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'Government to help school dropouts complete education'

Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) The centre will introduce a new programme this year to enable financially weak school dropouts to return and complete their education right up to doctorate level, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said here Saturday. The policy will be rolled out by December which will help those who had to give up education for work due to financial difficulties to complete their academics...

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Toll in Japan mudslides hits 49

Tokyo, Aug 23 (IANS) The toll in deadly landslides in the Japanese city of Hiroshima rose to 49 Saturday, while 41 people remained missing. About 2,800 rescuers continued their efforts in searching for survivors three days after downpours triggered the mountainside disaster, Xinhua reported citing the Japanese media. The bodies of three missing people were found while a man who h...

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Boy killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza

Gaza, Aug 23 (IANS) An eight-year-old boy was killed and three others wounded in a fresh Israeli airstrike Saturday afternoon on a house in the central Gaza Strip, medics said. Ashraf al-Qedra, the health ministry spokesman in Gaza, told reporters that Hussein Ahmed was killed and three other civilians were inured in an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza Strip town of Deit el-Ballah, ...

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Indian man commits suicide in UAE

Dubai, Aug 23 (IANS) A 24-year-old Indian man was found dead Saturday at his home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report said. The man, identified by his initials R.M., committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his home in Al Naba'a area in Sharjah, Gulf News reported citing police. His body was moved to Sharjah's Al Kuwaiti Hospital and then to the fo...

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Europe's Galileo satellites launched into wrong orbit

Paris, Aug 23 (IANS) European satellite launch company Arianespace announced Saturday that the two satellites of Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system launched Friday from the European spaceport in French Guiana were delivered into the wrong orbit. Complementary observations gathered after separation of the Galileo FOC (Full operation) M1 satellites on Soyuz Flight VS09 have highl...

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Britain mulls steps to combat extremism

London, Aug 23 (IANS) To discourage extremist elements originating from Britain, Home Secretary Theresa May has plans to bring in new laws that may strip Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq of their citizenship. May is poised to bring in laws to tackle British extremists in the wake of the killing of US journalist James Foley by a jihadist with an English accent, the Guardian reported Sat...

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Goa CM defies NaMo over mining: Congress

Panaji, Aug 23 (IANS) The Congress Saturday accused Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of defying Prime Minister's Narendra Modi by choosing to renew 27 iron ore mining leases, instead of auctioning them as promised in Modi's Lok Sabha election manifesto. Addressing a press conference in the state Congress headquarters here, party spokesperson Durgadas Kamat also accused the BJP of scal...

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Terror world is facing now, Israel saw years ago: Diplomat

Panaji, Aug 23 (IANS) The terror which Israel had to face 30-40 years ago, India, the US and Europe are confronted with now, Israel's Mumbai consul general David Akov said here Saturday. There is also a need for the cultured world to fight collectively against barbarism epitomized by journalist James Foley's beheading, Akov told IANS on the sidelines of a two-day Israeli film festival wh...

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NGO demands national pond development authority

Ghaziabad, Aug 23 (IANS) The Aranya-Eco NGO Saturday submitted a memorandum to Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti for constituting a national pond development authority. The NGO organised a demonstration here on this and submitted that due to increasing pollution of river water, traditional water resources must be developed on priority basis. Aranya-Eco secretary Sanjay Kashyap ...

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Gas price formula review panel to meet Monday

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) A four-member committee of secretaries (CoS) set up by the government to review the gas-pricing formula will hold its first meeting with stakeholders on Monday, a petroleum ministry source said. A committee has been formed with secretaries of the power and fertilizer ministries as well as the expenditure department as members. Additional secretary in the petroleu...

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Nicki Minaj's backup dancer bitten by snake

Los Angeles, Aug 23 (IANS) A six-foot snake bit a backup dancer, who was rehearsing for a performance of Nicki Minaj's new single Anaconda, on set. Minaj was on stage performing her hit, Anaconda when the dancer, whose name is not known, was bitten by the reptile in front of everyone, tmz.com reports. The dancer was taken to the hospital where she's being treated. Anacond...

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1,200-year-old tomb discovered in China

Beijing, Aug 23 (IANS) Archaeologists said Saturday they have discovered a tomb with well preserved wall paintings, dating back more than 1,200 years, in northwest China's Shaanxi province. The Tang dynasty (618-907) tomb of a high ranking official and his wife in Chang'an district, Xi'an City, is 11 metres deep and about 40 metres long, said Zhao Rong, head of Shaanxi Cultural Heritage ...

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UN to radically scale up fight against Ebola

Monrovia, Aug 23 (IANS/WAM) The UN has vowed to radically scale up support to fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and said more health workers will be brought to Liberia to deal with the disease. More health workers will be brought to the country to deal with the outbreak. The United Nations is looking at ways to radically scale up support to fight Ebola, David Nabarro, senior ...

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UN warns of possible 'massacre' in Iraqi town

Baghdad, Aug 23 (IANS) Fearing a possible massacre in northern Iraqi town of Amerli, under siege by Islamic State (IS) for two months, the UN has called for action to prevent this. According to UN secretary general's special representative for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov, he is seriously alarmed by reports regarding the conditions in which the town's residents live, BBC reported Saturday.

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100 Russian lorries return as Merkel visits Ukraine

Kiev, Aug 23 (IANS) As German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in the Ukrainian capital, about 100 lorries from an unauthorised Russian aid convoy crossed back over the border from eastern Ukraine, BBC reported Saturday citing officials. The convoy was returning from Luhansk city, held by pro-Russian separatists who have been fighting Ukrainian government forces. International m...

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Vaani Kapoor stuns as LFW showstopper

Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) Actress Vaani Kapoor looked stunning when she sashayed on the ramp Saturday for designer Payal Singhal at the Lakme Fashion Week winter/festive 2014. The actress hit the ramp in a contemporary ensemble in cranberry red with blingy work - it was an amalgamation of churidar pants with wrap teamed up with blouse and dupatta. The minimal make-up accentuated her look on ...

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American teenager breaks her own 400m freestyle world record

Canberra, Aug 23 (IANS) Seventeen-year-old American swimmer Katie Ledecky refreshed her own world record in the 400m freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia Saturday, clocking 3 minutes 58.37 seconds to beat her previous mark by 0.49 seconds, reports Xinhua. Ledecky also holds the world records in the 800m and 1500m freestyle to make her the first woman since Janet Evans ...

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India-Bangladesh trade conclave in Dhaka on Sunday

Guwahati, Aug 23 (IANS) The India-Bangladesh Business Conclave will be held in Dhaka Sunday with a focus on enhancing bilateral trade and tapping Bangladesh's business potential with West Bengal and the northeastern states. Gen. (retd) V.K. Singh, minister of state for external affairs and for the Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER), is leading a 31-member delegation from the...

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Power crisis in Uttar Pradesh continues

Lucknow, Aug 23 (IANS) The power crisis continued unabated in Uttar Pradesh Saturday as the people battled extreme heatwave conditions and long power cuts. Officials of the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) said that the state was facing a yawning gap - 2,300 MW on Friday - between the demand and supply of power and this is likely to go up during the weekend. Following anger ...

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18-year-old British Indian hailed as brainiest student in Britain

London, Aug 23 (IANS) An 18-year-old British Indian boy has become Britain's brightest student after getting perfect fives in all major subjects with 100 percent score, a media report said. Asanish Kalyanasundaram, who hails from Lancahsire in northwest England, got the highest possible grades in maths, physics, chemistry, biology and critical thinking, as required at A-Levels in Britain...

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