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Kolkata, 20 Dec 2018/--/West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that unity in diversity is India's strength, and asked people to uphold the spirit and remain united. Referring to a Sanskrit phrase found in Maha Upanishad, 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', meaning, "the world is one family...

NEW DELHI, 20 Dec 2018/--/A Delhi court on Thursday granted interim bail till January 19 to RJD chief Lalu Prasad in two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam cases filed by the CBI and the ED. Special Judge Arun Bharadwaj granted relief to Prasad after he was produced before...

Ranchi, 20 Dec 2018/--/The Jharkhand government has assured the National Tribal Commission that people living in villages within the Palamau Tiger Reserve area, will not be displaced without their consent, officials said Thursday. The assurance came after the Chairman of the National Tribal...

Kolkata, 20 Dec 2018/--/Whenever the public is in a holiday mood and as now winter has set in, exams are over in schools and colleges and the X-mas round the corner, there is a warm calling of the Bay of Bengal can’t be ruled out. There is rush indeed but to clear the rush of Puri-bound passengers...

Jamshedpur, 20 Dec 2018/--/An ascetic, associated with a charitable organization, has been arrested for rape attempt on a minor girl in Jharkhands East Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. The 15-year-old girl, in her complaint, alleged misdeed on the part of the Bharat Sevashram...

Patna, 20 Dec 2018/--/A city-based industrialist was shot dead while his driver was left critically injured in broad daylight in Vaishali district today, right across the river Ganges, an official said. Gunjan Khemka (32) - who was also the convenor of the Bihar BJP's small industries cell, was...

Agartala, 20 Dec 2018/--/The water supplied in many parts of city here was found to be "unsafe" for human consumption, said a test report. The Department of Microbiology of Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) conducted tests on water samples collected from Shibnagar, Shantipara and Math...

Shillong, 20 Dec 2018/--/RTI activist Agnes Kharshiing, who was assaulted by coal mafias last month, Thursday reiterated her demand that the case be handed over to the CBI. Agnes and her aide Amita Sangma were brutally assaulted when both the women had gone to take photographs of the illegal coal...

Kolkata, 17 Dec 2018/--/A day after DMK president M K Stalin proposed the name of Congress president chief Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate, the TMC leadership today distanced itself from the statement, saying any such announcement would be premature. A Trinamool Congress leader...

Kolkata, 17 Dec 2018/--/The BJP moved the Calcutta High Court today with a fresh plea, challenging the West Bengal government's denial of permission to the party's proposed 'rath yatra' in the state. The state government had held a meeting on the 'rath yatra' with a three-member BJP team as per...

Kolkata, 17 Dec 2018/--/Renowned classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at a city hospital on Monday morning after a prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 75 and is survived by wife and son. Pandit Bhaduri, considered to be one of the masters of Bengali songs and Bhajans, was...

Shillong, 17 Dec 2018/--/Five days since 13 miners were reportedly trapped in a rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district, all efforts to locate them have turned futile. The miners were now feared dead as water from a nearby river has been gushing into the 370-feet-deep pit....

NEW DELHI, 17 Dec 2018/--/The Supreme Court has granted protection from arrest to a news channel journalist who had allegedly conducted a sting operation on four ruling Biju Janta Dal (BJD) MLAs in Orissa. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah also sought response from the Odisha...

Dumka, 17 Dec 2018/--/A 40-year-old para-teacher died during a night-long sit-in outside the house of a Jharkhand minister here, with protestors claiming that he died due to cold, officials said on Monday. The deceased, a contractual teacher, was identified as Kanchan Das, they said. The para-...

Motihari, 17 Dec 2018/--/Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said the number of beneficiaries of the Student Credit Card (SCC) scheme in the state has gone up to 25,000. The number of beneficiaries under SCC scheme has gone up to 25,000 within three-four months of Bihar State Education...

Berhampur, 17 Dec 2018/--/A tusker was found dead in a forest in Odisha's Ganjam on Monday, a day after the carcass of a male elephant was recovered from Digapahandi area in the district, forest officials said. The carcass of the jumbo, aged aound 45 years, was recovered with the tusks intact from...

NEW DELHI, 17 Dec 2018/--/The Centre on Monday approved release of additional assistance of Rs 1,292 crore to Odisha and Tripura, which were hit by cyclone and floods respectively. In a statement, the home ministry said the additional assistance of Rs 1,023.59 crore will be released to Odisha,...

Kolkata, 17 Dec 2018/--/A minibus caught fire on Dufferin Road in central Kolkata on Monday noon but there was no report of any casualty. As the bus was running, some passengers saw smoke coming out of the minibus and raised an alarm. Within a short time, the fire spread inside the vehicle. The...

Aizawl, 17 Dec 2018/--/The five-member Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Mizoram Monday elected Zodintluanga, a former minister and treasurer of the recently dissolved CLP as its leader, party sources said. Zodintluanga has been CLP treasurer for three consecutive terms (15 years) and is the...

Bhubaneswar, 17 Dec 2018/--/Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram on Sunday accused the ruling BJD government in Odisha of neglecting the tribals in the state. Oram said the state government "failed miserably" to resolve issues involving the tribals, and did not allot land to them, despite having...

Patna, 17 Dec 2018/--/Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RSLP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, who last week snapped his ties with the BJP-led NDA and resigned from the Union Council of ministers, on Sunday said joining the Congress-led mahagathbandhan was "one of the many options" before him and a final decision...

Chittaranjan, 17 Dec 2018/--/In the All India Railway Dance Competition held from December 13 to December 14 in DDU( Mughalsarai) the team of artistes from the cultural organization of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) got first position in the Group Folk Dance form. Artistes presented Group Folk...

Kolkata, 11 Dec 2018/--/A Jaipur-Kolkata IndiGo flight with 136 passengers on board made an emergency landing in Kolkata after smoke engulfed the plane mid-air, prompting the government to order a probe, an official said on Tuesday. However, no passengers were injured in the incident that happened...

Agartala, 11 Dec 2018/--/Tripura Police on Monday arrested 450 picketers of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) after it blocked stretches of NH-8 and railway tracks, as part of a 12-hour strike to press for scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. West Tripura SP Ajit...

Dimapur, 11 Dec 2018/--/Normal life was affected in Dimapur, Nagaland's largest town and commercial hub, during the 12-hour bandh called by the Public Action Committee (PAC) on Monday, officials said. The bandh was called by PAC under the aegis of Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), the apex tribal body of...

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