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Bata India's profit surges by 48.3 percent during Q4

Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) Shoemaker Bata India Ltd on Wednesday said its net profit during January-March 2015 increased by a whopping 48.3 percent at Rs.58.43 crore even as its net earnings in the same time period declined marginally by about a percent compared to the corresponding period in 2014. The company's net profits during January-March 2014 stood at Rs.39.40 crore. The total...

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Former Chinese legislator stands trial for sex business

Beijing, May 27 (IANS) A five-star hotel owner and former national legislator went on trial in south China's Guangdong province for alleged involvement in prostitution, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. Liang Yaohui, and his 46 hotel employees, were accused of arranging prostitutes, including underage girls, in Crown Prince Hotel in Dongguan city since 2004, according to Dongguan...

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'Manmohan took final decision on coal blocks'

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Former coal secretary Harish Chandra Gupta, an accused in a coal block allocation case involving Kolkata-based Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd. (VISUL), told a court here on Wednesday that the final decision on making the allocation in Jharkhand's Rajhara North mine taken by the then prime minister, Manmohan Singh. While advancing his arguments, Gupta's counsel to...

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Tata Chemicals posts consolidated loss of Rs.74.17 crore during Q4

Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) Tata Chemicals Ltd on Wednesday said its consolidated loss for the quarter ended on March 31 narrowed down to Rs.74.17 crore against the loss of Rs.1,225.72 crore during the corresponding period of last year. During the time period under review, on a consolidated basis, its total income increased marginally at Rs.3,742.53 crore compared to Rs.3,692.84 crore during ...

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Bopanna-Mergea, Paes-Nestor in French Open second round

Paris, May 27 (IANS) Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna, partnering Romanian Florin Mergea and India's Leander Paes along with Canadian Daniel Nestor, advanced into the men's doubles second round of the French Open here on Wednesday. Bopanna-Mergea, who are seeded ninth, defeated Serbian duo Filip Krajinovic and Viktor Troicki 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round at the Stade Roland Garros.<...

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DRI seizes drugs worth Rs.45.98 crore, 5 held

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths seized contraband drugs worth almost Rs.46 crore in the international market from Rajasthan and Gujarat and arrested five people, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. In a statement here, the ministry said DRI seized 218.43 kg Mephedrone Hydrochloride, worth Rs.30.58 crore in the international market, and 15.40...

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Saudi-led airstrikes kill 40 in Yemen's capital

Sanaa, May 27 (IANS) The Saudi-led coalition bombed military camps in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 100 others, Yemen's official Saba news agency reported. The report said the air raids were targeted against the military bases on al-Nahdain Mountain and the Special Security Forces camp in Sanaa, which have been controlled by the Shia Houthi g...

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Armies need to end bias against women, says German minister

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Armies need to get rid of prejudice that women are less abled than men, as future wars will be dominated by brain power and not muscles, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday. She was delivering a lecture organised here by Observer Research Foundation, an independent think tank based in India. The German minister said that there a...

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Israel, Hamas warn each other after fresh attacks

Tel Aviv/Gaza, May 27 (IANS) Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon on Wednesday warned the Islamic Hamas movement to refrain from any attempt to fire rockets at Israel, after a Tuesday night rocket attack in the south even as Hamas held Tel Aviv responsible for the escalation of tensions between the two sides. The rocket fired from Gaza landed in Gan Yavne town, some 56 km west of Jerusa...

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Minimal invasive surgery gives new lease of life to octogenarian

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) An octogenarian suffering from ankylosing spondylitis - also known as bamboo spine - has got a new lease of life after a successful minimal access spine surgery at a private hospital, his doctors said on Wednesday. The patient, 82-year-old Abhrahim Mullaji suffered a fall in November 2014 and was, ever since, complaining of excruciating back pain. His condition d...

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Two FIFA vice presidents among 7 arrested on graft charges

Zurich, May 27 (IANS) Two vice presidents of FIFA, the world football governing body, are among seven officials arrested by the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police on corruption charges following an extradition request by the United States, authorities said on Wednesday. Those who have been arrested include two vice presidents -- Uruguay football federation boss Eugenio Figuer...

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Shock wins for Abhay, Samita in junior squash meet

Chennai, May 27 (IANS) Two Tamil Nadu players Abhay Singh in the boys Under-17 and Samita Sivakumar (girls U-15), came up with outstanding wins to reach their respective title rounds in the ISA Open junior squash tournament here on Wednesday. Abhay wore down second seed Robin Singh Mann from Delhi 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, for his first win in their eight meetings. Equally impressi...

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'Achche din' only for PM, not for common people: Assam CM

Guwahati, May 27 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying 'achche din' (good days) have come only for the prime minister and not for the common people. The prime minister wore a suit worth Rs.10 lakh. So 'achche din' have come for him, but not for the people. I have not even seen a suit worth Rs.10 lakh, Gogoi said in an interac...

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UN seeks $100 mn to enrol Syrian children in Lebanese schools

Beirut, May 27 (IANS/EFE) UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown wants to raise $100 million so 100,000 more Syrian refugee children can join Lebanese public schools in September. Brown, a former British prime minister, said he would mobilise the international community and major donors to raise the money, Lebanese media reported on Wednesday. The plan aims to raise t...

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Flaws in Air India's ticket booking system: Gurgaon police

Gurgaon, May 27 (IANS) The Gurgaon police on Wednesday said there were loopholes in Air India's ticket service system at Delhi Airport, leading to people booking tickets using debit cards getting cheated. Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk the flaw came to light following the arrest of an IGI Airport ticket booking attendant for fraud. Virk said there were vulnerabilities i...

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HC allows Greenpeace to operate two domestic accounts

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed NGO Greenpeace India to operate two of its domestic accounts, which were frozen by the central government last month, to accept fresh domestic contribution. Justice Rajiv Shakdher also allowed Greenpeace to liquidate the fixed deposits and utilise the funds for running the organisation. The court said it was givin...

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Man with grade-3 fatty liver cured by laparoscopic surgery

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) A 30-year-old person, who had developed grade-3 fatty liver and was almost likely to suffer from liver cirrhosis, successfully underwent the gastric sleeve surgery that cured his health disorder completely, doctors said here Wednesday. Vinod was diagnosed with grade three fatty liver, a condition in which 66 percent of the liver gets affected and medicines do not...

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Meghalaya court sends Bangladesh leader to jail

Shillong, May 27 (IANS) Former Bangladesh minister Salahuddin Ahmed, who was arrested here in Meghalaya for illegally entering India, was on Wednesday remanded to 14 days' judicial custody. Ahmed, a spokesman of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was presented before Chief Judicial Magistrate K.M. Lyngdoh Nongbri after he was discharged from the North Eastern Indira Gandh...

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60 new coal mines to be opened soon: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Discounting any immediate plans to stop coal imports, Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday that the government will open more than 60 coal mines across the country in the coming days. I am delighted to announce that 60 new mines are to open in the coming days. A detailed mine-by-mine study has been made out and put on the (ministry) website so t...

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New gene test to help some breast cancer patients avoid chemo

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Here comes a revolutionary new gene test that will help oncologists get a deeper insight into tumours and assist them in deciding if chemotherapy is actually needed in some breast cancer patients. Launched by genetics and genomics company ILife Discoveries in the capital on Wednesday, the new MammaPrint & Blueprint test will help evaluate the risk of distant ...

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