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Nobel laureate Malala donates $50,000 for Gaza schools

London, Oct 30 (IANS) Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani girl once shot by Taliban for promoting girls' education, has decided to donate her $50,000 prize to the UN to help rebuild Gaza schools damaged by Israel during the recent conflict. The 17-year-old was collecting another prestigious award - World's Children's Prize - in Stockholm when she said she would be givi...

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Kerala Blasters beat FC Pune City to win first ISL match

Pune, Oct 30 (IANS) Kerala Blasters FC registered their first win of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament, defeating hosts FC Pune City 2-1 in a close contest at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium here. With the win, Kerala jumped up to the fifth spot in the standings with four points from as many matches, just above Pune who also have four points from fou...

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Ex-MP Dhananjay Singh gets bail in maid torture case

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) A court here Thursday granted bail to former parliamentarian Dhananjay Singh, accused of torturing a maid that led to her death. The court observed that Dhananjay Singh - a former Bahujan Samaj Party parliamentarian from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh - had not misused his liberty while on interim bail. Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma said Dhanan...

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SC slams Bihar, Chhattisgarh over missing children

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday slammed the Bihar and Chhattisgarh governments for not furnishing proper information on missing children, including not filing police complaints in all the cases and steps taken to recover them. A bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Arun Mishra noted with concern that while in Bihar, more than 20 percent of...

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Lokesh Chandra new ICCR chief

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Lokesh Chandra has been appointed the 17th president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) by President Pranab Mukherjee, an official release said Thursday. Chandra would be the president for a period of three years with effect from Oct 27. He succeeds Karan Singh who demitted office on Aug 18, the release said. Chandra also holds the positi...

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Apple Inc gets time to file counter argument in trademark case

Chennai, Oct 30 (IANS) India's Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) Thursday granted additional time to the US based Apple Inc to file its counter in a case filed by iVoice Ventures from removal of iPhone trademark from the trademark registry. Hearing the case here, the IPAB asked Apple Inc to file an application for condoning the delay and also serve its counter argument to iVoi...

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Anglo-Indian member nominated to Telangana assembly

Hyderabad, Oct 30 (IANS) Elvis Stephenson, a member of Anglo-Indian community, has been nominated a member of the Telangana legislative assembly. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan Thursday nominated him as the member on the recommendation of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. With this the strength of Telangana assembly has gone up to 120, said a statement from the chief minister's of...

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Bajrang Dal calls Assam shutdown Friday

Guwahati, Oct 30 (IANS) Hindu group Bajrang Dal called a 12-hour shutdown in Assam Friday to demand immediate arrest of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal for his alleged links with Bangladeshi jihadi groups. It also demanded sealing of all the madrassas in Assam for their alleged relations with 'jihadi groups' and said it would meet union Home Minister Rajna...

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Indian American duo charged in $5.8 mn debit card scam

Newark, Oct 30 (IANS) Two Indian Americans have been charged with conspiring to extort victims to load prepaid debit cards with funds that were stolen as part of a scam running into over $5.8 million. Alpeshkumar Patel, 30, and Vijaykumar Patel, 39, of Philadelphia were arrested at Vijaykumar Patel's home Tuesday by FBI and other government agents, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.<...

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Government to promote Patel; Indira Gandhi sidelined

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) The government is all set to celebrate in a big way the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Friday, inviting criticism from the Congress that the legacy of late prime minister Indira Gandhi - who was assassinated 30 years ago on Oct 31 - was being stifled. A 'Run for Unity' and pledge taking will mark India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel...

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Britain holds out hope for Eurofighter winning over France's Rafale

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Britain Thursday held out hope that the European consortium could bag the multibillion Indian deal for 126 fighter jets with its Eurofighter Typhoon in case the Narendra Modi government's negotiations for the French Rafale jets falls through. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in answer to a question, said the his country respects the position the Indian g...

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TN Congress chief Gnanadesikan quits

Chennai, Oct 30 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Congress president B.S. Gnanadesikan Thursday resigned to enable the leadership reconstitute a new state unit. Gnanadesikan, in his resignation letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, said he did his level best to bring unity within the party and conducted several meetings at various levels. To enable you to reconstitute the Pradesh Congress Comm...

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Israel slams Swedish recognition of Palestine

Jerusalem, Oct 30 (IANS) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Thursday lashed out at Sweden's decision to recognise Palestine, saying the unfortunate move only serves to reinforce extremist elements. His comment came after Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom announced the decision, which makes it the first Europena Union (EU) country in Western Europe to officiall...

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Education key to ending child labour: Nobel laureate Satyarthi

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Nobel laureate and child rights champion Kailash Satyarthi Thursday said governments around the world must invest more on education to eradicate child labour and build a peaceful society. I strongly believe in good quality education for all the children of the world. So, the international community, the governments, families must invest more on education for the ...

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Man murders pregnant wife over marital discord

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) A 35-year-old pregnant woman was strangled by her husband over a marital discord, police said Thursday. The man has been arrested. Babli's body was found by her brother Bhole Shankar at her home in New Usmanpur area in east Delhi Thursday morning, a police officer said. Bhole Shankar told police that Babli's husband Kali Charan had told him that his wife ...

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Verdict in Satyam case likely on Dec 23

Hyderabad, Oct 30 (IANS) The much-awaited judgment in the multi-crore rupee Satyam scam is likely to be pronounced by a special court here on Dec 23. Special judge B.V.L.N. Chakravarthi Thursday fixed the date of the verdict in what is billed as the country's biggest accounting fraud which shocked the corporate world in 2009 K. Surender, special public prosecutor, Central Bureau ...

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To cut costs, government bars first class air travel for officials

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Calling for cutting expenditure, given the current state of the Indian economy and state funds, the finance ministry Thursday asked all government departments to check avoidable spending in areas like five-star hotel spending and first class air travel for officials. A target of 10 percent cut in non-plan expenditure has also been set. In the budget prese...

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IPTL tickets go on sale from Friday

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Micromax Indian Aces Thursday announced that online ticket sales for the Delhi leg of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) will start from Friday morning. IPTL tickets for New Delhi will be available for sale through the Aces' official online ticketing partner www.bookmyshow.com from 9 am. Tickets will be released in phases; with close to 6,00...

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It wasn't health that kept Sadashiv Amrapurkar away from Bollywood

Mumbai, Oct 30 (IANS) Veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who is being treated for a lung infection at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) here, is now stable, his daughter Rima said. She also added that it wasn't his health, but offers of similar roles that kept him away from Bollywood. I am happy that my dad's condition is stable right now. He is still on the ventilator, but his ...

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World Bank pledges more funds for Ebola flight in West Africa

Accra, Oct 30 (IANS) The World Bank announced Thursday an additional $100-million support package in its Ebola response activities for three West African countries ravaged by the epidemic. Visiting Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said the additional support was aimed at speeding up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Li...

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