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Britain holds out hope for Eurofighter winning over France's Rafale

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Britain Thursday held out hope that the European consortium could bag the multibillion Indian deal for 126 fighter jets with its Eurofighter Typhoon in case the Narendra Modi government's negotiations for the French Rafale jets falls through. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in answer to a question, said the his country respects the position the Indian g...

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TN Congress chief Gnanadesikan quits

Chennai, Oct 30 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Congress president B.S. Gnanadesikan Thursday resigned to enable the leadership reconstitute a new state unit. Gnanadesikan, in his resignation letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, said he did his level best to bring unity within the party and conducted several meetings at various levels. To enable you to reconstitute the Pradesh Congress Comm...

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Israel slams Swedish recognition of Palestine

Jerusalem, Oct 30 (IANS) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Thursday lashed out at Sweden's decision to recognise Palestine, saying the unfortunate move only serves to reinforce extremist elements. His comment came after Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom announced the decision, which makes it the first Europena Union (EU) country in Western Europe to officiall...

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Education key to ending child labour: Nobel laureate Satyarthi

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Nobel laureate and child rights champion Kailash Satyarthi Thursday said governments around the world must invest more on education to eradicate child labour and build a peaceful society. I strongly believe in good quality education for all the children of the world. So, the international community, the governments, families must invest more on education for the ...

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Man murders pregnant wife over marital discord

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) A 35-year-old pregnant woman was strangled by her husband over a marital discord, police said Thursday. The man has been arrested. Babli's body was found by her brother Bhole Shankar at her home in New Usmanpur area in east Delhi Thursday morning, a police officer said. Bhole Shankar told police that Babli's husband Kali Charan had told him that his wife ...

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Verdict in Satyam case likely on Dec 23

Hyderabad, Oct 30 (IANS) The much-awaited judgment in the multi-crore rupee Satyam scam is likely to be pronounced by a special court here on Dec 23. Special judge B.V.L.N. Chakravarthi Thursday fixed the date of the verdict in what is billed as the country's biggest accounting fraud which shocked the corporate world in 2009 K. Surender, special public prosecutor, Central Bureau ...

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To cut costs, government bars first class air travel for officials

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Calling for cutting expenditure, given the current state of the Indian economy and state funds, the finance ministry Thursday asked all government departments to check avoidable spending in areas like five-star hotel spending and first class air travel for officials. A target of 10 percent cut in non-plan expenditure has also been set. In the budget prese...

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IPTL tickets go on sale from Friday

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Micromax Indian Aces Thursday announced that online ticket sales for the Delhi leg of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) will start from Friday morning. IPTL tickets for New Delhi will be available for sale through the Aces' official online ticketing partner www.bookmyshow.com from 9 am. Tickets will be released in phases; with close to 6,00...

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It wasn't health that kept Sadashiv Amrapurkar away from Bollywood

Mumbai, Oct 30 (IANS) Veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who is being treated for a lung infection at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) here, is now stable, his daughter Rima said. She also added that it wasn't his health, but offers of similar roles that kept him away from Bollywood. I am happy that my dad's condition is stable right now. He is still on the ventilator, but his ...

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World Bank pledges more funds for Ebola flight in West Africa

Accra, Oct 30 (IANS) The World Bank announced Thursday an additional $100-million support package in its Ebola response activities for three West African countries ravaged by the epidemic. Visiting Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said the additional support was aimed at speeding up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Li...

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Anish Sood to open for David Guetta India Tour 2014

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) After lending direct support to electronic dance music (EDM) giant David Guetta on his tour two years ago, Indian EDM producer and DJ Anish Sood will open for the global megastar on his 2014 tour in Delhi and Bangalore in December. Guetta, a Grammy Award winning artist, will perform in Delhi NCR Dec 19 and in Bangalore Dec 21, courtesy Only Much Louder Entertainm...

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Noted activist against legalizing prostitution

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Legalizing prostitution will lead to commodification of women's bodies and encourage organized crime to tighten its hold over the sector, a leading social activist working against trafficking said here Thursday. National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam had said in a statement Wednesday that a proposal for legalizing prostitution in India w...

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Tribunal asks DLF to specify fund-requirement plan

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) Thursday asked realty major DLF to file an affidavit by Nov 3 and specify the purpose for which it wants to use the money it has invested in mutual funds (MF). The tribunal Nov 5 will decide if DLF should be allowed to redeem its MF holdings after going through the declaration by the company. The regulator Thursday ...

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Somdev to play for Punjab Marshalls in CTL

Chandigarh, Oct 30 (IANS) India's No.1 tennis star Somdev Devvarman will be turning out for the newly launched Punjab Marshalls, the Chandigarh franchise of the Champions Tennis League (CTL), that was launched here Thursday. The logo of the team and future plans were unveiled by team owner Gurpreet Singh along with the legendary Vijay Amritraj, who is also the Chairman and managing direc...

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Don't ignore domestic black money: Jaitley to tax officials

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) At a time when the focus is on illicit income stashed away in foreign accounts, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday asked the Income Tax department not to lose sight of domestic black money and pursue offenders in sectors where it is most prevalent. Jaitley told revenue department officials to not lose sight of domestic black money keeping in view its much hig...

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Vatsal scares Sanjeeda

Mumbai, Oct 30 (IANS) All work and no play can make a TV show set a dull place! So, to add some fun, actor Vatsal Sheth decided to pull a fast one on Sanjeeda Sheikh on the set of Ek Hasina Thi recently. While shooting in the wee hours of the morning recently, Vatsal insisted he was seeing strange things and hearing weird sounds in his vanity van and that he also saw asymmetrical shadows...

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Positive move, says SC on Delhi government formation effort

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday described as positive the reports that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung would be consulting all the political parties in his efforts to form a government in Delhi. A constitution bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice J.Chelameswar, Justice A.K.Sikri, Justice R.K.Agrawal and Justice Arun Mishra said that as per newspaper reports, the...

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Violence after Tamil fishermen sentenced to death in Colombo

Chennai, Oct 30 (IANS) Violence erupted in coastal Tamil Nadu Thursday after a Sri Lankan court sentenced five Indian fishermen to death on charges of smuggling drugs. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct the Indian high commission in Colombo to secure the best legal counsel for the five fishermen. As news of the death sen...

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Modi condoles deaths in Sri Lanka

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday condoled the loss of lives in a landslide in Sri Lanka. An official release said the prime minister in a message wished speedy recovery to those injured. At least 14 people were killed and around 200 others went missing in the landslide on Wednesday. ...

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Jama Masjid's new Naib Imam hates 'communal politics'

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Shaban Bukhari, formally named the new Naib Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Thursday said he was bitterly opposed to communal politics and stood for harmony in the country. I am against the politics of hate. I will try to spread the message of peace and harmony. I will try to engage with the youth, the 19-year-old told IANS. But he quickly added that he had ...

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