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More Indians opting to study in New Zealand: Official

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) There was an increase of over 80 percent in the number of student visas New Zealand issued to Indians between January and July, 2014 compared to 2013, an Education New Zealand (ENZ) official said here Saturday. The ENZ, an agency of the New Zealand government for international education, said visas issued to Indians, who sought to study in New Zealand for the fir...

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IMF board supports Lagarde amid corruption probe

Washington, Aug Aug 30 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) executive board Friday expressed support for Managing Director Christine Lagarde in carrying out her duties in the light of her being put under investigation for showing negligence in a scandal. Lagarde has been put under investigation in France for negligence in her handling of a scandal involving tycoon Bernard Tapie...

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PM clears major decisions, ministers enjoy decentralisation: Jaitley

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Important decisions concerning the government were cleared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but there was a great deal of decentralisation enjoyed by the ministers, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday. Answering queries from mediapersons here over centralisation of authority by Modi, Jaitley said that he had been asked questions on the issue over the past ...

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Be aware of power of pomegranate

London, Aug 30 (IANS) Pomegranate has many health benefits, and it can do wonders for one's skin too. From playing the role of powerful antioxidant to a product of anti-ageing, the fruit can help in many ways, suggests Wren Holmes, brand manager of natural ayurvedic skincare Urban Veda, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Here's how you can use the fruit for skin nourishment: * Po...

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Shuttler Chong Wei in World Championship final

Copenhagen, Aug 30 (IANS) Malaysian World No.1 Lee Chong Wei secured his seat in the final of the World Badminton Championships after beating local shuttler Viktor Axelsen in straight games in the semi-final here Saturday. Lee, geared up to clinch his first world title as his long-time rival Lin Dan of China is not playing in the tournament, achieved a one-sided 21-9, 21-7 men's singles ...

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East Bengal rise to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Kolkata, Aug 30 (IANS) City football giants East Bengal Saturday became the first among the four clubs nominated by I-League outfit Pune FC to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and in turn nominated Atletico de Kolkata, cricketer Sourav Ganguly and Shillong Lajong FC to follow suit. The challenge was done at the East Bengal ground after Saturday's training session. Captain Harm...

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1.6 mn people displaced in Iraq: UN

United Nations, Aug 30 (IANS) More than 1.6 million people in Iraq have been displaced since the start of the year, a UN spokesperson said here Friday citing a report. It is estimated that over 600,000 people were displaced in August alone, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said quoting The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a report. The internally displ...

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Anxious Trinamool scurrying to CPI-M to woo back minorities: BJP

Kolkata, Aug 30 (IANS) With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee indicating her Trinamool Congress was not averse to the idea of a tie-up with the CPI-M, the BJP Saturday claimed the swaying of minority voters towards it has led to the ruling party scurrying to its traditional foes for survival. State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rahul Sinha also claimed that the Trinamoo...

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Nuakhai celebrated in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 30 (IANS) People in Odisha Saturday celebrated the agricultural festival Nuakhai with enthusiasm, offering the first harvest of the season to god. The aim of the festival is to express man's gratitude to nature and reverence to god for a good harvest, Ranjan Panda, an activist based in Sambalpur told IANS. People offered prayers at Samaleswari temple in the morni...

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Lalit Modi gives BCCI brass sleepless nights

In six years Lalit Modi rose to such heights in Indian cricket in the new millennium that no one thought his fall would be as meteoric. When he was thrown out of the Indian board, many had a sneaky suspicion that his tenaciousness was enough to come back and haunt those who hounded him out. Modi, a former vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was banned by t...

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Three suspended in Visva Bharati sexual assault case

Kolkata, Aug 30 (IANS) The Visva Bharati University Saturday suspended three accused and lodged a police complaint following an internal probe into the sexual harassment of a student from the northeast. The fine arts student from Sikkim was allegedly sexually assaulted earlier this week by some of her seniors, who even recorded the assault to blackmail her. As soon as the complai...

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President greets Trinidad and Tobago on national day

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday greeted the people of Trinidad and Tobago on their national day which will be celebrated Sunday. In his message to Anthony Carmona, president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Mukherjee said: On behalf of the government and people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to convey to your excellency warm ...

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'Sushil Modi to be BJP's face in Bihar assembly polls'

Patna, Aug 30 (IANS) Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi will be the face of the BJP in Bihar in the state assembly polls in 2015, said senior party leader and central Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh Saturday ending days of speculation. The BJP will fight the next state assembly polls under the leadership of Sushil Kumar Modi, who is a popular face and acceptable to all...

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JNU students union election to be held Sep 12

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) election will be held Sep 12, a member of an election body said Saturday. The candidates will have to fill their nomination papers by Tuesday and the poll campaign will start from Wednesday, one of the members of the election body told IANS here. The presidential debate will be held Sep 10. Th...

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Can't hold posts in religious groups, Kerala employees told

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 30 (IANS) Kerala Saturday came out with a new order that prevents a government employee from becoming an office bearer of any communal or religious organisation. The government said it was forced to issue this order after several complaints surfaced about government servants being office bearers of communal or religious organisations. It said there were re...

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ISL's Mumbai franchise unveil name, squad, logo

Mumbai, Aug 30 (IANS) Indian Super League's (ISL) Mumbai franchise owners Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh said that their team will be called Mumbai City Football Club while announcing player names and launching the team logo and outlining its philosophy here Saturday. Present at the launch were several Mumbai City FC players such as Subrata Paul, Ishan Debnath, Manuel Friedrich, Peter Co...

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State games in Assam from next year: Gogoi

Guwahati, Aug 30 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Saturday announced that state games would be held regularly from next year. The chief minister made the announcement at a meeting with representatives of Assam Olympic Association (AOA)-affiliated state and district sports associations, a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office said. The state games must be held af...

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India, Japan ink Kyoto-Varanasi partnership agreement

Kyoto, Aug 30 (IANS) India and Japan Saturday signed the Kyoto-Varanasi partnership agreement, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was warmly received by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe here. Abe and Modi hugged each other, and then fed fish in keeping with the Japanese tradition. Feeding the fish. PM @narendramodi & PM @AbeShinzo began engagement in Kyoto following t...

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India restrict England to 227 runs

Nottingham, Aug 30 (IANS) Despite suffering a mid-innings collapse, England managed to reach 227 runs in 50 overs before being bowled out by India in the third One-Day International (ODI) at Trent Bridge here Saturday. After getting off to a brilliant start with openers Alastair Cook (44) and Alex Hales getting an 82-run first-wicket partnership, the home team looked well on their way to...

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Tom Alter brings Sahir back to life in bravura performance

Noida, Aug 30 (IANS) A rebel son, a romantic student, a fire-eating poet, and finally a principled lyricist in Bollywood - he was all this and more and the various facets of Sahir Ludhianvi's remarkable personality were brought to life by veteran actor Tom Alter at a play here Saturday. Abdul Hai 'Sahir' occupies a notable niche in the Hindi film industry. From Raj Kapoor to Amitabh Bach...

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