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Ebola not to upset Africa's overall growth: IMF

Harare, Oct 23 (IANS) The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed 4,500 lives, will have minimum impact on continent's overall growth, a top International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said Thursday. Addressing a press conference after presenting the 2014 IMF regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa here, IMF director for Africa Antoinette Sayeh said the three countries's...

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Fireworks, lighting at Amritsar's Golden Temple

Amritsar, Oct 23 (IANS) The holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, was lighted up Thursday in festive spirit in this Sikh holy city in Punjab. Fireworks display and millions of lights around the whole complex saw thousands of devotees turning up for the occasion. The day is celebrated in the Sikh religion as 'Bandi Chhor Diwas' (prisoner liber...

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Shiv Sena may back BJP government in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) The Shiv Sena may support a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Maharashtra, a top Sena leader said here Thursday. The election results indicate that no single party can form the government. However, both (Shiv Sena, BJP) can come together for the purpose. This is the people's mandate, Shiv Sena parliamentarian and emissary Anil Desai told a private television ...

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Bengal celebrates Kali Puja, Diwali with fireworks

Kolkata, Oct 23 (IANS) Amid prayers and a plethora of glimmering fireworks, West Bengal celebrated Diwali and Kali Puja Thursday with enthusiasm and fervour. As the sun set, clay lamps (diyas) and streams of tiny lights lit up the eastern metropolis while pyrotechnics provided a stunning backdrop. With Diwali and Kali Puja falling on the same day, it was double celebrations for p...

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Modi announces Rs.745 crore for Kashmir's damaged homes, hospitals

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced an additional relief package of Rs.745 crore for flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to some media persons at the Raj Bhavan here, Modi said he had come to the state immediately after the floods occurred last month and announced a relief package of Rs.1,000 crore. I had come here immediately after the f...

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Canada not immune to terror attacks: PM Harper

Toronto, Oct 23 (IANS) No Canadian would believe that their country is under attack and that the attack comes from within, from homegrown extremists. And this is exactly what happened when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, holding a high-powered rifle, first shot a reservist military officer, a 24-year-old man, at about 9.30 a.m. Wednesday, forced a motorist out of his car, drove the car straigh...

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Pleasant Thursday in Delhi, Friday to be cloudy

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Delhiites saw a pleasant Thursday, as the maximum temperature was recorded at 33.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met department has forecast a partly cloudy Friday. The skies will remain clear with haze/mist in the morning. However it will turn cloudy noon onwards, said an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). ...

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Ecclestone steps in to solve Caterham dispute

London, Oct 23 (IANS) Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has decided to resolve the issue that is threatening the future of Caterham's participation in next week's US Grand Prix. The team's future in Formula One is in doubt after administrators locked down their factory Thursday. We're trying to help in any way we can, which we do with anybody that has run into a bit of difficult...

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Golfer Lahiri leads Venetican Macau Open

Macau, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian star golfer Anirban Lahiri fired a 10-under 61 to lead after the first round of the Venetican Macau Open at the par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club here Thursday. Lahiri, currently second on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit, sank a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-five 18th hole and scored eight birdies (second, third, sixth, seventh, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th) in a b...

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Ronaldo unhappy about Classico schedule

Madrid, Oct 23 (IANS) Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid in their 3-1 win away to Liverpool in Anfield Wednesday night and in doing so threw down the gauntlet to FC Barcelona ahead of Saturday's clash between Madrid and Barca in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The result of that game could go a long way towards deciding the destination of the Spanish league title, althou...

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El Classico has all ingredients to live up to its billing

Madrid, Oct 23 (IANS) There is no doubt which game is going to capture most of the attention to Saturday's Spanish Primera Liga football: the Classico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, but that should not allow football fans to forget there are another nine games to be played in the Spanish top flight this weekend. The Classico has all of the ingredie...

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Sri Lanka expresses concern over Canada shooting

Colombo, Oct 23 (IANS) In the wake of a terror attack inside Canada's parliament, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday expressed concern over the escalating terrorism in the world. The president in a Twitter message said it was very disturbing to see increasing terrorist acts in many countries, now even in Canada, and called on the countries to unite in fighting terrorism, Xin...

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Anti-drinking warning in films not correct way: Aamir Khan

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) After putting statutory warnings over smoking scenes, the Censor Board has now introduced anti-drinking warnings in scenes where actors are depicted consuming alcohol. However, actor Aamir Khan says there are other ways of conveying this message. I feel the creativity of the film should not be affected. I don't think this is the solution as it spoils the creativity ...

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Myneni makes semi-finals

Pune, Oct 23 (IANS) Saketh Myneni maintained his winning momentum and entered the singles semi-finals and the doubles finals of the KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger tennis tournament here Thursday. Myneni scored his second consecutive win in two weeks over top seeded Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan winning 6-3, 6-4 in 64 minutes and also reached the doubles final with Sanam Singh, registerin...

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Mathura gears up for Yam Dwitiya festival

Mathura, Oct 23 (IANS) Authorities in Mathura are getting ready to cope with the huge rush for Goverdhan Puja and the mass bathing on the banks of the Yamuna on Yam Dwitiya to be held Friday and Saturday. The brother and sister temple, dedicated to Yamuna and Yamraj, at the Vishram Ghat will receive lakhs of people after the customary bath in the Yamuna on Bhai Dooj. The belief i...

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Aamir plans special screening of 'PK' for Sanjay Dutt

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Actor Aamir Khan who Thursday unveiled the teaser of his upcoming movie PK said he was planning a special screening of the film for fellow actor Sanjay Dutt who is currently in jail. Sanjay Dutt has a prominent role in PK. Asked if the team was planning to hold a special screening for Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan said: I was talking about this with Raj Kumar Hira...

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Second MERS case reported in Qatar

Doha, Oct 23 (IANS) A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday. The patient had fever for a few days and was shifted to the emergency department of the Hamad General Hospital, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said Wednesday, The Peninsula reported.

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Rs.745 crore for Kashmir's damaged homes, hospitals

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced Rs.745 crore relief for rebuilding damaged homes and hospitals in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to some media persons at Raj Bhavan here, Modi said the central government would do everything possible to help rebuild the lives and livelihood of people who suffered in last month's floods in the state.

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Two people die in Pakistan bomb blast

Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) At least two people were killed and 12 others injured in an explosion that took place in Pakistan's Balochistan province Thursday, media reported. The bomb was planted on a motorcycle, Dawn online quoted Senior Superintendent of Police Imran Qureshi as saying. Following the explosion, unidentified gunmen opened fire in the provincial capital Quetta's Qamb...

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Delhi celebrates festival of lights

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Dressed up in traditional fineries, residents of the national capital Thursday celebrated Diwali by decorating the forecourts of their houses with colourful rangolis, visiting temples, and exchanging sweets and gifts with friends and families. Temples around the city were decked up and were thronged by devotees throughout the day while many visited their near and...

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