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Sought access for Indian companies to American markets: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that he has urged US President Barack Obama to take steps that would help Indian service companies get access to the US economy. I told Obama to open means of access for Indian companies in US markets, he said at a joint press interaction after their summit-level talks here. Both sides had had an open discussion ...

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US defence firms welcome to participate in India: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that US defence firms are welcome to participate in India and that both India and US have agreed to deepen their security and defence cooperation. Addressing a joint press conference with US President Barack Obama, he said that both sides discussed security and defence issues during their summit-level talks and agreed to...

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Invited Obama and family to visit India: Modi

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday he has invited US President Barack Obama and his family to visit India at an early date. Modi said this during a joint press interaction with Obama here at the end of summit level talks between the two sides. ...

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Modi, Obama conclude talks, to issue press statements

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama concluded over one and a half hour of talks at the White House and are expected to make press statements. Ahead of their meeting, the two leaders penned a joint op-ed piece in the Washington Post in which they said the true potential of our relationship has yet to be fully realized and pledged to correct...

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Global wildlife population declined by half since 1970: WWF

Geneva, Sep 30 (IANS) The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Tuesday that the global wildlife population has declined by more than half over the last four decades. The Living Planet Report 2014, the 10th edition of WWF's biennial publication, said the population of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have declined by 52 percent since 1970, Xinhua reported. Freshwater species...

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Spain's Catalonia suspends campaign for referendum

Barcelona, Sep 30 (IANS/EFE) The regional government of Spain's Catalonia autonomous community Tuesday suspended its campaign for the Nov 9 referendum on independence, after the country's Constitutional Court accepted an appeal filed by the Spanish government against the initiative. The move followed a decision Monday by the Constitutional Court to consider the appeal, thus automatically...

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US slaps sanctions on Pakistan-based terror groups

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) The US Tuesday targeted two terrorist groups based in Pakistan by slapping sanctions on their leader and financial supporters. The Department of Treasury branded Fazl-ur Rehman Khalil, the leader of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM), and Muhammad Naeem Sheikh and Umair Naeem Sheikh, two alleged financial supporters of Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT), as specially designated glob...

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Starwood Hotels to move global office to India in March 2015

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) US-based hospitality major Starwood Hotels and Resorts Tuesday said it will relocate its global headquarters to India in March 2015 for expanding its operations across the country. Our chief executive and top leadership will conduct business out of India in March 2015 for 'month-long immersion', as they did in China in 2011 and Dubai in 2013, to be closer to gues...

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Hong Kong students threaten to occupy government offices

Hong Kong, Sep 30 (IANS/EFE) Student demonstrators have decided to step up their street protests and are planning to eventually take over and occupy government offices, leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students said Tuesday. We will increase the intensity of protests starting as of this Thursday, Oct 2, Chow Wing Hong, one of the general secretaries of the federation, and Chan Kin ...

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BEL, Thales form JV for making radars in India

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) State-run Bharat Electronics (BEL) and French technology giant Thales Tuesday announced that the government has approved incorporation of their joint venture (JV) company, BEL-Thales Systems Ltd. This JV company will primarily focus on the design, development, marketing, supply and support of civilian and select defence radars for India and the global markets, Th...

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Hamas wants Islamic state on all Palestinian lands: Official

Gaza, Sep 30 (IANS) A senior Hamas official announced Tuesday that his movement still believes in establishing an Islamic state on all the lands of Palestine. Mahmoud al-Zahar, the Hamas strongman, said in a ceremony to honour police officers killed in the last Israeli offensive on Gaza that we don't want to establish an Islamic emirate in Gaza; we want an Islamic state in all Palestine,...

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Will safeguard Mumbai's status as financial centre: Congress

Osmanabad (Maharashtra), Sep 30 (IANS) The Maharashtra Congress Tuesday vowed to safeguard the unique status of Mumbai as the country's commercial capital, which, it accused the BJP government of attempting to dilute. Launching the Congress campaign for the Oct 15 assembly elections at the temple town of Tuljapur in Osmanabad district this afternoon, several speakers charged the BJP of a...

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Sri Lankan government plays down hard-line monks' views

Colombo, Sep 30 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government Tuesday played down the views expressed by a group of hard-line monks who are demanding radical constitutional changes to promote Buddhism and the Sinhala community, media reported. Government spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella was quoted as saying that the government did not endorse the views of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) exp...

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Ebola leaves 3,700 orphans facing homelessness, family rejection

Geneva, Sep 30 (IANS/EFE) At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both their parents to the deadly Ebola virus disease which has caused 3,100 deaths in West Africa, according to updated Unicef estimates released Tuesday. A Unicef official warned that the epidemic has intensified in recent weeks and the number of Ebola orphans could double between now ...

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Terrorism, Ebola figure in Chuck Hagel-Modi talks

Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel called on visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Tuesday ahead of the summit meeting with President Barack Obama and both sides discussed the Ebola viru disease outbreak in Western Africa and terrorism. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that the issues of the day -- Ebola and terror - were ...

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Reliance Power plans Rs.50,000 crore investment in next phase

Mumbai, Sep 30 (IANS) While the current fiscal will signal the completion of Reliance Power's first phase of growth, the company has decided to invest Rs.50,000 crore in domestic coal-based thermal, hydro and solar plants in its second phase, company chairman Anil Ambani said Tuesday. Over the next five financial years, the company contemplates to invest over Rs.50,000 crore on developm...

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Modi to speak on All India Radio Oct 3

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will connect with the people through national broadcaster All India Radio Oct 3. The speech, which will be exclusive to AIR, will also be telecast on all news channels of Doordarshan, AIR Director General (News) Archana Dutta told IANS. The speech will begin at 11 a.m. Modi had announced in the beginning of September o...

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Petrol cheaper by 65 paise a litre

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) With international crude oil prices going below $95 a barrel, petrol prices were cut by 65 paise a litre with effect from midnight. Since the three rate cuts in August, petrol prices have continued to show a downward trend. Thus a downward revision in selling price of petrol is being effected w.e.f midnight of 30th Sep/Oct 1, 2014, state-run oil marketer...

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Israeli minister justifies decision against toppling Hamas

Jerusalem, Sep 30 (IANS) Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Tuesday his country took the right decision to refraining from toppling the Hamas regime during the recent Gaza war. It would have been a mistake to instruct the army to oust Hamas... all the cabinet ministers understood that it wasn't worth removing them from power, Ya'alon told a defence conference in Tel Aviv, accord...

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Two held for attempting to abduct Delhi woman

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Two people have been arrested for attempting to abduct a woman from outside a city hospital here, police said Tuesday. Sandeep Yadav, 26, and Babloo Sharma, 22, were arrested from their hideouts in Delhi Tuesday morning for attempting to abduct the 32-year-old woman from outside gate No.1 of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Monday evening. <...

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