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Mass public events to mark international Yoga Day in Belgium

Brussels, May 28 (IANS) Mass public yoga sessions in collaboration with Indian embassy will take place across several Belgian cities to mark the very first International Yoga Day on June 21, it was announced here. Several thousand people are expected to participate in free yoga events in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent, among other cities, Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Yoga is more t...

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'IS executes 20 at Palmyra archaeological site'

London, May 28 (IANS/AKI) Islamic State terrorists shot dead 20 people in the Roman Theatre of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, forcing local people to watch the executions, a monitor said. IS claimed those executed were Shia and Alawite Muslims from the Syrian armed forces and allied militiamen, said the UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory. Local activists in Palmyra sai...

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Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy

London, May 27 (IANS/EFE) Former British prime minister Tony Blair will step down from his post as representative of the Middle East Quartet in early June, a source close to the former British prime minister said. Blair, who has held the position for eight years, wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to inform him that he would be leaving the post, the source said. Blair, acc...

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Mobile, Twitter data can be used to estimate crowd size: Study

London, May 27 (IANS) In an era of mobile internet, data is a key element in many fields. Now researchers say they can even use geographical data from mobile phones and Twitter to estimate the size of a large crowd. Over a two-month long study in Milan, researchers from Britain's Warwick University analysed geo-tagged tweets and mobile phone use, based on the mobile data provided by loca...

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Manmohan Singh meets Modi

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Hours after rebutting the BJP's allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against the erstwhile UPA government, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. Manmohan Singh's office said the meeting took place on an invitation from Modi. It said the two leaders discussed the country's economic situation and ...

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France to cooperate in future Bengaluru, Kochi metro projects

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) France is looking to collaborate in a major way in India's sustainable urban development and smart cities projects, and has evinced interest in the phase II Metro projects in Bengaluru and Kochi as well as in the launch of Metro services in Nagpur, officials said here on Wednesday. French envoy Francois Richier, speaking at an event here, said bilateral cooperati...

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Wenger hits back at Mourinho for criticising Arsenal

London, May 27 (IANS) English football club Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Wednesday took a swipe at Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea manager criticised Arsenal's season during a speech at the Blues' awards dinner. In a speech that also involved the use of graphics, Mourinho suggested that Arsenal only played between January and April, while claiming that the team wanted to play with tw...

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Tabu will bring whole new energy to 'Fitoor': Abhishek Kapoor

Mumbai, May 27 (IANS) Tabu, who has replaced veteran actress Rekha in Fitoor, will bring a whole new energy to her part in the movie, director Abhishek Kapoor said on Wednesday. Tabu is a powerhouse of talent, having made her mark as a strong performer in this male-dominated industry of ours. Her wonderful performances in Indian and international shores are too many to be named. She is a...

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I get better with age, says Pique

Barcelona, May 27 (IANS) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique on Wednesday said he gets better with age and wants to stay at the Spanish club for the rest of his career. The Spain centre-back has enjoyed a glittering career at Camp Nou, lifting his fifth Liga title this month. The 28-year-old has another four years on his contract with the Spanish champions and has no intention of mov...

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Godrej Industries net up 23 percent in 2014-15

Mumbai, May 27 (IANS) Godrej Industries Ltd. posted consolidated net profit of Rs.402 crore for fiscal 2014-15, registering 23 percent increase year-on-year (YoY) from Rs.326 crore in previous fiscal (2013-14). In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the city-based manufacturing firm said consolidated income grew 16 percent YoY to Rs.9,360 crore for the fiscal u...

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Engineers India net down 35 percent in 2014-15

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) State-run Engineers India Ltd reported a consolidated net profit of Rs.313 crore for fiscal 2014-15, a decline of 35 percent year-on-year (YoY) from Rs.483 crore posted in previous fiscal (2013-14). In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the city-based Navratna listed firm said its consolidated income, however, declined marginally three...

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Committed to provide 5 percent reservation: Rajasthan to Gujjars

Jaipur, May 27 (IANS) The Rajasthan government on Wednesday told agitating Gujjars that it was committed to provide five percent reservation to the community under the special backward class category. In a letter to Gujjar Aarkshan Sangarsh Samiti convener Col. (retd) Kirori Singh Bainsla, the government, however, said: It will be difficult to provide 4 percent reservation from 21 percen...

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Manmohan says never used public office to enrich himself, BJP hits back

New Delhi/Surat, May 27 (IANS) Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday denied having ever used public office to enrich himself or his family, prompting BJP president Amit Shah to mount a fresh attack on him over the 2G allocation controversy. The day also saw Manmohan Singh going to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 7 Race Course residence for a meeting that caused some surprise i...

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Hackers steal data on 100,000 US taxpayers

Washington, May 27 (IANS/EFE) A group of hackers stole confidential data on more than 100,000 US taxpayers over the past four months, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, reported. At a Tuesday press conference, Koskinen said that the hackers accessed tax returns containing a large amount of personal data via the IRS Get Transcript service between February and...

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Man shot at for giving land for cell phone tower in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 27 (IANS) Separatist guerrillas on Wednesday shot at a man whose brother had given land on rent for a mobile phone tower in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said. Militants fired at 25-year-old Imtiyaz Ahmad Nadroo in Pattan town, a police officer told IANS. Nadroo was admitted to a hospital for treatment. This was the third such attack in thre...

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Railway hawkers set fire to BJP office, burn Babul Supriyo's effigy

Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) Irate hawkers set fire to a BJP office by flinging a burning effigy of union minister Babul Supriyo on Wednesday in protest against railway authorities barring them from peddling their trade at the Asansol railway station. According to police, a fire tender was immediately rushed and the fire at the office in Burdwan district - a makeshift structure - put out withi...

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Heat wave toll in Andhra, Telangana crosses 1,300

Hyderabad, May 27 (IANS) The heat wave sweeping across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana claimed over 200 more lives since Tuesday, taking the toll to 1,360. Officials on Wednesday night said 157 people succumbed to sunstroke in Andhra Pradesh while 70 died in Telangana since Tuesday. There was no respite from the blistering heat as both the states recorded temperatures three to seven...

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'PK' collects $7.03 mn in China

Mumbai, May 27 (IANS) Actor Aamir Khan's PK, which hit the screens in China on May 22, has turned out to be biggest international release for an Indian film across 5,400 screens and a collection of a massive $7.03 million. PK had also turned out to be the highest grossing Indian film in Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan, and the highest grossing foreign language movie in North America ...

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Delhi assembly rejects Centre's notification; it's AAP vs Centre

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Delhi assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution against the Centre's decree giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the power to post and transfer bureaucrats in the capital, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of nurturing dictatorship. The strongly-worded resolution passed by the Aam Aadmi Party-dominated assembly has now brou...

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India a natural partner, says German defence minister

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Germany is keen on collaborating with India in defence technology and equipment, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday as she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The German minister, who is on a three-day visit to India, also met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday night to discuss defence cooperation between the two countries. ...

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