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Appreciating non-dollar currencies lift Indian foreign reserves

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) An appreciation in non-dollar currencies propelled India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves to gain $920.6 million in the week ended August 21. The reserves for the week under review stood at $355.35 billion from the previous week's (August 14) $354.43 billion. For the previous week ended August 14, the reserves had gained by $1.08 billion to $354.43 billi...

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Absconding driver in Greater Kailash shooting case held

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) A week after the south Delhi gang war, the sixth absconding accused has been arrested by the Crime Branch, police said here on Saturday. The accused -- Anup Kumar Tiwari, 28, -- was the driver of gangster Deepak Pandit for four years, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said. On the intervening night, between August 22 and 23, Pandit and h...

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Chennai to host World Bridge Championship

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) The 42nd World Bridge Team championship will be held here from September 26 to October 10 for the Bermuda Bowl (Open event), Venice Cup (women) and D'Orsi Bowl (seniors), according to a press release from the Bridge Federation of India here on Saturday. Competitors from 35 countries are expected to vie for honours in this biennial championship after qualifying from...

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Minor verbal spat leads to communal clash in UP district

Lucknow, Aug 29 (IANS) A minor altercation between some people snowballed into a communal clash in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki district on Saturday, as two communities fought pitched battles, attacked police and set aflame vehicles, police said. The violence started when two men of one community were beaten up by a bus cleaner from a different community, soon bringing the two communities f...

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On Raksha Bandhan, demand for ghevar soars in Braj area

Agra/Mathura Aug 29 (IANS) If it's Raksha Bandhan, can the demand for the 'ghewar' specially-made sweatmeat be far behind? This year, the halwais say the demand has peaked to new heights. Except for the tourists, no one is buying petha, the other speciality of the region, in Agra. We are flooded with demand for a variety of ghevars. Till some years ago, it used to be only plain white ...

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Pujara guides India to 292/8 at stumps

Colombo, Aug 29 (IANS) Rain forced an early conclusion of the second day's proceedings in the third Test with India, aided by opener Cheteshwar Pujara's sublime unbeaten 135-run knock, at 292/8 against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) here on Saturday. Pujara cracked a superb century to shape India's batting effort, which was in trouble at 119/5 at one stage. Ishant Sharma, w...

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Raksha Bandhan festivities choke roads, Metro in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) There was heavy rush on the roads and in Metro trains here on Saturday, as the Raksha Bandhan festivities drew a huge number of people out of their homes, bringing the national capital literally to a standstill at various places. Anticipating the traffic snarls, Delhi Traffic Police had appealed to the public on Friday to use public transport like metro or buses ...

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GSAT-6's orbit raised

Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) The Indian space agency on Saturday said it has raised the orbit of its military communication satellite GSAT-6 successfully. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the first orbit raising operation of GSAT-6 was successfully completed on Friday by firing the on-board motors for around 56 minutes. The satellite was launched by India's heavy...

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Himmat finishes 22nd in Ciputra Golfpreneur

Jakarta, Aug 29 (IANS) Indian golfer Himmat Rai scored four-under 68 in the fourth and final round to finish tied 22nd, while Michael Tran of Vietnam won his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after defeating Lam Chih Bing of Singapore on the first play-off hole of the $100,000 Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament here on Saturday. Himmat, who scored 70, 71, and 69 in the first three ro...

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Over 5,900 infant deaths in Odisha Sishu Bhawan

Bhubaneswar, Aug 29 (IANS) It seems Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics, popularly known as Sishu Bhawan, Cuttack, is a virtual death trap as more than 5,900 infants have died while undergoing treatment in the last five years. In the last 10 days, 45 infants have died in the referral health institution leading to anger among the people while the Odisha governm...

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Seven kg gold robbed in Uttar Pradesh, one shot dead

Lucknow, Aug 29 (IANS) The driver of a security van was shot dead while a security guard was critically injured when unidentified assailants robbed 7 kg gold worth crores of rupees from the vehicle in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district, police said on Saturday. Inspector General of Police, Lucknow, Zaki Ahmad said the van belonged to Sequel Logistics Private Limited and was used as a deliver...

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Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium readies for India-Africa summit

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) With exactly two months to go for the mega India-Africa summit, there is frantic activity around the giant Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium where representatives of 54 African countries - including kings, presidents, prime ministers, ministers, diplomats and top officials - would sit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team to deliberate on how to strengthen and invigor...

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Sonia Gandhi to attend 'Swabhiman' rally in Patna

Patna, Aug 29 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi will attend the August 30 'Swabhiman' rally of the grand alliance of the RJD, JD-U, Congress and Samajwadi Party here, a senior party leader said on Saturday. Sonia Gandhi is coming here on Sunday to attend the rally, Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhary said at a press conference here. Sonia Gandhi would share the dais wi...

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Rain halts India's innings in post-tea session

Colombo, Aug 29 (IANS) Rain halted the second day's proceedings in the third Test with India at 292/8 against hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) here on Saturday. Opener Cheteshwar Pujara cracked a superb century and was unbeaten on 135 to shape India's batting effort. He was accompanied by Ishant Sharma, who was unbeaten on 2 during the post-tea session when rain halted ...

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'Phantom' mints Rs.8.45 crore on opening day

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) Kabir Khan's directorial Phantom, on the post-26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, grossed Rs.8.45 crore on its opening day in the country. The Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer released on Friday, a day ahead of the festival of Raksha Bandhan. We are overwhelmed with the response. It's an amazing beginning, producer Sajid Nadiadwala said in a statement.

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Bengal man nabbed with dismembered bodies of woman, child in bags

Kolkata, Aug 29 (IANS) A man in West Bengal's Hooghly district was arrested on Saturday while he was trying to dispose off the bodies of a woman and a minor girl suspected to be killed by him, police said. The accused Samaresh Sarkar, was caught with three trolley bags inside which the dismembered bodies of a woman and a minor girl were found. He was caught by fellow passengers after he ...

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Indian Railways should launch 'Zero Accident Mission': Prabhu

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Indian Railways needs to launch Zero Accident Mission with a definite time frame, said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday. This requires integrated approach involving use of cost effective advanced technology and properly trained manpower, he said in his address at the valedictory session of the two-day international railway convention on advances in comm...

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After clash, women reach out to 'brother commuters' on Raksha Bandhan

Kolkata, Aug 29 (IANS) Having reclaimed what they asserted was rightfully theirs -- an exclusive train for females -- women commuters of the Matribhumi Ladies Special local trains on Saturday extended the olive branch by tying rakhis to their male counterparts. Far from what was more of a territorial battle between the two sexes, it was all hunky dory as women commuters were seen tying r...

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Delhi Airport launches new mobile app

New Delhi Aug 29 (IANS) Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) on Saturday launched a new app named flyDEL that aims to augment the passenger experience and achieve customer delight at the airport. The app, which is available for both Android as well as iOS based devices, covering a majority smart phone users in the country, provides real-time flight information and access to all pas...

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Frogs' irrational choices counter sexual selection theory

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) According to accepted theory on animals' mating behaviour, females will select the more attractive of the males. But a new study in frogs counters that notion. The study found that female tungara frogs are susceptible to the decoy effect, where the introduction of a third, inferior mate results in the female choosing the less attractive of the first two options.

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