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Book offers balanced view of Lord Ram and Sita's life

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Why is Lord Ram often shown in a bad light for asking his wife Sita to go through the ordeal of fire? Was Sita's greatest quality her ability to suffer in silence? A book attempts to find a balanced perspective from the epic Ramayana. Debutant author Neeraja Phatak delved deep into contradictory arguments of the epic after reading several versions of the Ramayana...

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Tharoor launches cleanliness drive, wins praise from Modi

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 25 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Saturday launched a cleanliness drive on Kovalam beach, personally collecting garbage in bags. Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised his efforts and also retweeted the pictures. Tharoor, who was sacked as spokesperson of the Congress party for tagging along with Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign, said that Maha...

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Mali: Country with 300 Indians records first Ebola death

Accra (Ghana), Oct 25 (IANS) The authorities in the West African nation of Mali, where the Indian embassy says there are between 200 and 300 of its nationals, have confirmed the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the child who died had travelled by a bus from Guinea through Mali and showed symptoms of the disease,...

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Bremen fire coach Dutt

Berlin, Oct 25 (IANS) Bundesliga football club Werder Bremen fired their coach Robin Dutt Saturday following the team's nine-game winless start to the season. Bremen's 0-1 defeat at home to Cologne Friday turned out to be the last straw for the 49-year-old Dutt, whose side sit at bottom of the standings with only four points collected but 23 goals conceded in nine matches, reports Xinhua...

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Williams to compete against Halep in final

Singapore, Oct 25 (IANS) After three sets of fierce competition with good friend Caroline Wozniacki, top seed Serena Williams managed to qualify for the WTA Championships final to be held Sunday. She will again compete with Simona Halep, who gave the American an ugly 0-6, 2-6 defeat during the round robin Wednesday, reports Xinhua. It was not a good start for Williams. Wozniacki,...

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BJP planning fake votes in Delhi: AAP

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said that he had been informed that a top BJP leader had directed his party legislators to get at least 5,000 fake votes in each constituency to win the Delhi assembly election. The Bharatiya Janata Party has denied the charges. In a tweet Kejriwal said: BJP source-top BJP leader has directed all Delhi BJP ML...

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Winning start by Advani in World billiards

Leeds, Oct 25 (IANS) Fresh from winning the points format title, Pankaj Advani began his campaign in the timed format of the World Billiards Championship with a workmanlike 701-510 win over fellow Indian Arun Agarwal in a Group C league match here Saturday. The 29-year-old Advani posted a best break of 128 while getting past Agarwal while elsewhere Dhvaj Haria, Alok Kumar, Dhruv Sitwala,...

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Akhilesh sacks 82 MoS rank holders

Lucknow, Oct 25 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday evening sacked 82 persons holding minister-of-state rank, including advisors and chairmen of various corporations. This mass sacking has rattled the supporters of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP). However, N.C. Bajpayi (deputy chairman, State Planning Commission), poet Gopal Das Neeraj (chairman, Hindi Bh...

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Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga free two towns from IS

Baghdad, Oct 25 (IANS) Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga freed two towns in northern and central Iraq Saturday after fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, a security source said. In the early hours of the day, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops, backed by armoured vehicles, artillery and US-led coalition aircraft, advanced to the town of Zuma...

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Modi's interaction with the media a huge hit

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first formal outreach to the media after assuming office and it broke the ice when he met journalists, shook hands with them and smiled for selfies on Saturday. This happened after Modi was being blamed for keeping the media at arm's length. Though journalists had to come an hour in advance for the much-awaited meet...

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Government clears proposal for making six submarines in India

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) In a boost to domestic defence manufacturing, the government Saturday cleared a proposal to manufacture six submarines worth Rs.50,000 crore in India. The Request for Proposal (RFP) will, however, be open for compliant yards, defence ministry sources said. The government aims at manufacturing all six submarines in the time frame of a year. These s...

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PM to attend Khattar's oath taking ceremony Sunday

Chandigarh, Oct 25 (IANS) The swearing-in ceremony of Haryana's first BJP chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, will be a big event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several union ministers, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, BJP president Amit Shah and several other important people likely to attend the ceremony Sunday. The swearing-in will be held in Sector 5 of Panchkula town adjoin...

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Indian Squash Challenger Chennai leg from Sunday

Chennai, Oct 25 (IANS) Following the Jaipur and Mumbai legs, the JSW Indian Squash Challenger Circuit will be held here at the Indian Squash Academy from Sunday for one last time this year. Top Indians Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Sandhu will take part in the event alongside Egyptian Nouran El Torky. ...

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Mahasweta Devi accuses personal assistant of defrauding her

Kolkata, Oct 25 (IANS) Writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi Saturday accused her personal assistant Joy Bhadra of fraudulently acquiring her properties. Bhadra, who has been working as an assistant with the noted author since 2000, rubbished all the allegations. Bhadra in the last few years has taken my signatures on a number of documents and by creating trusts in my name, h...

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BJP planning fake votes in Delhi: AAP

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said that he had been informed that a top BJP leader had directed his party legislators to get at least 5,000 fake votes in each constituency to win the Delhi assembly elections. In a tweet Kejriwal said: BJP source -top BJP leader has directed all Delhi BJP MLAs to get at least 5000 fake votes made in each const n g...

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PM stresses on preventive health care to reduce bills

Mumbai, Oct 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday underlined the need to give importance to preventive health care with simple habits like washing hands among children to reduce the burden on the nation's health care systems. Inaugurating the swank renovated Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in south Mumbai here, Modi said treating illness and convalescence were expensive b...

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Pleasant day in Delhi, Sunday to be cloudy

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) It was a pleasant day in the national capital Saturday with the maximum temperature recorded a degree above normal at 32.3 degrees Celsius. The Met office has forecast a cloudy Sunday. The skies will remain partly cloudy with possibility of mist/haze in the morning (Sunday), said an official with the India Meteorological Department. The day's minimum temp...

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Defence ministry clears Israeli anti-tank missile

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) The defence ministry Saturday cleared a big ticket defence deal worth Rs.80,000 crore, which includes Israel's guided anti-tank missile Spike, sources said. Spike missiles were chosen instead of the US' Javelin missiles, for which Washington had lobbied hard. India will be buying over 8,000 missiles worth Rs.32,000 crore. The decision was taken at...

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British 'Islamic fighter' killed in Syria

London, Oct 25 (IANS) A young man from the British port city of Portsmouth who went to fight in Syria for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has been reportedly killed on the frontline in Syria. Mehdi Hassan, 19, travelled to Syria with five other men from southern Portsmouth in October last year, media reported Saturday. It has been confirmed with the family that he has died...

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Bangladeshi war criminal buried

Dhaka, Oct 25 (IANS) Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ghulam Azam, convicted of war crimes and who died while undergoing treatment, was buried in Dhaka Saturday. The 92-year old died while being treated at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Thursday, bdnews24.com reported. He was buried within the premises of his home at Moghbazar. He had been found guilty of a...

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