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As bio-toilets clog, Railways turns to vacuum toilets in 13 trains

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New Delhi, April 15 (IANS): With its much-touted bio-toilets proving less than reliable, Indian Railways is turning to vacuum toilets for 13 premier trains, including the Howrah Rajdhani, Goa Rajdhani, Amritsar Swarn Shatabdi and Bandra-Patna Humsafar.
The bio-toilets, which replaced open toilets in trains, have been prone to clogging due to dumping of waste such as bottles, pouches, plastic cups, paper and other material in the pans -- resulting in foul smell.
"We are beginning with the procurement of 2,000 vacuum toilets for 13 trains -- and later many more trains will have this facility," said a senior Railway Ministry official.

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US, allies strike Syria, draw condemnation from Assad, Putin

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Washington/Damascus/Moscow/London, April 14 (IANS): The US, Britain and France launched coordinated strikes against Syria's research, storage and military targets to "punish" the Bashar al-Assad regime for an apparent chemical attack in Douma that killed over 70 people. The military action was denounced by Damascus and its ally Moscow as a "failure" and "an act of aggression".
Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons were used again. The strikes on Friday night was intended to show Western resolve in the face of what the leaders of the three nations called "persistent violations of international law".

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Bangladesh breaks India’s Guinness World record in cleaning

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DHAKA, April 13 (IANS): As many as 15,000 Bangladeshi people participated in a cleaning drive in capital Dhaka on Friday, the last day of Bangla calendar year 1424, and managed to break a Guinness World Record set in India.
The event was organised by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and had representatives from the Guinness World Records in attendance.

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Miani demands stringent action against Kathua child rapists

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SHILLONG, April 14: Former Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma’s daughter, Miani D Shira who is contesting the upcoming by elections to be held for the Ampati seat in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, has demanded stringent action against the Kathua child rapists.
Taking part in a candle lit vigil to denounce the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua which was held here on Saturday, Miani said, “When I first read the (chilling) details of the case, the emotion I felt was something I cannot describe. It was so painful and sad.”

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Congress adamant against work permits to Bangladeshis

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SHILLONG, April 14: Taking a strong stance against the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) proposal for issuing work permits to Bangladeshi nationals, the Congress party has launched a state wide protest against this proposed move which it has termed as a very serious issue.
A strong demand to the state government to immediately stop its “unacceptable” idea was also made in the form of placards displayed at the protest venue in front of the Congress Bhavan here on Saturday.

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James urges MDCs to prove doubters of ADCs wrong

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SHILLONG, April 14: Pointing out that of late there have been a lot of people who have questioned the relevance of the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs),  the Meghalaya Minister, in charge of District Council Affairs (DCA), James Sangma has called upon all MDCs to step up and prove these doubters wrong.
James had made this appeal while addressing the 66th anniversary celebration of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) held at Tura, West Garo Hills District on Saturday.

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Assam in a festive mood for Rongali Bihu

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Guwahati, April 14 (IANS): The people of Assam on Saturday started celebrating Rongali Bihu to mark the beginning of the Assamese New Year and the end of the harvesting season amidst traditional fervour and large-scale fanfare.
The first day of the week-long festival was celebrated as Goru Bihu (Cattle Bihu) across the state in which people took their cattle to a nearby fishery or pond to give them a ceremonial bath and beat them with 'dighalati pat' -- leaf of a plant having medicinal value -- to ward off the flies and insects from the animal's body. They also recite some hymns praying for the good health of the animal.

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