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India re-elected to UNHRC, PM expresses joy

New Delhi/United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) India was Tuesday re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for the term 2015-2017 in a keenly contested election in the UN General Assembly in New York. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed joy on India's re-election. A tweet from the Prime Minister's Office said that the PM has expressed joy on India being re-elected t...

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India marks 50 years of ITEC development aid programme

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) India celebrated 50 years of a unique initiative -- of sharing its developmental experience gained since its independence -- with other nations in the form of the ITEC programme. Under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and its sister programme -- the SCAAP or Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme, and the Technical Cooperation Sc...

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India re-elected to UNHRC for two years

United Nations, Oct 21 (IANS) India was Tuesday re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term 2015-2017 in a keenly contested election in the UN General Assembly in New York. Other countries in the fray were Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and Qatar for four seats in the Asia-Pacific Group. India secured the highest number of votes - 162. Indi...

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Coal block reallocation must give level-playing field: Industry

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Even as the ordinance allowing reallocation of coal blocks cancelled by the Supreme Court received presidential approval Tuesday, the Indian industry welcomed the move saying reforms towards a transparent allocation system must provide a level-playing field for both public and private sectors. The ordinance, unveiled on expiry of the model code of conduct in forc...

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Gurdwara closed in Belgium

Brussels, Oct 21 (IANS) The mayor of the town of Vilvoorde in Belgium, Hans Bonte, has ordered the closure of the local gurdwara, Guru Nanak Sahib, for one month. Belgian media Tuesday charged that the Sikh temple appears to operate as a magnet for Indians staying in Belgium illegally. The Flanders news and radio VRT website said that during a recent police raid 11 illegal imm...

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Spanish nurse cured of Ebola

Madrid, Oct 21 (Xinhua) Spanish nursing auxiliary Teresa Romero was pronounced cured of the Ebola virus disease according to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines after the results of a second test confirmed Tuesday that she no longer had the virus in her blood. The 44-year-old, who Oct 6 became the first person outside of Africa to be infected by Ebola, had previously tested negati...

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Air strikes kill 28 militants in Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 21 (IANS) At least 28 militants were killed when the Pakistani army launched an air strike in the country's northwest tribal town of Datta Khel Tuesday, military said. In a statement, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of the Pakistani army, said that the operation was launched in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, a militancy-infested tribal area on ...

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Two elephants found dead in Bengal

Siliguri, Oct 21 (IANS) Just days after two elephants were electrocuted, two more pachyderms were found dead in northern West Bengal Tuesday, forest officials said. According to the officials, a sub-adult elephant was found dead in a paddy field in Upper Kalarabari near Morahat village of Banarhat. The carcass of a female elephant was found lying in a field in Panjora village und...

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'Court', 'Chauranga', 'Killa' bag awards at Mumbai film fest

Mumbai, Oct 21 (IANS) The 16th Mumbai Film Festival came to a close Tuesday evening with films Court, Chauranga and Killa bagging the top honours. Actor Aamir Khan was the guest of honour at the closing ceremony, which was followed by the awards function. Celebrities such as Madhuri Dixit, Vaani Kapoor, Esha Gupta, Parineeti Chopra and Anushka Sharma were present among others.

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UP CM to attend Pravasi Bharatiya conclave

Lucknow, Oct 21 (IANS) Led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh will participate in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Jan 9, 2015 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said here Tuesday. Presiding over the preparatory meeting for the state's participation in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, he said that the Uttar Pradesh government is sensitive and aware towards the probl...

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Clinical trials of Ebola vaccine start Nov 1 in Switzerland

Geneva, Oct 21 (IANS/EFE) The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced Tuesday that it will begin clinical trials Nov 1 in Switzerland of one of the two anti-Ebola vaccines currently under development. WHO Assistant Director-General Marie Paule Kieny said the reason that the trials, set to be held at Lausanne, Switzerland, were important was that they include half of the total number of...

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Report reveals large-scale torture in China's 'Black Jails'

Beijing, Oct 21 (IANS/EFE) The use of hotels and factories as clandestine prisons where thousands of people -- mostly women -- are tortured to prevent their complaints against the government from coming to light has rapidly increased in China, an organisation Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) said Tuesday. In a report entitled, We'll Beat You to Death With Impunity, the NGO highlight...

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Colombia to launch world's first floating gas liquefaction plant

Bogota, Oct 21 (IANS/EFE) The world's first floating gas liquefaction plant is due to begin operating next year off the coast of northern Colombia under a pact between Canada-based Pacific Rubiales Energy and Belgian shipbuilder Exmar. Executives from the two firms signed the accord in Bogota in a ceremony that included Belgium's Princess Astrid, leading a trade and investment delegation...

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IS seizes weapons airdropped for Kurds in Syria

Damascus, Oct 21 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) militants captured one of the weapons shipments airdropped by the US to the Kurdish fighters of the People Protection Units (YPG) in the city of Kobane in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Tuesday. Two weapons shipments airdropped by the US fighters landed in areas under IS control in the vicinity of Kobane,...

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Government to amalgamate NSEL with Financial Technologies

Chennai, Oct 21 (IANS) The central government Tuesday decided to amalgamate NSEL with its parent Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. (FTIL) to secure the interests of about 13,000 investors of the Rs.5,600-crore fraud-hit company. The government has issued a draft order of amalgamation in public interest under section 396 of the Companies Act and has called for suggestions and objections...

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Mathur appointed BJP incharge of UP, Nadda of Maharashtra

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah Tuesday appointed party leader O.P. Mathur as the party incharge of Uttar Pradesh and J.P. Nadda of Maharashtra and Rajasthan. In a major organisational reshuffle, Shah promoted some young secretaries giving them charge of states and sought to strike a balance between experience and youth. Mathur had contributed to the party's effo...

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Over 40 Nusra Front fighters desert to join IS

Beirut, Oct 21 (IANS/EFE) Some 40 fighters from the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, have joined the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group in recent months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Tuesday. The jihadis, including a former emir (leader) and four foreigners, headed to al-Bab, an IS stronghold in northeastern Aleppo. When they arrived, a woman captive w...

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Paralysed man walks again after pioneering cell therapy

London, Oct 21 (IANS/EFE) A paralysed man has been able to walk again after therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord, the BBC reported Tuesday. Bulgarian Darek Fidyka, 40, who suffered a partial paralysis in the lower half after a knife attack in 2010, was able to walk again using a metal frame that helps him to keep his balance. He has...

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Cairn India Q2 net falls 33 percent to Rs.2,278 crore

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Oil and gas major Cairn India reported a 33 percent fall in net profit for the second quarter ending September on back of lower oil prices and production in results announced Tuesday within days of the government announcing the new price for natural gas. Net profit in quarter fell to Rs.2,278 crore from Rs.3,385 crore a year ago, Cairn said in a statement.

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India, Maldives focus on defence ties

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Maldives Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim Tuesday met his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley in a bid to build closer defence ties between the two nations. Nazim, who arrived in India Tuesday on a four-day visit, was received by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh at the defence ministry office in South Block. The visiting minister also laid a wre...

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