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Five militants killed in past 24 hours in Meghalaya

Shillong, Aug 22 (IANS) Five militants have been killed in the past 24 hours in the insurgency-ridden Garo Hills region in Meghalaya, including two ASAK militants killed in North Garo Hills bordering Assam, a top police official said Friday. Two ASAK (A'chik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok) militants were killed and six others managed to escape in a fierce gunfight with the Army and Meghalaya...

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Human effigy remark: BJP files complaint against Trinamool MLA

Kolkata, Aug 22 (IANS) The BJP Friday filed a police complaint demanding the arrest of Trinamool Congress legislator Nirmal Majhi who had called for burning real human effigies of doctors who earlier burnt effigies of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Bharatiya Janata Party leader J.C. Pal who filed the complaint with Bidhannagar police forwarded its copies to Governor K.N. Tri...

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Pakistan: Tensions ease as PTI agrees to resume talks

Islamabad, Aug 22 (IANS) Tensions in the Pakistani political landscape eased Friday with the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party agreeing to return to the negotiating table as the Senate or the upper house of parliament backed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad that his party was now ready to engage in negotiati...

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Mullaperiyar storage level will be raised to 152 feet: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Aug 22 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Friday said her government would take necessary steps to increase the water storage levels in the Mullaperiyar Dam to 152 feet. Speaking at a function held in Madurai, around 450 km from here, to felicitate her for the state's victory against Kerala on the issue, she said: As per the Supreme Court judgment after completing ...

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Extra time for blind in UPSC civil service exam

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Blind students appearing for civil services examinations will be given extra time for writing papers in Sunday's preliminary exam, an official statement said Friday. All the visually impaired category candidates appearing in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014, to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), will be allowed an extra ...

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PM condoles Ananthamurthy's death

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday condoled the death of writer U.R. Ananthamurthy, terming it a loss to Kannada literature. U.R Ananthamurthy's demise is a loss to Kannada literature. My condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace, Modi said in a statement. The 82-year-old Jananpith awardee died in Bangalore Friday evening after a brief illnes...

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'Labelling Indian companies as cheap creates negative branding'

Kolkata, Aug 22 (IANS) A German expert Friday said the practice of Indian companies marketing themselves as low-cost creates negative branding for the country and should be done away with as the nation is not viewed as such by investors. Andreas Waldraff, chairman of UBF.B GmbH, a global management consultancy firm with a focus on Indo-German business ties, said his country was ready to ...

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After jeers, Hooda invited for tea by Modi

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday invited Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for tea at his official residence here. The meeting between the two leaders came just three days after Hooda faced an embarrassing situation when he was jeered and booed by Bharatiya Janata Party supporters at an official function in Haryana's Kaithal town Saturday in the pre...

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CAB takes legal recourse to force BCCI to form ad-hoc panel

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Cricket Association of Bihar's (CAB) appeal to the Supreme Court to ask the Indian cricket board to form an ad-hoc committee to start the game in the state was transferred to a different bench here Friday. The case was listed for hearing in the bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha but the bench refused to hear it due to a technical error since Justice Rohint...

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Delhi HC dismisses plea against Muslim's force feeding

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a PIL seeking de-recognition of the Shiv Sena and direction for disqualifying 11 of its MPs for allegedly forcing a Muslim staffer to eat during his Ramadan fast. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath dismissed the plea noting that steps have already been taken by the authorities in this regard....

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Complaint filed against Teesta Setalvad in Goa

Panaji, Aug 22 (IANS) A police complaint was filed in Goa Friday against activist Teesta Setalvad for uploading an image of a Hindu goddess on a social networking site, which offends Hindu religion. The complaint was filed at the Goa Police Cybercell near Panaji by one Rohit Gaunker under section 66A of the Information Technology Act. The complainant said the Tweet uploaded by t...

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Kerala liquor policy to make state 'dry' in a decade

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 22 (IANS) The Kerala government's intention to bring about prohibition in a phased manner has begun with a new liquor policy that will turn the state into a dry one in a decade. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who Friday finalised the new liquor policy, told reporters it will be submitted to the Kerala High Court Aug 26. The United Democratic Front (UDF) arr...

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DDA announces biggest housing scheme of 25,000 flats

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) The DDA approved its biggest housing scheme so far of over 25,000 flats Friday. The registration for these flats will begin from Sep 1 and end Oct 9. The draw of lots will be conducted within 15 to 20 days of the last date of registration, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar said here. Green technology will be used in building ...

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US retailer Gap to enter India with Arvind

Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) Textile major Arvind's Lifestyle Brands arm has tied up with the US iconic retailer Gap Inc. to franchise its apparels in India through retail format. We will open about 40 Gap stores to franchise its apparels across the country starting with Mumbai and Delhi early 2015, Arvind chairman Sanjay Lalbhai said in a statement here Friday. Arvind, which has been a...

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Election now will fetch BJP more seats: opinion poll

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) As the Narendra Modi government prepares to complete three months, a survey has found that the BJP will get 314 seats, 32 more than what it got, if a Lok Sabha election was held now. The 'Mood of the Nation' opinion poll found that 57 percnet of the respondents believe that Modi was best suited to be the prime minister and that support for the Bharatiya Janata Pa...

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Displaced Iraqis in urgent need of shelters: UNHCR

Geneva, Aug 22 (IANS) The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Friday said Iraq's displaced people were in urgent need of shelters. Adrian Edwards, UNHCR spokesperson, said a loaded ship leaving Dubai was due to sail to Bandar Abbas, a port in southern Iran, Saturday, from where the aid supplies would be loaded onto trucks heading for Erbil in northern Iraq...

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Austrian humanitarian aid for 100,000 people in Iraq

Vienna, Aug 22 (IANS/WAM) The Austrian government has approved one million euros ($1.3 million) in emergency aid from the Foreign Disaster Relief Fund (FDRF) to the UN in northern Iraq, the country's foreign ministry said in a statement. It (FDRF) has launched another initiative: a joint relief operation of the Austrian foreign and defence ministries. Austria is providing Red Cross aid p...

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Big stars stick to IPL franchises for CLT20

Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) Players named by more than two teams have finally settled for their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises for the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) that would be played in India, Sep 13-Oct 4. Dean Kino, governing council member of CLT20, Friday said eight players scheduled to take part in the competition were in high demand after being named in more tha...

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Three Gurgaon policemen sent to police lines

Gurgaon, Aug 22 (IANS) Thee policemen, including a sub-inspector, were Friday sent to police lines for allegedly extorting money from motorists, police said. Sub-inspector Naresh Kumar, head constable Praveen Kumar and constable Krishan Kumar were sent to police lines for taking money from truck and bus drivers. The action was taken after Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shatruj...

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27 killed in CAR gold mine collapse

Yaounde, Aug 22 (IANS) At least 27 miners have been killed in a gold mine collapse in the Central African Republic (CAR), authorities said Friday. The Ndassima mine is situated 400 km north of the country's capital Bangui and 60 km away from the northern town of Bambari, Ben Ousmane Abakar, an official, told Xinhua via phone. There were 27 bodies in front of me Thursday and there...

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