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Journalist Manik Banerjee, Lt Col Jamwal receive mountaineering awards

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Veteran mountaineer and journalist Manik Banerjee has been awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in recognition of his contribution to mountaineering over four decades, an IMF release said on Sunday. Banerjee was presented the 'Nain Singh Kishen Singh Lifetime Achievement Award' for 2017 for the promotion of mountain...

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Full-blown war with India will be last option: Chinese expert

Beijing, Nov 15 (IANS) A full-blown conflict is the last thing China wants with India, a Chinese expert said on Wednesday, adding Beijing wants to see ties with India reach a strategic high akin to Sino-Russian relations. However, the strategist with China's leading think tank warned that Beijing would strongly defend its territory if the need arose. Yuan Peng also said that issu...

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China to deal with Doklam-like issues more strongly: Chinese expert

Beijing, Nov 15 (IANS) China will handle more squarely issues like Doklam and not adopt the past approach of trying to shelve differences, a Chinese expert said on Wednesday. The expert with China's leading think tank also said that Beijing will not compromise on the issues safeguarding sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests. When safeguarding sovereignty, territor...

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Government launches BharatNet Phase II, telcos give cheques to participate in project

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) The government on Monday launched Phase II of BharatNet project through which it aims to provide high-speed broadband connections to all panchayats by the end of 2019. Major telecom players like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India have given cheques to the government to hire infrastructure in gram panchayats (GPs) to provide broadband se...

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A journey of 10k kms; 2 women, 8 states and mighty Himalayas

Title: Zanskar to Ziro - No Stilettos in the Himalayas; Author: Sohini Sen; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 436; Price: Rs 995 Travelogues are always interesting: A new place seen through another's eyes, sharing someone else's experiences and, in this case, following a two-women team's trips spread over 10,000 km. A journey to discover each other, as well as a tour to discover the world ...

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Rs 34,000-crore BharatNet Phase II to launch on Monday

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) Aiming to provide high-speed broadband connectivity in all panchayats by the end of March 2019, the government is all set to launch its second phase of the BharatNet project, with an outlay of Rs 34,000 crore, on Monday, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said here on Sunday. BharatNet Phase I is 90 per cent completed. By December 2017 it will be fully complete...

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Aiming to make Haj process online, transparent: Naqvi

Mumbai, Nov 12 (IANS) The government has been working to make the entire Haj process online to bring in transparency and convenience for the pilgrims, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday. The minister, who announced here the process for Haj 2018, said the announcement had been made one month in advance to give more time for preparations. People can apply for Haj ...

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Yang continues as Special Representative on border talks with India

Beijing, Nov 10 (IANS) The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday hinted that the country's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, will continue as its Special Representative on border talks with India as of now, saying it has not heard of any change. According to media speculation, China is likely to appoint a new State Councillor and Special Representative in March. Yang, the incumbent, was re-elected...

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China hasn't changed Special Representative on border talks

Beijing, Nov 10 (IANS) The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday indicated that the country's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, may well continue as its Special Representative on border talks with India, saying it has not heard of any change so far. According to reports, China is likely to appoint a new State Councillor and Special Representative in March. Yang, the incumbent, was re-elected to th...

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China says border talks with India working 'very well'

Beijing, Nov 10 (IANS) Ahead of the next round of border talks with India, China on Friday said both sides have made great efforts in resolving their dragging boundary dispute and the mechanism of special representative talks was working very well. The 20th round of Sino-India boundary talks is to be held in New Delhi next month. The boundary talks will be the first after an over...

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GST Council's Guwahati meet key as it will review GST regime: Assam Minister

Guwahati, Nov 6 (IANS) The forthcoming meeting of the GST council meeting scheduled to be held here on Friday is extremely important as it will review the new tax regime, introduced in July this year, said Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Addressing a press conference here, he said a meeting of Finance Department officials from around the country will be held on Thursday, ahea...

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Torrent to acquire Unichem's branded business in India, Nepal for Rs 3,600 crore

Mumbai, Nov 3 (IANS) Torrent Pharmaceuticals has entered into a definitive binding agreement with Unichem Laboratories to acquire its branded business in India and Nepal for Rs 3,600 crore, following the company's Board of Directors' approval, a regulatory filing said here on Friday. Unichem's India business comprises of a portfolio of more than 120 brands in India and Nepal, with a man...

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China working with India to improve ties

Beijing, Nov 3 (IANS) Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Cheng Xiaodong on Friday said that Beijing was working with New Delhi to improve bilateral ties, guided by the neighbourhood diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. A day after China blocked a US resolution seeking an international ban on Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar, Cheng said India was an important neighbour to which Ch...

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China working with India to improve ties

Beijing, Nov 3 (IANS) Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Cheng Xiaodong has said that Beijing was working with New Delhi to improve the bilateral ties which were guided by the neighbourhood diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. Cheng on Thursday said that India was an important neighbour to which China attaches great importance. India is an important neighbour of China. China a...

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Goa, Kerala top Gender Vulnerability; Bihar, UP at bottom

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are at the bottom in a new Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) prepared by Plan India, while Goa, Kerala and Mizoram occupy the top three positions. Delhi was placed 24th in the survey by the independent child development organisation. According to the index -- prepared on the basis of four important dimensions -- Health, Education, P...

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Bihar inks pact with Sikkim for organic crop certificate

Patna, Nov 1 (IANS) The Bihar government on Wednesday signed an agreement with Sikkim, India's first fully organic state, for certification of organic crops produced by its own farmers. At present, organic farming has begun in the state on a large scale but there is no facility for certification of crops, said Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar. Bihar has signed an agreement w...

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Dharamsala film fest continues to back indie cinema

Dharamsala, Nov 1 (IANS) The quaint and hilly environs of Dharamsala, a popular spiritual destination in Himachal Pradesh, will come alive with the voice and visuals of independent filmmakers from India and abroad at the sixth edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), which begins here on Thursday. The extravaganza will also have film screenings at the city's new mul...

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'Rise' tackles practical realities: Vikrant Massey

Mumbai, Oct 31 (IANS) Actor Vikrant Massey, who features in web series Rise -- a feel-good tale about an average professional who makes the best of trying times -- says it will be very relatable for the audience. The four-part web series by Ultra Shorts, features Vikrant as Shrey, an IT professional who is unexpectedly laid-off his job, but who exploits this fall to bounce back stronger ...

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India, China hold border meet in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar, Oct 30 (IANS) India and China on Monday held a Border Personnel Meeting at Bumla near Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang and a thaw in relations was evident at the meet, an official statement said. The meet, that comes months after a stand-off along the Sikkim sector which ended on August 28. Located at an altitude of 15,134 feet and situated 42 km north of Tawang town, Bumla i...

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Xi tells Tibetan herdsmen to 'set down roots' near India border

Beijing, Oct 29 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping has told herdsmen in Tibet to set down roots near the Sino-India border and safeguard Chinese territory. In a reply to a letter by two girls from a family who wrote to Xi introducing their township in Lhunze county in Tibet, Xi told them to develop settlements and stay put in the area bordering India. Situated in southwest China...

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