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Aniston, Theroux fix wedding date?

Los Angeles, Oct 24 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Aniston and her fiance Justin Theroux have reportedly locked in the date to get married. It's really happening! Jen is excited beyond belief. She says it will be the best day of her life, okmagazine.com quoted a source as saying. Despite having decided on a date and venue, the Friends star, who was previously married to actor Brad Pitt...

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Twitter declares war on passwords

San Francisco, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Twitter formally declared war on passwords during a developers' conference in San Francisco, unveiling a new system that allows users to log-in to mobile apps with a phone number. Jeff Seibert, director for mobile platforms at the popular social network, Wednesday introduced Digits, a free tool Twitter offers in 28 languages and 216 countries. Wit...

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Three killed in Pakistan suicide attack

Islamabad, Oct 24 (IANS) At least three people were killed and 30 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle of a religious party's leader in Pakistan's Quetta city Thursday evening, officials said. Sarfaraz Bugti, provincial assembly member, said that the vehicle of Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, chairman of the Jamiat Ulema-e- Islam, was targeted as soon as he arrive...

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Indian army's contribution in WWI remembered in Brussels

Brussels, Oct 24 (IANS) Over 130,000 soldiers from India fought during the First World War in the Ypres salient in Belgium and at nearby Neuve Chapelle in France. More than 10,000 lost their lives in critical action to stop the German advance, according to India's Ambassador to Belgium, Manjeev Singh Puri. This is a bond of solidarity. This is something that brought 130,000 sol...

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NIA probes link between bank robbery and Burdwan blast

Hyderabad, Oct 23 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the link between Burdwan blast and a bank robbery in Telangana's Karimnagar district, police sources said Thursday. The NIA officials visited Choppadandi village of the Karimnagar district, where four armed men looted Rs.46 lakh from State Bank of India (SBI) in Feb this year. The investigating agency col...

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Indian equities markets start 'New Year' on positive note

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Samavat 2071, marking the start of the New Year, began on a positive note for Indian equities at a special trading session on Diwali day Thursday with a key index gaining some 63 points, or 0.24 percent. The markets had closed Wednesday with the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logging the best annual gain in five years of 26.1 percent.

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Home secretary dismisses reports about army's rescue operations bill

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami Thursday dismissed local media reports that the army and the NDRF had sent a bill of Rs.853 crore to the Jammu and Kashmir government for their relief and rescue operations after the floods in the state. Briefing the media at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the home secretary dismisse...

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Trinamool leader, partymen held for assaulting IT employees

Kolkata, Oct 23 (IANS) A municipal councillor of the ruling Trinamool Congress along with three partymen were Thursday arrested and sent to custody for allegedly assaulting some IT professionals in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said. According to the police complaint filed by Ritesh Trivedi, director of the Webel IT Park in Durgapur, he and his employees were bursting crackers o...

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IRDA's marketing firm to make insurance brokers unhappy: Experts

Chennai, Oct 23 (IANS) The Indian insurance industry is expecting the regulator to come out with its regulations allowing new breed of intermediaries -Insurance Marketing Firm (IMF)- that would make corporate agents and brokers unhappy, said industry officials. We are expecting the regulator to come out with the regulations soon, say in a week or two. Going by the draft regulations issue...

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Over 550 killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

Damascus, Oct 23 (IANS/EFE) At least 553 people have died over the past month in airstikes launched by the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a rights group reported Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) - a London-based NGO - has documented the number of deaths since the beginning of the air campaing Sep 23 until Wednesda...

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Modi marks Diwali in Siachen, announces Rs.745 crore more for Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Wrapped in thick woollens, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to the icy heights of Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday where he lauded the armed forces and promised a national memorial for Indian soldiers. He later announced an additional relief package of Rs.745 crore for the flood-ravaged state. The Siachen halt marked the start of a visit on Diwali da...

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Shiv Sena ready to back BJP-led coalition in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) The Shiv Sena may support a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Maharashtra, a top Sena leader said here Thursday. The election results indicate that no single party can form the government. However, both (Shiv Sena, BJP) can come together for the purpose. This is the people's mandate, Shiv Sena parliamentarian and emissary Anil Desai told a private television ...

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Billiards - Advani, Kothari enter semis

Leeds, Oct 23 (IANS) Pankaj Advani and Sourav Kothari entered the final of the World Billiards championship (150-up points format) with 4-0 victories over Alok Kumar and England's Ian Williamson, respectively, here Thursday. While Advani takes on Kothari in the semi-finals Thursday night, defending champion (time format) Peter Gilchrist, the Singapore-based Englishman, awaits the winner ...

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Ebola not to upset Africa's overall growth: IMF

Harare, Oct 23 (IANS) The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed 4,500 lives, will have minimum impact on continent's overall growth, a top International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said Thursday. Addressing a press conference after presenting the 2014 IMF regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa here, IMF director for Africa Antoinette Sayeh said the three countries's...

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Fireworks, lighting at Amritsar's Golden Temple

Amritsar, Oct 23 (IANS) The holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, was lighted up Thursday in festive spirit in this Sikh holy city in Punjab. Fireworks display and millions of lights around the whole complex saw thousands of devotees turning up for the occasion. The day is celebrated in the Sikh religion as 'Bandi Chhor Diwas' (prisoner liber...

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Shiv Sena may back BJP government in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) The Shiv Sena may support a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Maharashtra, a top Sena leader said here Thursday. The election results indicate that no single party can form the government. However, both (Shiv Sena, BJP) can come together for the purpose. This is the people's mandate, Shiv Sena parliamentarian and emissary Anil Desai told a private television ...

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Bengal celebrates Kali Puja, Diwali with fireworks

Kolkata, Oct 23 (IANS) Amid prayers and a plethora of glimmering fireworks, West Bengal celebrated Diwali and Kali Puja Thursday with enthusiasm and fervour. As the sun set, clay lamps (diyas) and streams of tiny lights lit up the eastern metropolis while pyrotechnics provided a stunning backdrop. With Diwali and Kali Puja falling on the same day, it was double celebrations for p...

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Modi announces Rs.745 crore for Kashmir's damaged homes, hospitals

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced an additional relief package of Rs.745 crore for flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to some media persons at the Raj Bhavan here, Modi said he had come to the state immediately after the floods occurred last month and announced a relief package of Rs.1,000 crore. I had come here immediately after the f...

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Canada not immune to terror attacks: PM Harper

Toronto, Oct 23 (IANS) No Canadian would believe that their country is under attack and that the attack comes from within, from homegrown extremists. And this is exactly what happened when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, holding a high-powered rifle, first shot a reservist military officer, a 24-year-old man, at about 9.30 a.m. Wednesday, forced a motorist out of his car, drove the car straigh...

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Pleasant Thursday in Delhi, Friday to be cloudy

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Delhiites saw a pleasant Thursday, as the maximum temperature was recorded at 33.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met department has forecast a partly cloudy Friday. The skies will remain clear with haze/mist in the morning. However it will turn cloudy noon onwards, said an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). ...

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