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Govt orders probe into fire in MTNL, BSNL buildings in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday ordered a high-level inquiry into the fire incidents in MTNL and BSNL buildings in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, and asked the two firms to conduct fresh fire and safety audits in a time-bound manner. “Two major fire incidents occurred at MTNL Bandra Telephone Exchange, Mumbai and in BSNL building at Salt Lake, Kolkata and …

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BSF commanders asked to spend 25 nights a month at posts along border

New Delhi: The BSF has directed its battalion commanders to spend at least 25 nights in a month at a forward post along the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) in Jammu as part of its renewed efforts to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration’ grid in this region, official sources said Tuesday. The commandants and their second-in-command officers have been asked to strictly follow …

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India rejects Trump offer, says Modi never made such request

New Delhi: India on Monday rebuffed US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate on the Kashmir issue, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had never made such a request to him, and stressed that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are “discussed only bilaterally”. “We have seen the US President’s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if …

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PM betrayed India’s interests if Trump’s claim is true: Rahul

New Delhi: If US President Donald Trump’s claim that Prime Minister had asked him to mediate on the Kashmir issue is true, Modi had betrayed the interests of the country, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday. Gandhi also asserted that a “weak” foreign ministry denial wouldn’t do and Prime Minister Modi must tell the nation what transpired in the …

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MCI, BCI, ICAR hub of education business and corruption, curtail their role: RSS body

New Delhi: The Medical Council of India (MCI), Bar Council of India (BCI) and the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) have become “hub of education business and related corruption”, the RSS-backed Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM) has alleged and suggested overhauling these regulatory bodies. In an informal note on changes in education policy which has been circulated by it among …

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India begins journey to Moon’s South Pole

Sriharikota: Aiming to take a “billion dreams to the moon”, India on Monday successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport here to explore the uncharted south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover. The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here into cloudy …

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Two men forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Maharashtra

Aurangabad: Two men were allegedly threatened and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city by some unidentified persons, the second such incident here in the last four days, the police said on Monday. The incident, which took place on Sunday night at Azad Chowk, triggered tension in the area, following which police stepped up security. The police …

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More time granted in Paes-Rheamaintenance case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted one year to a family court for adjudicating the dispute between ace tennis player Leander Paes and his estranged live-in partner Rhea Pillai in a maintenance case. The family court judge in a letter written to the top court had sought extension of time for completing the proceedings in the case. A …

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Activists slam Bill amending RTI Act

New Delhi: Lawmakers, former information commissioners and activists on Monday condemned a Bill amending the RTI Act which was passed in the Lok Sabha, saying it would “undermine the independence of information commissions.” Social activist Aruna Roy, who fought a long battle to bring in the transparency law in 2005, said it was a regressive move aimed at undermining the …

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Panel to assess damage due to sand mining in Kerala

New Delhi: Taking note of excessive sand mining in Alappad, a coastal village in Kerala, the National Green Tribunal has formed a committee to determine compensation to be recovered for damage to the environment by unsustainable illegal mining. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel constituted the committee comprising  representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board  and …

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