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Circus tiger kills girl in China

Beijing, Nov 1 (IANS) A circus tiger killed a girl in China's southwestern Chongqing Municipality Friday, according to the theme park. The eight-year-old girl was attacked by the tiger when she slipped into a closed animal training site of a circus in Leheledu Amusement Park while visiting with her relatives Friday night, Xinhua reported. The girl died in the hospital after serio...

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Digvijaya appears in court on Gadkari defamation suit

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Congress leader Digvijaya Singh Saturday appeared before a Delhi court in connection with a defamation case filed by union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. Earlier in the day, Digvijaya Singh did not appear before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha and sought exemption for the day, which was opposed by Gadkari's counsel. ...

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Children's theatre festival to begin in Delhi Sunday

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The 12th edition of the National School of Drama's (NSD) children's festival will begin here Sunday, a statement said Saturday. Featuring performances in eight languages - Assamese, Bengali, English, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri and Hindi, the festival will continue till Nov 14. Theatre in Education Co.'s (TIE) this year's edition of 'Jashnebachpa...

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Private security sector needs regulation: Rijiju

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju Saturday said the private security sector should be regulated while the Private Security Agencies Regulation (PSAR) Act, 2005 needs stringent enforcement. Speaking at FICCI's Private Security Industry Conclave 2014, he said: There is a need to regulate the sector more effectively and provide a professional touch to i...

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Indian Army's Eastern Command turns 94

Kolkata, Nov 1 (IANS) Indian Army's biggest operational command - the Eastern Command - responsible for military operations along the international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Nepal, Saturday turned 94. The Eastern Command will continue to strive for unparalleled professional competence to ensure the highest standards of operational readiness, Lt. Gen. M.M.S. Rai,...

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SC upholds life imprisonment for soldier

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court has upheld the life imprisonment awarded to a soldier for killing a senior JCO who had tried to sodomise him hours before the incident and had beaten and humiliated him for refusing to satisfy his lust. Rejecting the contention of the jawan B.D. Khunte that he acted under provocation, the apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice Adarsh Ku...

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India cuts gold, silver value to ascertain import duty

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) With the prices of both global and silver declining sharply in the global markets, India has slashed their import tariff value to ascertain their import duty, an official statement said Saturday. The tariff value for gold has been cut to $391 per 10 grams from $401, while that for silver has been reduced to $551 per kg from $575 per kg. These tariff values for a h...

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BJP should emerge as a diverse party: Modi

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said that the BJP should emerge as a diverse party reflecting the diversity of the country. BJP should also come across as a diverse party. People from all strata of society should feel that we have a representative in this vase of flowers, Modi said at a function to launch the BJP's first membership drive post its emphatic wi...

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Federer as good as India's brand ambassador

Now two back-to-back tennis leagues will be taking the country by storm on a whirlwind tour and their organisers insist the two are totally different -- the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) has Asia-based franchises while the Champions Tennis League (CTL) is for the six city-based teams in India. The two leagues should be a lot more popular than all leagues other than cricket. ...

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Acute shortage of healthcare professionals in hospitals: Study

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Ninety nine percent of Indian hospitals are dealing with acute shortage of healthcare professionals and severe challenges in acquiring the right talent, a study revealed here Saturday. The study, Healthcare Talent Issues, conducted to map the talent crunch in the healthcare delivery industry, stated that in 70 percent of the hospitals surveyed the positions of doc...

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Another Burkina Faso army officer seizes power

Ouagadougou, Nov 1 (IANS) Burkina Faso's senior military officer Isaac Zida, who was in command of the presidential guard, Saturday announced he has seized power as head of state during the interim period. I now assume... the responsibilities of head of the transition and of head of state to assure the continuation of the state and a smooth democratic transition, Xinhua cited Col. Zida a...

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BJP among world's most important organisations: Modi

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Prime Minster Narendra Modi Saturday said the BJP is one of the world's most important organisations and could even be a subject of study. The BJP is one of the most important organisations in the world. Yet we have never positioned it like that, Modi said at the launch of the party's membership drive. To be a member of BJP is to live the disciplined life ...

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Drunk Russian burns self in bath tub, dies

Panaji, Nov 1 (IANS) A Russian died of burn injuries as he forgot to switch off the water-heater after immersing himself in a bath tub in an inebriated state, police said Saturday. Alexander Nesterovich, 51, who succumbed to his severe burn injuries at the Apollo Victor hospital in Margao, 35 km from here, was staying at a five-star resort in south Goa, where the accident happened.

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Odisha to procure 30 lakh tonne rice in 2014-15

Bhubaneswar, Nov 1 (IANS) The Odisha cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday approved the procurement of 30 lakh tonnes of rice in 2014-15, an official said. Food Supply and Consumer Affairs Secretary Madhusudan Padhi said that normal paddy would be procured from farmers at Rs.1,360 per quintal while Grade I paddy would be procured at Rs.1,400 per quintal. The go...

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Two dozen injured as farmers, police clash in Mathura

Lucknow/Mathura, Nov 1 (IANS) Over two dozen people, including a few policemen, were injured here Saturday when a group of farmers, protesting the delay in compensation for their land, went berserk and pelted stones at security personnel, officials said. Violence broke out near the Gokul Barrage in Mathura when police tried to disperse the farmers staging a sit-in along with Bharatiya Ja...

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Assam to hand over jihadi activities cases to NIA

Guwahati, Nov 1 (IANS) Assam will hand over cases related to jihadi activities in the state to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Saturday. Gogoi reviewed the law and order situation in the state during a meeting and said the cases will be handed over to the NIA so that they can be probed thoroughly as they have international ramifications. W...

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12 killed in Himachal bus accident

Shimla, Nov 1 (IANS) Twelve people were killed and five injured when a privately-owned mini bus rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district Saturday, officials said. The death toll could rise as rescue operations are going on. The bus, bound for Himgiri village, fell into a 700-metre gorge near Shool nullah in Salooni tehsil, some 90 km from Chamba town. The...

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'Industry lacks awareness of IP creation benefit'

New Delhi, Nov. Nov 1 (IANS) Indian industry lacks awareness of the benefits of intellectual property (IP) creation and enforcement for wealth creation, and this needs to be corrected, Chaitanya Prasad, controller general of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks, DIPP, ministry of commerce and industry, said here Saturday. The lack of awareness disables Indian industry from realising the po...

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Telangana chief minister accuses Modi government of bias

Hyderabad, Nov 1 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao Saturday charged the Narendra Modi-led central government of bias against the state. The chief minister alleged that the Centre is not cooperating with Telangana in the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. He also reiterated that the Andhra Pradesh government is denying Telangana its due share of el...

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Revoke prohibitory orders in Bengal village: Congress

Kolkata, Nov 1 (IANS) The Congress Saturday demanded return of normalcy in the violence-hit Makhra village in West Bengal's Birbhum district where prohibitory orders have been clamped following the death of three people in political clashes Monday. With the village being kept out of bounds for the opposition, state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accused the Mamata Banerjee gov...

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