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'Fill top posts in nationalised banks'

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) With six major nationalised banks remaining headless and a couple of others without executive directors, the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) has urged the central government to fill up the vacancies. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, copy of which was released to the media here, AIBEA general secretary C.H. Venkatachalam said: The post of C...

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3 Pakistan policemen arrested for looting a superstore

Islamabad, Oct 24 (IANS) Three policemen were arrested in Pakistan Friday for allegedly looting a superstore recently, media eported. The policemen broke into a superstore located on 26 Street in defence area of Karachi and took away the store locker along with scratch cards worth Pakistani Rs.92,000 ($8,936), Geo TV reported. The three policemen identified with the help of CCTV ...

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Terror bid foiled in Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 24 (IANS) Pakistan police Friday foiled a terror bid by seizing a car containing a huge cache of explosives, media reported. Around 250 kg of explosives were found planted in the car in Landi Kotal Bazar in Khyber Agency, Dawn online reported. After the explosives-laden vehicle was seized, security forces launched a search operation in a bid to clear the area. <...

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India to join Asian infrastructure bank

Beijing, Oct 24 (IANS) Twenty-one Asian countries including India, ready to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as founding members, Friday signed a MoU on establishing the bank. Chinese President Xi Jinping met representatives of the 21 countries, Xinhua reported. The countries are India, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, M...

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Pakistan PM vows to eradicate polio

Islamabad, Oct 24 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday urged people to ensure that their children are given polio drops to make the country free of polio. At a function held at his residence here to mark the World Polio Day, Sharif administered polio vaccination drops to children and expressed commitment on behalf of his government towards eradicating the virus, Dawn online...

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Kerala liquor sale falls after new liquor policy

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 (IANS) Sales have fallen with the new liquor policy being in force in Kerala since September, a minister said Friday. Excise Minister K. Babu told reporters that ever since the Congress-led UDF government assumed office in 2011, the rate of growth of liquor sales, which stood at 21 percent, has been steadily coming down and it became negative last year.

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Murali Lanka is Wal-Mart India's operations chief

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Wal-Mart India Pvt. Ltd Friday announced that Murali Lanka has been appointed its new chief operations officer (COO) to lead store operations and business development. Wal-Mart India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of the United States. The company in a statement said the appointment of Murali will be effective from Dec 1. H...

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Modi visit to Siachen: Deed must match word

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world. From the base camp located at 12,000 feet to the icy glacial heights, the deployment of Indian troops to defend...

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We are human, we seek humaneness: Big B on stardom

Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been given the tag of 'Shahenshah' of Bollywood by his fans from across the globe, is humbled by the love and respect he received, but says stars are just human, not some divinity ... we seek humaneness. The 72-year-old took to his blog srbachchan.tumblr.com Friday to talk about celebrity deification where he also ponders why this ...

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Three union ministers increase assets in five months

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The assets of at least three union ministers have increased since they assumed office five months ago, a joint statement by the National Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms said Friday. The highest increase in assets in five months was shown by Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda. His assets have shown an increase of Rs.10.46 crores, fr...

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Keira Knightley makes it to Broadway

London, Oct 24 (IANS) Actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut 2015 in a stage adaptation of Emile Zola's novel Therese Raquin. The 29-year-old actress will lead the cast in director Evan Cabnet's production about a woman who has an affair with her husband's friend, reports contactmusic.com. The story is based on the 1867 novel penned by French writer Zola, who turned...

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Shootout in Ottawa: Indian-Canadian MP's first person account

When Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking at about 9.30 a.m. Wednesday in a caucus room of parliament, we heard a couple of shots. We were not alarmed as we thought some construction work was going on. Then, more shots were heard and we were alarmed, more so as the Prime Minister was in the room, standing and speaking. I heard close to 30 shots, being fired one after anoth...

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Three Kurdish rebels killed in Turkey

Ankara, Oct 24 (IANS) At least three rebels from the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in the clashes with Turkish gendarmerie teams in Turkey Friday, a media report said. Four PKK rebels attacked a hydroelectric power plant in Kagizman town of Kars province, Xinhua reported. Turkish gendarmerie teams were dispatched to the power plant after a tip-off, said the report. ...

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'We helped ensure Delhi celebrated a safe Diwali'

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) This Diwali went off safely, thanks to Delhi's firefighters who ensured no incident turned into a conflagration by keeping alert right through the festival night. In this crowded city of over 17 million, no one from the public reported burn injuries either. We are not able to celebrate but ensure that Delhi people have a safe Diwali, firefighter Rajesh Kumar told...

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Sweden-India week to focus on improving business ties

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The eighth edition of Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week begins here Sunday, with a series of seminars and debates focusing on improving business between the two nations. The theme of this year's edition is Sweden Makes in India: Co-creating the Future, and Swedish Ambassador Harald Sandberg told IANS this fits very well with this idea of innovation and ideas for ...

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Boom in dam construction threatens freshwater biodiversity

London, Oct 24 (IANS) An unprecedented global boom in the construction of hydropower dams, spearhead by developing and emerging economies, could reduce the number of rivers by about 20 percent and pose a serious threat to freshwater biodiversity, says a study. The Ganges-Brahmaputra basin in India and the Yangtze basin in China will face the highest dam construction in Asia, the findings...

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Did drugs kill British couple?

Agra, Oct 24 (IANS) Police have sent the viscera of a British couple found dead in a hotel here to know what caused their death. James Oliver Gaskel, 28, and Alexendra Nichola Gaskel, 24, were in India on tourist visa since July 11. They were found dead Tuesday in a hotel room. Police said Thursday night that preliminary reports suggest the two died of an overdose of drugs, which...

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Beetroot boosts athletes' performance

New York, Oct 24 (IANS) Forget energy drinks, athletes may now rely on a more organic drink to enhance their performance - beetroot juice. In addition to improving athletic performance, research also found that beetroot juice can improve the quality of life for heart patients. The benefits of beetroot come from the nitrate found within it. The amount of nitrate in one 70-millilit...

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Holmes' beauty tips for moms-on-the-move

Los Angeles, Oct 24 (IANS) No mascara or hair care products? Actress Katie Holmes has a few beauty tips for moms-on-the-move. If I don't have any mascara then I lick my fingers and go like that, which is kind of gross, Holmes was quoted by eonline.com as saying. If I have really bad hair and I have no products, then I use baby oil a little bit. And if I have no lipstick and I do ...

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Indian teacher honoured in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Oct 24 (IANS) The Indian community in Saudi Arabia held a reception here to honour a teacher who has received India's best teacher award. The Indian government had conferred the National Award for Best Teacher on Syed Hameed, principal of the International Indian School in Jubail, around 1,500 km from Jeddah. Hameed was given the award by the Indian President Pranab Mukh...

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