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Officials, ambulances to go free on Yamuna Expressway


August 10th, 2012 - 12:43 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) If you feel paying Rs.510 per round trip on your car on the newly opened Yamuna Expressway is steep, then try hitch hiking with any ... Read more...

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BJP seeks answer from PM over power outages


July 31st, 2012 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday castigated the government for the breakdown of the northern power grid and sections of eastern and northeastern grids ... Read more...

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Power outage in West Bengal, many trains stranded (Lead)


July 31st, 2012 - 5:47 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) There was no power in all of West Bengal, with the exception of some parts of the state capital, as the Eastern Grid collapsed suddenly ... Read more...

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Powerless again, Northern and Eastern Grid break down (Lead)


July 31st, 2012 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Large parts of north and east India went without power Tuesday as the Northern Grid and sections of the Eastern and Northeastern Grid broke down, ... Read more...

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60 percent supply restored after major power breakdown


July 30th, 2012 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Nearly 60 percent of electricity supply has been restored, Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Monday after a major breakdown in Northern Grid plunged seven states, ... Read more...

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Storm knocks Washington powerless (Lead)


July 1st, 2012 - 10:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 1 (IANS) A savage storm has knocked Washington, the capital of world's most powerful country, powerless with temperatures topping sizzling 40s, much like an Indian summer.Over 1.3 million ... Read more...

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Striking government employees held in Srinagar


May 26th, 2012 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS
Srinagar, May 26 (IANS) Around 100 Jammu and Kashmir government employees, staging protest demonstrations and raising various demands, were arrested here Saturday as their strike continued for the third ... Read more...

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Al Qaeda providing free electricity in Yemen


May 3rd, 2012 - 6:41 pm ICT by IANS
Sana'a, May 3 (IANS/AKI) The Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has started offering free electricity and gas to villagers in Yemen's restive southern region, according to a Saudi ... Read more...

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Trinamool warns against mixing politics with profession


April 27th, 2012 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) The Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government Friday warned the employees of institutions providing essential services against indulging in politics at the cost of their work."There is ... Read more...

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Auto strike hits hard Mumbai suburban commuters


April 16th, 2012 - 11:32 am ICT by IANS
Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) Lakhs of commuters and students were inconvenienced Monday as one of Mumbai's biggest autorickshaw unions went on a day's strike in the suburbs here Monday.The action ... Read more...

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‘Telecom bills to rise following service tax hike’


March 16th, 2012 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS
N0ew Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Bills for mobile phones are expected to rise following a two percent hike in service tax, Bharti Airtel said Friday."Service tax gos up from ... Read more...

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Service tax raised from 10 percent to 12 percent


March 16th, 2012 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Most services will become costlier as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Friday proposed to raise the service tax to 12 percent from the existing 10 ... Read more...

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Feb 28 strike: Trinamool, Left on collision course


February 24th, 2012 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and the Left Front seemed on a collision course Friday on the Feb 28 nationwide strike called by 11 central trade ... Read more...

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Suit filed in Kolkata court against nationwide strike


February 24th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Against the backdrop of 11 central trade unions calling a nationwide strike Feb 28, a public suit was filed in the Calcutta High Court Thursday urging ... Read more...

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Andhra junior doctors to intensify strike


February 10th, 2012 - 2:46 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Feb 10 (IANS) Emergency services in government-run hospitals in Andhra Pradesh are likely to be hit with junior doctors Friday deciding to intensify their strike.With the government ruling out ... Read more...

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Afghanistan, UN appeal for $437 mn in aid


January 28th, 2012 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Jan 28 (IANS) The Afghan government and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Saturday appealed for $437 million to help needy Afghans.The UN said 8.8 ... Read more...

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Power supply to return to normal Monday: Omar


January 9th, 2012 - 12:38 am ICT by IANS
Srinagar, Jan 8 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday said that efforts are on to restore the snapped power transmission lines and the situation would return to ... Read more...

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No power: Kashmir valley freezes in darkness


January 8th, 2012 - 1:59 pm ICT by IANS
Srinagar, Jan 8 (IANS) The power situation in Kashmir Valley remained critical for the third day Sunday after two transmission lines got snapped, leaving the region plunged in darkness with ... Read more...

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Kashmir plunged into darkness; web, mobile links snapped


January 7th, 2012 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS
Srinagar, Jan 7 (IANS) The Kashmir Valley Saturday was isolated from the rest of the country and the world, its internet and mobile phone links silenced, as main power transmission ... Read more...

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Rajasthan doctors end strike, health facilities normalise


January 1st, 2012 - 10:31 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Jan 1 (IANS) Healthcare services have started to normalise in Rajasthan after remaining badly affected for 11 days as around 10,000 government doctors joined duty Sunday after ending their ... Read more...

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Hundreds of protesting Rajasthan doctors rejoin duty


December 29th, 2011 - 11:34 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Dec 29 (IANS) Healthcare services which have remained badly affected in Rajasthan for the past nine days due to the ongoing strike of doctors are likely to improve as ... Read more...

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Rajasthan doctors’ strike claims 55 lives


December 28th, 2011 - 11:56 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Dec 28 (IANS) Patients at government hospitals across Rajasthan continued to suffer as doctors continued their strike for the eighth day Wednesday, with the toll due to the agitation ... Read more...

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Rajasthan doctors’ strike claims 50 lives


December 27th, 2011 - 12:38 am ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Dec 26 (IANS) Patients at government hospitals across Rajasthan continued to suffer on the sixth day of doctors' strike Monday, and officials said the toll due to the strike ... Read more...

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Rajasthan doctors continue strike, 40 patients dead


December 25th, 2011 - 11:53 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Dec 25 (IANS) Medical services in Rajasthan remained badly affected on the fifth day of the strike by resident doctors Sunday, with at least 40 patients dying across the ... Read more...

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Rajasthan doctors’ strike: Private hospitals to step in (Lead)


December 24th, 2011 - 10:56 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Dec 24 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Saturday directed the health department to authorise private hospitals to treat at approved rates patients who are suffering due to the ... Read more...

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Rajasthan doctors continue strike, 30 patients dead


December 24th, 2011 - 7:15 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Dec 24 (IANS) Medical services in Rajasthan remained badly affected on the fourth day Saturday of the strike by resident doctors and officials said at least 30 patients have ... Read more...

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Gwalior junior doctors call off strike


November 16th, 2011 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS
Bhopal, Nov 16 (IANS) Junior doctors at a medical college in Gwalior called off their three-day strike even as doctors in four other districts continued with their protest Wednesday, officials ... Read more...

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Maharashtra government staff strike hits work


November 15th, 2011 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Nov 15 (IANS) Work in Maharashtra government departments was paralysed as nearly two million employees, including teachers, went on a day's strike Tuesday demanding better pay and working conditions, ... Read more...

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Chhattisgarh gets flak for action against teachers


November 9th, 2011 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, Nov 9 (IANS) The opposition Congress hit out at Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday for imposing the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against 200,000 contract teachers ... Read more...

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Over 1,000 striking teachers arrested in Chhattisgarh


November 7th, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, Nov 7 (IANS) Over 1,000 contract teachers in Chhattisgarh, who have been striking work since Nov 1 for a better salary package, were arrested Monday as the state government ... Read more...

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Marathi vs migrants - cops told to study leaders’ speeches


November 4th, 2011 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Nov 4 (IANS) Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil Friday ordered the Mumbai police to study the recent inflammatory speeches by various political leaders on the Marathis versus migrants ... Read more...

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Telangana employees’ strike continues, talks fail


October 15th, 2011 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Oct 15 (IANS) The indefinite strike by government employees in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh demanding a separate state continued for the 33rd day Saturday as the talks ... Read more...

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Kudankulam protests continue, entry points to plant blocked


October 14th, 2011 - 3:38 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Oct 14 (IANS) Activists continued to protest outside Tamil Nadu's Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) Friday, preventing employees of the plant from going inside to work.For the past ... Read more...

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Healthcare cost up 22 times in rural areas, shows study


October 12th, 2011 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) The cost of health care has gone up by 22 times in rural areas over the last seven years, a study said Wednesday."In an average ... Read more...

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Talks between government, Telangana employees fail


October 12th, 2011 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Oct 12 (IANS) Talks between the Andhra Pradesh government and striking employees in Telangana region failed Wednesday with the latter putting forth a charter of demands as a ... Read more...

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