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Kerala launches campaign to end alcohol, drug abuse

Kochi: The Kerala government on Sunday launched a major campaign "Subodham" to help people in the state overcome alcohol, drug and other substance abuse.

The project was launched by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Art of Living Foundation founder Sri Sri Ravishankar here in the presence of religious leaders, representatives of student organisations and NGOs working against drug abuse.

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Two distressed farmers kill self in Mathura

Mathura: Two distressed farmers, whose crops were damaged due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm, have committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Sunday.

Hari Kishan, 35, of Madora village in Mathura district, sprinkled kerosene and set himself afire late Saturday, a police officer said. He succumbed to burn injuries at a hospital on Sunday.

Khajan Singh, 50, of the same area, consumed poison, he added.

Family members said the farmers were under extreme pressure from money lenders. Extensive damage to the crops due to hailstorm and rain had devastated them.

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Indian women finish seventh in Hawke's Bay Cup hockey

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Hastings (New Zealand): The Indian women's hockey team defeated Japan 3-2 in the seventh-eighth position classification match to secure the seventh spot in the Hawke’s Bay Cup tournament here on Sunday.

It was the team's second consecutive win against Japan, after beating them in a bronze medal match at the 17th Asian Games last year.

India overturned a 0-2 goal deficit to clinch the victory on Sunday.

9-day-old water protest in Khandwa continues

Khandwa (MP): With the agitation against the raising of the water-level in Omkareshwar dam here in Madhya Pradesh continuing for the ninth day on Sunday, the condition of protestors highlighting their plaint by squatting in the river worsened.

The protest comes in the wake of the raising of the height of the water-level in the dam to 191 metres from 189 metres -- which has resulted in a large area of farming land becoming inundated.

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Top Pakistani official urges India to resume talks

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged India to start the foreign secretary-level talks for resolving various issues, media reported on Sunday.

Aziz, at a seminar titled Muslim-Sikh Dosti Di Tarjman - Baisakhi here, said on Saturday that the Pakistani foreign ministry wondered why India cancelled the talks on its own without consulting Pakistan, Dawn online reported.

Nasim Zaidi takes over as new CEC

New Delhi: Nasim Zaidi has assumed charge as the 20th Chief Election Commissioner succeeding H.S. Bramha, an official statement said here on Sunday.

H.S. Brahma retired on Saturday after completing his term.

After assuming charge Zaidi said "I feel privileged and honoured that I have been given this responsibility to lead one of the finest institutions that the Indian Constitution has provided. I am conscious of the onerous task in hand."

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Government must not be a tax terrorist: Experts

By Venkatachari Jagannathan,

Chennai: Even as the central government has decided to review the new norms to file income tax returns barely three days after it was notified, due to widespread angst, experts termed the original proposal nothing but "tax terrorism" unleashed on honest tax payers.

Mediapersons come under attack in Kolkata civil polls

Kolkata: The media was at the receiving end of abuse and violence all through Saturday during the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, as those resorting to unethical electoral practices targeted members of the fourth estate to keep their crimes under wraps.

Trinamool Congress councillor Ranjit Seal, who is seeking re-election from a ward in Khidirpore, was heard threatening electronic media personnel if they did not ship out from near a booth.

"So long I have spoken to you politely. But now go away. Otherwise consequences will not be good," he said.

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Assam's six lakh tribal kids to be screened for anaemia

Guwahati:The union tribal affairs ministry will cover at least six lakh tribal children in Assam under its sickle cell anaemia screening programme within this year.

Sickle cell anaemia is a hereditary blood disorder that results in abnormality in haemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the body parts.

'Operation Rahat' ends, Indian ships return home from Yemen

Mumbai/Kochi: INS Tarkash that participated in Operation Rahat, returned to a hero's welcome at Mumbai harbor here on Saturday, while two passenger ships with the last batch of Indians evacuated from Yemen reached Kochi, an official said.

It was preceded by the return of another ship, INS Mumbai, which returned here last Friday, with the two ships helping evacuate 1,783 Indians and 1,291 foreign nationals from 30 countries from the strife-torn Yemen over the past three weeks.

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