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A bank run by beggars, for beggars in Bihar town

By Imran Khan,

Gaya (Bihar) : A group of beggars in this Bihar town has opened their own bank, which they run and manage to provide financial security in times of crisis.

Dozens of beggars, who have been depending for their survival on alms from hundreds of Hindu devotees at the gate of 'Maa Manglagauri Mandir' (temple) in Gaya town for years, have started the bank.

The beggars call it Mangala Bank.

"It is true that we have established a bank for ourselves," said Raj Kumar Manjhi, one of the 40 beggars who are members of this unique "bank".

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Bangladesh's instability affects India: Tripura CM

Agartala : If there is any turmoil in Bangladesh, it also affects India's peace, stability and integrity, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said.

"If there is chaos and trouble in neighbouring Bangladesh, these also affect India's peace, stability and integrity," Sarkar said during his address at the Bangladesh Independence Day and National Day celebrations organised by the Bangladesh diplomatic mission here on Thursday night.

Reliance Communications acquires spectrum in 11 circles

New Delhi : Reliance Communications, part of the Anil Ambani-led group, has acquired new and top-up 800/850 MHz spectrum in 11 circles.

The acquisition of the new spectrum intends to achieve a contiguous five MHz spectrum holding nationwide in the recently concluded telecom airwaves auction, a company statement said here on Friday.

The company stated that with this acquisition, it has become India's first and only operator with nationwide footprint of contiguous 800/850 MHz spectrum.

Rashtrapati Bhavan to observe Earth Hour

New Delhi : The Rashtrapati Bhavan will observe 'Earth Hour' on March 28, a statement said on Friday.

All non-essential lights in the president house and the estate will be switched off for an hour on Saturday at 8.30 p.m.

Residents at the estate were advised to turn off lights and electrical gadgets in their houses for an hour.

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A mother's dilemma, a virtual world, Nepal

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Telangana takes lessons from Kerala on biodiversity

By Sanu George,

Thiruvananthapuram : If it was Goa that first decided to replicate the Kerala model of protecting its rich biodiversity, the newly formed state of Telangana is now following suit.

Kerala is the only state in the country that has established Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) at all panchayats as required by the Biological Diversity Act and has set up more than 75 percent of the People's Biodiversity Registers (PBR) in all the local bodies.

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Navy plane crash: Crew member's body found

New Delhi : The body of Lt. Abhinav Nagori, the co-pilot of the Indian Navy Doriner-228 that crashed on Tuesday off the Goa coast, has been found, an officer said on Friday.

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India may launch two more navigation satellites this year

Chennai : India is expected to launch at least two more navigation satellites this year and one more in 2016 to offer satellite navigation services by the middle of next year, Indian space agency officials said.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials deny any diversion of focus is delaying the operationalisation of navigation satellite system.

The three satellite launches will be in addition to the one that India is expected to put into orbit on March 28 evening.

Hezbollah condemns military intervention in Yemen

Beirut: Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah condemned on Thursday the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen against Shia Houthi rebels, a joint effort that has garnered the participation of eight other Arab countries in addition to Pakistan.

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Centre, not Goa to recover Rs.35,000 crore mining loss: CM

Panaji : The Goa government is not responsible for the recovery of the Rs.35,000 crore loss caused in the state's illegal mining scam, and it is up to the central government to recover the monies, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Thursday

In a written reply to a query posed by independent member from Bicholim, Naresh Sawal, in the ongoing budget session of the assembly, Parsekar said the BJP-led government was only concerned about resolving "legal issues" linked to the illegal mining scam.

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