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India's GDP grows by more than seven percent

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The Indian economy grew by more than seven percent in 2014-15 from the 4.7 percent increase in the previous fiscal, government data showed on Friday. The gross domestic product (GDP) which is a measure of the total value of goods and services produced in the country broke the sub-five percent growth rate barrier after the last two consecutive years. In 2...

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Mufti government stifling dissent at Delhi's behest: Yasin Malik

Srinagar, May 29 (IANS) Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday said that the state government was trying to stifle dissent at the behest of Delhi and constricting political space for separatists, even as he launched his party's 'jail-bharo' (fill-prisons) agitation. JKLF had announced on Wednesday a 10-day 'jail-bharo' movement against non-availabil...

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Slight fall in mercury in Himachal, rains in store

Shimla, May 29 (IANS) The maximum temperature in the hills in Himachal Pradesh declined marginally on Friday, giving some relief from the scorching heat wave, an weatherman said. The met department said there could be light rain or thundershowers in some parts of the state till June 1. Most of the towns saw a fall of the maximum temperature by one to one degrees. In the next few ...

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Low radioactive substance leak at Delhi airport

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) A leak of low radioactive sodium iodide liquid led to panic at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here early Friday morning after two cargo loaders felt irritation on their skin. Two airport loaders - identified as Randhir and Ramakant - who were handling the cargo reportedly suffered skin irritation and informed the authority. However, they w...

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Home ministry notification: SC notice to Delhi government

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) In a small advantage to the central government, the Supreme Court on Friday described as tentative Delhi High Court's observation that its May 21 order giving Delhi's lt. governor the final say in posting and transfers of bureaucrats was suspect, even as it issued notice to the city government on the issue. The vacation bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Uday Umesh...

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HC refuses to stay home ministry notification

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the union home ministry's May 21 notification holding that the Delhi lt. governor has discretionary powers for appointments and transfers to key bureaucratic posts in the capital. Justice Rajiv Shakdher declined to change the primacy of the lt.governor in the administrative mechanism of the capital, while issuing not...

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Hashimpura massacre: HC notice to 16 former PAC men

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to 16 former Uttar Pradesh policemen acquitted in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case, in which they were accused of killing 42 Muslim men in Meerut. Hearing an appeal filed by the Uttar Pradesh government to challenge the acquittal of these former policemen by a trial court, a division bench headed by Justice G.S. Sista...

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Rate cut hopes cheer markets; interest sensitive stocks up

Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Hopes of a policy rate cut by the apex bank early next month cheered the markets during trading session on Friday with a benchmark index of the Indian equities markets gaining more than 320 points or 1.17 percent. The 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex) ended the day with gains of more than 320 points or 1.17 percent as interest-sensitive stocks like automobile, b...

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Smart cities, AMRUT to be launched next month: Venkaiah Naidu

Hyderabad, May 29 (IANS) Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday announced that the central government will launch three major schemes next month. He told reporters that the Smart Cities Mission, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and housing for all will be launched in June. He said Smart Cities and AMRUT will change the face ...

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Ivanovic advances to French Open fourth round

Paris, May 29 (IANS) Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic advanced to the fourth round of the French Open defeating Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-0, 6-3 here on Friday. Seventh-seeded Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion at the Roland Garros, will face the winner of the match between ninth-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova and her compatriot Elena Vesnina, reports Efe. ...

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'Creeping' ex-partners haunt Facebook users: Study

Toronto, May 29 (IANS) You are not alone if your ex-flame creeps you on Facebook, a study says. Eighty-eight percent of Facebook users said in a survey that they creep their exes on the social networking site. The electronic intrusion causes the targets plenty of distress. Researchers Anabel Quan-Haase and Veronika Lukacs from the Western University in Canada surveyed mor...

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Syrian Islamist rebels gain new ground

Beirut, May 29 (IANS/EFE) Syrian Islamist rebel militias, including Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, have seized control over new areas in the northwestern province of Idlib following heavy clashes with regime forces. Insurgents from Jaysh al-Fateh (Conquest Army) seized control of Orm al-Joz and Ein Orm al-Joz, among other areas in the vicinity of Ariha city, which was domi...

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Centre seeks clarification from Odisha on setting up IIM

Bhubaneswar, May 29 (IANS) Following the Odisha government recommendation to set up an IIM in Sambalpur district, the union ministry of human resources development (MHRD) has asked for a report on infrastructure facilities and economic activities in the area by June 5. State Employment and Technical Education and Training (ET&T) Minister Sanjay Dasburma on Friday said the MHRD has as...

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Chandrababu Naidu elected national president of TDP

Hyderabad, May 29 (IANS) The Telugu Desam Party' (TDP) on Friday announced its transformation as a national political party and unanimously elected N. Chandrababu Naidu as its first national president. Naidu was elected unopposed to the post of president of the national committee on the last day of the three-day 'Mahanadu' or annual conclave of the party at Gandipet on the outskirts of H...

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Neelesh Misra to scrutinise Indian governance in 'Ramrajya'

Noida, May 29 (IANS) Writer and lyricist Neelesh Misra's new introspective TV show Ramrajya will raise a lot of uncomfortable but necessary prospects of good governance. This will be done by taking examples from other countries and with the purpose to address the various issues that India faces today. The weekend show, which will start on Saturday on ABP News, will present social...

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Olympic champion Xuerui out of Australian Open

Sydney, May 29 (IANS) World No.7 women's singles shuttler Sung Ji Hyun proved too good for China's reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals of the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries here on Friday night. The top seed Xuerui fell in the first game, 17-21, after Sung maintained an early lead at the Sydney Olympic Park. World No.2 Xuerui fought back hard, showing her clas...

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Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as president

Abuja, May 29 (IANS) Muhammadu Buhari took oath of office as president of Nigeria on Friday, promising to carry out his duties faithfully in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of Africa's most populous nation. The oath of office taken by Buhari, was administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Mahmoud Mohammed, and was ...

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'San Andreas' - this temblor is worth watching

Film: San Andreas; Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson and Kylie Minogue; Director: Brad Peyton; Rating: ***1/2 Layered with a family drama, San Andreas is a fictional, formulaic disaster film which showcases the largest earthquake recorded in history. The catastrophe occurs on the San An...

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Trial run of shorter route of Agartala-Kolkata bus soon

Agartala, May 29 (IANS) The trial run of a bus service between Agartala and Kolkata via Bangladesh that would reduce the journey by over 1,000 km will be held on June 1-3, a minister said here on Friday. As part of the trial run, a bus carrying West Bengal government officials would start from Kolkata on June 1. It will reach Agartala via Bangladesh on June 2 and would return the next da...

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Mild relief in Maharashtra heat wave, no casualties

Mumbai/Nagpur, May 29 (IANS) Slight relief was experienced in the heat wave conditions in certain parts of Maharashtra's Vidarbha and Marathwada regions though high temperatures continued to scorch most areas on Friday. For the first time in a week, the highest temperatures in the state stood at 46 degrees Celsius (down from the high of 47 degrees this entire week), recorded today in Nag...

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