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Shillong, 21 Mar 2017/--/Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma on Monday said the state budget will set a new "benchmark" for progress and prosperity. "This budget will set a new benchmark for the right kind of environment that the state requires for overall transformation and changes in the socio...

NEW DELHI, 21 Mar 2017/--/The Assam government has taken a series of steps to curb poaching at the Kaziranga National Park, including empowering the forest staff to use firearms without prior sanction while providing them immunity from prosecution, the Centre today said. The park was recently at...

Berhampur, 21 Mar 2017/--/Five persons were today arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of a BJD supporter at Rohigaon village, a police officer said today. Ashok Jena (38) younger brother of Sanyasi Jena, president of the ruling BJD s Kukudakhandi block unit, was killed on Friday...

NEW DELHI, 21 Mar 2017/--/The Supreme Court today refused to extend license of four liquor companies in Bihar. The apex court has also asked the Patna High Court to constitute a bench and hear the matter in a time bound manner and dispose it by May 10. The four liquor companies had knocked the...

Berhampur, 21 Mar 2017/--/An investigation has been launched after a 70-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison due to crop failure and debt burden at Nuagaon in Ganjam district. The victim, Brundaban Swain, who committed suicide on Sunday was initially admitted to Aska...

Siwan, 21 Mar 2017/--/Two persons were killed and seven others, including a pregnant woman, injured in a clash between two groups over a land dispute at Pipra Naraian village in Bihar's Siwan district today, a police officer said. The deceased were identified as Birender Kumar Singh (60) and his...

Kohima, 21 Mar 2017/--/Governor P B Acharya today said the Nagaland government supports the ongoing dialogue between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) and would strive for a final solution to the six-decades old Naga political issue. The Nagaland government has also recently constituted the '...

Bhubaneswar, 21 Mar 2017/--/Senior BJD leader Bishnu Charan Das has resigned from the Rajya Sabha after his appointment as deputy chairman of Odisha State Planning Board and convener of the ruling BJD's Dalit cell. Das tendered his resignation to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday night. "...

Phulbani, 21 Mar 2017/--/The police has recovered the body of a forester in a pool of blood and found another forest department official in a critical condition at a government quarter at Daringbadi in Odisha's Kandhamal district. The body of the forester belonged to Banita Digal who was posted in...

Kohima, 21 Mar 2017/--/Ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) MLA Imtiwapang Aier was today elected as the new Speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Aier was elected unopposed on the first day of the budget session, which began here today. His name was proposed by ministers P Longon and Y...

Kolkata, 21 Mar 2017/--/For clearance of anticipated rush of passengers during ‘URS’ Mela at Ajmer, Eastern Railway will run one pair of special train between Sealdah and Ajmer. 03137 Sealdah-Ajmer ‘URS’ special (Via Barkakana, Chopan) will leave Sealdah at 11:25 am on March 31 (Friday) to reach...

Baruipur, 21 Mar 2017/--/Five persons have died and several others admitted to hospital over the last three days after they consumed spurious liquor in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, a police officer said today. Unofficial sources however, put the death toll at 11. The incident occured...

Kolkata, 20 Mar 2017/--/The anti-corruption wing of the CBI today said it would submit the preliminary report of the inquiry into the Narada sting operation to the Calcutta High Court, if asked to do so. "As per the court order, it is not mandatory to submit the report to it. But the CBI will do so...

Kolkata, 20 Mar 2017/--/At a time when Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in the city is under the scanner for alleged medical negligence and malpractices, Apollo Group's managing director Preetha Reddy today admitted to lapses in the hospital's healthcare delivery in the last few months. Reddy told...

Kolkata, 20 Mar 2017/--/Babul Supriyo, union minister and BJP MP from Bengal said that he would have readily apologised to Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra if she had personally expressed that she felt insulted by his remarks on a television channel debate. Supriyo’s statement came on a day the...

Kolkata, 20 Mar 2017/--/The CPM today demanded that chief minister Mamata Banerjee be brought under the purview of CBI investigations into Narada and Saradha scams. The party also demanded that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, allegedly involved in Narada scam, be arrested immediately. CPM...

Imphal, 20 Mar 2017/--/The BJP-led government today won the floor test in Manipur Assembly with a voice vote. There was no division of votes in the exercises which saw the lone TMC MLA also supporting the Nongthombam Biren Singh government. The BJP has 21 MLAs in the 60-Member house. It has the...

Kolkata, 20 Mar 2017/--/Denouncing criticism of Yogi Adityanath's elevation to the post of UP chief minister, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP today said in democracy both Yogi and Maulvi have the right to hold political and constitutional office if democratically elected. "It is wrong to criticise...

NEW DELHI, 20 Mar 2017/--/Union minister Jitendra Singh today hailed the lifting of economic blockade in Manipur, claiming the move is in line with the promise Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made ahead of the state Assembly polls. "The Prime Minister had committed to people of Manipur last month...

Patna, 20 Mar 2017/--/The Bihar government today said there was no proposal to increase fuel limit of 110 litres a month for police stations barring some exceptions for maintenance of law and order and investigation. Minister in-charge for home Bijendra Prasad Yadav said this while answering a...

Patna, 20 Mar 2017/--/The Opposition BJP disrupted proceedings in the Bihar Assembly today demanding the arrest of ruling    JD-U`s suspended legislator Mewalal Choudhary for alleged irregularities in the appointment of staff members in the Bihar Agriculture University. Choudhary has been accused...

Bhubaneswar, 20 Mar 2017/--/Anguished over not being able to operate defunct sugar mills and cold storages in the state, Odisha minister Damodar Rout today called himself as "most inefficient" and "helpless" person in the government. "Do not ashame me by referring that I am most able minister in...

Bhagalpur, 20 Mar 2017/--/Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) here today cancelled the law degree of former Delhi law minister and AAP MLA Jitender Singh Tomar. The decision to cancel Tomar's degree was taken by Senate members of the University, vice chancellor Chemendra Kumar Singh told news...

Kolkata, 20 Mar 2017/--/Officers and members of Armies of India and Bangladesh will undertake a joint cycling expedition from March 22 to April 4. The expedition will commence from Agartala and traverse through major cities in Bangladesh - Comilla, Dhaka, Faridpur and Jassore, before culminating...

NEW DELHI, 19 Mar 2017/--/The National Green Tribunal has transferred a case relating to the indiscriminate dumping of municipal waste in the picturesque Darjeeling and pollution in Mahananda river to the Eastern Zonal Bench. A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, passed the...

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