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Clean India drive launched in Bengal amid Durga Puja revelry

Kolkata, Oct 2 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday flagged-off the Swacch Bharat mission in West Bengal by administering the pledge to students and others while a citizens' movement ensured cleanliness at various Durga Puja committess in Kolkata during the ongoing festive season. Mukherjee launched the mission at Kirnahar Shib Chandra High School in Birbhum district and participat...

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Hockey India congratulates team for winning Asiad gold

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) Thursday congratulated its team for winning the Asian Games gold medal after 16 years in Incheon. Two-time champions India beat arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan 4-2 via penalties in the final at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium, thus booking a berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The regulation period score was 1-1, leading to the shootout. <...

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Iran suspends sentences for participants in 'Happy' video

Tehran, Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Iranian authorities have suspended for three years the tough sentences handed to seven Iranian youths who filmed a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' Happy. The sentence, which included three years in jail, 91 lashes and a fine, will be definitively lifted if the group stays free from intentional criminal activity, their lawyer, Farshid Rofugar, said. Th...

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Gurgaon college girl's immolation attempt: ABVP seeks PM's intervention

Gurgaon, Oct 2 (IANS) The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and HRD minister Smriti Irani seeking their intervention into the immolation attempt by a college girl here. ABVP activists at a meeting in sector 12 demanded high-level inquiry into the self-immolation attempt by Pinky Chauhan a student of the government-run women's colleg...

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Stefan Lofven voted new Swedish prime minister

Stockholm, Oct 2 (IANS) Stefan Lofven, head of the Social Democratic Party, was Thursday voted by parliament to be the new Swedish prime minister. Lofven got 132 yes votes in the 349-seat Parliament, with 49 no votes, 154 abstentions while 14 other members were absent, Xinhua reported citing Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. The 154 abstentions came from the centre-right Alliance par...

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Indians finish 4th, 5th in men's 10 km final

Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) Indian runners Rahul Kumar Pal and Suresh Kumar set their personal best times to finish a creditable fourth and fifth in the men's 10,000 metres final at the Asian Games here Thursday. Bahrain's Elhassan Elabbassi finished the race in 28 minutes and 11.2 seconds to clinch the gold from Japan's Osako Suguru, who set a season's best time of 28:11.94 to take silver at ...

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Inderjeet wins men's shot put bronze at Asiad

Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) India's Inderjeet Singh took home the bronze medal from the men's shot put final at the Asian Games here Thursday. The Indian's best throw of 19.63 metres came on his fifth attempt, out of six, to surprisingly clinch the medal at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium. Saudi Arabia's Sultan Abdulmajeed Alhebshi set his season's best throw of 19.99m to win the gold w...

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Modi's cleanliness drive gets mixed response in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India drive received mixed response Thursday in Odisha. While central government offices organised the cleaning drive, the state government, its ministers, and officials preferred to stay away from the campaign. Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the campaign in state capital Bhubaneswar and wielded ...

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Surfer loses arm, other hand in shark attack

Sydney Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) A 23-year-old surfer lost one of his arms and his other hand in a shark attack Thursday at a beach near Esperance in Western Australia, official sources reported. The youth was attacked in the waters off the Wylie Bay beach and was immediately rushed to hospital in the city of Esperance, from where he was taken to another hospital in Perth, the capital of Western ...

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Sunny Thursday in Delhi, cloudy Dussehra likely Friday

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) It was a sunny, warm Thursday in the national capital with the maximum temperature settling three notches above average at 36.7 degree Celsius. The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy Dussehra Friday. The sky would be partly cloudy Friday, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 a...

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Indian boxers Vikas, Satish settle for bronze medals

Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) India's campaign in Asian Games boxing ended Thursday with Vikas Krishan and Satish Kumar settling for the bronze medals after losing their respective semi-final bouts to Kazakhstan pugilists at the Seonhak Gymnasium here. In the men's 75 kg category last-four match, Vikas went down to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly while Satish, plying his trade in the +91 kg, lost to Ivan D...

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Modi to start Maharashtra poll campaign from Mumbai

Mumbai, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick off his Maharashtra assembly election campaign with a weekender rally in Mumbai, party sources said Thursday. The Bharatiya Janata Party rally will be addressed by Modi Saturday evening 7 p.m. at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in south Mumbai. Top state and central BJP leaders are expected to be present at the much-awaited ra...

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The invisible Korean hand in injustice to Sarita

Indian woman boxer Sarita Devi and her cousin Devendro Singh justifiably feel cheated, robbed and deprived of possible gold medals at the Incheon Asian Games. Ever since the decision went against her, Sarita Devi was only seen crying inconsolably and she obviously took it to heart. That was evident from the way she refused to accept the bronze awarded to her for her semi-final lo...

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Arpinder, Renjith finish 5th, 9th in triple jump

Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) Indian athletes Arpinder Singh and Renjith Maheshwary failed to secure any medal from the men's triple jump final, finishing fifth and ninth respectively, at the 17th Asian Games here Thursday. Arpinder, a Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, managed a best leap of 16.41 metres on his first attempt among six bids while Renjith registered a best of 15.67m at ...

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India's Inderjeet wins men's shot put bronze

Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) India's Inderjeet Singh clinched the bronze in the men's shot put final at the Asian Games here Thursday. Saudi Arabia's Sultan Abdulmajeed Alhebshi won the gold with a best throw of 19.99 metres while Chinese Taipei's Chang Ming Huang took the silver with 19.97 at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium. Inderjeet's best attempt of 19.63m came on his fifth try out o...

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Harbhajan congratulates Indian hockey team

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Cricketer Harbhajan Singh Thursday congratulated the Indian hockey team for clinching the gold medal after 16 years at the Asian Games in Incheon. Two-time champions India beat arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan 4-2 via penalties in the final at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium, thus booking a berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Well done Indian hockey tea...

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Selena Gomez's oops moment

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Singer Selena Gomez was recently caught walking through Los Angeles International Airport with her zipper undone. Gomez seemed completely oblivious to the fact, flashing a smile as she made her way through the shutterbugs, reports eonline.com. Gomez, who was returning from Paris, had attended the Louis Vuitton show at the Paris Fashion Week. ...

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Three killed in Libya suicide attacks

Tripoli, Oct 2 (IANS) Two suicide bombers Thursday attacked the airport in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, killing three soldiers, according to security sources. The attackers, driving two cars loaded with explosives, were trying to break through the checkpoints when they detonated the bombs, leaving three soldiers dead and many others injured, Xinhua reported citing the sources.

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South African action is like bullying: Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, Oct 2 (IANS) Breaking his silence over the South African government denying him visa under Chinese pressure, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Thursday described the action like bullying. The treatment by the South African government is like bullying a humble person who has no protection, the Nobel Peace laureate said in his 15-minute address here. They are my p...

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Five killed in France helicopter crash

Paris, Oct 2 (IANS) A helicopter crash in Doubs, eastern France, killed five people Thursday, media reported. The EC130 helicopter, with seven Swiss passengers on board, fell minutes after taking off from Lausanne en route to Montbeliard, Xinhua reported citing BFMTV news channel. Five people were killed and two others were wounded, one of them seriously, it added. It ...

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