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Bangalore school secretary arrested in child rape case

Bangalore, Oct 24 (IANS) Karnataka Police Friday arrested the secretary of a society that runs a private school here, where a three-year-old student was allegedly raped, and registered criminal cases against its three office-bearers. We have registered a criminal case against K.R.K. Reddy, secretary of Sri Gowtham Academy of General & Technical Education Society, which runs Orchids T...

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Bombs hurled at police in Bengal, three injured

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) Three policemen, including the officer-in-charge of a police station in West Bengal, were injured Friday when assailants hurled bombs at them. The incident took place in Birbhum district's Panrui when a police team led by officer-in-charge Prasenjit Dutta raided a hideout in the area where crude bombs were allegedly stored. We were attacked with bombs, stic...

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Students brainstorm on global issues in Shillong

Shillong, Oct 24 (IANS) Indian students Friday began a brainstorming session in the state capital of Meghalaya on several issues ranging from conflict, climate change to growth and employment. The three-day session, organised by the North East India International Model United Nations (NEIMUN), is being attended by students from India's northeastern states and from the metropolitan cities...

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Centre turns down SSTL's FDI proposal

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The central government has rejected Sistema Shyam Teleservices' (SSTL) proposal to up its foreign stake to 100 percent due to conversion of redeemable preference shares into equity, an official statement said here Friday. SSTL, which operates under the MTS brand, had applied in May to increase total foreign direct investment (FDI) in the company in excess of 73.9...

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India, China form Asian Infra Investment Bank

Beijing, Oct 24 (IANS) India Friday signed on to a China-led initiative to create an international bank to fund development of infrastructure essential for Asia's economic growth and reduce the dependence on Western-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Besides the two neighbours, 19 other countries of the region signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on setting up th...

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CBI registers PE against JSPL for mining in forest land

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The CBI Friday registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) and some unknown officials in the union ministry of environment and forests in connection with diversion of forest land for mining between 2007 and 2013. CBI sources confirmed that the agency has registered a PE in the alleged irregularities in diverting forest land...

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Three Union ministers' assets increase in five months

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The assets of at least three union ministers have increased by more than Rs.1 crore since assuming office, the National Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms said in a joint statement Friday. Among the ministers who contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the highest increase in assets in five months has been shown by Minister of Railways D.V. Sadan...

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India downplays rally on Kashmir in Britain

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) India Friday downplayed a planned rally by a pro-Pakistan group on the Kashmir issue in Britain, saying the European nation had assured that only the two Asian countries can resolve the matter. The million march rally is planned in London Oct 26 to highlight the Kashmir issue. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said: Pluralist democ...

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17 soldiers killed in Egypt blast

Cairo, Oct 24 (IANS) At least 17 soldiers were killed and 25 injured in a car bomb explosion that targeted a security checkpoint in Egypt's North Sinai province, said a security source, suggesting the toll is likely to increase. The blast targeted a military checkpoint of Karm al-Qawadis in Sheikh Zuweid, and it was carried out by Sinai militants, the source told Xinhua, referring to the...

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IS abducts three journalists in Iraq

Mosul (Iraq), Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group Friday kidnapped three Iraqi reporters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a human rights official told Efe news agency. The jihadis stormed the homes of the journalists in the al-Noor and al-Sukkur districts of Mosul, the head of the Iraqi Committee to Protect Journalists, Ibrahim al-Sarai, said. The hostage...

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2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off

Abu Dhabi, Oct 24 (IANS/WAM) The 8th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) began at the Emirates Palace here. The film festival, which started Thursday evening, will continue until Nov 1 with plans to screen 194 films from 61 countries, including nine feature-length world premieres. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates' minister for culture, yout...

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Suarez set to debut for Barcelona in El Clasico

Madrid, Oct 24 (IANS) Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will play his first competitive match for Barcelona in Saturday's 'El Clasico' away against Real Madrid, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique confirmed Friday. He will have some minutes for sure, said Enrique, although the manager refused to reveal how many minutes he plans to give the forward on the field, reports Xinhua. Suarez was ban...

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Criminal investigation of Chevron CEO sought

Quito, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) A group representing some 30,000 Indians and other inhabitants of Ecuador's Amazon region who are affected by oil pollution have requested that the International Criminal Court in the Hague open a criminal investigation of John Watson, US oil giant Chevron's chairman and CEO, and other high-level company officers. Pablo Fajardo, chief lawyer for the plaintiffs, s...

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NIA chief visits Bengal to review Burdwan blast probe

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) NIA Director General Sharad Kumar Friday visited West Bengal to review the investigation into the Oct 2 blast in Burdwan in which militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh is suspected to be involved. The blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in a rented house in Khagragarh killed two suspected militants and injured another. Six people, incl...

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School girl gang raped in Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) A 17-year-old school girl was allegedly gang raped by unidentified youths in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, police said Friday. The incident occurred Thursday evening when the class XI student was celebrating Diwali at her home in the district's Dhalipara area, some 40 km from here. According to the police complaint filed by the girl's family Fri...

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More emergency fire calls in Kolkata this Diwali

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) The West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services here received 108 calls on Diwali, slightly higher than last year, an official said Friday. Till 12 midnight Oct 23, we received 108 calls. This is slightly higher than last year as Diwali and Kali puja coincided, an official told IANS. According to the average air quality data available on the website of the stat...

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Warm day in Delhi, rain likely Saturday

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) It was a warm day in the national capital as the maximum temperature settled at 33.1 degrees Celsius, slightly above the season's average. However, the Met office forecasts light rain Saturday. The skies will remain partly cloudy with one or two spells of rain in some parts of the city, said an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official. The day's min...

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Not so Swachh Diwali, high air, noise pollution in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Air and noise pollution increased in the national capital this Diwali compared to last year, central and state pollution control boards data showed Friday. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) monitored the ambient air quality at eight locations in the city. Similarly, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) monitored the ambient air quality a...

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NIA chief visits Bengal to review Burdwan blast probe

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) NIA Director General Sharad Kumar Friday visited West Bengal to review the investigation into the Oct 2 blast in Burdwan in which militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh is suspected to be involved. The blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in a rented house in Khagragarh killed two suspected militants and injured another. Six people, incl...

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BJP wary over Badals at Khattar swearing-in ceremony

Chandigarh, Oct 24 (IANS) All set to assume power in Haryana for the first time this Sunday, the BJP in the state is wary of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal leaders coming for the swearing-in ceremony of Manohar Lal Khattar. The Akali Dal had allied with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the Haryana assembly polls, much to the annoyance of the state ...

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