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UAE's first nuclear reactor to be operational by 2017

Abu Dhabi, Dec 23 (IANS/WAM) The first of the four nuclear reactors being built by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be operational by 2017, CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Mohammed Al Hammadi, said Monday. He also said that the rest of the reactors would start to generate power by 2020. When they (the reactors) become fully operational in 2020, they will...

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Six killed in Scotland accident

Edinburgh, Dec 22 (IANS) At least six people were killed in a road accident when a lorry crashed into pedestrians Monday at the city centre in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, the media reported. The accident occurred at 2.30 p.m. outside a hotel in George Square, which was cordoned off after the crash. We don't believe there is anything sinister about the crash, Xinhua quoted ...

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Tea garden unions reject Bengal's proposal on wages

Siliguri, Dec 22 (IANS) A joint forum of tea garden trade unions in northern West Bengal Monday turned down the state government's proposal to accept the three-year agreement on wages. The forum at its meeting passed a resolution that said the government's draft proposal submitted earlier completely ignored the workers' demand for introducing minimum wages backed by variable dearness all...

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There was no pressure, say converted Hindu families

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 22 (IANS) As Kerala Police began a probe into reports of 35 people in two districts converting to Hinduism, two families Monday said they did it on their own and not under any pressure. The families of Babu and Joy, siblings from Cheppad in Alappuzha district, told the media that in official records they were classified as Christian Cheremars, but they had been pr...

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BSF seizes 11 kg silver, 12.48 gm gold in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 22 (IANS) Border Security Force troopers seized 12.48 gm gold and 11 Kg silver and apprehended one Bangladeshi national in two separate operations on the India-Bangladeshi border in West Bengal, a statement said Monday. Acting on a tip off, personnel of the BSF's 130 Battalion at the border outpost in Mohanganj of Murshidabad district intercepted a suspected Bangladeshi citi...

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DHCBA asked to defer meeting over security threat

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) With a security threat looming over the capital and intelligence inputs pointing to a possible terror attack at the Delhi High Court, Chief Justice G. Rohini and other senior judges have requested the bar council to defer its special GBM to after the Republic Day (Jan 26). The judges asked the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) to defer its special General ...

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Mamata biggest beneficiary of Saradha's media units: Kunal Ghosh

Kolkata, Dec 22 (IANS) Causing embarrassment to the Trinamool Congress yet again, suspended party MP Kunal Ghosh, now in jail for his alleged involvement in the Saradha chit fund scam, Monday claimed before a local court that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the biggest beneficiary of the media units run by the now tainted group. If anyone has derived most benefit from Sara...

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Congress leader Venkatswamy is dead

Hyderabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Congress leader and former union minister G. Venkatswamy died Monday at a private hospital here following prolonged illness, party leaders said. He was 85. Known as Kaka among his supporters, Venkatswamy served as a minister in the cabinets of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao. The octogenarian leader from Telangana was elected to the Lok...

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'India to overtake US in smartphones by 2016'

Bengaluru, Dec 22 (IANS) India will overtake the US as the second largest market for smartphones in the world by 2016 as smart mobile devices become affordable, global research firm eMarketer said Monday. India will exceed 200 million smartphone users, topping the US as the world's second largest smartphone market by 2016 due to increasing penetration of affordable smart mobile devices i...

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Defender Stranzel extends stay at Monchengladbach

Monchengladbach, Dec 22 (IANS) Defender Martin Stranzl will stay with Borussia Monchengladbach until June 2016, the club announced Monday. Monchengladbach reacted on the departure of Christoph Kramer to Bayer Leverkusen as they extended the expiring contract for one year to bind the former Austrian international until June 2016, reports Xinhua. Martin is important for our team. W...

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Inform about status of case before NHRC: Delhi HC to Bharti

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday asked former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti to file an affidavit on the status of a case pending before the NHRC on his controversial midnight campaign against an alleged drug and prostitution racket in the capital. Justice V.K. Shali also asked Bharti to indicate in the affidavit whether he appeared before the National Human Rights...

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Bulgarian club Levski Sofia appoint Stoev as new coach

Sofia, Dec 22 (IANS) Bulgarian first division football club Levski Sofia announced Monday that they had signed Stoycho Stoev as their new chief coach. The 52-year-old Stoev, who guided Ludogorets Razgrad to claim the title of Bulgarian league last season, has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Levski, reports Xinhua. Stoev is the sixth coach to take the helm at Levski in ...

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ATK to set up football academy soon: Goenka

Kolkata, Dec 22 (IANS) ISL champions Atletico de Kolkata will set up a football academy in West Bengal soon, its co-owner Sanjiv Goenka said here Monday. The Indian Super League franchisee has primarily identified four-five plots of land for the academy, he said. However, we are yet to zero in on any particular plot for the academy, said Goenka after meeting Chief Minister Mamata...

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ISL champs Atletico de Kolkata to be feted Wednesday: Mamata

Kolkata, Dec 22 (IANS) The West Bengal government will felicitate Indian Super League champions Atletico de Kolkata Wednesday, Chief M inister Mamata Banerjee said here. The felicitation ceremony would be held at the Netajji Indoor stadium in the presence of All India Football Federation president Praful Patel. Terming it as a proud moment for the city, Banerjee Monday said it is...

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Ensure better housing for Delhi Police, says BJP

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The BJP's Delhi unit Thursday urged union Home Rajnath Singh to ensure better living conditions for the city's police force, a statement said. In a letter, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay accused the previous Congress government of completely neglecting the maintenance of police colonies and advocated the building of multi-story houses fo...

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RBI redefines non-cooperative borrowers

Chennai, Dec 22 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Monday redefined the term non-cooperative borrowers to include those who block legitimate efforts of the lenders in recovering their dues, in order to allow banks to classify additional loans to them as standard assets. The cut off limit for classifying a borrower as non-cooperative borrower will be those who have borrowed over Rs.5 ...

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Manmohan Singh conferred another Japanese award

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has been conferred another prestigious Japanese award - the Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award - for transforming India's economy and its integration with the broader East Asian economy throughout his tenure. The Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award includes two scholars on East Asia and two cultural icons. The award ceremony wa...

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Lok Sabha passes bill to amend rural banks act

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The Lok Sabha Monday passed a bill to amend the Regional Rural Banks Act. The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was moved for consideration and passage by Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha. The Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976 mainly provides for the incorporation, regulation and winding up of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs). The amen...

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Blatter hints at contesting FIFA elections

London, Dec 22 (IANS) FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hinted that he may contest the next FIFA elections slated to be held in May, next year. We will see on Feb 1 who are the candidates for the election, he was quoted as saying by bbc.co.uk. Probably you will see my name there because I've been asked by a lot of national associations to do so. But let me pass Christmas or let's s...

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Coal India seeks conciliation as unions call for strike

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The country's largest coal producer Coal India (CIL) Monday said it is prepared for a conciliation process even as the employees' unions of the state miner threatened to go on a five-day strike from Jan 6. As and when the (notice of strike) is received, we shall go for conciliation process, Coal India (CIL) said in a stock exchange filing. The company sai...

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