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Efforts on war-footing to tame U’khand forest fire

Monday, 02 May 2016 | Pioneer News Service | New Delhi/Dehradun/New Tehri

As the unprecedented forest inferno spread to 13 districts of Uttarakhand destroying 2,269 hactares of forest, the Centre on Sunday deployed Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters and 6,000 personnel comprising National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), forest staff and volunteers to contain the blaze. The forest fire has destroyed the mixed...

Friend’s larger than life gift saves man

Monday, 02 May 2016 | Priyanka Sharma | New Delhi

A real friend is a treasure worth more than gold or precious stones. This age-old adage proves true in 32-year-old Dhanraj’s life. Dhanraj has been suffering from renal disease for the past three years. He had to undergo dialysis for his survival. His life had become so miserable that he...

Cong Govts ruined UP: Modi

Monday, 02 May 2016 | Madhusudan Sahoo | Ballia

Lashing out at the previous Congress-led Governments for not focussing on development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a public meeting in Ballia on Sunday that most of their policies had been made keeping in mind the ballot box and not for development or alleviation of poverty of the country. “Now...

Commuters feel the heat as 45% taxis go off road

Monday, 02 May 2016 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

With the Supreme Court’s ban on petrol and diesel-run taxis coming into effect, 27,000 cabs stopped plying in the Capital on Sunday. As a large number of taxis stayed off the roads, commuters felt the heat as they found it difficult to book a CNG-driven yellow-top taxi and were forced...

PM distributes 1,000 e-rickshaws

Monday, 02 May 2016 | PNS | Varanasi

Prime minister Narendra Modi distributed 1,000 e-rickshaws at DLW Central Ground on Sunday, sending a message on “Labour Day” that the Government is going to change the life of the poor under his ambitious “Skill India” programme. It was the third time when Modi distributed e-rickshaws in his parliamentary constituency....

Will place facts in House to prove Agusta scam: Parrikar

Monday, 02 May 2016 | PNS | New Delhi/Panaji

As the ruling BJP raised the pitch of its attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the alleged bribery in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal and shot a volley of sharp questions at her, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said he will place all the facts before Parliament...

Only CNG cabs in Delhi from today, SC asserts

Sunday, 01 May 2016 | Abraham Thomas | New Delhi

Beginning Sunday, only CNG cabs and taxis can operate in the Capital. The Supreme Court, which held a special sitting on a Saturday, stuck to its deadline of April 30 as the last opportunity for private taxis and cab aggregators like Ola and Uber to switch to CNG. There are...

Rai: Odd-even fruitful, 3rd edition after survey

Sunday, 01 May 2016 | Rajesh Kumar | New Delhi

As the fortnight-long second phase of even-odd scheme ended on Saturday, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said it was a success with 99.6 per cent compliance rate of the vehicle-rationing rule. Delhi Chief Minister congratulated Delhiites for making the second phase of the scheme a “success”. “Today is the last...

Agusta probe gains pace; BJP claims Sonia overruled Antony

Sunday, 01 May 2016 | PNS | New Delhi

Investigations into the VVIP chopper scam picked up pace on Saturday as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) examined former deputy chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) JS Gujral, who was among senior officials who were part of the meeting which decided to alter the required specifications to favour...

Bengal poll rather peaceful, EC books Trinamool MLA

Sunday, 01 May 2016 | Saugar Sengupta | Kolkata

West Bengal saw a relatively peaceful poll on Saturday, however, Election Commission cracked whip on Trinamool Congress MLA Sonali Guha after she was caught on camera allegedly ordering party workers to beat up CPI(M) polling agents. EC ordered an FIR against Guha. The turnout was 78.25 per cent, EC said. FIRs...

Sunday Edition

From Red To White

01 May 2016 | Kushan Mitra

The red soil in the hills that surround the tiny village of Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district, Odisha, is full of bauxite — the source material for aluminium used in everything from aircraft to beer cans. Yet, mining in Niyamgiri hills has been scuppered due to concerns over the welfare of tribals residing there...

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STATE EDITIONS

Gram Sansad held in 12,464 panchayats

02 May 2016 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa reviewed activities under Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan on Saturday. It was informed that so far, Gram Sansad has been held in 12,464 Gram panchayats in the State...

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SOUNDBITE

Smita Patil was gentle but stronger than anything you could ever encounter in a woman. Truly a gift we lost we never should have.

Actor | Amitabh Bachchan

The CBI raided my house the day after the FIR was filed. They have not spoken to me since in the last three years. I cannot fight the perception battle.

Air Chief Marshal (retd) | SP Tyagi

She (Hillary) will go down easier than any of the people we just beat. You are going to have an unbelievably good result in November.

US presidential hopeful | Donald Trump
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