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Civilian killed in Pakistan shelling in Jammu

Jammu, Aug 4 (IANS) One person was killed and another injured on Tuesday due to heavy shelling by Pakistan Rangers in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. They also fired at 12 Indian positions on the International Border, police said. A civilian identified as Sanjay Kumar was killed due to shelling by Pakistan Rangers in civilian areas today (Tuesday) morning, a police officer told I...

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Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m. on Tuesday after the opposition members raised slogans against the government and accused it of being dictatorial. The protests started soon after the house met for the day's proceedings. Congress members shouted slogans, held placards and trooped near the chairman's podium. The agitating Congress members displayed...

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Marriage can curb drinking problem

New York, Aug 4 (IANS) If you are young and already having a drinking problem, finding a partner to tie the knot may help you return to a normal life again, new research suggests. Marriage can cause dramatic reductions among young people with severe drinking problems, the findings showed. The researchers used previously collected data from a long-term, ongoing study of familial a...

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Need to build environmentally friendly houses

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Why not build houses the environmentally friendly way? That is a question an increasing number of people across the developing world - environmentalists, town planners, architects and others - have been asking of late. For those in the business of building houses, the question is more pertinent and the one they have been asking of themselves as well as of others. ...

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India's central bank now awaits commercial lenders to cut rates

Mumbai, Aug 4 (IANS) Ignoring the clamour for an easing of monetary policy, India's central bank kept its key lending rates unchanged on Tuesday, sticking to its stand that further cut can only be effected if commercial lenders pass on the previous reductions to borrowers. Having cut its short-term lending rates thrice thus far in this calendar year, to bring it down to 7.25 percent, Res...

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Sensex sheds 125 points post RBI policy review

Mumbai, Aug 4 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading at 124.84 points or 0.44 percent down during the afternoon session as India's central bank Reserve Bank of India kept its key lending rates unchanged during its monetary policy review on Tuesday. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also tradi...

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Pakistan finally executes child killer

Karachi, Aug 4 (IANS) Pakistan on Tuesday executed convicted child killer Shafqat Hussain at the Karachi Central Prison after his hanging was postponed on four previous occasions this year, media reports said. He was sentenced to death in 2004 for the kidnapping and involuntary murder of a seven-year-old Karachi boy. All courts in the land had turned down his appeals and the Sup...

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'Drishyam' rare film that gets collections, respect: Ajay

Mumbai, Aug 4 (IANS) Actor Ajay Devgn, whose latest release Drishyam managed to mint an opening weekend collection of Rs.30.03 crore, says it is a rare film that gets you collections and also respect as an actor. Very satisfied with the response that Drishyam is getting, one of the rare films that gets you collections as well as respect as an actor, Ajay tweeted. Nishikant Kamat'...

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Murder of democracy, says Sonia on MPs suspension

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the suspension of 25 MPs of the party by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was anti-democratic and described it as murder of democracy. Congress members from both houses, led by Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi wore black bands, and protested at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the parliament complex again...

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Fight hairfall with easy DIY home remedies

Mumbai, Aug 4 (IANS) Take extra care of your hair this season. Use easy hommade hair masks made out of coconut and cream for dry hair or banana crème mask, which is good for damaged and weak hair, says an expert. Aashmeen Munjaal, owner of the capital-based Star Salon n' Spa, has shared tips to make homemade hair masks to fight hairfall. * Coconut and cream mask: This mask is be...

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Oil prices plunge amid ample supplies

New York, Aug 4 (IANS) Oil prices plunged as the market expected crude production from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to hit a high in July. In June, OPEC production increased by 283,000 barrels per day to 31.38 million barrels per day, a three-year high, according to OPEC monthly oil market report on Monday. Traders also anticipated more Iran crude woul...

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China, India border meeting shows warming ties: Daily

Beijing, Aug 4 (IANS) The border meeting of Chinese and Indian army officers shows that bilateral ties are getting warmer, a state-run Chinese daily said on Tuesday. People's Daily said that Chinese and Indian officers met at India's highest airfield on August 1 and opened their fifth border meeting point. The daily cited analysts as saying it is the second border meeting point ...

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Nitish-led alliance to hold joint rallies in Bihar

Patna, Aug 4 (IANS) Bihar's ruling alliance led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will hold joint rallies across the state to bolster its fortunes in the upcoming assembly elections, an official said on Tuesday. The first joint rally of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would be held in Patna. The grand al...

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15 minutes a day of physical activity good for the elderly

London, Aug 4 (IANS) Any physical activity - from a little morning walk to picking your grandchildren from the bus stop - during the week will help people above the age of 60 to live longer, a study has found. The health benefits of 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity are well known but older adults often find it difficult to reach this target. The new da...

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US manufacturing activities see slower growth

Washington, Aug 4 (IANS) Economic activity in the US manufacturing sector witnessed slower growth in July, an industry survey said. The manufacturing index, also known as the purchasing managers index (PMI), registered 52.7 in July, down from June's reading of 53.5, Xinhua news agency quoted the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) as saying on Monday. A reading above 50 percent...

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Will Smith not getting divorced

Los Angeles, Aug 4 (IANS) Hollywood star Will Smith has shot down rumours that he and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are getting divorced. The 46-year-old assured his fans on Facebook on Monday that he and his wife of 17 years, whom he lovingly refers to as his Queen, ever decided to part ways, reports people.com. Under normal circumstances, I don't usually respond to foolishness. (...

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'Drishyam' must watch: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has recommended Ajay Devgn starrer Drishyam as a must watch. The politician watched the movie on Monday and then posted on his official micro-blogging website Twitter account: Watched 'Drishyam'. A must watch. Filmmaker Nishikant Kamat's Drishyam managed an opening weekend collection of Rs 30.03 crore. The movie is an o...

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Rajya Sabha disrupted again

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Rajya Sabha witnessed disruption again on Tuesday. It was adjourned within minutes of meeting for the day. As soon as the house met, opposition members were on their feet. While Congress members trooped near the chairman's podium, shouting slogans and displaying placards, other opposition leaders were seen standing at their seats. Amid the din, Dep...

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Can WTO legitimately make global trading rules?

The last quarter of 2001 saw two dramatic events that had a transformational impact on the global community: first the terrorist attacks on the US in September followed by the launch of the Doha Development Round through the WTO's 4th Ministerial Conference in Qatar in November. A couple of months prior to the commencement of the conference, Muraosoli Maran, then the Indian commerce mini...

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India's central bank leaves interest rates unchanged

Mumbai, Aug 4 (IANS) India's central bank kept its key lending rates unchanged during its monetary policy review on Tuesday, sticking to its stand that further cuts will depend on commercial banks passing on the previous reductions to borrowers, among other factors. Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan chose to maintain both the repo rate, or the short-term lending rate, and the...

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