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Bhubaneswar, 27 Dec 2016/--/The State Election Commission (SEC), Odisha, today announced dates for the general elections to the three-tire panchayati raj institutions in five different phases to begin from February 13. "The model code of conduct for the rural polls has come into the force from...

Bhubaneswar, 27 Dec 2016/--/The Coast Guard rescued six crew members of a fishing boat that had developed technical snag at sea about 80 nautical miles south of Paradip in Odisha, officials said today. The Coast Guard, Paradip was informed by the president of Odisha Marine Fish Producers...

Malkangiri, 27 Dec 2016/--/Maoists killed a tribal man and abducted another suspecting that the men were backing police in their operations against the ultras in Kudumuluguma area in Malkangiri district today, police said. A group of around 50 armed ultras stormed into the village in the wee hours...

Paradip, 27 Dec 2016/--/Prominent businessman Mahimananda Mishra and his aide, arrested in a murder case, were sent on a four-day police remand by a court in Jagatsinghpur district today, a day after they were brought to Odisha from Thailand. Mishra, managing director of Odisha Stevedores Ltd, and...

Samastipur, 27 Dec 2016/--/A trader was shot dead by unidentified assailants in a village in Bihar's Samastipur district while foiling a bank robbery bid, a police officer said today. The incident took place in Harishankarpur village on Monday late night as gunmen shot at the grocery trader Manjeet...

Ranchi, 27 Dec 2016/--/Jharkhand introduced several initiatives in 2016 -- a single window system for agriculture, GPS in food and public distribution system, UDAY scheme, real time monitoring of government schools and a film policy. It also maintained its top 10 position on the ease of doing...

Kolkata, 27 Dec 2016/--/The Railways has sent a letter to the West Bengal government stating that from now on the state has to take responsibilities of all ongoing and upcoming projects of the suburban system as well as Metro Railway. According to a highly-placed source at the state secretariat...

Ranchi, 27 Dec 2016/--/Ranchi Mayor Asha Lakra today stopped Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das` convoy to seek justice for the "abusive language" hurled at her by a traffic police. The mayor was on her way to attend a local programme when her vehicle was allegedly stopped near Ratu roundabout...

Kohima, 27 Dec 2016/--/Naga Students' Federation (NSF) today temporarily suspended its eight-day-long total blockade of all Manipur-bound vehicles with immediate effect taking into consideration the assurance of Manipur government and the Centre's request. NSF president Subenthung Kithan and...

Bhubaneswar, 27 Dec 2016/--/Dana Majhi carrying his wife's body on his shoulders is the "real image" of the Odisha government and the ruling party, BJP said today. Over the chief minister's allegation of opposition parties trying to malign the image of BJD, Odisha BJP chief Basant Panda said, "The...

Jamui, 27 Dec 2016/--/Police have formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe how hundreds of villagers in the Naxal-hit Jamui district received ATM cards at their residences even though they had not opened bank accounts. Hundreds of residents of Achambhau village under Sikandra police...

Kolkata, 27 Dec 2016/--/To clear the anticipated rush of pilgrims on the occasion of Kalpataru Utsab at Dakshineswar, Eastern Railway will run one pair of special train between Sealdah and Dankuni in addition to running of two pairs of Sunday exempted train services on Sunday (1.1.2017).  The Up...

Kolkata, 27 Dec 2016/--/To clear the anticipated rush of pilgrims on the occasion of Kalpataru Utsab at Dakshineswar, Eastern Railway will run one pair of special train between Sealdah and Dankuni in addition to running of two pairs of Sunday exempted train services on Sunday (1.1.2017).  The Up...

Kolkata, 26 Dec 2016/--/After one year and nine months of agony and trauma, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for Namutebi Rachael, the 23-year-old Ugandan girl who was found unconscious, sans any travel document at Sainthia railway station of Birbhum district and since kept at Homes...

NEW DELHI, 26 Dec 2016/--/The Centre has rushed additional 4,000 paramilitary personnel to Manipur in its efforts to reopen a national highway which has blocked for nearly two months by a Naga group. With this, the total number of central security personnel deployed in the sensitive North-Eastern...

Patna, 26 Dec 2016/--/Taking a dig at Narendra Modi over his remark that people can punish him for demonetisation after the 50-day window, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad today asked the Prime Minister to choose a "chauraha" (roundabout) where people can punish him for triggering a chaotic situation in the...

Agartala/Silchar, 26 Dec 2016/--/Demonetisation of high value currency notes and digitisation of books evoked a mixed response at book fairs in North-East India (N-E). The ongoing book fairs in Agartala in Tripura and Silchar in Assam are two significant annual events for the book lovers,...

Aizawl, 26 Dec 2016/--/Over 64 children in the Christian -dominated Mizoram state still believe in Santa Claus visiting them on December 24 midnight with Christmas presents, prompting them to leave an empty plate near their beds for receiving the gifts. What happened in Saitual village, about 100...

Kolkata, 26 Dec 2016/--/Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Eastern Railway conducted weeklong drive recently in all the four divisions of Eastern Railway and recovered 53 live tortoises and 40.5 Kg of Ganja and handed over to GRP. Moreover, 40 semi-manufactured Pistols were also recovered. Six (6)...

Kapasiya, 26 Dec 2016/--/State power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay today commissioned a 132Kv transmission line from Jerat to Mahishpota at Kapasiya. Order for the project was awarded to Gurgaon-based Advance India Project Limited in December 2016 and it was scheduled to be completed within 24...

Kolkata, 26 Dec 2016/--/In anticipation of the heavy rush of commuters on Christmas i.e. (Sunday), Metro Railway, Kolkata arranged special Metro services for the benefit of the commuters and ran a total number of 161 services instead of 110 services as run on normal Sundays. The passenger count...

Kolkata, 26 Dec 2016/--/Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Eastern Railway conducted weeklong drive recently in all the four divisions of Eastern Railway and recovered 53 live tortoises and 40.5 Kg of Ganja and handed over to GRP. Moreover, 40 semi-manufactured Pistols were also recovered. Six (6)...

Kolkata, 25 Dec 2016/--/The city today celebrated Christmas by holding midnight masses and carols that continued through the day and evening with people from all walks of life and faiths thronging churches, parks, zoo and other places of recreation. Midnight masses were attended by hundreds at St...

Kolkata, 25 Dec 2016/--/In a bid to put up a united opposition against the BJP government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is slated to go to New Delhi tomorrow to attend a meeting of Opposition parties on December 27. "Our party supremo will go to Delhi tomorrow and will attend the...

Patna, 25 Dec 2016/--/Union minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwaha today alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not taking interest in opening Kendriya Vidyalayas in the state as evident by the state government's "failure" to provide land despite repeated reminders. "Education and...

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