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Trinidad meeting hopes to end Windies cricket impasse

Kingston (St. Vincent), Oct 31 (IANS/CMC) The feuding parties in the ongoing West Indies cricket dispute will meet in in Trinidad Friday, in another effort to resolve the bitter impasse. The West Indies players walked off the recent one-day international tour of India in protest over the terms and conditions of their new contracts, sparking a messy row with their union, the West Indies P...

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1984 riots a dagger through India's chest: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was like a dagger pierced through India's chest. Our own people were murdered, the attack was not on a particular community but on the entire nation. It was like a dagger pierced through India's chest, Modi said while referring to the riots in his address on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhb...

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China pledges financial aid to Afghanistan

Beijing, Oct 31 (IANS) China Friday pledged to provide a non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan ($81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year, authorities said. China will provide a non-reimbursable assistance of 1.5 billion yuan (about $244 million) in the upcoming three years to Afghanistan, Xinhua quoted Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as saying. Speaking at the opening ceremo...

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Uchida extends contract with Schalke

Berlin, Oct 31 (IANS) Japanese footballer Atsuto Uchida has agreed on a contract extension with German club Schalke. Schalke's right back put pen to paper on a three-year extension to stay with the Knappen until June 2018, as his old contract expires at the end of the season, Schalke confirmed in an official statement Thursday, reports Xinhua. This is a good news for us. We have ...

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Jailed reporter's family urges Iran to release him

Tehran, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) The family of Washington Post's Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian, held without charges in Iran for more than 100 days, has called on Tehran to set him free. For over 10 years, Jason has written fair and honest descriptions about life in Iran and worked hard to correct misconceptions about that country. It has now been 100 days since his detention without ...

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Russia, Ukraine agree on gas supplies

Moscow, Oct 31 (IANS) Russia, Ukraine, and the European Commission (EC) have signed an agreement on gas supply and transit conditions until March 2015, media reported Friday. The agreement was signed Thursday by Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yury Prodan, and vice president of the EC in charge of energy, Guenther Oettinger in Brussels, RT news reported...

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Sensex, Nifty hit record highs

Mumbai, Oct 31 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday touched a record high of 27,529.89 points, surpassing previous high of 27,390.60 points hit Thursday. Good buying was observed in IT, capital goods and technology, media and entertainment (TECK) sectors; while selling pressure was seen in consumer durables sector. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of th...

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Build on Patel's legacy, exhorts Modi

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel gave us one nation and it is now for us to turn it into a superior India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday at an event to mark the birth anniversary of the country's first home minister. Sardar Patel gave us one India and it is our responsibility to turn into sreshta (superior) Bharat, said Modi at the Rashtriya Ekta Divas (Nation...

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US body probes India's trade policies under Modi

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched an investigation to examine significant changes to India's trade and investment policies since the new Modi government came to power. The quasi judicial federal agency said it was undertaking an investigation of India's trade and investment policies at the request of two Congressional panels - the Hous...

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Of poetry, adventurism and untold stories

From the world of poetry and adventurism to the tale of Seeta's journey through fields, palaces and forests, the IANS bookshelf this weekend offers this and more. Take a look. 1. Book: Collected Poems 1969-2014; Author: Arvind Krishna Mehrotra; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 286; Price: Rs. 399. Narrating the story of Indian poetry, this collection is the first comprehensive collecti...

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Kerry cites Modi visit to show new diplomatic challenges

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) Citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit, Secretary of State John Kerry says US diplomacy faces new challenges in a globalised world with countries flexing their muscles and standing up for their own interests. A lot of countries have economic power today that they didn't have in the last century... and they're feeling their oats, he said in an in...

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Shiv Sena to boycott Fadnavis oath ceremony

Mumbai, Oct 31 (IANS) The Shiv Sena Friday announced a complete boycott of the swearing-in ceremony of the first BJP government in Maharashtra, scheduled later in the day. In a front-page statement in the party mouthpiece, Saamana and Dopahar ka Saamana, the party said that no legislator, parliamentarian or other officials shall take part in the oath taking ceremony of BJP's Chief Minist...

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Kaka to debut for Orlando City in a friendly

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 31 (IANS) Kaka is set to make his debut for Orlando City in a January friendly against Brazilian giants Flamengo, media reports said. The match has been scheduled for Jan 28 at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Xinhua quoted Brazilian sports news portal Lancenet as saying. The fixtures will form part of Orlando City's pre-season programme as they prepare for their...

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Rajnath Singh flags off unity rally in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Oct 31 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday flagged off 'Run for Unity' here to mark the birth anniversary of India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He flagged off the run after paying tributes to Sardar Patel at his statue near assembly building. A large number of people, majority of them BJP workers, participated in the run. Many of them wer...

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Can never forget Sardar Patel's role in uniting India: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The country can never forget Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's contribution in uniting the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Friday. The British wanted India to break into pieces but Sardar Patel unified the 550 provinces into one country, Modi said while addressing the nation on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel being observed as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas...

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Gandhi seems incomplete without Sardar Patel: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Mahatma Gandhi seemed incomplete without Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as he played an integral role in the freedom struggle launched by the father of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Friday. Sardar Patel joined Mahatma Gandhi in the integration of farmers in the freedom struggle. He (Patel) played an integral role in the Dandi yatra, Modi said while...

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Modi flags off Run for Unity

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday flagged off Run for Unity from Vijay Chowk to mark the the birth anniversary of India's first home minister Sardar Patel. Modi walked along the Raj Path to India Gate after flagging of the run in which hundreds of people participated. ...

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Israel recalls ambassador after Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Jerusalem, Oct 31 (IANS) Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden Thursday to protest the Scandinavian country's decision to recognise a Palestinian state, an Israeli foreign ministry source said. Yitzhak Bachman, Israel's ambassador in Stockholm, was brought back for consultations, according to the source, following Sweden 's announcement earlier Thursday. Bachman will return to Jerusal...

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Rise over differences of creed, community: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said people should rise over differences of creed, community, language. Our culture and legacy is of unity in diversity. Let us rise over differences of creed, community, language, Modi said as he addressed the nation on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is being celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary ...

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Text of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas pledge

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Here is the text of the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas pledge: I solemnly pledge that I dedicate myself to preserve the unity, integrity and security of the Nation and also strive hard to spread this message among my fellow countrymen. I take this pledge in the spirit of unification of my country which was made possible by the vision and actions of late Sardar Vallabhbhai ...

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