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UP to have metro in more cities

Lucknow, Sep 16 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to run metro rail in Meerut, Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi, after pushing for a similar project in Lucknow, an official said Tuesday. Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has asked officials to prepare a detailed project report for the same. The development came after officials Monday met the chief secretary and discussed t...

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A quarter of Italian students smoke marijuana

Rome, Sep 16 (IANS) A parliamentary report on drug dependency has showed that a quarter of Italian students aged between 15 and 18 smoke marijuana. According to the report, around 23.5 percent of students said that they had smoked marijuana over the past 12 months compared with 21.6 percent interviewed last year, Xinhua reported. The report said the use of cocaine by the students...

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US prefers a united Britain

Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) The White House has said that the Obama administration prefers a united Britain, two days before the Scots cast their votes on whether to split. This is a decision for the people of Scotland to make, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. We certainly respect the right of individual Scots to make a decision. But, we have an interest in se...

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BJP wins Gujarat's Maninagar seat

Ahmedabad, Sep 16 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday won the Maninagar assembly seat in Gujarat which was vacated by then chief minister Narendra Modi. Other than Maninagar, by-polls were held in eight assembly seats in Gujarat, namely Deesa, Tankara, Khambhalia, Mangrol, Talaja, Anand, Matar and Limkheda. The last seat is reserved for tribals. Counting of votes is u...

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Afghan election commission acknowledges 'massive' vote fraud

Kabul, Sep 16 (IANS/EFE) Afghanistan's June 14 presidential runoff was marred by large-scale fraud, the Independent Electoral Commission has said, announcing that it was invalidating 16 percent of the ballots cast. There was massive fraud perpetrated by the security forces, governors and members of the IEC. Undoubtedly, much of the fraud happened in coordination with IEC employees, Commi...

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Typhoon Kalmaegi makes landfall in China

Beijing, Sep 16 (IANS) Typhoon Kalmaegi Tuesday made landfall in south China. The typhoon hit the island province of Hainan at a speed of 40 metres per second, Xinhua reported. Hainan's Haikou Meilan International Airport cancelled 104 flights Tuesday. The Sanya Phoenix International Airport in the resort city of Sanya has also canceled 69 flights. In Lingao count...

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Sensex trades flat; metal stocks dip

Mumbai, Sep 16 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Tuesday was trading flat at 6.02 points or 0.02 percent down as metal stocks dipped. Good buying was observed in capital goods and healthcare sectors, while selling pressure was seen in metal and banking sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,8...

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'India-US partnership can touch $1 trillion by 2030'

Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit to the US later this month, an Indian foreign policy think tank has raised the tantalising prospect of India-US Partnership touching $1 trillion by 2030. To elevate the bilateral trade from $120 billion in 2013 to $1 trillion in 2030, Mumbai-based Gateway House, in a research paper authored by a forme...

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BJP leads in three of Rajasthan's four assembly seats

Jaipur, Sep 16 (IANS) Early trends Tuesday show BJP leading in three of the four assembly seats where bypolls were held in the desert state of Rajasthan. BJP was leading in Weir, Nasirabad and Kota South constituency while the Congress candidate was leading in Surajgarh assembly constituency. The byelections were necessitated as BJP legislators Sanwar Lal Jat from Nasirabad, Om B...

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Counting for Bengal by-polls begins

Kolkata, Sep 16 (IANS) Counting of votes for the by-poll in two assembly seats of Basirhat South and Chowringhee in West Bengal began Tuesday morning, an official said. Counting began at 8 a.m. and as per the initial trends, ruling Trinamool Congress candidates Dipendu Biswas led in the Basirhat South seat and Nayna Bandyopadhyay led in Chowringhee. The death of CPI-M legislator ...

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TRS leads in Medak Lok Sabha constituency

Hyderabad, Sep 16 (IANS) Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was leading in Medak Lok Sabha, where counting of votes polled in Saturday's bypolls was taken up Tuesday morning. TRS candidate K. Prabhakar Reddy established a lead of over 19,000 votes in the first round over Congress party's V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy. BJP-TDP combine's Jagga Reddy was trailing at third position. The coun...

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Modi regime offers opportunity to reenergise US-India ties: US expert

Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) assumption of power offers an opportunity to reinvigorate US-India ties and work together for mutual benefit on areas such as defence, security, trade, and counterterrorism cooperation, according to a US expert. Many argue that the Obama Administration will be too distracted with other foreign policy challenges to focus on its ...

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The rot that is India's prison system

Title: The Bad Boys of Bokaro Jail; Author: Chetan Mahajan; Publisher: Blue Salt/Penguin Books; Pages: 213; Price: Rs.250 What happens when a 42-year-old, overgrown yuppie, with one MBA degree from India and one from the US, and one who has lived in America for seven years, is sent to jail in notoriously corrupt Jharkhand for no fault of his? If it is Chetan Mahajan, he keeps a diary, me...

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US includes India among 22 major illicit drug producers

Washington, Sep 16 (IANS) President Barack Obama has identified India among 22 major illicit drug-producing or drug-transit countries that significantly affect the United States and asked it to support Afghanistan's counter-narcotics efforts. Of these 22, three countries -- Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela -- failed demonstrably during the last 12 months to fulfill their obligations under i...

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Over 2,000 UP residents missing in Kashmir floods

Lucknow, Sep 16 (IANS) The whereabouts of more than 2,000 people from Uttar Pradesh in the flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir are still not know, officials said Tuesday. A total 2,091 people have been registered as missing by their relatives and families so far. Out of these, the maximum are from Pilibhit from where 484 people had gone to the hill state for different reasons and are now mis...

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Chinese yuan weakens

Beijing, Sep 16 (IANS) The value of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 10 basis points to 6.1462 against the US dollar in its central parity rate Tuesday, authorities said. In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the central parity rate each trading day, reports Xinhua. The central parity rate of the yuan ag...

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Fans not allowed to sit Kanye West's concert

Sydney, Sep 16 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West, who wants the crowd to be on their feet when he performs, reportedly stopped his performance when two fans didn't stand up. During his performance at a concert here, he halted the show because two fans weren't standing up. One of the fans was in a wheelchair, and one had a prosthetic limb, but West didn't appear to believe them, reports billboard....

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China calls for comprehensive settlement of Iranian nuclear issue

United Nations, Sep 16 (IANS) A Chinese envoy called here Monday on all relevant parties to adopt a flexible and pragmatic approach to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue in the next phase of negotiations. Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the appeal at a Security Council meeting on the latest work of 1737 Committee, which is task...

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Russia to expand economic cooperation within SCO: Putin

Moscow, Sep 16 (IANS) Russia will promote economic cooperation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and take joint measures on issues such as energy security, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Monday. Russia is committed to expanding economic cooperation within the SCO and developing joint measures on financial, food, energy and transport security, Putin said in an address...

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300,000 children back to school in Syria, Gaza: UN

United Nations, Sep 16 (IANS) As the new school year kicks off across the world, nearly 300,000 children returned Monday back to UN-run schools in Gaza and Syria. In Gaza, conflict has profoundly affected the traditional learning environment and delayed the academic year for almost three weeks, Xinhua quoted Pierre Krahenbuhl, the commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Wor...

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