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SC slams Centre for not standardizing ambulances

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Centre for not standardizing ambulances and letting all sorts of vehicles to be used for the purpose by just putting up a red cross. You are not laying down the standards for calling a vehicle an ambulance. The report (by AIIMS) is lying in cold storage. It has to be acted upon, said the apex court bench of Chief Justic...

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'Guardiola considering Bravo, Valdes for Manchester City move'

London, June 29 (IANS) Media reports in Britain revealed on Wednesday that Barcelona's Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and Spanish Victor Valdes are included in chief coach Pep Guardiola's agenda for a possible move to Manchester City next football season. The Daily Mail noted it appears that Guardiola considers it necessary to sign a new goalkeeper for the Citizens, who currently rely ...

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World T20 main draw set to expand to 'Super 12'

Edinburgh, June 29 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) is most likely to add two more teams to the main draw of the reinstated World Twenty20 in 2018. Discussions at the associates meeting of the ongoing ICC annual conference in Edinburgh also indicated that representatives of the associate nations on the ICC board may get full voting rights as well. What I have heard ...

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Cabinet okays UPSC's MoU with Bhutan Royal Civil Service Commission

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Bhutan, an official statement said. The MoU will strengthen the existing relationship between RCSC and UPSC. It will facilitate sharing of experience and expertise of both the parties...

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Russia ready to normalise ties with Turkey, says Putin

Moscow, June 29 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow was ready to restore its bilateral ties with Turkey. Putin agreed on the decision over a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and both the leaders also agreed to consider the possibility of a face-to-face meeting in the near future, Xinhua news agency reported. The phone ca...

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Israeli security cabinet approves reconciliation with Turkey

Jerusalem, June 29 (IANS) Israel's security cabinet on Wednesday approved the rapprochement agreement with Turkey, despite objections from top ministers and public criticism. The agreement, officially signed on Tuesday, normalises ties between the former allies after a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla in 2010 strained their relations, Xinhua news agency reported. <...

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Madagascar diplomat found dead

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) A 59-year-old Madagascar diplomat posted in India was found dead at his rented flat here on Tuesday evening, police said. Rabenja Oliva was found dead on his bed at Chattarpur in south Delhi, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Nupur Prasad told IANS. When Oliva, who claimed to be ill on Monday, didn't turn up for work on Tuesday, his staff went to...

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AAP legislator Mohaniya gets bail

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) A court here on Wednesday granted bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Dinesh Mohaniya, who was arrested on the charge of sexual harassment. He has denied the charge. Additional Sessions Judge Neelam Singh granted bail to Mohaniya after asking him to furnish a personal and surety bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the ma...

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Wi-Fi calling can offer better connectivity: WBA

London/New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) With rising complaints about call drops and poor connectivity, Wi-Fi calling can offer coverage extension when cellular network signals cannot reach the customer, indoors and elsewhere, the latest white paper published by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) said on Wednesday. The paper discusses the significant role Wi-Fi calling can play in addressing ...

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Highlights of 7th Pay Commission benefits

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission, a move that seeks to benefit over one crore central government employees and pensioners. Highlights of the Pay Commission benefits: 1. The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed wit...

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Sex workers' children to play in Denmark football tourney

Kolkata, June 29 (IANS) A team comprising 16 promising children of sex workers is scheduled to fly to Denmark to take part in a football tournament. The Durbar Mahila Samannay Committee, a cooperative of sex workers which runs the Durbar Sports Academy, have chosen the 16 talents to attend the 'Dana Cup'. The tournament is one of the world's largest football competitions in the w...

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Cabinet okays India, Tanzania MoU on water resources

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tanzania for bilateral cooperation in water resources management and development. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The areas of enhanced cooperation include techniques in water harvesting, surface and groundwater ma...

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Cabinet approves revised cost estimates for eight new IITs

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the revised cost estimates for eight new IITs proposed at Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna and Ropar, an official statement said. The revised cost estimate is Rs 13,990 crore for setting up the eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) over a period of 11 years from 2008-09 to 2018-19. ...

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India taps Mozambique for five-year pulses contract

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Faced with recurring demand-supply issues vis-a-vis pulses, India has requested Mozambique to consider if it can supply 'tur' dal for the next five years on a government-to-government basis. Food Ministry sources said the offer was made by a high-level official delegation led by Consumer Affairs Secretary Hem Pande that visited the eastern African nation recentl...

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Tourism can generate 46 mn jobs by 2025: US envoy

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said here on Wednesday that if the right investments are made, tourism in India has the potential to support 46 million jobs by 2025. The envoy lauded the government of India's decision to allow 100 per cent FDI in civil aviation and called it a step in the right direction. I have seen first-hand the economic impact...

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Indians spent most on vehicles among consumer durables: NSSO

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Spending on transport equipment, or vehicles, constituted the highest share of Indian households' expenditure on consumer durables both in rural and urban areas in 2014-15, according to the latest data released by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) on Wednesday. In rural areas, the share of budget spent on a particular durable group with reference to...

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Toyota recalls 1.43 vehicles due to airbag defects

Tokyo, June 29 (IANS) Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation on Wednesday issued a global recall on 1.43 million of its top-selling hybrid Prius models and high-end Lexus CT200h hybrid sports hatchbacks due to a possible defect in the models' airbag inflator. The Aichi-based automaker said the recall will span 743,000 vehicles in Japan, 495,000 in its North American and Mexican mark...

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Global and local cues buoy equity markets

Mumbai, June 29 (IANS) Positive global cues, along with clearances for major economic policy decisions and a firm rupee, buoyed the Indian equity markets on Wednesday. Consequently, the key indices closed the day's trade with appreciable gains, as healthy buying was witnessed in the automobile, information technology (IT) and consumer durables sectors. The wider 51-scrip Nifty of...

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Myanmar to send 7 athletes to Rio Olympics

Yangon, June 29 (IANS) Myanmar will send seven athletes to compete in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, U Kyi Soe Lin, assistant director of Ministry of Health and Sport announced on Wednesday. They will compete in swimming, athletics, shooting, judo and archery at the August 5- 21 Games, reports Xinhua. Those athletes have been training since November 2015. The archery and shootin...

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Giant panda twins born in China

Beijing, June 29 (IANS) A giant panda on Wednesday gave birth to twins in Sichuan province of China, officials said. The new additions are the third set of twins at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre and the fourth set this year, Xinhua news agency reported. Yuan Yuan's cubs, both female, weighed 174.6 gms and 113.6 gms. --IANS ask/py/bg ...

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