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MGNREGA wage lowest in Meghalaya

From Our Special Correspondent New Delhi: Meghalaya has not made much progress under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA) and wages paid there under this Centrally-sponsored scheme is the lowest in the whole country, said NPP leader and Tura MP Punro A Sangma on Monday. “If you go through the list of payment of each state under MGNREGA the wages paid [Full Article...]

Curfew in Saharanpur relaxed for 4 hours; cases under NSA to be filed

Saharanpur:  Riot-hit Saharanpur city is fast turning to be normal and the district authorities have decided to give four-hour relaxation in two phases in the curfew-bound six police station areas on Monday. District Magistrate Sandhya Tiwari told UNI here that curfew would be relaxed in the new city areas between 1000 hrs to 1400 hrs, while the old city areas will have relaxation between [Full Article...]

Goa deputy CM apologises for Hindu nation remark

Panaji:  Goa’s Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza Monday apologized for his comment that India was already a Hindu nation. “My opinion could be wrong for others. I accept it. I don’t say it is the most correct opinion. You might say I am wrong. If anyone’s sentiment is hurt, I apologise,” D’Souza said. “Hindu is my culture, Christianity is my religion. When I say [Full Article...]

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Fishermen hold indefinite relay fast Puducherry: Fishermen and mechanised fishing vessel owners here today struck work and resorted to an indefinite relay fast to press their demands. They were demanding immediate steps from the government to dredge the estuary which would ensure the safe passage of then fishing vessels. Presently because of the shallow nature of the estuary, frequent accidents were taking place and [Full Article...]

HC stays EC order against Chavan

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday stayed the Election Commission’s show cause notice to ex-Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan asking him why he should not be disqualified for failing to give his true and correct expenses incurred in 2009 Assembly polls. The commission in its July 13, 2014 order had given Chavan, an MP from Nanded parliamentary seat, a 20-day deadline to [Full Article...]

Controversy erupts over Commissioners’ oath

Chandigarh: A controversy has erupted over Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda administering the oath of office to new members of State Information Commission and the Commissioners of Right to Service Commission barely an hour after the new Governor took charge, with the Opposition terming the move as “unconstitutional”. However, Chief Secretary S C Choudhary maintained that there was no illegality in making the [Full Article...]

‘India will take at least 40 years to eliminate leprosy’

New Delhi: India’s leprosy elimination programme has not been “successful” and it will take at least 40 years to completely eliminate the disease from the country, an international expert has said. In 2005, WHO had declared that India had eliminated leprosy. However, India reported an average increase of five to seven percent in the detection of new cases annually over the last five years, [Full Article...]

Panel suggests separate law to protect NE people from attacks

New Delhi: A separate law with specific provisions to protect people from the northeast living in different parts of the country along with amendment of sections of IPC has been suggested by a committee set up after increased attacks on citizens from the region. According to sources, the M P Bezbaruah committee, which submitted its report to Home Ministry earlier this month, had recommended [Full Article...]