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Russia suspends military contacts with Turkey

Moscow, Nov 27 (IANS) Russia on Thursday suspended all military contacts with Turkey as ties between the two countries plummeted after the downing of a Russian warplane, the defence ministry said. Today (Thursday), all cooperation contacts have been suspended between Russian defence ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces...including the so-called hotline set up in order to avoid incidents...

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Eco-drive to promote environmental friendly vehicles flagged off

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Union Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Anant G. Geete on Thursday flagged off 3 Cities FAME India Eco Drive aimed at conserving energy and environmental benefits. Clean mobility solutions are being experimented and India cannot be far behind. Hybrid and electric vehicles are the need of future as they have come up as an excellent alternative solut...

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Rs.2 crore of Polaris promoter, ex-CFO to be impounded: SEBI

Chennai, Nov 26 (IANS) Securities market regulator SEBI has ordered impounding of around Rs.2 crore as alleged unlawful gains by Polaris Software Lab (now Polaris Consulting and Services) promoter Arun Jain and former CFO R.Srikanth from insider trading. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) also ordered banks and depositories should not make any debits in the accounts of Jai...

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'India's political unity does not require linguistic unity'

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Political unity in India has not led to, or required, literary unity and hence study of Indian literature should be organised primarily in terms of linguistic traditions and regional clusters, Marxist literary theorist Aijaz Ahmad said on Thursday. In India, political unity does not automatically give us, or requires of us, a literary or linguistic unity.

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40 foreign ministers to attend OSCE meet in Belgrade

Belgrade, Nov 26 (IANS) The meeting of the ministerial council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will bring more than 40 foreign ministers to Serbia on December 3-4. More than 1,000 representatives of state delegations will gather for the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council, OSCE chairperson and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic was quoted as saying by Xinhua...

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Kharge cautions government against any move to alter constitution

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday cautioned the Narendra Modi government against any attempt to alter the constitution, asserting his party will never let it happen. Taking part in the debate on commitment to India's constitution, Kharge said Prime Minister Modi should effectively intervene to stop his ministers from making controver...

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South Africa lifts ban on domestic rhino horn trade

Cape Town, Nov 26 (IANS) A South African court on Thursday lifted a ban on domestic trade of rhino horns in a case brought by rhino breeders, Xinhua reported. The government had imposed a moratorium on the trade in 2009 with the aim to curb rhino poaching. But two biggest private rhino breeders in South Africa, John Hume and Johan Kruger, filed the case, arguing the ban only caus...

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HIV infection surged to record numbers in Europe in 2014: WHO

Copenhagen, Nov 26 (IANS/EFE) A record number of people -- over 142,000 -- were diagnosed with HIV in Europe in 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Thursday. The increase in HIV cases is caused by the rise in infection rates in Eastern Europe, where HIV diagnoses have doubled in the last decade, according to a report released by the WHO European Region and the European...

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Betting high on mining, construction, VECV unveils 2 new vehicles

Bengaluru, Nov 26 (IANS) Eyeing robust construction and mining growth in India, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles (VECV) launched Pro 8031XM tipper and Pro 6025T box body vehicles at Excon 2015 on Thursday. The worst recession for the commercial vehicle industry is behind us now. As we move forward, a lot more growth is expected to come from demand from two sectors - mining and constructi...

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Punjab Congress president, CLP leader resign; reshuffle on cards

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) After uncertainty in recent months, the Punjab Congress is headed for a reshuffle after state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar resigned from their posts, party general secretary Shakeel Ahmad said on Thursday. Bajwa and Jakhar have resigned. Their resignations were accepted by Congress president Sonia ...

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Dabhol power plant restarts generation

New Delhi Nov 26, (IANS) The Dabhol power plant in Maharashtra recommenced electricity generation on Thursday after remaining shut for nearly two years, an official statement said. The Dabhol power plant, owned by Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Limited (RGPPL), restarted electricity generation this morning after having been shut for nearly two years due to shortage of domestic gas, sai...

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BMW, Mini to be costlier by 3 percent in 2016

Gurgaon, Nov 26 (IANS) BMW and Mini vehicle prices in India will rise up to three percent from January 1, 2016, the company announced on Thursday. The increase in prices is in continuation of our endeavour to offer the most aspirational and exceptional products to our customers and on adding more value to their overall ownership experience, said BMW Group India president Philipp Von Sahr...

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Cacao, green tea may treat complications from diabetes

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 26 (IANS/EFE) Cacao and green tea contain substances that may help prevent and treat kidney complications and retinal lesions caused by diabetes, according to scientists at Brazil's Campinas State University. The findings are from a study supported by the Sao Paulo State Research Support Foundation. Jose Butori Lopes de Faria, coordinator of the study, said th...

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Minister rakes up Ram temple, article 370 during constitution debate

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday said a Ram temple will be built at Ayodhya and raked up issues of abolition of article 370 and implementation of uniform civil code during a debate in the Lok Sabha. Participating in the debate on the commitment to constitution, Gehlot accused the Congress of not giving the due to the const...

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Obama praises Americans' generosity in Thanksgiving message

Washington, Nov 26 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama in a Thanksgiving Day message on Thursday said that letters he received in support of Syrian refugees were a demonstration of Americans' generosity. I've been touched by the generosity of Americans who have written me letters and emails in recent weeks, offering to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL, Obama sa...

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SC seeks response from government, CBI on Essar email leak

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the central government and the CBI to respond to a plea by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) seeking a court monitored probe into Essar email-leak matter citing an alleged nexus involving politicians, bureaucrats and corporates. A bench of Justice T.S.Thakur and Justice Kurian Joseph sought the response from the ...

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Grand Mosque of Brussels evacuated over anthrax alert

Brussels, Nov 26 (IANS/EFE) The Grand Mosque of Brussels, located close to the European Union headquarters, was evacuated on Thursday after an envelope with white powder was found inside, prompting firefighters to authorise an anthrax alert. Pierre Meys, spokesman for the Brussels fire service, told EFE that the anthrax preventive procedure has been activated. The spokesman expla...

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Railways to rationalise berth allocation under handicapped quota

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) The Railways on Thursday said it has earmarked two berths - one lower and one middle - in sleeper classes under the handicapped quota for physically challenged people travelling on concession. There are two types of handicapped people who can book berth under this quota - one for whom it is compulsory to travel along with escort and the second for whom it is opti...

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Lack of fighting spirit reason for Mumbai's poor run in ISL: Anelka

Navi Mumbai, Nov 26 (IANS) Mumbai City FC marque-player-cum-manager Nicolas Anelka on Thursday pointed out that the lack of fighting spirit is the main reason behind his side's poor run in the ongoing second season of the Indian Super League (ISL). The hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the tournament were all but shattered for hosts Mumbai after they played out a 1-1 draw against ...

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ATK could miss Postiga for remaining games of ISL

Kolkata, Nov 26 (IANS) Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata's marquee player Helder Postiga could miss the remaining matches of the Indian Super League (ISL) as he was still not match-fit and not making much improvement either, team coach Antonio Habas said here on Thursday, Speaking at the customary media meet on the eve of the crucial tie against FC Pune City, Habas said the Portugu...

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