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Families of 'disappeared persons' stage protest in Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 30 (IANS) Dozens of families of 'disappeared persons' in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday staged a peaceful protest here to commemorate the international day of disappeared persons. Carrying banners and staging a street theatre to highlight their plight, family members of the 'disappeared persons' held the protest in a park here. Separatist leader and chairman of Jammu a...

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Inflation still a major concern: Jaitley

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said that though the economy has recently shown signs of recovery, inflation remains a major concern with the prices of vegetables and food items being affected by seasonal factors and the monsoon. Food inflation is a concern; normally at a time when prices of some fruits and vegetables are steep it is natural that there wil...

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Ceasefire violations provocative, says Jaitley

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday termed as provocative the ceasefire violations by Pakistan and said the Indian Army was alert and responding to every situation. Incursions at the border, both at the LoC (Line of Control) and the international border, are extremely serious and provocative, Jaitley told the media here. The army is fully alert and res...

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Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Algeria

Algiers, Aug 30 (IANS) A Ukrainian cargo plane crashed Saturday in Algeria's Tamenrasset province. According to rescue officials, the crash occurred at 1.40 p.m and no survivors were found, Xinhua reported. The Antonov-12 type jet which carried seven passengers including crew members crashed in a mountainous area 15 km off Tamenrasset airport, a transport ministry statement said....

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Motor accident pleas shall be decided speedily: Himachal HC

Manali, Aug 30 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir Saturday said motor accident claim petitions should be decided expeditiously and the minimum compensation would be awarded on the first date of hearing. Addressing district and additional district judges at a workshop organised by the Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy here, he emphasized upon the need to ob...

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Rising number of foreign tourists visiting Tripura

Agartala, Aug 30 (IANS) Tripura saw a surge in the arrival of foreign tourists in the 2013-14 financial year, registering a record growth of 97 percent over the 2012-13 fiscal, a minister said here Saturday. During 2012-13 and 2011-12 financial years, 7,817 and 6,550 foreign tourists (respectively) had visited Tripura. In the last financial year (2013-14), number of foreign tourists visi...

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Mysteries of space dust unlocked

New York, Aug 30 (IANS) A new analysis of space dust has revealed that the cosmic particles, wich are likely to have originated from beyond our solar system, are more complex in composition and structure than previously imagined. The dust analysis was carried out after a special collector onboard NASA's Stardust mission sent it back to earth for study in 2006. The analysis tapped...

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C. V. Rao sworn-in as Maharashtra governor

Mumbai, Aug 30 (IANS) C.V. Rao was on Saturday sworn in as governor of Maharashtra at a function in Raj Bhavan here. Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rao, a senior BJP leader from Telangana. Rao took over from Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli, who was given additional charge of Maharashtra after K. Sankaranarayanan resigned from...

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MAPS units renew operational licence till Dec 2015

Chennai, Aug 30 (IANS) The NPCIL's two power reactors at Kalpakkam have renewed their operational licence with the sectoral regulator till Dec 2015, a senior official said Saturday. The two units may increase their power output next year, he said. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) has two 220 MW nuclear power reactors at the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) in...

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PM, Sonia condole Bipan Chandra's death

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and many others condoled the death of noted historian Bipan Chandra Saturday. The prime minister expresses grief on the passing away of noted historian Bipan Chandra. He extends his condolences to Chandra's family, said a post on the prime minister's official Twitter handle. Sonia Gandhi descri...

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Global road mapping to balance development and conservation

Washington, Aug 30 (IANS) Did you know that over 25 million km of new roads will be built worldwide by 2050, encircling the earth more than 600 times? Keeping the above fact in mind, a study has created a global map for prioritising road building across the planet to balance the competing demands of development and environmental protection. Many of these roads would slice into the earth'...

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World of sport changeth in India: Big B

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a sports enthusiast, whose son and actor Abhishek Bachchan has invested in a franchise each in a football and kabaddi league, finds the world of sports changing for the better in the country. Abhishek comes into ISL, the Indian Super League for Football, buys into Chennai FC.. the world of sport changeth in India, the 71-year-old thespi...

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ATM guard killed in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, Aug 30 (IANS) A private security guard deployed at an ATM booth here was killed Saturday while trying to stop robbers from looting it, police said. Another guard was critically injured in the incident that took place in Daultabad. They were attacked with sharp weapons by unknown assailants, a senior police officer told IANS. Bhupender Kumar, who hails from Bihar'...

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Economy to grow much faster in coming quarter: Jaitley

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said that the economy is expected to grow much faster in the coming quarters than the growth of 5.7 percent in gross domestic product (GDP) achieved during the first quarter of the current fiscal. Growth rate of 5.7 percent in first quarter is encouraging. The recent GDP figures show that the economy is on a recovery path. W...

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BJP's Manoj Tiwari offered Vishwas Delhi CM post: AAP leader

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) AAP leader Sanjay Singh Saturday alleged it was BJP MP Manoj Tiwari who offered Kumar Vishwas the Delhi chief minister's post after the April-May general election this year. Tiwari who is an MP from northeast Delhi refuted the charges and said if needed, he will file a defamation case but only after talking to his seniors. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari met Kumar Vi...

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Shabana starts work on short film on domestic violence

Mumbai, Aug 30 (IANS) Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi, who often raises her voice on gender issues, Saturday began work on a short film on domestic violence. First day of filming for #Nasheed Faruqis short film#OUTSIDE on domestic violence. Looking 4ward 2 b directed by a girl I've seen as a child, Shabana posted on her Twitter page. The actress, along with her g...

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Tough away games for Barca, Real Madrid

Madrid, Aug 30 (IANS) FC Barcelona and Real Madrid both face testing away trips as they play their second game of the Spanish Primera Liga season Sunday. Barcelona, fresh from a comfortable and moral boosting 3-0 win at home to Elche on the opening day of the campaign, travel to face Villarreal, reports Xinhua. Although, it is still early days of the campaign, Villarreal have pla...

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Humour and wit find space in civil servant's book

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) One would expect a civil servant to write about grim, political issues, but Vivek Atray preferred to use intelligent humour to tell a tale, as he feels this genre is extremely challenging and excites him the most. The Chandigarh based IAS officer was in the capital at the launch of his second novel Dubey ji Bounces Back(Wisdom Tree; Rs.195) here Friday. T...

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Blind leaves Ajax for Man-U

The Hague, Aug 30 (IANS) Ajax and Manchester United have reached a deal for the transfer of Daley Blind to the latter, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and national broadcaster NOS reported Saturday. According to the reports, United will pay around 18-20 million euros for the Dutch international. Only the last details of the deal have to be completed and after the medical examination Blind w...

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It's London calling for SRK's SLAM tour

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) After touring multiple cities in the US in September with SLAM! THE TOUR, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, some of his friends and the Happy New Year coterie will take to the stage in London with SLAM+ THE TOUR Oct 5. The stars will perform at London's O2 Arena. Choreographer-director Farah Khan, actors Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, Malaika Arora Kh...

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