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Haryana diverted most forest land, now wants money for afforestation

New Delhi, Jan 18: Haryana diverted the most forest land -- 79.44 sq km or about 200 times the size of New Delhi's Lodhi Gardens or 900 times size of Mumbai's Nariman Point -- from its forest area of 1,584 sq km between 2014-15 and 2016-17, according to a reply to the Lok Sabha last month. Up to three per cent of Haryana's land, nearly the size of Delhi, is officially marked as forests.<...

2 days ago
Several peaks to scale, not just Everest: HMI

Chennai, Jan 15 (IANS) There are several mountain peaks in the world to scale and not just Mount Everest, said a senior official of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. He said the institute has recently decided to offer courses in mountaineering on actual cost basis to meet the increasing demand from students, corporate executives and foreigners...

6 days ago
Tibetan leader cautions India against China

Dharamsala, Jan 11 (IANS) Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Thursday cautioned New Delhi against China's deceptive policies, warning that what happened to Tibet could happen to India as well. The Doklam stand-off and the repeated cross-border incursion of Chinese soldiers into Indian territories is a sign of China's expansionist mindset, he told reporters here. He...

7 days ago
The world needs to be told about Sikkim: A.R. Rahman

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, who has been named as the first brand ambassador of Sikkim, hopes India becomes more inclusive towards the fascinating Northeast, which he feels is a treasure waiting to be explored. I always find the Northeast region fascinating. It is a part of India that we were not exposed to that much. In this move (appointment as brand am...

8 days ago
Chinese troop's presence continues near Doklam

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Despite extreme cold conditions, Chinese troops continue to be present close to the Doklam plateau, though the numbers have gone down over last couple of months, informed sources said on Tuesday. According to government sources, around 800-900 Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops are stationed in the Chinese territory close to the standoff area. The area ...

8 days ago
China mum on troop reduction in Doklam

Beijing, Jan 9 (IANS) China on Tuesday did not contradict Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat's claim that it has significantly reduced the number of troops in Doklam. Beijing, however, re-asserted its claims over Doklam and said patrolling and stationing of troops in the region was its sovereign right. The Chinese border troops' patrolling and stationing in the Dong Lang area is exerc...

9 days ago
Major reduction of Chinese troops in Doklam

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said there has been a major reduction of Chinese troops in Doklam. India and Chinese armies were locked in a 73-day stand-off at Doklam in the Sikkim section of their border. The crisis was resolved in August last year after both sides retreated from the point of the face-off. But the Chinese beefed t...

9 days ago
Mamata vows all support for Darjeeling hills' development

Siliguri, Jan 8 (IANS) Urging the people of north Bengal hills to remain peaceful, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her government will provide all support to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) required for development of the region. The recent tourism festival in the hills was successful. I want the people of the hills to be peaceful and happy. Our government w...

9 days ago
A.R. Rahman honoured to be face of Sikkim

Gangtok, Jan 8 (IANS) Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman on Monday was officially announced the first brand ambassador of Sikkim. He said he is honoured to be the face of a state which is not just visually but also culturally beautiful. Rahman was honoured here at the onset of 'The Red Panda Winter Carnival 2018', which aims at increasing the flow of tourists by promoting the state's bou...

9 days ago
Districts to be export units, looking at logistics ministry: Prabhu

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The Union Commerce Ministry has decided to make the country's districts as the operative unit as part of a revamped strategy for boosting exports that would incentivise the states, and has asked them to appoint nodal officers at district level towards this end, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Monday. Briefing reporters here following a meeting of the Counc...

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Arunachal incident resolved: Army Chief

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The transgression incident in Arunachal Pradesh, where Chinese workers entered Indian territory constructing a track, has been resolved, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Monday. He also said that there was a major reduction in the number of Chinese troops in the Doklam area. Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, the Army Chief said the Tuting i...

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Sarjubala, Jyoti advance at women's boxing nationals

Rohtak (Haryana), Jan 7 (IANS) On the second day of the 2nd Elite Womens National Boxing Championship here on Sunday, 2014 World Championship silver medallist Sarjubala Devi defeated Delhis Simran in the flyweight category while recently crowned World Youth Championship winner Jyoti also advanced to the next round. Manipur's Sarjubala dominated proceedings right from the start and didn't...

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Seema advances, Aruna gives walkover at women's boxing nationals

Rohtak (Haryana), Jan 6 (IANS) Asian Championship bronze medallist Seema Poonia of RSPB, while 2004 World Championship gold medalist Aruna Mishra gave walkover in the 2nd Elite Women's National Boxing Championships here on Saturday. Seema annihilated a young Naganika Gonella in a lop-sided affair to advance while Aruna Mishra gave a walkover to Madhya Pradesh's Upasana Pandey. Po...

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Modi's 'Act East' Policy boosted infrastructure in northeast: Union Minister

Agartala, Jan 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Act East Policy has led to faster work on infrastructure development projects in northeast India, including extension of railway lines, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said here on Friday. Due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Act East Policy', the projects relating to infrastructure development of northeast India are bei...

14 days ago
'Chinese road building party entered India, but no standoff'

New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS) A road building party from China entered Indian territory in a remote part of Arunachal Pradesh in December-end and was turned back by Indian troops, government sources said adding that there was no standoff between the two sides unlike Doklam. According to the sources, the Chinese road construction party entered India around December 26, and began constructing a ...

14 days ago
Not aware of intrusion into 'so-called' Arunachal: China

Beijing, Jan 3 (IANS) China on Wednesday said it was not aware of the reported intrusion by its troops into Arunachal Pradesh in December, emphasising that the so-called state in India's northeast does not exist. According to media reports, Chinese soldiers with road-building machines entered up to 200 metres into Arunachal Pradesh last year. First of all, on border issues with I...

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Amidst border tension, India steps up to be net security provider, pushes defence manufacturing

New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Amidst tension on both the eastern and western borders, and continuing terror attacks, India in 2017 took a step toward playing the role of the net security provider in the region and also pushing domestic defence manufacturing in the country. The year also saw India getting its first full-time woman Defence Minister in Nirmala Sitharaman who, since taking over, ...

23 days ago
Health conscious and dare to explore? Head for North East Flavours

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Want to try some fresh fish from a river in the hills of Nagaland topped with aromatic herbs? Or maybe a chicken curry cooked in Tripura style with natural herbs and sour tomatoes? Else, what about some Bai, a seasonal vegetable stew with organic natural herbs and spices from Mizoram? If you want to try these and more, don't wait -- head straight to North East Fl...

24 days ago
Final and real autonomy for IIMs is here

The struggle for autonomy has been going on within the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) from inception. Initially, this was addressed by just staying away from the main system and awarding Post-Graduate Diplomas in Business Management (PGDMs). Registered as societies and not coming under the purview of any of the controlling institutions like the University Grants Commission (UGC) ...

26 days ago
Rajya Sabha polls in Delhi on Jan 16, AAP yet to finalise candidates

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The Election Commission on Friday announced that elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi besides one seat each from Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh would be held on January 16. The notification for the polls will be issued on December 29 and the last date of making nominations is January 5, 2018. The nominations would be scrutinised the next day and the candidat...

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