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Afghan government says Taliban chief died two years ago

Kabul, July 29 (IANS) The Afghan government on Wednesday evening said Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in 2013 in Pakistan -- the news coming ahead of the second round of peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives in Pakistan on Friday. The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of ...

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Gogoi orders protection of Assam's historical monuments

Guwahati, July 29 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday ordered the formation of a committee for protection and preservation of the ancient and historical monuments in the state. In a directive to the chief secretary, he called for the constitution of a committee to formulate an action plan for the purpose. According to an official statement, he said the committee ...

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Ronaldo to be best man in agent's wedding

Lisbon, July 29 (IANS/EFE) Sports agent Jorge Mendes is getting married on Sunday and his client, football star Cristiano Ronaldo, will be his best man. Portuguese press said the wedding will take place in Oporto and is expected to be attended by players and coaches represented by his agency Gestifute. Apart from Ronaldo, Real Madrid cohorts Fabio Coentrao and Pepe are among the ...

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Disappointed by Supreme Court judgement: Owaisi

Hyderabad, July 29 (IANS) AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Wednesday that he was disappointed by the Supreme Court judgement dismissing a petition of 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon that sought stay on his execution on Thursday. We are disappointed. We respectfully disagree with it, he told reporters while reacting to the court orders. The MP from Hyderabad said J...

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377 unauthorised animals seized from Mexican zoos

Mexico City, July 29 (IANS/EFE) Mexico's Profepa environmental protection agency has seized 377 wild animals from zoos that violated regulations. Inspectors found that the El Serengueti and El Jocoque zoo in the central town of San Jose de Gracia did not have an updated inventory of its animals and that the facility was keeping species that have not been authorised within the management ...

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Ketan Mehta to donate share of profits to Manjhi's village

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Director Ketan Mehta has stated that he is overwhelmed with the response to the trailer of his upcoming venture Manjhi- The Mountain Man and plans to donate a share of the film's profits to Dashrath Manjhi's village in Bihar. Definitely a percentage of the profits will go to the village (Gehlaur), he told media persons at a special screening of Drishyam. Th...

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Gay couple in Thailand fight for daughter's custody

Bangkok, July 29 (IANS/EFE) Gordon Lake smiles as Carmen's little fingers cling to his thumb. For the past six months he has been waiting, terrified that Thailand's social services will separate him from his daughter but asserting he will never let that happen. Lake, born in the US and his Spanish partner, Manuel Santos have been struggling since early 2015 to leave Thailand along with l...

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Cabinet approves Rs.20,000 crore infrastructure fund

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The union cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to create a Rs.20,000 crore National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to give boost to infrastructure projects, including those which are stalled, sources said. The cabinet also gave its approval to foreign investment in the Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) for facilitating domestic investment, they sa...

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Usual life to freeze in Tamil Nadu on Thursday

Chennai, July 29 (IANS) Usual life will slightly freeze in Tamil Nadu on Thursday with the state government and other sections of the society deciding to down their shutters as a mark of respect to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, whose last rites will be performed in Rameswaram. The government said it has decided to declare a public holiday on Thursday, the day of Kalam's funeral, u...

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Competition panel fines Karnataka film apex body

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a Rs.16.8 lakh penalty on Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) for contravening competition law, an official statement said on Wednesday. The panel also slapped a Rs.1.74 lakh fine on the Karnataka Television Association (KTVA) and Rs.1.68 lakh on the Kannada Film Producers Association (KFPA) for being a...

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Telangana CM sanctions Rs.5 lakh for torture victim

Hyderabad, July 29 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday announced Rs.5 lakh for a 19-year-old girl tortured by her father and step mother. Pratyusha on Wednesday went to the chief minister's official residence after she was discharged from hospital. She had lunch with the chief minister, Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy and others. The victim was late...

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Remakes a challenging task: Omung Kumar

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Remakes a challenging task, says Mary Kom director Omung Kumar. Remakes are challenging, because you have to make the same movie again, and then you have to put in your touch and efforts to make it better. Plus there is a lot of tension because earlier remakes have been hit, so automatically yours expected to be hit too, he said at a special screening of Ajay Devga...

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Government recommends rejection of Memon's mercy plea

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The government on Wednesday recommended rejection of Yakub Memon's mercy plea to President Pranab Mukherjee, who is likely to go by its view. Once the president, who works on the aid and advice of the council of ministers agrees, Memon, who has exhausted all his legal options, will be hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail. After hectic consultations on the i...

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Cabinet nod to changes making anti-hijacking law stringent

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The union cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to anti-hijacking law providing for death penalty even if ground handling staff are killed, sources said. They said amendments to the anti-hijacking bill broaden the definition of hijacking and provide enhanced punishment to the perpetrators. The earlier version of the bill provided that hijackers could ...

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Platini won't be good for FIFA: Prince Ali

Paris, July 29 (IANS) Michel Platini has been criticised by Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan hours after the Frenchman confirmed that he would be a candidate for FIFA's top post next year. Platini confirmed on Wednesday that he wants to succeed FIFA president Sepp Blatter when elections take place on February 26. The UEFA president, 60, said it time FIFA turned a new page afte...

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Kalam tribute blunder an honest mistake, says Anushka

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Bombay Velvet actress Anushka Sharma, who got a dose of trolls on social media after she she wrongly wrote A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's name while paying respects to the former president on Twitter, on Wednesday termed it an honest mistake. It was an honest mistake. My intentions were not bad and I had good intentions. It was a human error and humans do make mistakes, she ...

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Taliban's Mullah Omar died two years ago: Afghan intelligence

Kabul, July 29 (IANS) Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago in Pakistan and his death was kept secret to avoid demoralisation of Taliban militants, an Afghan intelligence agency said on Wednesday. The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Omar died in 2013 in Karachi city. Based on credible information, the NDS has confirmed that Omar died in a myste...

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Clock ticking for Yakub Memon's execution

Mumbai/Nagpur, July 29 (IANS) The countdown has started for death row convict Yakub Memon's execution on Thursday morning, after his pleas were rejected by the Supreme Court and the Maharashtra governor. Governor C.V. Rao on Wednesday rejected Memon's plea for clemency, shortly after a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court rejected Memon's appeal. Memon, 53, was found guilty as ...

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HC notice to Centre, CBSE on chairman's appointment

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the central government and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on a plea challenging the appointment of the CBSE chairman. The plea alleged that the appointment was contrary to the recruitment rules. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought the response from the ...

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Parliament panel's inputs on GST bill gets cabinet nod: Sources

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The long-awaited move towards a pan-India goods and services tax (GST) regime got a push on Wednesday with the federal cabinet giving its nod to some changes recommended by a parliamentary panel, notably an extra 1 percent levy to compensate states for potential tax losses. Yes, the cabinet has approved some of the suggested amendments (by the parliamentary pane...

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