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Banning of plastic at Bhitarkanika aiding livelihood

Kendrapara: By banning the use of harmful plastic materials and bags inside the Bhitarkanika National Park, the authorities have also provided employment to locals who are now selling eco-friendly paper bags and cotton bags to tourists. After the park reopened for public entry early this month, carrying of environmentally-damaging polythene and plastic materials by tourists […]

India can be world 3rd largest economy: PM

Kolkata:India is well-positioned to emerge as the world`s third largest economy by 2025, but the long-term 9% growth target will not happen with a "business as usual" approach, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today. "India has been transformed into one of the fastest growing emerging markets in the world. If we can continue to grow […]

Tendulkar misses his 100th ton yet again

London: Sachin Tendulkar today came agonisingly close to notching up a historic 100th international century before a debatable decision brought an an end to his knock of 91, breaking the hearts of millions of Indian cricket fans at home and abroad. Tendulkar looked set for his milestone century on the fifth day of the final […]

Advani faces Hazare supporters picketing his house

New Delhi: NDA Working President L K Advani today faced Anna Hazare supporters picketing his house as he replied to their tough questions on the opposition stand on the Jan Lokpal Bill, and inclusion of Prime Minister and higher judiciary within the ambit of the ombudsman. "We are not happy with the present Lokpal Bill […]

Simon Cowell wants his dead body to be frozen

London: Music mogul Simon Cowell wants his body to be frozen when he dies, in the hope he can be thawed out and brought back to life in the future. The 51-year-old reality show judge is planning to have his corpse preserved in ice, in the hope that future technology brings him back to life, […]

Saudi-Indian talks on anti-dumping tax to resume

Dubai: Saudi Arabia and India will resume talks next month on the prospects of lifting an anti-dumping tax imposed on the kingdom`s polypropylene exports, a news report has said, quoting informed sources. Saudi Arabia`s Commerce and Industry Minister, Abdullah Zainal Alireza, will lead the Saudi delegation for new talks in New Delhi, the Indian trade […]

Fresh proposal to Anna to end standoff

New Delhi: Spiritual leader Bhayyuji Maharaj is understood to have submitted a fresh proposal to Anna Hazare to end the standoff between the fasting activist demanding a strong Lokpal Bill and the government. The fresh proposal was sent across to Hazare late this evening after Maharaj, who conducted parleys with the Gandhian and government, met […]

Number one team normally does not lose like this

London: It was not the defeat but the manner in which India capitulated in the four-match Test series against England, was what surprised former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri. Trailing 0-3, India surrendered meekly after brave resistance by Sachin Tendulkar and Amit Mishra on the final day of the final Test at the […]

Not crossing 300 in a single innings tells the story

London: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that it was his team`s batting failure that led to the 0-4 debacle against England in the just-concluded Test series. "I feel not getting more than 300 runs in a single innings speaks for itself. We tried our best and that`s what is important. As a team we […]

Organisers ignore Pataudi during presentation ceremony

London: Former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was given cold shoulder by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) during the post-series presentation ceremony where English captain Andrew Strauss was officially handed the sponsors` trophy rather Pataudi Trophy for which the teams were officially playing for. During the post-match presentation ceremony, Nawab Pataudi was […]

Doctors advise Anna not to venture into Sun

New Delhi: Doctors have advised Anna Hazare, whose fast entered eighth day today, not to venture into the Sun as it could have a negative impact on his health. The medical advice came after doctors examined Hazare at the Ramlila Maidan, where he is sitting on an indefinite fast demanding a strong Lokpal Bill, late […]

Officials fail to mollify protesters against Posco

Paradip: Fresh efforts by officials to persuade villagers to allow resumption of work at the proposed Posco plant site near here failed on Monday, paralysing project-related activities for the seventh day. Discussions were held with residents of Nuagaon in a bid to persuade them to give up their protest against tree felling, ground levelling and […]

Collision death toll rises to 8 in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: Death toll in the jeep-truck collision at Bhalubahal under Rengali police station near here rose to eight on Monday with one person succumbing to injuries, police said. While seven people who were travelling in the jeep had been killed in the accident yesterday, one of the critically injured persons undergoing treatment at VSS Medical […]

Privilege notice moved against Revenue Minister

Bhubaneswar: A ruling BJD MLA on Monday moved a privilege notice against state Revenue Minister S N Patro saying his rights as a legislator had been hurt due to the minister`s statement on his resignation. During zero hour, former minister and senior BJD MLA, Damodar Rout informed the assembly that he had moved a privilege […]

House Commitee on Sindol project in state

Bhubaneswar: With the local people strongly opposing the NHPC`s Sindol hydel project, state Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat on Monday asked the state government to move a motion for setting up a house committee to take public opinion on the Rs 2,600 crore plan. "The state government is directed not to take further step towards […]