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Drought fear haunts Bihar, again

Patna, July 22 (IANS) The fear of drought looms large over Bihar once again as it has received 48 per cent deficit rain this monsoon so far but the state is ready to tackle the situation, a state official said on Sunday. A drought-like situation is in the making in the state due to deficit rainfall. The state government is (however) ready to face it, Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar told the...

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Goa CM is now a miaowing cat, not roaring tiger: Congress

Panaji, July 22 (IANS) Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar on Sunday took a dig at Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, saying that coalition pressures and love for CM's chair had reduced him to a miaowing cat from a tiger he was earlier called. He said the senior BJP leader was behaving like a puppet and giving in to the unreasonable demands of BJP's alliance partners to save his chair....

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Kolkata medical students urged to withdraw strike

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) Even as the indefinite hunger strike by students of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital here entered the 13th day on Sunday, authorities appealed to them to withdraw their agitation for proper hostel accommodation. I assure the students that appropriate steps are being taken to improve and renovate the hostel rooms, Debashis Bhattacharya, Director of Medical Edu...

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Calcutta students' hunger strike continues for 13th day

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) The indefinite hunger strike by students of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital here entered the 13th day on Sunday even as authorities appealed to them to withdraw their agitation for hostel rooms. Members of civil society and student organisations gathered on the hospital premises to express solidarity with the agitators. The students began their strik...

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Assam NRC draft: Will give chance to file objections, says Rajnath

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) As the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam is set to be published by the July 30 deadline, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said it was only a draft and people would be given adequate opportunity for objections. The Minister said that the NRC is being updated in accordance with the Assam Accord signed on August 15, 1985, a...

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How a tiny state is battling joblessness through entrepreneurship

Gangtok, July 22 (IANS) Sikkim has many distinctions that give the tiny state nestled in the Himalayas between India and China a larger-than-life profile. It is the only organic state in India, is litter- and defecation-free, has high literacy and has the best working conditions for women. But the challenge of unemployment it faces is huge which has made many embrace entrepreneurship to not just ...

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Orient Cement plans to invest Rs 2,000 cr for expansion in Telangana

Hyderabad, July 21 (IANS) Orient Cement Ltd, a part of C.K. Birla Group, plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore to expand the capacity of its plant in Telangana, the state government said on Saturday. The company will expand the capacity of its factory at Devapur in Mancherial district from current 3.05 million tonnes to 7.5 million tonnes of cement per annum. Deepak Khetrapal, Managing ...

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Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system introduced in Tripura

Agartala, July 21 (IANS) An Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system was introduced in the Tripura Secretariat on Saturday to maintain employees are in their respective offices in time. Introducing the new system, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb asked the government employees and officers to attend their offices on time and complete their assigned task in a time bound manner. ...

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BJP minister says Alwar lynching done to defame Modi

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Union Minister and senior BJP leader Arjun Ram Meghwal sparked a controversy on Saturday, saying the Alwar lynching incident was related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rising popularity and the more popular he becomes the more such incidents would happen in the country. He said while the death by beating on Friday night of a 28-year-old man on suspicion of co...

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Heavy rains lash Odisha, throw life out of gear

Bhubaneswar, July 21 (IANS) Heavy rainfall triggered by a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal has thrown normal life out of gear in several parts of Odisha. This prompted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to call an emergency meeting on Saturday to review the situation. He directed the officials to remain alert to face the flood-like situation in the state. Rainfall in some plac...

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Kerala flood fury: Many areas waterlogged, political squabbles begin

Alappuzha/Kottayam, July 21 (IANS) Amid flood fury in Kerala's worst-affected districts of Kottayam and Alappuzha, political sqaubbles have broken out with the Congress-led opposition slamming the Pinarayi Vijayan government for failing to respond to the grim situation. Normal life was, however, reported to be limping back to normalcy in eight of the 14 districts where heavy rains have c...

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Man suspected of cow smuggling lynched in Rajasthan, 2 nabbed

Alwar, July 21 (IANS) A 28-year-old man has been beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, police said on Saturday. Two persons have been arrested. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the Friday night incident in which some villagers caught and beat up Akbar Khan, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler. The incident of alleged lynching of a pers...

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New law not enough to stop mob violence

Although the Supreme Court has suggested that a law be enacted specifically to deal with the new normal of lynchings, it will be advisable to widen the scope of the legal remedy to include all forms of mob violence, even if doubts are likely to remain about the efficacy of the proposed solution. The wider ambit should include the killings and acts of intimidation of the kind which took p...

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Suspected cow vigilantes beat man to death in Rajasthan

Alwar, July 21 (IANS) A 28-year-old man has been beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthans Alwar district, police said on Saturday. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the Friday night incident in which some villagers caught and beat up Akbar Khan, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler. The incident of alleged lynching of a person transporting bovines in Alwar ...

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Modi voices confidence over winning 2019 polls; calls Rahul childish

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi accusing him of arrogance, negativity, childish conduct and a burning desire to become PM. Modi said he was extending best wishes to the Congress and other opposition parties to bring another no-confidence motion in 2024. Modi replied to the debate on no-confidenc...

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PM urges states to punish lynch mobs

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged all the state governments to take strict action against those involved in mob lynching incidents and punish them to curb the menace happening in the country for the last few months. Any instance of violence brings shame to the nation. I will once again urge the state governments to punish those who indulge in violence...

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Rajnath suggests states frame anti-lynching laws, calls 1984 riots biggest one

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday suggested to the states that a strict law, if needed should be framed by them to stop mob lynching incidents and assured them of providing all support to fight with the menace happening in the country. He also hit out at the Congress, terming the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as the biggest such incident after Independence.

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Kerala announces measures to speed up investment

Thiruvananthapuram, July 20 (IANS) To speed up investments in Kerala, state Industries Minister A.C. Moideen on Friday said that it had been decided if the various committees that inspect investment proposals do give a clearance in 30 days, the project can be deemed cleared. Officials who do not do their job cleanly and put up roadblocks in front of these investors would be strongly proc...

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45 per cent drop in stubble burning in Punjab

Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) The Punjab government claimed on Friday that there has been a 45 per cent drop in stubble burning cases in the state during the 2017 paddy harvesting season as compared to 2016. This fact came to light at a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of the Union Environment Secretary C.K. Mishra. Senior officers of the state Agriculture and Environment Departmen...

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Rajnath suggests states frame anti-lynching laws

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday suggested to the states that a strict law, if needed should be framed by them to stop mob lynching incidents and assured them of providing all support to fight with the menace happening in the country. Condemning these rumour mongering incidents for the second consecutive day, the minister, in his speech during the deb...

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