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12 burnt alive in Andhra firecrackers unit blast

Hyderabad, Oct 20 (IANS) At least 12 workers, 11 of them women, were charred to death and six others injured when a blast Monday rocked a firecrackers unit in Andhra Pradesh, police said. The accident took place in a building in coastal East Godavari district's Vakatippa village. Firecrackers were being manufactured illegally in the building, they said. The fire, which triggered ...

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Tamil actioner 'Kaththi' to release Wednesday

Chennai, Oct 20 (IANS) The makers of Vijay-starrer Tamil actioner Kaththi Monday confirmed that the film would be released Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the release of the film in Tamil Nadu looked uncertain due an unproven link between the film's producer Lyca Productions' and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Tamil fringe groups had demanded the removal of Lyca Productio...

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Enjoyed working in 'Lingaa': Sonakshi Sinha

Chennai, Oct 20 (IANS) Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is making her Tamil debut opposite superstar Rajinikanth in upcoming Tamil actioner Lingaa, says she thoroughly enjoyed working in the film and also learnt from the experience. Lingaa is done!! Thanks to @superstarrajini sir and the entire team for this opportunity. Enjoyed working on this film and learnt a lot, Sonakshi tweeted Monday.<...

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Will see end of child labour in my lifetime: Kailash Satyarthi

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, a crusader of child rights, Monday expressed hope that he would see the end of child labour across the globe in his lifetime. I am positive that I would see the end of child labour around the world in my lifetime as the poorest of the poor have realised that education is a tool that can empower them, Satyarthi told IANS on ...

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Baby rescued from Mexico's Metro station toilet bowl

Mexico City, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) A newborn baby was found alive over the weekend in a toilet at a public restroom in a Mexico City Metro station, the Federal District Public Safety Secretariat said. Police found the baby girl in a restroom at the Constitucion de 1917 station Sunday morning, the secretariat said. A cleaning woman told officer Ulises Gomez that she heard a baby cryin...

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Hooda failed to take everyone along: Selja

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Congress leader Kumari Selja Monday blamed former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the party's debacle in the assembly polls, saying he failed to take everyone along. Selja told NDTV that the party's central leadership could not be faulted for the defeat as they were democratic to a fault and did not want to disturb Hooda once he had been appointe...

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13 killed in attacks in Shia areas in Iraq

Baghdad, Oct 20 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed and 48 injured Monday in separate bomb attacks in Shia areas in Iraq even as the country's top Shia cleric expressed support for the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Ten worshippers were killed and some 31 wounded Monday in a suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Iraq's capital Baghdad, an interior ministry source said....

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Use of Hindi should be encouraged: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday said use of Hindi should be encouraged in an all-round holistic manner. She made the comments after presenting certificates of appreciation to winning participants of various activities held under the initiative of 'Hindi Pakhwada' (Hindi Corner) at the external affairs ministry. It was organised as part of ...

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WHO declares Nigeria officially Ebola-free

Abuja/Dar-es-Salam/Tokyo, Oct 20 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday officially declared Nigeria Ebola-free , after no new cases were confirmed in the past 42 days, even as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) appealed to the donor community to provide grants to countries affected by the deadly virus. WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Rui Dama Gaz, made the announceme...

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Five arrested for attacking two Delhi policemen

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Five people, including a juvenile, have been apprehended for attacking two Delhi Police constables here in the capital, police said Monday. Mandeep, 29, and Satender, 39, both working with the Uttam Nagar police station in west Delhi, were on patrol duty when they were attacked around 7.30 p.m. Sunday for objecting to the accused consuming alcohol in a park. <...

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Karnataka University VC arrested on graft charges

Dharwad (Karnataka), Oct 20 (IANS) State Lokayukta (ombudsman) sleuths Monday arrested Karnataka University vice-chancellor H.B. Walikar and three other university officials on charges of financial irregularities and abuse of power in recruitments, a senior official said here. Walikar, 62, university's examination registrar H.D. Pothe, 49, financial officer S. Rajashri, 48, and vice-chan...

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Georgian ex-PM sentenced to three years in jail for power abuse

Tbilisi, Oct 20 (IANS) A Georgian court Monday sentenced former prime minister Vano Merabishvili to three years in prison for abuse of power in connection with a murder case. Also charged with fraud in the murder case of a businessman in 2006, when he was interior minister, Merabishvili was banned from taking a high post for two years, Xinhua reported. The former prime minister, ...

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Israeli settlers occupy homes in east Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Oct 20 (IANS) A large number of Israeli settlers took over two buildings in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem overnight Monday, Israel Radio reported. The buildings, which contain nine apartments, were allegedly seized by members of Ateret Cohanim, a far-right Jewish organisation dedicated to moving as many Jews as possible to the Palestinian neighbourh...

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Kiev reports more casualties in eastern Ukraine fighting

Kiev, Oct 20 (IANS) Ukrainian officials Monday reported more deaths among government troops and independence-seeking insurgents over the past 24 hours in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Andrei Lysenko, spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council, said that two pro-government fighters from volunteer battalions and an unspecified number of Ukrainian army soldiers were killed w...

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Pakistan, Afghanistan working on roadmap for better ties

Islamabad, Oct 20 (IANS) Pakistan said Monday that it is working with Afghanistan on a comprehensive roadmap for better bilateral relations, which will be free of mistrust and will focus on constructive engagement and economic cooperation. Mistrust and blame game between Pakistan and Afghanistan over the years badly affected their bilateral cooperation on security matters. Sarta...

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Bahrain clerics warned not to use places of worship for campaigning

Manama, Oct 20 (IANS) Bahrain authorities Monday warned religious leaders not to promote parliament and municipal candidates in mosques and places of worship ahead of the elections to be held next month. The Sunni Endowments Directorate Monday announced in a statement that it had banned the use of mosques, public halls and their facilities for electoral campaigning in any form, Xinhua re...

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IMF appeals for help to Ebola-hit countries

Dar-es-Salam, Oct 20 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monday appealed to the donor community to provide grants to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak to avoid a decline in their economies. The Ebola virus has already killed nearly 4,600 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia with the World Health Organisation (WHO) saying it was focusing on 15 African countries in it...

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Lavrov hopes Russia-US ties will not worsen

Moscow, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed hope Monday that Russia-US relations would not worsen further and said he disagreed that current ties could be characterised as a cold war. Of course, it is not a cold war. It would be more correct to ask where these relations are going. You know they have declined considerably, Lavrov said during a lecture on Rus...

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Man killed for scolding niece's stalker

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) A 32-year-old man was shot dead outside his home here Monday allegedly by a youth whom he had scolded a few days ago for stalking his niece, police said. Owais Khan was shot dead in east Delhi's Jafrabad area around 3.45 a.m.. Khan was spotted lying outside his home by a neighbour. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dea...

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Militant groups active on India-Nepal border: SSB DG

Siliguri, Oct 20 (IANS) Militant groups, which pose a danger to the country, are actively using the India-Nepal border, a top security official said here Monday. The Indo-Nepal border may seem to be peaceful. But the reality is organisations which pose danger to the country are active there, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General Bangshidhar Sharma said. The SSB guards the Indo-Nepal...

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