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Six held in Bengal for unauthorised travel in defence vehicle

Kolkata, Feb 8 (IANS) Six people were arrested on Monday for travelling in a defence ministry vehicle without valid documents in West Bengal's Burdwan district, police said. The car bearing a plate with the words Government of India Ministry of Defence - OFB (Ordinance Factory Board) Kolkata was seized by police and six of its occupants arrested in the early hours of the day on the natio...

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Seven IS suspects arrested in Russia

Moscow, Feb 8 (IANS) The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on Monday said it has detained seven people suspected of being involved with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and plotting terrorist attacks in Russia's major cities. The suspects, detained on Sunday in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg, included citizens of Russia and Central Asian countries, Xinhua quoted a F...

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Bangladesh's top phone operator's revenue reaches $1.33 bn

Dhaka, Feb 8 (IANS) Bangladesh's top cell phone operator Grameenphone (GP) on Monday reported a revenue of 104.8 billion taka (about $1.32 billion) for 2015 -- up two percent from the previous year. The company, which is listed on the Dhaka Stock Exchange, said subscription and traffic revenue (excluding inter-connection) grew by 2.4 percent along with 3.5 percent growth in device and ot...

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NHAI creates platform to address conservation concerns

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Monday said it created a dialogue platform with stakeholders to mainstream sustainable development and environmental management in highway development projects. NHAI has taken the lead in creating a platform for dialogue, where development goals and conservation needs can be resolved across the table by all stakeh...

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Iran president honours nuclear team for historic deal

Tehran, Feb 8 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani awarded the nuclear negotiating team on Monday with medals of honour for clinching an historic deal with world powers in July 2015. He awarded the first class medals of Merit and Courage to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi and Defence Minister Hossein Dehqan, XInhua rep...

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France to see 0.4 percent growth in economy in Q1

Paris, Feb 8 (IANS) France, Europe's second biggest economy, should post an economic growth of 0.4 percent in the first three months of 2016, French central bank said on Monday. The Bank of France said its monthly business climate survey in January showed accelerated industrial business and improved deliveries thanks to dynamic automobile, chemicals, electrical equipment and food process...

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India urges Nepal to finalise post-quake reconstruction programme

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) India on Monday urged Nepal to finalise its post-earthquake reconstruction programme at the earliest so as to better utilise the 1 billion dollar aid pledged by New Delhi. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley encouraged Nepal to finalise its reconstruction programme at the earliest to better utilize the amount pledged by the government of India, an official statement sai...

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Nepal's Madheshi Morcha calls off anti-Constitution protest

Kathmandu, Feb 8 (IANS) Bowing to strong public opinion, the Madhesi Morcha in Nepal on Monday called off its almost six-month-old anti-Constitution protest in the southern Terai region that led to a blockading of a major portion of the 1,868-km open border the landlocked Himalayan nation has with its southern neighbour India. At a meeting in Kathmandu, the Morcha -- spearheading the agi...

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26 swine flu deaths in Punjab; committee to review situation

Chandigarh, Feb 8 (IANS) Twenty-six people have died of swine flu in Punjab in recent days, the state's health minister said on Monday. Health Minister Surjit Jayani said that till date, 183 suspected cases of H1N1 have been reported, out of which 57 cases were found positive for H1N1. The Punjab government on Monday also announced the constitution of a state-level advisory commi...

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Olympic movement shows support for Rio 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 8 (IANS) With Brazil currently in recession, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Monday said stakeholders will cooperate with each other to help the 2016 Rio Games achieve a balanced budget. The Olympic movement will show solidarity with the Brazilians in order to achieve a balanced budget, which will then serve as a solid foundation for the...

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Headley Timeline: From terrorist to approver

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) David Headley grew up in a strict Pakistani boarding school before becoming a barman at his family tavern in Philadelphia in the US and making contacts with Pakistani spy agencies who made him play a key role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. In 1998, he was jailed for two years for smuggling heroin into the US from Pakistan. After the jail term, he went to Pakist...

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Three rescued two days after Taiwan quake

Beijing, Feb 8 (IANS) At least three people, including an eight-year-old girl, were rescued on Monday from a high-rise apartment building badly damaged by a powerful quake in Taiwan. The girl, who lived on the fifth floor of the Wei Guan building, was dehydrated but conscious when rescued and was taken to hospital for treatment, Xinhua reported. Rescuers were trying to free anoth...

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Brijbhushan appointed South Asian Wrestling Federation president

Guwahati, Feb 8 (IANS) Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brijbhushan Sharan Singh has been appointed as the president of the South Asian Wrestling Federation, it was announced on Monday. During the General Body Meeting of South Asian Wrestling Federation held on February 5 here during the 12th SAF Games, Brijbhushan was unanimously elected president. Tabiur Rehman from Ba...

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Should keep our feet on the ground: Leicester coach Ranieri

Leicester, Feb 8 (IANS) Manager Claudio Ranieri has said there is no pressure on his unheralded Leicester City side who have surprised everyone to be at the top of the English Premier League but has asked his players to keep their feet on the ground. Leicester moved five points clear at the top with a 3-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday. I am enjoying it and also my players ...

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Tips for the perfect V-Day date

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) From reliving old times to going for a romantic stroll to going on a food adventure, here are a few tips to help you make Valentine's Day, which falls on February 14, perfect for you and your loved one. Sumesh Menon, co-founder and CEO of dating app Woo, has shared some ideas to make your date special: * Recall good old memories: Recreate the fuzzy old me...

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Over one lakh jewellery shops on strike on February 10

Kolkata, Feb 8 (IANS) Over 100,000 jewellery shops owing allegiance to more than 300 associations across India will observe a day's token strike on February 10 in protest against the government rule making PAN card proof mandatory on purchases of Rs.2 lakh and above. We strongly oppose this regulatory measure which has badly hit millions of jewellers and artisans employed in this industr...

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West Indies beat Pakistan to cruise into U-19 World Cup semis

Dhaka, Feb 8 (IANS) Skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Tevin Imlach hit half-centuries as the West Indies beat Pakistan by five wickets to cruise into the semi-finals of the under-19 cricket World Cup here on Monday. Hetmyer smashed his way to 52 runs and Imlach scored 54 to ensure that a gallant 113 by Umaid Masood went in vain as the West Indies surpassed Pakistan's fighting total of 227 for ...

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Highlights of watchdog order on discriminatory data pricing

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Highlights of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) order on discriminatory pricing of data, which has a bearing on services like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel's Zero: - No discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content - No contract that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data content services - Internet...

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No link with Kerala's liquor bar owners, says CPI-M

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 8 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist has no link with the liquor bar owners of Kerala and never promised to get their businesses re-opened if it came to power, a top party leader said on Monday. Responding to fresh revelations in the bar bribery scam that came in the form of an audio CD telecast by TV channels here on Monday, State CPI-M secretary Kodiyer...

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TRAI says no to discriminatory pricing, kills Free Basics

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) In a move seen as an endorsement of net neutrality and a setback to offerings such as Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero, India's telecom watchdog on Monday said no to discriminatory pricing of data content. No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRA...

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