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Kerala declares itself as drought-hit state

Thiruvananthapuram: State Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekheran on Monday announced in the state assembly that Kerala has been declared a drought-hit state as all the 14 districts are facing extreme drought-like situations. The minister made this announcement after leave of the house for an adjournment motion was sought by senior Congress legislator V.S. Sivakumar. “The south-west

IAF declares 29 onboard ‘dead’, Garhshankar recruit’s family says ‘not aware’

Garhshankar (Hoshiarpur): Even as the Indian Air Force (IAF) declared 29 personnel onboard the missing AN-32 as ‘dead’, the family of IAF young recruit Navjot Thakur was still hopeful of some miracle and claimed that they were not aware of any ‘official confirmation’ by the IAF authorities till Thursday evening. The family of Navjot Thakur (20)

SOI declares girls’ panel for varsity polls

Chandigarh: Parambans Singh Bunty Romana (Co-ordinator SOI) and S Bhim Waraich (National Secretary General SOI) appointed Girls wing panel for upcoming PUCSC elections on Saturday. The party declared Arshdeep Kaur Mangat as president, whereas Tavleen Sandhu was announced as chairperson. Avantika Thakur and Riya Chugh were announced as senior vice-president whereas Prabhleen Nagra, Sonali Singla and

Tripura declares holiday as it celebrates gymnast Dipa’s homecoming

Agartala:  The Tripura government on Monday gave a rousing reception to ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian to take part in an Olympic gymnastics final, missing out on the bronze by a whisker. Hundreds of fans, officials, followers, admirers and well-wishers received Dipa and her coach Bisheshwar Nandi at the Agartala airport on their

Cong declares war on drugs, SAD

Punjab Congress leaders on Thursday declared a war on drugs and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and unanimously resolved to throw out the SAD-BJP government in the state as it had damaged and devastated Punjab beyond redemption. The sentiment was summed up best by the PCC president Capt Amarinder, saying, “I want to see the sparkling

CBSE declares NEET 2016 results

Chandigarh: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the results of both the phases of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test on Tuesday, a day ahead of the expected date. Students can check their results by CBSE results website. Steps to check the results: 1) Go to CBSE results website 2) Click on the link for


Obama declares emergency for flooded Louisiana

Washington: US President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for flood-devastated Louisiana, where emergency workers have rescued more than 7,000 residents stranded in homes and cars, said the White House.The action makes emergency federal funding available to support rescue crews working nonstop as deadly flooding ravages the state, disastrous weather that has left at least

US declares health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Zika

San Juan: The US government today declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico as a result of a Zika epidemic.The declaration allows the US Department of Health and Human Services to award grants, access emergency funds and temporarily appoint personnel where needed, among other things.”This administration is committed to meeting the Zika outbreak in

Drake declares love for Rihanna during concert

New York:  Rapper Drake declared his love for singer Rihanna at a concert here in front of a huge crowd. “If you’ve got love for Rihanna in New York City… ‘cuz you know I’ve got love for Rihanna,” Drake told the audience before his performance, reports aceshowbiz.com. Drake has been on the Summer Sixteen tour


Turkish President declares attempted coup ‘act of treason’

Ankara/Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday declared an attempted military coup against his government as an “act of treason” and vowed to his supporters that the coup plotters will pay for the chaos. After landing in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport earlier on Saturday, Erdogen in a televised speech said “This is a movement of


Pak declares Wani as ‘martyr’; to observe July 19 as black day

Islamabad: Further needling India on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday declared slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “martyr” and said July 19 will be observed as black day to express solidarity with people of Kashmir. Addressing a special cabinet meeting in Lahore to discuss the situation in Kashmir, Sharif


UGC declares 8 UP varsities fake

Lucknow:The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Saturday declared eight universities in Uttar Pradesh as fraudulent, an official said. In a list of 22 fake universities in the country, Uttar Pradesh figures as the state with the most such varsities. The universities included in the list were Gurukul University (Vrindavan), Mahila Gram Vidyapeeth (Allahabad), Gandhi Hindi


MC declares 10 wards open defecation-free

Chandigarh: Municipal Corporation (MC) has declared 10 wards as defecation-free and has also set a target of October 2 for entire city to be declared as open defecation-free. Mayor Arun Sood said that at present 10 wards namely Ward Numbers 1, 3, 4, 9, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 21 have been declared as

PM Modi declares emergency in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday said that Indian PM Narendra Modi has declared emergency in


Punjab Govt declares half day off on International Yoga Day

Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has declared first half as holiday in all  government offices, corporations, boards and educational institutes on 21 June on the occasion of International Yoga day in Chandigarh. The same has been done in view of the event being organized at the Capitol Complex near Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh. Prime Minister


Brazil’s Rio state declares financial emergency

Brasilia: The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro has declared a financial emergency less than 50 days before the Olympics. Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles on Friday said the “serious economic crisis” threatens to stop the state from honouring commitments for the games, BBC reported. In a decree, Dornelles said the state faced “public calamity” that


Facebook mistakenly declares the Philippines at war, apologises

Manila: The social networking giant Facebook has apologised for showing an inverted Philippine flag in its Independence Day greeting that accidentally gave the message as if the country was at war. The Philippines marked its 118th anniversary of independence from Spain on June 12 with a flag-raising event by President Benigno Aquino III at a

Maha govt declares ‘drought’ in 29,000 villages

Mumbai: Maharashtra government has declared drought in over 29,000 villages of the state, most of them in parched Marathwada and Vidarbha regions. The government yesterday issued a corrigendum clarifying that wherever reference is made to a ‘drought-like situation’, it would be read as ‘drought’. The government had earlier this month given an assurance to the