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Catalonia to go ahead with peaceful referendum

Madrid, Oct 1 (IANS) President of Spain's Catalonia autonomous community Artur Mas Wednesday said he has not changed his mind about the region's independence referendum despite the Spanish Constitutional Court declaring it unconstitutional. The court declared Catalonia's proposed referendum invalid following an appeal by the Spanish government. In a counter move, the Catalan gove...

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Show cause notice to over 10,000 associations

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The union home ministry has issued show cause notice to around 10,300 associations registered under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 for not filing mandatory annual return, a statement said Wednesday. The defaulting associations are being asked to submit the proof of submission of returns within one month and in case they have not filed the returns, jus...

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NIIT to partner Microsoft to train women for IT industry

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Leading talent development major NIIT Ltd. is partnering with global software firm Microsoft to train and certify girl students and women through skill enhancing courses for the Indian IT industry. As the learning partner of Microsoft India, we will offer eight new software courses to develop talent pool for the IT industry through scholarships for girls students ...

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Desmond Tutu urges support for Hong Kong protests

Johannesburg, Oct 1 (IANS/EFE) South African Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu Wednesday called on all those who believe in democracy to support the student-led protests demanding that genuinely democratic elections be held in Hong Kong. I salute the courage of the hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who have participated in mass demonstrations in the territory in recent days to...

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US, India to collaborate on Mars, Earth missions

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) US and India have agreed to enhance cooperation in Mars exploration and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore the red planet besides launching a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents for this purpose in...

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Centre issues notification to regularise e-rickshaws

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Union Road Transport and Highway Ministry Wednesday issued a notification to regularise e-rickshaws, sources said. The gazetted notification by the ministry was aimed at re-starting the operation of e-rickshaws. BJP Delhi president Satish Upadhyay welcomed the notification. Upadhyay said as a result of the efforts of Road Transport and Highway ...

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81 killed in Iraq as security forces launch offensive

Baghdad, Oct 1 (IANS) At least 81 people were killed Wednesday in airstrikes and clashes between the Iraqi forces and militants, security sources said. In Salahudin province, north of Baghdad, Iraqi security forces backed by allied forces launched an offensive in the early morning hours against militants of the Islamic State (IS). The Al Qaeda offshoot has been seizing a cluster ...

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Modi to launch 'Swachh Bharat Mission' Thursday

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Swachh Bharat Mission here Thursday, which is aimed at creating a 'Clean India' in the next five years. Modi would symbolically wield a broom Oct 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and reach out to all Indians to make cleanliness a mass movement. Preparations are being made in government offices and als...

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Delhi HC seeks test report on polluted water in 'lake'

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday expressed strong displeasure at the government's inaction on its order to the environment ministry to get tested samples of contaminated water in a green forest area in Tughlakabad due to which birds are allegedly dying. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul asked the environment secretary to appear befo...

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Non-recognition of marital rape hypocrisy in law: Court

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Observing that India is yet to recognise woman's right to control marital intercourse as a core component of equality, a court here said absence of provision to deal with cases of marital rape as an offence exposes gross double standards and hypocrisy in law. The court observation came Tuesday while declining bail to a man, a resident of west Delhi and accused for...

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CSK vs Kings XI: Keen tussle on the cards

Hyderabad, Oct 1 (IANS) A keen tussle is on the cards as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) take on Kings XI Punjab in the second semifinal of Oppo CLT20 here Wednesday. Kings XI Punjab, who topped group B by remaining unbeaten, is aiming to continue their winning streak against CSK. With the big hitters in its line-up, Kings XI will be looking for the fourth consecutive win against Dhoni...

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Ex-Syndicate Bank chairman gets bail

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) A court here Wednesday granted bail to sacked Syndicate Bank chairman-cum-managing director S.K. Jain and five others in the Syndicate Bank bribery case. Jain was arrested Aug 2 for allegedly taking Rs.50 lakh in bribe for raising the credit limit of some companies in violation of the banking rules. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge S...

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Modi returns after successful US visit

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to the capital Wednesday after his hugely successful visit to the US. During the visit, the Indian-American community gave him an unparalleled rock star-like reception. In a special gesture, US president Barack Obama joined Modi on an unscheduled trip to the memorial of African-American civil rights leader Martin Luth...

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Modi returns after US visit

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned here Wednesday after his five-day visit to the US. During his visit, Modi met US president Barack Obama and addressed the UN General Assembly. ...

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1,350 in fray for Haryana polls, record women candidates

Chandigarh, Oct 1 (IANS) With a record 109 women in the fray, 1,350 candidates will contest the Oct 15 assembly elections for 90 seats in Haryana, election department officials said Wednesday. With 168 withdrawals Wednesday, 1,350 candidates finally remain in the fray for the assembly polls. These include 1,241 male and 109 female candidates. Wednesday was the last day for withdrawal of...

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Chennaiyin bag Colombian striker

Chennai, Oct 1 (IANS) Chennaiyin FC signed up Colombian striker John Stiven Mendoza Wednesday and finalised their 28-man squad for the inaugural season of the Hero Indian Super League. Mendoza is a 22-year-old forward who represented Colombia at the 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria and the 2011 U-20 South American championship in Peru. He also represented Colombian club Deportivo Cali. ...

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Germany increases aid for Syrian, Iraqi refugees

Berlin, Oct 1 (IANS) Germany has added 10 million euros (about $12.6 million) to its humanitarian aid for refugees in Syria, Iraq and their neighbouring countries in the region, the foreign ministry announced Wednesday. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in the statement the catastrophic situation of the people in Syria and Iraq had continued to worsen with the advance of th...

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Kejriwal to join safai karamcharis near PM's house

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will join the conservancy staff in cleanliness drive Thursday at a slum - a stone's throw from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official residence in the heart of the capital. The former chief minister will reach BR Camp at 7 a.m. (Thursday) and join the safai karamcharis, AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said Wednesday. BR Camp is ...

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Pakistan army resorts to unprovoked firing in Poonch

Jammu, Oct 1 (IANS) The Pakistani Army Wednesday resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Defence sources told IANS: Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing at two of our posts on the LoC in Poonch district today evening. They added: They are using small arms and automatics to target our positions. Our troops have re...

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NCP to support independent candidate against Chavan

Satara (Maharashtra), Oct 1 (IANS) The Nationalist Congress Party Wednesday decided to support an independent candidate against former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in the Karad (South) during the assembly elections later this month. The development followed Rajendra Yadav, the NCP's official candidate in the constituency, announcing his support to Chavan in his home dist...

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