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Andhra Pradesh capital to come up in five years

Hyderabad, Oct 25 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh state capital spread over 30,000 acres near Vijayawada will be ready in five years, the state government announced Saturday. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who held a meeting with the members of the Capital Advisory Committee here, said the land will be procured through the land pooling system (LPS). If the landowners refuse to pa...

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Bangladesh book fair kicks-off in Kolkata

Kolkata, Oct 25 (IANS) Bibliophiles with an interest in neighbouring Bangladesh's art, culture and history have a reason to cheer now. A six-day Bangladesh Book Fair was inaugurated here Saturday. Hosting 30 book stalls, the fair will run at the Rabindra Sadan premises till Thursday. Organised by the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata in collaboration with the country's...

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India-born Sundar Pichai is Google's new product chief

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) In a major restructuring of Google management, India-born Sundar Pichai, who is already in-charge of Android, Chrome and Google Apps, has been made the chief of core Google products, according to a technology magazine. The highly respected Pichai, 42, will now have purview over research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ad products and infrastructure, Re/code...

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Government to observe Sardar Patel birth anniversary in big way

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) The central government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' (National Unity Day) Oct 31 every year to pay tributes to the efforts made by Patel to unite India, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Saturday. According to a union home ministry statement, a function to pay floral tribute to Sardar Patel...

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India calls for stronger action against biological weapons

United Nations, Oct 25 (IANS) Warning against terrorists trying to get biological weapons, India has called for stronger international action to contain their spread. India also suggested a discussion of perceptions regarding the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus. The UN Security Council has declared Ebola a threat to international peace and security. Ambassador D.B. Venkat...

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Tension in Bihar district over idol immersion

Patna, Oct 25 (IANS) Over half a dozen people were injured in Bihar's Bhojpur district Saturday after some unidentified people hurled stones at a procession carrying a Lakshmi idol for immersion, triggering clashes, police said. At least five shops were also set afire in the district's Sahar bazaar area, they said. Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said the situation was tens...

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Delhi driver dies while trying to save jaywalker

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) A 25-year-old driver was killed while trying to save a jaywalker here, police said Saturday. Ashwini Kumar died after his car hit another car and crashed into a footpath in the Connaught Place area in central Delhi late Friday, police said. Police said Kumar, who was returning from office, lost control of the vehicle while trying to save a man crossing th...

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Defence ministry clears Israeli anti-tank missile, six submarines

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) The defence ministry Saturday cleared big ticket defence deals worth Rs.80,000 crore which include Israel's guided anti-tank missile Spike, sources said. Spike missiles were chosen instead of the US' Javelin missiles, for which Washington had lobbied hard. India will be buying over 8,000 missiles worth Rs.32,000 crore. The decision was taken at a ...

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Book offers balanced view of Lord Ram and Sita's life

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Why is Lord Ram often shown in a bad light for asking his wife Sita to go through the ordeal of fire? Was Sita's greatest quality her ability to suffer in silence? A book attempts to find a balanced perspective from the epic Ramayana. Debutant author Neeraja Phatak delved deep into contradictory arguments of the epic after reading several versions of the Ramayana...

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Tharoor launches cleanliness drive, wins praise from Modi

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 25 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Saturday launched a cleanliness drive on Kovalam beach, personally collecting garbage in bags. Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised his efforts and also retweeted the pictures. Tharoor, who was sacked as spokesperson of the Congress party for tagging along with Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign, said that Maha...

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Mali: Country with 300 Indians records first Ebola death

Accra (Ghana), Oct 25 (IANS) The authorities in the West African nation of Mali, where the Indian embassy says there are between 200 and 300 of its nationals, have confirmed the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the child who died had travelled by a bus from Guinea through Mali and showed symptoms of the disease,...

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Bremen fire coach Dutt

Berlin, Oct 25 (IANS) Bundesliga football club Werder Bremen fired their coach Robin Dutt Saturday following the team's nine-game winless start to the season. Bremen's 0-1 defeat at home to Cologne Friday turned out to be the last straw for the 49-year-old Dutt, whose side sit at bottom of the standings with only four points collected but 23 goals conceded in nine matches, reports Xinhua...

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Williams to compete against Halep in final

Singapore, Oct 25 (IANS) After three sets of fierce competition with good friend Caroline Wozniacki, top seed Serena Williams managed to qualify for the WTA Championships final to be held Sunday. She will again compete with Simona Halep, who gave the American an ugly 0-6, 2-6 defeat during the round robin Wednesday, reports Xinhua. It was not a good start for Williams. Wozniacki,...

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BJP planning fake votes in Delhi: AAP

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday said that he had been informed that a top BJP leader had directed his party legislators to get at least 5,000 fake votes in each constituency to win the Delhi assembly election. The Bharatiya Janata Party has denied the charges. In a tweet Kejriwal said: BJP source-top BJP leader has directed all Delhi BJP ML...

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Winning start by Advani in World billiards

Leeds, Oct 25 (IANS) Fresh from winning the points format title, Pankaj Advani began his campaign in the timed format of the World Billiards Championship with a workmanlike 701-510 win over fellow Indian Arun Agarwal in a Group C league match here Saturday. The 29-year-old Advani posted a best break of 128 while getting past Agarwal while elsewhere Dhvaj Haria, Alok Kumar, Dhruv Sitwala,...

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Akhilesh sacks 82 MoS rank holders

Lucknow, Oct 25 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday evening sacked 82 persons holding minister-of-state rank, including advisors and chairmen of various corporations. This mass sacking has rattled the supporters of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP). However, N.C. Bajpayi (deputy chairman, State Planning Commission), poet Gopal Das Neeraj (chairman, Hindi Bh...

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Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga free two towns from IS

Baghdad, Oct 25 (IANS) Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga freed two towns in northern and central Iraq Saturday after fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, a security source said. In the early hours of the day, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops, backed by armoured vehicles, artillery and US-led coalition aircraft, advanced to the town of Zuma...

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Modi's interaction with the media a huge hit

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first formal outreach to the media after assuming office and it broke the ice when he met journalists, shook hands with them and smiled for selfies on Saturday. This happened after Modi was being blamed for keeping the media at arm's length. Though journalists had to come an hour in advance for the much-awaited meet...

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Government clears proposal for making six submarines in India

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) In a boost to domestic defence manufacturing, the government Saturday cleared a proposal to manufacture six submarines worth Rs.50,000 crore in India. The Request for Proposal (RFP) will, however, be open for compliant yards, defence ministry sources said. The government aims at manufacturing all six submarines in the time frame of a year. These s...

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PM to attend Khattar's oath taking ceremony Sunday

Chandigarh, Oct 25 (IANS) The swearing-in ceremony of Haryana's first BJP chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, will be a big event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several union ministers, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, BJP president Amit Shah and several other important people likely to attend the ceremony Sunday. The swearing-in will be held in Sector 5 of Panchkula town adjoin...

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