Daily Archives: October 18, 2018

British MPs to debate making Deepavali a public holiday

British MPs are set to hold a debate in Parliament later this month on whether Hindu and Muslim religious occasions such as Deepavali and Id should be made into public holidays, following public calls for change, including through petitions submitted to Parliament. Over 45,000 people have signed a petition on …

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Act against starvation deaths: plea

A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre and the city government to act on starvation deaths, especially of children, in various parts of the country, including the national capital. The plea, moved by a lawyer, said that starvation deaths and malnutrition …

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T.N. to get monsoon rain after October 20

An upper air cyclonic circulation triggered thunderstorm activity across the city on Wednesday. Light rain may continue at a few places across the State till the weekend. Monsoon-like conditions returned to Chennai, which was experiencing a dry spell, on Wednesday afternoon. The weather station at Nungambakkam recorded 2 cm of …

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SC bars States from diverting money from CAMPA funds

The Supreme Court has barred State governments from diverting money from their Compensatory Afforestation and Management Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds meant for environmental protection, rehabilitation of displaced persons due to issues like depletion of forest, mining, etc. The apex court’s order came after realising that the Punjab government took Rs. …

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Pakistan bid to apprehend two Indian boats foiled

Indian Coast Guard vessels have prevented apprehension of two Indian fishing boats by the Pakistani agencies. The Coast Guard’s patrol vessel, Rajratan, was alerted after intercepting a VHF communication regarding a “Pakistani warship chasing two fishing boats, reportedly operating in Pakistan waters.” Subsequently, the Coast Guard vessel intercepted two Indian …

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India, China set to resume drill

India and China will resume the annual joint Army exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand’ in December in China’s Chengdu region, an Army official said. The drill was cancelled last year due to tense relations in the aftermath of the Doklam standoff. “The Exercise Planning Conference is scheduled to be held from November 1-3 …

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A.P. hamlets shine in rural survey

Kuligod in Karnataka’s Belagavi district is the country’s best developed village, but more than a third of the gram panchayats ranked in the top 10 are in Andhra Pradesh, according to the findings of an ongoing Rural Development Ministry survey. With multiple panchayats assigned the same score – and thus …

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