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SC notice to government on old age homes

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the centre and the state governments on a plea seeking establishment of at least one old age home in every district across the country with minimum palliative healthcare facilities. The apex court social justice bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit issued notice on a PIL by advocate Sanjeeb Panigra...

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11 killed in Syria car bomb explosion

Damascus, Feb 27 (IANS) A car bomb exploded Friday in a town in the countryside of Syria's capital Damascus, killing at least 11 people, a monitoring group reported. The car bomb tore through the city of Dumair in the eastern countryside of Damascus, more specifically on the road connecting Dumair with Palmira in central Syria, Xinhua news agency reported citing the Syrian Observatory fo...

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2G court pulls up Bollywood producer for error in application

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) A special court Friday pulled up Bollywood producer Karim Morani, accused in a 2G spectrum allocation case, for not filing an application in proper manner after observing typographical error in the plea. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini pulled up Morani while dismissing his plea seeking to travel Dubai from March 2 to March 9 as for ...

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Sikkim woman raped in Delhi, five arrested

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) A 25-year old woman from Sikkim, brought to Delhi on the pretext of getting her a job, was raped here by a young doctor who has been arrested along with four others, police said Friday. The victim told police that she was raped by the 27-year-old doctor, identified as Mehraz, Thursday at his residence in Gautam Nagar in south Delhi from where she escaped. ...

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533 startups in 1,000 days, says Startup Village

Kochi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Startup Village here, the country's first PPP model incubator which completed its 1,000th day Jan 10, has so far produced 533 startups, including 116 at campus startups, and created a total of 2,889 jobs with a total valuation pegged at Rs.292 crore, a statement said Friday. Startup Village was launched April 15, 2012 with the ambitious agenda to create an ecosys...

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Moral, cultural values must with education: Rajnath

Greater Noida, Feb 27 (IANS) Underlining the need of moral and cultural values for students, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday called for promotion of education with scientific temper and skills. Addressing a convocation of a private university here, the minister also asked students to participate in the process of nation building and contribute in making the country a developed nation ...

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Indian Navy concludes annual TROPEX exercise

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Indian Navy Friday concluded its annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX), a month-long drill encompassing all dimensions of maritime warfare. This month-long war drill encompassed all dimensions of maritime warfare, and witnessed participation of around 50 ships and submarines with over 70 aircraft from three naval commands, a statem...

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BJP hands over letter of support to Kashmir governor

Jammu, Feb 27 (IANS) A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators Friday handed over, to Jammu and Kshmir Governor N.N.Vohra, a letter conveying support to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed for government formation in the state. A BJP delegation called on Vohra at the Raj Bhavan and handed over a letter which conveys BJP's support in favour of t...

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Nine dead after shootings in US

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) At least nine people were killed in multiple locations in the US state of Missouri following shootings, a county sheriff confirmed to the Houston Herald newspaper Friday. There are four confirmed crime scenes at Tyrone, a possible fifth location and a sixth outside of Texas county in Shannon County, Texas county sheriff James Sigman told the newspaper. ...

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Essar yacht row: Gadkari says he has done no wrong

New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Union minister Nitin Gadkari Friday denied any wrongdoing after a media report said he had enjoyed a two-day holiday on a yatch owned by the Essar group on French Riviera. An unruffled Gadkari told the media that he had gone just to see the yacht and stressed he never took any money from any corporate entity. While the Congress said the Shashi Ruia...

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Round-the-globe solar plane completes maiden test flight

Abu Dhabi, Feb 27 (IANS) A solar-powered aircraft, which aims to fly around the globe without a drop of fuel, has completed its maiden test flight in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report said Friday. Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the solar-powered aircraft, which would start its round-the-world journey next month from Abu Dhabi, completed its maiden test flig...

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More students appearing for this year's boards

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The number of girls and boys appearing for this year's board exams for class 10th and 12th have increased by 3.37 percent and 1.01 percent respectively, officials said Friday. According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the number of girls appearing for class 10th boards have increased from 5,35,030 in 2014 to 5,55,912 this year - a rise of 3.70...

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Open for constructive suggestions on land ordinance: Naidu

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The government intends to give priority to passage of bills replacing six ordinances in the next week of budget session, Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu said Friday, adding it was willing to consider constructive suggestions concerning the land acquisition ordinance. Naidu said that the government will not go back on the ordinance but was willing to consi...

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Sayeed stakes claim to power in Kashmir

Jammu, Feb 27 (IANS) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Friday staked claim to form the next government in the state. This followed his unanimous election as the leader of the PDP legislature party that emerged as the single largest party in the recent election. The meeting of legislature party was held here today. Senior leader Abdul Rehman Veeri presided over ...

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Opposition slams Mamata government budget

Ko Feb 27 (IANS) The West Bengal opposition Friday slammed the Mamata Banerjee government's budget for 2015-16 calling it unrealistic, directionless and jugglery of statistics. Describing the budget as jugglery of statistics, the Congress accused state Finance Minister Amit Mitra of suppressing facts and preparing the budget with an eye on the 2016 assembly polls. This is the las...

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Turkey, US to start training Syrian rebels from March 1

Ankara, Feb 27 (IANS) Turkey and the US will launch a programme for training and equipping Syrian rebels March 1, spokesman for Turkish foreign ministry, Tanju Bilgic said Friday. On Feb 19, Turkey and the US signed an agreement for providing training and equipment for the Syrian opposition forces, Xinhua news agency reported. The programme aims to train a total of 15,000 Syrian ...

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Two killed in Somalia car blast

Mogadishu, Feb 27 (IANS) At least two people were killed and two others injured Friday in a car explosion in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said. The explosion, which the police say may have targeted a security official who owned the car, took place in Al Kamin junction in Mogadishu, killing two occupants of the car, but the security official was not present at the time. Two...

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UN's top Afghan envoy in Pakistan holds parleys

Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom has arrived in Pakistan amid media reports that the Taliban and the Afghan government are set to start peace talks, officials said Friday. The UN envoy met Pakistan's Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and other senior officials at the foreign ministry and...

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Economic Survey calls for lifting countervailing duty on imports

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Towards ensuring a successful Make in India programme, the finance ministry's Economic Survey 2014-15 Friday proposed elimination of exemptions in countervailing duties (CVD) and special additional duties on imports to provide a level playing field to domestic industry. Eliminating all the exemptions for the countervailing duty (CVD) will eliminate the negat...

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Uber cab driver alleges police probe not fair

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, facing trial for allegedly raping a woman executive who he was ferrying in his taxi, Friday told the court that the Delhi Police has not conducted fair investigation in the matter. Delivering his final arguments, Yadav's counsel D. K. Mishra told Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja that the Delhi Police, instead of finding an...

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