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World Bank warns Ebola's economic impact in West Africa

Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) The Ebola virus that has become rampant in West Africa will enormously hurt fragile economic growth of the three hard-hit nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone if it goes unchecked, the World Bank warned Wednesday. The bank said this year, the economic growth rate for Guinea will fall to 2.4 percent from 4.5 percent, Sierra Leone to 8 percent from 11.3 pe...

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No ground troops against IS : Obama

Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) President Barack Obama Wednesday reiterated that the US will not use ground troops against Iraq to fight against the Islamic State (IS). I will not commit you, and the rest of our Armed Forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq, Xinhua quoted Obama as saying during an appearance at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, which houses the US Central Command. <...

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33 killed in fresh attack in northern Nigeria

Lagos, Sep 17 (IANS) At least 33 people, including a soldier, were killed Tuesday night in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen gunmen in Nigeria's Kaduna state, official said Wednesday. The attackers also injured four soldiers in an ambush, Xinhua reported. Vice Chairman of local government Bulus Mande confirmed the attacks, as state police spokesperson Aminu Lawan also confi...

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SAARC meet proposes visa exemption for 50 eminent people

Kathmandu, Sep 17 (IANS) SAARC immigration officials here Wednesday proposed to exempt from visa requirement 50 eminent people listed by the grouping under 24 categories to enable their hassle-free travel in member countries, an official said. The proposal was made at the sixth meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) immigration officials after deliberations o...

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KKR beat CSK in CLT20 opener

Hyderabad, Sep 17 (IANS) Reigning Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders romped home to a comfortable three-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the sixth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 here Wednesday. Chasing Super Kings' 157/4, the Kolkata-based team achieved the target with an over to spare at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium...

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20 killed in Nigerian college attack

Abuja, Sep 17 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed following an explosion and sporadic shootings that rocked the premises of a college in Nigeria's Kano state Wednesday, hospital sources said. The incident occurred in the Federal College of Education duing Wednesday afternoon, Xinhua quoted sources at two state-run hospitals administering treatment to victims. A doctor at the s...

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Police assault students, demand for Jadavpur VC's resignation grows

Kolkata, Sep 17 (IANS) Several students of the prestigious Jadavpur University here were hospitalised after police allegedly beat them up early Wednesday for laying siege to the vice chancellor's office seeking a fresh inquiry into the purported sexual harassment of a female student. With the authorities drawing all-round flak for the police crackdown in one of the foremost centres of ac...

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Kosovo police arrest 15 suspected Islamic extremists

Pristina, Sep 17 (IANS) Kosovo police arrested 15 alleged Islamic extremists, including twelve imams, early Wednesday in a massive anti-extremist operation. The imam of Grand Mosque in capital Pristina, Shefqet Krasniqi, is one among the 12 imams arrested during the operation that took place in all major cities throughout Kosovo, Xinhua reported. The arrested people include Fuad ...

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34 kids died of contaminated measles vaccines: Syrian rebels

Damascus, Sep 17 (IANS) At least 34 children have died in rebel-held Syria after being injected with contaminated measles vaccines, the rebels have claimed. They also warned that the deaths might be caused by saboteurs linked to the Bashar Al- Assad regime, the Guardian reported Wednesday. The death toll was expected to rise, with many children from eight towns in Idlib province,...

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India-Nepal relationship unique: Nepal vice president

Kathman Sep 17 (IANS) Nepal's Vice President Paramananda Jha Wednesday said the relationship between India and Nepal was unique and extraordinary, rooted in the shared history and culture of the two countries. Jha was speaking at a meeting of parliamentarians from India and Nepal who deliberated upon various issues that affect people on both sides of the border between the two countries....

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Sardar Patel would have integrated Kashmir with India: Shah

Bidar (Karnataka), Sep 17 (IANS) Sardar Vallabhai Patel would have integrated Kashmir with India if he was entrusted with the task by Jawaharlal Nehru during the country's unification process after independence in 1947, BJP chief Amit Shah said Wednesday. If Nehru had entrusted Sardar Patel with the task of integrating Kashmir with India then, we would not have the Kashmir problem and Pa...

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Sun Pharma to acquire rights for Merck's dermatology drug

Chennai, Sep 17 (IANS) In an $80 million deal, India's pharmaceutical major Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will acquire worldwide rights to US-based Merck & Co Inc's tildrakizumab, an investigational therapeutic antibody candidate, the company said. In a statement issued Wednesday, Sun Pharma said both the companies through their respective subsidiaries announced an exclusive wor...

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Xi arrives in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the national capital Wednesday night after a grand welcome in Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The aircraft carrying Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan touched down at the Air Force Station in Palam after 10 pm. China's first couple were received by Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. Prime Minister Narendra Mod...

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Delhi HC slams 'photoshopped' images of Dwarka

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) The SDMC and the DDA Wednesday came under the scanner of the Delhi High Court after both submitted some photoshopped images of streets in Dwarka area that were practically wiped clean of all potholes. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul caught red-handed the counsel representing the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the ...

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Travel bans complicated Ebola fight: WHO official

Nairobi, Sep 17 (IANS) Travel prohibitions to Ebola-hit West African countries have undermined the fight against the pandemic that has claimed 2,500 lives, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said Wednesday. Luis Sambo, WHO's regional director for Africa, regretted that countries defied international health regulations to impose a travel ban to the pandemic hotspots, Xinhua report...

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India will always stand by Vietnam: President

On Board Air India One, Sep 17 (IANS) India has always stood by Vietnam and will continue to do so, President Pranab Mukherjee said Wednesday, and expressed confidence their strategic partnership will steadily augment and they will provide stability and growth to the region and the world. The president, reading out a statement on his state visit to Vietnam, said he was greatly moved by h...

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Bravo fined by ICC

Dubai, Sep 17 (IANS) West Indies player Darren Bravo has been found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct during the fourth and final day's play in the second Test against Bangladesh in St. Lucia. He was fined 30 percent of his match fee for breaching Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the ICC said Wedn...

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High acquittal rate as witnesses turn hostile: SC judge

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Many of the accused in India are acquitted due to witnesses turning hostile, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai of the Supreme Court said Wednesday. Inaugurating the vulnerable witness deposition complex at the Saket district court here, Justice Desai said it has been seen that in many cases, the accused are acquitted as witnesses turned hostile and failed to narrate ...

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With better understanding, US ready to engage Modi's India

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit, the US says that with a better understanding of each other's systems, it's looking forward to engage with India putting behind the ups and downs in their relationship. The US engagement with Modi has been awesome and appreciated on both sides, said Nisha Desai Biswal, assistant secretary for South and C...

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Xi arrives in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the national capital late Wednesday evening after a visit to Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Earlier, Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan reached Ahmedabad Wednesday afternoon to begin a three-day India sojourn. In Ahmedabad, three agreements were inked in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chinese president.

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