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NEW DELHI, 31 Mar 2018/--/To ensure that captive elephants in Bihar were not ill-treated by their owners to make them work harder, as was done to a 30-year-old pachyderm that died recently due to the cruel treatment, a Delhi-based NGO has petitioned the wildlife warden of that state to take strict...

Kolkata, 25 Mar 2018/--/Even though the Supreme Court on March 18 issued a directive to the Centre to file a report on the condition of Rogingya refugee camps across the country, the refugees numbering about 100 who have taken shelter at Hardoho village of Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district...

Kolkata, 25 Mar 2018/--/The West Bengal government as well as some NGOs have started taking steps to combat the upward trend in crimes against children in the state. The latest National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) said hat West Bengal had registered 7004 crimes against children in 2016, the 5th...

Kolkata, 25 Mar 2018/--/West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee today said the government will take necessary action against those found guilty of tampering with sealed question paper packet at a school in Jalpaiguri district. Asked by reporters if he will intervene into the alleged...

NEW DELHI, 25 Mar 2018/--/The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has issued notice to the Union health secretary and director of AIIMS, New Delhi over a petition that seeks to prevent the shifting of the conjoined twins from Odisha, who were separated after a surgery, from the premier...

Guwahati, 25 Mar 2018/--/Students of Assam Women's University (AWU), the only institute of its kind in the North East, are agitating to press for permanent vice-chanellor and for transforming it into a full-fledged university. The agitation had been launched on March 5 and protests are being held...

Guwahati, 25 Mar 2018/--/BJP president Amit Shah has advised the Assam unit of his party to reach out to the people of the state, down to the grassroot level, keeping in view the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election, a party leader said today. Shah advised the core committee members of the BJP's Assam...

Udalguri, 25 Mar 2018/--/An Army officer and two militants were injured in an encounter between a joint Army-police team and underground group NDFB (Songbijit) in Darrang district of lower Assam today, police sources said. Acting on a tip-off on the presence of insurgents at Borjhar under Dhola...

Bhubaneswar, 25 Mar 2018/--/A police sub-inspector was arrested for allegedly accepting Rs 20,000 bribe from the proprietor of a company for registering an FIR in a theft case, vigilance officials said. Sub-Inspector Benudhara Ray, in-charge of Kausalyaganga police outpost near Pipili in Puri...

MUNGER, 25 Mar 2018/--/The abducted village head (Mukhiya) and his son were today rescued from the clutches of the Naxalites in Bihar's Munger district, the police said. Superintendent of Police Ashish Bharti, who himself led one of the three rescue operations, said that Bhola Verma, the village...

Malkangiri, 25 Mar 2018/--/The Odisha Police on Saturday said an armed Maoist was gunned down during an encounter in Malkangiri district. "One armed Maoist was killed during an encounter with security personnel at Tulasi Pahar hills close to the Chhattishgarh border," Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena...

Agartala, 25 Mar 2018/--/Tripura health minister Sudip Roy Burman has asked people, especially women, of the state to change their lifestyle to prevent cancer. He said 2,500 new cancer patients are diagnosed every year in Tripura and 40 per cent of the total cancer affected patients in the state...

Motihari, 25 Mar 2018/--/Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel have seized charas worth over Rs 7 crore and arrested one person in this connection, an official said on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, an SSB team arrested 30-year-old Mehmood Miyan late last night at the Indo-Nepal border and seized 78...

NEW DELHI, 25 Mar 2018/--/Eighty-six people lost their lives and 131 got injured in accidents at 10 "black spots" on the city roads last year, the Delhi government has informed the state Assembly. In reply to a question, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot told the Assembly last week that 166...

Kishanganj, 25 Mar 2018/--/Two truckloads of beer, passing through Bihar from West Bengal, were seized by police here. Stringent anti-liquor law is in place in Bihar. The trucks were moving to north Bengal from south and did not have the valid permit while entering Bihar, police said. "The two...

Patna, 25 Mar 2018/--/US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster today called on Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at their official residences here and apprised them of the US' willingness to help the state in its journey towards economic progress. Juster, who had arrived...

Kolkata, 23 Mar 2018/--/As expected, all four candidates for Rajya Sabha from the Trinamool Congress and  one from the Congress today scraped through the elections for filling up the five Rajya Sabha seats that fell vacant from West Bengal. While Shubashish Chakrabarty of the TMC got 54 votes,...

Shillong, 23 Mar 2018/--/Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today presented a Rs 1,150 crore deficit budget, highlighting that total receipts for 2018-19 will improve owing to higher central taxes share. He said the central taxes share is earmarked at Rs 5,059.77 crore and the government...

Kolkata, 23 Mar 2018/--/From the next academic session, the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will be preparing final exam question papers for "core subjects" of Classes IX and XI. Till date, the annual examination papers for the two classes were framed by the respective...

Bhubaneswar, 23 Mar 2018/--/Odisha Assembly today witnessed pandemonium and adjourned twice till afternoon as opposition Congress and BJP members demonstrated in the well of the House over distress sale of tomatoes in the state. As the Question Hour started, several Congress and BJP members rushed...

Bhubaneswar, 23 Mar 2018/--/The Odisha government has decided to prepare a standard operating procedure (SoP) for enquiry and early sanction of ex-gratia amount in case of natural disasters, an official source said here today. The decision was taken yesterday at a State Executive Committee (SEC)...

Patna, 23 Mar 2018/--/The centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha, maybe the theme for the ongoing Bihar Diwas celebrations here, but at centuries-old Patna Collectorate, where some of the most iconic scenes in the Oscar-winning film 'Gandhi' were filmed, the mood is hardly festive. The...

BIHAR SHARIF (BIHAR), 23 Mar 2018/--/Five people, including three children and a woman, were killed and 18 injured after an explosion in an illegal firecracker unit in Bihar's Nalanda district, a senior official said today. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the incident and issued...

Kolkata, 23 Mar 2018/--/Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Institute of Management Science, Kolkata (BIMS) today inaugurated ‘National Conference on the Global Strategy for Self Sufficiency’ in association with the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS). The focus of the two day Conference being held...

Kolkata, 23 Mar 2018/--/A Parcel Cargo Express Train consisting of 15 Parcel Vans and 1 SLR was flagged off from Sankrail Goods Terminal Yard on 22.03.18. M/s GATI Limited, Mumbai has been awarded leasing contract to run the Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) on round trip basis between Sankrail...

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