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Iran unveils combat drone

Tehran, Sep 23 (IANS) Iran has unveiled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) armed with air defence missiles suitable for aerial combats, a media report said Tuesday while showing a footage of the new drone. The combat drone has successfully passed operational tests and is now ready to be delivered to the country's armed forces, Xinhua quoted Iranian deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General...

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Serbia willing to support US fight against IS

Belgrade, Sep 23 (IANS) Serbia is willing to support the US in fight against the Islamic State (IS), Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in letter to US President Barack Obama Tuesday. Vucic Tuesday expressed his desire in a letter handed over to US ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued after their meeting. Serbian government suppo...

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Cairo to resume Palestinian-Israeli talks in October

Cairo/Jerusalem, Sep 23 (IANS) Egypt concluded Tuesday a new round of Palestinian-Israeli indirect peace talks in Cairo with both the sides approving the agenda of further talks scheduled for the second half of October, a media report said. The talks were held at the Egyptian Intelligence headquarters in Cairo, Xinhua reported. In late August, Cairo reached a comprehensive truce ...

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Sexual violence during civil war an open wound for Nepal

Kathmandu, Sep 23 (IANS/EFE) Hundreds of Nepalese women who suffered sexual abuse during the civil war are still waiting for justice, eight years after the end of the conflict, human rights organisations reported Tuesday. More than 200 women who were victims of sexual violence have been identified so far, said Kopila Adhikari of the Nepalese organisation Advocacy Forum in a press confere...

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Airstrikes against IS 'only the beginning': Pentagon

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) The airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria overnight Monday were only the beginning of a coalition effort of the US and its Arabic allies in the anti-IS fight, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. I can tell you that last night's strikes were only the beginning, Xinhua quoted Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby as saying during a press briefing. ...

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Thousands of South Sudanese kids face starvation: Unicef

United Nations, Sep 23 (IANS) Thousands of children, up to five years age, are at a risk of dying from malnutrition in South Sudan, the Unicef has warned. About 1.5 million people will be at crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity from September through December, it added. Thousands of malnourished children who have not yet been reached remain in peril, Xinhua quoted Jona...

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'Sensitise public to respect animals, don't punish Delhi zoo tiger'

Kolkata, Sep 23 (IANS) Lamenting the lack of sensitisation among zoo visitors who tease animals and provoke them, wildlife experts and ace magician P.C. Sorcar Junior - who once had three Serengeti lions as pets - say the white tiger that mauled a man to death in the Delhi Zoo Tuesday is not to be blamed. The shocking incident was captured live on cameras. The Delhi zoo clarified that th...

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'Ebola could hit up to 1.4 mn West Africans'

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could reach as many as 550,000 to 1.4 million by Jan 20 in the worst-case scenario, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) warned in a report Tuesday. The report, however, also noted that the higher projections are very unlikely since measures to contain the outbreak are rapidly implemented and sustaine...

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Three killed in warehouse shooting in US

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) Three people were killed in a shooting incident which took place in a warehouse in the US state of Albama Tuesday morning, authorities said. The incident occurred in a warehouse near the facility offices in Birmingham city, Xinhua quoted Birmingham Police chief A.C. Roper as saying. Roper said the police had a pretty good idea about what transpired, bu...

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Bring back body of fisherman shot in Qatar: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Sep 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the Indian embassies in Qatar and Bahrain to make arrangements for sending back the body of an Indian fisherman who was shot dead by the Qatar Coast Guard. In a letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa said: I request you to direct the Indian embassies in Qatar and Bahrain to take ur...

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Delhi to launch massive cleanliness drive

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) The Delhi government will kick off a three-week massive cleanliness drive Oct 2 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Swach Bharat Abhiyan. Building new toilets, especially for women, and repair and maintenance of existing ones will be the focus of the drive in the capital, said a Delhi government official. Chairing a meeting on the preparatio...

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Asian Games: India notch up five medals, gold remains elusive

Incheon, Sep 23 (IANS) Squash player Saurav Ghosal won a historic silver as India notched up five medals but the gold remained elusive for the third consecutive day in the 17th Asian Games here Tuesday. It was also an emotional day for Indian sports as Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra ended his shooting career with his first Asian Games individual medal, a bronze, and also inspired the 10...

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Kashmir waives tax on flood relief material

Srinagar, Sep 23 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday exempted, from entry tax, the relief material brought here from outside the state for free distribution among flood victims. Intending give impetus to relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-ravaged state, the state government has granted exemption from levy of entry tax and toll on the import of relief material for...

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Packed itinerary of Modi

Washington/New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a packed schedule during his Sep 26-30 visit to the US. Modi's itinerary: Sep 26: Arrives in New York, stays at New York Palace Hotel; Mayor Bill de Blasio calls on Modi. Meets Nobel Prize-winning scientist Harold Eliot Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute. Sep 27: Visits Ground Zero and 9/1...

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Kashmir banks to provide financial aid to flood victims

Jammu, Sep 23 (IANS) The state-level bankers committee in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday decided to implement many financial relief schemes to provide relief to people whose livelihood has been ravaged by floods in the state. A special bankers committee meeting chaired by Mushtaq Ahmad, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank, was held here Tuesday to take stock of the devastation caused by fl...

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UNGA address, dinner with Obama: Modi has 35 engagements in US

New Delhi/Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a packed schedule of 35 engagements, including an address to the UN General Assembly and a much-anticipated summit meeting with US President Barack Obama, during his Sep 26-30 visit to the US. Modi, who would be observing the nine-day Navratri fast during his trip, would also be holding three bilateral meetings with nei...

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Modi to clear 'jungle' of outdated laws

Bangalore, Sep 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday vowed to abolish the jungle of laws that are outdated and holding up the country's socio-economic development. I have decided to abolish the jungle of laws as they have become outdated and irrelevant in the present times. I have formed a special committee to single out all those laws that have been delaying decision-making and...

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'Sentisise public to respect animals, don't punish Delhi zoo tiger'

Kolkata, Sep 23 (IANS) Lamenting the lack of sensitisation among zoo visitors who tease animals and provoke them, wildlife experts and ace magician P.C. Sorcar Junior - who once had three Serengeti lions as pets - say the white tiger that mauled a man to death in the Delhi Zoo Tuesday is not to be blamed. The shocking incident was captured live on cameras. The Delhi zoo clarified that th...

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SC rejects Asaram's bail plea

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday rejected the bail plea of spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, currently in jail for allegedly raping a minor girl studying in one of his ashrams. A bench headed by Justice T.S. Thakur said that the ground cited by Asaram was not of such urgency to grant him bail. After perusing the report on the medical condition of Asaram by the team of...

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Power rates set to rise in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Sep 23 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) Tuesday proposed power tariff hike across all the consuming categories. Reacting to the proposal, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa announced that the government would provide subsidy for the poor so that they are not burdened by the proposed hike. According to TNERC, it suo moto decided to go ...

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