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OPEC daily basket price closes higher

Vienna, Sep 2 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $100.08 a barrel Monday, compared to $99.99 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (...

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President prays at Vaishno Devi temple

Katra (Jammu and Kashmir), Sep 2 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday prayed at the Mata Vaishno Devi temple here. The president signed the visitors' book and waved to the other devotees. Despite the president's presence, no restrictions were placed on devotees proceeding to the shrine. Katra town is located about 50 km from Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Now, artificial limbs for cows!

Jodhpur, Sep 2 (IANS) Two orthotists here claim to have developed artificial limbs for cows, though it's early days to say how successful they will be. The prosthetics, which have been fitted below the knee on one hind leg each of three cows at Krishna Gopal Gaushala in Nagaur, over 160 km from here, have been developed using waste material of products used to manufacture artificial limb...

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Retired army officer gets two-year jail term

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) A retired army officer has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment by a court here for amassing assets of over Rs.68 lakh, disproportionate to his known sources of income. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Dinesh Kumar Sharma awarded the jail term to retired Brig. Samir Baron Ray who has also been slapped with a fine of Rs.5 lakh. Samir...

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Return as India's envoys, Modi to India-bound Japanese youth

Tokyo, Sep 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday kicked-off a new initiative on training for Japanese youth started by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) at its various facilities in India, asking them to return to Japan as India's ambassadors. You are going as employees of TCS. But I want you to come back to Japan as ambassadors of India, Modi told the first batch of 48 trainees wh...

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Private non-financial firms' sales contracted in 2013-14: RBI

Chennai, Sep 2 (IANS) The total sales of non-financial private corporate sector in 2013-14 declined due to lower sales growth in the manufacturing sector while the services sector logged sales growth, according to a study by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Releasing the data on the performance of the private corporate sector (non-financial), the RBI Tuesday said the information technolo...

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No work permit in Saudi Arabia for Ebola-hit country nationals

Riyadh, Sep 2 (IANS) Saudi Arabia has decided to stop issuing work permits to workers from Ebola-hit countries, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, an official said Tuesday. The precautionary measure is part of a recommendation by foreign and health ministries to prevent the virus from entering the country, Xinhua reported citing the official. On April 1, Saudi Arabia im...

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Apex court holds Kingfisher plea infructuous

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear Kingfisher Airlines's plea that the United Bank of India should not have declared it a wilful defaulter without hearing its case. An apex court bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave said the petition had become infructuous as the state-run bank had already declared the airline a wilful defaulter. The order can be ...

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Despite Modi's comments, India-China ties stable: Chinese daily

Beijing, Sep 2 (IANS) Though Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment in Tokyo Monday about there being an 18th century expansionist mindset in the world today has made international media hype as an allusion to China, the fact remains that China-India relations are stable as India is a rational country, a Chinese daily, known for its sharp views on India, said Tuesday. It also said...

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Islamic State accused of ethnic cleansing

London, Sep 2 (IANS) New evidence uncovered by human rights group Amnesty International Tuesday indicates that the Islamic State (IS) Sunni militant organisation has launched an ethnic cleansing campaign in northern Iraq against religious minorities. A report released by Amnesty International presents a series of accounts from survivors of massacres who describe how dozens of men and boy...

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Ian, Nikki spend about $1,000 at sex shop?

Los Angeles, Sep 2 (IANS) Hollywood couple - actor Ian Somerhalder and actress Nikki Reed - reportedly spent approximately $1,000 at a sex shop in Toronto, Canada. The couple visited Seduction Love Boutique Sunday and bought erotic toys worth $860, including handcuffs and restraints, reports tmz.com. An off-duty employee told the site that they recognised Somerhalder, but could...

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Lindsay Lohan seeks hypnosis to quit smoking

London, Sep 2 (IANS) Actress Lindsay Lohan is reportedly seeking hypnotherapy to help her give up smoking before her West End theatre debut later this month. The 28-year-old will be part of Speed-the-Plow play and will perform from Sep 24 till Nov 29 here, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Lindsay knows that all eyes will be on her and she's worried that if she really starts to crave ni...

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Sensex crosses 27,000-mark

Mumbai, Sep 2 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets hit a record high of 27,061.40 points Tuesday, surpassing its previous peak of 26,900.30 points scaled Sep 1. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) crossed the 27,000-mark for the first time and hit a record high of 27,061.40 points. The Sensex, which opened at 26,888.21 p...

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'Finding Fanny' will open avenues for English films: Karan Johar

Mumbai, Sep 2 (IANS) Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is associated with Hindi commercial blockbusters, is hopeful that English language movie Finding Fanny will open avenues for more such cinema. Finding Fanny narrates the story of five oddballs who venture out in search of Stefanie Fernandes. And on their journey, they find meaning to their otherwise pointless lives. Karan's good fri...

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Pakistan Supreme Court issues notices to parties

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notices summoning all parties after hearing a set of petitions against the sit-in protests by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) here. The notices were issued after petitioner Zulfiqar Naqvi pleaded before the court that all parliamentary parties be summoned so the ongoing political deadlock can...

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NDA politicizing education: Congress

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday accused the government of politicizing the educational system in the country and of trying to alter the federal system of governance. In schools, a different kind of history is being taught, party leader Anand Sharma told the media here. This is already happening in history books of Gujarat. Why is education being politicized? Institu...

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Negredo makes deadline day switch to Valencia

Madrid, Sep 2 (IANS) There was late deadline-day delight for Valencia as the Spanish Primera Liga outfit sealed a last minute loan deal for Spain striker, Alvaro Negredo from Premier League champions, Manchester City. The 29-year-old's move includes an option for Valencia to buy him at the end of the season for a fee thought to be in the region of $30 million, reports Xinhua. It ...

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Sonu keen to maintain balance between Bollywood, southern cinema

Mumbai, Sep 2 (IANS) Sonu Sood, who started his acting journey down south, says he wants to strike a balance between the two thriving film industries - Bollywood and southern cinema. He said that he started down south, so I still do them (southern movies). Southern films give me a chance to choose only a few Hindi films and the best ones. I try to maintain a balance, the 41-year...

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RBI revises Basel III norms, cuts capital maturity to 5 years

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued the revised and final guidelines for raising non-equity regulatory capital instruments by banks required by the Basel-III norms, under which lenders can issue tier-2 capital with a minimum original maturity of five years as against 10 years. Banks can also issue tier-II capital instruments with a minimum maturity of at le...

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Army finds underground tunnel in Kashmir

Jammu, Sep 2 (IANS) The Indian Army Tuesday unearthed an unfinished underground tunnel across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir that was meant to push terrorists into India. The discovery was made in Akhnoor sector, a military spokesman told IANS. The spokesman said here: Having failed to infiltrate terrorists across Jammu division, there was an attempt to construct ...

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