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Sensex surges 215 points; auto stocks gain

Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Wednesday was trading 215.28 points or 0.81 percent up as auto stocks gained. Almost all the sectors were trading in green and the rally was led by auto, capital goods, healthcare and banking sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,782.57 points...

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Clear sky in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) It was a pleasant Wednesday morning here with a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season. The Met office has forecast the sky will be clear in the day. The sky will be clear Wednesday and the day's maximum temperature is likely to hover around 33 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. ...

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US court lets US group challenge Modi immunity

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) A US court has asked a human rights group to respond by Nov 4 to the US government's suggestion of immunity in a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged crimes against humanity. US federal Judge Analisa Torres Tuesday issued an order asking the American Justice Center (AJC) to file its response to suggestion of immunity for Modi filed by US pros...

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Child sexually abused in Bangalore school

Bangalore, Oct 22 (IANS) A three-year-old girl child studying in a private school here was allegedly sexually abused Tuesday in her nursery class, police said Wednesday. We have registered a criminal case late Tuesday on a complaint by the victim's father that his young daughter was sexually abused in the Orchid The International School premises, Police Inspector T.C. Venkatesh told IANS...

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European Champions League standings

Paris, Oct 22 (IANS) Following are the European Champions League standings for Groups E to H after Tuesday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points), according to Xinhua. Group E Bayern Munich 3 3 0 0 9 1 9 Roma 3 1 1 1 7 9 4 Manchester City 3 0 2 1 3 4 2 CSKA Moscow 3 0 1 2 3 8 1<...

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Modi to have a busy Diwali visit to Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Diwali visit here Thursday to express solidarity with the flood affected people of Jammu and Kashmir will be packed with meetings, government sources said. The prime minister is expected to land at the airport here around 1 p.m. Thursday. He will then go to the Raj Bhawan where he will meet members of flood-affected families, includi...

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Rogerio set to break Giggs world record

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 22 (IANS) Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni is one victory away from earning his fourth Guinness World Record by eclipsing a mark held by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs. The 41-year-old will become the footballer with the most victories for the same club if Sao Paulo defeat Chapecoense in Brazil's Serie A championship Wednesday, reports Xinhua. Rogerio an...

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Diwali festivities begin in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Oct 22 (IANS) Early morning festivities were witnessed across Tamil Nadu as people woke up to the sounds of crackers and the visual treat of diyas on Diwali - the festival of lights - Wednesday. People had special sesame oil bath and wore new clothes. Relatives and friends asked one another Ganga Sthanam Aachha? - is bathing with the water of holy river Ganga over? Peopl...

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When Rihanna dressed like 'Harry Potter'

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) Singer Rihanna was spotted here in a Harry Potter style costume. She wore the wizard-like get-up while heading for a business meal here Monday, reports mirror.co.uk. The 26-year-old combined a black coat with a funky pair of blue and pink striped gloves. She finished the look with a pair of plastic-rimmed glasses. She has often made many heads turn...

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Germany raises humanitarian aid to Iraq

Berlin, Oct 22 (IANS) Germany has pledged a further 20 million euros (about 25.5 million dollars) in humanitarian aid to Iraq, the foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The additional funds are immediately available and will be used primarily in the context of winter assistance for refugees and internally displaced people in Iraq, Xinhua quoted the German foreign ministry as sayi...

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Palestine, Israel urged at UN to halt unilateral initiatives

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday called on Palestine and Israel to overcome differences and halt unilateral initiatives that fuel mistrust, so as to pursue long-term stability in the region. Making the appeal at a quarterly open debate of the Security Council on the Middle East, Ban briefed the participants on the Gaza reconstruction efforts and his...

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Airstrikes help ground forces fight IS: Pentagon

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the Syrian city of Kobane despite efforts by the Islamic State (IS) to take the town, a spokesperson for US defence department said Tuesday. Coalition airstrikes in and around the city on Syria's border with Turkey have been augmented by an airdrop of arms to Kurdish forces fighting the terror group, Xinhua quote...

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India calls on Israel, Palestine to resume peace process

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) India has called upon Israelis and Palestinians to resume the peace process as dialogue remains the only viable option to address the issues confronting the region. In a brief statement at the UN Security Council Tuesday, India's Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji said, We remain hopeful that the current ceasefire will be sustainable and both sides will resume t...

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Cinematographer Ashok Kumar passes away

Chennai, Oct 22 (IANS) Ace southern cinematographer Ashok Kumar Agarwal, who was battling for life here for over the last six months with health-related issues, passed away Wednesday. Cinematographer-director Ashok Kumar Agarwal passed away due to health problems this morning. He was undergoing treatment in hospitals in Chennai and Hyderabad over the last six months, a family source told...

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China urges Israel to create conditions for peace

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) Chinese government has called on Israel to create necessary conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Palestine. At an open debate of the Security Council on the situation of the Middle East, Chinese envoy Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, urged Israel to put an end to the construction of settlements on occupied territories, lift...

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Sarah Jessica angers homeowners association

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has come under fire from a homeowners association here after she staged a photoshoot for her shoe line on the steps of the house that featured in her hit TV show Sex And The City. The property on Perry Street in Manhattan is frequently visited by fans, who wish to see where Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw lived, and the owners have ...

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Palestine seeks UN action to end Israeli occupation

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) A Palestinian envoy to the UN Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to support its initiative to end Israel's occupation within a time frame and protect the Palestinians. At an open debate of the Security Council on the situation of the Middle East, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, said that it is high-time to move b...

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Tahirul Qadri ends protest in Islamabad

Islamabad, Oct 22 (IANS) Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri ended his sit-in protest Tuesday, only to restart its new stage in December in the port city of Karachi. Addressing the participants of his sit-in in Islamabad, he told them to pack their belongings and return to their homes. The sit-in lasted for over two months, Geo News reported. Qadri announced to sta...

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Britain sends drones to fly over Syria

London, Oct 22 (IANS) The British defence ministry Tuesday confirmed that unmanned drones would fly in surveillance missions over Syria. Britain's remotely piloted aircraft systems, Reaper and Rivet Joint aircraft will be authorised to head out on surveillance missions in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants, Xinhua reported. Michael Fallon, Britain's secr...

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Pitbull to host 2014 American Music Awards

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Singer Pitbull has been finalised to host the 2014 American Music Awards (AMA) again. The rapper, who had hosted it last year, will front the awards show from the Nokia Theatere here Nov 23. He admits he is thrilled to be back, reports hollywood.com. Pitbull said: World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row. The harder I wo...

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