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Sensex surges 276 points; capital goods stocks gain

Mumbai, Sep 18 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday surged 276.53 points or 1.04 percent up as capital goods stocks gained. All the sectors were trading in green and good buying was observed in auto, banking, capital goods, healthcare, metal, oil and gas and consumer durables sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchan...

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Sushma Swaraj meets Xi

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday met Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-day visit to the country. Ge xia, wo hen huanying nin dao yindu lai - I extend a very warm welcome to you in India, Sushma Swaraj greeted the Chinese president. Earlier Thursday, Xi was presented a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. He also vi...

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Romanian PM files for presidential candidacy

Bucharest, Sep 18 (IANS) Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has filed his candidacy for the presidential elections in Nov. I hope and wish to conclude 25 years of transition from dictatorship to a democratic, European society, a free society united once again, Ponta said Wednesday after completion of the registration formalities at the Central Electoral Bureau. I want us to mak...

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Majority rule out re-election of French president

Paris, Sep 18 (IANS/EFE) Nearly nine out of 10 French people do not want President Francois Hollande to win another term in office in the next elections set for 2017, according to a survey released by Paris-Match magazine The survey, conducted Sep 11-15 and released Wednesday, shows that the current head of state occupies last place on a list led by former foreign minister Alain Juppe, w...

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Modi raises incursion issue with Xi

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping the latest incident of incursion by Chinese troops into Indian territory during their meeting in Ahmedabad Wednesday, the external affairs ministry said Thursday. Ahead of talks between Modi and Xi at Hyderabad House Thursday, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said...

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First NATO body launched in Bulgaria

Sofia, Sep 18 (IANS) Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has inaugurated the first NATO body in the country. The International Organisation Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) has been set up. Caretaker Minister of Defence, Velizar Shalamanov Wednesday said that Bulgaria has decided to specialise in the transformation process of NATO because i...

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Australian police detain 15 terror suspects

Canberra, Sep 18 (IANS) Police in Australia Thursday detained 15 people on terrorism-related offences during the biggest counter-terror raids in the country. More than 800 police officers conducted searches at 25 places across Sydney on a group of people who allegedly had an intent to carry out random attacks on individuals in Australia, Xinhua reported. A man has been charged wi...

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Uproot Congress-NCP govt in Maharashtra: Amit Shah

Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Sep 18 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah Thursday gave a clarion call to uproot the scam-ridden Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra to ensure the state's return to pride and progress. Launching the party's campaign for the Oct 15 assembly elections, Shah said that the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have destroyed the state during their rule over the p...

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US Federal Reserve finally sounds hawkish; rate hike in March/June 2015

The path to US monetary policy normalization is becoming clearer. Comments by Fed reserve chief Janet Yellen Sep 17 were arguably the most hawkish in recent times. To begin with, a story written by Jon Hilsenrath of the Wall Street Journal prior to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcement that the Fed is likely to keep considerable time language in the statement took some o...

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NASA spacecraft set for Mars orbit insertion Sep 21

Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) NASA's Mars spacecraft is nearing its scheduled insertion into the Martian orbit Sep 21 after completing a 10 month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles. The team, the flight system and all ground assets are ready for Mars orbit insertion of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, the US space agency said in a statement. So ...

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Qatar vows to improve condition of immigrant workers

Berlin, Sep 18 (IANS/EFE) Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has vowed to promote reforms improving the condition of immigrants working on infrastructure for the 2022 Soccer World Cup that will be held in Qatar. In a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Wednesday, the emir admitted that mistakes had been made, when asked about critici...

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Food poisoning leaves 320 people sick in China

Beijing, Sep 18 (IANS) At least 320 people in China have been hospitalised due to suspected food poisoning, health officials said Thursday. According to the officials, most of the patients, aged three to 18 suffered from diarrhoea, nausea, stomach pain and fever in Jiangxi province, Xinhua reported. Initial investigations suggest they contracted a bacterial infection from food o...

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South Korea, Japan to hold talks on sex slavery

Seoul, Sep 18 (IANS) Senior diplomats from South Korea and Japan will hold talks about Tokyo's sexual enslavement of Korean women during the World War II, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday. The director general-level dialogue will be held in Tokyo Friday, Xinhua reported. Lee Sang-deok, director general of the South Korean foreign ministry's northeast asian affairs bureau, w...

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Hubble discovers supermassive black hole

Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) Astronomers including an Indian-origin scientist have found an unlikely object in an improbable place - a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. If you lived inside this dwarf galaxy, the night sky would dazzle with at least 1 million stars visible to the naked eye. Our nighttime sky as seen from Earth's surface shows 4...

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Sunny Thursday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) It was a sunny Thursday morning here, with a minimum temperature of 25.2 degrees Celsius, a level above the season's average. The Met Office has forecast a cloudy day ahead. The sky will be partly cloudy, and the day's maximum temperature is likely to hover around 36 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. Humidity at 8.3...

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Nearly 1,000 Chinese soldiers enter India

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Nearly 1,000 Chinese soldiers intruded into India in Ladakh's Chumur sector Thursday, a day when Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a visit here. According to army sources, nearly 1,000 Chinese soldiers moved inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region, and refused to go back. The Indian Army has rushed three battalions t...

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Hope to take forward China, India strategic ties: Xi

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday said that he was looking forward to take India, China strategic relationship forward. Xi said that China and India are the world's two largest developing countries and have emerging markets. On a three-day sojourn to India, Xi said that he hopes to talk to the Indian leadership to take this strategic relationship forw...

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Xi keen to expand India, China friendship

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed on friendship between India and China. Xi spoke of mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries and hoped to achieve a lot during his first visit to India. The visiting Chinese president who was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan said that the goal is also to deepen our c...

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Guard of honour presented to Xi

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) A guard of honour was presented Thursday to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Xi arrived in India on a three-day sojourn that began Wednesday. President Pranab Mukherjee alongwith Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present. ...

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Hulk must earn Brazil recall: Dunga

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 18 (IANS) The absence of forward Hulk from Brazil's national squad is proof that no player is an automatic choice, says Selecao coach Dunga. Hulk, a regulator starter for Brazil for the past two years, was left out of Dunga's squad for friendlies against Argentina and Japan next month, reports Xinhua. His omission follows the 28-year-old's withdrawal from Braz...

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