscle power to prevent opponents from filing nominations, the West Bengal panchayat polls are all set to be held on Monday, which will give a clearer picture of the battle lines ahead of the 2019 general elections. While the ruling Trinamool Congress has been doing consistently well in polls a...

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India, China must be sensitive to each other's interests: Indian envoy

Beijing, May 9 (IANS) Being sensitive to each other's interests and aspirations is the key to progressive India-China ties, Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale said here on Wednesday. Speaking at the 8th India-China Dialogue, a forum which did not take place in 2017 due to the stand-off between their militaries, Bambwale said both countries need to be frank and open with each other to resolve ...

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Nearly 1,600 pilgrims for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra this year

New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) A total of 1,580 pilgrims will take part in this year's Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from June 8 to September 8, the External Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday. This year, 3,734 applicants had successfully registered online at the website for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, which includes 2,818 male applicants, and 916 female applicants, the minjstry said in a statement ...

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Ban toxic insecticides: Maharashtra farm body to Centre

Nagpur (Maharashtra), May 8 (IANS) A prominent farm body on Tuesday urged the Centre to immediately accept the Maharashtra government's plea to ban poisonous insecticides which have killed more than 60 farmers here so far. Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM) chairman Kishore Tiwari said that following a series of farmers' deaths due to toxic insecticides, the state governmen...

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'AFSPA slap on face of Constitution, Supreme Court, Parliament'

Title: Strangers No More; Author: Sanjoy Hazarika; Publisher: Aleph; Price: Rs 799; Pages: 420 With the Union Home Ministry last month removing the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and reducing it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Director and award-winning journalist Sanjoy Hazarika's latest book, Strang...

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More thunderstorms likely to hit India till May 11

New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) The weather office here on Monday warned that thunderstorms, squalls and gusty winds are likely to hit many parts of India, including Delhi, till Friday even as the mountains of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall. In a weather warning bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the states likely to be affected by thunderstorms and gusty winds ar...

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Grant ST status to Sikkim's all indigenous communities: Gangtok Resolution

Gangtok, May 5 (IANS) Calling upon the Central and Sikkim governments to consider granting the ST status to all the indigenous communities of the state in alignment with a constitutional provision, a resolution has affirmed that it would ensure lasting peace and prosperity. We recommend to the government of Sikkim and the government of India, that the Scheduled Tribes status be considere...

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Decreasing fertility rate among Sikkim's indigenous inhabitants alarming: Patil

Gangtok, May 5 (IANS) Terming the decreasing fertility rate among the indigenous inhabitants of Sikkim as alarming, state Governor Shriniwas Patil has, however, lauded the Pawan Chamling government for making timely policy interventions to check the trend. The demographic profile of Sikkim has changed over the last four decades. Percentile data of the communities, and their growth rate, ...

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'Centre, Sikkim, should grant ST status to indigenous communities'

Gangtok, May 5 (IANS) Calling upon the Central and Sikkim governments to consider granting the ST status to all the indigenous communities of the state in alignment with a constitutional provision, a resolution have affirmed that it would ensure lasting peace and prosperity. We recommend to the government of Sikkim and the government of India, that the Scheduled Tribe status be considere...

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