Kashmir, freedom of speech figure on first day of Dehradun Litfest

Dehradun, April 22 : The vexed issues of Kashmir and the muzzling of freedom of speech predominated on the first day of Dehradun Literature Festival, which began on Friday. Author Omair Ahmad said that the role of the writers is to defend freedom of speech and no governments can stop them from delivering their duty. […]

Odisha targets creation of 1 lakh acre land bank by June

Bhubaneswar, April 22 : The Odisha government has set a target to complete acquisition of one lakh acres of land under the proposed land bank for setting up industries without any hassle by June end this year, an official said. Industries Secretary Sanjeev Chopra has urged all district collectors to direct the concerned tehsildars to […]

Odisha continues to boil under heat wave

Bhubaneswar, April 22 : Several parts of Odisha continued to reel under severe heat wave conditions with 15 cities including the state capital registering temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius on Friday. Titlagarh town, in western Odisha, which had recorded 47 degree Celsius on Thursday registering country’s highest temperature, continued to boil as mercury soared at […]

No change in Gilgit-Baltistan status, Nawaz assures Malik

Srinagar, April 22 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has “assured” Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik that the Pakistan government will not change the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan, which it occupies. Replying a letter written to him by Malik in which the JKLF chief had expressed serious concern over news […]

Wish-fulfilling tree, exhibitions highlight of Earth Day in Kolkata

Kolkata, April 22 : Shopping for eco-friendly crafts fabricated from water hyacinth, making wishes in front of a replica of a red sandstone ‘wish fulfilling tree’ dating back to 2nd century B.C. and an exhibition of trees took centre stage at the 46th World Earth Day celebrations here. At the Indian Museum, participants and visitors […]