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India's forex reserves decline by $810 million
Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) India's foreign exchange reserves fell by $810.7 million to $318.57 billion due to a decline in the currency assets for the week ended Aug 22, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data showed. The reserves declined by $643.3 million to $319.34 billion for the week ended Aug 8. According to the RBI's weekly statistical supplement, foreign currency assets, the biggest ...
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How birds learnt to fly
New York, Aug 29 (IANS) Birds have an innate ability to maneuver in mid-air, a talent that could have helped their ancestors learn to fly rather than fall from a perch, says a study. Even ungainly, day-old baby birds successfully use their flapping wings to right themselves when they fall from a nest, a skill that improves with age until they become coordinated and graceful flyers, the f...
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'Good third-party certification vital for skill development'
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) It is important that a good quality third-party certification is adopted by institutes imparting skill development programmes to the youth, Sarbananda Sonowal, minister of state for skill development, said Friday. I must emphasize the importance of an independent and good quality third party certification to be adopted by institutes imparting skill development pr...
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World Bank to aid $107 mn for road project in Mizoram
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) India Friday entered into an agreement with the World Bank for providing assistance of $107 million for the second phase of the Mizoram State Roads Project (MSRP II). According to the Finance Ministry, the project is fully funded through World Bank's International Development Agency (IDA). This project is the first project facilitating regional connectivi...
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External debt up at $440 bn pumped by NRI deposits
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Notwithstanding the increase in India's external debt stock during 2013-14 to over $440 billion, crucial debt indicators such as external debt-GDP ratio and debt service ratio remained in the comfort zone In its annual publication titled 'India's external debt: A status report 2013-14' released here Friday, the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) said the rise i...
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Bihar flood-hit up the ante over relief drought
Patna, Aug 29 (IANS) Flood victims in Bihar's Nalanda district Friday blocked roads for hours to protest inadequate assistance provided to them by the state government, police said. Angry over lack of relief, the flood-hit people in Bihar Sharif, the district headquarters of Nalanda, staged a protest demanding adequate relief and compensation. The flood victims blocked the roads ...
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Millions of mites crawling on your face right now!
New York, Aug 29 (IANS) Are you aware that your face is brimming with living mites that feed on the oil our skin secretes and hide in tiny hair follicles? And no, they are not pooping on you as they store up all the excreta until they die! A group of scientists led by Megan Thoemmes and Rob Dunn from North Carolina State University has found that almost all Americans over age 18 appear t...
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CBI files charge sheet against Dayanidhi Maran
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) The CBI here Friday filed a charge sheet against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and others in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
The charge sheet was filed before special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge O.P. Saini, who will hear the matter Sep 11.
The CBI has named five individuals. As one among them has died, charges against him abated.
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Bengal to send officers to Singapore for training
Kolkata, Aug 29 (IANS) The West Bengal government will send to Singapore officers who come up with good performances for further training, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced here Friday. Banerjee visited Singapore recently and was impressed with the facilities available there. Addressing the annual conference of West Bengal Civil Service Officers, Banerjee said the training...
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US jeweller sues Sean Kingston
New York, Aug 29 (IANS) A jeweller has filed a law suit against singer Sean Kingston for non-payment for jewelleries and other items. Avi Da calims that he sold the R&B star watches, chains, bracelets and necklaces between 2008 and 2013 - and he's still waiting to be paid. He also claimed that the cheques the singer issued at seven different times over the years, they all bounced, re...
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Nasal cells can repair knee defects
London, Aug 29 (IANS) In a breakthrough, researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have found that cells taken from the nasal septum are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint and can repair articular cartilage defects. Cartilage lesions in joints often appear in older people as a result of degenerative processes. The findings have opened up the possibilit...
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New tool maps how drug abuse affects brain
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) In a first, researchers have developed a laser-based imaging tool to map how drug abuse disrupts blood flow to the brain. The new technology may aid in improving brain-cancer surgery and tissue engineering, and lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts. Researchers demonstrated their technique by using a laser-based method of measuring...
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New environment, aviation secretaries named
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) The central government Friday appointed Steel Secretary G. Mohan Kumar as defence production secretary while Ashok Lavasa was made environment and forests secretary, an official statement said Friday. According to the appointments cleared by the appointments committee of the cabinet, Rakesh Singh, an 1978 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre, will replace Kumar as s...
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Only guilty need to fear: Kerala CM on graft case
Kochi, Aug 29 (IANS) A day after a Kerala court dismissed a probe report in a graft case involving him, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Friday said he is ready to face any further investigation as his conscience is very clear. I am prepared to face any probe because only the guilty need to fear and my conscience is very clear, Chandy told reporters here. A vigilance court in Thiruva...
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Red back in vogue, embrace the colour to boost confidence
London, Aug 29 (IANS) Red is in vogue and it is time for you to give a red makeover to your wardrobe as the colour helps boost confidence. In recent times, Hollywood celebrities, including January Jones, Claire Danes, Rita Ora and Irina Shayk, brought the colour in vogue by hitting the red carpet in red ensembles by different designers. According to a poll conducted by Dove Colou...
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South Korean band N-Sonic set to woo Delhiites
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Popular South Korean band N-Sonic is set to give its maiden performance in the country as part of the K-POP India festival 2014 finale here Saturday. The all boys K-POP band consisting of J. Heart, Sihoo, Byeol, Minkee, Black J and Zion, is all set to make the crowd sway when they belt out their hit numbers at the finale at Siri Fort Auditorium here. Alth...
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Australian PM travels to India to strengthen ties
Sydney, Aug 29 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will visit India next week to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries and engage with Indian Premier Narendra Modi to increase bilateral cooperation, it was announced Friday.
I will travel to India and Malaysia from Sep 4 to 6, said Abbott, for whom it will be his first visit to India as prime minister.
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Unsung deaths, murders fox Delhi Police
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) They are found along railway tracks, by the roadside, in parks, in unused wells, behind petrol pumps... Every single day, Delhi Police recover an average of eight or nine bodies across the capital, some rotting and some bruised and battered. Most victims remain unidentified. A handful are those of children. But mostly, they are in the age group of 35 to 80 years,...
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BSF recovers four kg heroin in Punjab
Amritsar, Aug 29 (IANS) BSF troopers recovered four kg of heroin sought to be smuggled in from the Pakistan side in the Amritsar sector of Punjab, officials said here Friday. Border Security Force (BSF) personnel seized four packets of contraband heroin and one pistol, magazine and ammunition Friday in the Mahwa border outpost, a BSF spokesman said. He said BSF troopers challenge...
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Swiss squad for Euro 2016 qualifier against England
Geneva, Aug 29 (IANS) Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic Friday named the squad to face England in their opening 2016 European Championship qualifier in Basel Sep 8. Xherdan Shaqiri and Goekhan Inler will be the two biggest threats for the English side. Following is the Swiss squad: Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Freiburg), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Yann Sommer (Moenchenglad...