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India hails ambitious development agenda adopted by UN General Assembly

United Nations, Sep 2 (IANS) The UN General Assembly has adopted an ambitious 17-point agenda stretching over the next 15 years for eradicating poverty and promoting global development that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called a paradigm shift in approaches to eradicating inequality. The program called Agenda 2030 now goes for adoption to the world summit, which will be attende...

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Tributes paid to YSR on death anniversary

Hyderabad, Sep 2 (IANS) Rich tributes were paid to former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on his sixth death anniversary on Wednesday. YSR's widow Vijayawamma, son and YSR Congress party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, daughter Sharmila and other family members paid floral tributes at his grave in Idupulapaya in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Family members ...

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Curfew relaxed, internet suspended in Manipur

Imphal, Sep 2 (IANS) Curfew was relaxed on Wednesday in riot-hit southern part of Manipur's Churachandpur district to enable residents to buy essential commodities. Authorities had also suspended internet services from Tuesday evening check the spread of rumours aimed at causing trouble. Curfew was relaxed from 5 a.m. so that people could buy essential commodities, Churachandpur ...

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Ailing HMT to be recast, 2,900 watchmakers may lose jobs

Bengaluru, Sep 2 (IANS) Time is ticking away for thousands employees of the ailing state-run HMT, formerly Hindustan Machine Tools, as they face uncertain future due to an imminent closure of some of its loss-making watch subsidiaries despite talks of a golden handshake. Known once as Timekeeper of the Nation, the state-run behemoth is set to lay off 2,900 of its staff, including 1,091 f...

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Samsung launches world's slimmest tablet Galaxy Tab S2

Bengaluru, Sep 2 (IANS) South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Wednesday said it is launching Galaxy Tab S2 at Rs.39,400. The company claimed that it is the world's slimmest tablet. The Galaxy Tab S2 is the world's slimmest tablet. The Galaxy Tab S2 combines features that enhance productivity and usability for a complete user experience powered by 4G data connectivity and speed, Manu ...

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Indian company creates social media for parenting

Chennai Sep 2 (IANS) With families going nuclear, young Indian parents increasingly face the challenge of parenting their offspring properly, said a top official of a social media parenting platform company here. Though there are online resources available, in many cases they are not much relevant in the Indian context and hence we have come out with our online platform parentcircle.com,...

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Zakir Hussain and Hariharan to perform in US

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and singer Hariharan will perform at George Washington University in Washington, US, on September 4, a media report said. The two renowned musicians will perform several shows during their Hazir USA Tour 2015. Tour includes the Lisner Auditorium, Washington, (September 4), Detroit (September 11) and Dallas (September 13), The ...

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CWG street lights: Four-year jail terms for four MCD officials

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) A Delhi court on Wednesday awarded four-year jail terms to four MCD officials convicted in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) street lights scam. Those awarded the jail terms by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Brijesh Garg are Municipal Corporation of Delhi's then superintending engineer D.K. Sugan, then executive engineer O.P. Mahala, then accountan...

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Ban on Gujarat mobile internet services lifted

Ahmedabad, Sep 2 (IANS) The Gujarat police lifted the ban on mobile internet services from midnight of Tuesday-Wednesday, a day earlier than what was originally planned, officials said here on Wednesday. The ban on mobile internet had been imposed last Tuesday (August 25) when the Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had organised a mammoth rally of around a million Patel community memb...

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Estimated loss of Rs.25,000 crore due to strike: Assocham

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has estimated a loss of Rs.25,000 crore to the economy due to the all-India strike on Wednesday. Financial impact of the disruption of essential services might lead to an estimated loss of over Rs.25,000 crore to the economy thereby taking into account the numerous direct and indirect losses, Ass...

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Ancient cold period gives new insight into future

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) A well known period of abrupt climate change 12,000 years ago that occurred rapidly in northern latitudes but much more gradually in equatorial regions holds the key for future climate change, researchers have discovered. The research focuses on the Younger Dryas - a cooling period that started when the North Atlantic Current (an ocean current) stopped circulatin...

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Vitamin A linked to alcoholic liver disease development

New York, Sep 2 (IANS) Counteracting alcohol's effect on vitamin A levels in the liver may lead to novel treatments for alcoholic liver disease, suggests new research. In particular, the research found that chronic alcohol consumption has a dramatic effect on the way the body handles vitamin A. Long-term drinking lowers vitamin A levels in the liver, which is the main site of alc...

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Asian cues dent markets; Sensex down 219 points

Mumbai, Sep 2 (IANS) Volatility prevailed in the Indian equities markets on Wednesday with negative cues from the Asian exchanges continuing to dampen investor sentiment and leading a barometer index to shed 219 points during the late-afternoon trade session. The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was trading 219.49 points or 0.85 percent down ...

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West-Central Railway axes unmanned level crossings

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The West-Central Railway has become the first railway division in the country to do away with unmanned level crossings. The Jabalpur-headquartered division achieved the feat by August 31 with a view to promote safety, the railways said. Of its 118 unmanned level crossings, 80 were eliminated in 2014-15 fiscal. And the remaining were done away with by Augus...

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Man fined for racial abuse at Indian restaurant in Ireland

London, Sep 2 (IANS) A man has been fined 500 pounds (nearly Rs.50,000) for carrying out an assault and hurling racist abuse at the staff at an Indian restaurant in northern Ireland, media reported. Desmond Bell from Park Avenue, Northern Ireland, who allegedly turned up drunk at Raba restaurant on August 31, became aggressive and started hurling abuses at the staff. At one point...

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'Phantom' bears no resemblance to any organisation: Makers

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The makers of Phantom have clarified that the espionage drama bears no resemblance to any actual organisation anywhere in the world, after they received a legal threat by a medical charity MSF over wrongly using its name in the movie. In a statement issued by the film's banners on Wednesday, the producers said: Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd and UTV Sof...

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Course on managing cultural heritage sites

Kolkata, Sep 2 (IANS) To boost scientific planning and management of cultural heritage sites, the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur has designed a short-term course for professionals and researchers in the field. The highlight of this course is its focus on a rational and scientific approach of heritage site planning along with management and implementation issues, said Sanghamitr...

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Violence as shutdown affects life in Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 2 (IANS) Amid reports of violence, the shutdown called by the trade unions against the central government's economic measures affected normal life in West Bengal on Wednesday. While educational institutions and commercial establishments remained closed, public transport, including buses and Metro trains, operated normally. The number of commuters, however, was lower than usu...

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Goalie Navas comforted by Benitez after transfer deal collapses

Madrid, Sep 2 (IANS) Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid's goalkeeper Keylor Navas has spoken with coach Rafael Benitez about his future at the football club after his proposed move to English giants Manchester United collapsed at the fag end of the transfer deadline that ended on August 31. The Costa Rican goalkeeper, a star in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, spoke at length with Benitez bef...

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Intex, Microsoft collaborate for free cloud storage on smartphones

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Domestic handset-maker Intex on Wednesday said it was partnering with Redmond-based IT giant Microsoft to provide 50 GB of cloud storage space for two years via Microsoft's OneDrive in smartphones sold in India. OneDrive will come pre-installed in Intex Smartphones with a memory configuration of 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM, namely Aqua Speed HD, Aqua Power Plus, Cloud Po...

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