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AIIMS to provide shelter to patients, relatives in winter

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) With the slump in the temperature and cold winds sweeping across the national capital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has geared up to provide night shelters to the patients and their relatives who fail to get a bed and have to camp outside the premiere institution. Keeping in mind the increasing number of patients turning up for treatment, t...

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SSB playing important role on borders: Government

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Lauding the services of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at the Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Nepal borders, the central government Saturday said the force was playing an important role in curbing anti-national activities and international crimes. Speaking at the 51st Raising Day function of the SSB here, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said...

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Balloons, jugglers, acrobats weave mesmerising spell at ISL closing show

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Football-shaped balloons were released into the night sky, ball jugglers displayed their silken skills and acrobats showcased feats of extraordinary ability and balance before a capacity crowd at the D.Y. Patil stadium here during the ISL closing ceremony ahead of the final between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters Saturday. The darkness of the night was dissi...

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Trinamool attacks Jaitley, vows to oppose insurance reform

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Affirming its opposition to insurance sector reforms, the Trinamool Congress Saturday hit out at union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who has charged the West Bengal's ruling party of obstructing the upper house of parliament. Trinamool Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O'Brien accused Jaitley of falsehood and putting spins to things and asserted seven to eight parties...

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Rishika, Rutuja move ahead in ITF women's qualifiers

Pune, Dec 20 (IANS) Rishika Sunkara scored an easy straight set win over Arthi Muniyan, while Pune's Rutuja Bhosale had to make a rally from one set down to beat Vasanti Shinde to move into the second round of the qualifying tournament for the NECC-ITF women's $25,000 tennis tournament here Saturday. Eleventh seed Rishika won 6-1, 6-1, but now faces a tough task of competing against top ...

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Bengal girl raped by friends in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) An 18-year-old girl from West Bengal was gang raped by two of her friends, including a juvenile, in the national capital, Delhi Police said Saturday. The girl, a native of New Jalpaiguri, told police that Rahul, 20, and his juvenile friend lured her to their house in south Delhi's R.K. Puram Friday evening and raped her in turns. The girl works with a pla...

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Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing for two days

Cairo, Dec 20 (IANS) Egypt will reopen the blocked Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip Sunday and Monday in both directions, official news agency MENA reported Saturday. The crossing will also be opened to allow stranded Palestinians and humanitarian aid into the enclave, MENA said. The terminal, the only window for some 1.8 million Palestinians to the outside world, was cl...

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Arrest warrant issued against Pakistan Taliban chief

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and nine others for storming the Karachi airport in June 2014, Dawn online reported. At least 30 people, including all 10 attackers, were killed after an all-night gunfight with milita...

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Bharat Hotels chief Jyotsna Suri new Ficci president

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Bharat Hotels chairperson Jyotsna Suri was Saturday elected president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) at the industry chamber's 87th annual general meeting here. Ambuja Neotia group chairman Harshavardhan Neotia was elected senior vice president and Zydus Cadila chairman Pankaj R. Patel as vice president. Suri, who wa...

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Vinod Rai roped in to make Indian Railways transparent: Prabhu

Panaji, Dec 20 (IANS) Former scam-busting Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai has been roped in by the Indian Railways to evolve a transparency mechanism for the functioning of the ministry and its operations. I have asked our former CAG Vinod Rai, whose integrity is well respected by all. I have requested him to come and guide us on ways and means to make railway functioning...

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Doctors seek arrest of suspended BJP MLA, boycott work

Jaipur, Dec 20 (IANS) Doctors across Rajasthan boycotted work Saturday for one hour demanding arrest of Prahalad Gunjal, suspended BJP MLA from Kota North constituency . We boycotted work for one hour today (Saturday) and from tomorrow (Sunday) we have decided not to boycott work but to protest in a way that patients do not suffer, Ajay Chaudhary, organising secretary of the All Rajastha...

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Himachal seeks funds to link panchayats with roads

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Saturday called on union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh here and sought additional assistance for connecting panchayats with the road network. He apprised the union minister that the state has formulated a comprehensive plan to connect all the panchayats with roads in a phased man...

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NDA committed to strengthening healthcare infrastructure: Rajnath

Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday stressed upon the need of improving conditions of the primary health centres (PHCs) as he asserted the NDA government was committed to improving India's medical infrastructure. Speaking at the convocation ceremony of the King George Medical University (KGMU) here, Singh said that it was the eneadvour of the Narendra Modi g...

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Differences within Hindu Mahasabha over Godse statue

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Differences have cropped up within the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha over the organisation's purported plan to erect Nathuram Godse's statue in the capital. Claiming to be the national president of the Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj said: The organisation has never demanded any such thing as erection of the statue of a person who was a culprit. Godse...

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Goa, Hawaii could be sister states: Tulsi Gabbard

Panaji, Dec 20 (IANS) India's most popular beach tourism destination Goa and America's tropical island state of Hawaii could be sister states as the two places had a lot of similarities, first Hindu US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said Saturday. In a statement issued by the Hawaii Congresswoman's office, Gabbard, who is in Goa to attend an international conclave, said there were a lot of ...

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Use indigenous products in Konkan Railway: Prabhu

Panaji, Dec 20 (IANS) Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Saturday said more products indigenous to the Konkan region should be used along the Konkan Railway (KR) route, pushing for the use of 'kokum', a sour tropical fruit commonly used in local curries and sherbets. Prabhu was speaking at a function organised by KR at the Karmali railway station, a short distance from Panaji. Start ...

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Kashmir sees historic polling percentage: EC

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Saturday saw 76 percent turnout in the fifth and final phase of polling, and recorded an overall polling percentage of 65 percent, which was historic and unprecedented, the Election Commission said here. The turnout in Jharkhand was 66.03 percent, the poll panel said. For Jammu and Kashmir, it was the highest polling percentage in the la...

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'PK' surpasses Rs.25 crore mark on opening day

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Aamir Khan did it last winter with Dhoom: 3 and now with PK, the versatile actor once again seems to be setting the box office on fire. His latest release, which is riding high on word of mouth, has minted over Rs.25 crore in the domestic market on its opening day, according to trade experts. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the film r...

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Jaitley urges India Inc to build public opinion for GST bill

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) A day after the government tabled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday urged industries to build public opinion in states for passing the law on reforming India's indirect tax system. Any state that does not fall in line (with GST), my advice to all stakeholders is go to states to raise the issue, to convi...

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Chilly Saturday in Delhi, fog disrupts trains, no respite Sunday

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The national capital experienced a chilly Saturday with maximum temperature five notches below the season's average at 17.5 degrees Celsius while fog early morning affected train movement. The weather is likely to remain similar Sunday, the Met Office said. The sky will be partly cloudy tomorrow (Sunday). Moderate to dense fog may occur in the morning, said an In...

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