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Regularisation of unauthorised Delhi colonies: A massive infra and realty revamp

Over the past 12 years, successive governments – both in Delhi and at the Centre – have made regularisation promises for unauthorised colonies but nothing much changed on ground because of the political differences and technical issues. Handing over ownership rights to the residents is a major step in granting legal status to the settlements […]


Imran, Trump discuss Afghan, Kashmir during telephonic conversation

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump and discussed with him bilateral and regional matters, including the Afghan peace process and the Kashmir issue, his office said. Mr. Khan conveyed that the release of Western hostages in Afghanistan was a positive development and Pakistan was happy […]


Avian botulism reason for bird deaths

The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, on Thursday confirmed avian botulism — a neuro-muscular illness caused by a toxin which is produced by a bacterial strain — as the reason for mass mortality of birds, including migratory species from Northern Asia, at Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan. The laboratory tests conducted on the samples of […]


U.P. panel suggests new law on conversions

The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission on Thursday submitted a report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, suggesting a new law to check forcible religious conversions. “The report was submitted along with a draft legislation, Uttar Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019,” Law Commission Secretary Sapna Tripathi said. The report was prepared after going through pre […]


Small-budget films need govt. support: actor

The government should encourage good films made on small budgets, actor Santhosh Keezhattoor has said. “It is very difficult for such films even to get theatres for screening,” he told reporters here on Thursday. Odunnon, in which Santhosh plays the lead, releases on Friday. “It is a film that talks about some relevant issues and […]


Hema Malini flags monkey menace in Lok Sabha

Monkey menace in Mathura and Delhi reverberated in the Lok Sabha on Thursday with BJP MP and Bollywood actor Hema Malini raising the issue as a notable problem, which, she claimed, has caused deaths of various people in her constituency, seeking government attention towards the matter. Members across party lines were on the same page […]