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  • More emergency fire calls in Kolkata this Diwali 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    Kolakta: The West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services here received 108 calls on Diwali, slightly higher than last year, an official said on Friday. "Till 12 midnight October 23, we received 108 calls. This is slightly higher than last year as Diwali and Kali puja coincided," an official said. According to the...
  • Delhi fire department gets 293 calls on Diwali 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received 293 calls the highest in the past five years on Diwali on Thursday, an official said on Friday. "This is the highest figure in the past five years. On Diwali, from midnight till 7am October 24, we received 293 calls of fire...
  • More rain expected on Tamil Nadu by next 24-48 hours: Met 8 hours 17 minutes ago

    Chennai: The Met office here has forecast more rains in South Tamil Nadu, Puducherry during the next 24 to 48 hours as the North East monsoon has been active over the last few days. "Isolated heavy to very heavy rain may occur over the South Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep. Isolated...
  • Haryana paanwala gets Rs 132 crore power bill 10 hours 11 minutes ago

    Chandigarh: A paan or betel-leaf seller in Haryana has got a shocker of an electricity bill this Diwali. His bill is a whopping over Rs 132 crore. Rajesh, who runs a shop in Gohana town in Sonipat district, has got the electricity bill of Rs 132.29 crore for the month of...
  • Air quality to drop in Delhi on Diwali 2 days ago

    New Delhi: With the onset of Diwali, air quality in the national capital is set to deteriorate over the next two days, with the Met department terming the condition as "severe". According to System of Air quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), pollution levels will be high in areas...
  • India may have to wait for automatic exchange of Swiss information October 12, 2014

    New Delhi/Berne: India may have to wait longer for joining "selected" countries with whom Switzerland plans to do automatic exchange of information on tax matters, even as Indian and Swiss officials will meet soon to iron out their bilateral arrangements on suspected tax evasion cases. Switzerland has started a process...
  • Cyclone Hudhud: IMD says 'worst is already over' as storm makes landfall in Vizag October 12, 2014

    As the severe cyclonic storm Hudhud makes landfall in Visakhapatnam on Sunday noon, the Met department has issued a statement saying that the worst phase of the cyclone is already over. ...
  • Cyclone Hudhud's intensity to prevail for six hours after landfall: IMD October 12, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Even after landfall of cyclone Hudhud, the system will maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into cyclonic storm in subsequent six hours while moving northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chhattisgarh, an IMD bulletin said. Under its influence, rainfall in most places...
  • Cyclone Hudhud: The eye of the cyclone will make landfall soon, says Met official October 12, 2014

    Cyclone Hudhud is very close to the Visakhapatnam coast. "The eye of the cyclone will make landfall soon," said Met department official. ...
  • Cyclone Hudhud: Eye of the storm approaches the coast of Andhra Pradesh October 12, 2014

    Cyclone Hudhud is very close to the Visakhapatnam coast. "The eye of the storm is approaching the coast of Andhra Pradesh," said IMD official. More than lakh people have been evacuated and relief operations are on. ...
  • Cyclone Hudhud: Wind speeds touch 50 km/hour in Gopalpur, Odisha October 12, 2014

    Large scale evacuations have been carried out in Odisha beacuse of cyclone Hudhud. "Wind speeds expected to touch 200 km/hour post landfall. Wind speeds to touch 50 km/hour in Gopalpur, Odisha," predicts MeT department. ...
  • Income Tax department launches secure email system for staff to curb frauds October 12, 2014

    New Delhi: To curb misuse of official cyber tools and attempts of phishing, the Income Tax department has rolled out a secure email system for all its employees and officers. The department, official sources said, has recently discontinued its existing email systems (called Lotus mail and IMail) and has issued...
  • Strong winds, heavy rains in coastal AP ahead of Hudhud strike October 12, 2014

    Hyderabad: Strong winds and heavy rains led to large-scale disruption of power lines in three coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh as the state braced for Hudhud, a very severe cyclonic storm that is expected to hit the coast around noon on Sunday. "Except East Godavari, power entirely failed in the...
  • Cyclonic storm Hudhud hits India; how the day unfolded October 12, 2014

    Sunday noon witnessed the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud hitting the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha with full force but the loss of life was contained to single digits by a well prepared administration. Even though heavy rain and winds of almost 200 kmph left six people dead...
  • Precautionary steps taken to minimise cyclone Hudhud impact October 11, 2014

    Rajahmundry: All precautionary steps have been taken in and around the city anticipating Cyclone Hudhud, Rajahmundry Sub-Collector V Vijayarama Rao said. "We are receiving weather information from the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) for every three hours on the cyclone situation. On the basis of information provided by the IMD we...
  • Heavy rainfall expected after cyclone Hudhud makes landfall in AP: Met October 11, 2014

    Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are on high alert as cyclone Hudhud is fast approaching the Eastern coast. It is likely to make landfall in Visakhapatnam on Sunday afternoon. MET Department Director K Ram Chandra Rao said, "The cyclone is at the the distance of 350 KM from Visakhapatnam. It will...
  • Hudhud to take 'very severe' turn in next 12 hours: IMD October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Hudhud will turn take a "very severe" turn in the next 12 hours, bringing with itself very heavy rainfall and gusty winds as it inches closer to the coast, the MeT department has said. In the evening, Hudhud was 675-km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 685-km southeast...
  • More than 2000 Bru refugees return to Mizoram October 3, 2014

    Aizawl: At least 2,136 Bru refugees have returned to Mizoram from the six relief camps in Tripura since June 21 last, state Home Department officials said. The Bru refugees entered Mizoram on their own after discontinuation of the official repatriation process and settled in different villages in Mamit district, they...
  • Man to sue US government after being cleared in the Taliban terror case October 2, 2014

    Miami: Irfan Khan, a naturalised US citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, worked hard to realise the American dream after arriving in this country in 1994. He held jobs in South Florida as a taxi driver, service technician and operated a limousine company. He was an avid...
  • 2014 mild meteorological drought: Skymet; Not so, says MeT October 1, 2014

    New Delhi: With the country receiving "below normal" rainfall, a private weather forecasting agency has termed monsoon 2014 as a "mild meteorological drought" but the MeT department dismissed it saying around 70 per cent of the country had normal rains. "Monsoon 2014 has ended in a mild meteorological drought. In particular,...
  • Send students for wildlife week celebrations requests forest department September 24, 2014

    Coimbatore: The Forest Department has requested educational institutions to send students in large numbers for the proposed painting, quiz competitions, scheduled on September 28 as part of the Wildlife Week celebrations from the first week of October. The competitions are planned for students studying form LKG to College level and...
  • India withdraws pharma pricing regulator's power to cap non-essential drug prices September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: India has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July triggered industry protests. The Department of Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn guidelines issued on May 29 that gave...
  • First medical college in Palakkad under the Scheduled Caste department inaugurated September 20, 2014

    Palakkad: Kerela Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the first Medical College, started under the scheduled caste department, with majority of seats reserved for the backward classes. Speaking on the occasion, Chandy said, by starting a Medical College under SC department, Kerala has become a model for the country. The objective...
  • Dry weather in north; heavy rain warning for east, northeast September 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Mercury maintained its upward trend in most parts of north India in the absence of rains, even as the weather department warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in east and northeast regions of the country in the next two days. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of...
  • Hyderabad: Woman arrested for trying to sell 15dayold daughter September 20, 2014

    Hyderabad: Three women and a man were arrested for allegedly trying to sell a newborn baby girl in Bansilalpet area in Hyderabad, police said. The 15dayold baby girl was rescued and handed over to the Child Welfare Department. According to Gandhi Nagar police, Venkatlakshmi, the girl's mother, was in need of money,...
  • DU's postgraduate English students protest against 3 teachers, want them removed September 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Several postgraduate students of Delhi University have written to the university complaining about three English professors. According to the students, the three newlyappointed teachers for English postgraduate studies at the Department of English have been extremely dissatisfactory in their classroom lectures. The students allege that the three teachers Anju...
  • Delhi government to provide aadhaar cards to children living in homes September 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi government has undertaken an intensive drive to enrol children housed in government and NGO run institutions for issue of Aadhaar cards. The Department of Women and Child Development has directed all the superintendents and officerincharge of the institutions to coordinate with the Unique Identification Authority of India...
  • Well water in Goa beach villages has worms: Public Works Department Minister September 13, 2014

    Panaji: Well water in tourismoriented coastal Goan villages is so bad that it is infested with worms, Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said on Friday. "In Calangute, if you put your hand in the water, germs cling on to your hands," said Dhavalikar, whose ministry is responsible for collection, treatment...
  • Himachal Pradesh to hold apple festival September 13, 2014

    Shimla: To promote apples of Himachal Pradesh, the fruit basket of the country, the state tourism department will organise a twoday apple festival here from September 25, an official said on Friday. "As apple is one of the main horticulture crops of the state, we would showcase its varieties to the...
  • Bombay HC gives time to IT Department to engage senior counsel in PIL September 10, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted three weeks' time to the Income Tax Department to engage a senior advocate for representing it in a public interest litigation regarding Godzari irrigation project in Kolhapur. The division bench headed by Justice PV Hardas was hearing a...