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Delhi’s polluted air on Christmas almost as bad as day after Diwali


New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality remained in the ‘severe’ category for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday as meteorological conditions continued to be unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants, authorities said. The city is facing its worst pollution crisis since Diwali. While the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) at ‘severe’ level of 416, ...

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Rescue operations for 15 trapped in 370-foot-deep Meghalaya mine since 12 days put on hold


SHILLONG: It’s been 12 days since 15 miners have been trapped in a 370-foot-deep illegal coal mine in Ksan area of Lumthari village in Meghalaya. The authorities have been putting in all efforts to rescue the trapped people. However on Monday, they had to temporarily suspend the rescue operations owing to the need for more powerful pumps for the exercise. ...

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PDP gets another jolt in Jammu, Runyal quits party


Srinagar: The PDP Monday suffered another setback when its senior leader and former bureaucrat Bashir Ahmad Runyal announced his decision to quit the party. Runyal, a former IAS officer who was Ramban district president and state secretary of the PDP, had joined the party prior to the 2014 assembly polls after his retirement and had unsuccessfully contested the elections from Banihal ...

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Centre committed to Odisha’s development: PM


Bhubaneswar, Dec 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government is fully committed to Odisha’s development as he dedicated various projects worth thousands of crores to the public here. Modi inaugurated the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar built at a cost of Rs 1,260 crore and said it would prove to be a centre of the dreams ...

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Wild animals kill 60 people in 3 yrs in JK


Srinagar: Increased man-animal conflict has claimed around sixty lives across Jammu Kashmir in the past three years, data furnished by Wild Life Department said. . Giving reasons for what he called `disturbing trend’ an official of the department said : “Denudation of forests, encroachment on forest land  and vanishing buffer zones  force animals to move towards villages where they come across ...

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IMD sees scattered to widespread rain over JK in coming weeks


Srinagar:  The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast scattered to fairly widespread rain or snow in Jammu and Kashmir in its outlook for next two weeks from December 20 to January 3 (2019). According to a data by IMD the current weather Status and Outlook for next two weeks (20 December, 2018 to 3 January, 2019) it said scattered to fairly ...

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Bodies of Uttarakhand landslide victims laid to rest in  Uri


Srinagar:  The bodies of seven labourers who died in a landslide in Uttarakhand were flown Sunday by a special chopper from here to their native place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district for the last rites, officials said. The bodies reached Jammu from Uttarakhand in the morning and were subsequently flown to their home town Uri near the Line of Control (LoC) ...

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Extending hand of friendship to India, Pak army chief vouches for Imran’s sincerity 


Srinagar:  Pakistan In its take on Pakistan’s peace overtures to India, the army on Saturday showed its support to resolve all issues with the neighbouring country on the table, seeing new government’s utmost sincerity in taking the initiative that it said should not be taken as its weakness. According to Radio Pakistan General Bajwa was addressing the passing out parade of ...

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