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UAE creates ministry of happiness, tolerance

Dubai, Feb 11 (IANS) United Arab Emirates Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum announced on Wednesday the new Cabinet appointments, with two new portfolios on happiness and tolerance. Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement on his Twitter account, two days after he revealed plans to restructure the UAE Cabinet and to outsource most government services to ...

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Pakistan opposes preconditions for Afghan reconciliation

Islamabad, Feb 11 (IANS) A senior Pakistani diplomat on Wednesday emphasised a step-by-step approach and opposition to any precondition for the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The comments came days after the four-nation meeting in Islamabad decided to set date for the Afghan peace talks by the end of February. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)...

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Pro Kabaddi: Bengal Warriors beat Pink Panthers to go atop table

Kolkata, Feb 10 (IANS) Bengal Warriors scored their third victory in four outings at home to leap to the top of the points table with 26 points by beating Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-20 in a Pro Kabaddi League contest here on Wednesday. The Panthers looked clueless on the day in the absence of their star raider Jasvir Singh who is nursing an injury. The losers remain in fifth place with 11 p...

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Anupam Kher celebrates Padma Bhushan with specially-abled kids

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Actor Anupam Kher, who was conferred the Padma Bhushan on this Republic Day, celebrated the fourth death anniversary of his father Pushkarnath Kher with over 700 specially-abled children. In attendance were Bollywood singers Shaan and Kailash Kher among others. My father celebrated my failures and successes with equal joy. He was my greatest fan and admirer....

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Celebrating Indian roots of Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) What do Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley and Pablo Picasso have in common? They all belong to the Roma community whose Indian roots will be discussed at the fifth Roma conference and cultural festival organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) here. The three-day conference cum cultural festival would commence from Friday at Azad Bhawan, I.P. Est...

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'1982-A Love Marriage', '1942-A Love Story' poles apart: Amitkumar Sharma

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Actor Amitkumar Sharma says that his film 1982-A Love Marriage and classic film 1942-A Love Story are poles apart in its story, and the only similarity between the two is the title and the fact that they are period love stories. We have been pestered by comparisons with '1942-A Love Story' since the time we announced that our film will be titled '1982-A Love Marria...

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JNU clashes: University sets up proctorial committee

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru University set up a proctorial committee on Wednesday to inquire into an event organised by some former members of Democratic Students' Union (DSU) that led to violent clashes on the campus. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a protest outside the office of the vice chancellor on Wednesday to protest over the event against th...

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Let's forget the past: Bengal Congress, CPI-M leaders

Kolkata, Feb 10 (IANS) Displaying bonhomie, senior leaders of the CPI-M and the Congress on Wednesday pitched for an alliance in the upcoming assembly polls in West Bengal, saying both parties needed to forget the bitter rivalry of the past. Communist Party of India-Marxist politburo member Mohammed Salim and state Congress spokesman Om Prakash Mishra painted a grim picture of the state ...

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Eye on polls, Assam CM releases 'Vision Assam-2030'

Guwahati, Feb 10 (IANS) With an eye on the forthcoming assembly election, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday unveiled a draft vision document titled Vision Assam-2030: Everything for Everyone-Achieving inclusive and Sustainable Development. Unveiling the document at a function at the Assam Administrative Staff College, he said it envisions a transformed future for the people o...

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India invites UAE to invest in National Infrastructure Fund

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) India on Wednesday said investors from Gulf countries could participate in its Rs.40,000-crore National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) set up last year to fund projects. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley mentioned this in his meeting here with the United Arab Emirates' Economy Minister Sultan Al Mansoori, ahead of the India visit of Abu Dhabi's Crown Princ...

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SC puts on hold child rapist-murderer's death sentence

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday put on hold the execution of the death sentence of Vasanta Sampat Dupare who had sought recall of its verdict upholding his conviction and death sentence for raping and stoning to death a four-year-old girl in Maharashtra in 2008. An apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit ...

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IS will be vanquished, says Italian PM

Rome, Feb 1o (IANS/AKI) The Islamic State jihadist group will lose against the international military coalition of countries fighting it and will be defeated culturally, economically and diplomatically, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Wednesday. The unscrupulous terrorists of Daesh (IS) must know they will lose their battle, Renzi told journalists here after a meeting his Iraqi ...

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I-League: Sporting Clube de Goa face Salgaocar FC

Margao, Feb 10 (IANS) Sporting Clube de Goa will take on arch-rivals Salgaocar FC in an I-League match at the Fatorda Stadium here on Thursday. Home side Goa is currently in sixth place with seven points from five games, having won two, drawn one and lost two, while Salgaocar are at the bottom of the table with just one point from five games, having lost four and drawn one. Both ...

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Sidharth Malhotra to spend Valentine's Day with Katrina Kaif

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Actor Sidharth Malhotra says he doesn't have any special plans for Valentine's Day and will be working on his film Baar Baar Dekho with Katrina Kaif. At the trailer launch of his film Kapoor and Sons, Sidharth was asked how he intended to celebrate Valentine's Day. As of now, I'll be travelling and shooting for 'Baar Baar Dekho', so sadly with the whole crew...

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NASA discounts meteorite theory, Indian institute says analysis on

Washington/Chennai, Feb 10 (IANS) Scientists at the US space agency NASA have discounted reports that an Indian bus driver in Tamil Nadu was killed by a meteorite, but Indian experts said this can only be ruled out after detailed analysis. Only a detailed analysis of the object that has been received from the Vellore police can tell whether it is a meteorite or not, said a senior officia...

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Mobile app to inform Kolkata citizens on eco-friendly measures

Kolkata, Feb 10 (IANS) India's maiden integrated and dedicated climate cell in a civic body is proposed to be set up at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation with a dedicated web portal and mobile app intended to give out information to citizens on eco-friendly measures and disaster alerts, it was announced here on Wednesday. The mobile app is the first-of-its-kind in the country and is inte...

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'Kapoor and Sons' special to all of us: Karan Johar

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Upcoming film Kapoor and Sons was special to the entire production team for various reasons, feels Karan Johar. The trailer of Kapoor and Sons produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions was unveiled in Mumbai on Wednesday. 'Kapoor and Sons' is special to all of us for various reasons, also because it makes a huge shift from loving your parents to understan...

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Another former TERI employee accuses Pachauri of sexual harassment

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) Days after environmentalist R.K. Pachauri, accused by a former colleague of sexual harassment in February last year, was promoted as executive vice-chairman of TERI, another former woman employee of the organisation on Wednesday levied similar charges against him. Ever since the FIR against Pachauri came to light, I have been stating that I have also been sexuall...

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Prabhu launches 3 IT enabled applications for railways

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) IT-enabled handheld terminals for travelling ticket examiners (TTEs), a paperless unreserved ticketing mobile application and a facility for E-booking of disposable linen on trains were launched by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday. Indian Railways is heading towards Digital India to bring transparency in Indian Railways and thus these IT enabled appli...

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South Asian Games: Paddler Sathiyan out of action for a week

Shillong, Feb 10 (IANS) Indian paddler G. Sathiyan, who was forced to concede the men's singles table tennis final of the 12th South Asian Games 2016 after picking up a thumb injury, will be out of action for the next one week. He (Sathiyan) has picked up an injury, and he will be out of action for the next one week. It will take around 15-16 days to fully heal, India's coach Arup Basak ...

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