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Utkal Express derailment: Train driver was not informed of 'unofficial' maintenance of track

New Delhi, Aug. 20 -- A preliminary inquiry into the derailment of Utkal Express has found that driver of the train was not informed of the 'unofficial' maintenance of the track. 14 coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express derailed near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, killing at least 23 people and leaving nearly 90 others injured. The train was coming from Puri in Odisha and going to Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

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Abe's Cabinet reshuffle for dynamism in governance

India, Aug. 20 -- In the face of serious political, economic, and security challenges, the Japanese Prime Minister is trying to restore balance and stability, says RAJARAM PANDA

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing serious political, economic and security challenges. At the political level, his popularity rate plummeted as his administration was hurt by a series of scandals, including alleged favouritism of a school operator headed by a c... Read More


Chilika Lagoon The theatre of nature

India, Aug. 20 -- It is a place where dolphins, eagles, and fish along with humans co-habit in negotiated peace and unbroken harmony, writes SOMEN SENGUPTA

Till now at various small coastal villages of Odisha, a festival called Bali Yatra is celebrated on a big scale. People offer their homage to sea God and pray for safe passage of those who had left these shores many years ago for an unknown land named Bali. This Bali is today's Indonesia wher... Read More


Bhopal tourism quiz held at Model School

Bhopal, Aug. 20 -- By participating in the tourism quiz, we have got a rare opportunity to understand the places of tourism importance of our region and district and historical heritage and archeological sites. We knew that there are so many good places in Bhopal and its surroundings. Quiz questions were asked to increase knowledge and create interest. We have increased our general knowledge by participating in this competition. Participants of q... Read More


A resort of spiritual bliss

India, Aug. 20 -- The dreamland of mysticism and spiritualism reverberates throughout Krishna legend for those seeking a new heaven, Krishna Loka, says Dr Asha Goswami

The spiritual and mystical significations of the Krishna concept have inspired the mankind from time immemorial. Spiritualism and mysticism, which are considered its most important aspects, have assimilated with it in the later Puranas. The later vaishnava acharyas, with an object... Read More


Berlin confce to protect Sundarbans

Dhaka, Aug. 20 -- A EUROPEAN conference on Sundarbans started in German capital Berlin yesterday to discuss how to protect the world's greatest mangrove forest from destruction at a time when our government is determined to continue with the construction of the giant Rampal Coal-fired Plant. It is being built as a joint venture with India National Thermal Power Corporation. No suggestion from local and international environment groups and human r... Read More


People living near Sundarbans facing danger: Sultana

Dhaka, Aug. 20 -- Human rights activist Sultana Kamal on Saturday said that lives of people who live in and around the Sundarbans are being jeopardized due to unplanned development and industrial production near the UNESCO declared heritage forest.

So far, around 20 thousand people have lost their houses in erosion on both sides of Pashur river triggered by filling up of the creeks connecting to the river, Sultana Kamal said.

Several village ma... Read More


Barcelona Terror Suspects Showed No Signs of Extremism: Family

Rabat , Aug. 19 -- The family of Driss and Moussa Oukabir, the two brothers involved in Barcelona terror attack, is in shock. In a statement to the AFP, their father, Said Oukabir, said that the two young men "showed no sign of radicalization."

The relatives of Driss Oukabir, arrested by the Spanish authorities after the attack on Barcelona, and his younger brother Moussa, killed in Cambrils on Thursday night by police, says they are having a ha... Read More


Why immunity to Abdullah-Brigade for blatant abuse of power?

Jammu, Aug. 19 -- Tariq Abdullah as per the classified documents at one point of time headed the State Tourism Development Corporation. "His appointment was made by misuse of his father's official and political influence. He was lucky for the undeserved position that he enjoyed. As per the documents if he were not be the son of the Chief Minister he certainly would have been behind the bars for his countless illegal acts of omission and commissio... Read More


North corporation to redevelop two historical gardens and Naini Lake

New Delhi, Aug. 19 -- A long-pending plan to redevelop two historical sites--Qudsia Garden and Roshanara Bagh --and Naini Lake is gathering momentum with the North Delhi Municipal Corporation preparing a proposal for the revamp.

The two Mughal-era gardens will be developed with funding from the tourism and culture ministry. The decision was taken after Union tourism minister Dr Mahesh Sharma and minister of science and technology Dr Harsh Vardha... Read More