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Telangana drops move to introduce cheap liquor

Hyderabad, Sep 2 (IANS) Bowing to pressure from the opposition and women's organisations, the Telangana government on Wednesday withdrew its proposed cheap liquor policy. The state cabinet took the decision to continue with the existing policy. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao told reporters that since there was difference of opinion in the society over the proposed cheap liqu...

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UAE foreign minister arriving for joint commission meeting

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the UAE's Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will on Thursday chair the Joint Commission Meeting on Technical and Economical Cooperation here during which steps to boost bilateral trade, investment and cooperation in various sectors will be discussed. The UAE minister's visit comes days after Prime Mini...

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OROP stir: Veterans hopeful of breakthrough, RSS asks government to act soon

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Talks between ex-servicemen and the government on resolving the 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) imbroglio were progressing and the veterans were hopeful of a breakthrough soon, sources said on Wednesday, the 81st day of the agitation. The issue also figured in a coordination meeting between the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on...

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Female teacher abducted, murdered in Pakistan

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) A female school teacher was kidnapped on Wednesday and later found murdered in Pakistan's Karachi city, according to police. The dead body of the school teacher, identified as Quratul Ain, 26, was found in an abandoned area in Allahwala Town of Korangi, said Landhi SP Afnan Amin, Dawn reported. She was taken away from a school on Wednesday morning and was ...

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31 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) At least 17 militants were killed when Pakistani military launched an airstrike in country's North Waziristan area on Wednesday, local media reported. The airstrike pounded four hideouts of suspected militants in Shawal and Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, a restive tribal area along Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Dawn reported. Identities of the killed ...

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CIA, US Special Ops launch secret drone attacks in Syria

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has joined US Special Operations forces to secretly hunt Islamic State (IS) leaders within Syria by armed drones, according to the Washington Post on Wednesday. The clandestine campaign, launched by the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), is separate from the broader U. S. military campaign against the extrem...

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US stocks rebound ahead of Fed Beige Book

New York, Sep 2 (IANS) US stocks traded higher in the morning session on Wednesday following the deep decline of the previous day, as Wall Street was digesting mixed economic data ahead of Federal Reserve's Beige Book. By noon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 104.39 points (0.65 percent), to 16,162.74. The S&P 500 gained 8.78 points (0.46 percent), to 1,922.63. The Nasdaq Comp...

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US labor productivity growth revised up in Q2

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) US labor productivity growth was revised up in the second quarter of this year, reflecting a rebound in the economic growth in the quarter. The Labor Department said on Wednesday that nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 3.3 percent annual rate during April-June, compared to the previous estimate of 1.3 percent increase. On a year-on-year bas...

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Lebanon fails to elect new president over lack of quorum

Beirut, Sep 2 (IANS) The Lebanese parliament failed on Wednesday for the 28th consecutive time to convene and elect a new president because of lack of the constitutionally required quorum. Speaker Nabih Berri postponed the polls until Sept. 30, according to a statement by his media office, Xinhua reported. Lebanon has been without a president since May 25, 2014 when the six-year ...

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NATO activates six headquarters in eastern Europe

Brussels, Sep 2 (IANS) NATO has activated six headquarters, called NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU) in eastern Europe, the security organisation said in a press release on Wednesday. These headquarters, based in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania, will ensure that NATO's high-readiness forces can deploy to the region in a rapid manner and prepare for subsequent o...

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Sri Lanka may restrict visitors to its national parks

Colombo, Sep 2 (IANS) Sri Lanka may restrict visitors to each of its national parks after a recent spate of vehicular accidents injured and killed wild animals, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said here on Wednesday. In a statement released on his official Facebook page, Wickremesinghe said that the new government was also looking at methods of implementing strict speed limits in ord...

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Xi meets foreign leaders on eve of V-Day celebrations

Beijing, Sep 2 (IANS) Chinese president Xi Jinping on Wednesday evening met with leaders of foreign countries and international organisations who are visiting China to attend V-Day celebrations on Thursday. Xi Jinping, with his wife Peng Liyuan, welcomed leaders and their spouses attendance at the celebrations, which shows their support to the Chinese people, the respect to history and t...

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Palestinian children under house arrest, awaiting trial

Jerusalem, Sep 2 (IANS/EFE) Dozens of Palestinian children are being held within the walls of their homes in East Jerusalem, by order of the Israeli authorities, while waiting to go on trial. This practice, denounced by organisations such as Defence for Children International Palestine, (DCIP), have serious consequences for their education and mental health, noting that many house arrest...

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Delhi deputy CM surprised over ACB closing CNG scam

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday expressed his displeasure over the Anti-Corruption Branch's reported decision to close the investigation in the multi-crore CNG scam when a government panel was already probing the case. In a letter to the vigilance department, Sisodia said he was surprised over the development and questioned why the anti-gra...

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International Crisis Group issues conflict alert for Nepal

Kathmandu, Sep 2 (IANS) The International Crisis Group (ICG) has issued a conflict alert for Nepal, warning that the government must act urgently to reduce the risk of more violence in Madhes and the southern plains along the border with India. An enormous trust deficit between agitating groups and Kathmandu's political leadership would worsen if the government and major parties persist ...

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Sharif condemns 'unprovoked Indian firing'

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that unprovoked Indian firing is not only an aggression against the people of Kashmir but also amounts to targeting the conscience of the world community. The remarks came amid growing incidents of cross-border shelling that have caused civilian deaths on both sides. Both countries accuse each other o...

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Karnataka beckons British firms to invest in state

Bengaluru, Sep 2 (IANS) Karnataka on Wednesday exhorted British firms to invest in the state, saying it was committed to ensure ease of doing business. Britain should have more research and development (R&D) centres in our state, especially in Bengaluru, which is a knowledge capital, state Industries Minister R.V. Deshpande said at a interactive session here with British deputy high ...

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CBI registers six more FIRs in Vyapam case

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The CBI on Wednesday registered six fresh FIRs in its probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The first case was registered against two accused on the allegations of cheating by impersonation in Constable Recruitment Examination 2013, the CBI said in a release. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered the second case against nine accused ...

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Obama has secured Iran n-deal in Congress

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has got enough votes in Congress to keep the Iran nuclear agreement alive, a media report said on Wednesday. Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski said that she will support the Iran deal, giving Obama 34 Senate votes that was enough to uphold any congressional resolution disapproving the agreement. No deal is perfect, especially o...

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China punishes 15 for spreading military-related rumours

Beijing, Sep 2 (IANS) The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has punished 15 people for spreading military-related rumours online, according to the PLA Daily. The rumours included inside stories and the military's latest reform programs, as well as fabricated information on the PLA, the paper said, Xinhua reported. The PLA will work with the police to intensify the crackdown on the s...

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