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Will look into Bengal's financial dues, Jaitley assures Mamata

Kolkata, Aug 23 (IANS) Having been apprised by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about the money due to West Bengal under various central schemes, union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday assured her that the matter will be looked into. The chief minister has given me a letter of the outstanding amounts under the various (central) schemes which the state is entitled to. We are certainly...

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Force India struggle in wet Belgian GP qualifying

Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Aug 23 (IANS) Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg had a difficult outing in the Belgian Grand Prix qualifying Saturday and will start Sunday's race 13th and 18th. Hulkenberg failed to get through to Q2 for Force India, complaining that he'd lost all brake temperature and confidence as he was stranded on 2m 11.267s. Perez did manage t...

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Reddy is new PCA chief as Bindra bids cricket adieu

Mohali, Aug 23 (IANS) Former BCCI president and once a towering figure in India's cricket administration, I.S. Bindra Saturday formally withdrew from cricket affairs in the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and was replaced by senior IAS officer D.P. Reddy as the PCA president. Reddy, a Punjab cadre IAS officer, was PCA vice president till now. The decision was taken at the execut...

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Warm Saturday in Delhi, similar Sunday expected

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The national capital Saturday experienced a sunny and a warm day with the maximum temperature recorded at 38.2 degree Celsius, five notches above the season's average. Similar weather is expected Sunday. Sunday is likely to be clear and warm, said an official of the India Meteorological Department(IMD). The maximum and the minimum temperature are likely to hover ...

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Six injured as car rams into cycle rickshaws in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Six people were injured when a speeding car rammed into cycle rickshaws they were sleeping on in Delhi, police said Saturday. Six people, most of them rickshaw pullers, were sleeping on their vehicles parked by the road-side in north Delhi's Sarai Rohilla area, when a car rammed into them and toppled over after hitting the pavement around 1 a.m. Saturday. ...

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Indian cueists bag Asian title

Karachi, Aug 23 (IANS) India A, consisting of Kamal Chawla, Faisal Khan and Dharmender Lilly, won the Gold medal in the Asian Snooker Team championship here Saturday, defeating Pakistan A 3-1 in the final. The Indian cueists outclassed the highly accomplished duo of Muhammad Asif, former IBSF World Snooker champion, and Muhammad Sajjad, former Asian champion, of Pakistan by 3 frames to 1...

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Vasisht, Zeel claim junior tennis meet titles

Chennai, Aug 23 (IANS) Karnataka's Vasisht Cherukku of Karnataka and Zeel Desai of Gujarat annexed the boys and girls singles titles in the MCC-Adidas Junior National clay court tennis championships here Saturday. Vasisht, who had won the doubles title Friday, overcame Nitin Kumar Sinha of West Bengal 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 and Zeel easily defeated local challenger Abinikka R 6-4, 6-2, in the tit...

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Sri Lanka, Pakistan 2nd ODI shifted to Hambantota

Colombo, Aug 23 (IANS) The second One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was Saturday moved up to Aug 26 and the venue shifted to Hambantota after heavy rainfall here left the Premadasa Stadium waterlogged. It rained continuous for 48 hours making a recovery unlikely for the ground, as well as putting play in doubt on match day. The match was scheduled to take...

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Kerala Police gears up for new liquor policy

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 23 (IANS) With Kerala's new liquor policy providing for phased prohibition, the police is being readied to tackle the issues arising from this, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said Saturday. The government, which Friday finalised the new liquor policy, will submit to the Kerala High Court Aug 26, a roadmap to achieve total prohibition in the next 10 years.

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BJP, JMM workers clash in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Aug 23 (IANS) Seven people, including two policemen, were injured Saturday in clashes here between BJP and JMM cadres over the booing of Chief Minister Hemant Soren at an event attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hundreds of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) activists gathered near Hinoo Chowk and Birsa Chowk, to protest the arrival of union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Sin...

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Don't hire relatives as personal staff, BJP councillors told

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP's Delhi unit Saturday directed its councillors to not appoint their relatives as personal staff, a statement said. Party president Satish Upadhyay, in a letter written to all councillors, said: It has been observed that the relatives of public representatives of the municipal corporations are see...

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BJP accuses Samajwadi Party of promoting 'love jihad' in UP

Vrindavan, Aug 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday pledged to oust the anti-people Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh, accusing it of promoting and patronizing love jihad in the state. At the first day of its two-day state executive meet in the temple town in western Uttar Pradesh, senior party leaders upped their ante against the SP and a...

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Teenaged girl gang-raped, killed in Odisha, three held

Bhubaneswar, Aug 23 (IANS) Police Saturday detained three people for questioning in connection with the gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl in Odisha's Ganjam district, police said. We have detained three persons in this connection. They are being questioned, sub-divisional police officer R.C. Sethi told IANS. The barbaric incident occurred Thursday night near Balisahi vil...

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Israel offers agriculture technology to Goa

Panaji, Aug 23 (IANS) Israel is hopeful of setting up a centre of excellence in Goa to aid the state vis a vis technological issues related to agriculture, Israel's consul general in Mumbai Davik Akov said here Saturday. We have about 20 centres of excellence of Israeli technology all over India. We hope to have one in Goa. We are starting to work on the prospects of that, Akov told IANS...

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Hearing challenging Himachal CM's acquittal adjourned

Shimla, Aug 23 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court Saturday adjourned till Sep 10 the hearing challenging the acquittal of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh in a 2012 corruption case. Justice D.C. Chaudhary heard arguments on the plea of S.M. Katwal, former chairman of the state Subordinate Services Selection Board, for condonation of delay of 96 days in filin...

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Shruti felt like a princess in Shehla Khan's creation

Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) Pink is not Shruti Haasan's favourite colour, but she loved donning designer Shehla Khan's creation in the same shade and says that she felt like a Victorian princess. She walked the ramp Saturday at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter-Festive show in a pink long skirt with silver lace work and a pink crop top. She accessorised her appearance with pearl bangles. T...

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Creators of children's content to meet in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Writers, illustrators, designers, artists, educators, publishers, booksellers and story tellers will explore different ways of creating better content for children in a two-day event that will begin here Aug 25, said organisers. The 6th edition of Jumpstart. organised by the German Book Office New Delhi, will take place at India International Centre, and the day-...

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Two arrested for raping sisters in Rajasthan

Barmer (Rajasthan), Aug 23 (IANS) Two people have been arrested in Rajasthan's Barmer district for allegedly raping two sisters when they were returning home last week, police said Saturday. We have arrested two accused, Birda Ram Thursday and Chatura Ram Friday, in connection with the alleged rape. We are currently probing involvement of a third person in the incident, Barmer's Superint...

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Modi condoles deaths by floods

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday condoled the deaths caused by floods in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam. He sanctioned from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund Rs.2 lakh for the next of kin of each of the deceased and Rs.50,000 for each of the seriously injured. ...

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Congress names Haryana poll campaign committee

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday named a 40-member election campaign committee for poll-bound Haryana, a statement from her office said. Captain Ajay Yadav was named the chairperson of the committee while Kiran Chaudhary and Dilu Ram Bazigar were named co-chairperson and convener respectively, the statement said. ...

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