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Carla Bruni to lend voice to combat Ebola

Paris, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) Former model and former first lady of France, Carla Bruni, will lend her voice to the French version of the song Do They Know It's Christmas? to raise funds to help combat Ebola. Bruni, who works with the US-based label Mercury Records, the wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has signed for the initiative, her label announced Friday. The Fre...

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NSDC signs skills development pact with USIBC

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) To strengthen India-US cooperation in the field of technical, vocational education and skills training, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) Friday signed an agreement here with US India Business Council (USIBC), a statement said. Under the MoU, India and the US will recognize the building of a skilled and productive global workforce in India, which...

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Fire in train carrying troopers on poll duty

Siliguri, Nov 21 (IANS) A fire broke out Friday in a special train carrying paramilitary forces bound for Jammu and Kashmir to be deployed for the assembly elections beginning Nov 25. The blaze occurred between the New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Ambari railway stations in northern West Bengal Friday evening. There were no reports of any casualty, police said. Fumes were noticed...

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Bengali film industry improving, says Arijit Dutta

Panaji, Nov 21 (IANS) Actor Arijit Dutta says more Bengali films are being made now and there has been an improvement in the industry. The Madras Cafe actor, who is also the owner of Priya Cinema, says the Bengali film industry is on the right track. There has been an improvement. Earlier, we were only making 45-50 films a year. Now, we have doubled it since the last three-four y...

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Eight soldiers die in helicopter crash in Romania

Bucharest, Nov 21 (IANS/EFE) Eight Romanian soldiers were killed Friday and two others injured when a military helicopter crashed during exercises in the central city of Sibiu, media reported. The two injured victims were in serious condition and have been evacuated from the site, Mediafax quoted a spokesperson for Sibiu's emergency services as saying. After the accident, one of...

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11 killed in Zimbabwe stadium stampede

Harare, Nov 21 (IANS/EFE) At least 11 people were killed and 40 others injured in a stampede triggered by tear gas firing by police at a religious service in a stadium in Zimbabwe, media reported Friday. The stampede occurred in the Mbizo stadium of Kwekwe town as some 15,000 worshippers rushed to leave the service which was being led by a popular local preacher. Police had left ...

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Motivation most important to be successful athlete: Paula Radcliffe

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) Women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe Friday said motivation can help an athlete overcome several hurdles like absence of support system. Motivation is the most important thing in whatever you do. Young talents need right training and support to excel but motivation is something that you can't buy or receive. If you have the motivation or strong in...

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Saradha scam: CBI nets Trinamool MP, party threatens to hit the streets

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) In a major blow to West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress, the CBI Friday arrested its Rajya Sabha member Srinjoy Bose - the second party parliamentarian to be nabbed - in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam. A peeved Trinamool threatened to hit the streets, while its supremo Mamata Banerjee accused the CBI of taking the side of the thieves. The opp...

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French junior minister resigns over corruption probe

Paris, Nov 21 (IANS) French Junior Minister for Veterans Kader Arif Friday resigned over a corruption probe, president's office said. President's office in a statement said that Arif presented his resignation to President Francois Hollande in order to answer all the questions aimed at establishing the truth in the preliminary inquiry led by the French financial prosecutor in which his na...

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Food security bill not implemented in Kashmir by NC: Sonia

Jammu, Nov 21 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday said lethargy of the National Conference prevented the Congress from implementing its pro-poor programmes in Jammu and Kashmir. Continuing her day-long election campaign for the Congress, Sonia Gandhi addressed a public meeting in Ramban assembly constituency Friday afternoon. They (NC) did not implement our programmes i...

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Left trade unions call strike across rural Bengal Nov 26

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) The Left trade unions Friday called a strike across rural West Bengal Nov 26 in protest against the policies of the central and the state governments. Transport, shops, markets and commercial establishments and factories will be under the purview of the strike, which coincides with the shutdown called by the Left peasants' bodies on the same day in the villages of ...

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India's strong leadership led to ending WTO impasse: Sitharaman

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) India's strong leadership and negotiating from a position of strength on the food security issue paved the way for ending the impasse at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday. We wouldn't have reached a stage where we can say that we are closer to a solution and we probably will get over the impasse. It's only becaus...

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Obama accepts Modi invite, to come for Republic Day

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invite to be chief guest for the 2015 Republic Day, and will be the first US president to grace the occasion as chief guest. We have now received a confirmation through diplomatic channels of President Obama agreeing to come to India as the 1st US President for a Republic Day function as the Ch...

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Haryana transfers 71 IAS officers

Chandigarh, Nov 21 (IANS) In a major administrative reshuffle, Haryana Friday transferred 71 senior IAS officers in the state. The transfers included 18 new deputy commissioners being posted in the districts. This is the biggest administrative reshuffle of IAS officers in the state after the BJP government of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar took office Oct 26. Senior I...

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SIT seizes arms, ammunition from Rampal's ashram

Chandigarh, Nov 21 (IANS) The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police, which conducted a comprehensive search operation at controversial sect leader Rampal's Satlok Ashram near Barwala town in Haryana, has seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition, a police spokesman said here Friday. The search operation was carried out throughout Friday. A pregnancy test strip, petr...

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Maoists fire at IAF chopper in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Nov 21 (IANS) Leftist militants Friday fired shots at a rescue chopper of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in a densely forested area in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh when it attempted to airlift five injured paramilitary troopers, officials said. Rebels fired a few shots at IAF chopper Mi-17 in the violence-hit Chintagufa stretch when it tried to take off with five injured troopers, ...

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Policeman used stolen AK-47 to extort Rs.10 lakh

Hyderabad, Nov 21 (IANS) The policeman, who opened fire from a stolen AK-47 at a top executive of a pharma company here Wednesday, had abducted a person with luxury car from the same area and extorted Rs.10 lakh in February, police said. Police, however, has not named the victim. Constable P. Obulesu, who stole the firearm in December last year from the armoury of anti-Maoist for...

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Hyderabad IT industry poised to reach $50 bn by 2025

Hyderabad, Nov 21 (IANS) The Information Technology industry in Hyderabad is poised to grow to $50 billion by 2025, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) said Friday. The apex industry body turned 25, and to mark the occasion an event was held here Friday night to highlight the evolution of Hyderabad as a key destination for IT services and software in Ind...

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Punjab Marshalls register first win in CTL

Chandigarh, Nov 21 (IANS) Punjab Marshalls registered their first win in the Champions Tennis League (CTL) Friday, beating Delhi Dreams 29-18 at the CLTA Tennis Stadium here. With this win, Punjab snapped Delhi's unbeaten run in the inaugural tournament. Punjab now have 69 points from three matches. Delhi top the northern group with 70 points while Mumbai have 46 points from two ...

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ISL: Kerala Blasters pip Atletico De Kolkata 2-1

Kochi, Nov 21 (IANS) Riding on two first-half strikes, Kerala Blasters FC Friday pipped Atletico De Kolkata 2-1 in an Indian Super League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here. The Blasters scored as early as the fourth minute through Iain Hume, and doubled the lead towards the end of the session as hero of the match Pedro Gusmao found the target. Fikru Teferra pulled on...

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