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India downplays rally on Kashmir in Britain

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) India Friday downplayed a planned rally by a pro-Pakistan group on the Kashmir issue in Britain, saying the European nation had assured that only the two Asian countries can resolve the matter. The million march rally is planned in London Oct 26 to highlight the Kashmir issue. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said: Pluralist democ...

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17 soldiers killed in Egypt blast

Cairo, Oct 24 (IANS) At least 17 soldiers were killed and 25 injured in a car bomb explosion that targeted a security checkpoint in Egypt's North Sinai province, said a security source, suggesting the toll is likely to increase. The blast targeted a military checkpoint of Karm al-Qawadis in Sheikh Zuweid, and it was carried out by Sinai militants, the source told Xinhua, referring to the...

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IS abducts three journalists in Iraq

Mosul (Iraq), Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group Friday kidnapped three Iraqi reporters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a human rights official told Efe news agency. The jihadis stormed the homes of the journalists in the al-Noor and al-Sukkur districts of Mosul, the head of the Iraqi Committee to Protect Journalists, Ibrahim al-Sarai, said. The hostage...

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2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off

Abu Dhabi, Oct 24 (IANS/WAM) The 8th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) began at the Emirates Palace here. The film festival, which started Thursday evening, will continue until Nov 1 with plans to screen 194 films from 61 countries, including nine feature-length world premieres. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates' minister for culture, yout...

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Suarez set to debut for Barcelona in El Clasico

Madrid, Oct 24 (IANS) Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will play his first competitive match for Barcelona in Saturday's 'El Clasico' away against Real Madrid, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique confirmed Friday. He will have some minutes for sure, said Enrique, although the manager refused to reveal how many minutes he plans to give the forward on the field, reports Xinhua. Suarez was ban...

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Criminal investigation of Chevron CEO sought

Quito, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) A group representing some 30,000 Indians and other inhabitants of Ecuador's Amazon region who are affected by oil pollution have requested that the International Criminal Court in the Hague open a criminal investigation of John Watson, US oil giant Chevron's chairman and CEO, and other high-level company officers. Pablo Fajardo, chief lawyer for the plaintiffs, s...

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NIA chief visits Bengal to review Burdwan blast probe

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) NIA Director General Sharad Kumar Friday visited West Bengal to review the investigation into the Oct 2 blast in Burdwan in which militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh is suspected to be involved. The blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in a rented house in Khagragarh killed two suspected militants and injured another. Six people, incl...

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School girl gang raped in Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) A 17-year-old school girl was allegedly gang raped by unidentified youths in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, police said Friday. The incident occurred Thursday evening when the class XI student was celebrating Diwali at her home in the district's Dhalipara area, some 40 km from here. According to the police complaint filed by the girl's family Fri...

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More emergency fire calls in Kolkata this Diwali

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) The West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services here received 108 calls on Diwali, slightly higher than last year, an official said Friday. Till 12 midnight Oct 23, we received 108 calls. This is slightly higher than last year as Diwali and Kali puja coincided, an official told IANS. According to the average air quality data available on the website of the stat...

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Warm day in Delhi, rain likely Saturday

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) It was a warm day in the national capital as the maximum temperature settled at 33.1 degrees Celsius, slightly above the season's average. However, the Met office forecasts light rain Saturday. The skies will remain partly cloudy with one or two spells of rain in some parts of the city, said an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official. The day's min...

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Not so Swachh Diwali, high air, noise pollution in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Air and noise pollution increased in the national capital this Diwali compared to last year, central and state pollution control boards data showed Friday. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) monitored the ambient air quality at eight locations in the city. Similarly, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) monitored the ambient air quality a...

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NIA chief visits Bengal to review Burdwan blast probe

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) NIA Director General Sharad Kumar Friday visited West Bengal to review the investigation into the Oct 2 blast in Burdwan in which militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh is suspected to be involved. The blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in a rented house in Khagragarh killed two suspected militants and injured another. Six people, incl...

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BJP wary over Badals at Khattar swearing-in ceremony

Chandigarh, Oct 24 (IANS) All set to assume power in Haryana for the first time this Sunday, the BJP in the state is wary of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal leaders coming for the swearing-in ceremony of Manohar Lal Khattar. The Akali Dal had allied with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the Haryana assembly polls, much to the annoyance of the state ...

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ADT's India Masters golf to be played in Bangalore

Singapore, Oct 24 (IANS) Irish golfer Niall Turner, American Brett Munson and Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand, who are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit, will headline the inaugural India Masters next week. The $70,000 event will be India's first ever ADT tournament and will be staged at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bangalore fro...

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Rajnath's Rs.175-crore package to ITBP for Arunachal projects

Greater Noida, Oct 24 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced Rs.175 crore for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for development of infrastructure projects on the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. He said: The home ministry has given permission to sanction Rs.175 crore for infrastructure projects in Arunachal Pradesh. The minister was speaking at an event to...

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Aditya Birla Group to enter health insurance business

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) India's Aditya Birla Group (ABG) has decided to venture into the health insurance sector, joining hands with South African MMI Holdings Ltd. According to a statement issued by the group's financial services arm, Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (ABFSG), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with MMI Holdings to venture into the health insurance m...

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Five soldiers killed in Egypt blast

Cairo, Oct 24 (IANS) At least five soldiers were killed and 16 injured Friday in a blast in Sheikh Zuweid city in Egypt's North Sinai province, a security source said. The blast targeted a military checkpoint at Karm al-Qawadis in Sheikh Zuweid, and it was carried out by Sinai militants, the source told Xinhua, referring to the Sinai-based Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group tha...

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Golfer Ormsby aims for title defence at Panasonic Open India

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Australian golfer Wade Ormsby believes good rest will be the perfect tonic for his title defence at the $300,000 Panasonic Open India which will be held here Nov 6-9. Ormsby plans to take a week's break before heading here to defend his title which he won by one-shot at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) last year. I treat every week the same but I'm trying to giv...

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South Africa depository firm selects TCS product

Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) South Africa's central securities depository (CSD) firm Strate has selected the software product of Indian IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for electronic settlement of financial instruments across the country. Strate will use the market infrastructure solution of our financial product (BaNCS) for its equity and money market depository operations and re...

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Iraqi army bombs IS positions to help Yazidis

Mosul (Iraq), Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Iraqi military helicopters Friday bombed positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group around Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where about 3,000 Yazidis have taken refuge. Luqman Khansuri, leader of the Sinjar Protection Force, told Efe news agency the bombings were aimed at easing the persecution by the jihadis of the Yazidis. After the air ra...

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