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Bhandarkar aims to provide 'meaningful entertainment' again

Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Acclaimed filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who has started rolling the cameras for his next movie Calendar Girls, is hoping he offers purposeful entertainment to film aficionados. Thanks everyone for d messages & wishes on #CalendarGirls. The endeavor's always to provide meaningful entertainment. Will keep you posted, Bhandarkar tweeted Thursday. The filmma...

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Kerala councillor slashes wrist to protest mayor's apathy

Kozhikode, July 24 (IANS) A Congress councillor in Kerala Thursday slashed her wrist to protest Kozhikode mayor's callous attitude towards the needs of her ward. Councillor C.S. Satyabhama was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital and later shifted to the Medical College Hospital. She is now out of danger, doctors said. Mayor A.K. Premajam, a Communist Party of India-Marxist le...

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Indian shuttlers thrash Ghana in mixed team event

Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) Indian shuttlers started their Commonwealth Games campaign thrashing Ghana 5-0 in their opening Group B match of the mixed team event at the Emirates Arena here Thursday. India dominated the proceedings right from the start as Parupalli Kashyap beat Daniel Sam 21-6, 21-16 in 27 minutes in the men's singles match. World Championship bronze medallist P.V. Si...

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Bengal cabinet okays trans-national road project

Kolkata, July 24 (IANS) The West Bengal cabinet Thursday approved a Rs.1,377 trans-national roadway project connecting India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, a minister announced. We will have to start work on it soon. This will boost connectivity and tourism. Rs.1,377 crore has been allotted for it, said state Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee. In addi...

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BFI to take up 'patka row' at FIBA Asia meet

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will take up the 'patka row' at the general council meeting of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Thursday at Doha. The BFI is very seriously representing the issue of not permitting the Sikh players to participate wearing turban (patka) by the technical commission during the recently concluded Asia Cup a...

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India ranks 135 on human development index: UNDP

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) India ranked 135 out of 187 countries on the human development index in UNDP's annual report 2014 released Thursday. Human development index is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income indices to measure the well being of a country. On the gender inequality index, India ranked 127 out of 152 countries and on the gender development ...

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Hockey Jr World Cup camp starts for probables

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) A preparatory camp of the core probables for the 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup, scheduled to be held in India in December 2016, has started at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here. Thirty three juniors are part of this camp which started Wednesday and will continue till Aug 18. Hockey India (HI) selection committee shortlisted these 33 out of 60 from the f...

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SC no to early hearing of PIL in judge extension row

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday declined to hold early hearing of a plea seeking a probe to ascertain the role of then prime minister Manmohan Singh and law minister H.R. Bhardwaj in not informing the president of all the facts including an adverse report about Justice S. Ashok Kumar while clearing his extension as additional judge of the Madras High Court. A bench o...

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Car Nicobar connected by air

Car Nicobar, July 24 (IANS) A long cherished dream of the people of the southern group of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, especially Car Nicobar, was fulfilled Thursday as India established air connectivity with this remote part of the country. The historic moment for residents of the Nicobar group of islands came with the inauguration of a chartered flight service in the Port Blair-Car...

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Bihar on top in fiscal management among backward states: Assocham

Patna, July 24 (IANS) Bihar has topped low income states in fiscal management, clocking highest growth rate of over 66 percent and about 284 percent in terms of states' own tax and non-tax revenues, says an Assocham study. Bihar's own tax and non-tax revenues surged respectively from over Rs.12,600 crore to over Rs.20,900 crore and from about Rs.890 crore to over Rs.3,400 crore during 20...

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155,000 evacuated as typhoon Matmo batters China

Beijing, July 24 (IANS) About 155,000 people in China's Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces were evacuated as of 9 a.m. Thursday after typhoon Matmo made landfall in Fujian province Wednesday afternoon. More than 403,000 people have been affected since Matmo landed in Gaoshan township in Fuqing city at 3.30 p.m. Wednesday with a wind speed of up to 30 metres per second, Xinhua reporte...

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Wipro net up 30 percent in Q1

Bangalore, July 24 (IANS) Indian IT bellwether Wipro Ltd. posted net profit of Rs.2,118 crore for the first quarter (April-June) of fiscal 2014-15, registering 30 percent growth year-on-year (Y0Y) under the Indian accounting standard. In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Thursday, the global software major said its total revenue for the quarter under review increased...

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MH17 crash: Australian parents living in 'hell beyond hell'

Sydney, July 24 (IANS) The family of three Australian children killed on board Malaysua Airlines flight MH17 has described how they are living in a hell beyond hell as they struggle to deal with their loss. Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis Maslin, 8, died with their grandfather Nick Norris while flying back home on board the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. In a statement issued ...

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Water levels rising in Himachal dams

Shimla, July 24 (IANS) The water levels in Himachal Pradesh's major dams, Bhakra and Pong, have started rising with the revival of the monsoon in the region, an official said Thursday. The levels, however, were quite lower compared to last year. The monsoon enables both dams, which serve the irrigation requirements of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, to store large volumes of water...

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Modi meets Aga Khan Foundation delegation

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday met a delegation from the Aga Khan Foundation which briefed him on various activities it was undertaking in the country. The delegation members briefed the prime minister on various development activities being undertaken by the foundation in India, said a statement. AKF vice chairman Gulam Rahimtoola led the five-me...

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Mumbai model accuses police officer of rape

Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Police in Mumbai Thursday booked an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer after a model accused him of raping her on several occasions, officials said. Sunil Paraskar, deputy inspector general (DIG-protection of civil rights units), was charged with raping the woman while purportedly helping her. A case was filed at the suburban Malwani police station in nor...

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Four-member India contingent for World Team Pool

Bangalore, July 24 (IANS) India will be fielding a four-member contingent for the WPA-World Teams Pool Championship to be held in Beijing from July 27 to Aug 2. The squad, released by the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India here Thursday, comprises Sumit Talwar (Mohali), Sundeep Gulati (Delhi), Lalrina Renthlei (Aizawl) and Suniti Damani (Delhi). The team will be accompanied by coa...

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President condoles deaths in Telangana accident

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday condoled the death of 19 students in an accident where a train hit a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana. In his message to Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Mukherjee said: I am extremely saddened to learn about the accident in which some school children lost their lives and many others are critically ...

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Flynas to operate Jeddah-Hyderabad flights from August

Hyderabad, July 24 (IANS) Flynas, a low-cost airline from Saudi Arabia, has announced it will operate its first services to India beginning next month with two weekly flights each from Jeddah to Hyderabad and Jeddah to Kozhikode. The flights to Hyderabad will be operated Saturdays and Wednesdays starting Aug 16 and to Kozhikode (Calicut) Mondays and Wednesdays starting Sep 1, a statement...

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Stage set for South India Rally

Chennai, July 24 (IANS) A 29-car grid, headed by championship leader Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) of Team Mahindra Adventure, will feature in the AVT Premium South India Rally, the third round of the Indian Rally Championship commencing here Saturday after a ceremonial flag-off Friday. The three Special Stages, that will be run thrice, are located in Sriperumbudur, about 35 km fro...

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