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Unseasonal rains take a toll on wheat, fruit crops; farmers take a hit

Chandigarh/Mumbai/Shimla, April 2 (IANS) The damage caused to the standing wheat and fruit crop by unseasonal rains in the past four to six weeks has started to hit home, with farmers in these states saying that they will not be able to recover from the loss any time soon. As if the fury of the rainfall in February and early March was not enough, another spell of rainfall in late March, ...

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SC conference on Good Friday unfortunate: Congress MP

Panaji, April 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court should not have organised a judicial conference on Good Friday, which is a solemn occasion for Christians, Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Goa Shantaram Naik said on Thursday. Naik also asked if the apex court would have attempted to organise such an event on Diwali. The state's lone Rajya Sabha MP was speaking to reporters at the Congress state head...

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SIT to probe case of fake IAS official at academy

Dehradun, April 2 (IANS) A special investigation team was constituted on Thursday to probe the case of a woman allegedly masquerading as an IAS official at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy in Mussoorie, officials said. However, the woman maintained that the academy's deputy director knew she wasn't an IAS probationer. The Uttarakhand government has formed a...

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Switchfoot found 'family halfway around the world' in India

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Coming all the way from the US to regale their Indian fans, members of the hugely popular alternative rock band Switchfoot felt they had found a family far away from home on their maiden tour of the country, says frontman Jon Foreman, who is drawn to Indian classical music. Comprising Jon (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamil...

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Yemen evacuation: 300 more to reach home

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The government said on Thursday that more than 300 Indian nationals would be brought home from strife-torn Yemen. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted: Another day....different city....same goal. Evacuation of Indian nationals from Yemen continues. INS Sumitra to dock in Al Hudaydah today. Another 300 plus on the cards. Evacuati...

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Older employees bring valuable skills to the job

Washington, April 2 (IANS) When companies the world over are looking to hire fresh, young employees brimming with ideas, a new study reveals that older employees bring valuable knowledge to the job. They have higher crystallised intelligence, which includes verbal ability and knowledge born of experience, the findings showed. But compared with their younger counterparts, older ex...

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Protein concentrate can reduce spinal cord damage: Study

Vienna, April 2 (IANS) The protein concentrate apoptotic secretome (APOSEC) extracted from white blood cells is capable of reducing damage that occurs as a result of spinal cord injuries, the Medical University of Vienna has said in a press release. Tests conducted on animals showed that if an injection of the APOSEC agent was administered in the abdominal cavity 40 minutes after the spi...

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Eight killed in Kenyan university attack

Nairobi, April 2 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and over 30 injured after unidentified gunmen forced their way into a university in northeastern Kenya and opened fire at the students, a relief agency said on Thursday. Kenya Red Cross Society said the injured people have been rushed to hospital. Four of them were in critical condition and would be airlifted for specialised treat...

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'India needs to step up research in photonics'

Roorkee (Uttarakhand), April 2 (IANS) India needs to step up research in photonics, which will help it solve several problems ranging from lack of adequate communications in rural areas to reliable supply of water, says a pioneer in the realm. Photonics is the marriage of light sciences or photonics with electronics. The entire Internet is based on optical technology and all the heavy li...

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Anupam Kher's acting school announces repertory

Mumbai, April 2 (IANS) Veteran actor Anupam Kher's acting school Actor Prepares has announced a repertory from April 18 to May 2. The actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter to show his excitement about the announcement. So Happy & Proud to announce the Repertory Co. of our school @actorprepares. We produce Actors NOT strugglers :), Anupam tweeted. The repertory ...

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PM urges RBI to prepare roadmap for 'financial inclusion' by 2035

Mumbai, April 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to prepare a road-map for financial inclusion ahead of its centenary year in 2035. The RBI will be completing 100 years in 2035 and it will be appropriate for it to work on financial inclusion and prepare a roadmap to achieve it, Modi said, attending the 80th anniversary celebrations of ...

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OPEC daily basket price closes higher

Vienna, April 2 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $52.48 a barrel on Wednesday, compared to $51.06 on Tuesday, the organisation's secretariat said. The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes is made up of Murban (UAE), Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), K...

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'High status' gestures don't make you self confident

London, April 2 (IANS) The so called power poses - hands pressed to the hips or perhaps leaning back with arms crossed behind the head -- that you witness in your social circles or at work actually demonstrate nothing and are less powerful than we thought. According to scientists from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, power poses affect neither the masculine hormone testosterone, ...

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Over 350 return home from Yemen, wary of future

Kochi/Mumbai, April 2 (IANS) Over 350 Indians were safely airlifted from strife-torn Yemen, but the returnees on Thursday were apprehensive about their future and hoped they would land jobs. India sent its biggest plane, the C-17 (Globemaster), to evacuate its nationals, 190 of whom landed in Mumbai on Thursday while another 168 went to Kochi in Kerala. Fighting has been going on...

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Holders KKR bank on mix of youth, experience for title defence

Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) After several disastrous seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) finally got into their stride in 2012 after winning the title and reclaiming it in 2014. The defending champions may not look the best side on paper but they sure carry the potential to defend and again hold aloft the coveted trophy. The Gautam Gambhir-led sid...

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BCCI likely to call emergency meeting ahead of Bangladesh tour

Dhaka/Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to call an emergency meeting within a week to consider the imbroglio surrounding the Indian team's Bangladesh tour in June. This follows Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal quitting the ICC and blaming its chairman, N, Srinivasan for his exit, a media report in Dhaka said on Thursday. A top BCCI official was...

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Set concrete targets for financial inclusion: Modi

Mumbai, April 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the Reserve Bank of India to encourage financial institutions to set concrete targets for financial inclusion over the next 20 years. Addressing a Reserve Bank conference on financial inclusion on the 80th anniversary of the central bank, Modi told the RBI to set goals on intermediate targets for the 150th birth annive...

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When Avril Lavigne thought she would die

Los Angeles, April 2 (IANS) Singer Avril Lavigne says she thought she was 'dying' when she couldn't talk or move due to suffering from Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection spread by ticks. She feared her life was coming to an end when she caught the infectious disease in October, resulting in her becoming bedridden for five months, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I felt like I couldn'...

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Rampant crime makes Lucknow UP's 'crime capital'!

Lucknow, April 2 (IANS) Even as the Uttar Pradesh government of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav claims in big newspaper advertisements that it has brought about rapid improvement in the law and order situation in the state during its rule, 42 murders in three months, 20 major robberies, a bank heist that left three people dead has led to many here calling Lucknow not only the adminstrative capital ...

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Paul Walker's brother eyeing acting career

Los Angeles, April 2 (IANS) Late actor Paul Walker's younger brothers Caleb and Cody Walker, stepped in to help finish Furious 7 after their brother was killed in a car crash in November 2013 half way through the production. Now one of the brothers has been bitten by the acting bug. As per sources, Paul's youngest brother Cody, 26, is getting in touch with Paul's manager Matt Luber at Lu...

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