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Why Aguilera named daughter Summer Rain Rutler?

Los Angeles, Aug 21 (IANS) Christina Aguilera chose a name as unique as Summer Rain Rutler for her newly born daughter because it sounded creative, said a source close to the Beautiful actress. Aguilera gave birth to her daughter Aug 16 and announced the name next day. Christina wanted something different and unique for the baby's name, eonline.com quoted a source as saying. <...

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Pakistan government holds talks with Imran Khan, Qadri teams

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) After talking to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party of Tahir-ul-Qadri, the Pakistan government has begun a dialogue with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party of Imran Khan, Geo News reported late Wednesday. The dialogue between the PTI and the government side began at a private hotel in Islamabad in which the government is being represented by Federal Informatio...

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Pakistani government holds talks with Tahir-ul-Qadri

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Pakistan government Wednesday held talks with Tahir-ul-Qadri, a cleric and opposition leader, who is leading thousands of supporters in a sit-in in Islamabad and demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Qadri, leader of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek(PAT), who launched anti-government protest Aug 14, had earlier refused to hold talks with the government....

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White House says beheading video authentic

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS/EFE) The Barack Obama administration Wednesday confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the decapitation of a US journalist who was abducted in November 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria. The US intelligence after analysing the recently released video showing James Foley and Steven Sotloff have reached the judgment that this video is authentic, Nati...

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Pakistan SC restrains Imran, Qadri amid political crisis

Islamabad, Aug 20 (IANS) The Pakistan Supreme Court Wednesday restrained Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahir-ul-Qadri from illegal trespassing of prohibited zones even as the PTI agreed to hold talks with the government. The petition was filed by the Lahore High Court's Multan Bar Association, Dawn online reported. The petitione...

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CCEA approves increase in minerals royalty rates

New Delhi Aug 20 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Wednesday approved the long-pending increase in royalty rates of minerals. Cabinet in-principle approved revision of mineral royalty. There are 55 such items but this excludes coal, lignite and sand for stowing, Telecommunications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the CCEA meeting. We are sat...

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RIL to source ethane annually from US

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) Wednesday announced plans to source 1.5 million metric tonnes of ethane a year from the US to attain feedstock supply for its crackers. The shale gas industry in north America has grown exponentially in the past five years. As a result, ethane has become the dominant feedstock for crackers replacing liquids. Reliance'...

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Pakistan violates ceasefire again

Jammu, Aug 20 (IANS) Pakistan again violated the ceasefire Wednesday by firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. Police told IANS that the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian positions in Hamirpur sector of the LoC in Rajouri district. Two houses and a mosque were hit, following which the Indian Army retalia...

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Mohun Bagan stands by East Bengal after official's arrest

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) On a day when one of its top officials was arrested by the CBI in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam, city soccer outfit East Bengal Wednesday got the backing of arch rivals Mohun Bagan. A top Bagan official said the prestigious club cannot be held liable for the wrongdoing of an individual. The club can't be made liable. It is ind...

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Police kill two near Assam-Nagaland border, judicial probe ordered

Guwahati, Aug 20 (IANS) Two people were killed Wednesday when police fired at protestors in Assam near the border with Nagaland, leading to curfew in Golaghat district, officials said. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered a judicial probe into the firing, while regional political party AGP has called for a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk shutdown Thursday. Hundreds of men and women took to the st...

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US fighters to temporarily guard Bulgarian airspace

Sofia, Aug 20 (IANS) The Bulgarian government Wednesday allowed 12 US aircraft to temporarily guard the country's airspace under the integrated NATO air defence system. The US aircraft will conduct limited missions together with the Bulgarian Air Force during the joint flight training Thracian Eagle 2014 which will end Sep 12, Xinhua reported. The missions will consist of aerial ...

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Sun Group officially withdraws from ISL

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) The Sun Group, owner of the Bangalore franchise in the Indian Super League (ISL), Wednesday officially opted out of the maiden leg of the tourney slated to begin early October. The announcement came in the form of a joint statement issued by the Sun Group, as also league organisers IMG Reliance and Star India. This decision was taken on the mutual consent of...

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Ukraine seeks combined IMF aid tranches

Kiev, Aug 20 (IANS) Ukraine Wednesday voiced hope that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will consider a possibility of combining the third and fourth tranches of its aid programme for Kiev. We want to combine the third and fourth tranches. We expect it would be about $2.2 billion. We hope to receive the aid by the end of the current year, Xinhua quoted Finance Minister Alexandr Shla...

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Cabinet approves mobile phone towers in 10 extremist-hit states

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The union cabinet Wednesday approved provision of mobile phone services at 2,199 locations in 10 states affected by Left-wing extremism. The states are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, an official statement said here. The establishment of mobile services would au...

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Haryana offices to have panel on sexual harassment

Gurgaon, Aug 20 (IANS) The Haryana Commission for Women Wednesday directed all offices to constitute a committee to hear complaints of sexual harassment and send all information online to the commission. HCW chairperson Kamlesh Panchal said this while addressing a meeting of all heads of government offices in Gurgaon. Additional Deputy Commissioner Pushpender Singh Chauhan said a...

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Plea over exclusion of English in civil service exam rejected

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused to provide relief to a civil service aspirant challenging the decision of the UPSC asking candidates to leave questions unanswered in the English comprehensive section in the preliminary test. The English comprehensive questions will not be checked in the examination scheduled for Aug 24. Dinesh Bhatia, a woman civil...

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Darjeeling woman in Delhi molested by two men

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A 22-year-old woman from Darjeeling, working in a multinational company, was molested by two men near her home here, police said Wednesday. The incident happened on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday in Vasant Vihar area of south Delhi. The victim was on her way to office. The accused, both in their early 20s, are known to the victim and were wai...

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AIIMS gets new chief vigilance officer

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Viswas Mehata, a 1986 batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre, has been appointed the new chief vigilance officer (CVO) of AIIMS for three months. Mehata, who is also the joint secretary in the union health ministry, has been given the additional charge, days after AIIMS CVO Sanjeev Chaturvedi was removed from the post before the completion of his tenure. W...

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Cabinet approves programme to make India digitally empowered

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The government Wednesday announced a special programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society. The programme Digital India was approved at a meeting of the union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The programme aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shank...

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Canadian province scraps helmet exemption for Sikhs

Toronto, Aug 20 (IANS) Sikhs in the Canadian province of Ontario will not be exempted from wearing helmets, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced. The Canadian Sikh Association said it received a letter last week from Wynne stating the Liberal government, for safety reasons, will not allow Sikh motorcycle riders to wear only turbans, the Toronto Star reported Wednesday. After careful ...

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