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World Bank approves $105 mn to stem Ebola in Africa

Accra, Sep 17 (IANS) The World Bank Group (WBG) has approved a $105-million grant to stem the Ebola virus disease in three West African countries that has claimed over 2,400 lives this year. The grant will finance Ebola-containment efforts under way in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Xinhua reported. It will also help families and communities cope with the economic impact of th...

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Bundesliga side Hamburg sacks coach Mirko Slomka

Berlin, Sep 17 (IANS) Hamburg and coach Mirko Slomka have parted company with immediate effect, the German football club announced. After a poor start into the season, dropping to the last place of the Bundesliga standings with only one point out of three games, Hamburg decided to sack Slomka after only seven months, reports Xinhua. Slomka, who helped to avoid the club' s first ever rele...

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'Veera' filled a void in my life: Digangana

Mumbai, Sep 17 (IANS) Actress Digangana Suryavanshi, currently seen in the title role in TV Show Ek Veer Ki Ardaas...Veera, about a special bond between a brother and a sister, says the show has filled a void in her real life. I think 'Veera.' gave me an opportunity to actually have a brother because now I tie rakhi to Shivin Narang (who plays character her brother Ranvijay) and call him...

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Say cheese! Dairy products good for health

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) Consuming dairy products is good for health and can also reduce the risk of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, new research shows. Dietary guidelines recommend the daily consumption of 2-4 portions of milk-based products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, cream and butter. Additional well designed intervention studies are needed to ascert...

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Former Assam police chief commits suicide

Guwahati, Sep 17 (IANS) Former Assam police chief Shankar Baruah shot himself dead here Wednesday, police said. Police said the former director general of police shot himself with a revolver at his residence in Barowari locality. He was a suspect in the multi-crore chit fund scam and the CBI, in the course of its investigation, had raided his house last month. ...

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Xi arrives in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Sep 17 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here on a three-day visit during which trade and investment are likely to top the agenda of talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ...

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Smartphone users spending more time on apps: Study

New York, Sep 17 (IANS) Smartphone users are spending more time on apps that ever. According to a latest study, app usage has increased by an average of 21 percent worldwide from a year ago. New data from the Boston-based mobile marketing platform Localytics indicates that music, health, fitness and social apps are hot favourites for downloads. At 79 percent, music lead the tally...

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Obama to send 3,000 soldiers to Africa to fight Ebola

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama has expanded his strategy to fight the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa with his decision to send around 3,000 soldiers to provide support to the local authorities and pledged to mobilise the world to stop what he considers a global threat. In an attempt to lead the global response against Ebola, Obama announced Tuesday t...

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PCB assures Ajmal full support in rehabilitation

Lahore, Sep 17 (IANS) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan assured his full support in getting banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal back into the international fold. Shaharyar said Ajmal had served Pakistan with great distinction and now it was time for the board to stand beside him. He said Ajmal is determined for his rehabilitation and PCB, if required, is willing to send him...

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Injury delays Johnson's CLT20 participation for KXIP

Melbourne, Sep 17 (IANS) A rib injury sustained during Australia's recent ODI tour of Zimbabwe has delayed pacer Mitchell Johnson's participation in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20). Cricket Australia (CA) in a statement Wednesday said that it has advised Johnson against joining his team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) immediately. Mitch had some rib pain during the recent ODI tour o...

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Afridi shouldn't take captaincy for granted: Miandad

Islamabad, Sep 17 (IANS) Former Pakistan batting legend Javed Miandad has supported the decision to reappoint Shahid Afridi as the Twenty20 captain but cautioned the all-rounder against taking the position for granted. Afridi was sacked from the post in 2011 after a bitter feud with then coach Waqar Younis. Miandad said Afridi's batting form would be crucial for Pakistan and that...

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Carlos Queiroz extends contract with Iran

Tehran, Sep 17 (IANS) Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz signed a new four-year contract with Iran Football Federation (IFF) that will see him remain in charge of national team until the 2018 World Cup. First of all, I would like to thank Iranian fans, players and Iran Football Federation that put trust in me to continue as the head coach. I hope we could get good results to make all Irania...

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Sreejesh key pillar of our fort: Sunil

Incheon (South Korea), Sep 17 (IANS) India's hockey forward S.V. Sunil Wednesday heaped praise on vice captain P.R. Sreejesh for being the pillar of strength for the team and also credited the Kerala goalkeeper for helping him evolve as a player. Our goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh is like the pillar of our fort. Sreejesh has always given me tips on how to go through the opponents defence and w...

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Unique human faces evolved via social interactions

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) Why do humans have such an amazing variety of faces? To look unique and be easily recognisable and the highly visual social interactions throughout the history are the driver of this evolutionary trend. Clearly, we recognise people by many traits - for example their height or their gait - but our findings argue that the face is the predominant way we recognise p...

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Asian Games: Indonesia targets two badminton golds

Jakarta, Sep 17 (IANS) Indonesia will be expecting two gold medals from its men's and mixed doubles pair at the 17th Asian Games starting Friday in the South Korean city of Incheon. Team spokesperson Yuni Kartika said Wednesday that the gold medals were expected from men's doubles pair of Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan, and mixed doubles pair Tantowi Ahmad and Liliyana Nasir, reports...

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Tibetan detained in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Sep 17 (IANS) A Tibetan youth was detained here Wednesday near Sabarmati Ashram, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit. Informed sources told IANS that security personnel nabbed the youth who was carrying flags. Security agencies believe the detained youth was trying to protest against Xi who arrives at Sabarmati Ashram later in the day. Xi begins his t...

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Fiji polling ends, ballot counting begins

Suva, Sep 17 (IANS) Voting in Fiji's first general elections since the military coup in 2006 ended Wednesday and ballot counting has begun, a media report said. Fijians voted in large numbers in the general elections held after 2006 military coup. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said counting has begun and results would be announced late Wednesday evening, Fiji Times repo...

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Even healthy people carry viruses in their bodies!

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) On an average, healthy individuals carry about five types of viruses in their bodies and the same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, says a significant study. Lots of people have asked whether there is a viral counterpart (to bacterial flora) and we have not had...

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Maneka Gandhi finds 'love jihad' cases in her constituency

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Wednesday said she has come across a few cases of love jihad in her parliamentary constituency Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. She, however, added that she has not come across any such cases reported to her ministry. I don't know if I should be commenting on this... We have not come across any cases reported t...

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Tripura brings onion, potato under Essential Commodities Act

Agartala, Sep 17 (IANS) The Left Front government in Tripura has decided to bring onion and potato under the Essential Commodities Act (ECA), 1955, to check the rise in prices of these two commodities, a minister said here Wednesday. The state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in its meeting here Tuesday reviewed the price rise of various essential commodities. It was decide...

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