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Hyderabad trust uses 'zakat' to promote education

Hyderabad, July 23 (IANS) A Muslim trust here is showing the way how a collective system of 'zakat', an obligatory system of charity in Islam, can lift the community out of poverty and illiteracy. Though many organisations collect zakat and use it for the poor and needy, the Hyderabad Zakat and Charitable Trust is delivering tangible results in the area of education. More than 25...

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Six African teams for Nairobi World Hockey League

Nairobi, July 23 (IANS) Six teams have confirmed participation in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Hockey League Series in Nairobi from Sep 2-7. The competition will serve as a qualifier for the 2015 World League Championships. African Hockey Federation (AFHF) had initially granted the hosting rights to Zimbabwe, but the southern Africa state declined, citing lack ...

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Musicologist Mohan Nadkarni dies in New Zealand

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Mohan Nadkarni, a renowned Indian musicologist died in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday following a brief illness, his son Dev said. He (Mohan Nadkarni) suffered from a chest infection a fortnight back from which he did not recover. Past couple of years he was suffering from age-related problems which hampered his movements, otherwise he was mentally very fit, Dev to...

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Israel airport safe, says minister

Jerusalem, July 23 (IANS) Israel's Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said that the country's airport is safe for landings and take-offs, despite the fact that a rocket fired from Gaza had landed near the airport. The minister's remarks came after major US, European and Canadian airlines cancelled their flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport located in the outskirts of Te...

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India, Latin America set to tango

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) An India-Latin America Forum to forge a new paradigm of cooperation leading to a strategic partnership could be in the offing in the near future. India and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are exploring possibilities of a dialogue mechanism, based on the recent interactions and talks New Delhi held with the troika of foreign ministers...

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Rain likely in Delhi Wednesday

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) It was a cloudy Wednesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 28.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met Office has forecast a cloudy day with light showers. The day will be cloudy and light rain is likely to occur in some parts of the capital, said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The max...

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Investigators to probe MH17 black boxes

Kuala Lumpur, July 23 (IANS) Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai Wednesday said that crashed Malaysia Airline flight MH17's black boxes would be handed over to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) for forensic analysis. It is normal procedure for black boxes to be sent for analysis to a laboratory authorised by the International Civil Aviation Association, Xinhua quot...

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Sensex gains 94 points; capital goods stocks surge

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Wednesday was trading 93.64 points or 0.36 percent up as capital goods stocks surge. All the sectors were trading in green and the rally was led by capital goods, IT and banking stocks. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,130.26 points, was trading ...

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Scottish minister sees CWG as inspirational

Glasgow, July 23 (IANS) Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has expressed confidence that the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be an inspiration to cities in Scotland which have the ability to manage the international event well. Speaking at a press briefing on the eve of the opening of the Games Wednesday, Salmond welcomed the international media to cover the event from July 23 to ...

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New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning

Rio de Janeiro, July 23 (IANS) Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga has vowed to instil organisation and planning in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time. The 50-year-old Tuesday replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week following Brazil's failure to reach the World Cup final as hosts and pre-tournament favourites, reports ...

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Rodriguez Real Madrid's third most expensive signing

Madrid, July 23 (IANS) Colombian international James Rodriguez has agreed to a six-year-contract which will see him earn around six million euros a year and keep him at Real Madrid until 2020. The Spanish giants Tuesday confirmed Rodriguez's signing from French outfit AS Monaco for a fee believed to be in the region of 75-80 million euros, reports Xinhua. The transfer makes James...

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Kerry, Abbas discuss Gaza ceasefire

Ramallah, July 23 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the possibilities of reaching a ceasefire to end the on-going violence in the Gaza Strip. Kerry phoned Abbas to discuss reaching a truce in Gaza based on the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, Xinhua reported. Late Tuesday, Abbas said that the Israeli offensive...

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Goa government faces flak over tourism junkets

Panaji, July 23 (IANS) The Goa BJP government faced criticism from all sections after documents tabled in the state assembly here revealed Rs.13.24 crore were spent on tourism junkets in the state, since the party came to power in 2012. The documents were tabled in the state legislative assembly Tuesday. The government had earlier faced flak for sanctioning a Rs.89 lakh World Cup...

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I am from northeast... but I am not Mowgli!

Does the Rajdhani Express go to Assam? I thought I had heard something wrong. When the question was repeated, I knew I heard it right. My blood came to a boil. But my conscience got the better of me as I realised that the person may genuinely not know much about Assam. I said instead: No, the Rajdhani goes only till New Jalpaiguri. On the Assam-Bengal border, we get off and take a bulloc...

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UEFA Champions League qualifying results

London, July 23 (IANS) Following are the results from the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg, according to Xinhua: FK Sutjeska (Montenegro), 0 FC Sheriff, Moldova, 3 Sheriff qualify 5-0 on aggregate Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2 FC Santa Coloma, Andorra, 0 Maccabi qualify 3-0 on aggregate Levadia Tallinn, Estonia, 1 Sparta Prague, Czec...

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Lady Gaga joins water conservation campaign

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Singer Lady Gaga has joined a campaign urging the people of California to conserve water. In a new video for the Save Our Water campaign, the singer reveals she learned all about California's water shortage during a recent trip to the state, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She concludes her message by asking the Californians, Do your part to save water. ...

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Jada Pinkett Smith stands up against sexual assault

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has taken on cause of sexual assault after a family incident. Smith is speaking up for rape victims, a cause that nearly hit close to home for the actress, who revealed her niece was recently drugged, though fortunately not assaulted, reports people.com. The 42-year-old had first addressed the topic of sexual assault earlier...

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US approves probes against Chinese tires

Washington, July 23 (IANS) The US International Trade Commission (USITC) Tuesday approved the anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations against imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China. USITC's all six commissioners voted in the affirmative, saying, there is a reasonable indication that a US industry is materially injured by reason of imports of c...

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Eddie Murphy's namesake drops defamation lawsuit

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Actor Eddie Murphy gets a clean chit after a comedian, who shares his last name, dropped a defamation lawsuit against the star. Brando Murphy had filed a $50 million lawsuit against The Nutty Professor actor, accusing him of jeopardising his stand-up career by criticising his act. He also alleged members of the star's entourage had threatened him, reports cont...

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Fighting in Gaza will end 'in very near future': UN chief

United Nations, July 23 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that he believed his talks with world leaders will lead to an end to the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas in the very near future. Ban made the remarks when he briefed the UN Security Council on the Gaza situation Tuesday morning via video conference from Ramallah in the West Bank, the fifth stop on his...

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