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Liberia steps up screening of passengers at airport

Monrovia, Oct 2 (IANS) The Liberian government announced the imposition of stringent screening measures, at the country's only international airport, for passengers after the first Ebola case in the US. Liberia has been in the spotlight since there were two instances of infected Liberians exporting the virus to other countries, Xinhua reported. The first case was Patrick Sawyer, ...

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Dalai Lama visa row: Tutu says he's ashamed

Dharamsala, Oct 2 (IANS) Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said he is ashamed because his country refused to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to be held in Cape Town Oct 13-15. I am ashamed to call this lickspittle bunch my government, Tutu said Wednesday in a statement in Cape Town. His comments came less than 24 hour...

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Cherry lowers uric acid level, reveals study

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) A study from Northumbria University, Britain has revealed that consumption of Montmorency tart cherries lowers uric acid level in urine. The study also found an increase in specific anthocyanin compounds in the bloodstream after consuming tart cherries. We have been investigating Montmorency tart cherries for several years because they're a unique fruit w...

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Odisha expects good paddy yield

Bhubaneswar, Oct 2 (IANS) The Odisha government is expecting good paddy yield this year as the state has received nine percent more rainfall than normal during the June-September monsoon season, an official said Thursday. The condition of crops is good. We are expecting bumper crop this year as rainfall was normal, Rajesh Verma, Odisha agriculture department secretary, told IANS. ...

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I can be Clean India ambassador: Aamir Khan

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Actor-producer Aamir Khan Thursday said he will be glad to be a brand ambassador for the Clean India campaign and appealed to people to join it. I would be very happy if I am given this responsibility, Aamir Khan said. The actor was present on Rajpath where Prime Minister Narendra Modi administered an oath to everyone to help keep India clean, after launch...

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Mani Ratnam's next to go on floors Oct 6

Chennai, Oct 2 (IANS) Filmmaker Mani Ratnam will start filming his yet-untitled Tamil project starting Oct 6. Malayalam superstar Mammootty's son Dulquer Salmaan plays the lead in the film. Last day of shoot for 'Shamitabh' tonight (Wednesday). Will be starting Mani (Ratnam) film from October 6. I am walking the path with the force which guides me (sic), cinematographer P.C. Sree...

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Molecule identified to fight oxidative stress

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) Investigators at the University of Missouri, US have discovered a molecule that treats oxidative stress, long thought of as an underlying cause of some of the most insidious diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Every day, our bodies are exposed to harmful free radicals known as reactive oxygen species as a result of our environment. But w...

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Salman, Tendulkar to spread Clean India message

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday nominated actors Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and industrialist Anil Ambani among nine people to spread the message of Clean India. Modi has said the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan he launched earlier in the day should clean up the country by 2019, the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. At a gat...

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Text of the cleanliness pledge

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) The following is the pledge Prime Minister Narendra Modi read out to mark the start of Clean India campaign Thursday: Mahatma Gandhi dreamt of an India which was not only free but also clean and developed. Mahatma Gandhi secured freedom for Mother India. Now it is our duty to serve Mother India by keeping the country neat and clean. I take ...

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UN chief slams terror attacks in Syria

United Nations, Oct 2 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the twin bomb attacks near a school in Syria that killed 31 people. Several children were among those killed in the Wednesday attack in the central Syrian city of Homs, Xinhua reported. Seventy-four people were also injured. The UN puts the number of verified deaths in the Syrian conflict from March 2011 ...

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Take Clean India campaign to social media: PM

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday urged people to upload pictures and videos of dirty places -- and how they get cleaned up -- on the social media. Addressing a gathering on the start of his Clean India campaign, Modi called upon people to use MyGov, a mobile application, as well as Facebook and Twitter to promote the nationwide campaign. ...

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Partly cloudy day in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) It was a sunny Thursday morning here and the Met Office has forecast a partly cloudy day. The day's minimum temperature settled two levels above the season's average at 24.6 degrees Celsius. The sky would be partly cloudy and the day's maximum temperature would be around 37 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. H...

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Stolen temple idols recovered

Mathura, Oct 2 (IANS) Some highly valued idols of Radha Raman stolen from a village temple in this region in Uttar Pradesh nine months ago have been recovered and restored at the shrine. The 550-year-old statues, installed by Raja Todar Mall, a minister of Mughal emperor Akbar, were recovered Monday night, Senior Superintendent of Police Manzil Saini said. They have been returned...

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Modi visit very successful: US think tank

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit was very successful on many counts as he reached out to various interest groups in the US in unprecedented ways, according to a leading US think tank. On many counts this was a very successful visit, Richard M. Rossow, the Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS...

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IOC 'satisfied' with Rio 2016 preparations

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 2 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it was 'satisfied' with the state of preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IOC representatives completed a three-day visit of Rio Wednesday, including an inspection of event venues and meetings with local officials, reports Xinhua. We leave Rio satisfied with the progress that has been made since o...

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India can become a Clean India: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Indians need to change their mindset and join hands to clean up India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday. But cleaning up the country cannot be the sole responsibility of sweepers. Do citizens have no role in this? We have to change this mindset, Modi said after launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. India can do it, the people of India can do it, h...

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Asian Games: Indian women paddlers Manika, Ankita ousted

Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) Indian women paddlers Manika Batra and Ankita Das lost their respective matches and were knocked out of the women's singles table tennis event of the 17th Asian Games here Thursday. Manika was blanked 0-4 (9-11, 6-11, 7-11, 8-11) in the pre-quarterfinal by Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa while Ankita was shown the door 2-4 (8-11, 5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 4-11) in the second ...

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Indian soldiers' bravery revisited on Haifa Day in Sydney

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) The Indian soldiers' valour as displayed in 1918 during first World War to free the Israeli city of Haifa was remembered in Australia Tuesday. On Sep 23, 1918 Indian soldiers of two elite army units from Jodhpur and Mysore, in a heroic battle with Ottomans, liberated the port city of Haifa. The Indian horsemen armed with just spears and swords attacked O...

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With Modi momentum, US seeks enhanced energy collaboration

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) With Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi providing a new momentum, the US has suggested four areas where India and the US can enhance collaboration in energy and sustainable development. We have a strong base to build on in these areas, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at the 5th US-India Energy Partnership Summit here Wednesday. He described the enh...

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Modi wields broom, launches Clean India campaign

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolically wielded the broom Thursday to launch a nationwide campaign that aims to clean up India in five years. Modi chose the Valmiki Colony in the heart of Delhi -- a place once home to Mahatma Gandhi -- to do the sweeping in a small area for just about one minute. Oct 2 marks Gandhi's birth anniversary. He also spent som...

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