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Health ministry signs MoU to increase AIDS awareness

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The health ministry Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the communication and information technology ministry to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. Big hospitals may lead to better treatment, but if state-of-the-art IT education tools are used to disseminate information that will prevent killer infections, the investment is more worthwhile, Hea...

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MH17 black boxes arrive in Britain for analysis

London, July 23 (IANS) The black box recorders from the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in Britain for data downloading and analysis, the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said Wednesday. The flight recorders, commonly know as black boxes, from MH17 have been delivered by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) to the headquarters of AAIB in Farnborough, Hampshire...

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'Gujarat model may help India jump 50 spots in ease of doing business'

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) India, which is current placed 134th in the World Bank's ease of doing business report, would jump 50 spots by implementing the Gujarat model of reforms, World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim said Wednesday. Talking to media persons after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, Kim said the new government must focus on improving the business environment.

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India raises Israel-Palestine issue at UNSC, Human Rights Council

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) India Wednesday expressed concern at the UN Security Council and at the 21st special session of the Human Rights Council over the steep escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine. At the Security Council, India raised the issue during an open debate Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine question, said a statement from the external affair...

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Private tutor mercilessly beats child, footage sparks outrage

Kolkata, July 23 (IANS) A shocking video footage of a private tutor mercilessly beating a three-and-a-half-year-old child here sparked outrage across the country Wednesday. The clippings broadcast by television channels from the incident at Lake Town in northeastern Kolkata showed the child falling to the ground as the woman teacher forcefully kicked him twice on his chest. The ...

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Delhi government releases Rs.200 crore for Metro

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Delhi government Wednesday released Rs.200 crore for the projects of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The Delhi government has released an amount of Rs.200 crore as contribution to equity as a first instalment in the current year of 2014-15, a government statement said. The DMRC is a joint venture between the central and Delhi governments.

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Did not favour Unitech, Swan: Raja tells court

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Former telecom minister A. Raja Wednesday denied in a court here that he granted 2G spectrum licences to the Unitech group of companies and Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd. (STPL) despite knowing they were ineligible to get the radio waves. Testifying as a defence witness in the case, Raja told Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge O.P. Saini that he did not abuse h...

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UN warns of possible Israeli war crimes, Gaza toll 650

Geneva/Jerusalem/Gaza, July 23 (IANS) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Wednesday warned that Israeli military attacks on Gaza could constitute a war crime, as the toll in Israel's ongoing offensive on the Palestinian enclave rose to over 650. Pillay told a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that independent reports on the Israeli attacks indicated a...

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World Bank to provide $18 bn aid to India in three years

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The World Bank Wednesday said it will provide financial support of $15-18 billion to India over the next three years to help accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty. Talking to media persons after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim said the Indian government has outlined a comprehensive plan to reduce poverty...

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Haitian Sony Norde is Mohun Bagan's fourth foreign recruit

Kolkata, July 23 (IANS) Mohun Bagan have signed Haitian footballer Sony Norde as their fourth foreign recruit for the forthcoming football season, the city soccer giants announced Wednesday. The 25-year-old striker had drawn attention of football buffs with his fine performance when he turned out in Kolkata for Lt. Sk. Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the 118th IFA Shield tournament. Sony...

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Warrant for woman over withdrawing child from school

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued a bailable warrant against a woman after she failed to appear in court in a case filed by her ex-husband after she withdrew their child from a school. Justice Manmohan issued the bailable warrant against the woman who was asked in May to appear before the court Wednesday. The court posted the matter for Sep 16 while ...

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India, Nepal to revive joint panel during Sushma visit

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) India and Nepal will resurrect a bilateral joint commission after 23 years during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's three-day visit to Nepal beginning July 25. Her trip to Nepal comes a month after she visited Bangladesh, highlighting the BJP-led government's intent of focusing on neighbours. The focus of her visit will be presiding over the Indi...

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Congress moves SC over foreign funding

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court verdict that held it and the BJP guilty of receiving funds from subsidiaries of Britain-based Vedanta. The Congress sought stay of the March 28 Delhi High Court order which had prima facie found both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party guilty of violating the foreign funding ...

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Ukraine rebels withdraw from Donetsk outskirts

Moscow/Kiev, July 23 (IANS) Pro-Russian separatists Wednesday exited three towns on the outskirts of the eastern city of Donetsk and areas surrounding the airport, rebel militia chief Igor Strelkov said even as the rebels shot down two Ukrainian military aircraft. The separatists left Karlovka, Netailovo and Pervomayskoye to avoid being encircled and annihilated by government forces, whi...

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Modi urges speedy implementation of World Bank projects

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday tweeted that he had urged the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim in a meeting here that speedy implementation was required for projects in India backed by the global lender. My meeting with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim was very fruitful. We live in a world where speed matters. Quick execution is essential. Speeding...

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DU student alleges ragging in college

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) A Delhi University student Wednesday alleged that he was ragged and beaten up by seniors in his college campus. A police case has been registered against 20 senior students. Puneet Kumar, a first year B.A. programme student of Satyawati College (Evening), claimed he was beaten by 20-22 seniors in the college campus Tuesday evening. I was leaving after th...

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47 killed in Taiwan plane's botched landing

Taipei, July 23 (IANS) Forty-seven people on board a Taiwanese TransAsia Airways plane were killed in a failed emergency landing in the island county of Penghu Wednesday, Taiwan's transportation authority has confirmed. Eleven others have been injured, Xinhua reported citing the authority. An earlier report put the toll at 51 The twin-engine ATR-72 turboprop aircraft was carrying...

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NHRC to probe Jharkhand surrender scam

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The NHRC will probe the alleged surrender scam in Jharkhand in which adivasi youths were asked to pose as Maoists and surrender for jobs, a commission official said Wednesday. The commission has directed its director general (investigation) to depute a team to conduct a thorough inquiry in the matter and submit a report within four weeks, said the National Human...

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India at Commonwealth Games Thursday

Glasgow, July 23 (IANS) The following is the list of Indians participating on the first day of competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Thursday. India's schedule: Badminton: India will take on Ghana and then Uganda in Group B of the Mixed Team event Cycling (track): Amrit Singh, Alan Baby, Amarjit Nagi will participate in men's sprint while a four-member Indian te...

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Indian student wins damages for illegal detention at Heathrow

London, July 23 (IANS) An Indian student has won 3,500 pounds ($5,967) in damages for her illegal detention at Heathrow Airport in London, media reported. Swathi Palisetty, a student of the University of Bedfordshire in Luton town, was held for 17 hours by suspicious UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials at Heathrow after she returned from a trip to India in December 2011. Palisetty ...

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