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Activists to move court against Kali puja goat slaughter

Kolkata : Animal welfare activists in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district are planning to move the court against the large-scale animal sacrifice practised during Kali puja in the area.

Members of the North Dinajpur chapter of People for Animals (PFA) plan to register a case in the Calcutta High Court after the end of the festive season, according to a unit member.

Around 700 goats are sacrificed in each of the two major Kali temples in the district -- Baira Kalimata Mandir Committee in Kaliyaganj and Ekarchhala Kalimata Mandir in Islampur.

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All India Survey on Higher Education 2014-15 launched

New Delhi : The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry Wednesday launched the All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2014-15, an annual, web-based, pan-India exercise on the status of higher education in the country.

The annual survey collects data on several parameters, including student enrollment, examination results, education finance and infrastructure.

The data helps in making informed policy decisions and conducting research in education development.

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Give primacy to Coal India: CPI-M

New Delhi : The CPI-M Wednesday criticized the government decision to e-auction coal blocks and demanded that state-owned Coal India must be tasked to do all coal mining in the country.

After the Supreme Court quashed the allocation of 214 coal blocks, the government "seems to have decided to promulgate an ordinance empowering it to take back these blocks and reallocate them to private entities", it said.

"This completely nullifies the coal nationalization act of 1973," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.

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Get glimpses of Nobel laureates' inspirational lives

By Shilpa Raina,

New Delhi : A bicycle and a book on mathematics belonging to economist Amartya Sen, a notepad of Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa and a wooden bear that was on the desk of Finnish politician Martti Ahtisaari - personal collectibles belonging to various Nobel laureates are coming to India, with the Stockholm-based Nobel Museum's exhibition making its debut in this country.

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Gopalaswami to head Kalakshetra Foundation

New Delhi : Former chief election commissioner N. Gopalaswami was Wednesday appointed chairman of the Chennai-based cultural body Kalakshetra Foundation.

A government notification issued Tuesday said Gopalaswami's tenure will be for five years. He succeeds Gopalkrishna Gandhi, whose resignation was accepted June 3.

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'India's re-election to UNHRC is endorsement of its position'

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : India's re-election Tuesday to a second term on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is an overwhelming endorsement of the country's position on human rights and its pledge to the United Nations, according to Indian Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji.

Nine nations vied for the four Asian seats but India received 162 votes - the highest for an Asian region seat - which, Mukerji said, "is an achievement for a contested election".

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Nine arrested for branding Assam athlete a witch

Guwahati : Nine people, including seven women, have been arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy for branding an Assam athlete as a witch, police said Wednesday.

Tulumai Medhi, Jugamayee Medhi, Kalmeswari Medhi, Purnima Hazarika, Meera Deka, Soroju Koch and Sarumai Bora have been arrested till date after the incident in Karbi Anglong district Thursday.

Two men - Radha Laskar, a Naamgharia (the person who heads a community prayer hall), and Dilsen Medhi - were also arrested after an FIR was lodged by the athlete's husband, a farmer.

Jadavpur varsity students to hold referendum on VC's removal

Kolkata : Jadavpur University students will hold a referendum Oct 30-31 in their bid to establish that students are unanimously demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty.

They have been demanding removal of Chakrabarty since Sep 17 when university authorities allegedly ordered a police crackdown to break up a sit-in for an independent investigation into the alleged molestation of a female student inside a hostel.

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An Assam village making firecrackers for over 100 years

Guwahati : An Assam village has been making firecrackers for over a 100 years and has now got a logo that will help it distinguish from the hugely popular Sivakasi products.

The traditional firecracker makers in Ganak Kuchi village in Assam's Barpeta district are determined to make their presence felt, at least in the markets of Assam this time.

They face tough competition from the firecrackers made in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu.

The Assam village recently got its logo designed by the National Institute of Design (NID).

Delhi school principal's daughter commits suicide

New Delhi : A principal's daughter committed suicide by hanging herself at her home located within the campus of the prominent school here, police said Wednesday.

The body of 29-year-old Anjana Saini, daughter of D.R. Saini, principal, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, was found at their home Tuesday night. Her body was spotted by family members who informed the police.

Saini, who worked in Gurgaon, was depressed for the past few months.

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