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Erdogan sworn in as Turkish president

Ankara, Aug 28 (IANS) Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president of Turkey at the Parliamentary General Assembly here Thursday. Representatives of some 90 countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, including the emir of Qatar and Iran's foreign minister, attended the swearing-in ceremony, Xinhua reported citing Erdogan's office. In my capacity as president, I s...

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Aircel-Maxis deal: SC no to stopping CBI charge sheet against Maran

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday refused to interfere with the CBI going ahead to file a charge sheet against former communications minister Dayanidhi Maran in the Aircel-Maxis deal saying his plea seeking to restrain the investigating agency from doing so was not permissible under law. A bench of Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, ...

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Israeli expert helps in increasing pomegranate production

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) To help Indian farmers in achieving healthy yield in pomegranate production, Israeli experts visited India to update scientists and farmers on the new technologies available to increase the production of fruit, an official with the embassy said Thursday. The visit comes under the backdrop of agriculture cooperation between India and Israel in which seminars are h...

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Trim down your 'side fat'

Los Angeles, Aug 28 (IANS) Eliminate that extra padding on the sides of your waist by doing the right moves, eating well and moving around. Celebrity trainer and nutrition expert Harley Pasternak suggests how to do away with love handles, reports people.com. * Tone up: These three moves are excellent at toning the muscles that run along the side of the waistline. 1. Side ...

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PM's Jan Dhan Yojana launched in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow/Ghaziabad, Aug 28 (IANS) The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, the flagship scheme of the union government, was launched in Uttar Pradesh Thursday. The scheme was kicked off by union Home Minister and Lok Sabha member from Lucknow Rajnath Singh in the state capital, and by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Pri...

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CBFC chairperson worried over lyrics of songs

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Leela Samson, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, is upset over the content of songs in present day cinema. She believes that lyricists, who wrote brilliant songs in past, need to stand up and protest. The songs are full of innuendos and they get away with really dirty stuff. Don't ask me about them. Ask the really brilliant poets who earlier wro...

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Delhi's black-yellow taxis exempted from toll tax

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The black-and-yellow taxis plying on Delhi's streets have been exempted from paying toll tax while travelling in the national capital region, municipal authorities said Thursday. A resolution passed by the standing committee of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation said these taxis were owned by people from the economically weaker section and hence would be exempt...

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Girl-gang members at greater risk of unprotected sex

New York, Aug 28 (IANS) Young girls who join gangs to find their lost freedom are at a greater risk of unprotected sex with multiple partners and substance abuse, says a new study. Adolescents who have strained relationships with family and community members and have displaced housing may find a sense of belonging with gangs. Girls with low self-esteem, emotional problems, trauma...

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Removed AIIMS CVO demands CVC letters

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Sanjeev Chaturvedi, who was removed as the AIIMS chief vigilance officer (CVO), Thursday demanded that the union health ministry immediately make public the letters written by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), where his name was rejected for the post. In a letter to union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, he said that as per the RTI records available with him,...

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Father of South Korean ferry accident victim ends fast

Seoul, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) The father of one of the victims of the South Korean ferry tragedy Thursday ended a 46-day hunger strike against the government that inspired tens of thousands of people to join his cause online. Kim Young-oh, father of one of the 250 high school students who died in the Sewol shipwreck April 16, became a symbol of the families' struggle for an independent invest...

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India to get new chief football coach

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) The Indian team will soon have a new chief coach as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Thursday decided to not renew incumbent Wim Koevarmans' contract but retain him as the technical director. The AIFF executive committee that met here Thursday decided not to renew Koevarmans' contract after October and also appoint a new coach for the Under-17 side which wil...

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Conditions remain same, but Raina makes the difference

The conditions for the One-Day Internationals (ODI) were as they prevailed for most of the five-Test cricket series against India -- typically English. Both sides retained the core of their teams and beefed up by bringing in limited-overs specialists Suresh Raina and Eoin Morgan, respectively. Not many would have wagered on India scoring 300-plus at Cardiff Wednesday after the way they s...

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Ahead of visit, Modi tweets 'konnichiwa' in Japanese

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) A social media aficionado, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his Twitter posts to another level Wednesday, reaching out directly to the 127 million people of Japan, a country he is set to visit Aug 30 to Sep 3, in their own language. Friends from Japan asked me to talk to the people of Japan directly in Japanese. I also thank them for helping with the translation...

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Anita Hassanandani takes keen interest in styling

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Actress Anita Hassanandani is working closely with the stylist to design her look as a supreme with in MTV's supernatural show Fanaah - An Impossible Love Story. Anita is personally involving herself in the styling of her character's look in the show to make sure the get-up is different and exciting. Her character has shades of grey and hence requires to look wi...

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Murder case registered against Pakistani PM, 20 others

Islamabad, Aug 28 (IANS) Pakistani police Thursday afternoon registered a murder case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and 20 others for their alleged involvement in the police shootout June 17 that killed 14 civilian protestors in Lahore, a media report said. According to the report, police registered the case against the accused persons on the orders of the country's Lahore High Cou...

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Modi to begin Japan visit from Kyoto

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly to Kyoto Saturday at the start of his Aug 30-Sep 3 Japan visit, it was announced Thursday. This will be Modi's first visit outside South Asia since he took office in May. Modi will be received in Kyoto by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who will host him at dinner, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akba...

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President greets nation on Ganesh Chaturthi

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday greeted the nation on the eve of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival that starts Friday, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said. On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, I convey greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad, said the president in his message. May Lord Ganesha, the symbol ...

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It's all about trust: Vikram Bhatt on directing Bipasha

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Bipasha Basu's career wasn't going great guns when Vikram Bhatt cast her for his new movie Creature 3D. But the director, who has earlier worked with her on Raaz, says it's all a matter of trust. Both celebrities are currently busy promoting Creature 3D. Asked if he was sceptical about casting Bipasha due to her box office debacles, Bhatt said: I don't think...

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Micromax bags BCCI title sponsorship rights

Mumbai, Aug 28 (IANS) Mobile phone manufacturer Micromax Informatics Ltd. Thursday bagged the title sponsorship rights for all of BCCI's international and domestic tournaments to be played in India for the 2014-15 season for a fee of Rs.18.01 crore. Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Marketing Committee met here to decide the winning bid, which Micromax clinched for a fee of ...

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PM Jan Dhan Yojana launched in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

Hyderabad/Rajahmundry, Aug 28 (IANS) Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan YojanaA (PMJDY), the financial inclusion scheme of the Narendra Modi government, was Thursday launched in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu respectively. Chandrababu Naidu was the first to formally inaugurate the scheme at Ra...

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