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17 die in Venezuela prison fire

Caracas, Sep 1 (IANS) A fire in a Venezuela prison left 17 people, including nine prisoners, dead and 16 others injured, a media report said. The fire broke out on Monday due an electrical failure, Xinhua news agency reported. ...

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Andhra assembly to pass resolution on special status

Hyderabad, Sep 1 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh assembly will pass a resolution urging the central government to accord special status to the state and to implement all provisions contained in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. The resolution moved by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the assembly on Tuesday also appealed to the central government to take steps to fulfill the assuran...

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Social media attacks against Modi critics not directed by us: BJP IT Cell chief

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) The frenzied reactions of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters on social media against anyone strongly critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his policies are not organised by the party, says the cyber czar of BJP. Arvind Gupta, BJP's IT cell chief, who is called an innovation evangelist by his office, says his job is to give out correct information. How a...

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China manufacturing activity contracts in August

Beijing, Sep 1 (IANS) China's factory activity continued to lose steam in August, suggesting the world's second largest economy faces prolonged downward pressure, official data revealed on Tuesday. China's manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) came in at 49.7 in August, down from 50 for July, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the China Fed...

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'Kanche' most ambitious film of my career: Jagarlamudi

Chennai, Sep 1 (IANS) Filmmaker Krish Jagarlamudi says the makers spent a fortune on his forthcoming Telugu romantic war drama Kanche, which he describes as the most ambitious project he has attempted in his career so far. The filmmaker, who has been in the industry for seven years, claims Kanche to be Telugu cinema's first world war film. We've spent a lot of money on this proje...

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Obama to return to Columbia University after presidency

Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) The Columbia University said US President Barack Obama will return to his alma mater after leaving office in 2017, a media report said. During an event on Monday, Lee Bollinger, president of the university, said Columbia was looking forward to hosting the president, Xinhua quoted reported citing the official student newspaper Columbia Daily Spectator. Ho...

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Japan's tallest building to be built in Tokyo

Tokyo, Sep 1 (IANS) A major Japanese real estate company has planned to construct a 390-metre high skyscraper in central Tokyo which will be the country's tallest building, the media reported. Mitsubishi Estate unveiled the project at a news conference on Monday, state-run NHK news agency reported. Mitsubishi Estate President Hirotaka Sugiyama said the skyscraper will raise the c...

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Need to be vigilant in present security environment: Parrikar

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the security environment at present was complex and there was a need to be vigilant all the time. Security environment today is complex... need to be vigilant all the times, the minister said while addressing a tri-services seminar here on the 1965 Indo-Pak war. The minister also said that school textbooks...

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Audit raised objections to travel expenses of Vyapam experts

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh government auditor had raised a number of objections related to inflated travel expenses by experts hired by the state's Professional Examination Board or Vyapam for an examination in 2006-07 and had called for expeditious investigations, a reply to an RTI plea says. An RTI reply by the Directorate of Local Funds and Audit (LFA) earlier this yea...

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13 held guilty for Paul Muthoot murder

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 1 (IANS) A special CBI court here on Tuesday pronounced 13 accused guilty for the 2009 murder of Paul Muthoot George, who was stabbed to death. The court said nine people were directly involved in the killing while four were guilty of destroying evidence. One man was set free. A bachelor, George, 32, belonged to the wealthy Muthoot business family, and his...

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South Korea's exports, imports decline

Seoul, Sep 1 (IANS) South Korea's exports and imports reduced for eight straight months in August on the back of weak global demand for trade and cheap crude oil, an official report said on Tuesday. Exports, which account for about half of the economy, tumbled 14.7 percent from a year earlier to $39.33 billion in August, according to South Korea's ministry of trade, industry and energy, ...

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Beware! TV hours can add to your body weight

New York, Sep 1 (IANS) The more hours people in their 30s spend watching television each day, the higher the likelihood that they will have a greater body mass index and bigger waist circumference five years later, a 15-year study has found. This association did not hold for people in their middle age, indicating that young adulthood is an important time to intervene and promote less tel...

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Xi Jinping meets Taiwanese leader

Beijing, Sep 1 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday met Lien Chan, former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan's ruling party, a media report said. Chan is here to attend the upcoming celebrations in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese aggression, reports Xinhua.

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Japan to stop using controversial 2020 Olympics logo

Tokyo, Sep 1 (IANS) The organising committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday decided to stop using its controversial logo amid accusations of plagiarism. Kenjiro Sano, the logo designer, has been accused of plagiarism by Belgian designer Olivier Debie. Some other designs by Sano were also found to be suspect, reports Xinhua. The Tokyo Olympics organising committee has sche...

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Meet monster-like sea scorpion from ancient seas

New York, Sep 1 (IANS) The fossil of a previously unknown sea scorpion - an extinct monster-like predator that swam the seas some 467 million years ago - has been discovered in Iowa in the US. Measuring over 1.5 metres long, Pentecopterus is the oldest known species of eurypterid (sea scorpion) and is related to modern arachnids. It has the sleek features of a penteconter, one of...

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90 percent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study

Melbourne, Sep 1 (IANS) Nearly 90 percent of individual seabirds alive today have consumed some form of plastic and about 60 percent of them, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, have plastic in their guts, estimates a new study. This is a huge amount and really points to the ubiquity of plastic pollution, said lead author Chris Wilcox, senior research scientist at Australia'...

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India inch closer to series win, Sri Lanka 134/5

Colombo, Sep 1 (IANS) India claimed two wickets in the first session of the fifth day's play to inch closer to a historic series win against host Sri Lanka who were tottering at 134/5 in the third Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground here on Tuesday. Resuming the day at 67/3, the islanders managed to add only 67 runs to the total till lunch. Captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Per...

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Jamaica lament distance relay defeat but eye Rio Olympics

Beijing, Sep 1 (IANS) Jamaica's distance relay team were left hurting after missing out on a medal on the final day of the athletics World Championships but have already turned their attention to next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The quartet of Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, and Javon Francis were edged out in their attempt for a podium finish in the 4x...

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Jamaica hopes to promote tourism via Bolt & Co.

Kingston (Jamaica), Sep 1 (IANS) Jamaican officials expect the country's illustrious performance at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing will result in greater national development and the nation's international popularity. At the World meet which concluded on Sunday, athletes from the Caribbean island garnered seven gold medals, including the men's 100 metres, 200m, 4x100m, wome...

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US asks Pakistan to do more to confront terror threat

Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) Asking Islamabad to do more to confront terror groups based in Pakistan, the US says the issue will be on the agenda when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif comes to Washington next month. During her recent visit to Islamabad, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice invited Sharif to visit the White House in late October, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told r...

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