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Election Commission tells its officials to dress well, be punctual and courteous as polls near

Election Commission tells its officials to dress well, be punctual and courteous as polls near

It’s not enough for election officials to be familiar with the responsibilities that come with the job. They should also dress well, be punctual and conduct themselves impeccably. This is what the election commission (EC) had to say in a recent missive to chief electoral officials at Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Goa – […]

Govt guidelines for disabled during national anthem: Maintain maximum alertness physically

The Union home ministry has issued guidelines on how people with disabilities can show respect when the national anthem is being played in movie halls or public functions, saying they should not move and position themselves “maintaining the maximum possible alertness physically”. The home ministry’s December 21 guidelines follow the Supreme Court’s modified order that […]

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BJP worker hacked to death in Kerala’s Kannur, party blames CPM for attack

A BJP worker was stabbed to death allegedly by a group of CPM activists in Kerala’s Kannur district, police said on Thursday, sparking tension in the state’s northern part which has a history of red-saffron clashes. The CPI (M) said the party has no role in the killing, which came barely a few days after […]

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15 schoolchildren killed as bus collides with truck in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah

At least 15 schoolchildren were killed on Thursday when a bus they were travelling in collided with a truck in Etah district’s Aliganj in Uttar Pradesh. The school was functioning despite the district administration’s order for closure due to cold conditions. The superintendent of police confirmed 15 deaths and said the toll was feared to […]

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NCR towns in the dark over emergency pollution response plan

Even after the environment ministry issued a notification on Tuesday enforcing a graded response plan to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the authorities in cities such as Gurgaon and Faridabad are clueless about the directive and are waiting for orders from the state government. The Environment Pollution Control and Prevention Authority (EPCA), formed under the […]

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Salman Khan acquitted in Arms Act case by Jodhpur court

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Wednesday acquitted by a court here in an Arms Act case in which he is alleged to have killed blackbucks in 1998. Chief judicial magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit, after completing the hearing on January 9 in the case, had reserved the judgement for Wednesday. Salman Khan and his sister […]

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Delhi Police chief Alok Kumar Verma frontrunner in race to become CBI director

Delhi Police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma has emerged as the frontrunner for the post of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director, government sources said. A formal announcement in this regard is expected soon. A PMO source said Verma – a 1979-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer – was selected by a three-member committee comprising Prime […]

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Jallikattu ban: 200 held in Madurai as protests continue across Tamil Nadu

More than 200 people were detained by police on Tuesday as protests over a ban on the popular bull-taming sport Jallikattu continued across Tamil Nadu. The fresh protests were reported from Alanganallur in Madurai district, the nerve centre of Jallikattu which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 and subsequently upheld. The crowd had […]

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Kerala writer, booked for insulting national anthem, claims attack by RSS member

Kamal C Chavara, a Malayalam writer and theatre personality, had posted excerpts of his controversial book on Facebook that allegedly contained derogatory references to the national anthem. (Photo credit: Facebook) Malayalam writer Kamal C Chavara, who was booked for insulting the national anthem in December last year, has alleged he was attacked by a member of […]

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Arun Jaitley to hold GST council meet as govt inches closer to rollout deadline

The all-powerful goods and services tax (GST) council headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley will hold its ninth meeting on Monday to iron out differences as the government looks set to miss its target rollout date of April 1. Sources say existing issues – such as dual control of whether the Centre or states would […]

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