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Avinash Chander to continue as DRDO chief on contract

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) DRDO chief Avinash Chander, who retires Nov 30, will continue in his post till May 2016 on contract basis with the same terms and conditions, defence ministry said Friday. Chander's appointment beyond his date of retirement for 18 months would be on contract basis, with the same terms and conditions as he would be entitled to before the date of retirement, the re...

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Sindhu, Prannoy enter Macau Open semis

Macau, Nov 28 (IANS) Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and H.S. Prannoy came out with contrasting wins to enter their respective semi-finals at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold here Friday. While defending champion Sindhu defeated China's Li Han 21-17, 19-21, 21-16 in a marathon encounter which lasted an hour and three minutes, Prannoy had a relatively easy triumph over Indonesian Sony...

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Parliament passes bill simplifying labour laws for small firms

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Parliament Friday passed a bill which simplifies labour laws for establishments employing up to 40 workers. The Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Amendment Bill, 2011, was approved by the Lok Sabha after rejection of amendments moved by Trinamool Congress' Saugata Roy. The bill, which was p...

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Ebola virus detected in semen three months after symptoms end

Geneva, Nov 28 (IANS/EFE) The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Friday that the semen of men recovering from Ebola can contain the deadly virus up to three months after the symptoms disappear. Four studies on the persistence of Ebola virus in the seminal fluid of 43 patients concluded that the virus was present in the semen of three men, 40, 61 and 82 days after recovering from the ...

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Three Indians, one Thai get Jamnalal Bajaj awards for 2014

Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) Four eminent social personalities - three Indians and one Thai - were Friday conferred the prestigious 37th Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Award for 2014, said foundation chairman Rahul Bajaj. The Indian awardees are Chennupati Vidya, founder-president of Vasavya Mahila Mandali in Andhra Pradesh, Surendra Koulagi, founder of Janapada Seva Trust in Karnataka and Ram Kumar...

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ADB to provide $200 mn for Punjab's fiscal consolidation programme

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) GThe gvernment Friday entered into an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan of $200 million to facilitate Punjab's comprehensive fiscal consolidation programme. According to the Finance Ministry, the agreement with ADB will generate fiscal savings and make better use of scarce budgetary resources to help with socio-economic development of the sta...

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No concrete proof of abducted Indians' fate, search on: Sushma

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Amid media reports that the 39 abducted Indian workers in Iraq have been killed by Islamic State militants, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday acknowledged the government does not have concrete proof of the men being alive or dead and is continuing to search for them based on six indirect sources. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, Sushma ...

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Exhibitions spread message of Indian culture: Mahesh Sharma

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Exhibitions give encouragement to tourism and help in spreading the message of Indian cultural heritage to the world, union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said Friday. Speaking at the inauguration of the exhibition of archaeological findings from Pattanam excavation of Kerala at the National Museum, Sharma said: These kind of exhibitions help our chil...

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'India Cements paid Rs 60 crore to KTV for advertisements'

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) A prosecution witness in 2G money laundering case told a court here Friday that India Cements, which owns the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team of Indian Premier League (IPL), paid Rs. 60 crore to Kalaignar TV for advertisements in 2011. India Cements vice president R. Muralidhar told Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini that he joined the ...

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Mining will begin in two-three months, says Goa CM

Panaji, Nov 28 (IANS) Goa's multi-million dollar iron ore mining industry will be operational within two to three months, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Friday after conducting his first cabinet meeting. Mining will start in Goa after two to three months, Parsekar said in response to a query from reporters. Mining had been banned in Goa by the Supreme Court for over 18 mo...

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HUDA to refund excess amount to allottees of plots

Gurgaon, Nov 28 (IANS) The new administrator of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) Anita Yadav Friday ordered that excess enhancement charges levied upon allottees of plots in Sector 52 Gurgaon be returned, an official said. A few months ago, Punjab and Haryana High Court had reduced the enhancement amount payable by 1,485 allottees by Rs.1870.69 per square metre. This means an a...

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Revenge match for Atletico, Pune need full points

Pune, Nov 28 (IANS) Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) would be all keyed up to avenge the earlier loss to FC Pune City and log full points to move closer to a semi-final berth while the hosts would hope for an encore and keep their chances alive for the play-offs in what could be a thrilling Indian Super League (ISL) game here Saturday. Still harbouring a chance of qualifying for the semis, Pune...

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Burdwan blast: NIA custody of mastermind, two others extended

Kolkata, Nov 28 (IANS) A city court Friday extended the NIA remand of Myanmar national Khalid Mohammed along with two Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants by five days in connection with the Oct 2 Burdwan blast. Chief Sessions Judge Mumtaz Khan extended the NIA remand of JMB commander and blast mastermind Sajid, fellow JMB militant Amjad Sheikh and Khalid to allow their interr...

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Will restore Article 370 to original form, promises PDP

Srinagar, Nov 28 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Friday it would restore Article 370 in its original form, if it wins power, as this provision of Indian constitution provides special status to the state and is necessary for the empowerment of thepeople here. Article 370 impacts everything in Jammu and Kashmir, from political discourse to personal responses...

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'Stricter norms in clinical trials will boost foreign investment'

Kolkata, Nov 28 (IANS) The declining numbers of clinical trials (CT) in India compared to its neighbours, in the last few years has shed light on the quality of research, said experts here Friday, stressing the introduction of stricter norms will pave the way for quality work and more foreign investments. The clinical research (CR) industry was worth $500 million around a decade back, wh...

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Syria coordinating with Russia for talks with opposition

Damascus, Nov 28 (IANS) Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Friday that the Syrian government is coordinating with Russia for launching a dialogue with the Syrian opposition. In an interview with the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV, al-Moallem, who has been on an official visit to Moscow, said that the Syrian government was coordinating with Moscow for embarking on a dialogue between t...

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'Multi-pronged approach needed for road safety in India'

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) A multi-pronged approach, including better roads and law enforcement, is the need of the hour for India which reports more than 100,000 road accidents annually, experts said Friday. Road safety is not the domain of the government or citizens, it is a social responsibility which has to be shouldered by all. Prevention is the best way, said M. C. Misra, director, A...

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IAF chief unveils new pilot selection system

Mysuru (Karnataka), Nov 28 (IANS) Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha Friday unveiled the new computerised pilot selection system, replacing the age-old pilot aptitude battery test. The new system is aimed at addressing the alarming rate of flying accidents in the IAF attributed to pilot error, Air Chief Marshal Raha told reporters at the air force selection board here, about 150 km from Be...

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Two killed in Egypt clashes

Cairo, Nov 28 (IANS) Two people were killed Friday in clashes between Egyptian police and Islamist protestors in the capital Cairo. Two protestors were shot dead during the demonstrations in Matariya district and a number of others were also injured in the clashes, Xinhua reported. The protests were called for by the little-known Salafi Front and the Muslim Brotherhood across the...

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Serious scrutiny needed to counter brain drain: President

Kolkata, Nov 28 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday here lamented the brain drain of Indian scholars and called for a serious scrutiny to counter this avoidable trend. It is ironical that our higher education system, which is capable of producing world-class scholars, loses them to foreign universities. A serious scrutiny is necessary to counter this avoidable trend. There i...

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