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42 artistes selected for Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (29 minutes ago)
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) The Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's national academy for music, dance and drama, on Tuesday announced that a total of 42 artistes have been selected for the prestigious award.

J&K unlikely to see normalcy: Owaisi (Lead) (22:48) IANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, June 19 (IANS) The BJP's decision to pull out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government and the expected imposition of Governor's rule won't bring normalcy in the state, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Tuesday.

India, Australia to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation (22:46)
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) India and Australia have agreed to further strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation, including cross-border terrorism, through exchange of information and capacity-building efforts, the External Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.

9 TN fishermen rescued by Coast Guard (22:46)
Chennai, June 19 (IANS) Nine Tamil Nadu fishermen, stranded in high seas after water entered the engine room of their fishing boat, were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday, an official statement said.

India, Japan discuss maritime, counter-terrorism cooperation (22:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) India and Japan on Tuesday discussed cooperation in the areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism among other issues during the fifth dialogue under the 2+2 mechanism that involves and foreign and defence policies of the two sides, a statement said.

Governor's rule recommended in J&K (Lead) (22:28) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar/New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Tuesday evening suggested to the Union Home Ministry that Governor's Rule should be imposed for six months in the state after the PDP-BJP coalition collapsed, official sources said.

Sahitya Akademi to hold transgender literary meet in Kolkata (22:22) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) In a bid to bring creativity of transgenders to the fore, Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, would hold the first-ever literary meet for transgender writers in Kolkata next month, a member of the event's advisory committee said.

Infosys sustains its eco-friendly mission (22:18) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Global software major Infosys has reduced its electricity consumption per head by 53 per cent over the last decade, the company said in its 11th Annual Sustainability Report on Tuesday.

UP to set up special development council for Kashi Vishwanath temple (22:18) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, June 19 (IANS) In a bid to boost religious tourism in the state, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal of setting up a Special Council for beautification and expansion of the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, officials said.

Nadda releases India's health profile, launches institutional profiling project (22:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday released the National Health Profile (NHP) 2018, a major aid to policy makers, and launched the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR) project, which does the institutional profiling of the country.

Truckers' strike enters second day, northeast comes to 'standstill' (22:06) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) As the indefinite nationwide truckers' strike entered its second day, lorry owners and operators on Tuesday said over 50 lakh vehicles remained off the road involving a loss of more than Rs 1,000 crore and the north-eastern region came to "standstill" as a consequence.

Defence sector more prone to cyber threats: Sitharaman (22:02) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said that defence sector is more prone to cyber threats and it was important to safeguard cyberspace with anticipation of possible attacks, an official statement said.

'Gene therapy, biotechnology can tackle deforestation and air pollution' (21:58) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) Gene therapy and biotechnology can be used to tackle environmental issues like deforestation and air pollution, while genetic modification in mosquitoes can solve the problems of epidemic diseases such as dengue and malaria, experts said here on Tuesday.

Dalit boys video upload: Maharashtra panel notice to Rahul, Twitter (21:34) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) on tuesday issued notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Twitter Communications Pvt. Ltd. for allegedly uploading videos of the three Dalit boys were stripped and paraded in the state's Jalgaon last week.

BJP sacrifices Kashmir for 'Mission 2019' (News Analysis) (21:24)
By Brajendra Nath Singh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Political compulsions seem to be a reason for the BJP and PDP parting ways in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday after their over three year old alliance left both parties apparently wary of their political base shrinking in view of feedback that things had not worked out as desired and could continue the same way till the Lok Sabha polls.

Delhi begins to sizzle, warm week ahead (Lead) (21:14) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) While air quality saw further improvement in entire National Capital Region, mercury soared by at least three degrees in the national capital in past 24 hours with Tuesday recording 39.8 degree Celsius, a notch above the season's average, and is likely to rise further.

Digital services' failures widespread in India: Report (21:14)
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) While almost all business decision makers in India agree that optimising digital performance is essential for the growth of their businesses, about two-thirds of them face critical digital services and applications failures at least a few times a month, a new global report revealed on Tuesday.

Punjab forest officer critically injured by sand mafia (21:12)
Chandigarh, June 19 (IANS) A forest officer in Punjab was left critically injured on Tuesday after he and other officials were attacked by people from the state's illegal sand mafia.

Bengal announces additional 18% DA for its employees (21:10) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced an additional 18 per cent dearness allowance (DA) to state government employees from January 2019.

Transwoman asked about breasts, conceiving at school interviews (21:08)
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) While the LGBT community across the world is busy celebrating "Pride Month", a Kolkata-based transwoman's account of how she was asked questions about her breasts, sexuality and ability to give birth during interviews for a teacher's post has again brought into the open the attitude towards sexual minorities in the country.

K.K. Rao new Gurugram police chief (21:08)
Gurugram, June 19 (IANS) Senior IPS officer K.K. Rao was on Tuesday named Gurugram's new Commissioner of Police and will take charge on Wednesday, an official said.

Karnataka should have say in Cauvery water release: CM (21:08) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Karnataka should have a say implementing the decisions of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), especially on releasing water when it is low in its reservoirs across the river basin, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said on Tuesday.

Congress questions Parrikar's silence over date-rape drug probe (20:58) IANS Photo Service
Panaji, June 19 (IANS) The Congress in Goa on Tuesday questioned Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's silence on the issue of probing a factory, whose owner allegedly has BJP links and which was busted for illegally manufacturing date-rape drug ketamine by the DRI.

Would not go to LG if had powers like Sheila Dikshit: Kejriwal to PM (20:54) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would not have gone to the Lt. Governors doorstep to get the IAS officers undeclared strike called off had he wielded powers like his predecessor Sheila Dikshit.

Heat wave grips Bihar, school summer vacations extended further (20:46)
June 19 (IANS) With a heat wave sweeping Bihar, the primary sections of all public and private schools in the state capital have been ordered closed till June 23, an official said on Tuesday.

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