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No files from PMO went to Sonia, says Manmohan

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Former prime minister Manmohan Singh Thursday denied that any files were sent from the Prime Minister's Office to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's office as claimed by former party leader Natwar Singh in his new book. Manmohan Singh also told the media that private conversations should not be misused for capital gains. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, earli...

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Kerala government plans to rehabilitate nurses from Iraq

Thiruvananthapuram, July 31 (IANS) The 350 Kerala nurses who returned from strife-torn Iraq have been asked to attend a meeting here Aug 6 to discuss their job prospects, an official said Thursday. The decision to ask the nurses to attend was made at a meeting with the owners of private hospitals in the state and the Middle-East Thursday. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister...

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Amalraj-Madhurika lose in TT mixed doubles fourth round

Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) India's Anthony Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar lost in the fourth round of the mixed doubles table tennis event of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Scotstoun Sports Campus here Thursday. The Indian pair lost 2-3 (11-7, 3-11, 10-12, 11-7, 4-11) to Singapore's Ning Gao and Ye Lin in 32 minutes. It was a topsy-turvy match for the Indian team, who won the firs...

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Preparing a blueprint to Indianise education: Dinanath Batra

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) After getting American scholar Wendy Doniger's book on Hinduism pulped, retired 85-year-old teacher and educationist Dinanath Batra, an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has a new mission: preparing a blueprint for Indianising the country's education system and liberating it from the clutches of western education. Emboldened by the Gujarat government's mo...

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UNCTAD to set up centre in Kolkata: Mamata

Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said UNCTAD will set up a centre of excellence in entrepreneurship training in Kolkata. United Nation's leading agency, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has announced to set up a centre for excellence in entrepreneurship training in Kolkata in association with EMPRETEC and our state gov...

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Ukrainian parliament rejects PM's resignation

Kiev, July 31 (IANS) The Ukrainian parliament Thursday rejected the resignation tendered by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk last week, the parliamentary press service said. Yatsenyuk's resignation was backed by only 16 of the 339 deputies present at the 450-seat assembly, Xinhua reported. The decision means that Yatsenyuk and the current cabinet will continue to fulfil their duti...

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Goa Catholics upset over deputy CM's comment

Panaji, July 31 (IANS) Catholics living in Goa can be called Indian Christians but not Hindu Christians, the Catholic Association of Goa said Thursday criticizing Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza's comments. We, their heirs (of Hindu ancestors) are now Christians. We can be surely called 'Indian Christians'. When one does not know what one is talking about, then it is better to rema...

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Six killed in boat capsize in Bangladesh

Dhaka, July 31 (IANS) Six bodies have been recovered after a boat, carrying over a hundred passengers, capsized in the Jamuna river in Bangladesh. Chawhali upazila executive officer Mohammad Abdullah said the mishap took place around 10 a.m. Thursday in Sirajganj district, bdnews24.com reported. Abdullah said the boat was ferrying the passengers from Mituani Bazar to Char Salimab...

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Teenaged girl raped by stepfather, landlord

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) A 13-year-old girl was raped by her stepfather and landlord here. Both have been arrested, police said Thursday. The landlord, 40, and stepfather, 35, both of whom are unemployed, had been sexually assaulting the girl for close to a year, police said. They were arrested following a complaint by her mother Tuesday at Gandhi Nagar police station in east De...

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Militants shoot at private guard in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 31 (IANS) Separatist guerrillas Thursday shot at a private security guard posted at a hospital here, an official said, adding his condition was critical. Nazir Ahmad was working as a security guard at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital here when he was shot at by militants. He was critically injured. Militants fired at the ex-serviceman from close range,...

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Efforts on to check dog, monkey menace in parliament

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said that efforts are being made to tackle the monkey and dog menace inside and around Parliament House. The measures being taken include scaring the monkeys away by trained persons who disguise themselves as langurs, Naidu stated in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. He said that the New D...

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Kashmiri literature documented in website

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) In an endeavour to make languages like Pahari, Gujree, Dogri, Kohistani and Sheikhagal from Jammu and Kashmir accessible to a wider audience and introduce them to their rich folklore, a group has developed a website that will be launched Aug 5. This could be one of the first initiatives to document languages from Jammu and Kashmir to make younger generation lear...

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'Blue' light at dimly-lit places keeps workers healthy

London, July 31 (IANS) In a first, researchers have shown that a particular kind of artificial light is capable of ensuring that biological rhythms of our body clocks are correctly synchronised despite the absence of sunlight. The results could help working environments that are dimly to moderately lighted like polar research stations, thermal and nuclear power stations, space missions a...

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US military women less likely to drink than civilians: Study

New York, July 31 (IANS) A survey of US military veterans has revealed that female veterans are actually less likely to drink than their civilian counterparts. Women react differently to their experience in the military than men do. We suspect that part of the reason for the negative link between military service and alcohol use for women is the threat of sexual harassment and as...

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Justin Bieber pokes fun at Orlando Bloom

Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom rivalry goes online. The pop star posted a photograph on Instagram in which the actor is seen crying at the opening night of Romeo & Juliet. Bieber, who narrowly avoided being punched by Bloom during a heated dispute in Ibiza in the early hours of Wednesday morning, continued to taunt his rival by posting a photograp...

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Making life easier for northeasterners

* Recruitment of northeastern youth in the police forces of other Indian cities. * Equal number of hostels for both the boys and girls from the northeast region. * Initially, Delhi's civic bodies to publish calendars highlighting festivals of the northeastern states. * Body for allocating funds to those from the northeast during crisis situations. * Northeast help...

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One-way, one-stop office for northeasterners suggested

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) An IPS officer belonging to the northeast in every city with a sizable population from the region, a one-stop office for redressing complaints and setting up forums and special squads to investigate hate crimes against them are among the 60 recommendations made by the Bezbaruah Committee that recently submitted its report to the government. The 15-member committ...

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Protein can prevent brain damage from toxic chemicals

New York, July 31 (IANS) Engineering a protein, research shows, may prevent brain damage in civilians and soldiers exposed to poisonous chemicals - particularly those in pesticides and chemical weapons. A set of proteins called phosphotriesterases have the unique capability of detoxifying chemicals in a class known as organophosphates - found in everything from industrial pesticides to t...

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Paddlers Sharath, Shamini in mixed doubles quarters

Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) India's mixed doubles table tennis pair of Sharath Kamal and Shamini Kumaresan advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Thursday. The Indian duo recorded a hard fought 11-6, 8-11, 4-11, 13-11, 11-7 win over Australian pair David Powell and Jian Fang Lay in the Round of 16 at the Scotstoun Sport Campus here. The Indian team started...

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Trap corrupt policemen, Kejriwal tells rally

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Thursday urged autorickshaw drivers to trap policemen who demand bribes by recording their voice on mobile telephones. I ask you to record or do a sting if any policeman demands money or issues an illegal challan, the former chief minister told a rally here of thousands of autorickshaw drivers. Kejriwal pledged to act against ...

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