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Sensex surges 359 points; banking stocks gain

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Monday surged 358.80 points or 1.37 percent up as banking stocks gain. All the sectors were trading in green and the rally was led by banking, auto, capital goods, metal, oil and gas, healthcare and consumer durable sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which op...

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Bus strike to cripple UP

Lucknow, Oct 20 (IANS) Road transport in Uttar Pradesh is likely to be hit as contractual drivers and conductors of the state run buses have announced that they will go on a strike from Monday night, officials said. The contractual drivers and conductors of the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) held protest rallies Sunday in Lucknow and other districts against t...

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Brazilian soccer standings

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 20 (IANS) Following are the standings of the Brazilian Serie A championship after the latest round of matches completed Sunday (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. 1 Cruzeiro 29 18 5 6 52 30 59 2 Sao Paulo 29 15 7 7 47 35 52 3 Internacional 29 15 5 9 39 30...

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China stocks open higher

Beijing, Oct 20 (IANS) Chinese stocks opened higher Monday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index opening at 2,346.05 points, up 4.87 points, or 0.21 percent. The Shenzhen Component Index opened at 8,175.68, up 24.16 points, or 0.3 percent, reported Xinhua. ...

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Australia to deploy 200 special forces troops in Iraq

Canberra, Oct 20 (IANS) Australia will send around 200 of its special forces to Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi troops after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop finalised legal frameworks for their deployment Monday. Bishop said she had settled the legal frameworks during meetings with Iraqi government leaders in Baghdad Saturday and Sunday about a month after the special forces members were s...

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Drew Barrymore 'happy' to turn 40

Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) Actress Drew Barrymore says she will be so happy when she turns 40 next year because she has worked so hard. The actress, who has daughters Olive, 2, and Frankie, six months, with husband Will Kopelman, says she isn't worried or upset about celebrating the milestone next February, reports contactmusic.com. She said: When I turn 40 on February 22, I'm go...

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Raveena Tandon praises Modi's cleanliness drive

Mathura, Oct 20 (IANS) Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cleanliness campaign and appealed to all to lend support to the swachchta mission. She was speaking to reporters after formally opening a jeweller's shop here Sunday evening. The actress said she loved coming to Sri Krishna's nagri so revered and loved by all. She also as...

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Four civilians killed by artillery fire in Donetsk

Kiev, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) At least four civilians were killed and nine others wounded by artillery fire directed at the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the mayor's office said Sunday. As a result of the military actions of Oct 18, four civilians were killed and another nine were severely wounded in Donetsk by shell fragments, said a statement issued by the local government. The ...

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Japanese PM accepts trade minister Obuchi's resignation

Tokyo, Oct 20 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday accepted Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi's resignation filed early Monday over alleged misuse of political funds at Abe's official residence, media reported. The 40-year-old minister handed the resignation letter early Monday to Abe over alleged misuse of political funds in a move to take the responsibility f...

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Working with Sheeran pushed Ware vocally

London, Oct 20 (IANS) Singer Jessie Ware worked with the A team hitmaker Ed Sheeran and she felt she had to push herself harder to match his talent. The two worked for a track on her new album Tough Love. I took more risks (on this album) and it was scary, she was quoted by contactmusic.com as saying. Working with Ed Sheeran on the track 'Say you love me' really pushed me...

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Australian PM to attend Indonesian president's swearing-in

Sydney, Oct 20 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will join other world leaders Monday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of new Indonesian president Joko Widodo in Jakarta. Abbott said his attendance reflected the huge importance Australia placed on its relationship with its neighbour, Xinhua reported. The inauguration is an important occasion for Indonesia and also fo...

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Distance romance a challenge for Scherzinger

Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) American singer Nicole Scherzinger says having a long-distance relationship with British Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton is a challenge. Our biggest challenge is long distance, but I feel like I'm mostly here in the UK, even though my home is in the US, she was quoted by contactmusic.com as saying. She also said that she is keen to have childre...

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Israel's Tamar gas field to sell gas to Egypt

Jerusalem, Oct 20 (IANS) Israel's Tamar gas field announced Sunday they have signed a bid to sell at least five billion cubic meters of natural gas over three years to private consumers in Egypt. The Tamar partners, led by Texas-based Noble Energy and the Israeli Delek Group, said in a statement that they have signed a letter of intent with Dolphinus Holdings, a consortium of industrial ...

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US defence department to create medical team for Ebola

Washington, Oct 20 (IANS) The US Department of Defense said Sunday the military is creating a 30-member team which will be tasked with providing emergency assistance in case of Ebola virus infection in the country. The department's spokesman John Kirby said the step is taken at the request of the country's Department of Health and Human Services, stressing the team will stand ready to re...

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Madonna to appear on 'The X Factor'?

Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) Pop icon Madonna has reportedly been booked to appear on the final of The X Factor. The 56-year-old has been urged by its creator Simon Cowell to appear on the last show in the current series in a bid to boost flagging ratings, but a source says she will only do so if she has a significant degree of creative control over her own performance. Madonna wil...

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Mexico plans to reopen embassy in Angola

Mexico City, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) Mexico plans to reopen a new embassy in Angola to strengthen relations with the African nation, Mexico's foreign relations secretariat said. Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade visited Angola during his working tour to Africa, the secretariat said in a statement. Meade said during his visit to Luanda, Angola's capital, that the embassy wo...

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21 Iraqis killed in mosque sucide attack

Baghdad, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) At least 21 people died and 25 others wounded in a suicide attack inside a Shiite mosque in western Baghdad, a police official said Sunday. The source told EFE that the victims were inside the Abbas al-Adly mosque, located in the Al Harithiya neighbourhood, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden jacket. The mosque was badly damaged by the a...

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Russell Brand threatened of arrest ?

New York, Oct 20 (IANS) Comedian Russell Brand was reportedly threatened of arrest by the Fox News headquarters' security guard here after he started filming an episode of his webcast The Trews without permission. The 39-year-old was scheduled to appear in Fox News network's Hannity. It is hosted by Sean Hannity, who cancelled Brand's appearance on the TV show. Brand showed up ou...

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seeing local talents in music festivals I feel good: Lucky Ali

Bangalore, Oct 20 (IANS) Bollywood singer, composer and notable figure in the Indian music industry Lucky Ali feels satisfied with the encouragement of local talents in music festivals and says it helps in the growth of the industry. What I am seeing in the festivals is that they are encouraging local talent and art, for instance -- Rajasthani folk music is the part of The Great Indian O...

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Liberian president calls for global support to fight Ebola

Monrovia, Oct 20 (IANS) Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Sunday called on the international communities to join the country to fight the Ebola virus disease. This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake, this disease respects no borders and the damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities, is already reverberating throug...

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