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NTPC Q2 net falls 17 percent on change in tariff rules

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) State-run NTPC Friday reported almost a 17 percent drop in second quarter net profit at Rs.2,071.63 crore, compared to the Rs.2,492.90 crore in the same quarter of 2013-14, due to changes in tariff regulations. The company's total income from operations during the quarter ended September increased to Rs.16,736.63 crore from Rs.16,448.90 crore in the like period ...

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Court grants bail to former coal secretary, others

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) A court Friday granted bail to former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and others in the coal block allocation case against Madhya Pradesh-based Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd. Special Judge Bharat Parashar granted bail to Gupta and Kamal Sponge's director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia, senior official and chartered accountant Amit Goyal, and two government officials, and the...

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Assam bandh: Normal life hit; over 70 detained, released

Guwahati, Oct 31 (IANS) Normal life was affected across Assam Friday in the wake of a Bajrang Dal-sponsored 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh to press for the arrest of AIUDF chief Badaruddin Ajmal, ban on the party and sealing of madrassas in the state. Police said over 70 bandh supporters were detained all over the state for trying to enforce the bandh. All the detainees, including popular As...

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Zambia's interim leader suspends cabinet meetings

Lusaka, Oct 31 (IANS) Zambia's interim leader Guy Scott Friday announced suspension of cabinet meetings until after the burial of late President Michael Sata. Scott, the country's vice-president, who became interim leader of the southern African nation following Sata's death in London Tuesday night, said he has also suspended national executive meetings of the governing Patriotic Front (...

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Hollande, Merkel ask Putin to allow drones on Ukraine border

Paris, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to facilitate the deployment of drones to supervise the truce in the pro-Russian separatist territories in eastern Ukraine. The Elysee Palace said in a statement Thursday that both leaders had asked Putin to facilitate the ongoing discussion at the O...

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Activists hail move on joint child custody

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Child rights activists Friday hailed the decision of the Law Commission to frame guidelines for joint custody of children in case of divorce, saying a child needs love and affection from both father and mother. The child is not party to divorce but family courts prefer mother as the custodian and hardly give any right to the father, activist and president of Bang...

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MJ stored sperm for his clones, claims scientist

London, Oct 31 (IANS) King of Pop Michael Jackson is said to have stored his sperm to create copies and replicas of himself, according to a scientist. The claim has been made in The Battle for Michael Jackson's Soul tell-all book by scientist Michael C. Luckman, who learnt about the sperm scheme from Jackson's costume designer and friend Andre Van Pier, reports dailystar.co.uk. V...

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Only 5 km road built in Gurgaon in 10 years: Haryana minister

Gurgaon, Oct 31 (IANS) Only 5 km of new roads were built in Gurgaon in the 10-year rule of the Congress, Public Work Department and Public Health Engineering Minister Rao Narbir Singh told media after his first meeting with Gurgaon administrative officials. I was surprised to know that just 5 km of new roads were built in Gurgaon district during last decade. It is on the official record,...

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New computerised driving-testing system to eliminate corruption

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) A camera-based innovative driving testing system that will ensure a technology-oriented assessment of the driving quality of license-seekers without human intervention will be inaugurated by union Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari in Pune Saturday. This technology at the Institute of Driving Training & Research (IDTR) will enable ...

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Whole grain oats your gateway to health

London, Oct 31 (IANS) Having breakfasts of oatmeal with non-fat milk may not only reduce your hunger and increase fullness, it may also reduce your risk of obesity and improve heart health, a research showed. Oats may play an important role in improving satiety, diet quality and digestive, cardiovascular and general metabolic health, says a new, wide reaching collection of scientific rev...

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Indian Army chief to visit Bhutan

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The Indian Army chief, Gen Dalbir Singh, will pay a goodwill visit to Bhutan Oct 31 to Nov 2, it was announced Friday. The visit assumes special significance in the light of India's special relationship with Bhutan, an official statement said. This is the first visit to Bhutan by Gen Dalbir Singh and it underpins India's priorities in maintaining friend...

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Sensex, Nifty touch record highs for second consecutive day

Mumbai, Oct 31 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday touched a record high of 27,894.32 points, surpassing previous high of 27,390.60 points hit Thursday. Good buying was observed in capital goods, banking, auto, oil and gas, healthcare, metal and IT, while selling pressure was seen in consumer durables sector. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&a...

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Omar dumps Ganderbal, to contest from Sonawar and Beerwah

Srinagar, Oct 31 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided Friday to contest assembly elections from Sonawar and Beerwah constituencies, instead of seeking re-election from his family's traditional Ganderbal seat. The National Conference (NC) parliamentary meeting, chaired by Abdullah, Friday issued list of 22 candidates for the assembly elections - 15 from the Kashmi...

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DIFF celebrates women's spirit with 'Nirnay'

Dharamsala, Oct 31, (IANS) As the Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF) continues to screen avant-garde cinema for the connoisseurs and critics, Nirnay, Pushpa Rawat's directorial debut, comes across as a film that celebrates women's vivacity and spirit. The 27-year-old debutante is originally from Almora in Uttarakhand and currently lives in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. She was ins...

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Punjab to promote tourism along Shivalik hills

Chandigarh, Oct 31 (IANS) To exploit the tourism potential of sub-mountain regions of Shivalik hills along its border with Himachal Pradesh, the Punjab government Friday announced the setting up of the Shivalik (Dhauladhar) Tourism Development Board. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will head the board. There is ample scope for development of religious-cultural tourism s...

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Court reserves order in Musharraf's high treason case

Islamabad, Oct 31 (IANS) A special court here Friday reserved judgement on dismissing the high treason case against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf and others till Nov 21. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab resumed hearing of the case earlier in the day during which Musharraf's counsel Farogh Naseem submitted a rejoinder in the court, Geo News reported.

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Pune FC down Churchill 3-0 in Durand Cup

Raia (Goa), Oct 31 (IANS) I-league side Pune FC began their Durand Cup campaign in style with a comfortable 3-0 win over Churchill Brothers SC in a Group IV quarter-final stage match of the 127th Durand Cup here Friday. Goals from mid-fielders Dhanpal Ganesh (7th minute), Arata Izumi (51st) and substitute striker Thongkhosiem Haokip (65th) handed coach Karim Bencherifa a convincing win i...

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Punjab seeks punishment for Sikh riots perpetrators

Chandigarh, Oct 31 (IANS) The Punjab government Friday said it would mount pressure on the central government to seek punishment for those who were involved in the killing of hundreds of Sikhs in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal told the media in Bathinda, 250 km from here, that the enhanced compensation awarded to the victims of 1984 riots by the Naren...

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Bipasha suntans in Koh Samui

Mumbai, Oct 31 (IANS) Bipasha Basu is loving every bit of soaking in the sun on the sands of Koh Samui in Thailand. Burnt crisp in the #kohsamui sun! Love the sun sea sand! Love to tan:) Blisssssss, Bipasha posted on Twitter Friday. The actress is in a complete holiday mood -- or so it seems from her relaxed photographs with her soul sister Deanne Panday, a celebrity trainer. ...

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ITC standalone net profit up 8.7 percent in Q2

Kolkata, Oct 31 (IANS) Kolkata based diversified conglomerate ITC Ltd's standalone net profit rose 8.7 percent to Rs 2,425.16 crore during July-September of the current fiscal, the company announced Friday. The company had posted a net profit of Rs. 2,230.53 crore in the year ago period. The standalone total income went up to Rs.9,023.74 crore for the quarter ended Sep 30 as agai...

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