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Student Visa Day attracts over 4,000 at US missions

Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Over 4,000 Indian students who had applied for visas to pursue education in the United States were interviewed at various US missions across India on the occasion of its annual Student Visa Day, an official said here on Thursday. The US Embassy in New Delhi and consulates-general in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad opened their doors exclusively for the studen...

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Sindhu drops to 14th spot in BWF rankings

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Once a regular in the top-10, India's P.V. Sindhu dropped two places to be ranked No.14 in women's singles section in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. The two-time World Championship bronze medallist was out of action at the start of the season and hasn't really found her old form yet. She also lost her first round match ...

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Modi has laid foundation for decade of development: Gadkari

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first year in office, has laid the foundation for a decade of development, union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday. Speaking to the media on the achievements of the government in its first year, the minister for road transport, highways and shipping said the previous decade of the Congress-led government was riddled with...

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Indian-American hopes to overturn insider-trading conviction

Washington, May 28 (IANS) An Indian-American, who is serving prison term for carrying out insider trading, is hoping to be freed after an appeals court tossed two other insider-trading convictions, according to a media report. Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager for SAC Capital Advisors, said in a court appeal filed on Tuesday that a recent appeals court decision narrowing the def...

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McLeod Russel's net profit falls by 88 percent in 2014-15

Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) Lower global tea prices and stress on the crops due to shortage of rain resulted in world's largest tea producer, McLeod Russel posting a severe decline of 88 percent in its net profit in 2014-15. Against a profit of Rs.257.15 crore during 2013-14, the firm was able to only make Rs.31.17 crore barely managing to keep its margins positive. Its earnings also ...

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Juha Sipila formally elected as Finland's new PM

Helsinki, May 28 (IANS) The Finnish parliament formally elected Centre Party chairman Juha Sipila as the new prime minister of Finland on Thursday. In the parliamentary session held on Thursday afternoon, Sipila was elected with 128 votes in favour and 62 votes against. The election was held based on Finnish President Sauli Niinisto's nomination of the prime ministerial candidate...

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Blatter seeks re-election as chief amidst FIFA graft scandal

Zurich/New York, May 28 (IANS) One day after FIFA was rocked by the indictment of nine of its officials in the United States on graft charges, the world football governing body elects its new president for the next four years on Friday with the under-pressure incumbent boss Sepp Blatter favourite against Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein. The US Justice Department has charged 14 individ...

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Turkish coast guard rescues 192 migrants near Greece

Ankara, May 28 (IANS) Turkish coast guards rescued 192 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar deserted on an island en route to Greece in the Aegean Sea, Turkish BGN news reported on Thursday. The 192 migrants, including 35 children and 48 women from Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar, were taken to the foreigner's bureau in Turkey's southwestern Mugla province for proceedings. ...

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Rahul to visit Bengal June 6

Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit West Bengal June 6 to address party workers, a party leader said. Besides holding a meet with party workers in the city, Gandhi would visit a jute mill in Hooghly district. Gandhi would hold a meeting with party workers at the Netaji Indoor Stadium and also visit the Victoria Jute Mill, a Congress leader said....

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App-based taxi firms told to furnish relevant information

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) The Delhi government on Thursday gave mobile app-based taxi services, like Uber and Ola, a week to provide relevant information for fresh licences to ply in the capital. They have been asked to furnish all relevant data including drivers and vehicles listed with them and strictly comply with the existing ban, if they want their fresh licence to be considered, a g...

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World to see 8.4 mn deaths due to tobacco by 2020

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Rise in tobacco use will lead to death of 8.4 million people across the globe by 2020 and at least 70 percent of these will occur in the developing countries, health experts said here on Thursday. Pointing out that tobacco-related diseases were the single most important cause of preventable deaths in the world, they said there has been a rise of 20 percent of wom...

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Indigenisation, infrastructure in focus as Indian Navy commanders meet

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Indigenisation, building infrastructure in sync with the Indian Navy's perspective plans, and strengthening human resources were in focus as top commanders of force met in the national capital on Thursday. The conference, which was chaired by the Indian Navy chief, Admiral R.K Dhowan, discussed myriad issues, including enhancing the operational readiness of the c...

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India-Saudi Arabia discussing joint investment fund

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) India and Saudi Arabia on Thursday agreed to continue discussions on setting up a joint investment fund, including the Saudi request to consider a favourable tax treatment for such a fund. This was among the many issues agreed on at the end of the 11th meeting of the India-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission here on Thursday in the context of major changes in the movem...

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Uflex's net up 14 percent in Q4

Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) Despite a marginal decrease in net income, Noida-based flexible packaging company, Uflex Ltd reported an increase of 14 percent in its net profit during the fourth quarter of 2014-15 at Rs.68.54 crore against Rs.60.10 crore during the corresponding timeframe last year. The firm's net income during the period under review declined by nearly one percent at Rs. 1,461....

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One killed in Washington shooting

Washington, May 28 (IANS) One man was killed and another was injured in a shooting incident on Interstate 295 near Washington DC during Thursday's morning rush hour, media reported. A black SUV was found near Exit 1 riddled with bullets, NBC Washington reported. Police said both men were suffering from gunshot wounds and one of the men died at the scene. The shooting ha...

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Janata Parivar merger will certainly happen, says Shivpal

Patna, May 28 (IANS) The merger of the six parties of the Janata Parivar will certainly take place, Samajwadi Party leader and Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Yadav said here on Thursday. The merger of the Janata Parivar will certainly happen, Yadav, who is the brother of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, told the media here. Yadav was here to attend a meeting of the Gang...

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Jung meets home secretary over tussle between Delhi and Centre

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Amid the ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and the union home ministry over a notification, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday apprised Home Secretary L.C. Goyal about the present situation, official sources said. He (Jung) came to office of the home ministry in the morning when both Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Secretary L.C. Goyal were...

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Coal India net profit declines by 9.2 percent in 2014-15

Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) Despite a rise in both the production of coal and its offtake during 2014-15, world's largest miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) posted a 9.2 percent decline in its consolidated net profit for 2014-15. The net profit, during the period under review stood at Rs. 13,726.70 crore compared to Rs. 15,111.67 crore in 2013-14. The consolidated net income of the miner and ...

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Rahul says RSS-BJP killing individuality; BJP calls him immature

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday lashed out at the ruling BJP and its ideological mentor RSS and accused the Narendra Modi government of using its brand of discipline to kill individuality among Indians. The BJP hit back, saying his comments showed his immaturity and foolishness. Have you seen an RSS shakha? Everyone stands in a straight line. If ...

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Indian-origin diplomat appointed Singapore's envoy to Sri Lanka

Singapore, May 28 (IANS) The Singapore government has appointed Indian-origin S. Chandra Das, a former member of parliament and diplomat, as Singapore's non-resident high commissioner to Sri Lanka, a media report said on Thursday. Das served as Singapore's ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, resident in Singapore from 2006 to 2015. He had also previously served as Singapore's trade rep...

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