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Don't change end-use purpose of coal blocks: JSPL

Bhubaneswar, Dec 27 (IANS) Jidnal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) chairman Naveen Jindal Saturday said the end-use norms of coal blocks should not be changed during their e-auction and urged the Odisha government to take up the matter with the centre. The centre has decided to allocate eight of the nine coal blocks in Odisha under e-auction for the power plants and only one block is for...

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Medal-declining Jadavpur student did not misbehave, says Bengal governor

Kolkata, Dec 27 (IANS) Days after Jadavpur University student Geetashri Sarkar created a flutter by declining to accept her best student award and degree, West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi Saturday rejected suggestions that her gesture was misbehaviour. Every person has his own way of protesting and the girl in a very polite manner declined to accept the medal. It is her right whether s...

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Syria to attend Moscow talks on resolving internal conflict

Damascus, Dec 27 (IANS) The Syrian government said Saturday that it is ready to be a part of the upcoming Russia-sponsored talks in Moscow to discuss ways to end the long-running conflict in the country. Syria's readiness to participate in the talks to be held next month emanates from its keenness to live up to the Syrians' expectations of finding a way out of the current crisis, the Sy...

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Overcome fear of public speaking to cure stammering, says expert

Aligarh, Dec 27 (IANS) Stammering can be cured at workshops where those afflicted with it can fight the fear of speaking in public, said an expert who has himself overcome the disability. After living with a severe stammer for a big portion of my life and actually finding a way in which I can control it is a dream come true, said Sachin Shrivastav of Trasnsfluence: The Indian Stammering ...

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Laws not enough against forceful conversions: African stateswoman

Kolkata, Dec 27 (IANS) Laws cannot tackle forceful religious conversions, and Africa needs education on African lines to handle the issue of ethnic clashes, a prominent African stateswoman and educator said Saturday. We need to unify the harmony we all are in search of and seek cultural peace of humanity instead of enacting laws to address forceful (religious) conversions, African ambass...

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'The Interview' rakes in $1mn, North Korea cries foul

Washington, Dec 27 (IANS) The comedy film, The Interview, which has been courting controversies for showing a fictitious US plot to assassinate the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, raked in around $1 million in ticket sales Dec 25, a media report said. The film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen was screened at some 300 independent movie theatres around the US after Sony Pictures Ente...

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New agency to complete stalled KMP expressway in Haryana

Chandigarh, Dec 27 (IANS) A new agency will be roped in by the Haryana government for the completion of the stalled Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Saturday, Hindrances coming in the way of construction of the KMP Expressway were being removed and work on the project would start soon, he said. We are trying to resolve t...

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Centre to provide subsidy to BPL families for new LPG connections

Bhubaneswar, Dec 27 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Saturday said his ministry would launch a new pilot project providing concession to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families seeking new gas connections in the country. The project to be launched Jan 25, 2015 will provide subsidy of about Rs.1,400 on new gas connections to the BPL families up to March. There will be...

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Farmers complain of fertilizer shortage

Gurgaon, Dec 27 (IANS) Farmers from various villages Saturday complained to Haryana Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar about the inadequate supply of fertilizers. The minister assured them the issue would be addressed. Dhankar was addressing a public meeting in Surya Vihar. When farmers from various villages came to know about the minister's visit, they reached the spot and compla...

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'Ordinance will improve insurance accessibility in rural areas'

New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) A day after President Pranab Mukherjee signed an ordinance to amending the Insurance Act, Finance Ministry Saturday said that this would improve insurance accessibility in rural areas in the country. According to the finance ministry, insurance penetration in India is very low compared to the global average and the sector is in need of capital to expand and ensur...

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Three held for killing friend over sharing drugs

New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) Three people have been arrested for killing their friend, a New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) employee, after a heated argument over sharing drugs, police said Saturday. Nasim Khan alias Nanhe, 20, Mohammad Samir, 19, and Sanjay, 19, were arrested near a bus stop at J.J. Colony in west Delhi's Bawana area Friday while they were proceeding to purchase smack.<...

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Reliance Industries' Nagothane site to be shut for four weeks

Mumbai, Dec 27 (IANS) Reliance Industries Saturday said that under a planned turnaround at its Nagothane manufacturing site, the cracker and some of the downstream units will be shut for four weeks, starting around mid-January 2015. The company said in a statement that this opportunity will be used to carry out routine maintenance activities and for implementing other pro...

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Shankar Das surges ahead with timely 65

Kolkata, Dec 27 (IANS) Shankar Das fired a timely seven-under 65 to surge ahead in round three of the Rs.1.5 crore McLeod Russel Tour Championship at the par-72 Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) Saturday. Kolkata's Das' three-day total now stands at 13-under 203 and he enjoys a two-shot lead over his nearest rival Rashid Khan of Delhi, who collected 71 in the third round. Delhi's Shamim Kh...

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Roma striker Gervinho's home burgled

Rome, Dec 27 (IANS) Italian club A.S. Roma striker Gervinho had a forgettable Christmas Day after he discovered his Italian home in Axa, near Rome, had been burgled as he spent time with family in the Ivory Coast. The former Arsenal man was robbed after he posted photos on social media informing fans he was going to be out of the country, reports dailymail.co.uk. It is reported t...

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Still-born's body found outside Delhi hospital

New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) The body of a still-born baby was found outside the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP) here Saturday, police said. The body, covered in a towel, was found by passers-by at 7 a.m. Police found that baby was delivered at the hospital as a LNJP Hospital tag was attached to the towel. A doctor's prescription, gloves and cotton were also recovered along wit...

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Police official found hanging in north Bengal

Siliguri, Dec 27 (IANS) An assistant commandant of the West Bengal Police's Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) was Saturday found hanging from a tree in Siliguri in north Bengal, police said. The body of Prem Kumar Chettri (58) was found hanging by workers of the Dagapur tea estate. Siliguri Deputy Commissioner of Police O.G. Pal said Chettri, who resided in the IRB barracks in Pinte...

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Flipkart to promote handicrafts, products of small sellers

Bengaluru, Dec 27 (IANS) Leading e-retailer Flipkart Saturday said it has tied up with Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) and Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (Kassia) to promote sale of handicrafts and products of small sellers and local entrepreneurs from across the state. As Karnataka is home to a large number of local entrepreneurs, we see a lot of potential ...

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Odisha to get Rs.2 lakh crore from coal auction in 20-years

Bhubaneswar, Dec 27 (IANS) Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Saturday said Odisha would get about Rs.2 lakh crore from the auction of coal blocks in next 15-20 years. The coal bearing states would get huge benefit from the coal block auctions. Odisha alone would get tentatively Rs.1.5 lakh crore to Rs.2 lakh crore from the e-auction of identified coal blocks in 15-20 years, the proce...

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Stone hurled at Kejriwal at public meeting

New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) A youth in his mid-20s Saturday hurled a stone at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal at a public gathering here, a party member said. An Aam Aadmi Party source told IANS that the incident occurred around 6.45 p.m when Kejriwal was addressing a gathering in south Delhi's Deoli area. However, the stone did not hit Kejriwal as the stage was at a distance from the sit...

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'Sydney terror attack just the start'

Sydney, Dec 27 (IANS) Just over a week after the hostage crisis in Sydney which left three people dead, terrorism is rearing its ugly head again in Australia with a suspected jihadi threatening the police on social media. The Daily Mail Australia refers to tweets by a man who called himself Abu Abdullah, believed to be from Melbourne, who also claimed to be fighting for the virulent jiha...

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