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Assam observes Sadbhavana Diwas

Guwahati, Aug 20 – Assam on Thursday observed Sadbhawana Diwas on the occasion of the 71st birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. At a function at the Secretariat here, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi administered the Sadbhavana Diwas pledge to government officials, a statement said. Later, the chief minister led the secretariat officials in […]

New Air India chairman appointed

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New Delhi, Aug 20 – The government on Thursday announced the appointment of Ashwani Lohani of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) as the new managing director and chairman of Air India. The decision was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) which approved the appointment during its meeting held here […]

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Army launches relief operation in flood-hit Assam

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Guwahati, Aug 20 – The Indian Army on Thursday launched flood relief operations in Assam, rescuing over 2,000 people from inundated areas. The army deployed four columns for flood relief operations in flood-hit Kokrajhar and Chirang districts. With the rising waters of Saralbanga River in Kokrajhar and various tributaries of Brahmaputra in Chirang, many villagers […]

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Assam flood scene grim, centre seeks report

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Guwahati/New Delhi, Aug 20 – With nearly 300,000 people affected in the current round of floods in Assam, the centre on Thursday sought a report from the state government on the situation before providing assistance. Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal, met union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, in New delhi on […]

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Supreme Court rejects plea for further hearing in Uphaar case where 59 deaths

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New Delhi(PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday declined CBI’s plea that it be heard 15 more minutes for advancing arguments on left out points on quantum of sentence in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case in which convicted real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal escaped further jail terms on payment of a fine of […]

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Nicotine changes marijuana’s effect on brain

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New York, Aug 20(IANS) – Although individuals who use marijuana plus tobacco have smaller a hippocampus, their memory function is greater, reveals a new study. Nicotine changes marijuana’s effect on brain Hippocampal size of non-users reflects a direct relationship to memory function — the smaller the hippocampus, the poorer the memory function, said principal investigator […]

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Omar ridicules J&K government for detaining Hurriyat leaders

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Srinagar, Aug 20(IANS) – Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday ridiculed the orders to put senior separatist Kashmiri leaders under house arrest and their subsequent release, ahead of NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan. Omar ridicules J&K government for detaining Hurriyat leaders Why? No absence of coordination, centre says arrest so […]

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Chinese education ministry sued over homosexuality

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Beijing, Aug 20(IANS)- A college student in China has sued the ministry of education to do away with textbooks describing homosexuality as a disorder that should be treated. Chinese education ministry sued over homosexuality The female student used the alias Qiu Bai when filing the case to prevent exposure of personal information to the Chinese […]

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Priyanka Borpujari: [Sanjiv and Shweta Bhatt are caring hosts to their guests. The large and yet simple Bhatt residence oozes warmth from all corners. This home, that has nurtured this brave family to do what is right before might, leads me to understand them a little better. Over a cup of appropriately-spiced masala chai, I […]

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Google unveils the India-centric Google House app

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Technology giant Google recently unveiled the Google House app in India. The app will help users search maps, upload and back up photos, translate words with the help of Google Translate and use YouTube apps on their mobile devices. The app is designed by Google from an India-specific and mobile-specific perspective owing to the fact […]

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