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Odisha government slammed over farmers' suicides

Bhubaneswar, Nov 25 (IANS) The opposition Congress and the BJP on Wednesday hit out at the Odisha government for failing to give proper assurance to drought-hit farmers, forcing them to commit suicide due to crop loss and debt burden. Union Tribal Affairs Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jual Oram said the state government has failed to address the drought issue properly.

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Congress open-minded on GST bill

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday said it was open to discussions with the government on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill that parliament needs to pass. We are open-minded on the issue, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on the sidelines of a press briefing. He was asked if the Congress would be remain rigid on its opposition to certain aspects of the pr...

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'Mudra Bank, Start up India to shore up MSMEs'

Kochi, Nov 25 (IANS) Credit for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which is a big issue, will now change for the better with the opening of the Mudra Bank and Start up India programme, according to the author of a new report on the subject. Institute of Small Enterprise and Development (ISED) director P.M.Mathew, who has prepared the report that will be launched by Reserve Bank ...

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Sheena murder: Indrani trained driver Skype communication

Mumbai, Nov 25 (IANS) Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in Sheena Bora's murder, had trained her then driver and co-accused Shyamwar Rai to communicate over video chat app Skype in a bid to avoid phone-tapping, the CBI said in its chargesheet, details of which emerged here on Wednesday. The training was given to Rai by Indrani's secretary Kajal Sharma, who is now included as a witness ...

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Pleasant Wednesday in Delhi, Thursday to be similar

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) The national capital experienced a pleasant Wednesday with the maximum temperature at 28 degree Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met has forecast a partly cloudy Thursday. The maximum and the minimum temperature of the day is likely to hover around 28 degree and 13 degree Celsius. Thursday will see fog in the morning. The day is likely to ...

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Four dead as car falls into Narmada

Khargone (Madhya Pradesh), Nov 25 (IANS) At least four people, including a child, died and six were injured while heading towards Omkareshwar temple when their car veered off the road, crashed though the railings of a bridge and fell into the Narmada river, an official said on Wednesday. Sub-inspector Jaipal Singh told IANS the incident occurred on Tuesday night near Mortakka area when t...

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Hidden belly fat may be killing you: Expert

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) Visceral or belly fat stored within the abdominal cavity can do more harm to health than subcutaneous fat (fatty tissue lying directly under the skin), says an expert. Belly fat can cause conditions such as diabetes mellitus and heart disease and is associated with abnormal lipid profiles and insulin resistance. As many as 30 percent of people who come to...

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Pakistan's KSE plunges further in 6th straight bearish session

Islamabad, Nov 25 (IANS) Pakistan's Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) witnessed bearish trading activities for sixth straight day on Wednesday as investors followed foreigners in exiting from the lackluster market which lacked major triggers amid a roll-over week. The benchmark KSE 100-Index plunged by 1.11 percent or 371.73 points to 33,199.86 points on Wednesday when compared with 33,571. ...

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Telangana, Andhra firms keen to invest in Karnataka

Hyderabad, Nov 25 (IANS) Industrialists from Telanagana and Andhra Pradesh have evinced interest in investing in various sectors in Karnataka to the tune of over Rs.6,600 crore, officials said. Heads of various companies on Wednesday met Karnataka's Industries Minister R.V. Deshpande and top officials to put forward their proposals. Deshpande and some other ministers and official...

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Police submit Hardik's voice report over sedition charge

Surat, Nov 25 (IANS) Gujarat Police, which arrested Patel reservation agitation convener Hardik Patel on sedition charges, on Wednesday said a voice spectrography test conducted by forensic experts has concluded that it was he who advised a youth to kill policemen instead of committing suicide. Police on Wednesday submitted the voice test report at a Surat district court to oppose Hardik...

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Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra launches Viaan Mobiles

Mumbai, Nov 25 (IANS) Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her businessman husband Raj Kundra on Wednesday launched Viaan Mobiles, named on their three-year-old son. Five variants of the mobile phones, which come with a special personalised service, are priced between Rs.849 to Rs.12,999. The phones were launched at a ceremony held here with celebrity guests Malaika Arora Khan, Fa...

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Shuttler Sindhu advances in Macau Open

Macau, Nov 25 (IANS) Indian shuttler and two-time defending champion P.V. Sindhu entered the women's singles second round of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold with a straight games victory over South Korean Kim Hyo Min here on Wednesday. The fifth seeded Indian took 41 minutes to defeat Kim 21-13, 22-20 at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion Macau. This was the double World Championsh...

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Parliament to hold special sittings to mark Constitution Day

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) In a tribute to B.R. Ambedkar, widely regarded as the architect of the Indian constitution, the parliament will hold a special sitting on Thursday and Friday, marking Constitution Day. The two-day event will be a part of year-long nationwide celebrations to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said...

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Tamil Nadu upset Maharashtra in table tennis meet

Dharamsala, Nov 25 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Youth Girls sent second-seeded Maharashtra packing in the pre-quarterfinals of the 77th junior and youth national table tennis championships here on Wednesday. The more humiliating aspect for last year's finalist was the way they were blanked out, making a mockery of the second stage draw. Selenadeepthi Selvakumar comfortably beat Senhora D'So...

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Kerala to set up NRI Commission

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 25 (IANS) The Kerala cabinet on Wednesday decided to set up a NRI Commission, announced Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. With this, Kerala becomes the second state after Punjab to have such a body. A retired high court judge will be the chairman, and the members will comprise a retired Indian Administrative Service officer, two representatives of the Kerala diaspora ...

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Jharkhand Police chief airs concern over law and order situation

Ranchi, Nov 25 (IANS) Jharkhand Police chief D.K. Pandey on Wednesday reviewed the law and order situation in the state capital and expressed concern over the worsening crime situation, sources said. The director general of state police asked the constabulary to treat law and order as a priority task and take necessary steps to improve the situation, police sources said. The Ran...

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Turkey, Russia agree to share information on downed jet

Ankara, Nov 25 (IANS) Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday over a downed fighter jet, a Turkish official told Xinhua. Cavusoglu informed Lavrov that Turkish F-16 jets shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane on Tuesday, claiming airspace violation by the plane. Both parties agreed to share information with regard to the inc...

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Nawaz Sharif to attend Commonwealth summit in Malta

Islamabad, Nov 25 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay an official visit to Malta to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being held there from November 27-29. The CHOGM is held every two years. The theme for this year's meeting is Adding Global Value. The prime minister will also attend a banquet hosted by the British Queen and ano...

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Gujarat CM faces women's protest in home district

Mehsana (Gujarat), Nov 25 (IANS) A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel asserted there was no question of providing quota in jobs and education to Patidars, men and women from her community on Wednesday demonstrated as she campaigned in her home district of Mehsana. Police charged with canes at over 500 protestors, more than half of them women, who broke through barricades he...

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Central team to assess flood damage in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) The central government said on Wednesday a high-level inter-ministerial central team would make an on-the-spot assessment of destruction caused by floods in Tamil Nadu. A statement issued here by the home ministry said T.V.S.N. Prasad, a joint secretary in the ministry would lead the team. The team will include representatives of the ministries of agricul...

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