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Renewed fighting in Gaza as truce collapses, toll 1,463

Gaza/Jerusalem, Aug 1 (IANS) At least 27 Palestinians were killed and 200 others were wounded Friday in Israeli air raids and artillery attacks on the city of Rafah, in the south of Gaza, breaking a 72-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and the Islamic Palestinian movement Hamas. Local sources in Rafah reported intense fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militias in the...

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Sonia forced Zambian leader to shift hotel: Natwar

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Behaving in a capricious and irrational fashion, Sonia Gandhi once forced Zambia's senior leader Kenneth Kaunda to shift out of a New Delhi hotel whose owner had fallen from her grace, K. Natwar Singh, a former Congress leader and foreign minister, now says. Kaunda, one of Africa's most respected leaders who had been his country's president, had checked into Lalit...

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Budget carrier SpiceJet to resume Kabul flights

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Friday said it will resume its thrice-weekly Delhi-Kabul flight from Aug 2. The airline had July 18 temporarily suspended services to Kabul, as a precautionary measure, after security-related incidents. ...

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Akshay vs Akshay in Taekwondo face-off

Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar displayed his tricks of Taekwondo on a reality TV show when he went to promote his upcoming movie Entertainment on the platform. There, he happened to have a face-off with a contestant, also named Akshay. Akshay Nalawade, a contestant on Zee TV's Cine Stars ki Khoj has earlier performed as a background dancer behind the Bollywood 'khiladi...

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33 drown near Karachi beaches

Islamabad, Aug 1 (IANS) Rescue teams have retrieved bodies of 33 people who drowned over the last three days at different recreational points while bathing in the rough seas off Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, media reported Friday. Citing Express TV, Xinhua reported that several people are still missing and a search operation is being conducted by teams of Pakistan Navy, Sindh...

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'Step Up All In' to release in India Aug 29

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The dance fever is set to soar high in India with the release of Step Up All In Aug 29. The movie will release in Hindi as well as in English. The fifth chapter of the successful dance series from Summit Entertainment will also be released in 3D. It will be marketed and distribute in India by Kinesis Films. This is the first time that a Hollywood studio li...

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Mahindra's July sales down 4 percent

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Automobile manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Friday reported a four percent decrease in monthly sales for last month at 35,567 units from 37,096 units during July 2013. The overall sales during the last month was subdued and the market remained challenging. With the monsoon now setting in across the country as well as the ensuing festival season, we expect pos...

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Despite controversy, Hooda appoints two more commissioners

Chandigarh, Aug 1 (IANS) Despite drawing flak from all quarters over controversial appointments to statutory bodies, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Friday went ahead and administered oath of office to two more commissioners here. Former chief secretary S.C. Choudhary, who retired Thursday, was appointed chief commissioner of the Right to Service (RTS) Commission, while Lt. ...

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Minor raped in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A nine-year-old girl was raped by a juvenile staying near her house in New Delhi, police said Friday. The girl was playing outside her home at Chandani Mahal area in central Delhi when she was lured away by the accused. He took the girl to his home and raped her Thursday evening, police said. Hearing her screams, some people managed to enter the house and ...

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Hero MotoCorp's July sales up nine percent

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Friday reported a nine percent growth in sales last month at 529,862 units from 487,545 units from the like period last year. According to the company, it notched up a sales growth of 10 percent, its highest-ever quarterly sales figure of 1,715,129 units from 1,559,282 units sold in the corresponding quarter of last year. ...

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Bengal will push youth for skill development: Mamata

Kolkata, Aug 1 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said her government will push for skill development training, so 10 lakh state youths get jobs in two years. Banerjee's address in Bankura district Thursday comes a day after the announcement of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) setting up a centre of excellence in entrepreneurship training in Kol...

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'F.I.R.' clocks eight years on telly

Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Comical TV series F.I.R., about lady inspector Chandramukhi Chautala and her adept team of police officers solving criminal cases with a funny twist, has completed a successful stint of eight years on Indian television. The cast and crew is ecstatic. It is said to be one of the longest running comedy shows on the Indian small screen. The show captivates its loyal aud...

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Won't tolerate move to control Haryana gurdwaras: Badal

Chandigarh, Aug 1 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday warned that the move to take control of Haryana gurdwaras from the SGPC will not be tolerated. The efforts of the Haryana government to wrest the control of gurdwaras in the state through its remote-controlled 'modern mahants' would not be tolerated at any cost. The future course of action to oppose this sinister m...

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TN parties furious over article on Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Aug 1 (IANS) Tamil Nadu political parties are furious at an article titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalithaa's love letters to Modi' on the Sri Lankan defence ministry's web site, saying it denigrates the Tamil Nadu chief minister. In a statement issued here Friday, PMK founder S. Ramadoss said: The article title and the accompanying picture of Jayalalithaa thinking of Modi while...

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Jai, Veeru - Bollywood's best onscreen friendship: Survey

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra's camaraderie as Jai and Veeru in cult film Sholay has been voted the best example of onscreen friendships in Bollywood, in a new survey. International Friendship Day falls Sunday, and ahead of the occasion, matrimonial website Shaadi.com conducted an online survey to find out what the country's single Indian women felt about famous...

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Hub for reading, aspiring writers in Kolkata soon

Kolkata, Aug 1 (IANS) Writing and reading enthusiasts here, who wish for their talent to be spotted and honed, will get such an opportunity courtesy a weekly Readers' and Writers' Club set to be launched Aug 7. The hub in south Kolkata's Ballygunge will encourage aspirants to showcase their mastery with words as well as their elocutionary prowess through sessions conducted by leading lit...

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Wanted! SRK, Salman as friends

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A group of single Indian women want to see the sweet-and-sour camaraderie of Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan to turn sweet permanently, according to a survey. Ahead of International Friendship Day, which falls Sunday, matrimonial website Shaadi.com conducted an online survey to find out what the country's single women felt about famous celebrity fri...

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NHRC notice to Delhi government over medical negligence

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission Friday issued notice to the Delhi government over reports of medical negligence leading to a child's birth outside a government hospital here. The commission took suo motu cognizance of media reports that said on account of negligence of doctors at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, a woman gave birth to a child outside the hospital un...

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Why some people can cope with short sleep

New York, Aug 1 (IANS) Most people require seven to nine hours of sleep to have proper daytime functioning, but some people can function normally on less than six hours of sleep per night owing to a gene mutation, says a study. The genetic variant also appears to provide greater resistance to the effects of sleep deprivation, the researchers, who studied 100 twin pairs, noted. Pe...

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Methane created mysterious Siberian crater: Study

London, Aug 1 (IANS) The mysterious crater spotted in the frozen Yamal peninsula in Siberia earlier this month was probably caused by methane released as permafrost thawed, Russian researchers say. Air near the bottom of the crater contained unusually high concentrations of methane - up to 9.6 percent - in tests conducted at the site, said Andrei Plekhanov, an archaeologist at the Scient...

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