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I am optimistic and impatient, says Bill Gates

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Microsoft founder Bill Gates Thursday said he was extremely optimistic and impatient in life and through his philanthropic work has been able to understand new things about immunisation. I am very optimistic and very impatient about our work. I am getting to learn things and understand new frontiers. I am getting to know the immune system and how to design a vacc...

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Jaguar stolen 46 years ago returned to owner

Los Angeles, Sep 18 (IANS/EFE) The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in Los Angeles returned to its owner a 1967 Jaguar convertible that had been stolen 46 years ago and was discovered last month being shipped to the Netherlands. Almost half a century ago on a street in Manhattan, attorney Ivan Schneider, now 82, lost one of his most prized possessions, a Jaguar XKE. ...

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Police crackdown on Jadavpur students: BJP wants judicial probe

Kolkata, Sep 18 (IANS) The BJP Thursday slammed Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha for claiming there was no baton-charge on demonstrating Jadavpur University students, and demanded a judicial inquiry into the violent crackdown. Many students of the prestigious university were hospitalised after police allegedly beat them up early Wednesday for laying siege to Vice Chan...

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IS seizes 16 Kurdish villages in Syria

Beirut, Sep 18 (IANS/EFE) The Islamic State (IS) Sunni terrorist group has seized control over 16 Kurdish villages in the last 24 hours in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Thursday. The villages are located in eastern and western Kobani, a region where Kurds are a majority. The insurgents used tanks and artillery duri...

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Will achieve infant mortality reduction goals soon: Minister

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday said the government is confident of reducing the newborn mortality rate to single-digit much before the 2030 target date. At present, the death rate for newborns (0-28 days) is 29 per 1,000 live births. Inaugurating the Indian Newborn Action Plan (INAP) here, the minister said that of the 2.8 million newborns who die...

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Toonz to adapt 5 stories by children into films

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 18 (IANS) To mark its fifteenth anniversary here, Toonz Animation, will make five short animation films on the stories written by the winners of Kahani Masters. Toonz, which opened the Technopark campus in 1999 here, is partnering with Disney India for the short films. Kahani Masters received 14,000 entries from across the country and the five children - ...

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Iran slams US policies against IS

Tehran, Sep 18 (IANS) The US has adopted double standards in its fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, a senior Iranian official said Thursday. The new US policy on the ground toward the IS is still 'duplicitous', Press TV quoted Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, as saying. His remarks came after the US House of...

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Israel detains seven Palestinians from West Bank

Gaza, Sep 18 (IANS) Israeli forces Thursday detained seven Palestinians from the West Bank, sources said. They arrested four Palestinians from Bethlehem, and three from Jenin, MENA news agency cited a Palestinian security source as saying. On Tuesday, Jerusalem police and border patrol officers arrested 22 Palestinians on suspicion of rioting in east Jerusalem in recent days. ...

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Fiji coup leader wins polls amidst fraud charges

Suva/Cairns (Australia), Sep 18 (IANS) Leader of the coup in 2006, Voreqe Frank Bainimarama, has won parliamentary elections in Fiji, home to a large Indian-origin population, amidst opposition accusations of electoral fraud, according to provisional results released Thursday. The Fiji First Party of Bainimarama, who came to power in 2006 after a bloodless coup, received 60 percent of vo...

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TCS recruits 136 from Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh, Sep 18 (IANS) The Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) has selected 136 students of Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, and Department of Computer Science, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), through a campus placement drive. Training and placement officer Tabassum Naqvi said the placement drive was conducted for the students of M. Tech/ B. Tech/ B.E. and M.C.A....

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Ensure essential items for flood-hit Kashmiris, SC tells government

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday said the government should ensure that the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir get food, fuel, drinking water and medicines, and that their damaged houses are restored as it concerned their right to life under article 21 of the constitution. Noting the steps taken by the government for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affec...

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Border concerns dominate talks as India, China give fillip to trade, investment

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) India's concerns over border incursions by Chinese troops remained at the forefront of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday even as the two nations charted a new chapter in economic ties with Beijing announcing $20 billion investment over the next five years. Addressing a joint media briefing after 90 minut...

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Fresh guidelines for mining sector soon

Bangalore, Sep 18 (IANS) The NDA government is framing fresh guidelines to revive the mining sector, which has been reeling under a host of problems due to irregularities by a section of miners and judicial interventions for compliance. The guidelines are being framed in consultation with other ministries to revive the mining sector and boost production, which slumped over the few years ...

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FC Goa's Indian players ready to go: Zico

Vasco (Goa), Sep 18 (IANS) FC Goa's newly-appointed marquee coach Zico Thursday oversaw his first training session at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here. After spending a day putting his squad through the motions, Zico said: It's the first day. I've observed the team and the boys look physically fit and ready to go, especially the Indian players. Zico, who was accompanied by his assis...

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Pakistan aiming over 6 percent economic rise

Islamabad, Sep 18 (IANS) Pakistan is eyeing an economic growth rate of 6 percent by 2017-18 as it is believed the country's geo-political and strategic location can open up new vistas to make it a trade hub, a Pakistan minister said Thursday. Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal was talking to a delegation of Asian Development Bank here, Geo News reported. Iqbal also...

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HC to hear ex-RAW officer's plea against next CJI Friday

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday set up a special bench to hear the plea of advocate and former RAW woman officer against appointment of Justice H.L. Dattu as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI), alleging sexual harassment by him. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw said it will constitute a different bench to hear the plea of Nisha...

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2G money laundering case: Court to hear arguments Tuesday

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) A special court here Thursday fixed Sep 23 for beginning arguments on money laundering related to the allocation of 2G spectrum case against former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, and others. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini posted the matter for Sep 23 after the Enforceme...

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Triple jumpers Maheshwary, Mayookha cleared for Asiad

Patiala, Sep 18 (IANS) The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) Thursday said triple jumpers Mayookha Johny (women's) and Renjith Maheshwary (men's) have been cleared for the Incheon Asian Games, starting Friday. However, the men's 4x400 metres relay team was dropped due to poor form during the trials held at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) here, AFI said in a statement. Ma...

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Dengue cases in Delhi, NCR rise to 55

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The number of dengue cases in the national capital and its adjoining areas has climbed to 55, civic officials said Thursday. According to figures from the municipal corporations, 48 cases of dengue have been reported from the capital. The remaining seven cases are from the adjoining areas in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana as of Sep 13. Similarly, 41 cases of m...

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Indian diplomat's daughter wins $225,000 settlement from New York City

New York, Sep 18 (IANS) An Indian diplomat's daughter who was suspended, arrested and forced to spend a day in jail during her senior year in February 2011 on cyber-bullying charges, has won a $225,000 settlement from New York City. The settlement agreement, approved by Manhattan federal judge John Koetl, also praised Krittika Biswas, daughter of Debashish Biswas, former vice consul at t...

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