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Kerber salutes retiring Li Na

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) World No.8 Angelique Kerber Saturday paid tribute to the retiring two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na of China, who announced her departure from tennis Friday. Kerber, the highest ranked German women's singles player, praised Li Na's personality and undiminishing spirit. What a champion and an amazing person! She'll be really missed on Tour. All the best in ...

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Mandolin Shrinivas has left a void in music world: Rosaiah

Chennai, Sep 19 (IANS) The sudden death of famous mandolin musician Uppalapu Shrinivas, popularly known as Mandolin Shrinivas, has left a void in the music world, said Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah. Shrinivas passed away Friday morning in a private hospital due to a liver ailment. He was 45. The death of Mandolin Shrinivas has left a void and the Carnatic music world has lost a ...

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Former India volleyball captain Udayakumar dead

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 19 (IANS) Former India volleyball captain and Arjuna Award winner K. Udayakumar passed away Friday due to a cardiac arrest, according to family sources. He was 54. Udayakumar was an ADC to the Kerala governor since 2006 and held the rank of superintendent of police with the Kerala Armed Police Battalion. He, as usual, came to the office Friday morning as u...

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Always sacrificed to save alliance with Shiv Sena: BJP

Mumbai, Sep. Sep 19 (IANS) Rejecting the latest offer of 119 seats by the Shiv Sena (SS) for the Oct. 15 Maharashtra assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party said it had always adopted a spirit of 'sacrifice' to save the saffron alliance in the past 25 years. Simultaneously, in a mild softening of its stand, the state BJP said it has decided to send a fresh seat-sharing formula to ...

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GlaxoSmithKline China hit with record fine

Beijing, Sep 19 (IANS) The China branch of British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined three billion yuan ($489 million) for paying bribes. Following Friday's closed-door trial of the GSK China bribery case, Changsha Intermediate People's Court in central China's Hunan Province ruled that the firm was guilty of bribing non-government personnel and imposed the fine, the bigges...

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PIL in Calcutta HC over Jadavpur University crackdown

Kolkata, Sep 19 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court Friday directed the West Bengal government and the Jadavpur University to file affidavits stating steps being taken to restore normalcy in the varsity where students have boycotted classes and were staging protests following a police crackdown. The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by Bimal Shankar Nanda, a research scholar in ...

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India to celebrate Nehru's 125th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) The Ministry of Culture Friday said Rs.20 crore has been allocated for various projects to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru this year. The plans are to release postal stamps, renovate Nehru memorial and publish books on Nehru to celebrate the day, Ravindra Singh, secretary, said at a conference here highlighting the achievements and ini...

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We should launch a war against cancer: Harsh Vardhan

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 19 (IANS) Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday called for the launching of a countrywide war against cancer. The minister earlier in the day formally recommended the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here as one of the 20 RCCs in the country chosen to be elevated as the apex state cancer institute. Cancer treatment has now become very expensive in the cou...

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Tourism ministry gives Rs.100 crore for Kashmir relief

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Minister of state for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik Friday said the ministry has given Rs.100 crore as a special assistance for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. We are the first ministry to allocate money to flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir. The money would be used for reconstruction of damaged hotels, said Naik at...

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'A Walk Among The Tombstones': An over embellished detective thriller

Film: A Walk Among The Tombstones; Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson, Brian Astro Bradley, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Sebastian Roche, Mark Consuelos, and Danielle Rose Russell; Director: Scott Frank; Rating: *** An adaptation of Lawrence Block's novel, director Scott Frank's A Walk Among The Tombstones is a conventional detective thriller that...

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'The Maze Runner', a rehash without the zing

Film: The Maze Runner; Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Dexter Darden, Chris Sheffield; Director: Wes Ball; Rating: *** Technically, The Maze Runner is a hero's journey, where the hero is courageous, doesn't follow rules and is willing to try till he succeeds. It has similarities with film...

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Rita Ora desperate to reconcile with Calvin Harris

London, Sep 19 (IANS) Singer Rita Ora is reportedly desperate to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris following their messy break-up earlier this year. The RIP singer has written a letter to her former flame to call a truce and ask his permission for her to perform the songs he wrote for her, including chart-topping single I Will Never Let You Down, again after he recently block...

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Telangana seeks 40 percent tax devolution to states

Hyderabad, Sep 19 (IANS) The newly-created Telangana state has urged the 14th Finance Commission to allocate 40 percent of central tax revenues as tax devolution to states. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao Friday told the panel here that 40 percent devolution can easily be accommodated by a marginal reduction of five percent in the Centre's expenditure on state subjects. He al...

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Rajnath Singh proposes SAARC centre for good governance

Kathmandu, Sep 19 (IANS) Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday proposed setting up a SAARC centre for good governance where officers from all member countries can come together to exchange their experiences. Participating in the sixth meeting of interior and home ministers of SAARC countries in Kathmandu, Rajnath Singh said terrorism was a major issue of concern for the region.

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IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 19 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has reportedly launched a chemical attack on Iraqi forces in Saladin province, media reports claimed Friday. The attack took place Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, and left around a dozen people and army personnal affected, Press TV reported citing local media. Dhuluiya has been under IS control for more...

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CBI won't file any coal scam chargesheet: SC

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday restrained the CBI from filing any chargesheet or closure report in coal scam cases till it decides whether the investigating agency deputed director Ranjit Sinha to deal with the probe and prosecution for coal block allocation scam. The apex court bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph initial...

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Sri Lankan president belatedly greets Modi on birthday

Colombo, Sep 19 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday sent belated birthday wishes to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter. Happy belated birthday Prime Minister Modi. Hope you had a wonderful day. -MR, Rajapaksa tweeted. Modi's birthday was Sep 17. ...

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Indian athletes will make India proud: PM

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wished the Indian contingent participating at the 17th Asian Games well, adding that he is sure the athletes will make India proud. My best wishes to our athletes for 2014 Asian Games at Incheon. I am sure they will make India proud! @incheonAG2014en, Modi tweeted. The Asiad starts Friday in the South Korean city of Inc...

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Why unequal pay irks employees

New York, Sep 19 (IANS) Ever wondered why it bothers you when your colleague earns more even when both of you do the same job? This is because humans have a sense of fairness that has evolved over time to favour long-term cooperation, says a study. The human response to unfairness evolved in order to support long-term cooperation, the findings showed. This sense of fairness is th...

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AIR launches free news SMS alerts in five languages

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) After the launch of its English language free news SMS alerts, All India Radio (AIR) Friday launched a similar service in five Indian languages - Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri and Nepali. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday launched the free news SMS service of AIR News Services Division. Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar sa...

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