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ISL, U-17 WC will develop Indian football: AFC chief

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa on Saturday hoped that the Indian Super League (ISL) and the 2017 U-17 World Cup will combine to improve the standard of the game in the country. I congratulate the Indian football association on the way they are running the game in the country. The ISL and the U-17 World Cup will c...

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Bolivian woman wins Gabriel Garcia Marquez short-story prize

Bogota, Nov 28 (IANS/EFE) Bolivian woman author Magela Baudoin has won the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Spanish American Short Story Award for her collection La composicion de la sal (Salt's Composition), the jury said. The jury, whose decision was read by writer Conrado Zuluaga, hailed Baudoin's great talent and her skill in telling stories without succumbing to the temptation of being explic...

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Padhi to be Odisha's new chief secretary

Bhubaneswar, Nov 28 (IANS) Putting all speculation to rest, IAS officer Aditya Prasad Padhi is all set to be the next Odisha chief secretary, said informed sources on Saturday. Padhi, a 1983 batch officer and presently additional chief secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, will succeed Gokul Chandra Pati, who retires from service on November 30. However, the formal notifica...

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Eight people found with throats slit in Mexico

Veracruz (Mexico), Nov 28 (IANS/EFE) The bodies of eight people were found with their throats slit inside a vehicle in the violence-hit southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, officials said. Local authorities told EFE that a threatening message was also found at the crime scene. The bodies of the men -- aged 17-20 -- were found on Friday afternoon inside a gray SUV with a Mexico City ...

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Amarinder meets Rahul

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh met party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, a day after he was appointed to the post in view of assembly elections in the state in 2017. Amarinder Singh, a former chief minister, has replaced Partap Singh Bajwa as party chief to lead the poll effort in the state. Congress leadership is optimistic about its prospects as...

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Modi pays homage to Jyotiba Phule

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid homage to social reformer Jyotiba Phule on his death anniversary. I bow to Mahatma Phule on his 'Punya Tithi'. A towering personality, his focus on education and social reform touched many lives, Modi said in a statement. ...

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Need to control weapons domestically: Obama

Washington, Nov 28 (IANS) US President Barack Obama on Saturday called for the need to control weapons domestically, a day after a shooter killed three people and injured nine others in a western state. We have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough, Xinhua quoted Obama as saying...

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Kharge meets Rahul amid thaw on GST bill

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge met party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday and is learnt to have discussed the Goods and Services Tax bill and other issues related to parliament. The meeting came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with top Congress leaders on the GST bill. Modi had met Congress president Sonia Ga...

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BBIN car rally leaves Agartala for Chittagong

Agartala, Nov 28 (IANS) The BBIN Friendship Motor Car Rally, organised to promote an agreement on uninterrupted cargo movement in the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) region, on Saturday left the Tripura capital for Bangladeshi port city Chittagong after travelling through India's northeastern states. Tripura chief secretary Y.P. Singh flagged off the third leg of the car rally at a ...

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Satya Nadella to visit Hyderabad next month

Hyderabad, Nov 28 (IANS) Microsoft Corporation CEO Satya Nadella will visit his home town Hyderabad next month, an official said on Saturday. A Telangana government official told IANS that Nadella will be visiting the city in December. The date and other details are yet to be finalised. Nadella is likely to meet Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and also his Andhra Pr...

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Bhushan slams Delhi government's Lokpal bill

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Terming the anti-graft Jan Lokpal bill drafted by the Arvind Kejriwal government a watered-down version of the original legislation, expelled AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday denounced it as a farce and a fraud on the people. The senior lawyer argued that by giving Jan Lokpal the power to probe cases of corruption against central government employees, the ...

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Delhi Dynamos edge past NorthEast 2-1, qualify for semis

Guwahati, Nov 28 (IANS) Brazilian midfielder Gustavo Dos Santos' late strike helped Delhi Dynamos beat NorthEast United 2-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter here on Saturday and to grab a semi-final spot. It was Robin Singh who scored Delhi's first of the night at the Indira Gandhi stadium in the 30th minute, but a little later, Seityasen Singh restored parity for the hosts. San...

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Body of Pakistani undertrial sent to Wagah border

Jammu, Nov 28 (IANS) The body of a Pakistani undertrial, who died a few days back in a hospital here, was on Saturday sent to the Attari-Wagah border to hand it over to Pakistani officials, police said. The body of Pakistani smuggler Muhammad Ashraf, who was arrested with 27 kg of heroin in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir in 2002, has been sent under tight security to the Wagah borde...

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Railways to sign two JV deals for loco production

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The railways ministry said on Saturday it has entered into two joint venture projects in Bihar to produce modern locomotives and will sign the formal agreement on November 30. The two projects - Electric Locomotive Factory at Madhepura and Diesel Locomotive Factory at Marhowra - are worth Rs.40,000 crore. Earlier this month, Indian Railways was awarded le...

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Complaint against 'tampering' with Preamble

Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) The Maharashtra unit of the Congress on Saturday filed a complaint with Mumbai police alleging tampering with the Preamble of the Constitution, a party leader said. A delegation led by state Congress spokesperson Raju Waghmare met Commissioner of Police Ahmad Javed and submitted the complaint highlighting 22 instances of tinkering with the Preamble which was not in ...

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Rosberg secures pole position for Abu Dhabi GP

Abu Dhabi, Nov 28 (IANS) Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg will start in pole position for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, the last race on the 2015 Formula One calendar. Rosberg secured his sixth consecutive pole and seventh of the season with a best lap time of 1:40.237 in Saturday's Q3, around two-fifths of a second faster than teammate and 2015 F1 drivers'...

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National University for Rehabilitation to come up in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 28 (IANS) The central government will invest Rs.1,700 crore to transform the NISH here into the National University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies for the benefit of the disabled, union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said on Saturday. It is provisioned to spend Rs.390 crore for the first five years of expansion of ...

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Jignesh shocks Akaash in Junior TT

Dharamsala, Nov 28 (IANS) Higher-ranked Akaash Nath of North Bengal suffered an unexpected exit when he was shocked by Maharashtra's Jignesh Rahatwal 2-3 in the junior boys singles' main draw of the 77th Junior and Youth National Table Tennis Championships here on Saturday. Akaash was found wanting right from the word go when he won the first game on extended points at the Indoor Stadium...

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Odisha CM seeks early sanction of Rs.399 crore Phailin relief

Bhubaneswar, Nov 28 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urged union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to sanction Rs.399.83 crore as assistance for cyclone Phailin destruction from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), which was pending due to an erroneous assessment. In a letter to Jaitley, Patnaik said the state, which successfully managed the cyclonic storm Phail...

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Air India might start Delhi-Washington flight: Minister

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) In a bid to expand its international operations, national passenger carrier Air India might start a direct flight between New Delhi and Washington DC. This was announced by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on the sidelines of an event to mark the launch of Air India's direct flight connecting New Delhi to San Francisco held on Friday evening.

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