Haryanvi singer shot dead near Panipat

Chandigarh , Oct 17

Haryanvi singer and dancer Harshita Dahiya was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Panipat district of Haryana on Tuesday while she was returning after a performance in a village, police said.

Botanical Garden as junction station ready for operations: DMRC

New Delhi , Oct 17

The Botanical Garden metro station, transformed as the first interchange station of the National Capital Region, is ready for operations and awaiting clearance from the Metro Rail Safety Commissioner, the Delhi Metro said on Tuesday.

Global task force to curb hunting of birds on anvil

New Delhi , Oct 17

An inter-governmental task force to curb illegal killing of birds crossing one of the world's greatest migration paths will be high on the agenda at this year's largest wildlife summit beginning this month, an official said on Tuesday.

10,000-15,000 Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh in 48 hours

Geneva , Oct 17

Between 10,000 and 15,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh over the last 48 hours, taking the total number of the Muslim minority to have fled Myanmar to 582,000, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday.

Morocco, Unesco sign pact to preserve crafts

Paris , Oct 17

Morocco and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) signed an agreement here on Tuesday to create a "National Living Human Treasures System", an essential component of the national cultural heritage.

FIR filed against former BJP MLA, poet for vulgar writing

Panaji , Oct 17

Police in South Goa on Tuesday filed an FIR against a former BJP MLA and a publisher for "vulgar" content in a controversial book of poems, which was until last week in the reckoning for a state award for literature.

Delhi Police cracks down on firecracker shops

New Delhi , Oct 17

Dozens of shops were found selling firecrackers in Delhi on Tuesday as police moved to ensure strict implementation of a Supreme Court order banning the sale and purchase of crackers in the capital due to pollution concerns around Diwali.

EPCA implements 'very poor' and 'severe' categories of GRAP

New Delhi , Oct 17

Ahead of Diwali and the winter season, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has implemented the "Very Poor" and "Severe" categories of its Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to control air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region.