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Indian soldiers' bravery in WW-I remembered in Sydney

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The valour displayed by Indian soldiers in freeing Haifa, in what is now Israel, during World War-I in 1918 has been remembered in Australia. On Sep 23, 1918, Indian soldiers of two elite army units from Jodhpur and Mysore had liberated the port city of Haifa after a heroic battle with the Ottoman Turks. The Indian horsemen armed with only spears and swo...

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SJVNL signs pact for Bhutan hydro project

Shimla, Oct 1 (IANS) The public sector Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) has signed an agreement for commissioning of the 600 MW Kholongchu Hydro Electric Project in Bhutan, whose foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the company said Wednesday. The agreement was signed by SJVNL chief managing director R.P. Singh and Druk Green Power Corp managing director Dasho Ch...

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Rajnath Singh visits flood-hit Assam, Meghalaya

Guwahati/Shillong, Oct 1 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday visited the flood-hit areas of Assam and Meghalaya and assured the two states of all possible help to deal with the crisis and ensure relief and rehabilitation. The minister said the central government has already released an amount of Rs.386 crore for Assam and added that an additional amount of Rs.286 crore has...

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Blasts at schools kill 18 in Syria

Damascus, Oct 1 (IANS) At least 18 civilians, most of them children, were killed and over 56 others wounded in twin bombings that rocked Syria's central province of Homs Wednesday, the state-run SANA news agency reported. The militants detonated a car bomb in front of the New Ikrima School and a few minutes later a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of Ikrima al-Makhzoumi School, th...

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Dalit settlement in focus of Modi's Clean India mission

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Dozens of municipal workers were busy Wednesday sprucing up Valmiki Colony, a settlement of poor, once-outcast Dalits where Mahatma Gandhi once dwelt, and now home to 300 families, mostly sweepers and those involved in menial cleaning jobs. The workers painted signages where none existed, as also electric poles that had a few lights, and planted fresh flowers like...

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NCC girls enter Subroto Cup semi-finals

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) National Cadet Corps (NCC), North Eastern Region, entered the semi-finals of the Under-17 girls section in the 55th Subroto Cup Football Tournament, defeating Carmel Girls High School, Jharkhand, 2-0 at the Ambedkar Stadium here Wednesday. NCC scored once in each half through Th. Babysana in the 20th minute and S. Tejibala in the 54th minute. In the second...

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Tintu settles for silver, Annu wins surprise bronze

Incheon, Oct 1 (IANS) India's Tintu Luka narrowly lost out on a gold medal and had to settle for the silver in the women's 800m final while Annu Rani bagged a surprise bronze in women's javelin throw at the 17th Asian Games here Wednesday. However, the biggest disappointment of the day at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium was Ashwini Akkunji, who failed to defend her women's 400 metres hurd...

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Swift makes Vogue cover debut

Los Angeles, Oct 1 (IANS) Singer Taylor Swift has made her first appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine. The Red hitmaker features on the November issue of the fashion bible in a Miu Miu pastel pink jacket and baby blue knit tank top and has been shot by famed photographer Mario Testino. Swift, whose smouldering eye make-up forms the focal point of upcoming edition's cover, al...

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Australia to readjust budget to counter terrorism

Sydney, Oct 1 (IANS/EFE) The Australian government confirmed Wednesday that there will be budget cuts to finance new anti-terrorism measures. The country has already conceded more powers to its intelligence services and deployed planes in Iraq to join the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) militants. There have been a number of initiatives already announced wh...

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Leaders condole deaths in UP train accident

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Wednesday condoled the deaths in the collision of two trains in Uttar Pradesh. At least 12 people were killed in the accident that took place around 11.30 p.m. Tuesday, after the Krishak Express jumped a signal, only to come on the same track on which the Barauni Express was r...

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Defying Modi manifesto, Goa BJP allows mining lease renewal

Panaji, Oct 1 (IANS) The BJP government in Goa Wednesday approved the Goa grant of mining leases policy, 2014, thereby ruling out the auction method for grant of mining leases. Announcing this at a press conference Wednesday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the renewals will be done in accordance with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, in the interest of m...

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Combine Ram Lila revelry with health checks: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Wednesday said Ram Lila, the traditional enactment of the Ramayana during Navratri festival, should be linked with health checkups. The minister said that the camps will be set up at five locations during the ongoing festival, involving community health volunteers. This would be done under Swasth Chetna Evam Jan Sahyog Abhiyaa...

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Why are Sikh women exempted from wearing helmet: HC

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the city government why it has exempted Sikh women pillion riders from wearing a helmet following a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the exemption. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw asked the transport department to apprise the court why it has made such an amendment in the Delhi Mo...

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Don't urinate in public, Gandhi said way back in 1925

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Mahatma Gandhi, a strong votary of hygiene and cleanliness, came out against the obnoxious Indian male habit of urinating in the open nearly 90 years ago. To pass urine anywhere on a street, at any place not meant for the purpose should be regarded an offence, Gandhi wrote in an article titled Our Dirty Ways in the Sep 13, 1925 issue of Navajivan weekly. D...

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Sunny Wednesday in Delhi, Thursday to be partly cloudy

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) It was a sunny Wednesday in the national capital with the maximum temperature recorded at 36.9 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average. The Met department has forecast a partly cloudy Thursday. Thursday will be a partly cloudy day. The maximum and the minimum temperatures of the day will hover around 36 and 24 degrees Celsius, said an official of...

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First offshore wind power project to come up in Gujarat

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Wednesday said it has signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture (JV) company for setting up a 100 MW offshore wind power project off the Gujarat coast. The MoU was signed between MNRE, National Institute of Wind Energy and a consortium of partners consisting of NTPC, Power Grid Corp, Indian Renewab...

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Asian Games medals tally

Incheon, Oct 1 (IANS) The following is the Asian Games medals tally tabulated as rank, country, gold, silver, bronze and total medals: 1. China 131 90 73 294 2. South Korea 62 61 66 189 3. Japan 39 63 59 161 4. Kazakhstan 20 17 29 66 5. Iran 15 11 14 40 6. North Korea 10 10 12 32 7. Thailand 9 6 23 38 8. Qatar 9 0 4 13 9. Uz...

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Delhi Metro to regulate train movement at two stations

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Delhi Metro will briefly regulate train movement at two stations Thursday owing to security arrangements for the launch of the Swachh Bharat campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The train movement at the Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan metro stations on the yellow line will be briefly regulated, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement...

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42 confirmed, suspected Ebola deaths in Congo

Kinshasa, Oct 1 (IANS) A total 42 people have died in confirmed or suspected Ebola infection cases in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Minister of Public Health Felix Kabange said Wednesday. A total 30 cases had been confirmed, out of which 16 died, two remain in isolation, and 12 are healed. Other deaths are suspected and probable cases, Xinhua reported citing the minister. K...

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Election Commission develops video games for voter awareness

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) In a first of its kind effort, the Election Commission of India has developed a video game titled Get! Set! Vote! amongst a series of edutainment materials on voter awareness and education. The game has been created to broadly engage citizens of all age groups to learn about democracy and electoral process. In a fun-filled and interactive manner, the video...

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