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Gujarat
20 Gir lions died in Junagadh sanctuary
GANDHINAGAR, MAY 24. As many as 20 lions, including 10 cubs, have died in the famous Gir Sanctuary in Junagadh during 2003-04, the Gujarat Assembly was informed today. However, of the 20, only three died in accidents and the rest died natural ...

Haryana
Reduce interest on loans, Haryana tells Centre
CHANDIGARH, MAY 24.The Om Prakash Chautala regime in Haryana has urged the Centre to reduce the rate of interest by 1.5 per cent on the loans advanced by it to the State Government against the amount collected under various small savings ...

Seven IAS officers shifted
CHANDIGARH, MAY 24.The Haryana Government today issued posting and transfer orders of seven IAS officers with immediate effect. Satwanti Ahlawat, awaiting posting, has been posted as Director and Joint Secretary, Primary Education, relieving ...

Jammu & Kashmir
New tracks, ropeway for comfortable pilgrimage
KATRA (JAMMU), MAY 24.To make the pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi temple, located at Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir, high-tech and comfortable, the world famous cave shrine will have two new track routes, passenger cable ropeway and an ice ...

Madhya Pradesh
Uma wants bill on foreign origin issue
BHOPAL, MAY 24.After her campaign to stop the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, from taking over as Prime Minister, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Uma Bharti, today asked BJP MPs from the State to bring a private members bill in the first ...

MP announces prizes for panchayats
HOSHANGABAD (MP), MAY 24.Madhya Pradesh government would present three state-level prizes to panchayats registering outstanding performance in education, plantation and toilet construction. A panchayat which ensures education to 100 per cent ...

Maharashtra
Maharashtra Assembly discusses drought
MUMBAI, MAY 24. The Maharashtra Assembly commenced its budget session here today but in a rare move suspended its day's agenda to discuss the severe drought in 11 of 35 districts at the insistence of the leader of the Opposition, Narayan Rane. ...

Co-op body chief held for cheating
MUMBAI, MAY 24.Police have arrested chairman of a cooperative credit society in suburban Kandivali in north Mumbai in a cheating case involving a depositor of the society. Lata Kanojia, chairman of Bajarang Cooperative Credit Society, was ...

Pondicherry
Develop positive attitude, students told
PONDICHERRY, MAY 24. "Every page in the book `Agni Chiragugal' (Wings of Fire in English) by President A P J Abdul Kalam is a ladder that has led to his success in life. Dr. Kalam's example of having a positive attitude, a dream to follow and the ...

Rangasamy inaugurates handloom exhibitions
PONDICHERRY, MAY 24. The Pondicherry Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, today inaugurated two handloom exhibitions of cooperatives, Ponfab and Pontex, on Maraimalai Adigal Salai here. Mr. Rangasamy made the first sale at the two-week exhibitions. The ...

Punjab
Police science congress begins
JALANDHAR, MAY 24.The Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today stressed the need to form an effective national policy to curb the growing drug menace. Addressing the 35th All-India Police Science Congress here today, Mr Singh said that the ...

Rajasthan
Retirement age raised to 60 in Rajasthan
JAIPUR, MAY 24.The Rajasthan Government today decided to increase the upper age limit for retirement of the State employees from 58 years to 60 years. It also raised the age limit for applying for Government jobs by two years in various ...

Don't distort history, writers told
JAIPUR, MAY 24.The Rajasthan Education Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Ghanshyam Tiwari, has called for stopping the practice of "distorting'' history at various levels and asked writers and publishers to present true ...

Women's panel to hold public hearing
JAIPUR, MAY 24.The Rajasthan State Women's Commission will hold public hearings in Pali and Sirohi district headquarters on May 28 and 29, respectively, to help settle various grievances of women. The Commission's Chairperson, Pawan Surana, ...

Union Territories
Heavy rains lash north, temperatures drop sharply
CHANDIGARH, MAY 24.The maximum temperatures dropped sharply today at many places in north India providing relief to the people from heat wave conditions as several parts in the region were lashed by thunder squalls followed by heavy rains last ...

Uttar Pradesh
Mulayam Singh to quit Lok Sabha, `serve U.P.'
LUCKNOW, MAY 24.The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, today announced his decision to quit the Lok Sabha "to honour the wishes" of his supporters in Mainpuri from where he had been elected in the recent elections. Mr. ...



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