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Patna stampede: Probe team submits report

Patna, Nov 28 (IANS) The panel probing the Dussehra day stampede here that left 33 people, mostly women and children, dead and over 30 others injured submitted its report to the state government. We have submitted the inquiry report to the chief secretary, said the Principal Home Secretary Amir Subhani. Subhani, along with Additional Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey, ...

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Second quarter GDP numbers on expected lines: Finance ministry

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The finance ministry said Friday said that the second quarter gross domestic growth (GDP) data was on expected lines. The ministry observes that the growth in the second quarter has been broadly on the expected lines. A lower growth in industry sector vis-à-vis the first quarter is not surprising, the ministry was quoted in a statement adding that a sluggish mon...

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Kurdish advance forces IS withdrawal from part of Kobani

Beirut, Nov 28 (IANS/EFE) The Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group has pulled back its troops from parts of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobani following new advances by Kurdish forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Friday. The jihadis were driven from sectors of a government security complex that they had occupied last October and a vegetable market in the e...

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Reliance says basic differences on audit report

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Reacting to the report tabled by India's official auditor Friday, Reliance Industries said there were some basic differences over it, and that it will furnish a reply if and when the government seeks this. The reaction was in reference to the report on India's hydrocarbons sector where the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) had faulted the government ...

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Consider treating Sanskrit as additional subject: SC

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday asked the government not to treat Sanskrit as a third language for the students of Kendriya Vidyalayas from class 6 to 8 and instead treat it as an additional language retaining German as a third langauge. You test them in Sanskrit for the additional language and German remains a third language as replacing German with Sanskrit during the...

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SEZs availed over Rs.83,000 crore tax concessions in six years: CAG

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in India had availed tax concessions to the tune of Rs.83,104.76 crore between 2006-07 and 2012-13, a report by official auditor Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said here Friday. Our review of the tax assessments indicated several instances of extending ineligible exemptions/deduction to the tune of Rs.1,150.06 cror...

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New attack in Nigeria forces 3,000 to flee: UN

Geneva, Nov 28 (IANS) A Boko Haram attack this week on the northern Nigerian town of Damassak has left 50 people dead and forced at least 3,000 to flee to neighbouring Niger, the UN refugee agency said Friday. Dammasak, which lies just a few kilometres from the Niger border, was reportedly captured by radical group Boko Haram Nov 24 and people are still arriving in Niger from Nigeria as ...

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Saudi school goes biometric to curb student bunking

Manama, Nov 28 (IANS) In a novel step to monitor students' attendance, a school in Saudi Arabia has introduced fingerprinting system, also enabling parents to be updated about their children's arrival and departure time via a cellphone message. With this, Mohammad Al Fateh Middle School in Mecca province's Taef city has turned the first school in the kingdom to adopt to biometric system ...

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Russia interested in manufacturing aircraft in India: Sitharaman

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Russian industry has expressed interest in producing civil aircraft and choppers in India, the government said Friday. Minister of State (MoS) Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply that Russia has expressed interest in production of civil aircraft, light transport aircraft and helicopter in India with Russian ...

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Schools allowed to set nursery admission guidelines, rejoice

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday quashed the Lt. governor's guidelines last year on nursery admissions in the national capital, saying it was a violation of the fundamental rights of the school management. The judgment was welcomed by various schools. Justice Manmohan quashed the guidelines issued by Lt. Gov. Najeeb Jung Dececember last year which mean neighborhood, s...

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Indian Aces win inaugural IPTL tie

Manila, Nov 28 (IANS) The much-awaited inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) got off to a flying start with the Indian Aces notching an impressive 26-16 first victory against the Singapore Slammers at the Mall of Asia Arena here Friday. Aces player-cum-coach Fabrice Santoro won the toss and elected to serve and the evening started with the mixed doubles match of Rohan Bopa...

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Man jailed for killing lover's husband

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) A court here jailed a man for life for killing his ex-girlfriend's husband. Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau awarded life term to 24-year-old Atul Sharma, an Uttar Pradesh resident for killing Mukesh Sharma, and imposed on him a fine of Rs. 1 lakh. According to prosecution, in March 2013, Atul killed his ex-lover's husband with a carpentary tool and a...

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Australian navy's largest ship commissioned

Canberra, Nov 28 (IANS) HMAS Canberra, a 27,000-tonne landing helicopter dock (LHD), was commissioned Friday, providing the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with one of the world's most capable and sophisticated amphibious assault ships, Defence Minister David Johnston said. According to a press release issued by the Department of Defense, Johnston made the remarks at the commissioning ceremo...

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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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