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'MasterChef India' goes vegetarian in season four

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) This time, expect only veggie culinary delights on reality show MasterChef India! The show, an Indian adaptation of the internationally popular format, will see talented chefs and food enthusiasts armoured with the spatula, pans and aprons, using their creativity for fancy gourmet dishes, exotic desserts and rich Indian food -- but all vegetarian, sources from ch...

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Zambian acting president Guy Scott makes history amid eligibility row

Lusaka, Oct 30 (IANS) Appointed acting president of Zambia following Michael Sata's death Tuesday, Guy Scott made history by becoming the first white head of state in sub-Saharan Africa since aparatheid - though a debate rages on his eligibiliity. Frederik de Klerk of South Africa was the region's last white president, until his party lost to Nelson Mandela's African National Congress in...

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Sharma, Pandey script big win for India A

Mumbai, Oct 30 (IANS) Twin centuries by Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey helped India A beat the Sri Lankans by 88 runs in a 50-over warm-up game at the Brabourne Stadium here Thursday. Put in, India A got off to a quick start with Rohit blasting a 111-ball 142 and a young Unmukt Chand scoring a 43-ball 54. The duo added 96 runs for the first wicket in quick time and set the stage for the ...

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Rajasthan XI skipper Pankaj hopeful of a good season

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Captain Pankaj Singh Thursday hoped that a newly-formed Rajasthan XI will have a good season ahead, after the state cricket body Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for elected former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi as its president. It can be a confusing time but BCCI helped th...

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BJP prevented from visiting Bengal village, Trinamool justifies action

Kolkata, Oct 30 (IANS) A BJP delegation led by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was Thursday taken into preventive custody by West Bengal Police from near a village in Birbhum district where prohibitory orders were clamped after three people died in a clash. The Trinamool Congress justified the police action and accused the BJP of creating unrest. The Bharatiya Janata Party leaders were whisked away ...

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ATM cut open, Rs. 14.50 lakh looted in Agra

Agra, Oct 30 (IANS) Unidentified robbers looted an ATM of the Punjab National Bank, near Rohta crossing on Gwalior road Thursday morning. The ATM was cut open with a gas cutter. Sadar thana police said the CCTV camera had been damaged by the robbers. Branch manager A.K. Agarwal said the ATM had Rs. 14.50 lakhs, which was missing. ...

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Land for Andhra capital to be acquired in three months

Hyderabad, Oct 30 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government will acquire 30,000 acres of land in 17 villages of Guntur district in three months for building the state capital. The Capital Advisory Committee at its meeting here Thursday said the land will be acquired through the land pooling system (LPS) after convincing the farmers. Seeking the cooperation of people in building what i...

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Russia defends legitimacy of separatists' elections in Ukraine

Moscow, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) The Russian foreign ministry has defended the legitimacy of elections called by pro-Russian rebels next Sunday in regions under their control in eastern Ukraine. The position of the militias to hold elections Nov 2 was legitimate, and fully corresponded to dealines set in the Minsk agreements, the ministry said in a statement made public Thursday. It add...

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IS executes 75 tribesmen in western Iraq

Baghdad, Oct 30 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group executed 75 tribesmen in western Iraq Thursday, a day after it executed 30 tribesmen from the same allied Sunni tribe in Iraq's province of Anbar, a provincial security source said. The IS captured some 75 tribesmen from the Sunni tribe of Albu Nimer in the militant seized town of Heet, some 160 km west of Iraq's capital Baghd...

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Bindra elected ISSF Athletes Committee head

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was Thursday elected chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation's Athletes Committee. Bindra is the first Indian to hold this position and by virtue of being chairman of the committee, he will also becomes a member of the ISSF Administrative Council. It is a great honour, not only ...

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Syria slams Turkey for allowing Kurdish fighters, Syrian rebels into Kobane

Damascus, Oct 30 (IANS) Syria Thursday accused Turkey of violating its borders by allowing Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Syrian rebels to enter the predominantly Kurdish city of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria's national television rreported. Turkey was conspiring against Syria and has premeditated intentions to interfere in Syrian affairs by allowing foreign fighters and...

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Four killed in Ukraine cash heist

Kiev, Oct 30 (IANS) At least four people were killed during a cash-in-transit robbery in central Ukraine, authorities said Thursday. Ukraine's interior ministry said that a group of unidentified men attacked a van transporting cash after Wednesday midnight near the Liashkovka village in Dnepropetrovsk region with grenades and guns, Xinhua reported. Following the attack, a van dri...

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Odisha to develop action plan for eradicating child labour

Bhubaneswar, Oct 30 (IANS) In order to eradicate child labour from the state, the Odisha government has decided to develop a Common Action Plan for prevention of child labour activities at various institutions and places in the state. Holding a meeting on the proposed action plan, Odisha Chief Secretary G.C. Pati Thursday said that convergence of efforts among existing institutions, depa...

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Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to send more forces to Syrian town if asked

Baghdad, Oct 30 (IANS) Iraq's regional Kurdish President Masoud Barzani said Thursday that his region is ready to send more forces if asked to protect the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab, from the attacks of the extremist Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the regional government said in a statement. We will send more troops at any moment if needed on the ground and if ...

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Sagar Islands to be made top tourism hub: Mamata

Gangasagar (West Bengal), Oct 30 (IANS) The West Bengal government has formed a task force to work on transforming Sagar Islands in the Bay of Bengal into an international standard tourist spot, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday. We visited two beaches today. One of them will be developed as a port. I have named it Bhorsagar. We have formed a task force to look after t...

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Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament to prevent vote

Ouagadougou, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) Hundreds of protesters Thursday stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and burned one of its halls to prevent a vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow President Blaise Compaore to stay in office. Riot police used tear gas in an attempt to stop the assault but finally were forced to withdraw. The security forces had blocked the entrances lead...

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Two new lizard species discovered on Australian mountain

Sydney, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) Australian scientists have discovered two new species of lizards in a remote area of Cape York Peninsula in northeastern Australia, academic sources reported Thursday. The leader of the scientific expedition, Conrad Hoskin, a James Cook University researcher, discovered the species called Cape Melville rainbow skink and Cape Melville bar-lipped skink on the wood...

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Jubilant Foodworks Q2 net falls nearly 13 percent

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Jubilant Foodworks (JFL), the operator of food chains like Domino's Pizza and Dunkin' Donuts in India, Thursday reported a 12.75 percent decline, caused by higher expenses, in standalone net profit at Rs.29 crore for the second quarter ended September. The company had recorded a net profit of Rs.33.24 crore in the same period of the last fiscal. Net sale...

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In EU first, Sweden to recognise Palestine as independent state

Berlin, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) Sweden will officially recognise Palestine as an independent state, the first European Union (EU) member to do so, the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported, citing Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced earlier this month that Sweden would recognise the state of Palestine. A decree will be issued later Thursday by the ...

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Seven Bodo insurgents arrested on way to Myanmar

Guwahati, Oct 30 (IANS) Seven Bodo insurgents, who were on their way to Myanmar for training, have been arrested here in Assam's main city and Dimapur town in Nagaland, police said Thursday. The arrested cadres are from the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction opposed to peace talks with the government. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) R.M. Si...

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