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Congressional review will not derail n-talks with Iran: Obama

Washington, April 18 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has said that he plans to sign the bill into law that the Congress is debating about nuclear negotiations with Iran, and promised this legislation will not derail negotiations to reach a final accord with Tehran before the end of June. During a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday, Obama also said ...

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CPI-M's year-end plenum to focus on party organisation

Visakhapatnam, April 18 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist has decided to hold a plenum to strengthen the party organisation before the end of current year. This was decided on Saturday, the fifth day of 21st congress of the party here. CPI-M politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai told reporters that the party is making a serious introspection on the three most importan...

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NMDC slashes iron ore prices

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) State-owned mineral producer National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) on Saturday slashed its lump iron ore and fine iron prices by 6.15 and 20.32 percent respectively. Post the cut, effective for the rest of the month, prices of fine iron were reduced by Rs.500 per tonne to Rs.1,960 per tonne while iron ore prices were reduced by Rs.200 per tonne to Rs....

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French film shot in India to compete at Cannes

Chennai, April 18 (IANS) French film Dheepan, parts of which have been shot in Tamil Nadu, will vie at the competition section of the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. The last Indian film to compete for coveted Palm D'Or at the prestigious gala was Shaji N. Karun's Swaham in 1994. It turns out that Dheepan is a movie with an Indian connect at the gala after 21 years. Indi...

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US ambassador visits Startup Village, offers support

Kochi, April 18 ( IANS) US Ambassador Richard R. Verma visited the Startup Village here and interacted with the young entrepreneurs and officials and offered his country's possible long-term cooperation in the development of startup ecosystem in India. Responding positively to the Startup Village officials' request for facilitating young entrepreneurs' visit to Silicon Valley in the US,...

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Kochi nursing job scam runs into Rs.200 crore: CBI

Kochi, April 18 (IANS) The CBI has estimated that the Kochi nursing employment scam runs into nearly Rs.200 crore. A Central Bureau of Investigation source told IANS that a Kochi-based agency, for some time recruiting nurses for Kuwait, was collecting from them Rs.19.5 lakh each instead of the service charge of Rs.19,500. We have served a notice to the owner of the agency who is ...

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'Terrorists are common enemies of Pakistan, Afghanistan'

Islamabad, April 18 (IANS) Visiting Afghanistan army chief General Sher Muhammad Karimi on Saturday praised the Pakistan Army by labelling it as one of the world's best armies. General Karimi was the chief guest of 132nd passing out parade of the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ARY News reported. Pakistan Army is ranked amongst the world's best armi...

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Squirming actually helps hyperactive kids learn

New York, April 18 (IANS) Think twice before you slam a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to sit still and concentrate. Researchers have found that the foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements are vital to how such children remember information and work out complex tasks. The findings show the longtime prevailing methods for helping children with A...

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New treatment holds best option for stroke patient

Toronto, April 18 (IANS) For its ability to reduce the incidence of disability, a procedure called endovascular therapy (ET) could be the best option for many stroke sufferers, says a study co-authored by an Indian-origin doctor. Endovascular treatment using stent retrievers will become the standard of care for patients with acute ischemic stroke, said Mayank Goyal from University of Ca...

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Violent attacks on Jews rose 40 percent in 2014: Study

London, April 18 (IANS) Anti-Semitic incidents rose dramatically worldwide in 2014, with violent attacks on Jews ranging from armed assaults to vandalism against synagogues, schools and cemeteries, says a new study. The annual report from Tel Aviv University in Israel recorded 766 incidents in 2014, mostly in Western Europe, compared to 554 in 2013 -- a surge of nearly 40 percent.

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Holder century helps Windies escape with draw

North Sound (Antigua), April 18 (IANS) Jason Holder struck a magnificent, unbeaten maiden Test hundred as the West Indies conjured up a sterling effort to escape with a tense draw on the final day of the opening Test against England here. The 23-year-old, in only his fourth Test, struck 103 not out, a high class innings that helped the West Indies to bat out the day at the Vivian Richard...

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Gold worth Rs.15 lakh seized near Bangladesh border

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday seized gold and silver worth over Rs.15 lakh from near the Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Nadia district. While five gold biscuits worth over Rs.15 lakh were seized by the troopers under Sutia border outpost, 400 grams of silver worth Rs.14,000 was confiscated from under Halderpara border outpost. In both ca...

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Daredevils opt to bat against Sunrisers

Visakhapatnam, April 18 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils captain J.P. Duminy won the toss and opted to bat against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Saturday. The teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Naman Ojha, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Ashish Reddy, Karn Sharma, Praveen Kumar, B...

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Yasin Malik, Agnivesh held; police accept lapses in Narbal firing

Srinagar, April 18 (IANS) Police on Saturday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik and Swami Agnivesh in Srinagar. A police statement here has accepted that standard operating procedure (SOP) was violated by those security personnel who fired at a mob in Narbal village in which a teenager was killed during clashes. Malik and Agnivesh earlier sat ...

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Poor earnings overrule growth endorsement, dent market sentiments

Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) The Indian equities markets were dampened during the weekly trade ended April 17, proving that mere endorsement of economic growth potential by international financial institutions is not enough and that corporate India's earnings have to catch-up with the high expectations. Even though India's economic growth potential was endorsed from the likes of the World Ban...

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Charge sheet filed in documents leak case

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Delhi Police on Saturday filed a charge sheet in a court here in the petroleum ministry documents leak case. The charge sheet was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain, who marked it for consideration before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal for Monday. ...

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52 percent polling amid violence in Kolkata civic polls

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) Amid reports of violence, polling for the 144-ward Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Saturday witnessed 52 percent turnout in the first six hours, a state Election Commission official said. Opposition parties accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of resorting to violent tactics but the ruling party has rubbished the charges and claimed the polls have been peaceful...

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Abandoned India tour on agenda in WICB, CARICOM meeting

St. John's (Antigua), April 18 (IANS) Last year's controversial abandoned tour of India will be on the agenda when the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) meets with the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Committee on Cricket Governance next Monday in Grenada. WICB president Dave Cameron, along with all 18 directors of the board, will sit down with four regional prime ministers including CARIC...

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Presidency University's bicentenary celebrations to go global

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) The bicentennial celebrations of the prestigious Presidency University - founded in 1817 as Hindu College - will be a national and international event, with seminars in Indian cities, Britain and the US, officials said. The bicentennial celebrations of Hindu College, today's Presidency University, will be a national and international project, Sugata Bose, chairpe...

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Two Indian ships with 484 evacuees arrive from Yemen

Kochi, April 18 (IANS) Two Indian ships - MV Corals and MV Kavaratti - arrived here from strife-torn Yemen on Saturday with 484 evacuees, including 73 Indians, 336 Bangladeshis and 75 Yemenis of Indian origin. Kerala Minister for Diaspora K.C.Joseph received the ships with district officials. Joseph is overseeing arrangements with officials from Bangladesh. The Banglades...

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