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Heavy vehicles restricted on Chathe sub-ways Dimapur, February 21 (MExN): In view of the ongoing work for construction of Bailey Bridge at 40 mile over Chathe River behind CIHSR (Referral Hospital), heavy vehicles are restricted from plying through the sub-ways provided till further notice. Informing this in a press release, Er. Talitemsu Jami, Executive Engineer, […]

Government gives nod to 13-digitmachine-to-machine SIM numbers from July 1

New Delhi, February 21 (IANS): The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked telecom service providers to start issuing 13-digit digit numbers for SIM based machine-to-machine (M2M) services, which will co-exist with 10-digit numbers.   The DoT had approved the scheme and a letter on it was sent to various departments on February 9, 2018.   […]

Centre sets up new forum on NE

New Delhi, February 21 (PTI): To identify and address the issues affecting economic growth in the Northeast, the Centre has set up a new forum with representatives from key central ministries and the state governments of the region.   The ‘NITI Forum for Northeast’ has been set up and is tasked to identify various constraints […]

Assault on Delhi CS: Two AAP MLAs in judicial custody

New Delhi, February 21 (IANS): A Delhi court on Wednesday sent two Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, who allegedly assaulted Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, in judicial custody till Thursday.   Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon refused a Delhi Police plea for police custody of MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal and said their bail pleas […]

Kamal Haasan launches political party

Madurai, February 21 (PTI): Amid fanfare, actor Kamal Haasan today launched his political party, naming it “Makkal Needhi Mayyam,” and unveiled its flag that symbolises the strength of unity.   “I am not your leader, I am your tool… this gathering is full of leaders,” he said moments before announcing the party’s name that roughly […]

Rahul questions PM’s silence on PNB fraud in ‘Mann ki Baat’

New Delhi, February 21 (IANS): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday again attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and Rafale fighter jet deal, saying the country wants to hear about these issues in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’.   “Modiji, last month you ignored my suggestions […]

Bill Gates to guest star in ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Bill Gates to guest star in ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is all set to cameo as himself in the popular sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”. The 62-year-old technocrat and philanthropist will guest star in an episode which will air next month, Entertainment Weekly reported.   According to the plot, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) hosts Gates at work and her friendly neighbours would […]

Florida rally to ban assault-style weapons set for Wednesday

Florida rally to ban assault-style weapons set for Wednesday

Sen. Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach, looks on his computer at gun control bills moving through the Senate as he talks with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and those that support their cause, following last week’s mass shooting on their campus, in Tallahassee, Florida on February 20. (REUTERS Photo)   PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, February 21 (Reuters): […]

Syria’s Ghouta residents ‘wait to die’ as bombs fall

Syria’s Ghouta residents ‘wait to die’ as bombs fall

A young man rides bicycle near damaged houses in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria on February 20. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIRUT, February 21 (Reuters): Residents of Syria’s eastern Ghouta said they were “waiting their turn to die” early on Wednesday, after more pro-government rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged […]

Vatican special envoy hears Chilean abuse victims’ testimony

SANTIAGO, February 21 (Reuters): A Chilean man who was sexually abused by a priest said he was hopeful that the testimony he shared on Tuesday with a Vatican investigator would lead to better protection for children. “I hope that in the Chile of the future, there is security for children, there is no statute of […]