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Coldplay's Chris Martin, Freida Pinto meet PM

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Hollywood actress Freida Pinto on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed how they can support his 'Swachh Bharat' and the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaigns. Martin and Pinto were accompanied by representatives of the Global Poverty Project. They met Modi as a follow-up to last year's Global Citizen Fe...

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Syrian conflict forces children to provide for families: Unicef

Geneva, July 2 (IANS) In four years of the civil war in Syria, many children have become the backbone of many families who fled the conflict and are living as refugees in neighbouring countries, the Unicef said on Thursday. Syrian children have become the main providers for families, Unicef said, adding that the armed conflict was pushing more and more children into labour exploitation...

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Moroccan woman 'marries' dead man to collect inheritance

Rabat, July 2 (IANS/EFE) A Moroccan woman is being tried in Kenitra city, about 40 km north of Rabat, for getting married to a deceased man to inherit his fortune. The convicted woman is being investigated by Moroccan authorities for forging official documents, while a search is still on for her alleged accomplice, who pretended to be the bridegroom to perform the marriage, Moroccan news...

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Tiger Shroff finalised for 'ABCD 3' false news: Remo D'Souza

Mumbai, July 2 (IANS) The Any Body Can Dance (ABCD) franchise director Remo D'Souza has rubbished reports of actor Tiger Shroff being finalised for the third movie in the series ABCD 3. ABCD 2 starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor is slowly inching towards the Rs.100-crore club. Present at the promo shoot of his upcoming dance reality show Dance Plus, Remo told the media: Act...

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BBC mulls laying off 1,000 employees

London, July 2 (IANS) The BBC said on Thursday that it plans to cut 1,000 jobs, including management positions, in the light of a 150-million pound ($234 million) deficit in subscription revenues, Efe news agency reported. BBC Director-General Tony Hall announced the measures to his staff at a meeting at the headquarters here, in which he said that many people no longer pay the fee to fi...

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450 kg South African finally hospitalised after 10 rejections

Johannesburg, July 2 (IANS/EFE) A South African man weighing 450 kg was admitted to the hospital for specialised treatment after being turned away by 10 clinics for his extreme obesity, a media report said on Thursday. With a system of sheets and ropes, relatives and neighbours helped move the 60-year-old Corrie Le Grange from his home in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg, into a van parked...

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National Herald case: No wrongful gain or loss in loan to AJL

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi's lawyer Kapil Sibal told the Delhi High Court on Thursday that there was no wrongful gain or loss in the party assigning the Rs.90 crore loan against Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald, to Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YIL) for Rs.50 lakh. There were allegations of cheating against Sonia Gandhi and her son Ra...

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Yami Gautam to be seen in different age groups in 'Sanam Re'

Mumbai, July 2 (IANS) Yami Gautam, the lead actress in Yaariyan-fame Divya Khosla Kumar's second directorial venture Sanam Re, says her character will be seen in different age groups in this intense love story. I'm playing a girl from Shimla in the film. It's a love story with Pulkit Samrat opposite me. The film also enters a time lapse where you'll see me in a different age group, said ...

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Three killed by lightning in Bihar

Patna, July 2 (IANS) At least three youths were killed and four seriously injured on Thursday when they were struck by lightning in Bihar's Katihar district, police said. The three were killed in Milkipokhar village in Katihar, about 200 km from state capital Patna, while they were working in a field near their home, according to district police officials. Meteorological departme...

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Governor approves four names for nomination to UP upper house

Lucknow, July 2 (IANS) Having twice rejected recommendations made by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav about the names for nomination to the upper house in the state assembly, Governor Ram Naik on Thursday approved four names from a list of nine. Raj Bhavan has approved the names of S.R.S. Yadav, Leelawati Kushwaha, Ram Vraksh Yadav and Jitendra Yadav. S.R.S. Yadav is ...

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Vajpayee admitted 'mistake' in Gujarat: Former RAW chief

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said that the mistake in Gujarat was the reason for the National Democratic Alliance's defeat in the 2004 general election, former RAW chief A.S.Dulat has said. In an interview conducted by Karan Thapar and telecast on India Today TV channel on Thursday, Dulat said Vajpayee admitted Gujarat was a mistake. You could s...

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US unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent in June

Washington, July 2 (IANS) US unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 5.3 percent, the lowest level in seven years, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That drop was the result of the creation of 223,000 new jobs and the departure of 432,000 people from the workforce in June, according to official figures. After rising slightly in May, the labour forc...

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Kalam urges AAP government to bring in mobile laboratories

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam on Thursday urged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to introduce mobile skill development laboratories for school children in the national capital. Kalam said the Delhi government should introduce skill development in the school curriculum since India would need 300 to 500 million skilled labour force. There is a need...

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Pakistan rejects Afghan complaint on border constructions

Islamabad, July 2 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday rejected Afghanistan's claim that Pakistani forces have tried to build a checkpost on the Afghan side of the border after the Afghan foreign ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador and formally lodged a protest. Pakistan and Afghan officials have confirmed the exchange of firing late on Tuesday that caused casualties on both sides. ...

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Bangladesh received record $15.3 bn remittance in last fiscal

Dhaka, July 2 (IANS) Bangladesh received a record $15.3 billion in remittances from its nationals working abroad in the last fiscal year, a central bank official said on Thursday. Remittances for the year of 2014-15 recorded a 7.5 percent rise from the previous year, said Kazi Sayedur Rahman, general manager of Bangladesh Bank's foreign exchange, according to Xinhua news agency. ...

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Sri Lankan president refuses nomination for predecessor

Colombo, July 2 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday said he will not give nomination to his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the parliamentary elections from the main opposition United People's Freedom Alliance. The decision may lead to a major split in the opposition with a group of parliamentarians likely to join Rajapaksa in a separate party to contest...

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Suresh Raina bowled over by 'Meeruthiya Gangsters'

Mumbai, July 2 (IANS) Cricketer Suresh Raina on Thursday met the cast and crew of Meeruthiya Gangsters on the movie sets, and was so impressed that he is now awaiting the film's release. 'Meeruthiya Gangsters' may not have released yet, but it sure has a fan following in the industry. And Suresh Raina is the latest to join this fan bandwagon, the film's producer Shoeb Ahmed, who is frien...

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US recovers $1 mn stolen Indian Chola bronze idol

Washington, July 2 (IANS) A stolen 11th-12th century Chola bronze statue from India worth at least $1 million in the open market has been recovered by the US authorities during an international smuggling probe focused on an Indian art dealer. An anonymous collector of Asian antiquities voluntarily surrendered the idol representing Saint Manikkavichavakar, the US Immigration and Customs E...

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Parliamentary panel recommends salary hike for MPs

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) A parliamentary panel has recommended a hike in the salaries of MPs by almost 100 percent, sources said on Thursday. The panel, headed by BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, also recommended around 75 percent raise in pensions and an automatic mechanism for salary hike for MPs. A hike has been long overdue. The salary at present is Rs.50,000 which is not a lot in...

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Hema Malini injured in road accident in Rajasthan

Jaipur, July 2 (IANS) Veteran film actor and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Hema Malini was injured in a road accident near Dausa, over 50 km from here in Rajasthan, late on Thursday evening. Doctors at the Fortis hospital said she suffered injuries on the forehead and a CT scan and other tests were being conducted. The accident occurred on national highway 11 near Dausa Midway at ar...

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