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Mizoram remains cut off due to highway blockade

Mizoram remained cut off by road from the rest of the country on Wednesday with the Opposition, the Mizo National Front, staging a 12-hour blockade to protest against bad condition of the NH-54, the police said. Source  :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/mizoram-remains-cut-off-due-to-highway-blockade/article25053297.ece

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‘Parakram Parv’ to be celebrated

The Indian Armed Forces will observe ‘Parakram Parv’ from September 28 – 30 to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes against terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC) and to “showcase the courage, valour and sacrifice of Armed Forces”. “The Indian Army conducted surgical strikes in 2016 …

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Helpline for tobacco users

India is the only SAARC country to have a quit-line number India has become the first and only SAARC country to have a quit-line number on tobacco products. The Union Health Ministry has already made 85% pictorial health warning mandatory on both sides of packets containing cigarettes, bidis, and chewing …

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Heavy rain pounds north Indian States, 11 killed

Punjab sounds red alert; Air Force rescues 21 people in Himachal Pradesh Incessant rain triggered flash floods and landslips in hill States of northern India, with at least 11 people killed on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. In the wake of heavy rain, the Punjab government …

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Odisha changes norms in food, procurement policy

More small, marginal farmers, share-croppers included in scheme The Odisha government on Monday decided to facilitate entry of more small and marginal farmers and share-croppers into the procurement fold by bringing changes in the norms of food and procurement policy for the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2018-19. “The past practice …

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Indo-Portugal cultural fete set to begin in Goa

The Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa, an annual event that features cultural exchanges between Portugal and Goa, will complete a decade with the 10th edition of the event set to begin in Panaji later this week. The event will celebrate and appreciate the richcultural flavours of the two nations – …

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Kalpana Lajmi, who carved a niche for herself, dies

Right from her first feature film, Ek Pal (1986), Kalpana Lajmi carved out a distinct space for herself in Indian cinema. Based on a short story by Maitreyi Devi, the love triangle, with Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Farooque Sheikh in the lead, wasn’t just seen through the perspective of …

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Stolen Sembiyan idol traced to U.S. gallery

‘HR&CE staff had removed it years ago’ A panchaloha idol of Chola queen Sembiyan Maadevi, which was stolen from the Kailasanathaswamy Temple at Sembiyan Maadevi village in Nagapattinam district, has been traced to the Freer Art Gallery in Washington D.C., United States of America. The idol measuring 107 centimetres in …

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