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Cabinet approves mobile phone towers in 10 extremist-hit states

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The union cabinet Wednesday approved provision of mobile phone services at 2,199 locations in 10 states affected by Left-wing extremism. The states are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, an official statement said here. The establishment of mobile services would au...

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Haryana offices to have panel on sexual harassment

Gurgaon, Aug 20 (IANS) The Haryana Commission for Women Wednesday directed all offices to constitute a committee to hear complaints of sexual harassment and send all information online to the commission. HCW chairperson Kamlesh Panchal said this while addressing a meeting of all heads of government offices in Gurgaon. Additional Deputy Commissioner Pushpender Singh Chauhan said a...

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Plea over exclusion of English in civil service exam rejected

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused to provide relief to a civil service aspirant challenging the decision of the UPSC asking candidates to leave questions unanswered in the English comprehensive section in the preliminary test. The English comprehensive questions will not be checked in the examination scheduled for Aug 24. Dinesh Bhatia, a woman civil...

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Darjeeling woman in Delhi molested by two men

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A 22-year-old woman from Darjeeling, working in a multinational company, was molested by two men near her home here, police said Wednesday. The incident happened on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday in Vasant Vihar area of south Delhi. The victim was on her way to office. The accused, both in their early 20s, are known to the victim and were wai...

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AIIMS gets new chief vigilance officer

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Viswas Mehata, a 1986 batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre, has been appointed the new chief vigilance officer (CVO) of AIIMS for three months. Mehata, who is also the joint secretary in the union health ministry, has been given the additional charge, days after AIIMS CVO Sanjeev Chaturvedi was removed from the post before the completion of his tenure. W...

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Cabinet approves programme to make India digitally empowered

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The government Wednesday announced a special programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society. The programme Digital India was approved at a meeting of the union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The programme aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shank...

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Canadian province scraps helmet exemption for Sikhs

Toronto, Aug 20 (IANS) Sikhs in the Canadian province of Ontario will not be exempted from wearing helmets, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced. The Canadian Sikh Association said it received a letter last week from Wynne stating the Liberal government, for safety reasons, will not allow Sikh motorcycle riders to wear only turbans, the Toronto Star reported Wednesday. After careful ...

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Chennai Open turns 20 in 2015

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) With Thomas Enqvist and Mark Petchey's first tennis match, the seeds of India's first and only Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour tennis stop were sown in 1996 with the Chennai Open. Twenty years down, the tournament has grown into a marquee ATP tennis event in South Asia, giving birth to many a tennis champion, attracting some of the finest names...

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Centre reduces minimum export price for onion

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Wednesday decided to reduce the minimum export price for onion to $350 per tonne, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said. We had increased the minimum export price for onion to $500 per tonne to make export less competitive. But now that there is availability of onion, we have decid...

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Kipchoge aims at Chicago Marathon course record

Nairobi, Aug 20 (IANS) Kenya's Rotterdam marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge will make another attempt to run under the two hours and four minutes when he lines up at the fast course of the Chicago Marathon slated for Oct 12. Kipchoge, who launched his marathon career in 2012 winning in Eindhoven, has been primed as a man capable of challenging the World record, currently held by Kenyan Wil...

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CBI organises workshop on intellectual property crimes

Ghaziabad, Aug 20 (IANS) CBI Director Ranjit Sinha inaugurated a 3-day workshop on Intellectual Property Crimes, Trademark Infringement and Counterfeiting at CBI Academy, Ghaziabad (UP), organised by the CBI in association with World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Addressing the participants, Sinha stressed on the need for capacity building of Police Officers to deal with Inte...

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CCEA approves increase in minerals royalty rates

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Wednesday approved an increase in royalty rates of minerals, Telecommunications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the meeting. The revision of royalty rates of 22 major minerals is expected to benefit states to the tune of Rs.12,000 crore. States likely to benefit most include mineral-rich O...

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Guerrilla hideout busted in Kashmir

Jammu, Aug 20 (IANS) A guerrilla hideout has been busted in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, security forces said Wednesday. Based on intelligence inputs, a joint operation was launched by the army's Rashtriya Rifles battalion based in Nachlana and police personnel from the Special Operations Group on the night of Aug 19, said a defence statement issued here. The militant hi...

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Nigeria football federation headquarters gutted

Abuja, Aug 20 (IANS) A fire gutted the headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Wednesday but no one was killed or injured in the incident, an official said. Spokesman of the NFF Ademola Olajire said the fire started on the third floor of the building, called Glass House, at Wuse Zone of the Nigerian capital Abuja. He, however, could not say specifically the cause of the fir...

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Windies officials fine-tune plans to host international matches

Kingstown (St. Vincent), Aug 20 (IANS/CMC) Cricket authorities in St. Vincent say they are fine-tuning preparations to host four international matches here next month. The West Indies and Bangladesh will play their first Test match here at Arnos Vale, Sep 9-5, to be followed by three T20s between West Indies Women and New Zealand women. The T20 matches will be played Sep 23, Sep 25 and S...

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West Indies sever ties with Gibson

St. John's (Antigua), Aug 20 (IANS/CMC) Ottis Gibson's tenure as head coach of the West Indies cricket team has ended and team manager and former captain Richie Richardson will take interim charge for the ODI series against Bangladesh slated to start Wednesday. In a statement released late Tuesday night, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), ending speculations over Gibson's future with ...

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Police kill two near Assam-Nagaland border, judicial probe ordered

Guwahati, Aug 20 (IANS) Two people were killed when police fired at protestors Wednesday in Assam near the border with Nagaland, leading to curfew in Golaghat district, officials said. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered a judicial probe into the firing. Hundreds of men and women took to the streets in Rongajan and Arengapathar areas in the district to denounce police atrocities Tuesd...

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40 percent published news 'bogus': Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Forty percent news reports published in newspapers today are bogus, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa assembly Wednesday. Parrikar told the ongoing monsoon session of the Goa assembly that media reporting standards had slipped considerably, even reading out a list of news reports, which he claimed eventually turned out to be bogus. Ten years ago, ...

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Policemen likely outside Goa bars to check drunken driving: Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 20 (IANS) Police personnel armed with alcometers may be posted in close proximity of Goa bars to curb drunken driving, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the assembly Wednesday. We may have to post police outside bars... so, if they step out and sit behind the wheel, they can be checked, Parrikar said. He said he was serious about clamping down on drunken driving, a...

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DJB informs Delhi HC about mandatory rainwater harvesting

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it has made it mandatory for a property of 500 square metres or more in the capital to install provisions for rainwater harvesting. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul was further informed by the DJB that to encourage rainwater conservation, it has adopted a method ...

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