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Bihar lacks in implementation of rural schemes: MoS Rural Development

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) As Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, the Rural Development Ministry on Saturday termed Bihar as one of the least performing states in implementing the central government's rural housing project or in creating Open Defecation Free (ODF) districts. According to the ministry, there isn't a single ODF district in Bihar, and just five ...

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PM lays foundation of third IARI on Assam-Arunachal border

Gogamukh (Assam), May 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of the third Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) here in Assam. Addressing a huge public rally in Gogamukh in Assam's Dhemaji district, on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, Modi said his government has decided on 'Panch path' (Five Ways) for the overall development of northeastern...

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2.5 years on, Swachh Bharat Mission's claims remain unverified

Although Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has sent India on a toilet-construction spree, 51.6 per cent of households across the country did not use an improved sanitation facility -- a system that separates human excreta from human contact -- between January 2015 and December 2016. Household toilet availability has improved from 41.93 per cent in 2014 to 63.98 per cent in 2017, and Himachal Pradesh...

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Rajnath launches Yearbook written by Home Secretary

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Monday launched the India 2017 Yearbook, a compilation of current affairs for the aspirants preparing for civil services and other competitive examination, written by Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. The book, published by McGraw Hill Education, a learning science company, includes information on important dignitaries, stat...

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Sikkimese film may have world premiere at TIFF

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Paakhi A. Tyrewala directed Sikkimese film Pahuna, supported by actress-producer Priyanka Chopra, might get a world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held in September. Tyrewala is missing out all the action at Cannes where the upcoming film's first look was shown here on May 21, but she has no regrets. ...

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First look of Priyanka's Sikkimese production unveiled at Cannes

Cannes, May 22 (IANS) The first look of actress-producer Priyanka Chopra's Sikkimese film Pahuna has been unveiled here at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. Priyanka is producing the film through her and her mother Madhu Chopra's banner Purple Pebble Pictures. Priyanka couldn't make it to the fest, but Madhu along with her son Sidharth Chopra attended the trailer launch of Pahuna...

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Kashmir problem not widespread; we'll find permanent solution: BJP

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) With concerns being raised about the situation in Kashmir, the top BJP leadership on Sunday said the government was working on a plan to return the state to normalcy and would find a permanent solution to the issues troubling the valley. BJP President Amit Shah said that the problem in Jammu and Kashmir was not widespread but centered around just three and a half...

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We will find permanent solution to Kashmir issue: Rajnath

Pelling (Sikkim), May 21 (IANS) Blaming Pakistan for trying to destabilise and weaken India through violence in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the BJP-led central government will find a permanent solution to the issues bedevilling the Valley. Rajnath, who is on a three-day visit to Sikkim since Friday, said the neighbouring country was trying to destabilise Ind...

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Khandu seeks central support for Arunachal's development

Gangtok, May 21 (IANS) Chief Minister Pema Khandu has sought the central government's support to ensure all-round development in Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal started very late in the development sphere, and this calls for continued support from the Centre as it is 100 per cent dependent on it, Khandu told Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the first review meeting of the India-China border i...

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Rajnath chairs security meet with five CMs, hikes border development funding

Gangtok, May 20 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday chaired the first security review meeting with Chief Ministers of five states bordering China, and enhanced the Central Assistance for Border Area Development Programmes (BADP) from Rs 990 crore to Rs 1,100 crore. Terming the India-China border undemarcated, extremely cold and with very difficult terrain, he said it it ...

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Rajnath chairs security review meeting with five CMs

Gangtok, May 20 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired here on Saturday the first security review meeting with Chief Ministers of five states bordering China. The Home Minister brought up the issue of connectivity in border areas and stressed the need to overcome these challenges. Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti (Jammu and Kashmir), Virbhadra Singh (Himachal Pradesh), T...

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Sports ministry to launch talent search portal

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The Union Sports Ministry will launch a portal to search for young talent in different Olympic disciplines, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel said here on Saturday. In an interaction with the media here, Goel said that when he came across a case where a young talented sportsperson was denied entry to a stadium on the ground that the facili...

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Rajnath chairs security review meeting of five CMs

Gangtok, May 20 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired here on Saturday the first security review meeting with Chief Ministers of five states bordering China. Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti (Jammu and Kashmir), Virbhadra Singh (Himachal Pradesh), Trivendra Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand), Pawan Kumar Chamling (Sikkim) and Pema Khandu (Arunachal Pradesh) attended the meeting. A Hom...

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Priyanka is my rolling stone: Madhu Chopra

Cannes, May 20 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopras mother Madhu Chopra says her daughter is her rolling stone and is deeply interested in Indian regional cinema. Priyanka and her mother are currently pitching three Indian regional films to international buyers at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. She's my rolling stone. (Priyanka) didn't just want to go and abandon things. She developed...

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Rajnath to chair first CMs' meeting on India-China border issues

New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a first security review meeting on May 20 with Chief Ministers of five Himalayan states on the India-China border during his three-day visit to Sikkim, an official said on Thursday. Mehbooba Mufti, Virbhadra Singh, Trivendra Singh Rawat, Pawan Kumar Chamling, and Pema Khandu, who are Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmi...

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14th GST council meet starts in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 18 (IANS) The crucial 14th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting to finalise tax slabs on services and commodities in the country started here on Thursday. Chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, this is the first time that such an important national policy-making meet is being held in Jammu and Kashmir. Finance Ministers, Finance Secretaries and taxa...

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Haryana Police to appoint nodal officers from northeast

Gurugram, May 17 (IANS) Haryana Police chief B.S. Sandhu on Wednesday said nodal officers from the northeast will be appointed at state police stations to help people from the region here. Director General of Haryana Police Sandhu said this while announcing a reward of Rs 2 lakh to anyone providing clues related to the culprits behind the gang-rape of a woman from Sikkim in a moving car ...

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Rajnath Singh reviews security situation in northeast

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday reviewed the security situation in the northeast states and directed he police to focus on improving normal police functioning, better prosecution and conviction in criminal cases. Since counter-insurgency operations are now not taking as much time of the security forces as before, the state police forces need to focus...

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SBI's Kolkata circle aims at Rs 5,000 cr home loan disbursement

Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) With the reduction in lending rate by 0.25 per cent in the affordable housing segment, State Bank of India's Kolkata circle is aiming at a disbursement of around Rs 5,000 crore in the home loan segment in the current fiscal. Kolkata circle consists of Bengal, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Last year we had disbursed Rs 3,125 crore under home loan seg...

11 days ago
Privileges vested in MPs, MLAs being wasted: President

Jaipur, May 15 (IANS) With little over two months to go before his term ends, President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed concern over decline in time devoted to legislation in Parliament, saying privileges vested in elected representatives by the Constitution was being substantially wasted. Delivering the first Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Memorial Lecture here, the President on Monday said tha...

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