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Delhi will soon have International Poll Institute

Expressing hope it would develop as a world class facility on poll management, Chief Election Commissioner of India S.Y. Quraishi Monday laid the foundation stone of new campus of India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management at Dwarka. “The number of personnel engaged during elections in India has gone up to 11 million and all of them need to ...

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BJP candidate new mayor for north Delhi civic agency

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Meera Agrawal was Monday elected the new mayor of the north Delhi civic agency. The deputy mayor’s post also went to the BJP. “Meera Aggarwal and Azad Singh of BJP were elected unanimously for the coveted posts of mayor and deputy mayor of north Delhi,” officials of the north Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) said. ...

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$1.4 bn revenue posted by Dubai Hotels

The Dubai hotel industry has posted a 5.4 billion dirham (about $1.4 billion) revenue in the first quarter of 2012. The impressive January-March 2012 results caps the stellar performance posted by the hotels in Dubai last year with revenues touching an all-time high of 16 billion dirhams and 10 percent increase in the guest numbers, which crossed the nine million ...

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Study to protect Irrawaddy dolphins

A study was launched to protect the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia’s Mekong river, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said Monday. The Commission for Dolphin Conservation and Development of Mekong River Dolphin Ecotourism Zone, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries ministry and the WWF will conduct the study, Xinhua reported. The experts from the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ...

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Assam Boat Tragedy takes 68 lives and 150 million still missing

At least 68 people died and over 150 were still missing after a ferry, with over 250 people on board, capsized in heavy storm in Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Dhubri district Monday evening, officials said. Sources in the district administration confirmed that 68 bodies have been fished out till 9.30 p.m. The Border Security Force (BSF) and National Disaster Rescue ...

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Parliamentary panel concurs with Indian Army chief on arms shortages

A parliamentary panel on defence Monday concurred with Indian Army chief Gen. V.K. Singh on shortage of arms and ammunition in the force, noting that it was “alarmed over the way the deficiencies have been allowed to persist” in aviation assets, artillery guns and tank ammunition. The panel, in its report tabled in parliament, said “there are huge gaps between ...

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Court tells AIIMS to pay Rs.10,000 for lapse

The Delhi High Court has imposed costs of Rs.10,000 on the AIIMS for failing to respond on a plea of a private security firm challenging the terms of a tender for providing security guards at the hospital. The division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Rajiv Shakdher, while expressing displeasure on the conduct of the All India Institute ...

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Iran nuclear-plant supplies 940 MW electricity

Iran’s national grid Monday received 940 megawatts of electricity from the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. The supply comes after several tests conducted at Bushehr plant, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereidoon Abbasi said, agency reported. The 1,000-megawatt Bushehr plant was built with help from Russia. The project was postponed several times due to technical and financial ...

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Parliament panel slams media report on troop movement

 Dismissing a media report that the Indian Army moved troops unauthorisedly towards the national capital on Jan 16/17 night, a parliamentary panel Monday expressed “regret” over the “wrong inferences, surmises and conjectures” of the newspaper. In its report tabled in parliament, the parliamentary committee on defence said the committee has taken note of the “satisfactory explanation” given by Defence Secretary ...

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Three will be crisis in TDP after by-polls: Gone

By: Syed Najaf Ali Shaukat, Bureau Chief, Andhra Pradesh       YSR Congress leader Gone Prakasha Rao has predicted that there would be a deep crisis in the TDP after the ensuing by-elections. Talking to the media here on Monday, he said the TDP chief Chandra Babu Naidu was talking like a man who lost his mental balance. He ...

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BSF women troopers who killed intruder lauded

 Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday lauded the bravery of two women troopers of the Border Security Force (BSF) who shot dead a Pakistani intruder along the India-Pakistan international border in the Dera Baba Nanak sector of Punjab Sunday. This was the first time that women troopers of the BSF were involved in direct action on the border belt ...

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Left Front announces candidates for Bengal by-elections

The Left Front announced Monday its candidates for the Daspur and Bankura assembly seats in West Bengal where by-elections are scheduled on June 12. While Samar Mukherjee has been nominated as Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate for Daspur constituency, Nilanjan Dasgupta will contest Bankura seat on the party ticket, a Left Front statement said. The Assembly constituencies fell vacant ...

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Cong MPs suspension does not mean centre is against Telangana: Chidambaram

By: Syed Najaf Ali Shaukat, Bureau Chief, Andhra Pradesh       Union Home Minister P Chidambbaram has made it clear here today that the suspension of Congress MPs from Telangana from Lok Sabha for four days, did not mean that the Congress party is against separate Telangana state. Speaking to the media, he  termed the suspension as ‘unfortunate’ and ...

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Ahead of Hillary’s visit, US ambassador calls on Mamata

US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell Monday had a 30-minute meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, apparently to prepare the ground for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to the city next week. Cinton is likely to have talks with Banerjee on May 7. Describing her meeting with Banerjee as “excellent”, Powell said the chief minister “shared ...

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