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Obama to host Jordan's King at White House

Washington, Nov 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama will host King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House Dec 5 to discuss issues of the Middle East, the White House said Wednesday. The two leaders will discuss efforts to counter Islamic State (IS) group and find a political solution in Syria, provide humanitarian assistance to refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and take st...

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Women can't be secured by curbing their freedom, says CJI

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Chief Justice of India H.L.Dattu Wednesday said security of women, in the wake of spate of cases of sexual assaults, could not be secured by curbing their freedom as is being advocated in some quarters. Safety of the women could not be achieved by curbing their freedom and we have to find ways of dealing with the problem, he said in his address at a function org...

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Pune Marathas beat Delhi Dreams to lift inaugural CTL

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Pune Marathas lifted the Champions Tennis League (CTL) title, beating Delhi Dreams 27-23 in the final at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association here Wednesday. Delhi took a 6-3 lead, claiming the legends match but Pune reduced the margin, winning the mixed doubles contest 6-5 (3). The visitors then bagged the women's singles match 6-4 and extended their domina...

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Government draws up plan to raise power generation

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) The ministers of the key energy portfolios of power and petroleum met Wednesday to finalise a plan to increase power generation in the country that would also involve operating 16,000 MW of gas-based plants lying stranded for lack of fuel. Power Minister Piyush Goyal met Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here to craft a rescue package, although no specific de...

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Builder's family held hostage, robbed in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) A group of five robbers Wednesday barged into the house of a builder, held his family members hostage on gun point as they ransacked the house and fled with cash and jewellery worth Rs.20 lakh, police said Wednesday. Police suspect the role of a recently-employed servant who was also on run along with the robbers, in the crime. The incident happened arou...

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Pakistan blocks three Saarc connectivity pacts; Modi, Sharif avoid meeting

Kathmandu, Nov 26 (IANS) Pakistan Wednesday played spoilsport by blocking three major Saarc connectivity projects initiated by India, even as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conspicuously avoided meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif while he met five other South Asian leaders here. The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit appeared to become a...

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Committee to investigate Sep 16 unrest, role of police: Jadavpur VC

Kolkata, Nov 26 (IANS) After over two months of a series of student protests that rocked Jadavpur University, Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti Wednesday agreed to form an inquiry committee into the events, including alleged police action on students, that transpired on the night of Sep 16-17, it was announced here. The students have been clamouring for Chakrabarti's removal since Sep ...

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FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters FC to move to third spot in ISL

Margao, Nov 26 (IANS) FC Goa romped to a 3-0 victory over Kerala Blasters FC in Match 41 of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Wednesday. After a closely-fought but goalless first half, Goa broke the game open after the break, with three second-half goals, courtesy a brace by substitute Miroslav Slepicka on either side of an Andre Santos strike. Th...

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Pune Marathas beat Delhi Dreams to lift inaugural CTL

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Pune Marathas lifted the Champions Tennis League (CTL) title, beating Delhi Dreams 27-23 in the final at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association here Wednesday. Delhi took a 6-3 lead, claiming the legends match but Pune reduced the margin, winning the mixed doubles contest 6-5 (3). The visitors then bagged the women's singles match 6-4 and extended their domina...

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Ukrainian president hails NATO, US support in conflicts

Kiev, Nov 26 (IANS) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Wednesday appreciated support and help of NATO and the US in dealing with the conflicts with independence-seeking insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Xinhua reported. During talks with Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, Poroshenko stressed the necessity for Kiev to enhance cooperation with the US and NATO, Xinh...

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Japan, Jordan sign $20 mn agreement for water projects

Amman, Nov 26 (IANS) Jordan and Japan Wednesday signed a 20-million dollar grant agreement to support water projects in the Kingdom, state media here reported. Jordan's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ibrahim Seif said the grant will help Jordan improve infrastructure in the field of water. The grant will help improve water supply, especially with rising demand...

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Way out of debt crisis far from easy: Angela Merkel

Berlin, Nov 26 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday said the way out of the European debt crisis is long and far from easy. Speaking during a general debate in the lower house of German parliament, Merkel said, however, with the recent decisions of the European Commission on budgetary control, Europe was total on the right track, Xinhua reported. It is important that...

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6.8 magnitude quake hits Indonesia

Jakarta, Nov 26 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale jolted eastern parts of Indonesia Wednesday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. The temblor, which struck at 9.33 p.m. , had epicentre some 135 km northwest Halmahera Barat of North Maluku province, an official of the agency told Xinhua. It had a depth of 10 km under sea be...

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Two killed as coach overturns in China

Beijing, Nov 26 (IANS) Two people were confirmed dead after a coach, overturned on an expressway in China's Gansu province Wednesday night, rescuers said. The incident occurred when the coach broke through the guardrail on a section of an expressway between Jiayuguan and Jiuquan cities. It fell onto the roadbed at about 9 p.m. while being en route from Urumqi to Lanzhou with 50 people ab...

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Palestinian president said committed to two-state solution: Zuma

Pretoria, Nov 26 (IANS) South African President Jacob Zuma Wednesday said visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated the commitment to a two-state solution for peace with Israel, Xinhua reported. We have further re-committed ourselves to the two-state solution where the states of Israel and Palestine will coexist side by side in peace, within secured borders on the basis...

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Steep rise in rape cases, assaults on women in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Incidents of rape in the capital more than doubled between 2012 and 2013 while cases of assault on women increased by five times, the government said Wednesday. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told the Rajya Sabha that there has been an increase in crimes against women both in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi and the National Capital ...

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IT industry creates more jobs than public sector: Murthy

Bengaluru, Nov 26 (IANS) The burgeoning Indian IT industry had over taken the state-run public sector in job creation, Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy said Wednesday. The IT industry, especially its software sector, has over taken public sector undertakings (PSUs) as the biggest job creator in the country, with 3.2 million employees and adding 200,000 new jobs every year, Murthy ...

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Cricket: Pandey guides Indian eves to victory

Bengaluru, Nov 26 (IANS) Shikha Pandey's all-round performance (59 and 3 for 19) helped India Women beat South Africa Women by six wickets to level the ODI series 1-1 here Wednesday. Seamer Pandey struck crucial blows in the fag end of the South African innings to restrict the visitors to 186 for eight with left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht also taking three wickets. Pandey then played a major...

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Act of Bharti Airtel can't be attributed to Mittal, SC told

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mital Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the alleged irregularities in the grant of the additional spectrum in 2002 against his company could not be attributed to him by holding that he was the company's alter ego and directing mind and will. Assailing the March 19, 2013, order of the special Central Bureau of Investigation court, ...

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116 pro-democracy protesters arrested in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Nov 26 (IANS/EFE) At least 116 pro-democracy protesters, including several of the movement's leaders, were arrested Wednesday after police cleared one of the three main downtown demonstration sites in Hong Kong. In response, the protesters threatened to step up their campaign for greater democratic freedoms such as the right to vote for candidates for office whose names are no...

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