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Dev, Moushumi to get Bengal's top cine award

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) Leading Bengali matinee idol Dev and veteran actress Moushumi Chatterjee will receive the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman instituted by the West Bengal government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Tuesday. Dev alias Deepak Adhikari, also a Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member, starred in Bengali film industry's most expensive movie till date, Chaander Pahar. <...

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Australian minister, Rajnath discuss illegal migration

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison Tuesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss issues relating to illegal migration. The Australian minister said a boat with 157 people was seized by Australian authorities in the last week of June, an official press release said. Rajnath Singh said India does not support any kind ...

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'Mary Kom' to have world premiere at TIFF

Toronto, July 22 (IANS) Priyanka Chopra-starrer Mary Kom, based on boxer M.C Mary Kom, will have its world premiere here at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the organizers announced Tuesday. The 39th Toronto International Film Festival will take place between Sep 4 and 14. Glamorous Indian star Priyanka Chopra completely transforms herself to play Mary Kom, world champion ...

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EU sanctions more entities against Syria

Brussels, July 22 (IANS) The European Union (EU) Tuesday expanded sanctions against Syria over the government's violent repression of its civilian population. According to the Council of European Union statement, the EU's foreign ministers agreed to add three more people and nine entities to the current sanction list, Xinhua reported. They will be subject to an asset freeze and a ban...

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UN Security Council slams IS for persecuting minorities in Iraq

United Nations, July 22 (IANS) The UN Security Council Tuesday condemned the persecution of minorities in Iraq by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and warned that such acts may constitute a crime against humanity. The members of the Security Council express their deep concern over reports of threats against religious and ethnic minorities in Mosul and other parts of Iraq controlled by...

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Kejriwal meets families of Indians stranded in Iraq

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and four party parliamentarians Tuesday met the families of Indians stranded in strife-torn Iraq. The former Delhi chief minister listened to the woes of the families who staged a sit-in at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi. Aam Aadmi Party Lok Sabha member Bhagwant Mann accompanied the families to meet officials in the external affair...

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Nagaland CM condemns Manipuri man's killing in Delhi

Kohima, July 22 (IANS) Condemning the killing of a 29-year-old Manipuri man in Delhi, Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang Tuesday urged the personal intervention of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure that the guilty do not go unpunished. It is indeed unfortunate that such incidents of discrimination and physical assault against people of the northeastern region residing in national capi...

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Court seeks government view on using eco-friendly engine

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday issued notice to the central and Delhi governments on a scientist's plea seeking permission to fit his invention -- an eco-friendly fuel-cell auto engine -- in vehicles plying on a commercial basis here. Justice V.K. Shali asked the road transport and highways ministry and the Delhi transport department to reply on the plea filed by Kan...

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Government for better judges appointment system, Katju questions Lahoti

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The government Tuesday pitched for improving the system of judges' appointment as the controversy over corruption in the judiciary rocked parliament for the second day and Press Council chairman Markandey Katju, who had raised the allegations, posed questions to former CJI R.C. Lahoti on the issue. The Lok Sabha was Tuesday disrupted by AIADMK members over the alle...

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Coast Guard rescues 15 fishermen in Bay of Bengal

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) Indian Coast Guard personnel have rescued 15 fishermen whose boat had got entangled with a fishing net in the Bay of Bengal, about 64 nautical miles southeast of Sagar Island, officials said Tuesday. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) officials said that after they received information Sunday about the fishing boat Baba Loknath getting stranded, ICG ship Rajkiran immediately s...

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Bengal mob protests with body of teacher who died in UP jail

Siliguri, July 22 (IANS) A mob comprising a few hundred people Tuesday staged a demonstration with the body of a school teacher outside a police station here in northern West Bengal claiming that the man was murdered in judicial custody in Uttar Pradesh. The demonstrators at the Bagdogra police station in Darjeeling district demanded opening of a murder case and a repeat post mortem examina...

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India a global player, says US diplomat

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) India is not just a regional but an international player and there should be an effort to connect to its young people, US Charge d'Affaires Kathleen Stephens said Tuesday. India is not just a regional but also a global player. There should be efforts to reach out to young people here and also help them explore the world, Stephens said while launching the National G...

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South Korean president calls Modi, hopes to expand ties

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Tuesday spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hoped that the strategic partnership between the two countries will expand under his leadership. Park congratulated Modi on his victory in the elections during the telephonic conversation and invited him to visit South Korea, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

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Gaza toll 609 as US blames Hamas for crisis

Gaza/Jerusalem/Cairo, July 22 (IANS) The relentless Israeli military campaign dubbed Operation Protective Edge targeting the Gaza Strip, which has lasted for more than two weeks, has killed over 600 Palestinians even as the US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Islamist Hamas movement for the ongoing crisis. Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza health ministry spokesman, told reporters that the deat...

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Did not put any pressure on DoT officers, says Raja

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Former telecom minister A. Raja Tuesday denied that he had put pressure on department of telecommunications (DoT) officers to process applications seeking 2G spectrum licences and issue letters of intent (LoIs) in simultaneous manner. Testifying as a defence witness in the 2G case, Raja told Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge O.P. Saini that there was no...

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MH17 victims' bodies reach Ukraine government-controlled city

Donetsk/Kiev/Moscow, July 22 (IANS) A refrigerated train carrying the bodies of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash victims arrived Tuesday in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine as Russia and Ukraine welcomed a UN resolution calling for an independent investigation into the horrific tragedy. The train, with 16 representatives of the Netherlands, Malaysia and the O...

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DMK members suspended for rest of Tamil Nadu assembly session

Chennai, July 22 (IANS) Legislators of the DMK were Tuesday suspended for rest of the Tamil Nadu assembly session for their behaviour which was not held in consonance with the dignity of the house. According to Speaker P. Dhanapal, the DMK members had used objectionable words and also disrupted the proceedings. The house had earlier seen noisy scenes with DMK protesting some remarks ...

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NHRC seeks report on Thane tribal teen's custodial death

Thane, July 22 (IANS) Taking suo moto cognizance of media reports that a 16-year-old tribal teenager was tortured in police custody in Thane during interrogation and died June 21, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday sought a report from the Maharashtra government. The NHRC has served notice to the state's principal secretary (home) to submit a detailed report on the shockin...

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Over 110 killed in western province in Iraq

Baghdad, July 22 (IANS) At least 117 militants, including 111 alone in a western Iraqi province, were killed in series of clashes between security forces and Sunni militant groups as government tries to wrestle back rebel-held areas, security sources said. In Anbar province in Western Iraq, the security forces clashed with the Sunni militants, mostly from Islamic State (IS), formerly known ...

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Housing scam unearthed in Ghaziabad: Official

Ghaziabad, July 22 (IANS) An alleged scam has been unearthed here in the 20 percent mandatory allotment of houses for economically weaker sections (EWS) and low income groups (LIG) in hi-tech townships by private builders, an official said Tuesday. Providing documentary details to media persons, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation vice chairman Rajendra Tyagi said the procedure adopted for the ...

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