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Real Madrid aim for big-six season

Madrid, Aug 21 (IANS) If pre-season results were anything to look on then Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti would be feeling hot under the collar and looking anxiously over his shoulder following four defeats, one win and a draw. Fortunately for Ancelotti the four defeats came in friendlies, the draw in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup and the win in the European Super Cup final, m...

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Lend up to 50 percent of share value: RBI tells NBFCs

Chennai, Aug 21 (IANS) Non-banking finance companies (NBFC) have to maintain a loan-to-value ratio of 50 percent when they lend against shares, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stipulated Thursday. In its circular, the RBI also stipulated that all NBFCs of Rs.100 crore and above should report on-line to the stock exchanges about information on shares pledged in their favour by borrowers f...

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Israel killed three senior commanders: Hamas military wing

Gaza, Aug 21 (IANS) The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement, Thursday said that Israel has killed three of its senior commanders in the Gaza Strip. It said the three commanders were killed during an Israeli air strike on a house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, Xinhua reported. The Brigades identified the commanders as Mohammed Abu Shamal...

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Brisk voting in Madhya Pradesh by-election

Bhopal, Aug 21 (IANS) Brisk polling was recorded in three assembly by-elections in Madhya Pradesh Thursday, with one constituency recording a 41.02 percent in the first six-and-a-half hours. Voters were seen queuing up to exercise their franchise at 7 a.m. in Vijayraghavgarh, Bahoriband and Agar constituencies, the officials added. Vijayraghavgarh recorded 39.38 percent voter's t...

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SC notice to centre over governors' dismissal

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday issued notice to the central government on a petition filed by Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi challenging the procedure followed in securing his resignation in the wake of BJP coming to power. An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha said the matter would be heard by a five-judge bench as it involved the interpretation ...

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Fahad Fazil weds Nazriya Nazim

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 21 (IANS) Malayalam actors Fahad Fazil and Nazriya Nasim got married here Thursday. Celebrities and dignitaries attended the 'nikaah'. The entry to the venue was only by invitation and as a result fans and the media were left disappointed. Nazriya is from the state capital, while Fahad hails from Alappuzha. The two got engaged early this year. Faha...

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India charges Nepal lowest interest rate

Kathmandu, Aug 21 (IANS) Compared to other South Asian countries, India charges Nepal the lowest interest rate for the lines of credit (LOCs) it offers, a diplomat here said. This shows India's close affinity to Nepal with relations getting better and stronger, an Indian diplomat told IANS. India is charging Nepal one percent interest for the $1 billion LOC that was announced du...

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Ebola toll rises to 1,350: WHO

Geneva, Aug 21 (IANS/EFE) The death toll due to the Ebola virus continues to rise in West Africa and currently stands at 1,350, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. Of that number, 576 have died in Liberia where the outbreak is most severe and efforts to contain the virus are deemed most critical, WHO said in a statement Wednesday. The toll in Guinea and Sierra Leone stands ...

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'Safety of women tourists top priority'

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik Thursday said the safety and security of all tourists, especially women, remains the top priority of the government and the ministry is framing guidelines for state governments to ensure this. Speaking at the inaugural session of the day-long State Tourism Ministers Conference here, Naik said in-bound touri...

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An abusive boss can make entire team hostile

New York, Aug 21 (IANS) Is your boss abusive and does not pay much heed to even positive suggestions made by the team? Such superiors can actually throw the entire work team into conflict, hurting productivity, reveals a study. Supervisors who belittle and ridicule workers not only negatively affect those workers' attitudes and behaviours but also cause team members to act in a similar h...

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Manipur, Tripura get separate IAS, IPS cadres

Agartala, Aug 21 (IANS) With the creation of separate Manipur and Tripura cadres for All India Cadre Services (AICS) officers, the administration in both states would be considerably smoothened, an official said here Thursday. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) under the union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions issued a notification earlier this week creat...

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Coming, smartphones that correct vision

New York, Aug 21 (IANS) You can soon kiss goodbye to your glasses or contact lenses as future smartphones can adjust the display screen for better visibility for you. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a vision-correcting display technology that fits on your smartphone's screen or laptop or any other device. A thin, transparent material,...

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'Medical tech sector, if supported, can compete with China'

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) India's medical technology sector can become a $50 billion industry in the next decade and compete with China in the global market provided industry and the government act together to boost domestic manufacturing, a top official has said . It is essential that the sector exploits the cost advantage if it wants to compete with China for the global market, Amitabh...

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Modi seeks clear mandate in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Aug 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday urged the people of Jharkhand to give a clear mandate in upcoming assembly elections in the state. In the life of boys and girls, the 13-18 years period is crucial. Jharkhand is 13 years old. People should give a clear mandate to shape up the state, Modi told a meeting here. My government is taking one decision after a...

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Fourteen killed as bus falls into Himachal river

Shimla, Aug 21 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and 26 injured Thursday when an overcrowded private mini-bus skidded off road and fell into the Baspa river in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district, an official said. Officials said the toll could rise as most of the injured have suffered grievous injuries. The bus carrying around 40 passengers was on its way from Kalpa to Sangl...

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Paltrow okay with Martin's relationship with Lawrence

Los Angeles, Aug 21 (IANS) Actress Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly approves of estranged husband Chris Martin's romance with Jennifer Lawrence. The Iron Man 3 star, who recently started dating Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk, has reportedly given Martin, whom she split from in March after 10 years of marriage, her blessing after learning he has moved on with the 24-year-old actress, reports fema...

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Tremors felt in Delhi as quake hits Himachal Pradesh

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Tremors were felt here Thursday afternoon after a moderate earthquake hit Himachal Pradesh, an official said. The earthquake measured 5.0 on the Richter scale. The quake occurred at 1.41 p.m. The epicentre was Chamba-Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, an official of the India Meteorological Department said. ...

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Unesco condemns American journalist's killing

Paris, Aug 21 (IANS) Unesco director general Irina Bokova Thursday condemned the beheading of US journalist James Foley by extremist Islamist militants in Iraq, calling it a heinous killing. I condemn the murder of James Foley in the strongest possible terms, said Bokova. The Islamic State militant group had posted a video that showed Foley's beheading. There are few word...

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Removal of AIIMS CVO routine thing: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday said the removal of AIIMS chief vigilance officer (CVO) Sanjeev Chaturvedi was a routine thing and should not be turned into a controversy. Sanjeev Chaturvedi was not at all eligible for the post he was holding at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), he said at the launch of a dental OPD at the institut...

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Kapil Sharma to shoot 'Comedy Nights...' in Dubai

Mumbai, Aug 21 (IANS) The small screen's popular funnyman Kapil Sharma is set to take his much-loved show Comedy Nights With Kapil overseas. He will shoot a special episode in Dubai. On public demand, the entire cast and crew will travel to Dubai early next month and perform live in front of the audiences there, said a source from Colors channel. Apart from the main cast, singer ...

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