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Bengal Panchayat Polls: Filing Of Nominations Begins On Extended Date Today

The SEC issued a fresh notification announcing April 23 as the new date for filing nominations. (File)Kolkata:  The filing of fresh nominations for panchayat elections in West Bengal began today, amid allegations of...

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ECI Announces Election Date For Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh

As per schedule, the date of issuance of notifications will be April 26 (File photo)New Delhi:  The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday announced the date for the biennial elections in Maharashtra...

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10 Reasons Why Venkaiah Naidu Felt Impeachment Move Didn't Deserve Action

Venkaiah Naidu consulted several experts before rejected the impeachment notice against the CJI.New Delhi:  Vice President Venkaiah Naidu cited various reasons for blocking a move by the opposition parties, led by the Congress to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak...

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Belgian Court Sentences Paris Suspect Salah Abdeslam To 20 Years In Jail

Lawyers for Abdeslam accept that he was in Paris when gunmen and suicide bombers killed. (File)Brussels, Belgium:  A Belgian court on Monday sentenced Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving suspect in the Paris attacks...

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Soli Sorabjee Welcomes Decision To Reject Motion To Impeach Chief Justice

Eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee welcomed Vice President's move to reject motion to impeach CJI Dipak MisraNew Delhi:  Eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee today said that the Congress-led opposition had no chance to succeed in...

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Saudi-Led Air Strikes Kill At Least 20 At Yemen Wedding

The Western-backed alliance has been fighting a war against Houthi rebels (Representation)Dubai: Air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 20 people attending a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen late on Sunday, residents and medical sources said.The head of Al Jumhouri hospital in Hajjah told Reuters by telephone that the hospital had received 40 bodies, most of...

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Ananya, Tiger And Tara Share Student Of The Year 2's Progress Report

Ananya on the sets of Student Of The Year 2 in Mussoorie. (Image courtesy: Ananya Panday)New Delhi:  Ananya Panday is filming Student Of The Year 2 in Mussoorie and...

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From Diamantaire To Jain Monk, Yatrik Zaveri Chose Divinity Over Diamonds

Yatrik Zaveri, partner in one of India's oldest diamond firms becomes a Jain monkMumbai:  A 59-year-old Mumbai-based diamond merchant, Yatrik Zaveri, took diksha on Sunday, to become a Jain monk. Diksha is the...

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China Says 32 Nationals Dead In Major North Korean Bus Crash

Chinese Foreign Ministry official Lu Kang answers queries about the bus accident in North Korea (Reuters)Beijing:  Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans died in a major bus accident in North Korea, China's...

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"Modi Ji Is Only Interested in Modi Ji," Rahul Gandhi Takes Swipe At PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today launched his "save the constitution" campaignNew Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is bothered only about becoming PM again, not about rapes or atrocities on Dalits, Rahul Gandhi said...

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Remarks Against A Community, Top Court Relief For Salman Khan

In cases on alleged remarks on Valmiki community, temporary reprieve for Salman KhanNew Delhi:  In a big relief, the Supreme Court stayed criminal proceedings against actor Salman Khan, in cases lodged in various...

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Model Alleges Bike-Borne Men Pulled Her Skirt, Asked "What Was Under It"

The model-blogger tweeted her ordeal and posted photographs of her bruised legs.Indore:  A model from Madhya Pradesh has alleged that two men tried to pull her skirt while she was driving a two-wheeler...

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Here's How Belly Fat Can Increase Your Chances Of Heart Attack!

People with central obesity are more prone to heart problems, reveals study Beer belly, also commonly called belly fat can increase your risks of heart disease, reveals a study...

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Sushma Swaraj, Chinese Vice President Meet, Discuss India-China Ties

External Affiars Minister Sushma Swaraj met Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan in Beijing todayBeijing:  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today called on Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to discuss ways to strengthen India-China...

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Afghan Girl Spends Life Disguised As "Son" Her Parents Wanted

Sultanpur, Afghanistan:  Sitara Wafadar yearns for long hair like other girls. Instead, the Afghan teenager has disguised herself as a boy for more than a decade, forced by her parents to be the...

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Kate, Wife Of Prince William, Hospitalised To Give Birth To Third Child

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge leaves the annual Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel (Reuters)London:  Kate, the wife of Prince William, was admitted to hospital on Monday to give birth to the...

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Priya's Birthday Post For Oru Adaar Love's Roshan Is As Cute As Her Wink

Priya Prakash Varrier and Roshan Abdul Rahoof at an event in Abu Dhabi. (Image courtesy: Priya)New Delhi:  'Wink' queen Priya Prakash Varrier wished her Oru Adaar Love co-star Roshan...

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PSEB Class 12 Result: 65.97 Per Cent Students Pass, Girls Outnumber Boys

PSEB Class 12 Result: 65.97 Per Cent Students Pass, Girls Outnumber BoysNew Delhi:  Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has declared class 12 or senior secondary results have been announced today. The PSEB 12th...

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Queen Elizabeth Rolls Eyes At Prince Charles. He Called Her Mummy

Prince Charles made a heartfelt birthday speech and led the crowd in a birthday cheer for the Queen. ...

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Railways To Hand Over Lord Curzon Bridge To UP Government

Lord Curzon Bridge connects Allahabad with Phaphamau from the Teliarganj area over GangaNew Delhi:  In a bid to save its heritage structures, the Railways has decided against dismantling the 113-year old Lord Curzon...

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Top Court Dismisses Agnivesh's Plea Of Deletion Of Scenes From Padmaavat

Swami Agnivesh was seeking deletion of scenes on the ground that it glorified the practice of 'Jauhar'.New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea of social activist Swami Agnivesh seeking deletion of...

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Survey Reveals Secrets Of Australia WWI Wreck Off Papua New Guinea

Australian researchers regenerate hopes for discovering why the first australian submarine sank (AFP)Sydney, Australia:  Researchers Monday voiced renewed hope of discovering why Australia's first submarine sank, after a detailed underwater survey of the...

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"We Should Learn Each Others Language", Says Sushma Swaraj In China

Beijing:  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today asked Indians and Chinese to learn each other's languages as it will help them overcome the communication barriers, which could further strengthen relations between the two...

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Here's Why You Should Add These 9 Herbs In Your Daily Diet

Fresh herbs do not only add flavour without calories, but they also offer various health benefits as healing foods. Incorporating relevant herbs in your daily diet is the first step towards a healthier you. Ayurveda suggests some amazing herbs that you should definitely add to your diet considering they contain compounds that promote health. Make sure you use fresh herbs...

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Punjab Board Class 12th Provisional Result Expected Today

Punjab Board Class 12th Provisional Result Expected TodayNew Delhi:  Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is expected to announce class 12/ senior secondary result today. No such announcement has been made by the Board...

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Punjab Board Class 12 Examination Provisional Result 2018 Announced

Punjab Board Class 12 Examination Provisional Result 2018 AnnouncedNew Delhi:  Punjab School Education Board has released the Senior Secondary (10+2) examination Provisional Result March 2018. The result is available through the official website...

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Hyderabad Engineering Students Run Car Over Cobbler Sleeping On Footpath

The four engineering students were taken to a women's police station in Hyderabad.Hyderabad:  A 48-year-old man who was sleeping on a pavement, died after he was run over by a car in Hyderabad...

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Odisha: Abandoned, new bus terminal gets damaged at Sundargarh district

SUNDARGARH: Amid administrative neglect, the new bus terminal building at Sundargarh district headquarters town has remained unutilised for 20 months even as miscreants have damaged substantial portion of the structure and have stolen costly items.

The Sundargarh district administration has invested Rs 2.30 crore from different sources to construct the bus terminal at Lahurdhipa, about 1 km away from the existing bus stand. But, the Sundargarh Municipality never bothered to protect it.

As per reports, the existing bus stand, which is congested, runs from an area of hardly 25 metres in width and 50 metres in length. The locality remains crowded with the main market place, District Court building, Collectorate complex and  district police headquarters building and other key government offices located there.

The small bus stand receives 150-160 incoming buses daily, while parking of light commercial vehicles and unauthorised roadside kiosks result in heavy traffic congestion. The town has a population of about 50,000.In view of the public inconveniences, the administration had started work on the new bus stand at Luhuradhipa on 4.7 acres by end of 2014 with contribution of Rs 2 crore from periphery development fund of MCL.

In August 2016, the Executive Officer of Road and Building Division had handed over the terminal building to Sundargarh Municipality, but the latter refused to take possession citing that sanitary works were incomplete. Around Rs 30 lakh was provided by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) and the Sadar block office completed the water pipeline and sanitary works. While the shifting of the old bus stand to the new location continued to be delayed, the civic body was blamed for not protecting the property either, said councillor HS Sarangi.

Sarangi said miscreants have damaged costly glass enclosures of the terminal hall, ticket booking counter, waiting hall and other facilities, while PVC doors of toilets, electrical fittings and about 25 fans were stolen.

Executive Officer of the Municipality Jagdish Mahanada admitted that properties worth Rs 20-25 lakh have either been damaged or stolen, adding that a police complaint was filed by him against unknown miscreants 10 days ago.

Two months ago, Collector Vineet Bhardwaj had held a meeting and formed a committee under the chairmanship of Sundargarh Sub-Collector Birasen Pradhan to complete necessary works and operationlise the facility.

Pradhan said construction of bus bay and parking space, concrete paving of areas for light commercial vehicles, toilets and other associated facilities would be completed shortly to operationalise the bus terminal.

Read more: Odisha: Abandoned, new bus terminal gets damaged at Sundargarh district

Odisha: Bear fear on highway sparks off panic

JEYPORE: Frequent sightings of bears in areas along Borrigumma-Nabarangpur highway under Jeypore Forest Division have spread spread panic among commuters and locals.While locals are scared to take the road after sunset, the Forest department is yet to take any measures to check straying of the wild animal onto the main thoroughfare.

Sources said more than 20 bears are seen wandering in Kamara, Anchala and Parli jungle areas which are located near Borrigumma-Nabarangpur highway. Commuters and passersby often sight the wild animals along the highway. Sources said the bears stray into the area to feast on jack fruits, sugarcane and cashews.
Though there have been no reports of any encounter between  commuters and bears, the latter are at a risk of being hit by vehicles speeding on the highway. Recently, a bear was injured after being hit by a truck. The incident had triggered concern among the wildlife lovers across the district.

Locals and wildlife activists have repeatedly demanded identification of areas frequented by bears and fencing along the highway. However, no steps have been taken by the Forest officials of Koraput and Jeypore divisions except putting up a lone signage warning commuters and passersby about presence of bears in the area.

The area is known to be home to many bears which live in caves located near the highway and requires special attention of the Forest department.Meanwhile, wildlife activists have sought intervention of the Forest and Environment Ministry to save the bears in Borrigumma and demanded fencing of along the highway near Kamara jungle.

Read more: Odisha: Bear fear on highway sparks off panic

Odisha: Bus terminus at Haladiapadar lying unused after inauguration

BERHAMPUR: Blame it on Ganjam district administration, the bus terminus at Haladiapadar is yet to become operational. The terminus, constructed at a cost of Rs 12 crore and spread over five acres, has been placed under the supervision of Berhampur Development Authority. It was inaugurated in 2016 by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. However, despite having all required facilities, it is lying unused.

The terminus was directly connected to NH-16 by a road. Thus, an indirect connecting road was constructed with a traffic post to avoid accidents. Accordingly, the administration had planned to get it functional from last Utkal Divas. On failing to do so, the administration drew criticism from various quarters.

The administration tightened its belt and convened a meeting of officials of line departments and private bus operators’ association. While Berhampur Sub-collector Sidhartha Sankar Swain presided over the meeting, BeDA secretary Sambit Kumar Rout, PWD EE BK Padhy, RTO Ranjan Biswal, officials of National Highways Authority of India and leaders of private bus operators association attended it.
The private bus operators said they were invited to the meeting for the first time. They said since the terminus is 5 km from the city, the route permit of all the private buses should be rescheduled. They also emphasised on the need for expanding the main connecting road to the terminus from the city at Andhapasara.

The Sub-collector said tender for the expansion of Andhapasara road had already been floated and the work would start soon. He further added that the route permits of private buses would be modified as necessary, besides more traffic posts would be installed.

As the road was also used by other heavy vehicles, vulnerable places of accidents would be identified and a special traffic patrolling vehicle would be pressed into service, Swain said.Another meeting would be held to solve the problems as pointed out by the private bus operators.

Read more: Odisha: Bus terminus at Haladiapadar lying unused after inauguration

Odisha: Even after 35 hours, no respite for limping elephant hit by train

DHENKANAL: Even after 35 hours, Forest officials could not extend treatment to the elephant which sustained injuries after being hit by a speeding train. The elephant was found limping on NH 55 on Saturday as it tried to head towards Pathargadi forest. The mishap occurred at Kaunriapal. After the incident, a team of forest officials, led by DFO Rinku Kumari, tried to provide treatment to the jumbo. However, they failed as the animal was roaming in a herd for  the past two days.

The team had offered watermelons to the animal that were administered with medicines. Wildlife APCCF HK Bisht accompanied the forest team and moved to different places in search of the animal. Forest department made announcements in Kaunriapal and adjacent villages about the movement of elephants and asked villagers to maintain distance.

The forest officials are patrolling day and night. Forest department has provided transport facility to people to reach their villages after evening from Rasasingh and nearby places. A herd of 50 to 60 elephants is crossing the villages in morning from Brahmani and going to the forest by crossing Rengali canal.
Due to the increasing man-elephant conflict, six persons were killed by the elephants in the past 10 days in the district. People alleged that they had been spending sleepless nights for the last 15 days.  “We will take steps towards launching an awareness drive for the villagers soon,” the DFO said.

Read more: Odisha: Even after 35 hours, no respite for limping elephant hit by train

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