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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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ADT's India Masters golf to be played in Bangalore

Singapore, Oct 24 (IANS) Irish golfer Niall Turner, American Brett Munson and Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand, who are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit, will headline the inaugural India Masters next week. The $70,000 event will be India's first ever ADT tournament and will be staged at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bangalore fro...

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Rajnath's Rs.175-crore package to ITBP for Arunachal projects

Greater Noida, Oct 24 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced Rs.175 crore for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for development of infrastructure projects on the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. He said: The home ministry has given permission to sanction Rs.175 crore for infrastructure projects in Arunachal Pradesh. The minister was speaking at an event to...

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Aditya Birla Group to enter health insurance business

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) India's Aditya Birla Group (ABG) has decided to venture into the health insurance sector, joining hands with South African MMI Holdings Ltd. According to a statement issued by the group's financial services arm, Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (ABFSG), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with MMI Holdings to venture into the health insurance m...

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Five soldiers killed in Egypt blast

Cairo, Oct 24 (IANS) At least five soldiers were killed and 16 injured Friday in a blast in Sheikh Zuweid city in Egypt's North Sinai province, a security source said. The blast targeted a military checkpoint at Karm al-Qawadis in Sheikh Zuweid, and it was carried out by Sinai militants, the source told Xinhua, referring to the Sinai-based Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group tha...

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Golfer Ormsby aims for title defence at Panasonic Open India

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Australian golfer Wade Ormsby believes good rest will be the perfect tonic for his title defence at the $300,000 Panasonic Open India which will be held here Nov 6-9. Ormsby plans to take a week's break before heading here to defend his title which he won by one-shot at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) last year. I treat every week the same but I'm trying to giv...

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South Africa depository firm selects TCS product

Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) South Africa's central securities depository (CSD) firm Strate has selected the software product of Indian IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for electronic settlement of financial instruments across the country. Strate will use the market infrastructure solution of our financial product (BaNCS) for its equity and money market depository operations and re...

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Iraqi army bombs IS positions to help Yazidis

Mosul (Iraq), Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Iraqi military helicopters Friday bombed positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group around Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where about 3,000 Yazidis have taken refuge. Luqman Khansuri, leader of the Sinjar Protection Force, told Efe news agency the bombings were aimed at easing the persecution by the jihadis of the Yazidis. After the air ra...

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Vietnamese prime minister to visit India

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will be on a two-day visit to India next week, the external affairs ministry said Friday. Prime Minister of Vietnam will be on a state visit to India Oct 27-28, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Friday. The spokesperson added the visit will focus on increasing the economic cooperation bet...

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Clearer pictures from Mars Orbiter soon: Official

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) India's Mars Orbiter is expected to send clearer pictures in two months' time, said a senior official of the Indian space agency Friday. A.S. Kiran Kumar, director, Space Application Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS over phone from Ahmedabad: The Mars Orbiter is fine. There are no issues. Each time the spacecraft completes one orbit...

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Indian-American Azita Raji named US envoy to Sweden

Washington, Oct 24 (IANS) President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American investment banker and philanthropist Azita Raji to the coveted diplomatic post of US ambassador to Sweden. Raji, a top bundler for Obama who raised more than $3 million for his 2012 re-election campaign, was earlier appointed to the president's Commission on White House Fellowship last year. She is the...

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Kashmir guerrilla hideout busted

Srinagar, Oct 24 (IANS) Security forces Friday busted a guerrilla hideout in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir besides recovering a cache of arms and ammunition. A police statement said here: Kupwara police and 28 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), in a joint operation, busted a militant hideout in a forest area of Lolab (Kupwara) this afternoon and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition.

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Lahiri slips to tied third in Macau Open

Macau, Oct 24 (IANS) After leading the first round, Anirban Lahiri slipped to tied third as defending champion Scott Hend of Australia fought his way into a share of the halfway lead with countryman Adam Groom as he kept up his chase for a second successive victory at the $900,000 Venetian Macau Open golf here Friday. Winner in Hong Kong last weekend, the long-hitting Hend survived blust...

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Scoring big hundreds way to Indian team: Laxman

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) Roped in as a batting consultant by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), former India cricket great V.V.S. Laxman has a simple message for the upcoming generation of batsmen -- score big hundreds. As part of Vision 2020 -- a CAB initiative to create an assembly line of players for the national team -- the Hyderabadi will be spending 30 days here annually, guidi...

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AITA president Khanna rubbishes resignation reports

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) All India Tennis Association (AITA) president Anil Khanna Friday rejected reports that the sports ministry has asked him to step down for violating the government guidelines in the election process and reiterated that the tennis body was the first National Sports Federation (NSF) to accept the sports code. Khanna said that AITA has not received any letter from th...

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Naidu picks up broom in cyclone-hit Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam, Oct 24 (IANS) Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday picked up a broom to take part in Clean India Mission in this port city battered by a severe cyclone nearly two weeks ago. Naidu along with his supporters participated in the cleanliness drive on a beach. They removed debris washed ashore by cyclone Hudhud, which hit the coast Oct 12. The minis...

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Photo exhibition captures India's unseen landscapes

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) A photo exhibition inaugurated here Friday captures vivid images of India's mountainous landscape, its many contrasts and hidden treasures highlighting the country's topography. Titled A Tryst with Divinity, the exhibition chronicles the travel escapades of Sharat Sharma, director operations of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. Curated by his wife, Kamaln...

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Collapsing credibility Of Western media: An opportunity for India

Even the skeptics now agree that India shall be a power in the Asian century. To insure this rise to the top, India must maximize all its assets. One asset for which it has a reputation is a lively media, a function of a relatively stable democratic order since independence. If information is power, it must follow that we start taking steps towards some minimal control over the sources o...

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'Pavitra Rishta' dances its way to final episode

Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) Long running TV show Pavitra Rishta, which will come to an end Oct 25, has put together an entertaining finale episode which will see a plethora of actors shaking their legs to hit numbers. In the recent episodes, the focus was on the ups and downs in Ankita and Naren's life. But now it is time for their marriage and the celebration will see a bevy of TV actors sett...

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