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1,592 civilians killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Aug 5 (IANS) A total of 1,592 Afghan civilians were killed due to armed conflict in the first half of this year, a UN mission said on Wednesday. A report prepared by the Human Rights Unit of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) blamed the Taliban and other anti-government elements for most of the deaths. Between January 1 and June 30, UNAMA documented 4,921 civ...

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China, Russia pledge to boost bilateral ties

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 5 (IANS) China and Russia pledged to boost bilateral cooperation as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the ongoing 48th ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting. Speaking of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Global War against Fascism, Wang said both China and Russia have organised events to mark ...

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No ticket for those with criminal past: Mulayam

Lucknow, Aug 5 (IANS) Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said on Wednesday that his party won't field candidates with criminal background in the 2017 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. He was speaking at a function to mark the 83rd birth anniversary of late socialist ideologue Janeshwar Mishra. In an apparent dig at his chief minister son Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yad...

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Indian-origin man accused of smuggling acquitted

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 5 (IANS) A Malaysian of Indian-origin has been absolved of drug smuggling charges after the high court ruled that he did not know anything about the drugs found in the car he was driving. Hearing the appeal, the judge said accused Veeramani Manikam's version of the events was candid, credible and predominantly un-rebutted. It is unfortunate that the investigatin...

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NASA robot building biggest rocket parts for Mars mission

Washington, Aug 5 (IANS) A giant robot at the NASA facility is helping engineers build the biggest, lightweight composite rocket parts so far made for future space vehicles to deeper missions including Mars. Mounted on a 40-foot-long track at the composites technology centre of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the robot's head has 16 spools of composite fibre t...

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England look to seal Ashes, Australia aim for comeback

Nottingham, Aug 5 (IANS) England are aware that another commendable all-round display will be enough for them to win the Ashes series, but know fully well that opponents Australia will not easily yield in the fourth Test starting here on Thursday. England currently lead the five-Test match series 2-1 after a superb all-round effort at Edgbaston cricket ground enabled them to win the thir...

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Britons shun 'unrealistic' alcohol guidelines: Study

London, Aug 5 (IANS) The current British alcohol guidelines are unrealistic and largely ignored because they have little relevance to people's drinking habits, a new study has claimed. Presenting the guidelines in units was also seen as unhelpful as the majority of people measure their intake in the number of drinks or containers such as bottles, glasses or pints they consume. Th...

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Teen killed, two injured in Ganderbal explosion

Srinagar, Aug 5 (IANS) A teenager was killed and two others were injured on Wednesday in an explosion in north Kashmir's Ganderbal district. Three teenagers were fiddling with some explosive device in Baba Salina (Manasbal) village of Ganderbal district when it exploded, killing one teenager on the spot and injuring the other two, a senior police officer told IANS in here. The co...

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Separate Andhra HC once infrastructure in place: Minister

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) The government on Wednesday said the setting up of the Andhra Pradesh high court can take place only when infrastructure was made available by the state government. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act provides that a new high court for Andhra Pradesh will be set up and the existing one will be for Telangana, Law Minister Sadanand Gowda informed the Lok Sabha.

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Coach Enrique pleased with Barcelona pre-season

Barcelona, Aug 5 (IANS) FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique appears pleased with his team's pre-season training which ends on Wednesday against Italian football club Roma in the 50th Joan Gamper Trophy match. I would give the team a B in terms of game situations this pre-season. I have seen many things improved, compared to last year, more than what we had to do, and some of it in defence, M...

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CII summit to focus on scaling innovation, skills

Bengaluru, Aug 5 (IANS) With the government setting the agenda for a economic rebound through 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' programmes, India Inc. is bracing up to meet the twin challenges of scaling innovation and building capacity to develop skills. As innovation plays a key role in progress, economic growth and job creation, we are looking at scaling it and enhancing capacity fo...

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Pakistani terrorist captured as ambush kills two BSF troopers

Jammu, Aug 5 (IANS) For the first time after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Indian security forces on Wednesday captured a Pakistani terrorist shortly after militants killed two BSF troopers in Jammu and Kashmir. Police officials said the young terrorist, identified as Usman alias Qasim Khan, hailed from Gujranwala in Pakistan and was linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the group which ...

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Tirupati temple laddu in its 300th year

Hyderabad, Aug 5 (IANS) The Tirupati laddu, given away as 'prasad' at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati, has entered its 300th year. Temple officials say the sacred offering was introduced on August 2, 1715. No pilgrimage to the world's richest Hindu temple is complete without the laddu, made from flour, sugar, ghee, oil, cardamom and dry fruits. The mouth-watering sweet i...

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Borussia Dortmund CEO recommends Klopp for Bayern

Dortmund, Aug 5 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund chief executive officer (CEO) Hans Joachim Watzke upped the ante on criticisms directed at Pep Guardiola when he recommended that Jurgen Klopp take over as the new manager for Bayern Munich should the current Spanish coach be fired by the Bavarian football club. Watzke said Klopp would be a good nominee to lead any team and assured that he would g...

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Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Wednesday after Congress members raised slogans against the government and accused it of being dictatorial. Soon after the house reassembled at 2 p.m. after two adjournments, Congress members trooped into the well shouting slogans against the Narendra Modi government. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, however, tried ...

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Premier League transfer spending reaches 500 mn pounds

London, Aug 5 (IANS) Transfer spending in the English Premier League reached 500 million pounds ($4.5 million) this summer with four weeks still left to go until the window closes. Raheem Sterling's move to Manchester City for an initial fee of 44 million pounds has been the highest so far. Football finance expert Rob Wilson said: A new record is likely as clubs look to benefit from the ...

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'Information on black money can be revealed in public interest'

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) Information provided during the one-time compliance window on black money, expiring next month-end, can be revealed in the public interest, the government has said. By and large, the information would be kept confidential. Under the new law (black money), it is not the case that we will put up a public notice that so and so has availed the benefit and paid tax, Re...

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IIT-Kharagpur sees growth in internship offers

Kolkata, Aug 5 (IANS) Internship offers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur IIT-KgP, have gone up by 50 percent this season, a statement said on Wednesday. The Institute experienced year-on-year increase of 33 percent in the number of companies visiting campus and 50 percent growth in the number of offers being extended respectively, the statement issued by IIT-Kharagpur said...

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Karbonn to invest Rs.800 crore in manufacturing

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) Domestic handset manufacturer Karbonn Mobiles on Wednesday said it had earmarked Rs.800 crore for investment in manufacturing over the next three years. As part of the investment initiative, we have tied up with Water World to set up a facility in Noida that will be capable of producing 1.5 million units, Shashin Devasare, promoter of Karbonn Mobiles, said.

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Flowers may endanger bees, serve as parasite hubs

New York, Aug 5 (IANS) Flowers can pose a grave danger to bees by proving to be a platform for parasites that would infect visiting bees, new research has found. Flowers are hotspots for parasite spread between and within pollinator populations, said the study's first author Peter Graystock, a post-doctoral researcher at University of California, Riverside. Both the flower and be...

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