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Tripura celebrates 46th Vijay Diwas

Agartala, Dec 16 (IANS) Tripura observed 46th Vijay Diwas on Saturday to commemorate the sacrifices of Indian soldiers who died in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The signing of the Instrument of Surrender by Pakistan forces' Eastern Command chief Lt Gen A.A.K. Niazi on December 16, 1971, in Dhaka brought the nine-month war for the liberation of Bangladesh to an end. This day is cele...

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Tripura CM urges Bangladesh to open Chittagong port for northeast

Chottakhola (Tripura), Dec 16 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Saturday urged the Bangladesh government to allow India's northeastern states to use the Chittagong port for the development of the landlocked region. Sidelining the pending unresolved issues between the two countries, Bangladesh must allow the northeastern states of India to use the Chittagong international seap...

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Jackal rescued from house in Agra

Agra, Dec 15 (IANS) An adult male Golden Jackal was rescued from a house in Barauli Ahir village, Agra. The panic-stricken animal was rescued on Friday by an expert team of Wildlife SOS. It was released in the the wilderness of the Taj Nature Walk, 500 metres from the Taj Mahal. The unsuspecting family was left in a state of shock after their children found the animal inside the ...

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Balance between development, nature needed to protect environment: Prakash Baba Amte

Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Ramon Magsaysay awardee and social worker Prakash Baba Amte on Friday termed deforestation as the biggest threat for environment and wildlife in the country and called for a balance between developmental work and nature. Deforestation is the biggest threat for the environment and wildlife in this country. The forest cover is fading fast. Unless we learn to differen...

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A dose of mythology, dark secrets and suspense

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) What happens when reality mingles with mythology? Well, here is a young protagonist who discovers himself trapped in the days of Mahabharata. Then a story of dark secrets, shocking revelations and a special bond between two women. Next come two thrillers that will take you inside the deep, dark and secretive lives of people and their quest for truth. The IANS boo...

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Eight Maoists killed in Telangana gunfight

Hyderabad, Dec (IANS) Eight extremists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an exchange of fire with police in Telangana's Bhadradri Kothagudem on Thursday, police said. The incident occurred in Tekulapalli forests of the district, adjoining Chhattisgarh. The slain extremists were members of the CPI-MLs' Chandr Pullareddy Baata group, which was formed in July this yea...

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Human 'common cold' virus killed chimps in Uganda

New York, Dec 14 (IANS) Poachers, predators and deforestation are not the only threats that chimpanzees now face. New research finds that even a human common cold virus can give them a deadly blow. The virus, known as rhinovirus C, was responsible for killing healthy chimps during an outbreak of respiratory disease in Uganda in 2013, said the study published online in the journal Emergi...

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Mutton soup exposes Telangana woman's chilling crime

Hyderabad, Dec 12 (IANS) In a sinister plot borrowed from a crime thriller, a woman murdered her husband and nearly swapped him with her paramour through plastic surgery but it was a bowl of mutton soup which spilled the beans. Police in Telangana revealed the shocking facts unearthed during the investigations of the chilling crime in Nagarkurnool town. M. Swati, a 27-year-old nu...

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Three rare black-necked storks hatch in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Dec 9 (IANS) After five weeks of nest protection by community members, three black-necked stork chicks have hatched in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, giving hope to the future conservation of this rare species, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said on Saturday. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List -- a compendiu...

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Afforestation the key to clearing Delhi's smog

Deep forests surrounding the city complemented by emission control measures provide the complete answer to Delhi's air pollution. The city's levels of air pollution are once again as dangerous as they are unrelenting. Everyone is affected -- the rich and powerful as well as the poor and vulnerable. The new High Level Committee set up by the central government with the state Chief Secreta...

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Remove encroachments in Himachal forests, use drones to keep vigil: HC

Shimla, Dec 8 (IANS) Acting tough on forest land encroachments, mainly by apple growers, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state to remove all these, including by cutting power and water supplies, and to ensure that no one is allowed to enter the affected area for cultivation purposes. It also directed the governments to use drones not only to keep vigil on encroached area...

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Adivasis in Gujarat neglected, their land grabbed: Rahul

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat's BJP government over grabbing the land of Adivasis and neglecting them, and asked where did Rs 55,000 crore meant for Vanbandhu scheme go?. Gandhi also raised question over no mention of manifesto by the BJP for the Gujarat elections. In his 10th question as p...

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'Borg vs McEnroe': The rivalry doesn't quite grip

Film: Borg vs McEnroe; Director: Janus Metz; Cast: Sverrir Gudanson, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Tuva Novotny and Robert Emms; Rating: **1/2 The best of intentions and impeccable casting do not compensate for a lack of vitality in this well-mounted, but finally unfulfilling true-life saga about the legendary rivalry on the field between the two tennis legends. Director Janus...

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Tripura creates memorial park for Indian, Bangladeshi heroes of 1971 Liberation War

Agartala, Dec 8 (IANS) After an eight-year-long effort, the Tripura government has created a gigantic memorial and park in memory of the Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives during the 1971 Liberation War. The gigantic memorial and park has been built on 20.20 hectares at Chottakhola (in southern Tripura, 132 km from here) at a cost of Rs 7 crore (o...

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Give accounts of Vanbandhu scheme: Rahul tells Modi

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Stressing that Adivasis in Gujarat were in bad condition, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi where did Rs 55,000 crore meant for Vanbandhu scheme go?. This was Gandhi's 10th question as part of a Congress strategy wherein he would put one question daily to Modi ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls. Grabbed the ...

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Andaman limestone caves: Enchanting journey into the unknown

Port Blair, Dec 7 (IANS) Beckoning tourists with their intricate mineral formations amid the tropical wilderness of the Baratang island, the age-old limestone caves here testify to the variety of the Andaman archipelago, otherwise famed for its pristine beaches, fascinating coral reef, historical monuments and adventure sports. Baratang lies around 100 kilometres north of Port Blair, the...

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In biggest encounter, Maharashtra police gun down 7 Maoists

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), Dec 6 (IANS) At least seven Maoists, including five women, were killed and two others injured in a fierce gunfight in the forests near Zinganur in Maharashtra early on Wednesday, an official said. A patrol team of the elite C-60 commandos of the Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) overcame the brutal firepower of the Maoists in the deep jungles and eliminated seven of t...

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No forest clearance required for bridge over Brahmani: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar, Dec 6 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday informed the Centre that no forest clearance is necessary for the construction of a second bridge over the Brahmani River near Rourkela in Sundergarh district. In a letter to Union Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Chief Minister said there is no impediment for the National Highway Authority of In...

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Five women among 7 suspected Maoists killed in Maharashtra

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), Dec 6 (IANS) At least seven suspected Maoists, including five women, were killed and two others injured in a fierce gunfight in the forests near Zinganur in Maharashtra early on Wednesday, an official said. A patrol team of the elite C-60 commandos of the Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) overcame the brutal firepower of the Maoists in the deep jungles and eliminated ...

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30 mn euro intervention to combat wildlife trafficking

Nairobi, Dec 6 (IANS) As part of a 30 million euro intervention, the EU has signed a 17.2 million euro agreement with three UN institutions working jointly to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and trafficking of wildlife products throughout eastern and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. The new 'cross-regional wildlife programme' will focus its activities in the region's most imp...

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