5 STF troopers injured in gunfight with Maoists in Sukma

Raipur, June 24 At least five Special Task Force (STF) troopers were injured in a gunfight with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Saturday, police said. The STF troopers were patrolling an area of the Tundamarka forests in Chintagufa area when they came under fire from a group of Maoists. In the ensuing exchange of

Stage set for annual Rath Yatra festival in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, June 24 The stage is set for the annual Rath Yatra festival scheduled to be held in Odisha’s pilgrim town Puri on Sunday. Thousands of devotees have already arrived in Puri while the district administration expects a congregation of around 10 lakh people during the festival. Three majestic chariots – Nandighosa (Lord Jagannath), Taladwaja

Teachers’ crisis becoming political hot potato in Tripura

Agartala, June 24 Tripura’s Left Front government is facing an unprecedented shortage of teachers to run its 5,000 schools from the next academic year beginning in January. The Supreme Court order of March 29 upholding a state High Court order terminating the jobs of 10,323 government teachers has added to the vacuum. The state also

Protests keep Darjeeling on the boil for 10th day

Darjeeling, June 24 Protesters demanding a separate Gorkhaland state continued to march through the streets here even as the indefinite shutdown called by the GJM in the Darjeeling hills entered its tenth day on Saturday. The “blackout of news”, which the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and other local parties protested, continued unabated for the seventh

Zulfkar enquires health of Paswan

Newspoint Bureau New Delhi, June 23 Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Information, Ch. Zulfkar Ali paid visit to New Delhi to enquire about the health of Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan who underwent heart surgery recently. Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali remained with the Union Minister for

Passports to be in Both English and Hindi: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, June 23 Passports would now be in both Hindi and English, instead of just English, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Friday. In changes aimed at easing the process of getting a passport, the minister also announced 10 per cent reduction in passport fee for applicants who are under eight and over

Allahabad High Court quashes Uttar Pradesh govt order

Lucknow, June 23 The Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision removing six nominated members of the Shia Waqf Board. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC reinstated all six members. A vacation bench comprising Justice Rajan Roy and Justice SN Agnihotri quashed the order on the grounds that they were