Bengal to formulate OBC advisory council

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Kolkata, Dec 21 (PTI) After setting up the first Scheduled Caste Advisory Council in the country, the West Bengal government will now formulate the Other Backward Class (OBC) Advisory Council to look into the development of their social, educational, economical and cultural aspects, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today. “We will formulate a council Read More

Sushil Ghaley beats Narang to win men’s 5m rifle prone gold

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 21 (PTI) Army Marksmanship Unit's Sushil Ghaley beat Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang to clinch the men's 50m Rifle Prone gold at the 61st National Shooting Championship Competitions here today. Ghaley won the gold in a new national finals record score of 249.6. Narang bagged th silver with a score of 246.6 while Rio Olympian Chain Singh won the bronze, logging 225.4. Earlier, Ghaley had come third in the... Read More

Adventure Tourism to be the main attraction of Teesta Rangeet Tourist Fest 2017

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DARJEELING, 20 DECEMBER 2017: Adventure Tourism will be the main attraction of Teesta Rangeet Tourist Fest 2017. Sangay Sherpa of Adventure Tourism while addressing the media said that Adventure Tourism is the main USP (Unique Selling Point) of Darjeeling Hills and hence Adventure Tourism will be the main attraction during this Teesta Rangeet Tourist Fest. He said that different stalls for Adventure Sports will be erected at Chowrasta where... Read More

Most men I’ve worked with are not sexual harassers: Matt Damon

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Los Angeles, Dec 19 (PTI) Actor-producer Matt Damon has said amid the climate of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood people should also talk enough about all the men in the entertainment industry who are not sexual predators. The actor said the "preponderance" of men he has worked with are not predators and he would decide whether to collaborate with people accused of inappropriate behaver on a "case-by-case basis." Read More

UN slams ‘shocking’ killing of disabled Palestinian protester

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Geneva, Dec 19 (AFP) The UN's human rights chief said today he was "truly shocked" by Israeli troops' killing of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian protester in Gaza, and demanded an "independent and impartial investigation". Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a 29-year-old who lost his legs after an Israeli attack a decade ago, was among five Palestinians killed on Friday during protests against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital... Read More

Rohingya refugees to start returning from January: officials

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Dhaka, Dec 19 (AFP) Bangladesh and Myanmar today reaffirmed their commitment to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees from January, despite rights groups warning that their safety is still not assured should they return. The foreign secretaries of Bangladesh and Myanmar met in Dhaka to finalise the agreement signed on November 23 for the voluntary return of nearly three-quarters of a million stateless Rohingya living in refugee camps along the border. Read More

BJP MLA questions Virat’s patriotism for marrying in Italy

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Guna (MP), Dec 19 (PTI) A BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh today questioned the patriotism of cricketer Virat Kohli for preferring Italy over India to get married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. While inaugurating a 'Skill India Centre' here, the legislator from from Guna, Panna Lal Shakya, told a gathering: "Virat earned money in India... But he didn't find any place to marry in the country. Is Hindustan untouchable?" Read More

Mamata calls up Hardik Patel, congratulates him

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Kolkata, Dec 19 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today called up Patidar leader Hardik Patel and congratulated him for his "tremendous work" in the Gujarat Assembly election, the results of which were announced yesterday. "He (Patel) has done so well (in the Gujarat election) at a young age. I called him up to congratulate him for the feat," she told reporters at the state secretariat here. Read More

Development has won, says Modi on assembly election results

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as trends showed that the BJP was inching towards victory in the two states. "I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned... Read More

Gujarat results raise questions on Modi’s credibility: Rahul

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said the Gujarat election results raise questions on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's credibility and the country is not listening to him. Gujarat had given a message to the BJP and Modi that the anger within them would not work, Gandhi said. One can defeat opponents only with love and brotherhood, he said, a day after the election results were announced. "A big... Read More

Central Govt spent Rs 970 crore on ads in 1 year

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NEW DELHI, 18 DECEMBER 2017: The government has spent around Rs 970 crore on advertising through the Department of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP) in 2016-17, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. An amount of about Rs 468 crore was spent for publicity through print media (newspapers and periodicals), while around Rs 315 crore for advertisements via television channels and Rs 182 crore through radio, Union Minister of State for Information... Read More

Airtel accused of opening ‘Payments Bank Accounts’ of subscribers without their knowledge; Oil cos ask Airtel to revert LPG subsidy payments

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NEW DELHI, 18 DECEMBER 2017: Days after UIDAI action against Bharti Airtel, state-owned oil companies have started writing to the Sunil Mittal-led firm, asking it to transfer back the LPG subsidy that was credited to its payments bank accounts. The country's largest mobile operator has been accused of opening 'Payments Bank' account of its subscribers without seeking their "informed consent". Read More

Sikkim to ban supply of non-organic food items

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Gangtok, Dec 14 (PTI) The Sikkim government today approved a proposal to ban supply of non-organic agriculture, horticulture and livestock produces in the state in a phased manner with effect from March 31 next year. A cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling approved a proposal by Horticulture and Cash Crops department to Read More

“Trinamool subverting democracy in West Bengal” Dilip Ghosh

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Jalpaiguri (WB), Dec 7 (PTI) West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh today alleged that the Trinamool Congress had come to power in the state via democratic process but since then it is subverting democracy in every sphere. The Trinamool Congress has become the property of two persons and others are merely employees of the party, he said without naming anybody. Read More

Woman, daughter beaten, stabbed to death in Noida

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Greater Noida, Dec 6 (PTI) A 42-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter were beaten and stabbed to death at their apartment in a residential complex here, the police said today. The 15-year-old son of the woman, who is missing after the last night incident, is a suspect in the case. The police are searching Read More

Religion cannot be the agenda of a govt: Mamata

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KOLKATA, 6 DECEMBER 2017:  Targeting the BJP on the anniversary of Babri mosque demolition, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said divisive politics that began 25 years ago is still continuing and religion cannot be an election issue or the agenda of a government. She also hit out at the BJP over its accusations against her government of pursuing politics of appeasement and said that West Bengal has nearly... Read More

HIV taught us how to improve our health systems: Expert

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New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) HIV has taught mankind how to improve its health systems and this knowledge can be used to counter other diseases, professor of medicine at AIIMS, Naveet Wig, has said. Speaking at an interactive session here yesterday, on the eve of the World Aids Day, Wig said: “There is a Read More

ICSE lowers pass percentage for class 10, 12 exams

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI) The ICSE board has reduced the pass percentage for class 10 and 12 examinations from 2018-19 academic session in order to bring parity with the marking scheme of other boards. The pass percentage for class 10 has been lowered from 35 to 33 per cent and for class 12 Read More

Subrata Biswas appointed principal secretary of GTA

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KOLKATA, 28 NOVEMBER 2017: The state government today appointed Subrata Biswas as the new principal secretary of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), secretariat sources said. Biswas, who was divisional commissioner of Malda will replace Kanwaljit Singh Cheema, a senior state government official said. Cheema has been unwell and is undergoing treatment. Barun Roy, who Read More