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Japan's consumer prices almost unchanged in July

Tokyo, Aug 28 (IANS) Japan's consumer prices were almost unchanged in July on year after rising for 25 straight months, said the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on Friday, attributing the trend to lowering crude oil prices. The ministry said that the core consumer price index, which excludes volatile fresh food prices, stood at 103.4 against the 2010 base of 100, followin...

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Russia-Reliance Group pact for 197 defence choppers

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) A defence arm of the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group has been picked for another project by the Russian government -- this time for a Rs.6,000-crore ($925 million) potential deal to make 197 helicopters for the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, informed sources said on Friday. Touted as among the largest deals under the Make in India programme, it calls for ma...

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US economy grows above anticipation in Q2

Washington, Aug 28 (IANS) The US Commerce Department on Thursday revised up its estimate for the real gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter to a growth of 3.7 percent, beating market expectations that growth should have bounced back only mildly from a meager growth in the chilly spring. The second estimate for the GDP growth in the second quarter was much higher than an adva...

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Nepal seeks support for its constitution making process

Kathmandu, Aug 28 (IANS) The Nepalese government has urged neighbouring countries and the international community to support Nepal's ongoing constitution drafting process. While briefing Kathmandu-based diplomats on the country's latest political situation, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and Minister for Finance Ramsharan Mahat on Thursday said that the new constitu...

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US stocks extend gains on uplifting data

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) US stocks jumped on Thursday as US economic data topped investors' expectations. The Dow gained 369.26 points, or 2.27 percent, to 16,654.77. The S&P 500 increased 47.15 points, or 2.43 percent, to 1,987.66. The Nasdaq Composite Index moved up 115.17 points, or 2.45 percent, to 4,812.71, reported Xinhua. The US Commerce Department on Thursday revised u...

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Japan's unemployment rate improves

Tokyo, Aug 28 (IANS) Jobless rate in Japan improved to 3.3 percent in July from a reading of 3.4 percent in the previous month, authorities said on Friday. Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said in a preliminary report that the number of jobless people declined a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent from June to 2.2 million, adding that the number of those leaving jobs i...

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Notice to Himachal over caste discrimination in temple

Shimla, Aug 28 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued notice to the state over caste discrimination in the ancient Maheshwari Devi Temple in Shimla district. A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice P.S. Rana passed these orders on Thursday while hearing a writ petition by Mathu Ram. He alleged that the temple management committee of Maheshwari D...

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Oil prices jump

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) Oil prices rebounded strongly on Thursday as US economic data topped investors' expectations. The US Commerce Department on Thursday revised up its estimate for the real gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter to a growth of 3.7 percent, much higher than a growth of 0.6 percent in the first quarter, reported Xinhua. The upbeat economic data from...

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Air pollution can affect kids' performance at school

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) Living in areas with higher level of air pollution can adversely affect academic performance of your kids as researchers have found that children exposed to toxic air pollutants at home are more likely to have lower grades. There are two pathways that can help us to explain this association, said the study's co-author Sara Grineski, associate professor of sociolog...

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Chilean ex-soccer star Zamorano receives award

Santiago, Aug 28 (IANS) Ivan Zamorano, the Chilean ex-soccer star, and former player of Spain's Real Madrid and Italy's Inter, has received the Premio Imagen de Chile award in Santiago for his career and popularity. I thank you very much for this award. It is a great honour as a Chilean. My gratitude to my parents, who instilled in me the values of humility, sacrifice and fight for life,...

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Austria sees second-hottest summer on record

Vienna, Aug 28 (IANS) Austria has had the second-hottest summer since temperatures were first recorded in 1767, authorities said. Temperatures were 2.5 degrees Celsius above the long-term average, second only to the summer of 2003 when temperatures were 2.8 degrees above the average. In some areas however even the 2003 records were topped, such as in the towns of St. Poelten and Linz, th...

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US dollar rises amid upbeat GDP report

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) The US dollar climbed against most major currencies on Thursday as the country's strong GDP data indicated that the US economy is in good shape. The US Commerce Department on Thursday revised up its estimate for the real gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter from a growth rate of 2.3 percent to 3.7 percent, much higher than a gain of 0.6 percent in th...

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Tokyo shares skyrocket

Tokyo, Aug 28 (IANS) Tokyo shares opened sharply higher on Friday on overnight gains in other stocks markets. At 9:15 a.m. local time, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average jumped 400.26 points, or 2.15 percent, higher from Thursday to 18, 974.70. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 38.09 points, or 2.54 percent, to 1,538.50.

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Defence Acquisition Council to meet on Friday

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will on Friday chair a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council, which is likely to clear some key proposals for defence acquisition. The meeting may also take up the deal for buying 36 ready to fly Rafale jets from France, as sources said government wants it to be clear before French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visit t...

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Haryana man kills wife, 3 kids; commits suicide

Chandigarh, Aug 28 (IANS) A man gunned down his wife and three minor daughters before committing suicide by hanging himself in a Haryana village, police said on Friday. The bodies of five members of the family were recovered by the police on Friday in Rally village near Sector 12 of Panchkula town in Haryana, 15 km from here. Police officials said that the man shot dead his wife ...

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China's industrial profit declines

Beijing, Aug 28 (IANS) Profits of China's major industrial firms fell 2.9 percent year-on-year in July, sharply down from 0.3 percent decline posted in June, authorities said on Friday. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said profits at industrial companies with annual revenues of more than 20 million yuan (about $3.1 million) totaled 471.6 billion yuan in July, Xinhua news agency r...

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History of galaxies unravelled for the first time

London, Aug 28 (IANS) A team of international scientists has shown for the first time that galaxies can change their structure over the course of their lifetime. Using data from the NASA's Hubble telescope and European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory, the team showed that a large proportion of galaxies have undergone a major metamorphosis since they were initially formed after ...

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English Premier League standings

London, Aug 28 (IANS) Following are the English Premier League standings ahead of the weekend matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua news agency. Man City 3 3 0 0 8 0 9 Leicester 3 2 1 0 7 4 7 Liverpool 3 2 1 0 2 0 7 Man Utd 3 2 1 0 2 0 7

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US initial jobless claims fall

Washington, Aug 28 (IANS) The number of Americans initially applying for unemployment aid fell last week, suggesting the job market was improving. In the week ending August 22, the advance figure of seasonally adjusted initial claims for jobless benefits decreased to 271,000, down 6,000 from the revised level of the previous week, the US Labor Department said on Thursday. There w...

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Rafael hopes for Brazil recall

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 28 (IANS) Lyon right-back Rafael da Silva said he has not given up the hope of returning to the Brazil national team after his summer move to Lyon. The 25-year-old joined the French club on a four-year deal earlier this month after seven seasons at Manchester United, reported Xinhua news agency. He has not played for Brazil since making a mistake in the 2012 O...

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