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IMF approves loan disbursement for Ukraine

Washington, Aug 1 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that its executive board approved $1.7 billion of loan disbursement to Ukraine. The disbursement is part of the IMF's four-year financial assistance program worth $17.5 billion for Ukraine, and will bring total disbursements under the program to $6.68 billion, reported Xinhua. The new disbursement came after the ...

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Convicted Goa MLA wants pardon because of hypertension!

Panaji, Aug 1 (IANS) An ailing grandmother, three trauma-prone minor children, concern for constituents and hypertension are some of the grounds which could have convinced the BJP-led Goa government to pardon convicted legislator Francisco Pacheco. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in an unprecedented and unanimous decision on Wednesday resolved to grant pardon to Pache...

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Will Reunion debris solve mystery of MH370?

London, Aug 1 (IANS) Will a two-meter long wreckage give hope to the search for the missing flight MH370? Some experts said probably not. The debris, reportedly to be a flaperon, found on Reunion island most certainly belongs to a Boeing 777, according to Malaysian officials. The wreckage will be flown to France for further analysis and it is expected that the final results will ...

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China gets 10 new generals

Beijing, Aug 1 (IANS) China has promoted 10 senior military and armed police officers to generals, the highest rank for officers in active service in the country. The officers China's Central Military Commission (CMC) included Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Wang Guanzhong, deputy head of the PLA's General Political Department Yin Fanglong as w...

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Yuva Sena chief invites PM to visit Mumbai civic schools

New Delhi/Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and invited him to visit the Virtual Classroom project in civic schools in Mumbai. The Virtual Classroom project, where children are taught without the use of textbooks, and notebooks, has been initiated by the Yuva Sena in collaboration with the Shiv Sena.

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Lalu's 1,000 horse carts procession runs into PETA trouble

Patna, Aug 1 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad's grand plan to take out a procession with 1,000 horse carts ahead of the assembly polls has been challenged by an animal rights group. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sought the Election Commission's intervention against the use of animals. It has raised objections to the decision meant to counter Bharatiya Janata ...

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India, Bangladesh enclave residents get freedom after 68 years

Dhaka, Aug 1 (IANS) On Saturday, when the clock struck 12.00 a.m., around 52,000 inhabitants of 162 enclaves in Bangladesh and India got the taste of freedom for the first time in 68 years, officially becoming citizens of either of the two countries. It was also the moment when the tiny pockets of land -- or enclaves -- in each other's territories got merged with their respective countri...

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Two cheers for agitating film institute students

The striking students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) deserve a round of applause for standing up to the government for imposing an undeserving chairman on them. Unlike most members of other supposedly autonomous bodies like the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) or the National Book Trust (NBT), who quietly accepted the official nominees for the top posts ...

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Mom's drinking at conception ups kids' diabetes risk

Melbourne, Aug 1 (IANS) Women who drink around the time of conception may put their babies at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and obesity in early middle age, warns a new study. The usual risk factors of these two diseases are attributed to poor diet and lack of exercise, but our research showed exposure to alcohol around conception presents a risk similar to following a high-fat diet ...

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Japanese Emperor Hirohito's speech made public

Tokyo, Aug 1 (IANS) The Japan Imperial Household Agency on Saturday released the original recording of Japanese Emperor Hirohito's war-ending speech announcing the unconditional surrender of the Japanese military at the end of the World War II. The agency decided to release the original audio of the speech by the emperor, now known as Emperor Showa, broadcast by radio on August 15, 1945,...

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Resist corruption, says Chinese think tank

Beijing, Aug 1 (IANS) The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of China's top think tanks, on Saturday warned its members to resist corruption in electing new members. The CAS said that a preliminary review was concluded with 157 candidates nominated for this year's election. The 157 candidates, specialists in fields ranging from mathematics and physics to earth sciences, will ...

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South Korea's exports fall on low export price

Seoul, Aug 1 (IANS) South Korea's exports fell for seven months due to soft global demand and low export price, caused by cheaper oil and oversupply, a government report said on Saturday. Exports, which account for about half of the economy, declined 3.3 percent from a year earlier to $46.61 billion in July, posting the downward trend for seven straight months, Xinhua reported. T...

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India, Pakistan trade heavy fire on border

Jammu, Aug 1 (IANS) India and Pakistan traded heavy fire on the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday after Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at BSF positions. Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at BSF (Border Security Force) outposts in Pargwal and Kana Chak areas of Jammu district today (Saturday) morning, a police officer told IANS. The...

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Irish economy sees robust growth

Dublin, Aug 1 (IANS) Ireland's gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of this year rose by 1.4 percent quarter-on-quarter, with an increase of 6.5 percent year-on-year, according to official figures. The figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed Ireland's domestic demand was strong last year with consumer spending increasing two percent year-on-year, Xinhua news ...

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For TV celebs, friends are 'special' family members

Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Actress Sayantani Ghosh considers friends as an important part of life and, along with Deblina Chatterjee, feels they are like members of family. Ahead of Friendship Day on Sunday, TV stars recall the best memories with their friends. Here's what the celebrities say: Pallavi Kulkarni: Friends are the family that you get to choose and I value all my friends a ...

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Olympics will help China integrate with world: Daily

Beijing, Aug 1 (IANS) The 2022 Winter Olympics will help China further integrate with the world, a state-run Chinese daily said on Saturday. An editorial in Global Times said that Beijing and Zhangjiakou have won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's great. The daily said that seven years after Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games, the Chinese people get to embrace the O...

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Rain, waterlogging cripple Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 1 (IANS) Several parts of Kolkata were waterlogged following heavy overnight rain owing to a depression over Bay of Bengal caused by cyclone Komen, officials said on Saturday. The Met Office recorded 117.4 mm of rainfall till 8.30 am on Saturday. Spells of rain and thundershowers are expected during the day, a Met official said. While people waded through kne...

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Sanjay Gupta to announce two new projects

Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta, who is working on Jazbaa, says his White Feather Films production house will soon be announcing its next two movies. While he would be directing one, he will produce the other. Gupta shared the news on micro-blogging website Twitter on Saturday: White Feather Films will soon be announcing the next two films. I will be directing one and produc...

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Butterfly-inspired technique could make solar energy cheaper

London, Aug 1 (IANS) Mimicking the v-shaped posture adopted by a butterfly species to heat up its flight muscles before take-off, the amount of power produced by solar panels can increase by almost 50 percent, a study led by an Indian-origin scientist has found. Increased efficiency of solar energy production with the new technique could also lower its cost. Biomimicry in enginee...

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US dollar slips on soft data

New York, Aug 1 (IANS) The US dollar fell against most major currencies as economic data from the country came out negative, dampening market sentiment for an interest-rate hike as early as September. The US employment cost index registered the smallest quarterly gain in 33 years. The index, which is seen as the broadest measure of labour costs, rose just 0.2 percent in the second quarte...

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