Author Archives: Asmat Khan

Only 5.4% of houses under Centre’s flagship scheme reached completion so far this year

Advent of pandemic caused long delays at every stage, says Rural Development Ministry Less than 6% of houses sanctioned under the Centre’s flagship rural housing scheme in 2020-21 have reached completion so far this year, with COVID-19 stalling progress, the Rural Development Ministry told a Parliamentary Standing Committee last month. However, some States such as Odisha and Jharkhand used the ...

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COVID-19 casts an unseen shadow over the Haridwar Kumbh Mela

Even with fewer numbers, SOP is conspicuous by its absence in this large congregation of humanity Holding a pitcher in hand, Aniruddh Pandey, a priest outside the Ganga temple at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, put his finger on one-third of the vessel’s body. “This is the size of the Kumbh Mela and our work this year. It is only ...

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Sthaayi theatre brings out its latest Tamil play Hayavadana in Coimbatore

The play is directed by Thirunavakkarasu and is a tribute to Girish Karnad and BV Karanth “This is the time of revival of the theatre after the lockdown. It is a very important phase and I am glad to be a part of it,” says Jayashree Murthy, founder of Sthaayi Theatre, Coimbatore. The organisation is coming up with its latest ...

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Parliament proceedings live | Rajya Sabha adjourned amid protest from Opposition

The Rajya Sabha will take up The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lower House yesterday, for consideration and passing. The Lower House will debate The Finance Bill, that will give effect to the financial proposals of the Central Government for the financial year 2021-22. The House will discuss The National Bank for Financing ...

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Government attack on hospital in northwestern Syria kills 5

The shells landed at the entrance and in the courtyard of the hospital in Atareb, a town in rural western Aleppo Artillery shells fired from government areas hit a hospital in a rebel-controlled town in northwestern Syria on Sunday, killing at least five civilians and wounding medical staff, rescuers and activists reported. The shells landed at the entrance and in ...

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Lockdown is an option, says Maharashtra CM as COVID-19 cases rise alarmingly

Talking to reporters in Nandurbar, Mr. Thackeray also appealed people to get vaccinated against coronavirus without fear. A day after Maharashtra witnessed the highest one-day spike of 25,833 COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said lockdown is an option but he trusts people to follow the norms on their own. Talking to reporters in Nandurbar, Mr. Thackeray also ...

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West Bengal Assembly elections | ISF fields candidates from across religions, castes

Of the 21 candidates the ISF has so far announced as part of its share of seats in the alliance with the Left Front and the Congress, 10 are either Hindu or belong to Adivasi communities, while the rest are Muslims. The Indian Secular Front (ISF), led by Furfura Sharif’s influential cleric Abbas Siddiqui, has fielded candidates cutting across religions ...

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Parliament proceedings updates | Indian Railways will never be privatised: Goyal in LS

The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are scheduled to consider, discuss and pass bills including amendments to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order Bill and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020. The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020, which was introduced in the House by Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, will also be considered. Both Houses saw multiple ...

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J&K Tourism Dept organises roadshow in city

CHENNAI The Jammu and Kashmir department of Tourism in collaboration with the Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK) organised a roadshow in the city recently in which more than 160 travel agents participated. Additional Secretary of J&K Tourism Waseem Raja highlighted the known and lesser-known tourist destinations, art and craft, pilgrim and adventure tourism besides the upcoming festivals. The Additional ...

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TN Assembly polls | DMK fields Udhayanidhi Stalin from Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni in Chennai

The party has retained most former Ministers and MLAs, in its list of 173 candidates, announced on Friday The DMK on Friday retained most former Ministers and MLAs in its list of 173 candidates for the Assembly election, while fielding party president M. K. Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi Stalin from the Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency in Chennai. In all, 187 candidates (including 14 ...

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