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Patanjali to spend Rs 10,000 cr on Yoga research: Ramdev

New Delhi : Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said that Patanjali Ayurved Limited will soon spend Rs 10,000 crore on Yoga research work in India.

"We are already spending a lot of money on Yoga research work, but we will soon start spending Rs 10,000 crore on it," he said while addressing a gathering at the inaugural session of the two-day international conference on 'Yoga for Body and Beyond' here.

Mamata wants improved quality, range of healthcare

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday directed the health department to further improve the quality and range of healthcare in state-run medical colleges and hospitals.

The Trinamool Congress supremo reviewed the activities of the health department on Wednesday with special reference to patient care services.

Suresh Prabhu inaugurates new train service in Bihar

New Delhi : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday inaugurated a new train service via video conferencing from Danapur to Saharsa in Bihar.

The new train will cover a distance of 241 kilometre in six hours five minutes.

Prabhu said that the new train will improve the socio-economic conditions of the region.

NDA government is anti-Dalit: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Wednesday termed the NDA government at the Centre as "anti-Dalit".

"The NDA government is anti-Dalit. A BJP MLA from Maharashtra, Ravindra Chavan, has compared Dalits to pigs and the party has not taken any action against him. Earlier, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh had compared Dalits to dogs," Congress spokesperson P.L. Punia said while addressing a press conference here.

"Why do they always compare Dalits to animals," he asked insisting "such comments reflect highly of their anti-Dalit mentality".

General knowledge book banned in Manipur

Imphal : The Kangleipak Students' Association (KSA) in Manipur has banned the sale of "R. Gupta's General Knowledge Book 2017", describing the book as "offensive".

"No book shop shall stock, display or sell the offensive book," S. Bidyananda, secretary general of KSA, told the media on Tuesday.

The book is published by Ramesh Publishing House in New Delhi.

"The book describes Lai Haraoba, the ancient Manipur religious dance, as a dance of Shiva, Durga and other gods and goddesses," he said.

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ISKCON holds Iftar gathering

Kolkata : To celebrate the over 400-year-old amity between the Hindu and Muslim communities in West Bengal's Nabadwip, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Mayapur on Wednesday organised an Iftar party with elected Muslim panchayat members as its guests inside the temple premises.

The event upholds the legacy of brotherhood between the two communities, the seeds of which were sown in the 16th century by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his relationship with the then magistrate, Chand Kazi, through his sankirtan (congregational chanting) movement.

Cabinet approves rehabilitation of Mahatma Gandhi Setu in Patna

New Delhi : The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the rehabilitation of four-lane Mahatma Gandhi Setu on Ganga River in Bihar, said an official statement.

The rehabilitation of four-lane 5.575 km long Mahatma Gandhi Setu at National Highway No.19 will be done at Patna in Bihar, the statement said.

"The bridge will be constructed after dismantling the damaged pre-stressed cantilever arms superstructure and subsequent re-decking by steel truss," the statement said.

BSP leader quits party, attacks Mayawati

Lucknow : In a major development, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Swamy Prasad Maurya, leader of the opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, quit the party on Wednesday saying he felt "suffocated".

He levelled a slew of charges against party chief Mayawati, saying he was deserting the party because Mayawati was "selling" party tickets.

Mayawati has mortgaged the principles and ideology of the party founded by the late Kanshi Ram, he added.

Yoga is science which improves health: Vice President

New Delhi : Stressing the importance of good health, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Wednesday said Yoga is a science that helps improve fitness level as well as overall health profile.

"A good deal of discussion has been held in many places on defining yoga. Is it a science, an art, an aid to meditation, a spiritual path or a religion? Different interlocutors would give different answers, each valid to an extent and none universally endorsed," he said while inaugurating a two-day international conference on 'Yoga for Body and Beyond' here.

On average, 5 divorce cases adjudged every hour in Kerala

By Saumya Tewari

Family courts in the prosperous, southern state of Kerala ruled on just over five divorces every hour in 2014 - 130 every day - more than any of the 12 Indian states that compile such figures, according to government data.

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