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NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/The railways today indicated negligence could be the reason behind the derailment of the Utkal Express, with a senior official saying a probe would ascertain if any maintenance work was being done on the tracks without permission. It was not "clear" what kind of work was...

Lucknow, 20 Aug 2017/--/More than 50 passengers who received injuries in the Muzaffarnagar train accident have been discharged from hospitals while 102 others are still receiving treatment, the Uttar Pradesh government said today. The Kalinga-Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar last evening...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh regarding an FIR filed against him on suspicion of the deadly bomb blast in Darjeeling, on Friday. Condemning the attacks and writing about the FIR Gurung said, "Last night, ie 18th...

Srinagar, 20 Aug 2017/--/President Ram Nath Kovind will arrive in the border town of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow for his first official visit outside Delhi since taking oath of office. The President will present the President's Colours to the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre and the five...

Muzaffarnagar, 20 Aug 2017/--/Mohammed Dilshad, 48, is nursing a broken spleen and a wounded leg at the district hospital here. On his lips are just these words- "Kudrat ka karishma hai (it's a miracle of God)". A native of this Uttar Pradesh town, Dilshad frequently takes the Puri-Haridwar Utkal...

Mumbai, 20 Aug 2017/--/Defence minister Arun Jaitley today said security forces with their resolute action had established dominance over terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre was firm that armed militancy must end in the border state. He said the Kashmir issue had become complicated...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/Alleged hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani, arrested in connection with a decade-old money laundering case involving Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah, was sent today to judicial custody (JC) by a Delhi court on a plea of the probe agency. Duty Magistrate Jasjeet Kaur...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/The Delhi High Court has directed the AAP government to take an expeditious decision on regularising Kashmiri migrant teachers who had fled their state in the wake of disturbances and were working in government and municipal schools here on contractual basis for about 13...

Jammu, 20 Aug 2017/--/Union minister Jitendra Singh today said terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was in its last phase as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a target to wipe it out from the country in the next five years. He said that just as the period between 1942, when the Quit India movement was...

Bhopal, 20 Aug 2017/--/BJP president Amit Shah visited a war memorial here and paid tribute to martyrs who laid down their lives for the motherland. Shah, who is on a three-day tour to Madhya Pradesh since Friday, visited 'Shaurya Smarak' last night. The sprawling war memorial, dedicated to the...

Srinagar, 20 Aug 2017/--/CPI(M) leader MY Tarigami and Independent MLA Hakim Yaseen today demanded a special session of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to discuss repealing of Article 35A, asserting that any attempt to abrogate the constitutional provision would lead to serious consequences in the state...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/IIT Kharagpur has accepted the resignation of whistle-blower professor Rajeev Kumar, whose compulsory retirement order was quashed by president Pranab Mukherjee days before he demitted office. IIT Kharagpur had suspended Kumar for "misconduct" in May 2011, the same year...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/Nearly 53 per cent of the 586 train accidents in the last five years were due to derailments with the Utkal Express derailment being the latest. Notwithstanding the railways' attempts to upgrade the safety apparatus, many such accidents continue to occur. Over 20 people...

Lucknow, 20 Aug 2017/--/In a bid to deal with "dangerous operations" and check terrorism and crime incidents more professionally, the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) will train Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) teams of district police.  Asim Arun, IG, ATS, today said the five-week...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/There is no information on the constitution of a civil services board that decides on the postings of bureaucrats by the Madhya Pradesh government, the Centre has said. In reply to an RTI query, the Union personnel ministry said it has not received any inputs from the...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/Union minister Maneka Gandhi has said there was a need to enact a law on beggary with an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration of the vulnerable section of the society rather than criminalising the act. She has urged Social Justice and Empowerment Minister...

Nagapattinam, 20 Aug 2017/--/All arrangements are in place for the 11-day annual festival of famous shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health at Vailankanni near here beginning on August 29, a top official said today. With more than 20 lakh pilgrims expected to throng the town during the festival,...

Lucknow, 20 Aug 2017/--/With fresh flood-related deaths reported from across Uttar Pradesh, the death toll in the current wave of floods has risen to 69. Over 20 lakh people have been hit by the floods in 24 districts of the state. "The death toll in the floods has reached 69 in the state, where 2...

Bengaluru, 20 Aug 2017/--/Several BJP leaders in Karnataka today demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for "misusing" the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) by forcing it to file "false" cases against opposition leaders, including B S Yeddyurappa, the state unit chief of the saffron...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/As part of efforts to enhance its strike capability, the Army is now working on a project to add more teeth to its T-90 main battle tanks by arming them with a third generation missile system. Currently, the T-90 tanks are equipped with a laser guided INVAR missile system...

NEW DELHI, 20 Aug 2017/--/A woman, accused of organising a honeytrap and blackmailing BJP MP K C Patel, has been denied bail by a special court which said she had adopted "ingenious modus operandi" to trap public personalities and extort money.The court also dismissed the bail plea of businessman...

Hyderabad, 20 Aug 2017/--/The Hyderabad police have decided to geotag all Ganesh pandals in the city to monitor them and prevent any untoward incident during the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Security would also be stepped up with the deployment of over 24,000 police personnel, an official...

Jammu, 20 Aug 2017/--/Nearly 100 open-sky schools in Jammu district, which often face closure due to bad weather, will get buildings by this year-end under the Jammu and Kashmir government's 'TAMIER' project, an official said today. Sub-divisional magistrates have been assigned the job of...

Bhopal, 20 Aug 2017/--/Despite the arrest of Medha Patkar and her fasting colleagues, Narmada valley is still burning. In an unusual development, the administration has banned Medha Patkar's entry in the districts of Dhar and Barwani for one year. The order was served on her when, after her...

Kaushambi (UP), 19 Aug 2017/--/A mother and her daughter were poisoned to death allegedly by her daughter-in-law in the Usraina village of the district, the police said today. The woman's another 14-year-old daughter Neetu, who also consumed the drink, was taken ill, a police official said....