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Accord highest honour to women: President

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday greeted fellow citizens on the occasion of Durga Puja, saying "let us resolve to accord the highest of honour and respect to women at all times".

"On the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja, I extend warm greetings to all my fellow citizens both in India and abroad," the president said in his message.

Adding that Durga Puja celebrates the triumph of righteousness over evil, he said: "Goddess Durga is the embodiment of 'Shakti'. She is the divine feminine force that governs all cosmic creation, existence and change."


Chopper service for Durga Puja revellers in Tripura

Agartala : The Tripura government Wednesday launched helicopter service for Durga Puja revellers and sightseers to enable them get an aerial view of tourist spots and puja celebrations in Agartala, a minister said.

The chopper service, run by state owned Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC), will later be extended to other parts of the state.

"For 30-minute sightseeing and witnessing Durga Puja, per head fare for an adult is Rs.1,000 and for children below 12 years, it is Rs.800," Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey told reporters.

Make 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' a success: President

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday called upon every Indian to do his utmost to make the "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan", to be launched on Gandhi Jayanti Thursday, a success.

In his message to the nation ahead of Gandhi Jayanti, Mukherjee said: "I call upon every Indian to do his utmost to make a success of the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' launched by the government to ensure hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the country."


Central Delhi government offices to close early Wednesday

New Delhi : Certain government offices located in central Delhi area will remain closed from Wednesday afternoon till 10.30 a.m. Thursday in order to prepare for the Swacch Bharat mission to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The offices, which include those in Krishi Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan, Yojana Bhawan as well as South Block and North Block, will remain closed from 1400 hours Wednesday to 10.30 hours Thursday (Oct 2), an official release said here.


'Secure release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka'

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam has urged the central government to take concrete steps to secure the release of 20 fishermen and 75 fishing boats from Sri Lanka's custody.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday, text of which was released to the media here Wednesday, Panneerselvam cited the arrest of 20 Indian fishermen and the their boats by Sri Lankan Navy Sep 27 and 29.


Northeast India's 115 years old rail track is now history

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala/Silchar (Assam) : It was an emotional moment in India's mountainous northeastern region when the train ran on the 115 years old metre gauge line of the region for the last time - and into history. The metre gauge tracks laid over a century ago are to be uprooted to make way for broad gauge.

Thousands of men and women gathered at many stations between Lumding in Assam and Agartala in Tripura as the last of the metre gauge trains chugged its way out, bidding them a final goodbye.

India's space odyssey, slice of Nagaland: Durga puja variety

By Sahana Ghosh,

Kolkata : Twinkling rockets zooming off into space towards a reddish Mars, tribals keeping alive the unique iron craft in the backdrop of insurgency in Chhattisgarh, totems from remote Nagaland - Durga Puja marquees here are showcasing India's strengths and potentials.

A prominent part of marquee (pandal) decorations here are use of lakhs of tiny, rainbow coloured lights, to border exits and entrances that also act as crowd pullers.

For children the more of these glittering arrangements, the better!

Uttar Pradesh train collision victims to get ex-gratia

New Delhi : Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda Wednesday announced ex-gratia relief for the families of those killed and injured when two trains collided in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur city late Tuesday.

"He (minister) has announced enhanced ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh for dead, Rs.1 lakh for grievously injured, and Rs.20,000 for simple injuries for accident on Sep 30...," a tweet from the railway ministry said.

It added that the minister has also "directed to provide best treatment to injured people".


Delhi ex-minister charged with molestation, creating ruckus

New Delhi : A charge sheet was filed against Delhi's former law minister Somnath Bharti and 17 others for molestation and creating a ruckus during the Jan 16 midnight raid on a house in south Delhi, police said Wednesday.

Delhi Police filed the charge sheet before Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh Sep 29.

Three die in UP helicopter crash

Lucknow : Three people were killed when an Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district Wednesday morning, officials said.

The pilot, co-pilot and an engineer died in the crash which took place around 8 a.m. in Nakatiya, a rural area of Bareilly.

Officials said the chopper caught fire soon after take off and crashed. Fire tenders were rushed, but none of the passengers could be saved, an official said.

The chopper is a Cheetah helicopter.