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14th Finance Commission term extended till Dec.31, 2014

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The term of the 14th Finance Commission has been extended by two months, till Dec.31, 2014, an official statement said here Saturday. The proposal of extension of time period by two months for submission of report by the Fourteenth Finance Commission has been considered and approved by the Cabinet on Oct. 29, 2014. Accordingly, the President of India, on Oct.31, 2...

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Power outage across Bangladesh as national grid collapses

Dhaka, Nov 1 (IANS) Power outages Saturday hit several places in Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka, due to the collapse of the national grid. Reports of power cuts were coming in from several other places including Narayanganj, Rangpur, Sirajganj and Sylhet Saturday. Power and Energy Minister Nasrul Hamid told bdnews24.com: The national grid has collapsed. We are working on...

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Graft allegation against Mani will benefit Chandy: CPI-M

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 1 (IANS) The graft allegation levelled against Kerala Finance Minister K.M. Mani by a bar hotel owner is going to benefit Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the CPI-M said Saturday. Speaking to reporters here, CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said they are the least surprised with this allegation as the Chandy government is known for such things. He do no...

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Krip Suri 'privileged' to play Akbar on TV

Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) Actor Krip Suri, who is playing Akbar in the Bharat Ka Veer Putra Maharana Pratap historical show, will be shwowcasing the negative side of the Mughal emperor and says it's tough. The role of Akbar has been played by two phenomenal actors namely Prithviraj Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in movies. Hence, I feel privileged to essay this role. But unlike them who essayed hi...

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Space plane crash: Sir Branson 'shocked' but to 'persevere'

New York, Nov 1 (IANS) Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, was shocked and saddened by the news of the Virgin Galactic passenger space plane crash but said that he would persevere. The space plane developed by Virgin Galactic crashed Friday after suffering an in-flight anomaly during a powered test flight over California. All our thoughts are with the families of everyo...

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DIFF: Kurdish filmmaker tells beekeeper's story

Dharamsala, Nov 1 (IANS) When Kurdish filmmaker Mano Khalil came across an apiarist named Ibrahim Gezer, he knew that his was a story that must be told. The result was The Beekeeper, which was screened at the ongoing Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF) here. The 107 minute-long documentary gives a heart warming illustration of Gezer, a Kurdish apiarist from southeast Turkey, an...

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Drugs to abet cancer cells suicide found

London, Nov 1 (IANS) British scientists have found a drug combination that can trigger the self-destruct process in lung cancer cells -- paving the way for new treatments. The combination of two drugs, called TRAIL and a CDK9 inhibitor, forced the cancer cells to self-destruct, the findings showed. When healthy cells are no longer useful, they initiate a chain of events culminati...

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Want 'Fury' haircut? Hakim Aalim's giving it for free

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Celebrity hairstylist Hakim Aalim, who boasts of Bollywood clients like Arjun Rampal, Sunil Shetty and Shahid Kapoor, is now set to give a free haircut to all those who want the commando look from Brad Pitt-starrer Fury. Aalim has tied up with PVR pictures for their next film Fury where he is giving free haircuts to all the Fury fans who wish to copy the look, sai...

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Another Burkina Faso army officer claims power

Ouagadougou, Nov 1 (IANS) Burkina Faso's senior military officer Isaac Zida, who was in command of the presidential guard, Saturday announced via a televised speech that he has seized power as head of state during the interim period. I now assume... the responsibilities of head of the transition and of head of state to assure the continuation of the state and a smooth democratic transiti...

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Boko Haram leader says kidnapped girls married off

Lagos, Nov 1 (IANS) The leader of the Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, has in a new video said the over 200 abducted schoolgirls have been married to members of the group. The video, released Friday, came to alter the general expectations from Nigerians that the girls might be released Friday following improved negotiations with the terrorists somewhere in the Chad Republ...

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Nine killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Kabul, Nov 1 (IANS) Nine security personnel were killed while 20 civilians were injured in a suicide car bombing in the eastern Afghan province of Lowgar Saturday, the provincial government spokesman said. One militant set off an explosives-laden vehicle at an Afghan Local Police (ALP) security checkpoint at around 12 noon. As a result six ALP personnel and three Afghan army soldiers wer...

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Climate change threatens global health security: UNEP

San Juan, Nov 1 (IANS/EFE) The rapid propagation in recent years of infectious diseases such as Malaria, Chikungunya and even Ebola is one more example of how climate change threatens global health security. Climatic changes also affect temperatures and regional climates, the conditions on which, for instance, in the continent of Africa, mosquitoes may spread from one region to another, ...

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Manish Malhotra celebrates a year of Delhi store

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) It was on the same day last year that he opened his first store in the capital, and now ace designer Manish Malhotra is ecstatic to celebrate the special day here. On my way to Delhi. A very special day: My Delhi store is one year old today, tweeted Malhotra, whose store here is located in Mehrauli. Malhotra ventured into mainstream designing in the year 1...

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I'll try harder to excel: Tisca on 41st birthday

Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) Versatile actress Tisca Chopra, who has turned 41, is overwhelmed with the love and wishes of her friends and fans. She is determined to continue her superlative work. Thank you all so much for the wishes. What more can one want if one has so much love & so many good wishes. I will try even harder to excel, Tisca tweeted Saturday. Best remembered for her ...

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New chief secretary for Mizoram

Aizawl, Nov 1 (IANS) Lalmalsawma, who was working as a principal secretary with the Delhi government, has taken over charge as Mizoram's new chief secretary, an official said here Saturday. Lalmalsawma took the charge as Mizoram's chief secretary Friday after the superannuation of L. Tochhawng, who retired from service, the official said. L. Tochhawng was the first woman chief se...

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US-Japan joint rain radar mission to end next year

Washington, Nov 1 (IANS) After 17 years of groundbreaking 3-D images of rain and storms, the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) will come to an end next year, the US space agency said in a statement. NASA predicts that science operations will cease in or around April 2015. Orbiting at an angle to the equator that covers 35...

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How to increase your popularity on Twitter

London, Nov 1 (IANS) Having a large number of followers on Twitter is a more efficient strategy to gain popularity on the social networking site than increasing your number of tweets, said a study. Messages from influential people have much more impact and less popular users can gain popularity by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the outcome is costly and inefficient, the ...

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New credit transfer system to be presented Nov 11: Irani

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani Saturday said that a new credit transfer system from class 9 up till the Ph.D level will be presented Nov 11. You will be pleased to know that on Nov 11 we will be presenting to the nation a credit transfer system from class 9 onward up to PhD, which...gives you enough credits to get back into the university system....

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Gill, Musa top in Rally de Bengal

Kolkata, Nov 1 (IANS) Gaurav Gill and co-driver Musa Sherif of Team Mahindra Adventure and in a XUV 500, scripted their 20th win together as they shrugged off a 16.6 second overnight deficit to annex the Overall title in the Rally de Bengal, the fourth round of the FMSCI Indian Rally Championship here Saturday. Meanwhile, the Bangalore pair of Rahul Kanthraj and Vivek Bhatt of Team Yokoh...

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Sexist slur against Nikki Haley; media calls it only a 'gaffe'

Washington, Nov 1 (IANS) Reflecting the falling standard of US politics, the Democratic opponent of South Carolina's Indian-origin Governor Nikki Haley called her a whore, but more shockingly the mainstream US media largely ignored the story. Born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, the daughter of Sikh immigrant parents, herself addressed her opponent's sexist comments this week saying Vincent Sheh...

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