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UN chief wants 'thoroughly inclusive' government in Iraq

Baghdad, July 24 (IANS) Visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday called for the formation of a thoroughly inclusive government in Iraq as the country grapples with increasing violence and chaos. Iraq is facing an existential threat but it can be overcome through the formation of a thoroughly inclusive government, Ban told a joint press conference after his meeting with Iraq Pri...

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Modi to visit Nepal Aug 3-4

Kathmandu, July 24 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal Aug 3-4, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey announced Thursday. The visit follows an invitation from Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Pandey told IANS. Koirala Thursday approved the dates for the trip by Modi, the first Indian prime minister to make a bilateral visit to Kathmandu after I.K. Gujra...

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Himachal HC allows regulation of admission to private varsities

Shimla, July 24 (IANS) In a major setback to 16 private universities and an equal number of private technical institutes in the state, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has refused to intervene in the state's mechanism to regulate their admission process. Dismissing petitions of the Himachal Private Universities Management Association and the Private Technical Institution's Association, a ...

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Nigeria twin blasts toll rises to 110

Lagos, July 24 (IANS) The toll from the twin bomb attacks in Nigeria's Kaduna State Wednesday has risen to 110, with more injured victims being rushed to hospital for treatment, a humanitarian aid official said Thursday. Abubakar Zakari Adamu, a spokesperson for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) told reporters that 13 out of the severely injured victims succumbed in the hospit...

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Modi to visit Nepal Aug 3-4

Kathmandu, July 24 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal Aug 3-4, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey told IANS Thursday. ...

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Eight killed in Afghanistan market blast

Kabul, July 24 (IANS/EFE) At least eight civilians died and 28 were injured Thursday when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in a market in northern Afghanistan, an official said. The bomb, activated by remote control, went off in the crowded market in Khwaja Ghar district in Takhar province, police spokesperson Abdul Khalid told Efe news agency. The province is not a usual ...

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Badaun replay: Minor's body found hanging from tree in Bengal

Kolkata, July 24 (IANS) In a horrific repeat of the Badaun rape-and-murder case in Uttar Pradesh, the body of a seven-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree at Rajnagar village in West Bengal's East Midnapore district Thursday. District superintendent of police Sukesh Jain said the girl was missing since Wednesday evening. Her father lodged a police complaint Thursday against three ...

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Emerge as creative leaders: Kalam to IIM students

Shillong, July 24 (IANS) Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Thursday urged students of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Shillong to emerge as creative leaders to bring about the required change in the country. I want to see all of you as creative leaders to bring about the required change, Kalam said, while delivering a lecture Dimensions of National Development at the prestigio...

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Myanmar house to discuss proportional representation system

Yangon, July 24 (IANS) Myanmar's House of Representatives or lower house of parliament has decided to discuss application of proportional representation (PR) system to elect parliament representatives in the next general election in 2015, parliament sources said Thursday. Despite objections by 42 members of parliament (MPs) including those representing the opposition party and a walk-out...

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Train coach attendant jailed for sexual assault

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) A coach attendant has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexually assaulting a minor girl onboard a train. Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain sent to jail 20-year-old Vinod Kumar, who was working as a bed roll boy in the Brahmaputra Mail. The court also slapped on him a fine of Rs.2,000. Convict (Kumar) was working as a bed roll boy...

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Himachal to ban sale of loose cigarettes

Bangalore, July 24 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government will soon impose a ban on sale of loose cigarettes and also enhance value-added tax (VAT) on tobacco products, Health Minister Kaul Singh said Thursday. The state is making concerted efforts on tobacco control for which an institutional mechanism has been created. An enforcement squad has been notified, Singh said at a conference ...

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AirAsia India to fly to Jaipur and Chandigarh

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier AirAsia India Thursday said it will start its operations in North India from Sep 5 next with flights to Jaipur and Chandigarh. The airline will start daily flights from Bangalore to Jaipur, and Bangalore to Chandigarh from Sep 5. Starting flights to Jaipur and Chandigarh was a strategic decision since we wanted to accelerate our ...

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Haqqani Network being targeted in operation: Pakistan

Islamabad, July 24 (IANS) Pakistan Thursday said the country's security forces are targeting all armed groups including the Haqqani Network in the ongoing major offensive in North Waziristan tribal region. The comments came a day after Afghan intelligence officials said that Pakistani forces have not yet taken any action against the Haqqani Network, blamed for recent deadly attacks in Af...

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Kesri Nath Tripathi sworn in as Bengal governor

Kolkata, July 24 (IANS) Veteran BJP leader Kesri Nath Tripathi was Thursday sworn in as the new governor of West Bengal at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan here. Acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Asim Kumar Banerjee administered the oath of office to the 79-year-old Tripathi in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee and senior ministers Part...

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Jet, Etihad Airways offer special passenger fare

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Domestic airline company Jet Airways and its Abu Dhabi-based partner Etihad Airways Thursday started a 72-hour joint special fare offer. According to Jet Airways, the offer will be available from July 25-27 next with travel effective from Sep 1, 2014 till June 15, 2015 for flights within India and from Sep 1 till Nov 30, 2014 for flights to international destina...

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Pakistan denies breaching Kashmir truce

Islamabad, July 24 (IANS) Pakistan Thursday denied New Delhi's allegations that its military was violating the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir in a bid to push militants into the Indian state. We do not accept such allegations and reject them, Dawn online quoted Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry as saying. According to the report, an Indian general said Wednesday that the Ind...

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Will recognise those who miss out India's top awards: Mamata

Kolkata, July 24 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said her government will continue to recognise the contributions of artistes, literati and sportspersons from the state who are often sidelined for coveted honours like the Padma Shri or Padma Bhushan. We want to bring to light the contributions of unsung heroes from Bengal. We started the Banga Bhushan awards as...

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Muggy Thursday in Delhi, Friday to be partly cloudy

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The national capital Thursday experienced a muggy day with the maximum temperature at 40.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, and the humidity as high as 88 percent. The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy Friday with light rain in some areas. The sky is likely to turn partly cloudy in the afternoon and some parts of the city will receive l...

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Wave title sponsor for World Kabaddi League

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) World Kabaddi League (WKL), the first international kabaddi league, Thursday unveiled Wave Group as the title sponsor and also the eight franchises, who will fighting out for the top honours in the league starting Aug 9. The announcements were made in the presence of Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab deputy chief minister and president of WKL, Pargat Singh, WKL commis...

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Government clears 19 FDI proposals of Rs.2,326.72 crore

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The government has approved 19 foreign direct investment proposals, including that of Walt Disney and Reckitt Benckiser (India), amounting Rs.2,326.72 crore. Based on the recommendations of Foreign Investment Promotion Board in its meeting held on June 11, 2014, Government has approved 19 proposals of foreign direct investment (FDI) amounting to Rs.2,326.72 cror...

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