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Women commissions urge Zaira Wasim to file police complaint

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:58

New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) The National Commission for Women (NCW) as well as the Delhi and Maharashtra commisions for women on Sunday urged actress Zaira Wasim to file a police complaint after she alleged she was molested on a flight.

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My Padmavati: Rajasthan's shame and a community's misplaced valour (Comment: Special to IANS)

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:34

My Padmavati is a four-year-old in rural India, possibly in the desert state of Rajasthan. She is lucky to be alive. She has escaped sex-selective abortion and female infanticide. But her fight has just begun. As she enters her teens she will face the outlawed menace of child marriage, dowry demands, domestic violence and honour killing (in case she dares to select her life partner). That is if she till then has managed to ward off malnutrition, rape on her daily trips to find a lonely spot for defecation, sexual harassment, child trafficking and even accusations of witchcraft.

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Did Koyna quake set trend of opposing hydro projects? (December 11 is the 50th anniversary of the Koyna quake)

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:08

December 11 is the 50th anniversary of the Koyna earthquake. The tremor claimed 199 lives and caused minor damage to the Koyna dam in Maharashtra and some houses in its vicinity -- but it is an event that affected science, society and engineering. Till the Koyna earthquake, peninsular India was considered quake-free and most big civil engineering projects were constructed under this assumption.

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45% respondents admit to paying bribe: Online survey

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:48

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) About 45 per cent of the respondents admitted that they paid a bribe at least once in the last 12 months in order to get their work done, according to an online survey done by Transparency International India in collaboration with a community-based social network LocalCircles.

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India to host southeast Asia connectivity summit

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:32

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Keeping with Indias initiative of connectivity with southeast Asia under its Act East Policy, New Delhi will host an Asean-India Connectivity Summit (AICS) on December 11-12 on the theme "Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century", the External Affairs Ministry said on Saturday.

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Rajasthan government plans it big for fourth anniversary

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:32

Jaipur, Dec 9 (IANS) The BJP has planned it big to celebrate the fourth anniversary of its Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan on December 15, by boosting infrastructure and irrigation services.

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Talks on to stitch pre-poll alliance in Meghalaya: Ram Madhav

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:32

Shillong, Dec 9 (IANS) BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said talks are on with like-minded political parties to stitch a pre-poll alliance in Meghalaya for the Assembly polls slated for February-March 2018.

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High turnout in Gujarat gives us hope, says Congress

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:32

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The Congress said that the over 70 per cent voting in the first phase of Gujarat polls on Saturday has given it a hope of forming the government in the state, as a "high turnout of voters is a sign of change of power".

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Navy continues post-Ockhi search and rescue operations

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:32

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The Indian Navy continued, for the tenth day on Saturday, its search and rescue operations over Southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshdweep and Minicoy islands in the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi, an official statement said.

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Kejriwal launches free entrance coaching for SC/ST students

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:32

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched a scheme under which free entrance coaching will be provided for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students preparing for civil services, judicial services, banking, engineering, medicine, and other competitive examinations.

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PM should apologise for Patra's 'father of India' remark, expel him: Congress

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 22:36

Ahmedabad, Dec 9 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday demanded that Prime Narendra Modi apologise to the country for the "insult" to Mahatma Gandhi by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra who termed Modi "desh ka baap" (Father of India) at a news channel show, and "show courage" by expelling him, like the Congress expelled Mani Shankar Aiyar for his "neech" remark.

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Max Hospital employees burn Kejriwal's effigy

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 22:34

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Employees of Max Hospital here, whose licence was cancelled by the Delhi government, burned effigies of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain outside the hospital on Saturday afternoon, police said.

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