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Punjab News

Rs.10 lakh for family of killed Haryana union leader

Chandigarh, Feb 21 (IANS) The Haryana government Thursday announced a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the family of a Haryana Roadways driver and union leader, killed in a freak accident in Ambala city on Day One of the nationwide strike.

Cameron's regret satisfies some, families seek more

Amritsar, Feb 21 (IANS) Not everyone is satisfied with British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to the Jallianwala Bagh ground here and his description of the 1919 massacre of Indians as "shameful".

Strike hits Punjab, Haryana; one killed

Chandigarh, Feb 20 (IANS) The nationwide strike hit normalcy in Punjab and Haryana Wednesday as public transport kept off the roads and banks remained shut. A Haryana Roadways employee was killed in an accident as he and his colleagues were commencing their protest.

Religion, history, business: All in Cameron's Amritsar trip

Chandigarh, Feb 20 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron was a devout, a politician regretting a historical tragedy and a business leader -- all rolled into one within a space of four hours during his visit to Sikh holy city Amritsar Wednesday.

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Gujarat News

Strongest ever field for Gujarat Kensville Challenge

Ahmedabad, Jan 30 (IANS) The third edition of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge golf will see the strongest ever field as both the Indian Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and European Challenge season for 2013 season tees off here Thursday.

Bhullar's team wins pro-am at Gujarat Kensville Challenge

Ahmedabad, Jan 30 (IANS) Gaganjeet Bhullar gave himself a good start to the week of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge as he led his team of young local golfers, Varun Parikh, Kairav Shah and Anshul Patel to a fine win in the pro-am here Wednesday.

Gangjee to open season at Kensville Challenge

Ahmedabad, Jan 28 (IANS) Rahil Gangjee, fresh from resurrecting his career by earning his card once again for the Asian Tour, is raring to go one better on his 2012 performance at the Gujarat Kensville Challenge 2013.

APSEZ to divest Australia coal terminal stake to Adanis

Ahmedabad, Jan 28 (IANS) Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) Monday said the company's board of directors has in principle approved divestment of stake in the Australian venture Abbot Point Coal Terminal in Queensland to the Adani family.

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West Bengal News

Bengali language 'Martyrs' Day' observed

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) West Bengal Thursday observed the Language Martyrs Day to pay homage to those who died for the cause of Bengali language in Dhaka in 1952.

Ear chopped off for joining strike in Bengal

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) Trinamool Congress workers allegedly chopped off the ear of a panchayat worker in West Bengal's Murshidabad district Thursday for joining the two-day nationwide strike by major trade unions, police said.

Bengal government asked for ways to ban online 'rape-games'

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has sought a report from the state government suggesting ways to block on the internet "rape-games" - the Japanese video games which challenge a player to rape women.

Normal life hit on second day of Bengal strike

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) Normal life was partially affected in West Bengal Thursday on the final day of a two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions.

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Tamil Nadu News

Chennai is very lucky for me: Bappi Lahiri

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Bollywood music composer-singer Bappi Lahiri said Thursday that he has so many memorable experiences in Chennai and considers the city very lucky for him.

There was challenge associated with 'Aadhi Bhagavana': Neetu Chandra

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Actress Neetu Chandra says that more than her enthusiasm to work with Tamil filmmaker Ameer Sultan, it was a challenge to learn the language that persuaded her to be part of forthcoming Tamil action film "Aadhi Bhagavan".

India, Australia renew Test-rivalry sans legends

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) The Border-Gavaskar Trophy will get a new meaning Friday as India take on Australia here with many of the big names, who dominated the sport in the last decade, having retired in the last couple of years.

Harbhajan to play his 100th Test in Chennai

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Harbhajan Singh will become the 10th Indian to play 100 Tests when he takes the field in the first Test against Australia here Friday.

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Mumbai News

Raveena to shoot sufi song for 'Shobhana 7 Nights'

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Raveena Tandon will be seen swaying to the tunes of a Sufi song in her new film "Shobhana 7 Nights". The actress says the song is for commercial release of the film.

Sensex slips 317 points; bank scrips hit

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities markets fell more than 300 points or 1.62 percent Thursday, ahead of the union budget and a day after data showed decline in loan growth and on weakness in global bourses. Bank, metal, capital goods, automobile and oil and gas stocks were the hardest hit.

I approached 'Silver Linings Playbook' as newcomer: Anupam Kher

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has been part of more than 450 films in a three-decade career, says he approached his Hollywood film "Silver Linings Playbook" as a newcomer.

Saif to make nasty 'Bullet Raja' look cool

Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) Actor Saif Ali Khan says although his character in new film "Bullet Raja" wears nasty clothes, he will still try to make him look cool in them.

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Maharashtra News

Ex-cop, others nabbed for Mumbai builder's murder

Navi Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Two people, including a former police officer, were arrested Sunday for the murder of a top builder here, taking the total number of people arrested in the ghastly crime to three, police said.

Ex-cop arrested for builder's murder

Navi Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) A former police officer was Sunday arrested and remanded to police custody for his alleged role in the murder of a top builder here Saturday, police said.

Pune FC sign striker Boima Karpeh, release Daisuke

Pune, Feb 16 (IANS) I-League side Pune FC signed up Liberia-born Australian striker Boima Jerry Karpeh replacing Japanese Daisuke Nishiguchi for the last stretch of the league.

Hope to address supporters in Aurangabad soon: Asaduddin Owaisi

Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Feb 13 (IANS) MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, barred from entering Aurangabad city till March 2, said Wednesday that he hoped to address his supporters in the city soon since he had full faith in the judiciary.

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Rajasthan News

Rajasthan's deputy leader of opposition resigns

Jaipur, Feb 20 (IANS) With infighting in BJP's Rajasthan unit refusing to die down, deputy leader of opposition Ghanshyam Tiwari resigned Wednesday from the post.

Strike paralyses work in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Feb 20 (IANS) Public transport and banking were affected in the Rajasthan capital Wednesday on the first day of the two-day countrywide strike called by various unions protesting the government's alleged anti-people and anti-labour policies and inability to control price rise.

Qawwalis, sufi music win foreigner's hearts in Pushkar

Pushkar (Rajasthan), Feb 16 (IANS) Music knows no boundary, nor language - and going by the performances and response at the ongoing Blue Lotus Music Festival here, it holds true as foreign tourists flocked to the town, and swayed and grooved to the tunes of qawwali and sufi music.

Three-year-old girl raped, assailant arrested

Jaipur, Feb 12 (IANS) A three-year old girl was admitted to a hospital in critical condition after she was raped and brutally beaten up by a youth in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district Tuesday, police said.

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Uttar Pradesh News

30 percent Noida industrial units resume work

Noida, Feb 21 (IANS) A day after violence rocked this suburb of the national capital, 400 of the 1,200 industrial units resumed work Thursday on the second day of a nationwide strike called by major trade unions to check inflation, ensure jobs and enforce labour laws, an official said.

Panel to probe Noida violence

Lucknow, Feb 21 (IANS) A two-member panel has been formed to probe the violence in Noida that broke out on the first day of the two-day countrywide shutdown, leaving many people injured and property worth crores gutted, said authorities.

Noida, Ghaziabad partially hit by strike

Noida/Ghaziabad, Feb 20 (IANS) The two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions partially affected life in the National Capital Region towns of Noida and Ghaziabad Wednesday.

UP set to distribute free laptops to 1.5 million school-leavers

Lucknow, Feb 20 (IANS) They'll cost the Utttar Pradesh government a whopping Rs.2,800 crore and their distribution is set to begin, but each of the 1.5 million recipients of the free laptops being given to school-leavers will have no doubt where they came from - what with tamper-proof images of ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on their covers.

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New Delhi News

Hockey World League: Indian men escape with 3-2 win over Ireland

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India were lucky to escape with a 3-2 win over Ireland and continued their winning streak in the men's Hero Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Thursday.

Gang-rape victim's family to get flat

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The central government Thursday approved the allotment of an apartment free of cost to the family of the Delhi gang-rape victim.

IOC vote a wake-up call for hockey: FIH president

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre admitted that International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to leave out wrestling from core sports for the 2020 Games was a rude shock but it has served as a wake cup call for hockey bosses.

Economic census begins in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Delhi's sixth economic census began Thursday with enumerators visiting the official residence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for collecting information about her household.

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Jammu And Kashmir News

Mirwaiz placed under house arrest

Srinagar, Feb 21 (IANS) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, was placed under house arrest here Thursday immediately after his return from Delhi, his aide said.

Amarnath pilgrimage registration to start March 18

Jammu, Feb 21 (IANS) The process of registering pilgrims for this year's Amarnath pilgrimage will commence from March 18 for both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes through over 400 designated bank branches, said a shrine board spokesman Thursday. A health certificate will be mandatory.

Security better in Kashmir, northeast: Presdient

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast has shown "a perceptible improvement", President Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday.

Jammu and Kashmir seeks coal blocks for power plant

Jammu, Feb 20 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir has sought allocation of coal blocks from the central government to set up a pithead thermal power plant of 1,000 MW capacity to meet its energy needs, an official said Wednesday.

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Andhra Pardesh News

Overdose of Balakrishna in 'Adhinayakudu', skip it

Film: 'Adhinayakudu'; Cast: Balakrishna, Lakshmi Rai, Saloni, Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Pradeep Singh Rawat, Brahmanandam, Murali Sharma and others; Director: Parachooru Murali; Producer: M.L. Padma Kumar Choudhary; Composer: Kalyani Malik; Rating: *

Jagan writes to PM on 'conspiracy' against him

Hyderabad, May 22 (IANS) YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alleging that the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh in collusion with opposition Telugu Desam Party and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have hatched a conspiracy against him.

15 killed as Hampi Express hits stationary train in Andhra

Hyderabad, May 22 (IANS) At least 15 people died early Tuesday in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district when a passenger train collided with a stationary goods train.

Roy visits train accident site

Hyderabad, May 22 (IANS) Railway Minister Mukul Roy Tuesday visited the scene of the train disaster in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district.

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Assam News

Assam court moved over woman activist's disappearance

Guwahati, Feb 20 (IANS) Two Assam-based NGOs have approached the Gauhati High Court seeking details of the "disappearance" of a woman rights activist, about whom police claimed that she has joined banned militant outfit ULFA.

Assam CM visits violence-hit Goalpara, reviews situation

Guwahati, Feb 19 (IANS) A week after violence rocked Assam's Goalpara district, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Tuesday visited the area and reviewed the law and order situation as well as relief measures taken by the administration.

Three killed in violence during Assam panchayat poll counting

Guwahati, Feb 15 (IANS) Three people were killed and five others injured as security forces opened fire to control a mob Friday in Assam's Dhubri district where counting of votes was on for the recently held panchayat polls, officials said.

Assam's Rabha areas still tense, toll rises to 21

Guwahati, Feb 14 (IANS) Curfew was relaxed but tension prevailed in Rabha community areas in Assam's Goalpara and Kamrup districts even as the toll in panchayat poll-related violence rose to 21 with the discovery of another body Thursday, said officials.

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Bihar News

Bihar opposition leader gives up security

Patna, Feb 21 (IANS) Bihar's opposition leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui has given up his security personnel and urged the government to deploy them to maintain law and order.

Body of abducted Jharkhand trader found

Ranchi, Feb 21 (IANS) The body of trader Gyan Chandra Jain, who was abducted Feb 14 while returning home from his factory, was recovered Thursday, police said.

Woman sells baby daughter in Bihar

Patna, Feb 21 (IANS) A poverty-stricken woman in this Bihar capital has claimed that she sold her two-month-old daughter for Rs.5,000 to a neighbour to raise money for her ailing husband's medical treatment.

Strike hits normal life in Bihar

Patna, Feb 20 (IANS) Normal life was hit in Bihar Wednesday, the first day of the two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions to press for various demands, officials said.

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Chhattisgarh News

Chhattisgarh iron ore, coal output take a hit

Raipur, Feb 21 (IANS) The second consecutive day of trade union strike Thursday took a heavy toll on iron ore and coal mine output in Chhattisgarh as workers stayed away, officials said.

Strike hits iron ore, coal output

Raipur, Feb 20 (IANS) A two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions Wednesday hit iron ore mining and coal production in Chhattisgarh, officials said.

Botched eye surgery: Chhattisgarh acts against drug suppliers

Raipur, Feb 19 (IANS) Taking a tough stance against suppliers of sub-standard medicines for botched-up eye surgery camps in the state since last year, the Chhattisgarh government Tuesday decided to file court cases against them.

People desire development: Chhattisgarh governor

Raipur, Feb 18 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt Monday said that the Raman Singh government had made "all possible efforts" to give shape to the people's desire for development and peace.

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Goa News

IT manufacturing industry could be Goa's future

Panaji, Feb 20 (IANS) A non-polluting information technology (IT) manufacturing industry could well be the answer to Goa's woes after the dire straits the state's ban-hit mining industry is in.

'IT imports will be worth $400 billion in 2020'

Panaji, Feb 20 (IANS) India's information technology (IT) imports will be worth $400 billion by the year 2020, much more than the country's oil imports, a top industry honcho said Wednesday.

Auction Goa iron ore like telecom spectrum: Congress

Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Goa's 96 iron ore mining leases should be auctioned instead of being merely renewed, in the spirit of an apex court judgment in the 2G spectrum scam trial which makes a case for auctioning of national resources, the Congress demanded Tuesday.

'Tourists with less clothes blind Goa visitors'

Panaji, Feb 19 (IANS) Foreign tourists wearing "less clothes" at Goa beaches often blind visitors coming to the state, as they cannot see anything else, a witty Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.

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Karnataka News

Two more Karnataka ministers quit, more may follow

Bangalore, Feb 21 (IANS) Two ministers quit the Karnataka government Thursday and were set to resign from the assembly and the ruling BJP too amid speculation that more would follow ahead of the assembly polls due in May.

Strike partially affects life in Karnataka

Bangalore, Feb 20 (IANS) Normal life was partially affected from dawn-to-dusk across Karnataka Wednesday on the first day of the two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions.

Kohli replaces Vettori as Royal Challengers captain

Bangalore, Feb 20 (IANS) India's star batsman Virat Kohli has replaced Daniel Vettori as the skipper for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it was announced Wednesday.

Protests in Karnataka over Cauvery notification

Bangalore, Feb 20 (IANS) Protests erupted in Karnataka and railway offices in Bangalore and Mysore were attacked Wednesday by activists protesting the gazette notification of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's (CWDT) final award.

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Kerala News

People in Kerala getting weary of strike

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (IANS) Patience of people in Kerala is apparently wearing thin as the two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions continued Thursday.

Flux-bonded fly ash could reduce clay use in buildings

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (IANS) Flux-bonded fly ash technology is all set to drastically reduce the clay used in building material, thanks to the initiative of a group of scientists here.

Will be in office for full term: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) A day after the opposition Left reportedly threatened to pull it down, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday said the Congress-led government in Kerala will be in office for its full term.

Kerala company selected for Microsoft initiative

Kochi, Feb 20 (IANS) Overcoming stiff global competition, Profoundis Labs, a Startup Village company here has been selected for the Microsoft Accelerator Programme, a company official said Wednesday.

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Madhya Pardesh News

Saif, Sharmila connect with Bhopalites beyond royal lineage

Bhopal, April 15 (IANS) Seven months after the demise of former Indian cricket captain and Nawab of Pataudi Mansoor Ali Khan, who had a royal connection with Bhopal, his wife Sharmila Tagore and actor son Saif Ali Khan have successfully established a deep emotional link with people of the City of Lakes that goes beyond the royal heritage.

Shehla murder: Accused blames BJP legislator

Bhopal, April 13 (IANS) Saba Farooqui, an accused in transparency activist Shehla Masood's murder here last year, alleged Friday that Bhopal's Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh masterminded the crime and the CBI was shielding him.

Shehla murder: Congress demands arrest of BJP legislator

Bhopal, April 12 (IANS) Hundreds of Congressmen cadres Thursday demanded the arrest of Bhartiya Janata Party legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh, after Zahida Parvez, the prime accused in RTI activist Shehla Masood's murder, alleged that he was deeply involved in the murder.

Shehla murder: Accused says BJP legislator guilty

Bhopal, April 11 (IANS) Zahida Parvez, prime accused in activist Shehla Masood's murder, Wednesday alleged outside a CBI court in Indore that BJP legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh had "a major role" in the crime.

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Madhya Pradesh News

Mayawati lashes out at Congress, BJP

Nagpur, Feb 17 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Sunday lashed out at the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for their "pro-corporate" policies and described both parties as "anti-people".

Sameera, Utkarsh out in youth national table tennis

Indore, Feb 9 (IANS) Sameera Kumar of Tamil Nadu and Utkarsh Gupta of Delhi fell by the way in the pre-quarterfinals of the Youth Boys sections of the 74th Junior and Youth National Table Tennis Championships at the Abhay Prashal Indoor Stadium here Saturday.

Uma Bharti defends Togadia

Nagpur, Feb 8 (IANS) BJP leader Uma Bharti Friday defended Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia, who has been booked in a hate speech case.

NRIs contribute to aid Vidarbha widows, orphans

Nagpur, Feb 3 (IANS) Inspired by a media story, a group of young NRIs from the US have pooled their resources and sent a modest aid package to farmland widows and orphans of Vidarbha.

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Orissa News

Odisha remains paralysed on Day Two of strike

Bhubaneswar, Feb 21 (IANS) Road traffic remained disrupted across Odisha Thursday, the second day of the two-day countrywide strike called by major trade unions against central government economic policies, police said.

Nationwide strike hits life in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) A two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions hit normal life across Odisha on the first day of the stir Wednesday, disrupting road and rail traffic, officials said.

Bills to decriminalise politics sent to parliament

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) A Biju Janata Dal MP Tuesday submitted three private member's bills in parliament seeking decriminalisation of politics.

Rahul Gandhi asks Odisha Congress to revive fortunes

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met party leaders in Odisha Tuesday and asked them to suggest ways to revive the Congress's fortunes as it has been out of power in the state since 2000.

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Uttarakhand News

Team will bounce back: Sachin

Mussourie, Jan 2 (IANS) Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, currently holidaying here, extended his best wishes to the Indian team Wednesday, saying it would bounce back from its slump soon.

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Manipur News

Three Manipur rebel outfits sign peace accords

Imphal, Feb 13 (IANS) In a first step towards ushering in peace in insurgency-ravaged Manipur, a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed Wednesday between the central and Manipur governments and three secessionist outfits.

One kg RDX bomb defused in Manipur

Imphal, Feb 11 (IANS) A bomb containing one kg RDX was Monday defused in Manipur, an Assam Rifles official said.

Manipur seeks action against Nagaland CM for 'hate speech'

Imphal, Feb 9 (IANS) The Manipur cabinet has decided to approach the Election Commission to initiate action against Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for the "hate speech" he made against his counterpart Okram Ibobi Singh, a minister said here Saturday.

People must back anti-AFSPA movement: Irom Sharmila

Imphal, Feb 8 (IANS) Reiterating her decision to not accept awards till the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is withdrawn, Manipur's "Iron Lady" Irom Sharmila Chanu said people of the state must strengthen the movement against the "inhuman law".

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Meghalaya News

Meghalaya voters search for political stability

Shillong, Feb 21 (IANS) Political stability is the chosen slogan for all parties in Meghalaya as the hill state braces for assembly elections Saturday.

Khasi rebel outfit to boycott Meghalaya poll, calls shutdown

Shillong, Feb 19 (IANS) Meghalaya's outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Monday said it was boycotting the Feb 23 assembly elections and called for a 36-hour shutdown ahead of th polling day.

India urging Bangladesh to curb illegal migration: Sonia

Jowai (Meghalaya), Feb 19 (IANS) India has urged Bangladesh to take "concrete steps" to prevent its citizens from crossing across illegally into India, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Tuesday.

Hitler, Hilarious and Hopeful in Meghalaya poll line-up

Shillong, Feb 19 (IANS) Hitler is seeking re-election in Meghalaya and so is Frankenstein. Hopeful and Hilarious are in the running too along with Predecessor and Process. As campaigning hots up ahead of the Feb 23 polls, the whacky line-up of names just adds to the colour of Meghalaya's electionscape.

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Mizoram News

Mizoram by-poll campaigning gains momentum

Aizawl, Feb 19 (IANS) Just four days ahead of the by-election, campaigning Tuesday gained momentum in the tribal dominated Chalfilh assembly constituency in Mizoram.

More foreign tourists visiting Mizoram

Aizawl, Feb 15 (IANS) The number of foreigners visiting Mizoram is rising.

More foreign tourists visiting in Mizoram

Aizawl, Feb 15 (IANS) The number of foreigners visiting the northeastern state of Mizoram increased last year, with a larger number of US citizens than other foreigners stopping over in this state that borders Myanmar and Bangladesh, officials said.

Mizoram signs accord with militant outfit

Aizawl, Feb 5 (IANS) The Mizoram government has signed a suspension of operations (SoO) agreement with the separatist outfit Hmar People's Convention-Democrats (HPC-D) for six months, an official said here Tuesday.

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Arunachal Pradesh News

Chidambaram says 'minimal' Maoists in Arunachal

Itanagar, May 12 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Saturday said there was a minimal presence of Maoists in Arunachal Pradesh.

Paddy comes to rescue of elephants in Arunanchal

Seijosa (Arunachal Pradesh), May 21 (IANS) The humble paddy has come to the rescue of elephants facing retaliation from villagers during human-elephant conflict in and around the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh.

Anthony promises aid to Arunachal

Itanagar, Feb 20 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday launched a five-day silver jubilee celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh's statehood, promising all assistance to develop the strategic border state.

Anthony launches Arunachal's 25th statehood day celebrations

Itanagar, Feb 20 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday launched the five-day silver jubilee celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh's statehood, promising all assistance for development of the strategic border state.

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Nagaland News

Nagaland polls: Fact file

Elections to the Nagaland state assembly are slated for Feb 23. Some facts at a glance:

Nagaland home minister resigns

Kohima, Feb 19 (IANS) Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen has resigned from the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) government, a party official said Tuesday.

Cash, arms seized from Nagaland home minister's car

Kohima, Feb 18 (IANS) Cash amounting to more than Rs.1 crore and weapons were seized from the vehicle of Nagaland Home Minister Imkong Imchen Monday. The minister said the money belonged to the party funds but said he had no idea how the arms got into his car.

I am ready to go to jail: Nagaland CM

Kohima, Feb 12 (IANS) Stating that he spoke for the rights of the Naga people, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said Tuesday that he was willing to go to jail for their sake. He was reacting to the Manipur government's decision to seek action against him for making a "hate speech" last week.

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Pondicherry News

Government proposing a new National Urban Health Mission: PM

Puducherry, June 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday said the government is proposing a new National Urban Health Mission to focus on the health challenges of people in towns and cities while it would continue the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for another five years.

Eurozone events should not deter South Asian union, says PM

Puducherry, June 29 (IANS) The events in the eurozone should not affect the attempts to build a South Asian union although the financial and economic crisis gripping Europe in recent years has important lessons for South Asian countries, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday at Unesco Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asia Regional Cooperation in Puducherry.

Linda pockets chess title

Pondicherry, May 29 (IANS) Local star Linda Rangarajan with 9.0 points emerged champion in the third KACC International FIDE Rating chess tournament (below 2200) here Tuesday.

Punjab boys pip MP in national basketball

Pondicherry, May 23 (IANS) On a day of mostly one-sided matches, Punjab struggled to beat Madhya Pradesh 56-53 in the boys league of the 63rd National basketball championship for juniors here Wednesday.

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Sikkim News

Sikkim shows the country path to healthcare

Gangtok, Feb 5 (IANS) Sikkim is the second-smallest state in India in terms of area after Goa. It is also the least populated in the country with just 600,000 people. Yet, in some matters, this Himalayan state towers over others, leading the way where the rest of India falters.

Sikkim set to flaunt flower power to world

Gangtok, Feb 4 (IANS) Flowers and nature lovers will script a new tourism trail in Sikkim when the state plays host to more than 200,000 visitors at the second International Flower Show in Sikkim Feb 23-27 that will combine business, fun and a renewed commitment to protect the fragile environment of the Himalayan state.

Dempo edge past United Sikkim

Gangtok, Oct 28 (IANS) Riding on two controversial decisions, an under-par Dempo overcame a stubborn United Sikkim 2-1 with goals from their foreign players Koko Sakibo and Ryuji Sueko, here Sunday at the Paljor Stadium.

I-League: Dempo relaxed before United Sikkim tie

Gangtok, Oct 27 (IANS) Dempo coach Armando Colaco and his players are relaxed before they take on United Sikkim in their third round I-League football match at Paljor Stadium here Sunday.

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Harayana News

Warden booked for sodomising mentally disabled in Haryana

Rohtak (Haryana), July 2 (IANS) Close on the heels of the revelation of sexual abuse, mental and physical torture of inmates at Apna Ghar shelter home here, Haryana Police have now booked the warden of an institute for mentally challenged for allegedly sodomising a youth.

Gurgaon doctors booked for death due to negligence

Gurgaon, July 1 (IANS) At least six doctors from a multi-specialty hospital here were booked for causing a death due to negligence, police said Sunday.

Tyre warehouse in Haryana gutted in fire

Gurgaon, June 30 (IANS) A tyre warehouse in Haryana was gutted in a major fire Saturday. No one was injured in the incident, an official said.

Court rejects bail to accused in Mahi death case

Gurgaon, June 29 (IANS) A local court Friday dismissed the bail application of Rohtash Singh, an accused in the Mahi death case and owner of the house at Kasan village near Manesar town in which Mahi's family lived.

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Haryana News

Over one lakh workers join strike in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, Feb 21 (IANS) More than one lakh workers joined the all-India industrial strike in the sprawling industrial belt here Thursday, with all four Maruti Suzuki plants closing down.

Gurgaon's Maruti Suzuki workers, others to join strike

Gurgaon, Feb 20 (IANS) All four Maruti Suzuki plants in Gurgaon will be shut Thursday as the workers will join the two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions. Workers from other leading firms will also join them, union leaders said Wednesday.

Gurgaon Maruti Suzuki workers to strike work Thursday

Gurgaon Feb 20 (IANS) All four Maruti Suzuki plants in Gurgaon will be shut Thursday as the workers will join the two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions.

Roadways worker killed as strike begins in Haryana

Ambala (Haryana), Feb 20 (IANS) The nationwide strike call given by various trade unions started on a tragic note after a Haryana Roadways employee was crushed under the wheels of a state roadways transport bus here early Wednesday.

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No ban on entry of Ramdev, says Himachal government

Shimla, Feb 21 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government Thursday said there was no ban on the entry of yoga guru Baba Ramdev in the state.

CAG to audit Oberoi's Wildflower Hall in Shimla

Shimla, Feb 21 (IANS) Oberoi Group's Wildflower Hall, a luxury spa on the outskirts of this popular hill resort, has been caught in spot again, as the state government has decided in favour of the audit of the hotel by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, say officials.

Himachal set to take back land from Baba Ramdev

Shimla, Feb 20 (IANS) Less than three years after the then ruling BJP gave Baba Ramdev a chunk of prime land on lease in Himachal Pradesh, the state government Wednesday initiated the process to take it back.

Strike hits Himachal hotels, banks, offices

Shimla, Feb 20 (IANS) Banks and commercial establishments were closed across Himachal Pradesh Wednesday as employees joined the two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions.

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Hyderabad News

Menon's family expresses happiness at his release

Chennai/Mysore, May 3 (IANS) Relief and happiness brimmed over among family members of Chhattisgarh's Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon Thursday after his release by Maoists.

'Dammu' - high on action, low on content

Film 'Dammu'; Producer: K.S.Rama Rao; Screenplay-Director: Boyapati Sreenu; Music: M.M. Keervani; Camera: Arthur A Wilson; Dialogues: M. Rathnam; Cast: Jr. NTR, Thrisha, Karthika, Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Nasser, Brahmanandam, Ali, Bhanupriya, Thanikella Bharani and others; Rating: **1/2

Uranium ore mine commissioned in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad/Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) India commissioned a uranium ore mine and processing plant in Andhra Pradesh Friday which is estimated to have one of the most significant uranium reserves in the world and could fuel 25 percent of the country's nuclear plants.

Coromandel SQM completes water soluble fertiliser plant

Hyderabad, Jan 11 (IANS) Coromandel SQM (India), a joint venture between Coromandel International Limited and SQM, the world's premier water soluble fertiliser manufacturer, Wednesday announced the completion of India's first water soluble fertilizer plant in Andhra Pradesh.

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Tripura News

Border breached as India, Bangladesh remember 'language martyrs'

Agartala, Feb 21 (IANS) With thousands of people from either side of the border gathering at colourful functions to commemorate the "language martyrs", India and Bangladesh jointly organised the International Mother Language Day.

Strike cripples Tripura for second day

Agartala, Feb 21 (IANS) A two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions crippled life in Left-ruled Tripura for a second day Thursday.

Hundreds in Tripura show solidarity with Dhaka protests

Agartala, Feb 20 (IANS) Hundreds of people Wednesday gathered at an India-Bangladesh checkpost in Tripura to show solidarity with protestors in Dhaka who are demanding death penalty for those convicted of war crimes.

Strike hits trade between Tripura, Bangladesh

Agartala, Feb 20 (IANS) Trade between Tripura and Bangladesh was hit Wednesday as central trade unions commenced their two-day country wide strike, an official here said.

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Jharkhand News

'Mosquito god' worshipped to ward off dengue

Bokaro, Nov 26 (IANS) The ward off dengue and malaria fever, people in Jharkhand's Bokaro district are offering prayers to the 'mosquito god' to seek a shield against the life−threatening mosquito−borne diseases.

Perera fires 70 to bag Tata Open

Jamshedpur, Nov 25 (IANS) Sri Lankan golfer Mithun Perera emerged winner at the 11th TATA Open after firing a final round of one−under−70 here Sunday.

Aditi shares lead at Usha Eastern India Ladies golf

Jamshedpur, Oct 6 (IANS) Aditi Ashok turned in a brilliant even par 71 that carried her to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the second round of the Usha Eastern India Ladies Golf Championships Saturday.

Amandeep takes first round lead at Eastern India ladies golf

Jamshedpur, Oct 5 (IANS) Chandigarh's Amandeep Drall took the first round lead at the Usha Eastern India Ladies Golf Championships here Friday.

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