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Mobilise health staff to fight diarrhoea: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Monday said health personnel at both the central and state levels will be mobilised to boost diarrhoea-control measures.

He was speaking at the launch of the nationwide "Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)".

"The measures are a set of activities which include enhancing advocacy, stepping up awareness generation, establishing more ORS-zinc corners, enthusing ASHA volunteers to reach oral rehydration solution (ORS) packets to families with children as well as detecting kids in need of treatment," the minister said.

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Two men involved in 125 cases held in Gurgaon

Gurgaon : Two men, against whom 125 cases including that of murder are registered in Haryana and the National Capital Region (NCR), have been arrested here, police said Monday.

Sanjay, 32, and Sandeep, 26, were arrested July 24 from Palam Vihar area here.

Sanjay is a resident of Delhi while Sandeep hails from Sonipat district of Haryana. Both are school dropouts.

Uttarakhand CM's plot: Case against clerks over forgery

Ghaziabad : Police here Monday registered a criminal case against clerks of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) for forging documents to sell a plot of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat in the Indirapuram area.

Police said a man named Gulab Yadav filed a complaint in which he alleged that GDA clerk Vinay Kumar lured him to buy two plots in February 2010.

He said the clerk arranged a meeting with supervisors Chandra Pal and Virpal Raghav, who called three clerks Prashant Kumar, Rajendra and Mewa Lal.

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Nepali parties prepare to make Modi visit a success

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Three major political parties of Nepal, at a meeting here chaired by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Monday decided to make the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Himalayan nation a grand success.

The meeting also discussed the preparations for the visit and discussed ways on how to make it a success, party leaders said after the meeting.

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Facebook favoured for background check on prospective partner: Survey

New Delhi : Almost fifty percent unmarried people in India use social networking site Facebook to conduct a background check on their prospective partner, revealed a survey conducted by matrimonial site Shaadi.com.

The survey was carried out to understand the different mediums of personal background check that people do before getting married and 48.9 percent chose Facebook as an important medium to understand a person's behaviour, said a statement.

Court orders CID probe in Tapas Paul's rape remarks

Kolkata : The Calcutta High Court Monday ordered the West Bengal CID to probe and submit a report regarding the rape-and-violence remarks made by Trinamool Congress parliamentarian Tapas Paul, a counsel said.

The order by the court of Justice Dipankar Dutta came in a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking criminal proceedings against the Lok Sabha member from Krishnanagar who was caught on successive tapes exhorting people in his constituency in Nadia district to kill activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and rape their women.

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Australia approves Adani coal project

New Delhi : The Adani Group was Monday accorded approval by the Australian government for its $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine project in central Queensland.

The project in the Galilee Basin, which will become Australia's largest coal mine, is expected to provide electricity for up to 100 million people in India

Bengal launches 11 cultural tourism hubs

Kolkata : Now, visitors to West Bengal can experience rural culture first hand and see how indigenous crafts are fabricated at 11 cultural tourism hubs that were launched across the state recently.

Be it the Chauu dance of Purulia, the enchanting Baul rhythms in Nadia or the patachitra art of Midnapore, the hubs scattered through the state will facilitate tourists to plan short trips to the spots and indulge in various activities.

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Tripura to get rice from Andhra Pradesh via Bangladesh Thursday

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala : Rice from southern India to Tripura via Bangladesh is likely to reach here Thursday, bringing to fruition a three-year-long diplomatic and strategical endeavour between New Delhi and Dhaka.

"The first consignment of 5,000 tonnes of rice in small ships from Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh reached Saturday at Ashuganj river port in (eastern) Bangladesh via Kolkata port," Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bhanulal Saha told IANS here.

Akhilesh writes to Modi seeking CSAT review

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding his intervention and review of the UPSC Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) question format.

The chief minister has called for a review of the question format as it hurts the prospects of the students belonging from the Hindi-speaking regions and those speaking regional languages.

The letter said many students from Uttar Pradesh appear in the examination and will face problems with the CSAT format.

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