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Snowfall in Kedarnath, Harish Rawat among marooned visitors

Uttarakhand: Hundreds of pilgrims are left stranded after a fresh spell of snowfall in the Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines in Uttarakhand. Among the ones stuck in their holy pilgrimage is former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat. Rawat, along with Congress MP Pradeep Tamta, local MLA Manoj Rawat and other leaders from the

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Schools in Haryana remain close after thunderstorm alert

Haryana: Schools in Haryana will remain closed today and tomorrow after a thunderstorm alert was issued in 13 states. The Union Home Ministry warned of thunderstorms along with heavy rains, strong winds and hail in the north and eastern part of the country. The home ministry alert comes after 124

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100 killed due to storm in UP, Rajasthan

Uttar Pradesh: At least 108 people were killed as storms and heavy rain beat swathes of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Uttar Pradesh was the worst hit with 73 deaths and injuring 90 others. Agra bore the brunt as 43 people were killed. 80 animals were also reported dead from there. As

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Aid for Great Barrier Reef, says Aus govt

Australia: The Australian government has unveiled a plan to try to rescue the endangered Great Barrier Reef, pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in what would be the largest single investment for reef conservation and management in the country’s history. Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said 500 million Australian dollars would be

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Dust gale wreaks havoc in Rajasthan, 24 killed

Rajasthan:  A high-speed dust storm on wreaked havoc in Bharatpur, Alwar and Dholpur districts, killing at least 24 and injured more than 100 people. The storm left a trail of destruction, uprooting trees and electricity poles. Major destruction is caused in Alwar where more than 100 trees were uprooted, many of

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Man refused to ride with Muslim driver of Ola Cabs

New Delhi: Taxi aggregator Ola Cabs urged a person not to discriminate on religious lines after the latter cancelled his ride as the driver was a Muslim. Replying to one Abhishek Mishra who is followed by some Union cabinet ministers on Twitter, the company said, "Ola, like our country, is a

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Former Police commissioner Arup Patnaik joins the ruling party of Odisha

Mumbai: Ex-Mumbai Police commissioner Arup Patnaik joins the ruling party of Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal, seeing senior IPS officer Kiran Bedi and his former colleague Satyapal Singh. Interestingly, the development makes Patnaik the second Mumbai police chief to join politics after Satyapal Singh who had quit as Mumbai top cop

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Driving a taxi, auto now no longer entails a commercial license

New Delhi: For driving a transport vehicle, getting a commercial driving license had so far been a necessity, a process that had people waiting for one year. A commercial driving license was obtained after the driver received his personal driving license. The ministry also hopes that the new order will also bring an

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Allahabad HC stays action against four IIT Kanpur professors

Kanpur: The Allahabad High Court stayed the recommendations of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes which had asked the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur to lodge an FIR against four professors for allegedly harassing a Dalit faculty member Dr Subramanium Sundrela, a member of a scheduled caste. The high court stayed

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