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7 held in Congress Bhawan vandalism case

Bhubaneswar: Commissionerate Police Tuesday arrested seven persons in conection with vandalism at the Congress Bhawan, the state headquarters of the Congress party, here Saturday night. The accused persons were identified as Sk Amir Muhamad, Sabir Muhammad, latifur Rehman, Sazir Khan,...

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‘Iconic’ slip: Congress moves EC against Patra

Bhubaneswar: The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Tuesday moved the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here against the use of religious symbols by the BJP’s Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra during his election campaign from the constituency. The party complained to the CEO against the controversial act of the BJP candidate and urged the poll panel to intervene in the matter as it is a gross violation of the election model code...

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Blanket ban on polythene ‘ignored’ in Puri

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Puri: The Forest and Environment Department has directed the Puri municipal authorities in January to report measures taken to implement blanket ban on use of polythene bags, quantum of polythene seized and fines collected, but rampant use of polythene continues in the Holy city in violation of restrictions. Ban on polythene came into force October 2, 2018 but was strictly implemented from November 1 and fines should have been imposed on...

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BJP activists protest in New Delhi

New Delhi: Disgruntled over distribution of tickets in the state, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) activists from Odisha staged protest in front of the party headquarters here Tuesday. The protestors expressed their displeasure over the party’s decision to not to give ticket to their favorite candidate Ajay Behera from Rajnagar Assembly constituency. They raised slogans against BJP candidate from Rajnagar Assembly seat Alekha Jena. One of the protestors, Vibhu Sahoo said, “We...

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CRPF wants 16 new battalions

New Delhi: The CRPF has asked the government to allow it to raise at least 16 new battalions and provide it with more static duties in case it raises the retirement age of its combat personnel from the present 57 to 60 years, officials said Tuesday. The about three-lakh personnel paramilitary force, during a recent meeting called by the Union Home Ministry on the subject, informed that it will have an...

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Centre seeks EC nod to revise MGNREGA wage rates

New Delhi: The Ministry of Rural Development has sought the poll panel’s approval to revise the wages paid under the MGNREGA from April 1, a move that could benefit more than several crore beneficiaries across the country, sources said Tuesday. The wages paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) are linked with the...

Was told I shouldn’t contest: MM Joshi writes to voters

New Delhi: BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi has declared in a message to voters in his Kanpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh that he had been told by his party not to contest the national election. The 85-year-old is the latest BJP doyen to be benched after LK Advani from next month’s contest. With the party holding up...

Kvitova attacker sentenced to eight years in prison

Prague: The man who attacked two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with a knife at her Czech home in December 2016 was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday, a court said. “He got eight years in a tight-security prison,” Eva Angyalossy, a spokeswoman for the regional court in the southern Czech city of Brno said. The 33-year-old...

NEW DELHI, MAR 26 (UNI):- (L-R) Congress Leader Ahmed Patel, RJD leader Manoj Jha, Congress leaders Ghulam Navi Azad and Kapil Sibal and Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge at a press conference, in New Delhi on Tuesday. UNI PHOTO-AK5U

Congress video shows ‘BJP leader’ exchanging money after note ban

New Delhi: The Congress and other opposition parties on Tuesday released a video purportedly showing a “BJP leader” exchanging old notes after demonetisation on a commission of 40 per cent, but did not vouch for the authenticity of the 30-minute footage. Congress leader Kapil Sibal – accompanied by senior leaders from his party as well those from...

Kalyetros 1.0 ignites creativity among kids  

BHUBANESWAR: Kalyteros 1.0, a talent-search event, was organised by Pravesika Foundation near Cosmopolis in Dumduma here recently. Around sixty students participated in the event. Kalyetros, as the name suggests aimed to search for “the best”. It was also aimed to inspire and ignite the creativity among the teenagers. The cultural event was sponsored by Kalinga Fresh. The...

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Capitals suffer collapse as CSK restrict them to 147/6

New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan (51, 47b) scored a painstaking half-century in Delhi Capitals’ sub-par 147/6 against Chennai Super Kings on a lifeless Kotla track in an IPL encounter here Tuesday. The senior opener once again played the role of sheet anchor that had seven boundaries but unfortunately failed to accelerate during the final overs. This left the...

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Defence agent who knows ‘payment details’ arrested

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested a defence agent from Delhi in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP choppers deal case, officials said Tuesday. They said Sushen Mohan Gupta was arrested late Monday by agency sleuths under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Gupta, they said, has allegedly dealt in defence deals, including the AgustaWestland helicopters...

Rahul faces challenge from local Cong leader’s son in Amethi

Amethi (UP): In a major jolt to Congress in Amethi, the son of the local party leader who was the proposer for former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, will challenge party President Rahul Gandhi in the election. Haji Haroon Rasheed, son of Haji Sultan Khan, who had signed as the proposer on the...

Battle for Bengal: BJP in bloody struggle with local rival for votes

Kolkata: At an election rally in West Bengal, a local leader from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described how workers from the state’s ruling Trinamool had disrupted a public meeting in January by destroying their vehicles. “So, we thrashed them in retaliation, smashed their vehicles and burnt their party office,” Arup Das, a district...

Spell out stand on ‘Nyay’ scheme: Cong to Modi

New Delhi: The Congress Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP to clearly spell out whether they support its proposal to give Rs 72,000 annually to five crore poor families under a minimum income guarantee scheme, claiming many BJP ministers were opposing the idea. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Nyunatam Aay Yojana (Nyay)...

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