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Street vendors asked to be proactive

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) Street Vendors should be aware of the provisions of the street vendors act and should remain vigilant and proactive in getting the law implemented, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here Wednesday. The vendors across country should take services of the Legal Services Authority in getting their rights enforced, he said at the national conference of street vend...

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Talent hunt to nurture young singers

Gurgaon, Aug 27 (IANS) Life insurance company Max Life Insurance, in association with Universal Music Group, Wednesday announced the launch of i-genius Young Singing Stars that aims to recognise, reward and nurture young singing talent in India. The i-genius programme was launched in 2010, and the i-genius Young Authors Hunt was added last year. It culminated in a book of stories of top ...

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Whale tourism affecting marine animals' behaviour

London, Aug 27 (IANS) Boat trips to watch whales and dolphins may increasingly put the survival of marine mammals at risk, conservationists have warned. The jaunts can affect cetacean behaviour and stress levels in addition to causing deaths from collisions. But some animals are affected more than others and the long-term effects remain unclear, said scientists. Whale-wat...

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Modi's Japan visit preponed to Aug 30

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Japan from Aug 30, instead of Aug 31, till Sep 3, the Japanese embassy said here Wednesday. Modi was scheduled to pay an official visit to Japan from Aug 31 to Sep 3. The schedule of the visit has been changed. The new schedule is from Aug 30 to Sep 3, said a statement from the embassy. It further said that be...

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Entry of foreign equity in select railway segments notified

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) India Wednesday notified the maiden entery limits of foreign equity in its railway sector. A detailed note on the notification was issued by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) which said the government will allow the entry of 100 percent foreign capital into the creation of railways infrastructure, operations and management. The note...

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Indian messaging app Hike raises $65 million funding

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) Indian instant messaging application Hike has raised $65 million fresh funding, led by New York-based investment firm Tiger Global, a company statement said here Wednesday. Hike also crossed the 35-million user mark, making it one of the fastest growing messaging apps from India. Over 50 percent of the users are active on the platform on a monthly basis. ...

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Congress asks Rajnath to specify charges he denied

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday said Home Minister Rajnath Singh should specify the charges he has denied. Congress will like to know what allegation is Rajnathji and his son facing which are being denied, Congress leader Ajay Maken said. We also want to ask who put these allegations on the home minister, since the Congress has not done so, he said. Gossip...

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Forbes names TCS among world's most innovative companies

Mumbai, Aug 27 (IANS) Forbes has named TCS as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies, and positioned it 57th as the highest-ranking global IT services provider on this year's top-100 list, a statement said here Wednesday. The World's Most Innovative Companies List is developed annually by Forbes Magazine, recognising corporate excellence in fostering innovative and creative busines...

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Sweden-India Nobel quiz to travel through 10 cities

Kolkata, Aug 27 (IANS) The eighth edition of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz, an annual inter-college competition, will begin its ten-city course across India from Kolkata's Presidency University Sep 5. The competition, a part of The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week organised by the Embassy of Sweden would culminate with the finals in New Delhi on Nov 1. It will touch Ahmeda...

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Vagrants showcase hand-made products in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 27 (IANS) From coir weavings to items of pottery and carpentry, products made by vagrants from various shelter homes in West Bengal were on display here Wednesday at a three-day exhibition on the premises of the state run Sishir Mancha. The 'Bhabaghure Mela' (vagrant fair) showcases works by vagrants trained under vocational training schemes of the state. We display ...

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Bipasha Basu hopes 'Creature 3D' is path-breaking

Mumbai, Aug 27 (IANS) Actress Bipasha Basu, who is gearing up for the release for her film Creature 3D, hopes the film paves the way for more such creature-based thrillers in Bollywood. She feels new themes such as the one in Creature 3D, add freshness to the Hindi film industry. I enjoyed working in this film. It was an exciting experience for me. I hope that this film turns pat...

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Two die after inhaling toxic gas in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 27 (IANS) Two elderly women died and at least 50 people fell ill after inhaling a toxic gas coming out from a closed factory in Asansol town in West Bengal, police said. Twenty-two of those affected were rushed to hospital after the poisonous gas leaked from a godown of the factory in Burdwan district. Four of them were serious, police said. However, some residents s...

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Amit Shah backs Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah Wednesday backed Home Minister Rajnath Singh and said all rumours against him and his son Pankaj are baseless. In a statement issued in Hindi, Shah said there have been baseless and imaginary rumours surrounding Rajnath Singh and his son. As the party president, I believe the conduct of all our ministers is of highest standard, and...

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OPEC daily basket closes higher

Vienna, Aug 27 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $99.82 a barrel Tuesday, compared to $99.09 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwai), Es Sider (Libya...

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Sufi to folk, Delhi to be on song at fiesta

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) A cultural festival in the national capital beginning Thursday will bring together multiple genres of Indian music -- soulful Sufi singing to rustic folk -- on one platform, an organiser said Wednesday. The cultural fiesta Raag Rang, organised by the department of art, culture and languages in association with the Sahitya Kala Parishad, will be held at Central Pa...

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Waive taxes to promote cycle ownership: TERI

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) The government should waive taxes on cycles that cost less than Rs.5,000 to promote cycle-ownership in the country, a new study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with the All India Cycle Manufacturers Association said Wednesday. Stressing on the importance of cycling as a mode of transport, the report, titled Pedalling towards a greener ...

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Learn from Rani's 'Mardaani': Bihar police officer

Patna, Aug 27 (IANS) Impressed by Rani Mukerji's new movie Mardaani, a top police officer in Bihar has requested district chiefs to arrange shows for all policemen to take inspiration from it for the fight against child trafficking. I have requested and advised district superintendents of police to arrange shows of 'Mardaani' for all police officials for inspiration to fight human traffi...

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Acting not my cup of tea: Honey Singh

Mumbai, Aug 27 (IANS) Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh is happy making music. After giving a shot to acting with Himesh Reshammiya-starrer The Xpose, he is not ready to face the camera for a film ever again. At the launch of his new album Desi Kalakaar here, Honey was asked if he had any plans to act in films. Acting in films? Not at all. I cannot do it, that is very tough. I tried, but ...

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Lalu undergoes three surgeries

Mumbai, Aug 27 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad Wednesday underwent a marathon over six-hour-long surgery here to treat his heart condition, an official said. Three procedures were performed on him - an aortic valve replacement, aortic repair and repairing a 3mm hole in the heart, the official said. On Tuesday, the Rashtriya Janata Dal president was diagnosed with aortic stenosis nec...

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Eight arrested for inciting youth to join IS in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Aug 27 (IANS) As many as eight people have been arrested for luring youth in Saudi Arabia into joining the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the country's interior ministry said here Wednesday. Interior ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said the arrests were made in a security operation in northern Riyadh, Monday, Arab News reported Wednesday. The crackdown w...

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