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Riyadh calls for 10-year fight to wipe out terror

Riyadh, Sep 16 (IANS) Saudi Arabia wants that the war on the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist organisations should continue for 10 years, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has said. Addressing world leaders during the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, Prince Saud Monday cautioned that the threat posed by IS has transcended the boundaries of Iraq...

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Over 260,000 internally displaced in Ukraine: UN agency

Geneva, Sep 16 (IANS) Over 260,000 people in Ukraine are internally displaced, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday. According to its latest report, OCHA said an estimated 5.1 million people live in areas directly affected by the conflict. It added over 360,000 people have fled eastern Ukraine to seek refuge in neighboring countries, the ...

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Now, SMS food booking service for train travellers

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Travelling by train, hungry and net connection out of reach? Now, rail commuters can order food by just sending a message. Travelkhana.com, a service that allows railway commuters to enhance their travel experience by placing food orders with popular food joints on the go, has teamed up with txtWeb, an app store for text based applications. By making the ...

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Iraq parliament fails to endorse key ministerial nominees

Baghdad, Sep 16 (IANS) Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday failed to approve new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees for defence, interior and tourism ministers, media reported. Jaber al-Jaberi, a Sunni nominee for defence minister, Riyadh Gharib, a Shia nominee for interior minister, and Ali al-Adib, another Shia nominee for tourism and antiquities minister, failed to get enough votes at the ...

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Delhi Police chief helps accident victim

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) A police car escorting Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi Tuesday took a man to a hospital after he was injured on being hit by a car here. Sujat Alam, a journalist with a Hindi daily, was hit by a car at Rajpath, half a km from Rashtrapati Bhavan, when he was going to his office in central Delhi. The car that hit Alam was being driven by a female Delhi...

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Wetlands destruction caused Kashmir floods: BNHS

Mumbai, Sep 16 (IANS) Reckless developmental activities with no regard for nature conservation could be the prime cause behind the recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir, a conservationist organisation said Tuesday. The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), which has carried out studies in the Kashmir Valley over the years, revealed that there has been a severe loss of wetland habitat for v...

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US announces $250,000 aid for flood-hit Jammu & Kashmir

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) US Ambassador to India Kathleen Stephens Tuesday announced an aid of $250,000 for relief and rehabilitation work in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. The US intends to provide $250,000 in response to the needs of the people affected by the disaster through the US Agency for International Development, a statement by the American embassy said. The funds will be ...

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'XI visit will set tone of Modi's US trip'

Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping's India visit will set the tone of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming trip to the US, according to Jagat Shah, secretary general of the China-India Trade and Investment Centre. Coming ahead of Modi's first summit meetings with President Barack Obama in Washington Sep 29 and 30, Xi's India visit was very important, he said...

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Railway bribery: Bansal fails to depose, court issues fresh summons

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, a prosecution witness in the railway bribery case, Tuesday failed to appear in court due to his ill health. The court directed him to appear before it Sep 22 and warned that it will not entertain any exemption application that day. Bansal's counsel Puneet Ahluwalia told Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judg...

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Asian Games: Indian boxers will participate under tricolour

Incheon, Sep 16 (IANS) Indian boxers will be allowed to participate under the national flag in the 2014 Asian Games starting here Friday after the world body AIBA gave provisional recognition to Boxing India, a newly-elected federation. AIBA president C.K. Wu, in statement Tuesday, said Boxing India, has been unanimously approved for provisional membership and also asked the federation t...

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Delhi court extends police custody of IM suspect

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) An Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, who was allegedly involved in the 2010 Jama Masjid bomb blast in New Delhi, has been remanded in 20-day police custody by a court here Tuesday. A sessions judge has extended the custody of Ajaz Sheikh, 27, a Pune resident, and allowed Delhi Police to quiz him further, till Oct 6. He was presented before the court after expiry ...

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Kenya maintains flight ban to Ebola-hit West African nations

Nairobi, Sep 16 (IANS) The Kenyan government will not lift a travel ban to West African countries affected by an outbreak of Ebola virus disease until the risk reduces to a manageable level, officials said Tuesday. Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri told journalists that Kenya remained vulnerable to Ebola transmission, and hence needed to intensify surveillance at ports of en...

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Resident Indians split on Scottish referendum

Edinburgh, Sep 16 (IANS/RAY) Non-resident Indians (NRIs) or persons of Indian origin (PIOs) living in Scotland are reportedly divided on which way to vote in Thursday's referendum, which will decide whether Scotland remains a part of Britain or becomes independent. The Indian government's assessment, according to a diplomatic source, is the community is split on their voting intentions. ...

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HC dismisses Catholic priest's plea against extradition to US

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a plea against an extradition order by Catholic priest Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who was accused of molesting a child in the US in 2004. Justice Pratibha Rani rejected the plea, saying it was premature as the Centre has not taken any decision yet. Jeyapaul, 59, challenged the trial court order recommending his extr...

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After win, party a viable alternative in Bengal: BJP

Kolkata, Sep 16 (IANS) The BJP Tuesday asserted it has come up as an alternative in West Bengal and exuded confidence of doing well in the 2016 state polls after winning the Basirhat South assembly by-election. BJP's Samik Bhattacharya scraped past Trinamool Congress and former Indian football captain Dipendu Biswas by 1,586 votes to enter the assembly, thereby emulating Badal Bhattachar...

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Croma, Snapdeal join hands to sell electronic products online

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Electronics retail chain Croma and e-commerce portal Snapdeal.com have entered into a strategic partnership to sell electronics products online, the retail chain said Tuesday. Croma is run by Infiniti Retail Limited, a 100 percent subsidiary of Tata Sons. As part of this tie-up in the initial phase, Croma and Snapdeal.com would jointly work towards market...

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Over 2 lakh rescued in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Over 237,000 people have so far been rescued in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir and the train route between Srinagar and Baramulla has been restored, an official statement said. Over 237,000 people have been rescued so far by the armed forces and NDRF (National Disaster Relief) from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, a statement from the defence ministry said. ...

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Former Chinese official gets death for bribery

Beijing, Sep 16 (IANS) A former senior housing official in east China's Hangzhou city was Tuesday sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for bribery and abuse of power. The Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court in Zhejiang Province convicted Zhang Xin, former deputy head of the Hangzhou Housing Bureau, of taking bribes totalling 124 million yuan ($20 million), which included cash, ca...

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Will make environment norms for industries more stringent: Javadekar

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) The government will make environment norms for industries more stringent, but at the same time these will be practical, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Tuesday. The minister also emphasised balancing economy with growth, and said poverty is the biggest polluter. A few days back we made environment norms for cement industry more stringent. We w...

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New policies on pilot basis should not be restrictive

Chennai, Sep 16 (IANS) While welcoming the idea of insurance regulator to allow general insurers to launch new policies on pilot basis, industry officials differ on the issue of limiting the pilot market geography, volume of business and the treatment of expenses/losses. On Monday a working group set up by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) in its report said the curre...

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