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Over 460 executed by IS in past month in Syria: Report

Cairo, May 28 (IANS/EFE) At least 464 people were executed by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group from April 28 to May 28 in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The NGO said in a statement on Thursday that half of the murders were reported in the city of Palmyra. Among those executed were 149 civilians, including 14 children and 13 women, accord...

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Sari School: A workshop on the six-yard wonder

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) In an endeavour to promote and celebrate the six-yard wonder, Jaypore.com -- an online portal that links the world to traditional handicrafts -- hosted a sari styling workshop with textile enthusiast Rta Kapur Chishti. The workshop began with an introduction to the history and tradition of the sari, its journey from the single garment adorning an Indian woman c...

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Real defender Khedira set to join Juventus

Turin (Italy), May 28 (IANS) Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is set to join Italian football champions Juventus after undergoing a secret medical test in Madrid. Real had almost treated him like an unwelcomed guest for much of last season with his deal set to expire this summer. He was also linked to a move to German Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 but it has been learnt the 28-year-ol...

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'Ronaldo doesn't deserve to win Ballon d'Or'

Verona (Italy), May 28 (IANS) Former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez on Thursday said Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo does not deserve to win the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award. Ronaldo picked up the 2014 prize and is expected to be in the running again this year after scoring 61 goals in all competitions. However, Marquez said the Portuguese did not always perform for his club...

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39 more Indian athletes included in TOP scheme

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) The sports ministry on Thursday selected another 39 Indian athletes who will get assistance under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. The ministry had earlier named 45 athletes who will get assistance under the flagship scheme of the sports ministry which has already given about Rs. 1.35 crores to ten athletes so far under ...

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Cattle slaughter ban up to state governments: Shah

Panaji, May 28 (IANS) It was up to the respective state BJP governments to decide on banning cattle slaughter, after taking into account the sentiments of the local population, party president Amit Shah said on Thursday. Shah clarified that the comments made by union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, asking beef eaters to go to Pakistan, were made in a personal ...

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We will lay more than 30 km of highways per day: Gadkari

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Shifting to top gear on laying of national highways, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said he will surpass his own target of 30 km per day by next year, against the current average of 14 km, lining up projects worth Rs.3.5 lakh crore. Our target was to achieve 30 km per day of road construction by two years of assuming office. Now t...

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Catch IIFA 2015 live on mobile

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) India's live video entertainment app, #fame, will beam the 16th edition of the three-day International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards next month live. As India's first live video entertainment app, #fame is the perfect destination to deliver IIFA, the most iconic award in entertainment today, to fans globally. For the first time ever, millions of v...

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I would never trade places with Messi: Mascherano

Barcelona, May 28 (IANS) Lionel Messi's compatriot and Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano says he would not trade places with the former due to the level of expectation which is heaped on the Argentine. Messi netted 43 goals as Barcelona claimed the La Liga title, while the Catalans will be playing Copa del Rey and Champions League finals against Athletic Club Bilbao and Juventus, resp...

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Nebraska becomes 19th US state to abolish death penalty

Washington, May 28 (IANS) The legislature of the US state of Nebraska has approved abolishing the death penalty there in a 30-19 vote, a sufficient majority to avert a veto attempt by Governor Pete Ricketts, Efe news agency reported. The sponsors of the initiative needed exactly 30 votes to overcome the veto issued Tuesday by Ricketts, whose pressure campaign managed to get two senators ...

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Protesting Asian Paints workers detained

Chennai, May 28 (IANS) Over 60 striking workers of Asian Paints Ltd's plant near here were detained by police on Thursday when they protested outside the labour commissioner's office, said a top union official. The workers are on strike since April 28 demanding reinstatement of dismissed workers; payment of bonus/ex-gratia and starting wage revision talks and action against the official ...

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US to produce natural cancer drug

Washington, May 28 (IANS) Scientists, including an Indian-American, are a step closer to producing a natural cancer drug by extracting ET-743, a compound found in marine invertebrate. ET-743 or trabectedin is an anti-tumour drug that is currently being made using a partially synthetic process. By examining the genome of the tunicate along with the microbes which live inside it us...

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Slight relief from Maharashtra heat wave

Mumbai/Nagpur (Maharashtra), May 28 (IANS) Slight relief was experienced from the heat wave conditions in certain parts of Maharashtra's Vidarbha and Marathwada regions though high temperatures ruled the roost in most areas on Thursday. Chandrapur recorded the highest temperature of 47 degrees Celsius and Nagpur was second at 46 degrees, though the state has no officially recorded heat-w...

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CBI notice to bank seeking Trinamool's account details

Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) The CBI, probing the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam, has sent notice to a bank seeking account details of the Trinamool Congress maintained by it. The notice was sent to a city-based branch of a nationalised bank seeking information about the account of the Trinamool. West Bengal's ruling party in April had furnished details of its income and expenditure af...

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Tourism ministry to offer MBA course

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) The union tourism ministry will soon be offering a Master of Business Administration (MBA) course in tourism in partnership with Madhya Pradesh-based Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), a statement said on Thursday. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for this purpose was signed here between the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management of t...

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Rain brings relief in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, May 28 (IANS) Intermittent drizzle and strong winds overnight brought welcome relief to Bhopal and other places in Madhya Pradesh which had been reeling under blistering heat wave conditions, the Met office here said on Thursday promising further rain accompanied by thunder in the next 24 hours. The weather office, however, said others areas in the central Indian state will cont...

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Modi congratulates CBSE class 10 passouts

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated those who passed the CBSE class 10 examination, the results of which were announced here on Thursday. To all my young friends who passed the CBSE Class X exams- Congratulations and best wishes for the continuing academic journey, he tweeted. The pass percentage this year was 97.32, lower from last year's 98.87. <...

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Pleasant weather in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, May 28 (IANS) The residents of Bengaluru experienced pleasant weather on Thursday, while other parts of Karnataka and its neighbouring states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh braved a heat wave, officials said. This is my first summer here. I never knew the weather is so pleasant. Recently, I travelled in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and those places are like a furnace, said Ki...

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Dalai Lama urges Aung San Suu Kyi to defend Rohingyas

Sydney, May 28 (IANS/EFE) The Dalai Lama has urged Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, to defend the ethnic Muslim minority Rohingya group against persecution in Myanmar, Australian media reported on Thursday. The Tibetan spiritual leader said he had brought up the subject in the past also but that Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's political opposition, had responded by saying...

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Talks with Venezuela 'positive and productive': US

Washington, May 28 (IANS) After recent meetings between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and State Department advisor Thomas Shannon, the US government has called as positive and productive the bilateral talks which it affirmed will continue, the Spanish news agency Efe reported. These conversations were positive and productive, and they will continue, said Jeff Rathke, the State Depa...

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