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Uttarakhand, Haryana become Open Defecation Free states

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Uttarakhand and Haryana have become the fourth and fifth Open Defecation Free (ODF) states of India under the Swachh Bharat Mission, said an official statement on Thursday. The two states on Thursday joined the league of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, which were the first three states to be declared ODF. Nationally, the sanitation coverage has inc...

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Cabinet approves changes in bilateral agreement with Netherlands

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved amendment to a bilateral Social Security Agreement (SSA) with Netherlands by incorporating the country of residence principle in the said agreement. The amended SSA between India and the Netherlands, when operational from the third month from the date of notifying the said amendment to the Netherlands by India, will strengt...

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Dream realised by working with Rahman: Sridevi

Chennai, June 22 (IANS) Bollywood actress Sridevi on Thursday said her dream to work with double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman was finally realised with her coming Hindi suspense drama Mom. When Ravi and I started working on the project, we felt it'd be nice to have Rahman on board. We were blessed to work with him because it has been a long-time dream. I'd forever be grateful to hi...

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Three held for March killing of Indian in South Carolina

New York, June 22 (IANS) Three men who allegedly wanted to smash an Indian have been arrested and charged in connection with the killing of an Indian man in South Carolina in March, which sent shockwaves across the Indian community in the US. Harnish Patel was shot dead outside his home in Lancaster on March 2, barely 10 days after the killing of an Indian engineer in Kansas state.

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Naidu dubs loan waiver 'fashion'; clarifies after opposition hits out

Mumbai/New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said loan waiver these days had become a fashion, but later clarified his remarks were misinterpreted after attack from opposition parties. Speaking at India's largest municipal bond programme in Mumbai, Naidu said: If there is a need of money we shall give loan... the banks will gi...

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Cabinet nod for change in naval cadre structure

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave nod to the constitution of an engineering service -- Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS) -- in the Indian Navy. The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved constitution of the organised Group A engineering service INMMS and consequent changes in cadre structure of the existing Group A cadre of Nava...

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India, Portugal ink MoU on governance reforms

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Portugal on co-operation in the field of public administration and governance reforms. The MoU will help in understanding the system of customer-oriented public service delivery in Portugal with reference to rapidly changing environments in the area of public service man...

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Opposition unhappy over JD-U's Kovind-support decision

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Bihar's ruling JD-U's parting of ways with the opposition parties on Presidential candidate was not discussed at their Thursday meeting but those present expressed dismay over its decision to support NDA's Ram Nath Kovind, calling it unfortunate. According to informed sources, no discussion was held on JD-U's exit from opposition ranks. However, the opposition l...

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Jet to expand codesharing with three international airlines

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Jet Airways on Thursday said that it will expand its codeshare agreements with Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Under the expanded scope, the carriers will expand choice and connectivity options for guests flying between India and Europe. In the first instance, Air France and Delta are codesharing on Jet Airways' current service between ...

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Global body nod to India's LMLC configuration

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Indian proposal for inclusion of mandatory evaluation of Low Mobility Large Cell (LMLC) configuration for 5G technology has been approved by a global telecom organisation, COAI said on Thursday. At the ITU-R (International Telecommunication Union - Radiocommunications) terrestrial radio systems (WP5D) meeting held in Canada, the Indian delegation championed ...

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Crystal to market crop protection pesticides in Karnataka

Bengaluru, June 22 (IANS) Leading agrochemical firm Crystal Crop Protection Ltd is foraying into Karnataka to hardsell five types of pesticides, including insecticides and fungicides, to protect crops and boost productivity, said a company official on Thursday. We are introducing five types of pesticides, including insecticide, fungicide and miticide to Karnataka farmers for protecting t...

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Language won't be a barrier for Jhanvi's debut: Sridevi

Chennai, June 22 (IANS) Actress Sridevi on Thursday said language won't be a barrier for her 19-year-old daughter Jhanvi when it comes to her acting debut. Asked if she would let Jhanvi make her acting debut with a Tamil film, Sridevi told reporters: I don't think language will be a barrier. If we come across a good script and if we feel it will be good for her, then why not? Ami...

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Cabinet approves MoU with Netherlands on water resources

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved an MoU with Netherlands for cooperation in water resources management. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is between the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Netherlands' Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, an official release said. The MoU envisages that both the gov...

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I still feel like a newcomer: Sridevi

Chennai, June 22 (IANS) It's been 50 years since actress Sridevi started acting and she says she stills feels like a newcomer before the release of her film. Having made her acting debut at the age of three, the 53-year-old star awaits the release of her latest film Mom. I don't even realize it's been 50 years. Even today, I still feel like a newcomer before the release of my fil...

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Bring software industries to Bengal: Mamata to Bengali diaspora

The Hague (Netherlands), June 22 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday appealed to the Bengali community here to bring software industries. Our young generation is in the software industry which is an important sector. We have IT parks and land is also available. We will provide facilities within our capabilities. We have lot of scope for the industry, she said, a...

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GoAir flight suffers bird hit, matter under investigation

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier GoAir on Thursday reported that its Delhi-Mumbai flight on June 21 suffered a bird hit and that the matter was under investigation. GoAir flight G8 338 from New Delhi to Mumbai carrying 155 passengers suffered a bird hit yesterday. Following standard operating procedure the aircraft returned to New Delhi as a precautionary measure at 112...

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Man held for severing minor daugher's ears

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) A man has been arrested on charge of cutting off both ears of his three-year-old daughter on Thursday, police said. Accused, Amrit, 35, of Shahadara told police he committed the crime as a spirit told him to do so if he wanted to save his daughter Bina's life. While his family tried to stop him from committing the crime in an inebriated state, he beat t...

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British dramas to enhance India's English content on TV

Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Looking at the growing demand of English shows in India, entertainment channel Zee Cafe on Thursday announced its partnership with BBC Worldwide to showcase 11 premium British dramas. As part of this deal, premium British drama brand BBC First will premiere as a block on Zee Cafe and will present some of its original shows. It's a matter of immense pride fo...

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Punjab assembly ruckus leaves staff with broken arm

Chandigarh, June 22 (IANS) Even as opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday accused assembly marshals of attacking its legislators, including women, the watch and ward staff filed a complaint with house authorities that they were attacked by the lawmakers. The marshals, including a woman, alleged that one of them ended up with a fractured arm. In a written complaint, assembl...

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RBI tells banks to provide adequate transaction details in passbooks

Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday advised commercial banks to provide adequate transaction details in the passbooks of account holders. In the interest of better customer service, it has been decided that banks shall at a minimum provide the relevant details in respect of entries in the accounts, the apex bank said in a notification. Banks shall a...

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