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Seven killed in firecracker shop fire

Jaipur, Oct 23 (IANS) At least seven people were killed early Thursday in a fire at a firecracker shop in Rajasthan's Barmer district, police said. The incident took place around 1 a.m. at the shop in Balotra area of the district, over 430 kms from the state capital Jaipur. We have so far recovered seven bodies from the shop while rescue operation is still on, Barmer Superintende...

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Brazilian president leads among women, older voters

Brasilia, Oct 23 (IANS) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is to compete in a presidential runoff Sunday, leads among women and older people. According to a poll released Wednesday, Rousseff, with a supporting rate of 47 percent, is ahead of her rival Aecio Neves, with 43 percent support, although four percent of the electorate remains undeclared and could potentially swing the vote...

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Modi greets nation on Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of Diwali and hoped the lamp of prosperity be lit among the poor. In a message posted on Facebook, Modi said: Wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali. May our lives be illuminated with joy and peace. May the lamp of prosperity be lit among the poor. ...

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Pleasant Thursday in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) The national capital is likely to experience a pleasant weather on Diwali Thursday, the Met Office said. The sky will remain clear through the day and there will be light mist towards the evening, said an official from the India Meteorological Department. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. Thursday morning was su...

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Brazil footballer banned for pushing referee

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 23 (IANS) Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero has been banned for three Brazilian Serie A football matches after being found guilty of physical aggression towards a referee. A five-member panel of Brazil's Superior Sports Justice Tribunal Wednesday voted 3-2 against the Peru international forward, whose suspension is a blow to Corinthians' hopes of a top-four finish, r...

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Jorgensen hopes Lee's doping rumour to be 'false alarm'

Paris, Oct 23 (IANS) World No. 3 shuttler Jan O Jorgensen said he hopes the reports about Malaysia's top badminton player Lee Chong Wei having failed a doping test is a false alarm. Lee, who withdrew from last week's Denmark Open citing an injury, was reported by Malaysian media earlier this week to have failed a random test at the world badminton championships in Copenhagen late August....

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Olympiacos beat Juventus in Champions League

Athens, Oct 23 (IANS) Greek football club Olympiacos shocked Italian giants Juventus 1-0 in the third Champions League Group A match held here. Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami scored for Olympiacos on the 35th minute, the sole goal of the game played at Karaiskaki stadium Wednesday night, reports Xinhua. The result improved the Greek club's prospects of qualifying for the knockout...

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Former Windies coach says he was fired by WICB

Kingston (Jamaica), Oct 23 (IANS/CMC) Ottis Gibson says he was fired as the West Indies head coach despite a statement from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) suggesting otherwise. Gibson's declaration Wednesday three months after ending ties with the WICB contradicts a statement from the board which said the two had mutually agreed to end their association, reports CMC. Gibson...

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Chinese company signs Rio 2016 uniform deal

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 23 (IANS) Chinese sports apparel maker 361 will be the official uniform supplier for the Rio 2016 Olympics, the organizers have said. The company will provide more than 106,500 uniforms to the technical staff, volunteers, test event personnel and torch relay participants, Xinhua cited from a statement on the Rio 2016 website. With the responsibility of supplyi...

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'Fake' Chelsea footballer jailed for four years

London, Oct 23 (IANS) An impostor who pretended to be a Premier League club Chelsea footballer has been jailed for four years. Medi Abalimba, 25, posed as Gael Kakuta and spent 20,000 pounds on a spree in Selfridges, stayed at top hotels and even hired a helicopter, Xinhua reported local media as saying Wednesday. Manchester Crown Court heard Abalimba, of Burton Street, London, o...

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Modi to celebrate Diwali with soldiers at Siachen Glacier

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his Diwali visit to Jammu and Kashmir Thursday by celebrating the festival of lights with the soldiers at the Siachen Glacier. Government sources said the prime minister will first arrive at the Siachen Glacier to celebrate Diwali with the soldiers guarding the world's highest battlefield for the country. The prime m...

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US air defence forces on alert after attack on Canadian parliament

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) Air defence forces were put on high alert and cities across the US increased security after Wednesday's deadly shooting attacks on the Canadian parliament in the capital city of Ottawa. Shortly after the attack, President Barack Obama spoke to Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the phone and offered any assistance Canada needed in responding to these atta...

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Gabriel fires Flamengo to victory over Internacional

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 23 (IANS) Flamengo eased their relegation fears after a Gabriel double gave them a 2-0 victory over Internacional in Brazil's Serie A championship. On Wednesday, the midfielder struck twice in the second half at the Maracana stadium as the Rio club rose to 10th in the standings, nine points clear of the drop zone, reports Xinhua. The result left Internacional ...

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European Champions League standings

Paris, Oct 23 (IANS) Following are the European Champions League standings after third round of matches finished Wednesday (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points), according to Xinhua. Group A Atletico Madrid 3 2 0 1 8 3 6 Olympiakos 3 2 0 1 4 4 6 Juventus 3 1 0 2 2 2 3 Malmv FF ...

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To me, he's like another species: Sofia Vergara on Manganiello

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Actress Sofia Vergara thinks her beau and actor Joe Manganiello is from another species. Vergara admits that the actor's physique is incredible, reports femalefirst.co.uk. To me, he's like another species. I look at him, and it's like I feel like I am like in the movie 'E.T.' Remember? When an alien lands ... and I'm the one who gets to play with it, th...

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UN envoy calls for peace process in South Sudan

United Nations, Oct 23 (IANS) A UN envoy Wednesday called on the international community to help push for peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan, stressing that the untold suffering of the people of South Sudan must stop. There is no alternative to silencing the guns and concluding without further delay a comprehensive peace agreement in order to return the country towards th...

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Obama 'cautiously optimistic' about Ebola

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) President Barack Obama Wednesday said he is cautiously optimistic about the Ebola situation in the US, as his government announced a new programme that will actively monitor for 21 days every person coming from West African nations hit by the deadly virus. The public health infrastructure and systems that we are now putting in place across the board around the ...

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Indian-American appointed to key counter spying job

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian-American Anita M. Singh has been appointed to a key post in the Justice Department's National Security Division (NSD) as part of a restructuring to counter state-sponsored economic espionage and proliferation, including through cyberspace. The strategic changes are designed to put additional focus on the protection of national assets from such threats an...

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Canada shooting 'a senseless act of violence': New Zealand

Wellington, Oct 23 (IANS) New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key Thursday described the shooting incident near Canadian Parliament as a senseless act of violence. The reasons behind the fatal shooting in Ottawa this morning are not yet known, but it is clearly a senseless act of violence, Xinhua quoted Key as saying in a statement. I wish to extend New Zealand's sincere condolence...

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Obama wishes all Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) President Barack Obama has in video message wished a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak to all those who celebrate the festival of lights saying it was a reminder that light will ultimately prevail. Obama, who in 2009 became the first US president to celebrate Diwali at the White House, recalled the wonderful time he and his wife Michelle had celebrating the festival...

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