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Ficci wants labour laws shifted to state list

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) Friday urged the government to shift labour laws from the concurrent to the state list with a view to attract more investment. There is a need to shift labour from the concurrent list to the state list for allowing state governments greater freedom in formulating labour policies to attract higher ...

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My children know they are lucky: Julianne Moore

Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) Actress Julianne Moore's children may be privileged to be growing up in a famous household, but they do not take it for granted. The actress, who is married to director Bart Freundlich, has two children - son Caleb, 16, and daughter Liv, 12. We talk about how lucky we are as a family to have what we need, that the kids are able to go to grade school an...

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'Doki' comes to India

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Globally popular animated series Doki will premiere in India Sep 1 to cater to young inquisitive minds in its own unique way. The series, to be showcased on Discovery Kids, will see the character of Doki and his team embarks on several interesting journeys to find answers to questions about science, nature and the world. The character Doki is a born explo...

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Pamela Anderson boycotts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) Actress Pamela Anderson has refused to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, benefiting the ALS Association. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Tom Cruise and Mickey Rourke took the challenge, which aims at creating awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, but the former Baywatch star begs to differ. She admits that she enjoys a g...

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India vows to respond to Pakistani firing

Visakhapatnam, Aug 23 (IANS) The Indian Army will respond to ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday. The minister also criticized the killing of civilians in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistani firing. Our army is prepared to respond to each violation. The country has full faith that they (army) are effect...

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Clarke doubtful for tri-series opener

Harare, Aug 23 (IANS) Australian captain Michael Clarke has suffered a hamstring injury and could miss the tri-series opener in Zimbabwe, also involving South Africa, starting Monday in Bulawayo. Clarke picked up the injury during Friday's training, which was the team's first training session since arriving in Harare and missed the rest of the proceedings. Michael Clarke experien...

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LaBeouf encountered stalker at home, called police

Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) Actor Shia LaBeouf called 911 after coming face-to-face with an intruder at his home here. A woman who'd been stalking him for week was right at his door. Tmz.com reports that the police arrested 31-year-old Graciela Nahle, who has been there twice and both times skulking around. Nahle copped a quick plea after last week's arrest - no contest to trespas...

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Vijayendra Kumeria blends two passions for TV role

Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) Actor Vijayendra Kumeria, who will be seen as a new entry in ...

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Congress vows comeback in West Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 23 (IANS) The Congress is on a weak wicket in West Bengal but is supremely confident of regaining lost ground, says state party president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. No doubt we now stand on a weak wicket and have been eclipsed by our rivals in many places, the former minister of state for railways said in an interview. This happened only because we failed to assert ours...

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JKLF leader vows to intensify separatist campaign

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of taking a hardline stand on Jammu and Kashmir, JKLF leader Yasin Malik has pledged to intensify the separatist campaign. Replying to questions in Rajat Sharma's TV show Aap Ki Adalat, Malik said: Modi's message is very clear. He is not going to give us (separatists) any diplomatic or political space. He wants to create such...

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Deepika, Arjun unveil 'Shake your bootiya' song

Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) Actors Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor have unveiled Shake your bootiya, the second song from their forthcoming film Finding Fanny. With a creative video and peppy tune, the song has a unique feel. Penned by the duo Sachin-Jigar, the song Shake your bootiya has been sung in a quirky way by Divya Kumar. Talking about the song and its picturisation, Deepika ...

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Pro-liquor lobby in Kerala goes into a huddle

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 23 (IANS) With the Kerala government deciding to close all the 730 bars in the state to bring about prohibition in a phased manner, the pro-liquor lobby has gone into a huddle on how to handle this situation. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who Friday finalised the new liquor policy, will submit to the Kerala High Court Aug 26 a road map that the state government ha...

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Nick Cannon calls it quits

Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) Actor-rapper Nick Cannon has reportedly decided to end his marriage with singer Mariah Carey for the sake of their children. The two married in 2008 and have twins. Tmz.com reports that Cannon is concerned about Mariah's emotional state and ended the marriage because he believes the environment around Mariah is toxic. He fears for his children.

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India coach names squad for Asian Games exposure tour

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) India women's football national team coach Tarun Roy Saturday named a 22-member squad for the exposure tour to China ahead of the Incheon Asian Games next month. The initial list of 31 players has been trimmed to 22 for the 15-day exposure tour from Aug 25 till Sep 9. They will travel to Incheon in South Korea directly from China. The two-time SAFF champi...

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Shaan to spread love, laughs with live concert

Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) Singer Shaan is upbeat about spending 'family time' with a 'Live Love Laugh Shaan Se' concert, where he will be performing with his sister Sagarika Mukherjee and his two sons here Saturday evening. Shaan is happy and nervous about the performance - especially since it is after 14 years that he will take to the stage with his sister, with whom he has earlier sung man...

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To each his own: Modus vivendi between Modi and RSS?

Although the assertions of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat about India being a Hindu nation and that all its citizens are Hindus in a cultural sense have long been among the basic tenets of the Hindu nationalist outfit, the reiteration of these old postulates undoubtedly has something to do with the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) assumption of power at the centre. T...

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Sri Lanka must ensure justice for Tamils: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged Sri Lanka to ensure equality, dignity, justice and self-respect for its Tamil minority. Modi made the appeal when a six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, called on him. The prime minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the a...

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Website launched for Modi's US reception

Washington, Aug 23 (IANS) The Indian American Community Foundation (IACF) has launched a website to give a community reception for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the US in September, a media report said Saturday. The website, pmvisit.org, will ensure the success of the Sep 28 event where he will address an estimated 20,000 people, news analysis website Niti Central reported. Acc...

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CPI-M salutes Ananthamurthy

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The CPI-M Saturday mourned the death of renowned writer and social activist U.R. Ananthamurthy, calling him a firm advocate of secular values. Ananthamurthy had created a style of writing with social relevance in Kannada which had a big impact on Indian literature, the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement. A socialist by conviction, Ananth...

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China used force to quell 2008 Tibet protests: Rights group

Dharamsala, Aug 23 (IANS) Chinese security forces used machine guns to quell protests in Tibetan capital Lhasa in March 2008, a human rights watchdog here has said. A leaked document provides irrefutable evidence that Chinese security forces killed Tibetans in different localities in Lhasa city during the initial protests in March 2008 that ignited the uprising in large parts of the Tibe...

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