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Rajya Sabha members condemn acid attacks

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Cutting across party lines, Rajya Sabha members Friday condemned the many incidents of acid attacks and demanded stringent punishment for their perpetrators, saying they inflict inexpressible pain on the body and minds of victims. The issue was raised in the upper house by Janata Dal-United leader K.C. Tyagi who said the government should set up a commission and ...

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Swine flu toll in Kashmir rises to nine

Jammu, Feb 27 (IANS) The swine flu toll in Jammu and Kashmir rose to nine Friday with two more H1N1 infected patients succumbing, officials said. The army Friday said a soldier identified as Havildar Dangar Bavan Danbhai who had tested positive for the virus died here Friday. A local doctor, identified as Bhupinder Singh, who had been shifted for treatment to New Delhi after test...

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Pakistan International Airlines suspends services to Dhaka

Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Friday decided to cancel all flights to Bangladesh till March 10 in response to the raid on the house of its country manager in Dhaka. Bangladeshi authorities had raided the house of Ali Abbas three days ago, Geo News reported. According to sources in PIA, a raid was also conducted on a PIA flight which reached Dhaka ...

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Bumblebees are forgetful too

London, Feb 27 (IANS) Much like humans, bumblebees can be 'forgetful' too, reveals a new research. Bees are very clever creatures and can remember the patterns, colours and scents of various kinds of flowers. They can also navigate to those flowers and back home again over long distances. We discovered that the memory traces for two stimuli can merge, such that features acquired ...

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PM responds to 'visa' jibe

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked the opposition if it did not have any other issue to criticise him on in response to their jibe that he should be given a visa to come to parliament. They said you need a visa to come to parliament. I don't have to say anything but there are things that need to be done at international level, Modi said in Lok Sabha Friday...

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Subsidies aren't best weapon to tackle poverty: Economic Survey

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Price subsidies did not have a transformative effect on the living standards of the poor, though they helped poor households to weather inflation and price volatility, the Economic Survey for 2014-15 revealed Friday, adding the rich often get benefits from it. A close look at price subsidies, which are estimated to be about Rs.378,000 crore, about 4.24 percent of...

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Sharif summons meeting on Senate polls

Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday convened a meeting of parliamentary leaders to discuss how to make Senate elections transparent, media reported. The government has drafted an amendment bill to bring crucial changes to the constitution in a bid to hold the upcoming elections for 52 Senate seats in a manner that would end the undemocratic practice of ho...

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Survey pushes 'big bang reforms' for double-digit growth

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) India's Economic Survey has projected growth at over 8 percent for next fiscal and said inflation was easing, while setting the agenda for big-bang reforms to attain double-digit expansion, cut rich-benefiting subsidies and push investments in a clean, green way. Tabled in parliament Friday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and authored by a team led by Chief Econ...

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12 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Feb 27 (IANS) At least 12 Taliban militants were killed when security forces raided Taliban hideouts in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province Friday, an official said. Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces stormed Taliban hideouts in Tashgharmi village of Yamgan district in the wee hours of Friday. The operations lasted for a while during which 12 rebels were killed and...

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Domestic passenger traffic at Indian airports increases: Economic Survey

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) India's Economic Survey Friday showed a healthy increase of 7.1 percent in the domestic passenger traffic handled at the Indian airports during April-December 2014-15. According to the survey which was tabled in the parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the domestic passenger count at the Indian airports during the period under review stood at 101.34 milli...

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US exports hit record $2.35 tn in 2014: White House

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS/EFE) US exports registered a record $2.35 trillion last year, with Texas, California, Washington and Illinois the major exporting states, the White House announced. The US government authorities highlighted the importance of trade agreements currently being worked out with the European Union and the Pacific Rim nations. In a report released Thursday, the ...

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Australia's Clarke ready to play

Auckland, Feb 27 (IANS) Australia skipper Michael Clarke is set to make a comeback in the high-voltage cricket World Cup Pool A game against New Zealand here Saturday, following his recovering from hamstring surgery. I'm ready to go, the body feels really good, I have worked really hard, Clarke was quoted as saying by news.com.au ahead of the Eden Park match. Clarke's return got ...

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Indian-origin lawyer barred from work in Singapore

Singapore, Feb 27 (IANS) The Singapore High Court has suspended Indian-origin activist lawyer M. Ravi, 45, from practice and barred him from working until he is medically certified fit to practice, a media report said Friday. The High Court's decision came Thursday after the Law Society applied to the court to compel him to undergo a medical examination, The Straits Times reported.

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Special juvenile police units in every district

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Every district in the country will have a special juvenile police unit for coordination on children involved in crime, the Lok Sabha was informed Friday. The purpose of setting up these units is to coordinate and improve police treatment of juveniles. The units are to be created under section 63(3) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)...

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Syrian war continues with total impunity, UNSC told

United Nations, Feb 27 (IANS/WAM) In a briefing to the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, two senior relief officials of the world body have warned that as the conflict enters its fifth year, the violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kang Kyun...

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Richa geared for special role in 'Three Stories'

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) After essaying roles as diverse as a don and a housewife, actress Richa Chadha is prepping up for something special in film Three Stories. I am doing a special role in 'Three Stories'. It is something that I haven't done before, Richa said in a statement. Being directed by debutante Arjun Mukherjee, the film narrates three stories of individuals residing...

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India pooled with Poland, Ghana, Thailand

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team has been put in Pool A with Poland, Ghana and Thailand for the FIH World League Round 2 to be held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here from March 7 to 15. Pool B consists of Malaysia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Singapore. The winners of the tournament will progress to World League Round 3, the final stage of qualifica...

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'Over 500 Indonesians have joined IS'

Bangkok, Feb 27 (IANS/EFE) More than 500 Indonesians have joined the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria while the authorities have not taken any precautionary measures, according to the country's largest Muslim body, media reported Friday. At least 514, Said Aqil Siraj, chairman of the Nadhlatul Ulama, told kompas.com, referring to the number of people who ...

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De Villiers powers Proteas to win over Windies

Sydney, Feb 27 (IANS) An unbelievable, unbeaten 162 from just 66 deliveries by captain AB de Villiers powered South Africa to a 257-run win, now the joint biggest victory in World Cups, against the West Indies in a Pool B contest at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Friday. Inexplicable hitting by World No.1 batsman de Villiers, who smashed 17 boundaries and eight sixes at will, helpe...

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Priyanka Chopra joins drama pilot 'Quantico'

Los Angeles, Feb 27 (IANS) Indian actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra will feature in ABC drama pilot Quantico as a FBI trainee, reports deadline.com. The 32-year-old, who signed a one-year TV deal with the US-based studio in December 2014, will play Alex Weaver, a brilliant but haunted Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) trainee whose past boils to the surface soon after her...

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