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Pomp and grandeur at Kovind swearing in; political rivals chat

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Banter and bitter rivals catching up with each other was witnessed at the short oath-taking ceremony of President Ram Nath Kovind in the Central Hall of Parliament, but outside the protocol-driven Presidential transition was full of pomp and grandeur. The historic Central Hall was brimming to capacity and an extra row of chairs had to be placed in the front that...

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DMK questions TN move to seek one-year NEET exemption

Chennai, July 25 (IANS) DMK Working President M.K. Stalin on Tuesday questioned the Tamil Nadu government's move to seek exemption from NEET for at least a year. Why should the Centre hold a common entrance test to admit students in graduation courses in medical and dental colleges run by state governments, the DMK leader asked in a statement released here. Stalin urged the AIADM...

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Madras HC orders singing of Vande Mataram in schools, offices

Chennai, July 25 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered singing of the national song Vande Mataram in all educational institutions at least once in a week. The court ordered that the song should be sung preferably on Monday or Friday. The order was passed on a writ petition filed by one K. Veeramani seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Teacher's Recruitment Board (TRB) ...

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AIADMK bribery case: HC seeks Tihar report on middleman's torture claim

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response from city government and Tihar Jail authorities on a plea filed by Sukesh Chandrashekar, an accused in the Election Commission bribery case, alleging custodial torture in the jail. Justice Ashutosh Kumar issued notice to the Delhi government and Tihar Jail authority while seeking their response by August 22 on the p...

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Maharashtra tops in skill development: NSDC data

Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Maharashtra has emerged as the topper in imparting Skill Training to over a million youths in the National Skill Development Corporation's (NSDC) Skill India Mission, an official said here on Monday. According to NSDC figures released here, over a million youths have been trained across 40 sectors in the 15-59 age group since 2011. Maharashtra is followed ...

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Rahul down with fever; ruled out of 1st Test vs Sri Lanka

Galle, July 24 (IANS) India opener Lokesh Rahul was ruled out of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka, starting here on Wednesday, after the right-hander was down with viral fever, the BCCI confirmed on Monday. The BCCI medical team confirms that opening batsman K.L. Rahul is presently down with viral fever. There are no major health concerns and he is making rapid progress, much to ...

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TN farmer tries to commit suicide in Delhi: Farmers

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) One of the Tamil Nadu farmers protesting here on Monday tried to commit suicide by consuming 10 sleeping pills apparently because of depression, fellow farmers said. Police, however, denied that the farmer had tried to kill himself. The farmers said Subramani, 61, lost consciousness after he quietly took the sleeping pills at the Jantar Mantar protest site in th...

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Working birthday for actor Vijay Antony

Chennai, July 24 (IANS) Actor-composer Vijay Antony, who turned 41 on Monday, will be spending his birthday shooting for the upcoming Tamil family drama Annadurai, in which he plays dual roles, his wife said. He will be busy shooting for 'Annadurai' on his birthday. In the film, he plays two brothers Annadurai and Thambidurai. The team is currently shooting the final schedule in Thirukov...

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Pakistani held in TN for peddling drugs

Chennai, July 23 (IANS) A Pakistani national, who had entered India illegally and was peddling drugs, has been arrested in Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram district, police said on Sunday. Mohammed Yunus is a Pakistan national. He had come to Ervadi from Sri Lanka on an illegal boat, a police officer in Ramanathapuram district told IANS over phone. The man was staying in a lodge and t...

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Jayaram fastest at national drag racing tourney

Sriperumbudur (Tamil Nadu), July 23 (IANS) Veteran Pratap Jayaram from Bengaluru emerged as the fastest in the first round of the 2017 Indian National Drag Racing Championship for four-wheelers at the MMRT track here on Sunday. Jayaram, participating in the top-end Unrestricted class in a fully modified Reva car, clocked 13.102 seconds for the quarter-mile drag which also won him the fas...

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Reddy, Narendran shine at national racing meet

Sriperumbudur (Tamil Nadu), July 23 (IANS) Anindith Reddy from Hyderabad and Coimbatores Arjun Narendran provided a thrilling finale to the third round of the Indian National Racing Championship here on Sunday. Yash Aradhya, a 14-year old schoolboy from Bengaluru, also grabbed attention by chalking up his maiden win. Reddy finished the weekend on a high by chalking up his second ...

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Reddy, Chinappa shine at national racing tourney

Sriperumbudur (Tamil Nadu), July 22 (IANS) Anindith Reddy from Hyderabad kept his wits about him after a bad start to post a fine win in the MRF FF1600 race as did Bengalurus Deepak Paul Chinnappa who scripted his third consecutive victory in the premier Indian Touring Cars class at the Indian National Racing Championship at the MMRT track here on Saturday. While Reddy made the best of t...

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Millennium Development Goals-2015 only partially achieved: CAG

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) With a countrywide average of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of 39 deaths per 1,000 live births and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of 167 per 1,00,000 live births, the country only partially achieved the Millennium Development Goals-2015 under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the CAG has said. The partial achievement was far from the targets set under the F...

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Of 4,862 large dams, only 349 have emergency disaster action plans: CAG

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) only 349 of 4,862 India's large dams have emergency disaster action plans in place, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's performance report on flood control and management schemes of the Water Resources Ministry has revealed. Out of 4,862 large dams, emergency action plans or disaster management plans of only 349 dams, which is seven per cent, we...

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Reddy, Arya shine at national racing tourney

Sriperumbudur (Tamil Nadu), July 21 (IANS) Hyderabads Anindith Reddy emerged as the quickest in both free practice sessions of the MRF FF1600 while Arya Singh, a 16-year-old schoolboy from Kolkata, clinched the Student Cup (Formula 1300) with two wins and a podium finish in the third round of the Indian National Racing Championship here on Friday. South African Devin Robertson, a guest d...

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Implementation of new crop insurance scheme flawed: NGO

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The central government's flagship crop insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMBFY), has good provisions but its implementation is flawed, says the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-profit organisation. The CSE has prepared a report by assessing and analysing various aspects of the scheme, which points out that the scheme is not benef...

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Leaders condemn TN government for hiding facts from High Court

Chennai, July 21 (IANS) Opposition party leaders in Tamil Nadu on Friday slammed the state government for concealing from the Madras High Court the letter from the Income Tax Department in connection with the alleged gutka scam. DMK's Working President M.K. Stalin demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the allegations mentioned in the letter from the Income Ta...

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Kovind led in 21 states, benefited from cross-voting too

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind led in 21 states as also in both houses of Parliament over his rival Meira Kumar to register a thumping victory in the Presidential election, apart from cross-voting by those from the SP, Trinamool Congress and AAP. Meira Kumar, fielded by 18 opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, led only in eight states and two ...

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AIADMK leaders congratulate Kovind

Chennai, July 20 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Thursday congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on being elected the next President. I wish to convey my heartiest congratulations to you on your resounding victory in the election to the post of President of India, he said in a letter. He added: I wish to convey to you my own felicitations and also those of the ...

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TN farmers beat themselves to protest MLAs' salary hike

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) In another novel protest, Tamil Nadu farmers rallying here to demand loan waiver and drought relief package on Thursday beat themselves with flip-flops to protest the almost two-fold salary hikes state legislators have given themselves. About 80 farmers shouted slogans against the state lawmakers, calling the salary move shameless and describing their own condit...

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