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President hails elevation of India-UAE ties

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday expressed great satisfaction at the elevation of the relationship between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The president's remarks came when Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is on a thr...

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Hansal Mehta, Rajkummar Rao remember Shahid Azmi on death anniversary

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Shahid director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. Released in 2013, Shahid is based on the true story of Azmi. He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. Rajkummar essayed the role of Azmi in the film and won the best actor National a...

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Cancer patients in India increase due to lifestyle changes

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) India has seen a 7.5 percent rise in the number of cancer patients due primarily to poor lifestyle choices such as consumption of alcohol, 'pan masala' and tobacco, a study has revealed. The lifestyle problems have contributed to cancer of lips, mouth, stomach, colon and rectum among men and to breast, ovarian and cervix uteri cancers among women, says the 'Globo...

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Koirala's death sparks 'controversy' in Nepali media

Kathmandu, Feb 11 (IANS) The sudden and unexpected death of former prime minister Sushil Koirala earlier this week has sparked a controversy in Nepal, giving rise to questions in the media like why his illness was kept in the dark and why was he not taken to a hospital for treatment. Nepal's major dailies on Thursday -- a day after Koirala, 76, was cremated with state honours on the bank...

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Mughal Gardens open for public from Friday

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday inaugurated the annual 'Udyanotsav' or the opening of the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan for the public. The Mughal Gardens will be open for the public from February 12 to March 19 between 9.30 am to 4 pm, except on Mondays which are maintenance days. People will also be able to visit the Spiritual Garden, Her...

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SRK fined Rs.1.93 lakh for illegal ramp outside 'Mannat'

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan has been fined Rs.1,93,784 by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation for constructing an illegal ramp outside his bungalow 'Mannat' in Bandra, a RTI query revealed here on Thursday. Activist Anil Galgali sought details under RTI on a reinforced cement-concrete ramp constructed outside the actor's landmark bungalow which was used for...

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Don't see any difference between male or female director: Pulkit Samrat

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Actor Pulkit Samrat, who is gearing up for the release of filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar's romantic drama film Sanam Re, says he does not see any difference between a male or a female director. Pulkit, who has mainly starred in films directed by male director till now, has been directed by a female director for the first time. He, however, feels that there is no di...

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Maharashtra Governor applauds 'Chalk N Duster'

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has appreciated actresses Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi-starrer drama movie Chalk N Duster, calling it a thought-provoking film. Juhi, who plays the role of a teacher in the Jayant Gilatar-directorial, which released on January 15, had earlier requested Rao to watch a film. The Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak actress on Thursday...

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Two held for cheating debit card users

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Two people have been arrested here on charge of cheating several people across India by obtaining their debit card details on the pretext of verification, police said on Thursday. Vicky Soni, 26, and Sunil Pandey, 25, were arrested on Wednesday from their hometown Mungeli in Chhattisgarh. They were involved in online cheating by gathering information fro...

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BJP frustrated, so celebrating alliance with BPF: Gogoi

Guwahati, Feb 11 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said the BJP was frustrated and that was why they were so upbeat over the alliance with the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) for the upcoming assembly elections. A day after BJP president Amit Shah hailed the alliance between his party and the BPF, Gogoi at a press conference said the BJP cannot even contest the elections w...

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'Destination North East' starts in Delhi on Friday

Agartala, Feb 11 (IANS) 'Destination North East 2016' festival begins in the national capital from Friday in an effort to bring the rest of India closer to the northeast region. The union ministry of DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) is organising the three-day event at New Delhi's Pragati Maidan. Destination North East is being organised aiming to bring the rest of Ind...

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Pachauri case: Chargesheet within 15 days, police tells HC

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Police on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it was likely to file a chargesheet within 15 days in the sexual harassment case registered in February last year against environmentalist R.K. Pachauri by a former TERI colleague. Delhi Police said it has prepared the draft chargesheet which is now being scrutinised by the prosecution branch. Justice S.P....

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Congress questions attempts to 'justify' Ishrat Jahan encounter

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday questioned the attempts to use Pakistani-American terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley's court testimony to justify the fake Ishrat Jahan encounter which it said were not permissible by law. The fundamental question remains whether Ishrat Jahan and her three accomplices were killed in a fake encounter in 2004. A probe into the...

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India launches framework for malaria eradication by 2030

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The Health Ministry on Thursday launched the National Framework for Malaria Elimination, which aims to eradicate mosquito-borne diseases from India. The framework will serve as a road map for advocating and planning for malaria eradication in a phased manner by 2030, a health ministry statement said. Its objectives include eradication of malaria from all...

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Pandit Jasraj honoured in Houston

Washington, Feb 11 (IANS) Pandit Jasraj has been honoured in Houston for his lifelong contribution to classical Indian art. He is happy that he is able to popularise Hindustani music in the US. At an event in Houston on February 6, India House, an organisation representing Houston community in the US, recognised and honoured Pandit Jasraj. I have fond memories of my musical journ...

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Nurses to go on relay hunger strike from Friday

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The All India Government Nurses Federation will go on a relay hunger strike from Friday to February 27 to press for their demand to be paid all benefits recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission. The two-week strike will also see the nurses across India go on mass casual leave on February 26. The nurses have demanded increment in nursing, risk and night d...

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Kate Winslet in 'Collateral Beauty'?

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Actress Kate Winslet is in talks to join the upcoming drama film Collateral Beauty, which stars Will Smith in the lead. Details about Winslet's role are not known at this time, reports variety.com. Apart from Smith, the film also stars Helen Mirren, Ed Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris. Actress Keira Knightley is also in negotiations to jo...

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Udaipur to come alive with sound of music at WMF

Udaipur, Feb 11 (IANS) The world of music will come alive at Udaipur, the city of lakes, for the World Music Festival, which will bring together a wide array of artists across genres from India, Africa and Europe. The two-day event will start on Saturday at the Fateh Sagar Paal and Railway Training Institute Ground, here. The festival also marks the celebrations of 60 years of di...

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Indian named S Asia regional director at international arbitration court

Paris, Feb 11 (IANS) Indian lawyer Abhinav Bhushan has been appointed the regional director for South Asia in the International Court of Arbitration, which is under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The first Indian to be appointed as deputy counsel of the ICC earlier, Bhushan will be based in its Asia offices in Singapore and will take on part of the role of the outgoing regi...

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Imphal economic blockade affects transportation of goods

Imphal, Feb 11 (IANS) A five-day economic blockade imposed along National Highway 37 from Wednesday midnight has adversely affected transportation of essential supplies from other states to Manipur, an official said on Thursday The blockade has been imposed by the Jiribam Districthood Demand Committee (JDDC) to press its long-standing demand for the upgradation of the Jiribam sub-divisio...

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