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What does this story say about the 70th anniversary?

New Delhi

This is a true story. I am revisiting it with a purpose: So that it collides head on with the nation's 70th anniversary celebrations. Absolute, undiluted joy on this occasion would require total amnesia of that which accompanied independence: Partition. With some of us, these celebrations will always be tempered with Keats' great dictum:

Assam's country liquor gets branded, to be flavoured

Guwahati , Aug 17

Here's spirited news for tipplers in Assam who favour the raw and rustic country liquor over its refined cousin that goes by the IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) moniker. It will now be branded -- and also come in two flavours.

Smart cities to drive video surveillance market in India: Seagate

New Delhi , Aug 17 As the drive to build smart and secure cities gains momentum, the relevance of video-based surveillance to ensure safety at workplace and beyond has increased multifold, a senior executive of US-based data storage company Seagate has said.

Is Congress-Trinamool moving towards an alliance in Bengal?

Kolkata , Aug 18
A Trinamool Congress worker participates in party's annual Martyrs' Day rally organised in memory of 13 youths who were killed in police firing on this day in 1993; in Kolkata on May 21, ...

Is West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress moving towards an alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls? The chain of recent events could be a pointer to this, but leaders of both parties are still hedging their bets with polls still far away.

Punjab Police try to catch up as gangsters run amok on social media

Chandigarh , Aug 18
Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora talks to press regarding Nabha jail break on Nov 27, 2016.  Armed men attacked the maximum security Nabha jail in Punjab on Sunday and escaped ...
With gangsters in Punjab openly using social media platforms to highlight their criminal activities, challenging each other and the law enforcers, and updating their status even from inside prisons, the Punjab Police have finally woken up to the need to tackle them in the cyber world.

My health is perfect, vested interests spreading rumours: Parrikar

Panaji , Aug 20
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.(File Photo: IANS)

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that vested interests were spreading rumours about his health, ahead of the August 23 by-polls. He also said that an angioplasty procedure, which he underwent recently to treat a minor block, was being blown out of proportion.

Bengal transwomen on track to become paramedics

Kolkata , Aug 16 Twenty-four-year-old Jiya was once forced to dance at gunpoint. Now the plucky transwoman from West Bengal is blazing a trail of success as a trainee in an operation theatre (OT) technician's course.

Need of the hour is to keep the core of Infosys intact

New Delhi
Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy addresses during the inauguration of the `Invest Karnataka 2016` Global Investors Meet in Bengaluru on Feb. 3, 2016.
Vishal Sikkas exit from Infosys seems to have been accentuated by the streak of comments made by co-founder N.R. Narayan Murthy. The comments bordered on complaints, raising issues of corporate governance and at time accusations. The episode, like a soap opera with significant twists and turns, has been played in public glare over the last few months.

Will Modi opt for early general election?

New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

The synchronisation of the next general election with the assembly polls of 2018 to set a pattern may not be the only reason why the Narendra Modi government is said to be considering bringing forward the 2019 general election by a year.