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Former British PM named in child sex abuse case

London, Aug 4 (IANS) Former British prime minister Edward Heath was named in an alleged claim of historical child sexual abuse made in the 1990s, Britain's police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said on Monday. The IPCC said that it will investigate allegations concerning the handling of the claim by local police in Wiltshire, where Heath had lived for many y...

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China sets world record for largest umbrella

Beijing, Aug 3 (IANS) An umbrella company in China's eastern Jiangxi province has set a new Guinness World Record by creating the world's largest umbrella. The umbrella -- 23 metres in diameter and 14.4 metres in height -- was certificated by Chinese representatives of Guinness World Records on Monday in Xingzi county, Xinhua reported citing the county's publicity department. The...

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Russia launches hotline to prevent people from joining IS

Moscow, Aug 3 (IANS) A telephone hotline aimed at preventing people from joining the Islamic State (IS) militant group has been launched in Russia. Russians, who fear that their family members could be under the threat of being recruited by the IS, can address their concerns to the State Civic Chamber by phone or in writing, Xinhua quoted the chamber's press service as saying. Th...

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Naga peace accord signed, stakeholders welcome move

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) The central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah on Monday signed a historic accord that promises to bring peace in the northeastern state ravaged by violence for over six decades. Various stakeholders welcomed the move, saying it will bring a new dawn of peace and development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the accord was an in...

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Bengal floods: Toll over 70, Mamata blames discharge from dams

Kolkata, Aug 3 (IANS) The toll in the West Bengal floods on Monday shot up to over 70 and affecting 36 lakh people even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the release of water from barrages for the deterioration of the flood situation in two districts. At least 20 deaths were reported during the day from the flood-hit districts, said disaster management sources here. The fresh loss...

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Rishi Kapoor like a father to me, says Abhishek Bachchan

Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) Actor Abhishek Bachchan is extremely fond of his All Is Well co-star Rishi Kapoor who is like a father to him. You cannot bring your personal life in front of the camera. Personally I love him. He is like a father to me. I'm a huge fan of his. But I cannot bring it in the film because that is the opposite of what I'm meant to play with him in the film, said Abhishek ...

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Carborundum Universal Q1 profits rise by 21 percent

Chennai, Aug 3 (IANS) Abrasives, ceramics and electro-minerals manufacturing company Carborundum Universal on Monday reported a rose by 21.5 percent in net profit for the first quarter of 2015-16 at Rs.33.25 crore as against Rs.27.36 crore in the same period last year. According to the consolidated financial results, consolidated net sales dropped by six percent to Rs.487 crore from Rs.5...

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Scribe still missing, Mamata orders CID probe

Kolkata, Aug 3 (IANS) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday ordered a CID inquiry with regard to a journalist in a local paper who has gone missing, days after he reported irregularities and corruption in the admission process in a college. Chayan Sarkar, a correspondent with the Uttarbanga Sangbad in Alipurduar district, is missing since Sunday morning. He had lodged a complaint with...

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Am a girl first, then a sportswoman: Sania

Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) Few sportspersons are associated with glamour and fashion but tennis star Sania Mirza, who walked the ramp at the India International Jewellery Week (IIJW), contends she has the same wishes and desires as a normal girl, despite being in a challenging sport. I am a sportsperson but I'm a girl first. And that's why I'm fond of jewellery just like any other girl. Being ...

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Naga peace accord details to be made public soon: PMO official

Shillong, Aug 3 (IANS) The details of the historic peace accord signed on Monday between the government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-IM will be made public soon, a top official from the Prime Minister's Office said. The finer details of the text of the agreement will come out shortly, the PMO official told IANS on condition of anonymity. He said the peace accord...

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Modi speaks to Sonia, Mulayam after Naga accord

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) Reaching out after signing of historic peace accord between government and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN (I-M), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to leaders of various political parties including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. According to an official press release, Modi also spoke to for...

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BJP's land bill reversal, now for consent, social impact

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) In a major climbdown from its stated position, BJP appears to have agreed to restore key provisions of UPA's land law including those related to consent and social impact assessment (SIA), informed sources said. The sources said that members of ruling National Democratic Alliance moved amendments at the Monday's meeting of the joint committee on land bill, seeking...

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Kerala health tourism promotion in Kochi in October

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 3 (IANS) Kochi will play host in October to the fifth edition of the Kerala Health Tourism (KHT) aimed to promote the state as a preferred destination for health tourism To be held over two days starting October 30, the main agenda of KHT 2015 will be to make Kerala the hub of medical tourism in the country by 2020. After KHT was launched, hospitals in Ker...

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Rajnath reviews flood situation in Bengal, Odisha

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the flood situation in West Bengal and Odisha and assured both state governments of full central support, an official statement said. He spoke to the chief ministers of both the states - Mamta Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik - and inquired about the flood situation in the states, the statement said. He assur...

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Motorsports: Sandeep, Arvind take early leads in Dakshin Dare Rally

Chitradurga (Karnataka), Aug 3 (IANS) Defending champion Sandeep Sharma (co-driver Karan Arya) of Team Maruti was on top in the four-wheelers (Ultimate Car) category, while TVS' Arvind K.P. led the chart in the two-wheelers (Ultimate Bike) competition on the first day of the seventh edition of the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare Rally here on Monday. Sandeep, driving a Gypsy, completed the tw...

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States haven't used funds for post-matric scholarships for STs

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) Twenty states and union territories did not spend a single penny out of the total fund released for post-matric scholarships for students from the Scheduled Tribes in 2014-15, the union government said on Monday. Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava said this in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. According to the statement of f...

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Efforts on for release of two Indians in IS captivity in Libya

New Delhi/Hyderabad, Aug 3 (IANS) Two of the four Indians released by Islamic State militants in Libya are set to arrive in India on Tuesday even as efforts are on for securing the release of the other two men. According to informed sources, efforts are continuing for the release of T. Gopikrishna and Balram Kishan, who are still in captivity of the IS militants in Libya's Sirte. ...

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Implement guidelines to promote gender equality: UGC

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) The UGC has directed universities and colleges under its jurisdiction to urgently implement guidelines to promote gender equality. The University Grants Commission in a letter to the universities said: To increase the outreach for creating an environment that fosters equal treatment, government of India envisages engagement of 'gender champions' in all education i...

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Assam fixes new speed limits on national highways

Guwahati, Aug 3 (IANS) People can now drive at 100 km per hour on four-laned divided carriageways on the national highways (NHs) in Assam, according to new speed limits fixed on Monday. The public works department (building and national highways) has prescribed speed limits for all types of vehicles in the various stretches of national highways in the state, according to an official stat...

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Telangana sets up study circle for minority students

Hyderabad, Aug 3 (IANS) The Telangana government has decided to set up Minorities Study Circle in Hyderabad to prepare students from minority communities for competitive exams. It is one of the measures being taken by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for education and economic development of minorities. The minorities welfare department on Monday issued orders in th...

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