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A date with Kolkata and its ghosts

Book: Ghosts of Calcutta; Author: Sebastien Ortiz; Publisher: Sampark; Pages: 330; Price: Rs399 When diplomats write books, they are expected to invoke political controversy, not ghosts. On that count, The Ghosts of Calcutta written by the French consul general in the city, Fabrice Etienne, is a book with a difference. Fascinated by Kolkata and its colonial past, Etienne, under the pen n...

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India population to outnumber China's in 2022: UN

United Nations, July 30 (IANS) There will be more Indians than Chinese by 2022 when both Asian giants will have 1.4 billion people each and India's population will grow at a faster pace, according to the UN. A report from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs on Wednesday said that in seven years, India's population is projected to continue growing for several decades to 1.5 b...

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Nine killed in China accident

Beijing, July 30 (IANS) Nine people were killed as three trucks collided on a highway in China's Shanxi province, police said on Thursday. The accident happened on Wednesday evening as three trucks collided on a highway in the city of Yizhou, Xinhua reported. The collision killed eight road maintenance workers and one person in a truck. ...

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Memon's hanging third in three years

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon on Thursday became the third person to be hanged till death in India in the last three years, a report said. According to a National Crime Record Bureau prison statistics report, 1,303 capital-punishment verdicts were given between 2004 and 2015. But only three convicts were executed over this period, one each in ...

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Cloudy Thursday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) It was a cloudy morning here on Thursday with the minimum temperature settling at 24.2 degrees Celsius, the Met Office said. The sky will be generally cloudy in the day. Light rain may occur in some areas of the city. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 32 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The h...

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India to be world's most populous country by 2022: UN

United Nations, July 30 (IANS/EFE) India in 2022 will be the world's most populous country, finally overtaking China, with about 1.4 billion residents. Currently, about 1.31 billion people live in India, compared with approximately 1.38 billion in China. The Indian population will continue growing for decades after 2022 and will reach 1.5 billion by 2030 and 1.7 billion by 2050, ...

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India very high on Obama's list of US investments abroad

Washington, July 30 (IANS) India is very high on the US list for investments in foreign countries as economic growth across the world remains a priority for President Barack Obama, according to the White House. In terms of the US-India partnership, ...the president is very enthusiastic about the prospect of increased collaboration, increased economic growth for American companies, and in...

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'Newly-found debris might have come from MH370'

Washington, July 30 (IANS) The US investigators have concluded that the piece of aircraft debris found on Wednesday near a French island in the Indian Ocean came from a Boeing 777, raising the odds that it belongs to the mysteriously-vanished MH370, the US media reported. The conclusion was based on photos of the object, which was located on a beach of the La Reunion island, The New York...

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Australia's richest person may give half fortune away

Sydney, July 30 (IANS) After a protracted and bitter family financial feud, Australian iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart is preparing to give away half her fortune to charity, media reports said on Thursday. Currently valued at $10.22 bn, Rinehart is back on speaking terms with her son and daughter who she has been battling in court over the family's trust fund for several years, Xinhua new...

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Show similar commitment in terror cases: Digvijaya

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday said the government should show similar commitment in all cases of terror as it showed in the case of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon. I hope similar commitment of government and judiciary would be shown in all cases of terror irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, he said in a tweet following Memon's ...

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Japan industrial output rises

Tokyo, July 30 (IANS) Japan's industrial output increased a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent in June on month, the industry ministry here said Thursday in a preliminary report. The index of output at factories and mines stood at 98.0 against the base of 100 in 2010, said the ministry, adding that the index of industrial shipments gained 0.3 percent to 96.3, while that of inventories was u...

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Darmstadt sign Mainz' defender Junior Diaz

Berlin, July 30 (IANS) Bundesliga newcomer Darmstadt bolstered their defence with the signing of Costa Rica international Junior Diaz. The Mainz defender joined Darmstadt with immediate effect after putting pen to paper on a two-year contract that keeps him until June 2017 with the Lilien, Xinhua news agency quoted the football club as saying on Wednesday. Junior Diaz will be a t...

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Australian expert says evidence points to MH370 wreckage

Canberra, July 30 (IANS) A leading Australian aviation expert said on Thursday that it is highly likely that plane debris found near Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Talking to Melbourne radio station 3AW on Thursday, aviation journalist Geoffrey Thomas said the debris, thought to be from an airliner's wing, was consistent with that o...

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Zayn Malik signs with Iggy Azalea's management company

London, July 30 (IANS) Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik has signed with management company Turn First Artists, which is the home to the likes of Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora. According to Billboard, Malik will be managed by the company's Sarah Stennett, the same person responsible for Iggy Azalea's career. The 22-year-old, who was previously signed to Modest! Management as a member ...

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Samsung posts $5.9 bn operating profit in Q2

Seoul, July 30 (IANS) Samsung Electronics posted 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion) in operating profit in the second quarter, missing market estimates on weak demand for Galaxy S6 smartphones, a regulatory filing showed on Thursday. The second-quarter operating profit was up 15.36 percent from the prior quarter, but it was down 4.03 percent from a year earlier. It also missed market expect...

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Memon to be buried in Nagpur jail

Nagpur, July 30 (IANS) Yakub Memon, the March 1993 Mumbai blasts convict, who was executed here early Thursday, will be buried inside the Nagpur Central Jail complex in Maharashtra, official sources said here. The jail authorities declined a demand to hand over the body to Memon's family and will go ahead with the burial at an isolated area inside the sprawling jail premises after the au...

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Yakub Memon's body sent for autopsy

Nagpur, July 30 (IANS) The body of Yakub Memon, who was hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail here in Maharashtra early Thursday for the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, has been taken for an autopsy. Memon was hanged at 6.35 a.m. and a medical team pronounced him dead a short while later. His body was sent for an autopsy by a team from a Nagpur hospital before being cleared for ...

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Premature to speculate origin of debris: Malaysia Airlines

Kuala Lumpur, July 30 (IANS) Malaysia Airlines said on Thursday in a statement that it would be too premature for the airline to speculate the origin of the aircraft flaperon discovered at Reunion Island. With regards to the reports of the discovery of an aircraft flaperon at Reunion Island, Malaysia Airlines is working with the relevant authorities to confirm the matter, Xinhua news age...

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Yakub Memon hanged till death in Nagpur jail

Nagpur, July 30 (IANS) Yakub Memon, convicted in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, was hanged till death at the Nagpur Central Jail in Maharashtra on Thursday morning, officials said. He was sent to the gallows -- on his 54th birthday on Thursday -- after several of his court appeals and clemency petitions were rejected by various courts, including the Bombay High Court, the Supreme...

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Yakub Memon hanged at 6.35 a.m.

Nagpur, July 30 (IANS) Yakub Memon, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, was hanged at 6.35 a.m. on Thursday, sources said. Memon was hanged at 6.35 a.m. and a medical team pronounced him dead a short while later. His body was sent for an autopsy by a medical team from a Nagpur government hospital, before being cleared for the last rites. ...

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