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Parrikar, Parsekar condole death of former Goa CM

Panaji, Sep 4 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar condoled the death of former CM Wilfred de Souza, 87, who died on Friday following cardiac arrest. Parrikar, a former chief minister of Goa, said de Souza at the peak of his political career played a crucial role in attaining statehood for Goa. His contribution in making Konkani the o...

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New Sri Lankan government sworn in

Colombo, Sep 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka's new national unity government took oath on Friday before President Maithripala Sirisena. Sri Lanka's new cabinet consists of 42 ministers after parliamentary approval was obtained to appoint more ministers than the 30 approved by the country's constitution, Xinhua news agency reported. Sri Lanka's United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister...

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China's World War II role must be recognized

Beijing, Sep 4 (IANS) On the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a leading British scholar is calling for more recognition of China's contributions to the Allied victory over Japan. I think China played a very important role in the ultimate allied victory in World War II, Rana Mitter, professor of history and politics of Modern China at Oxford University, told Xinhua news agency...

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This electric car will take you places sans fuel

Helsinki, Sep 4 (IANS) Here comes one-of-a-kind electric hyper car that will not only pump adequate adrenaline rush if you participate in a race but will also give you me time if you plan a family weekend getaway without fuel worries. The Finnish Toroidion 1MW electric hyper car is completely electric, holding a 1,341 horse power engine with four direct drive motors -- reaching speeds of...

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Upcoming US macro data dent markets; Sensex closes 563 points down

Mumbai, Sep 4 (IANS) Expectation of an interest rate hike in the US, strengthening crude oil prices and weakening of rupee value dented investor sentiments -- leading to a barometer index to provisionally close 563 points down on Friday. The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) plunged by 562.88 points or 2.18 percent (at 3.30 p.m.). Bear...

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Ex-Danish PM nominated to head UN refugee agency

Copenhagen, Sep 4 (IANS) Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen on Friday put up his predecessor Helle Thorning-Schmidt as the country's candidate for the post of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. As Denmark's first female prime minister, Thorning-Schmidt held the office from September 2011 until June 2015, when she lost in the parliamentary election and stepped down as the cha...

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Britain to accept thousands more Syrian refugees: PM

London, Sep 4 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday announced that the country will provide resettlement to thousands more Syrian refugees in response to the worsening migrant crisis. Cameron, who is currently in Lisbon for talks with his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho, said more details would be set out next week following talks with organisations working in ...

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Tripura HC asks CM to act on lower court assault

Agartala, Sep 4 (IANS) The Tripura High Court Chief Justice has asked the chief minister to take suitable action against those involved in the attack on a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Court here on September 2, a minister said on Friday. According to local media, a group of picketers belonging to the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxists attacked the Sabroom SDM Court on September ...

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Coal minister bats for rail network in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Sep 4 (IANS) Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said he has suggested to the Odisha government to ink a joint venture with Coal India Limited (CIL) to create a rail network for evacuation of coal from the mines in the state. Since we are planning to increase the coal production in the coming years, we want to create a rail network around the coal mines for evacuation...

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India for stronger ties with Afghanistan

Kabul, Sep 4 (IANS) India wants to have stronger ties with Afghanistan, a senior Indian official has said. Sujata Mehta, Secretary in the external affairs ministry, said Kabul's economy would touch new heights if it forged stronger ties with New Delhi, Tolo News reported on Friday. India was working on the Chabahar port project to provide an alternate transit route to Afghanistan...

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New rapid TB tests could reduce mortality

New York, Sep 4 (IANS) Researchers have documented the accuracy of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) which could ultimately make treatments more effective and reduce mortality. Our study shows that TB testing that once took two to three months can now be done in as little as a day, said study co-author Richard Garfein, professor Univer...

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Mysteries, and tales on making a woman's life one's own

Read the tale of Inspector Ashwin Chopra who on the day he retires, discovers that he has inherited some rather unexpected mysteries - the case of a drowned boy and a baby elephant. Also to read this week is a tale from an ambitious female editor of a news magazine - about what it means for a woman to make one's own life. Here's this weekend's dose of IANS books. Read on! 1. Book: The Un...

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Cipla to acquire two US firms for $550 mn

Mumbai, Sep 4 (IANS) India-based global pharmaceutical major Cipla on Friday said its Britain arm - Cipla EU - has entered into definitive agreements to completely acquire two US based companies -- InvaGen Pharmaceuticals and Exelan Pharmaceuticals -- for $550 mn. The combined revenue from these transactions is over $200 million for the year ended December 2014 and over $225 million for ...

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Atletico de Kolkata win first friendly match in Spain

Segovia, Sep 4 (IANS) Defending Indian Super League (ISL) champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) won their first friendly match against Spanish side Gimnastica Segoviana CF under-19 team 9-0 at the Los Angeles de San Rafael ground here. ATK's marquee player Portuguese international Helder Postiga scored a hat-trick, while Canadian forward Ian Hume netted a brace. Jewel Raja, Jaime Gavilan M...

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BRAOU, Telugu universities asked to continue in Andhra

Hyderabad, Sep 4 (IANS) The Hyderabad High Court on Friday directed B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) and Potti Sriramulu Telugu University to continue their services in Andhra Pradesh. Passing the interim orders, the court asked Andhra Pradesh government to pay salaries of the employees of the two universities at their study centres located in that state. While adjourning th...

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Tripura court bans private tuitions, guardians protest

Agartala, Sep 4 (IANS) The Tripura High Court has banned private tuitions by teachers of government and government-aided schools, evoking a strong opposition by the pupils' guardians, an official said here on Friday. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Utpalendu Bikash Saha in a judgment on Thursday also banned private tuitions by private school teachers...

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Japanese opposition vows to block security bills

Tokyo, Sep 4 (IANS) Japan's opposition parties on Friday agreed to cooperate to try to prevent the ruling coalition from railroading national security bills. The bills have already been approved by the Lower House and are currently being debated in the Upper House, state-run NHK news agency reported. The leaders of six opposition parties met earlier in the day. They criti...

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Upcoming US macro data dent markets; Sensex down 524 points

Mumbai, Sep 4 (IANS) Expectation of an interest rate hike in the US, strengthening crude oil prices and weakening of rupee value dented investor sentiments -- leading to a barometer index trading 524 points down during the late-afternoon session on Friday. The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) plunged by 524.38 points or 2.04 percent (at 3.00 ...

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Ex-servicemen want to meet PM, may step up protests

New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Ex-servicemen seeking the implementation of OROP on Friday sought a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and vowed to intensify their agitation if their demands were not met. Leaders of retired soldiers holding a dragging protest in the heart of the capital said they had written five times to the prime minister but there had been no response. We have...

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Separating couple's smiling selfie goes viral

Toronto, Sep 4 (IANS) A selfie recently taken by a separating couple - grinning wide - has gone viral on the internet. The Canadian couple - Chris and Shannon Neuman - clicked the picture outside Calgary Courts Centre in downtown Calgary soon after filing for divorce, Newser.com reported. The image, hash-tagged #teamneuman and #divorceselfie, have been shared nearly 35,000 times....

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