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Kerela Village Thuruthikkara Becomes First Green Village

New Delhi: A small village of Kerela has recently managed to hog headlines for everything good, done in just three months.

Located in Mulanthuruthy Panchayat of Ernakulam district, Thuruthikkara is amongst the countless villages in Kerala that are only known for their various Hindu temples.

But hereafter, Thuruthikkara will also have the certified distinction of being the first green village in the entirety of Kerala.

The village achieved this unique tag through the implementation of a series of green initiatives in various sectors such as waste management, energy efficiency and environment conservation.

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Army Not For Any Scaling Down Of AFSPA Provisions

New Delhi:Army has indicated that there was no intention on toning down its operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Chief of Army Staff Gen BipinRawat has said that time has not come for any rethink on AFSPA or making some of its provisions milder.

Gen Rawat has said, asserting that the Army has been taking adequate precautions in protecting human rights while operating in disturbed areas like Jammu and Kashmir. Rawat's remarks assume significance as they come against the backdrop of reports that several rounds of high-level discussions have taken place between the defence and home ministries on the "need to remove or dilute at least some provisions" of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

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Riot-hit Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh Continues To Be Tense

New Delhi:Situation in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj district on Saturday continued to be tense as the district headquarters witnessed communal violence for the second consecutive day. A group vandalised few shops and attacked a religious structure on Saturday before a Rapid Action Force team rushed to the spot and dispersed the mob.

The mob was reportedly returning from the last rites of a local resident who had died in Friday’s violence. Police also barred SadhviPrachi from visiting the sensitive area, following which her supporters entered into a heated argument with the personnel and sat on a dharna.

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India Marks 69th R-Day With Grand Parade; ASEAN Leaders Attend As Chief Guests

New Delhi: Marching contingents, strategic defence weaponry and colourful tableaux were on display as India celebrated its 69th Republic Day with a grand parade watched by thousands of people along with ten ASEAN leaders who attended the event as chief guests, in a historic first.

Signifying India's fast growing strategic ties with ASEAN, leaders of all the 10 countries of the powerful bloc attended the parade at the majestic Rajpath which showcased the country's military might and cultural diversity.

Cold weather conditions and dense fog failed to dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of spectators who witnessed the nearly one-and-half-hour-long parade that marched down the eight-kilometre stretch from the Rajpath to the Red Fort amid an unprecedented security cover.

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India 1950: How The First Ever Republic Day Celebrations Played Out

New Delhi:On Friday, India will celebrate its 69th Republic Day marking the adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on the 26th of November, 1949.

At a solemn ceremony held in Durbar Hall at Government House, India was declared a Sovereign Democratic Republic exactly at 10:18 AM on 26th January, 1950. Six minutes later, Dr Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as President.

During the impressive swearing-in ceremony, the retiring Governor General, C Rajagopalachari first read out the proclamation of the Republic.