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Rajnath satisfied at India-Bangladesh border situation

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday expressed satisfaction at the situation on the India-Bangladesh border as the two border forces are taking necessary confidence building measures and carrying out joint patrolling along the border. Attending the border co-ordination conference here between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF), he n...

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Indian hockey team keen to end 16-year wait for Asian Games gold

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) India hockey captain Sardar Singh and chief coach Terry Walsh Thursday expressed the hope that the team would end its 16-year-long wait for the Asian Games gold at the South Korean city of Incheon next month. The India team has been clubbed in Pool B with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Oman and China for the Asian Games Sep 19-Oct 4. India's gold medals at the Asian Games ...

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IS dubbed biggest threat to journalists

Cairo, Aug 21 (IANS) As condemnation of the beheading of American scribe James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation continued to pour in, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday warned that the terror outfit operating in Syria and Iraq is one of the biggest threats to journalists. In a statement, the CPJ stressed that the members of the IS who murdered...

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British Indian woman jailed for duping elderly in Britain

London, Aug 21 (IANS) A British Indian woman has been jailed for a series of frauds targeting elderly pensioners in Britain, media reported. Rajbir Sangha, 59, pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud involving 4,041 pounds (around $6,700) and one offence of converting 10,000 pounds (around $16,590) of criminal property, between May and October 2011, in Leicester city in Britain's East Mid...

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SC notice over home secretary seeking Governor's resignation

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday issued notice to the central government on a petition filed by Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi challenging the union home secretary's asking him to resign in the wake of the BJP coming to power at the Centre. A bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said the matter would be heard by ...

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British parliamentarians visit the Taj

Agra, Aug 21 (IANS) A 28-member delegation of British parliamentarians Thursday visited the Taj Mahal and Dayalbagh eco-village. Dayalbagh is the spiritual headquarter of the Radhasoami faith. The delegation was led by Mark Pawsey, member of the British House of Commons. The delegation is here to promote the sport of Rugby in India as well as increase the opportunities fo...

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Madras, now Chennai, to celebrate 375th anniversary Friday

Chennai, Aug 21 (IANS) Madras, that is called Chennai since 1996, will be celebrating its 375th anniversary Friday. A stretch of no-man's land in 1639, it is now a major industrial, business and cultural centre. It was on this day in 1639 that British administrator Francis Day along with his superior Andrew Cogan struck a deal with the Vijayanagar empire to acquire a stretch of n...

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Moderate voting in Bihar by-polls

Patna, Aug 21 (IANS) Voting in by-elections in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar ended peacefully Thursday with a voter turnout of 46.42 percent, officials said. Polling started at 7 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m. with no untoward incident reported despite apprehensions of violence in the Maoist-affected three constituencies where balloting ended at 4 p.m., said Additional Chief Electoral O...

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Removed AIIMS official to demand CBI inquiry

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) A day after Sanjeev Chaturvedi was removed from the post of chief vigilance officer (CVO) of AIIMS, a source Thursday said the officer was likely to demand a CBI inquiry into his removal. Chaturvedi, a 2002 batch Indian Forest Service officer of the Haryana cadre, was Wednesday removed from the post, much before the completion of his tenure. Viswas Mehata...

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Sikh community shocked after wife charged for husband's murder

Wellington, Aug 21 (IANS) The Sikh community in New Zealand's Auckland is shocked by the revelation that the wife of a Sikh man is a co-accused in her husband's murder, media reported. Amandeep Kaur, 31, and her workmate and co-accused, Gurjinder Singh, 25, were charged with the murder of 35-year-old Davender Singh. Both of them, however, pleaded not guilty in the Auckland High Court Wed...

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1984 riots: Man let off after CBI fails to prove presence

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) A court here has let off a man, accused in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which a mob had set afire a gurdwara leading to the death of three people, holding that the CBI has a very, very weak case as it has failed to prove his presence on the spot. Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Bansal acquitted Suresh Kumar alias Panewala of various charges dealing with murder...

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India seeks African countries' support for its stand at the WTO

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) India Thursday sought cooperation from African countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the issue of food security and trade facilitation. According to Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher, the Indian stand at the WTO deliberations on the trade facilitation agreement was supported by the G-33 and endorsed by 46 countries, including several countries from Afri...

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Parliament backs Sharif, Imran flays US at protest

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Parliament rallied behind Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday as an unrelenting opposition leader Imran Khan warned the US not to interfere in Pakistan's domestic politics. Many thousands of opposition activists continued their protest in the heart of Islamabad for the seventh straight day demanding the resignation of Sharif, saying the 2013 election he won was ...

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We don't need Sonia's advice, says Amit Shah

Hyderabad, Aug 21 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said the government needs no advice from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and asked her to keep this for her party's remaining state governments. He said Gandhi should advise her party colleagues in the remaining state governments to work for the people and not to fill their coffers. Otherwise people will uproot you from those ...

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Lakhs vote in by-polls across four states

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Lakhs of people lined up outside voting booths Thursday to exercise their franchise as 18 assembly constituencies spread across four states went for by-elections. This was the first poll in India after the Lok Sabha elections. The by-polls remained largely peaceful, election officials in the states said. By-elections were held in 10 assembly constituencie...

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Bengal, Singapore to work on study paper on business: Mamata

Singapore, Aug 21 (IANS) The West Bengal government, in association with the National University of Singapore, will create a study paper with focus parameters to facilitate entrepreneurs, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday. On her maiden foreign visit after becoming the chief minister, Banerjee, during the day, held discussion with Singaporean Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmu...

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Coal mafia don in Mamata's Singapore delegation: Left Front

Kolkata, Aug 21 (IANS) Alleging that a suspected coal mafia don was part of the entourage headed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that is currently camping in Singapore, the Left Front Thursday demanded that the details of the delegation be made public. Led by Banerjee, state ministers, bureaucrats and a host of entrepreneurs are currently in the city nation hunting for inve...

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US doctor with Ebola to be released from hospital

Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) An American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus disease while treating patients in West Africa will be discharged from a US hospital Thursday, the aid group he worked for said. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, said in a statement that he had marvelled at Dr. Brantly's courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus and thanked staff at t...

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IS video shows dozens of Yazidis converting to Islam

Cairo, Aug 21 (IANS/EFE) The Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation, based in Iraq and Syria, Thursday released a video showing dozens of members of the Yazidi minority religious community converting to Islam. The 10-minute recording describes the Yazidis, who belong to Iraq's Kurdish minority, as true infidels who practise rare rituals to worship the cursed Satan. Earli...

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Thousands stuck as snag hits Delhi Metro

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Delhi Metro commuters faced a harrowing time Thursday when train services on one of its lines were affected for over an hour, an official said. Metro services between two stations on the Yellow Line - which runs between Jahangirpuri in north Delhi and HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon - were affected from 3.40 p.m. to 4.53 p.m. Metro services were affected betw...

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