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British healthcare worker to be monitored for Ebola

London, Jan 31 (IANS) A British military healthcare worker came back to Britain from Sierra Leone for Ebola monitoring after he suffered a needle-stick injury when treating a person diagnosed with Ebola, the Public Health England (PHE) said Saturday. The PHE said the person, who suffered a needle-stick injury when treating a person diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone, was transferred by...

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Bomb blasts near Khaleda Zia's office

Dhaka, Jan 31 (IANS) Three handmade bombs exploded Saturday near former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia's office here despite a police presence there, reports said. The blasts took place around 9.15 p.m. (local time) within 150 yards of the office, where the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief has been living since Jan 3, bdnews24.com reported. About 50 police personne...

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Shootout in Delhi: Criminal killed, two policemen injured

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) An 18-year-old suspected criminal was shot dead and his accomplice injured in a shootout in Delhi late Saturday evening, police said. Two policemen were injured in the incident. A police official said a police team raided a house in Sadar Bazar area in north Delhi around 6 p.m on a secret tip-off about presence of a wanted criminal there. As police burst ...

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IS kidnaps 78 people in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 31 (IANS/EFE) Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapped 78 people Saturday in northern Iraq, including 15 workers from a state oil company in Kirkuk, officials said. IS combatants attacked Kirkuk Friday and briefly occupied the North Oil Company field located 25 km southeast of Kirkuk city before abducting 15 workers, an Iraqi police spokesperson told Efe. Peshmerga fo...

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PM pats officials on reach of LPG subsidy transfer scheme

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Reviewing progress of the PaHaL scheme for paying consumers subsidy on cooking gas (LPG) directly into their bank accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday congratulated officials on coverage attained in the world's largest cash transfer programme. PaHaL, which covers more than 9.75 crore (90.75 million) LPG consumers, is perhaps the world's largest cash tr...

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BJP threatening Mukul, Subhendu of arrest in Saradha scam: Mamata

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) Accusing the BJP of threatening her party leaders Mukul Roy and Subhendu Adhikari of arrest over the Saradha scam if they did not quit the Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said she had done nothing wrong and was not afraid of going to jail. Banerjee's comments at the Trinamool core committee meeting came a day after party all-...

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Hyderabadi girl planning to join ISIS returns home

Hyderabad, Jan 31 (IANS) Hyderabad police Saturday said that a city girl residing in Qatar planned to join ISIS and went up to Turkey but came back without joining the terror group. The teenager has returned to her parents in Hyderabad and police have counselled her. Commissioner of Police M. Mahendar Reddy, however, clarified that she neither joined the terror outfit nor underwe...

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BJP calls for Mamata's grilling in Saradha scam

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) The BJP Saturday called for the interrogation of Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the Saradha scam, a day after party general secretary Mukul Roy was grilled by the CBI. Referring to Banerjee's alleged meeting with Saradha chief and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen at Delo in Darjeeling district in March 2012, Bharatiya Janata ...

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Getting lot of messages of support from colleagues: Sujatha Singh

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh Saturday said she was getting a lot of messages of support from her colleagues in the ministry of external affairs after she was abruptly relieved of her post three days ago. In her second television interview in as many days after her tenure was curtailed Wednesday night, seven months before the two-year term was to end, Si...

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India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh explore scope for power trade

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The joint working group (JWG) on sub-regional cooperation between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal Saturday explored the scope for power trade and inter-grid connectivity between the four countries, an official statement said. The delegations from the participating countries discussed potential for closer cooperation at a sub-regional level in water resources ...

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Serena wins Australian Open, notches 19th Grand Slam title

Melbourne, Jan 31 (IANS) Neither illness, nor second-ranked Maria Sharapova could stop the unyielding titan of women's tennis, Serena Williams, from getting her hands on her 19th Grand Slam crown after a straight sets win in the Australian Open final here Saturday. A weary Williams fought off a chest infection and a fast-finishing Sharapova but maintained the upper hand to take her sixth...

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BJP poses third set of questions for AAP

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The BJP Saturday posed its third set of five questions for AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief to answer why power tariff was raised by 7 percent in his 49-day rule last year and why the subsidy was given to the power companies directly. Noting that 189 value added tax (VAT) rai...

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Four more die of swine flu in Telangana, Andhra

Hyderabad, Jan 31 (IANS) Four more people died of swine flu in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Saturday, officials said. While three people died at the government-run Gandhi Hospital here, one woman succumbed at Ongole in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. With this, the toll in Telangana rose to 27 and in neighboring state to three this month. Three people including two w...

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Australia edges out South Korea in Asian Cup final

Sydney, Jan 31 (IANS) It was a game where both sides deserved to win but it was Australia which triumphed 2-1 in extra time to win the country's most prestigious football trophy since entering international matches in 1922. And the coaches -- South Korea's Uli Stielike and Australia's Ange Postecoglou -- aired expected disappointment and joy when the Asian Cup final finally ended here Sa...

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Bengal to compensate kin of workers killed in Tamil Nadu

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) The West Bengal government Saturday announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the families of the nine labourers from the state who were killed when an effluent treatment tank burst in Tamil Nadu's Ranipet town. Of the 10 people who died, nine hailed from the state's West Midnapore district. The government has announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh each for t...

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Devolve functions, funds for smart cities initiative, states told

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo Saturday urged the state governments to devolve necessary functions, funds and functionaries to the urban local bodies to enable them to take up the challenges under Smart Cities initiative. Supriyo was speaking at the conclusion of the two-day Consultation Workshop of States and Stakeholders on Smart Ci...

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Pawar, Dalmiya urged to take over BCCI mantle

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma Saturday called upon veteran administrators Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sharad Pawar to cleanse the Indian cricket board that has been vitiated by sidelined president N. Srinivasan. Verma also rejected reports that Srinivasan, barred by the Supreme Court from contesting the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BC...

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Sachin steals the show at National Games

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 31 (IANS) The biggest cheers as always were reserved for cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar who was one of the chief guests at the opening ceremony of the 35th National Games that got underway here Saturday night. Tendulkar was roped in by the Kerala government as the goodwill ambassador for the Games and even while Malayalam superstar Mohanlal came under flak from cer...

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India's first double hand transplant successful

Kochi, Jan 31 (IANS) Doctors at a private hospital here in Kerala have registered a rare feat of conducting India's first successful double hand transplant. The transplant was conducted at Amrita Institute of Medical Science here Jan 12 and 13 on a 30-year-old train accident victim, who received both hands of a 24-year-old road accident victim. Subramania Iyer, professor and head...

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Two-week-long 35th National Games begin in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 31 (IANS) Finally the 35th National Games got underway here Saturday evening at the brand new state-of-the-art Greenfield Stadium with more than 40,000 spectators cheering every moment. When the clock struck 6 p.m., the chenda melam (percussion) event led by Padma Shri Mattanur Sankarankutty started the programme when more than 100 chenda melam artistes made merry...

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