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With Modi momentum, US seeks enhanced energy collaboration

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) With Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi providing a new momentum, the US has suggested four areas where India and the US can enhance collaboration in energy and sustainable development. We have a strong base to build on in these areas, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at the 5th US-India Energy Partnership Summit here Wednesday. He described the enh...

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Modi wields broom, launches Clean India campaign

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolically wielded the broom Thursday to launch a nationwide campaign that aims to clean up India in five years. Modi chose the Valmiki Colony in the heart of Delhi -- a place once home to Mahatma Gandhi -- to do the sweeping in a small area for just about one minute. Oct 2 marks Gandhi's birth anniversary. He also spent som...

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Modi pays surprise visit to police station

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday paid a surprise visit to the Mandir Marg police station in central Delhi to check how clean it was. On his way to the Valmiki Colony to launch his Clean India campaign, Modi suddenly stopped his car and walked into the police station, a police officer who witnessed it all told IANS. The inspection was not planned and t...

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Indian women's kabaddi team in final

Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) Defending champion India stayed on course for their second consecutive Asian Games gold medal in women's kabaddi as they marched into the final, beating Thailand 41-28 in the semi-final at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium here Thursday. In Friday's title clash, India will be facing Iran, who thrashed Bangladesh 40-15 in the other semi-final. The women'...

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Kejriwal cleans choked drains near PM's house

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Thursday helped sweepers to clean up choked drains in a small residential area near Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence in the heart of the capital. The former chief minister of Delhi chose the BR Camp, as the low income area is called, on the very day Modi launched his Clean India campaign. Kejriwal was accompanied by severa...

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PM launches Clean India campaign

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolically wielded the broom Thursday to launch a nationwide campaign that aims to clean up India in five years. Modi chose the Valmiki colony in Delhi's heart -- a place once home to Mahatma Gandhi -- to do the sweeping in a small area for a minute, in the company of party colleagues and officials. Modi has said that the Swa...

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Modi salutes Shastri

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday paid tributes to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 109th birth anniversary. Modi described Shastri as a man with strong determination and a symbol of simplicity and a person who gave India the slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan. Before paying floral tributes to Shastri -- India's second prime minister after Jaw...

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Obama very pleased with Modi visit

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) President Barack Obama was very pleased with and enjoyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit as it reflected the depth of the strong relationship between the US and India, according to the White House. The president was very pleased with and certainly values the opportunity that he had to visit personally with Prime Minister Modi, Obama's press secretary Josh Ea...

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Build an India of Gandhi's dreams: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday visited Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, and asked Indians to help build a nation that fulfils the dream of the father of the nation. I bow to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary, Modi tweeted. Gandhiji's thoughts and beliefs remain a great inspiration for us. Let us dedicate ourselves to building the India...

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IMF calls for more oversight of shadow banks

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Wednesday urged countries to include oversight of shadow banking as part of their policies designed to keep the overall financial system safe. Shadow banking is both a boon and a bane for countries, and to reap its benefits, policymakers should minimise the risks it poses to the overall financial system, said the IMF in its l...

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Fame stressed me out: Anne Hathaway

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Actress Anne Hathaway has admitted that she could not handle fame and was 'stressed out' by her Hollywood success. The Les Miserables actress discussed the pros and cons of the glamour industry with Britain's Elle magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk. This fame thing? F***ed me up for a really long time, she said. The 31-year-old actress also men...

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Modi visits Rajghat, pays tributes to Gandhi

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Rajghat -- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi -- Thursday morning to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation on his birth anniversary. Modi visited Rajghat ahead of the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Modi had declared that the mission will be launched Oct 2 and that a clean India will be the best tribute to Mahatma Gandh...

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Obama 'deeply concerned' over Israel's settlement expansion plan

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) President Barack Obama Wednesday voiced deep concern in his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the country's plan to build some 2,610 new homes for Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem. The two leaders met at the White House for 90 minutes to discuss Iran, peace with the Palestinians and the ongoing battle against the Islamic State militant...

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US, Brazil strike new deal to end cotton trade dispute

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) The US and Brazil reached an agreement Wednesday to end a decade-long cotton dispute between the two countries. Brazil sued the US in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on cotton subsidies in 2002. The WTO handed down a ruling in 2009 in Brazil's favour, allowing Brazil to take retaliation measures on imports of US goods. To avert Brazil's countermeasure...

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Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey in 'Boss Baby'?

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Actors Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey have reportedly been signed up for an animation movie titled Boss Baby. The two will lend their voices to the latest DreamWorks animation, which will be helmed by Madagascar co-director Tom McGrath, reports contactmusic.com. The film, which is expected to come out in March 2016 in the US, is based on the children's pi...

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Real Madrid stays perfect thanks to late goal from Benzema

Madrid, Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Second-half substitute Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Ludogorets Wednesday, leaving the Blancos at the head of Champions League Group B with six points after two matches. The Spanish side fell behind early in Sofia, giving up a goal to Marcelinho in the 6th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo replied for the visitors in the 24th minute, con...

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Secret service director resigns over White House security lapse

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) The US secret service director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday over a recent White House security breach. According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon by the US Department of Homeland Security, Pierson has offered her resignation, and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the secret service and the ...

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31 killed in attack near school in Syria

Beirut, Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Several children were among the 31 people killed in a pair of bombings near a school in the central Syrian city of Homs, a Syrian official said. Seventy-four others were injured in the blasts. The official said that 15 minutes after a car loaded with C4 explosives and gas cylinders blew up near the Akrima Makhzumi School in the Akrima Yadide district of H...

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'Rush Hour' to hit small screen as TV series

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan's blockbuster film franchise Rush Hour is heading to the small screen. Warner Bros. Television team has recruited Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Mad Men producer Blake MCCormick to adapt the action films for television, reports contactmusic.com. The series will follow the style of the movies and feature the adventures of a ...

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'Twilight' to return as short films

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Twilight is set to return in the form of five short films that will be broadcast exclusively on social-networking site Facebook. It's been revealed five female directors will be selected to make their own short film based on the iconic characters for The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga. The directors will be mentored by a group of...

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