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CBI to respond on Friday to Koda plea seeking Manmohan's summoning

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) A special court set Friday for hearing the reply of Central Bureau of Investigation on former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda's plea seeking summoning of former prime minister Manmohan Singh in the coal block allocation case allegedly involving Jindal Steel. Special Judge Bharat Parashar listed the matter for Friday after special public prosecutor R. S. Cheema...

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Sharmila takes pole at Jaypee Greens

Greater Noida, Sep 3 (IANS) Sharmila Nicollet jumped into the lead with a five under 67 on the second day of the Rs. 6 lakh 15th leg of the Women's Professional Golf Tour here on Thursday. Nicollet was in stellar form at the Jaypee Greens course here, carding nine birdies, which is a record for a single day in the current season. The Bengaluru golfer, who is eyeing her first tit...

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Will discuss my future with selectors: Pak spinner Ajmal

Lahore, Sep 3 (IANS) Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal on Thursday squashed reports of retirement and said he would sit with the selectors to discuss his future. The 38-year-old's career took a nosedive ever since he was banned from bowling in international cricket in September last year. He is now bowling with a remodelled action that was cleared by the International Cricket Coun...

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DMK disagrees with spokesperson's views

Chennai, Sep 3 (IANS) Tamil Nadu's DMK on Thursday said it does not agree with contents of the interview of its spokesperson T.K.S.Elangovan to an English daily, particularly about the party's plans for the next assembly election. In a statement issued here, the party said it is unacceptable that those in party headquarters give such irresponsible interviews and news. In an inter...

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Don't need funds, but prayers: Aadesh Shrivastava's family

Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) The family of Bollywood singer-composer Aadesh Shrivastava, who is battling with cancer, says they are not seeking financial help from anyone, but everyone's blessings. His brother-in-law and composer Lalit Pandit, from the Jatin-Lalit duo, said that the family is not reeling under a financial crunch, as media reports are indicating. We are not seeking help f...

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'Viable advance technologies needed to counter land degradation'

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) Viable advanced technologies must be developed to counter negative effects of declining landholdings, increasing number of marginal farmers and land degradation, Principal Scientific Advisor to the government, R. Chidambaram said here Thursday. Speaking at the inauguration of the 4th Bio-Nano Agri Summit, organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Indust...

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Buffoonery is easy, comedy is not: Filmmaker Anees Bazmee

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) He has tickled the audience's funny bone with entertainers like Welcome and Singh Is Kinng. Now back with Welcome Back, filmmaker Anees Bazmee says that while buffoonery with nudity and double entendre dialogues is easy, scoring a hit with comedy is serious business. Comedy is a very serious business, and I may say that all the comedy films that I have made till d...

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Russian spacecraft avoids collision with Japanese rocket fragment

Moscow, Sep 3 (IANS) A Russian spacecraft on Thursday avoided collision with a Japanese rocket fragment during its flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday with a three-member crew on board, EFE news reported. Two experts, one Russian and another American, from the ba...

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Schoolgirls hospitalised in Afghanistan after gas poisoning

Kabul, Sep 3 (IANS) Over 250 girls in two schools in Afghanistan have had to be hospitalised after they inhaled some mysterious fumes and displayed signs of poisoning, a media report said on Thursday. The schools are located in Herat province, Khaama Press reported. According to sources, 115 girls were hospitalised on Thursday, 50 on Wednesday and 126 on Monday. All inhaled some ...

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Indian-American doctor trains peers in robot-assisted surgery

Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) An India-American doctor has been training his peers in robotics-assisted surgery as part of a programme that draws surgeons from all over the US, a media report said. Kirpal Singh, a surgeon at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital in Illinois, has so far performed about 450 operations using the $2 million da Vinci robot. He is the driving force behind the ...

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AIFF launches I-League second division qualifiers

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Thursday launched I-League's second division qualifiers for the 2016-17 season, aiming to widen the football map of the country and strengthen its structure. The decision was taken by AIFF's I-League core committee here. As part of the plan, participants from all its state associations were invited to take part in the qu...

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Congress accuses Kejriwal of using money power in DUSU polls

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of using money power in the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) polls following his promises of higher education loans and free wi-fi in colleges. The party termed them misuse of state machinery for political gains. It has become a habit of Arvind Kejriwal and his government, how to be...

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Nitish Kumar DNA affected by Lalu's: BJP

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) The BJP here on Thursday said JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar's DNA had been affected by Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad's, adding that the Bihar chief minister was letting his arrogance speak. Nitish Kumar's arrogance is speaking. His DNA has been affected by Lalu Prasad's DNA, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said here at the party headquarters. Nitish is s...

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Iran, Syria discuss new initiative to end conflict

Damascus, Sep 3 (IANS) The leadership in Syria has welcomed a new initiative proposed recently by Iran to bring an end to the long-running Syrian conflict, visiting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Abdul Lahyan said on Thursday. At a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad, Lahyan said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other officials promised they woul...

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ONGC carrying out seismic surveys for oil, gas in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Sep 3 (IANS) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd is not carrying out any exploration for coal bed methane (CBM) or shale gas in Tamil Nadu, said a senior official. Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, director, exploration, A.K.Dwivedi said the company is carrying out seismic survey for acquiring data for oil and gas exploration in the the state's Tiruvarur district. ...

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Odisha unveils new industrial policy

Bhubaneswar, Sep 3 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday unveiled the Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR)-2015 to attract investment to the state. The policy provides greater thrust on garnering investments in the emerging sectors such as electronics, manufacturing, food processing, textiles and downstream industries in steel and aluminium to generate sustainable employm...

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Government shuts down natural calamity trust

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) The government has closed down the Indian People's Natural Calamity Trust (IPNCT), created in 1900 by the erstwhile ruler of Jaipur to provide relief to people during famine. The government transferred Rs.91 lakh in its corpus to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for better utilisation of the amount, said an official statement from the agriculture ministry. ...

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'Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale' - lacklustre medley of songs

Film: Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale; Cast: Vije Bhatia, Krutika Gaikwad, Arun Bakshi, Aditya Pancholi and Kishori Shahane; Director: Munnawar Bhagat; Rating: * With the title taken from the legendary Mahendra Kapoor's song of the 1968 released film Kismet, your expectations soar. But alas! They crash after the first scene. Steeped in mediocrity from the word go, the film is a medley of songs...

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Have to be selfish, ruthless to score more goals: Ozil

Frankfurt, Sep 3 (IANS) Arsenal striker Mesut Ozil believes he needs to become selfish and be more ruthless in front of the goal if he is to achieve his ambition of scoring more goals in the English Premier League (EPL). The Germany World Cup 2014 winner scored just five times in 32 games for Arsenal last season and has been challenged by Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger to reach double ...

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Treat paramilitary forces as 'organised services': HC

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the central government to consider all paramilitary forces, including the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police, as organised services. A division bench of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Najmi Waziri said group A officers of paramilitary forces should be treated as organise...

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