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Envoys of four nations present credentials

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Envoys of four countries -- Armenia, Cambodia, Venezuela and the Philippines -- presented their credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday. The envoys who presented their credentials were Armen Martirosyan of Armenia, Pichkhun Panha of Cambodia, Augusto Montiel of Venezuela and M.A. Teresita C. Daza of the Philipp...

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Bihar election to be political watershed: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday said he was confident the JD-U-RJD alliance with his party will be able to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi's juggernaut -- as it happened in Delhi in February. Assembly elections in Bihar are a watershed event politically. It is very clear that the government's strategy is two-faced like the one adopted during the 2014 ge...

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Aurangzeb Road named A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Delhi's Aurangzeb Road has become A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday. The tree-lined Aurangzeb Road is located in the heart of Delhi and has several billionaires living there. Congrats! NDMC just now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road (as) A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, Kejriwal tweeted, referring to the New Delhi Municipa...

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'Suspend India-Pakistan cricket series until border unrest ends'

Dubai, Aug 28 (IANS) Pakistan shouldn't play any bilateral cricket series with India until the long standing border unrest between the two countries is settled, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said. A series between the two neighbouring countries is due to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December. The UAE is scheduled to host three Tests, five One Day Internationals (ODIs) a...

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Schemes wonderful, ground realities different: SC

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday criticised the Centre, saying the ground reality vis-a-vis welfare of children from vulnerable sections of society was far divorced from the government's wonderful laws, policies and schemes for their care and welfare. All the ideas you have seem OK. Government of India has wonderful laws, ideas and schemes but the things are different...

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Union health secretary, AIIMS, Delhi Police get NHRC notices

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The NHRC has issued notice to the union health secretary, director of AIIMS and the commissioner of Delhi Police over reports that an injured girl died after failing to receive timely treatment, an official said on Friday. The eight-year-old girl was injured in a road accident on August 12 and her uncle was made to run from one hospital to the other, including th...

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Greece to hold snap election on September 20

Athens, Aug 28 (IANS) Greece's snap general election is scheduled to take place on September 20, according to a presidential decree issued on Friday. The decree formally dissolved the current assembly and set the date for the first session of the new parliament for October 1, Xinhua news agency reported. The official declaration of early national polls came eight days after the r...

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Water level in 91 reservoirs falls to 91.84 bn cubic metres

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) In the wake of deficit monsoon rains, water storage in India's 91 reservoirs has fallen to 91.84 billion cubic metres (bcm), the government said on Friday. This storage is 87 percent of the storage of the corresponding period of last year and 88 percent of storage of average of the last 10 years, the water resources ministry said in a release. The curren...

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Marginal rise in area under kharif crops

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) After brisk sowing in the initial weeks of the current kharif season, there appears to be a slowdown, with just a 1.14 percent increase in the crops sown till Friday. Compared with similar data released a week ago, the area under paddy this year stood at 345.89 lakh hectares, marginally more than last year's 345.48 lakh hectares. The sown area under paddy...

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India Health and Wellness Awards on September 10

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The second edition of the India Health and Wellness Awards 2015 will be held on September 10 in the national capital, organisers said on Friday. The second edition would have a broader agenda for dialogue and larger participation from all quarters, HealthyDunia.com, a health and wellness information portal that is organising the event, said. This year th...

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Landslides block Mizoram's lifeline

Aizawl, Aug 28 (IANS) Mizoram remained cut off by road from the rest of the country as huge landslides blocked National Highway 54 - the lifeline of the state - since Thursday, an official said on Friday. A large number of different types of vehicles, carrying passengers and goods, are stranded on the highway due to massive landslides at Kawnpui township (in western Mizoram), Public Work...

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CAG raps Odisha government over elementary education

Bhubaneswar, Aug 28 (IANS) The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has rapped the Odisha government for lack of oversight towards elementary education in the state. Despite spending Rs.23,193.60 crore, the state of elementary education remained poor mainly due to lack of oversight by the department, deficient planning and poor implementation of the provisions of Right of Children to Fr...

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Irani gave false information in her poll affidavits, court told

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani has given false and misleading information regarding her educational qualifications in her election affidavits, a Delhi court heard on Friday. Ahmer Khan, who filed a complaint against the minister, told the court that Irani has given false, misleading facts in her affidavits filed before the election commission.<...

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Indian-origin baby sitter to serve 14 years for toddler's death

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) A 29-year-old Indian-American baby sitter will serve 14 years in prison in the US after she was found guilty of the death of a toddler in her care. Kinjal Patel pleaded under the Alford doctrine, in which a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes that there is enough evidence for conviction at trial, New Haven Register reported. Patel was found guilty ...

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'Government should cut down on entertainment tax'

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Amid the clamour around the hike in entertainment tax in the national capital, Sandeep Marwah, chairman for media and entertainment committee, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and member executive council, says the government should cut down on the rates so that media can flourish. The major issue is that we want low and symmetrical rate of entertainment ...

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Shuttler Verma loses in Vietnam Open

Ho Chi Minh City, Aug 28 (IANS) The Indian challenge came to an end at the $50,000 Vietnam Open Grand Prix as shuttler Sameer Verma lost his mens's singles quarter-final to South Korean second seed Lee Hyun Il here on Friday. The Korean took just 42 minutes to beat Verma 21-15, 24-22 at the Nguyen Du Stadium. ...

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Kvyat excited to race in Italian GP

Monza (Italy), Aug 28 (IANS) Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat said he is looking forward to racing at the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix on September 6 as the Autodromo Nazionale Monza is his favourite track, adding that racing here gives him a special feeling. Monza is my favourite track. Every corner just gives you the feeling that you are doing something special. Lesmo I and II, Ascari... e...

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Ankus bags silver at Cadet World Wrestling

Sarajevo, (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Aug 28 (IANS) Asian bronze medallist Ankus (38 kg) has bagged the silver medal at the Cadet World Wrestling Championship here. In the final on Thursday, Ankus lost to Japan's Miu Shimizu 1-11 but secured the first medal for India in the ongoing championship. It always feel good when we win medals for our country but my target was to get the g...

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Junior women's hockey team has more stamina now: Coach

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Indian girls' hockey team chief coach Mathias Ahrens said here on Friday that his side has improved its skills and stamina during the preparatory camp for the seventh Junior Asia Cup to take place in Changzou, China, from September 5 to 13. We have a good team with good players who have the ability to give a good fight to any team. The Junior Asia Cup will be a t...

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Slovenian international Kampl rejoins Leverkusen

Leverkusen, Aug 28 (IANS) German football club Bayer Leverkusen on Friday signed Slovenian international Kevin Kampl from league rivals Borussia Dortmund. Midfielder Kampl, who joined Bundesliga side Dortmund in January 2015, moved to league rivals Leverkusen after putting pen to paper on a deal until June 2020. Kampl played from 1997 until 2011 for Leverkusen's youth teams, reports Xinh...

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