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Modi greets Jews on Hanukkah, impresses Netanyahu

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wished the Jewish community on the occasion of Hanukkah. Wishing my Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah! May this Festival of Lights and the festive season ring in peace, hope and well-being for all, Modi said in a tweet. The prime minister also tweeted the wishes in Hebrew in another tweet. An impressed Israeli Pri...

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Jadavpur students advised against convocation boycott

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee Friday urged students of Jadavpur University not to boycott the annual convocation scheduled Dec 24. Chatterjee's plea came a day after Governor and Chancellor K.N. Tripathi warned the students against going ahead with the boycott which they have called to press their demand to remove vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakraba...

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GDP likely to grow 5.5 percent in 2015: Mid-year review

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India's economy is likely to grow at around 5.5 percent in the current fiscal year, the finance ministry said in mid-year review tabled in parliament Friday. It projected that a 7-8 percent economic growth was reachable in the coming years and said inflation has fallen dramatically, while declining oil prices will help in containing the current account deficit...

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Centre to hold meeting of NE chief ministers on terror: Rijiju

Shillong, Dec 19 (IANS) The central government would soon hold a meeting with all chief ministers of the eight northeastern states to discuss the security threat by jihadi groups, union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijju said here Friday. The issue (security threat) is serious and a meeting with chief ministers of the states from the (northeast) region will be convened soon to discus...

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Trinamool complains to Bengal governor over CBI Saradha probe

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) On a day when West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra was sent to judicial custody in the Saradha scam, five of his ministerial colleagues met Governor K.N. Tripathi complaining against the CBI investigation that was aimed only at the ruling party. Submitting a memorandum to Tripathi, the delegation led by Education Minister Partha Chatterjee also questioned Mit...

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China forces 63,000 officials to quit company directorships

Beijing, Dec 19 (IANS) China has forced some 63,000 government officials, including 229 at the provincial and ministerial level, to quit company directorships they hold, according to figures released Friday. The Organization Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee said in a statement that 226 of the ministerial level officials have completed their resignation procedu...

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South Africa busts rhino horn smuggling syndicate

Cape Town, Dec 19 (IANS) Sixteen members of a Czechoslovakia-based syndicate have been arrested by South African authorities in an international rhino horn smuggling bust, a feat commended by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. The arrests are to be welcomed and confirm that the killing of South Africa's rhino for their precious horns is linked to international crime syndicates, ...

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Overcome dependence on imported defence technology: Putin

Moscow, Dec 19 (IANS/TASS) Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday said the dependence on imported technology in the defence industry should be overcome. The Russian industry should produce different types of weapons. It is necessary to overcome the dependence on import of technology, Putin said at a meeting at the Russian defence ministry Friday. It is important not only to plac...

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Home ministry asks schools to follow SOP in terror attack

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) In the wake of the terrorist attack at an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city, the home ministry has asked schools in India to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued in 2010 for dealing with any terrorist attack, an official said Friday. The SOP was issued to all the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In t...

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Shiv shares lead; Atwal, Bhullar tied third in Dubai Open

Dubai, Dec 19 (IANS) India's Shiv Kapur Friday fired a superb six-under 66 to share the lead with Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert while Arjun Atwal and Gaganjeet Bhullar finished joint third after the second round of the $500,000 Dubai Open golf here. Shiv, who triumphed here on the European Challenge Tour at the end of last season, maintained his love affair with the vibrant city, holing ou...

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Tata Chemicals to focus on FMCG, agro business

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Tata Chemicals Ltd (TCL) will sharpen its focus on the agro and consumer segments in the years to come, a senior official said here Friday. Now we are increasing our consumer portfolio to wellness and nutrition in the food segment and we are looking at agri which actually concentrates on four areas - plant and crop nutrition, seeds and contract manufacturing, execu...

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Neymar recovers from ankle injury

Barcelona, Dec 19 (IANS) Brazilian striker Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury and is available for Saturday's Spanish League football match against Cordoba, his club FC Barcelona said in a statement Friday. The club said that Neymar trained normally Friday. Last weekend, Neymar missed the match against Getafe and the two teams tied 0-0, reports Xinhua. Neymar has scored 11...

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Cyclone caused Visakhapatnam naval lab Rs.8.10 crore damage

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) at Visakhapatnam, which was severely affected by cyclone Hudhud, has suffered damage to the tune of Rs.8.10 crore, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Friday told parliament. Roof structures of buildings, doors, windows, rolling shutters, interiors of buildings, street lights, trees, compound walls, etc. were damage...

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Police officer arrested in Odisha chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar, Dec 19 (IANS) The CBI Friday arrested a top Odisha Police officer for his alleged links with the Artha Tatwa Group, a chit fund company operating in the state. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested deputy superintendent of police Pramod Panda on charges of conspiracy and gaining financial benefits. In Orissa chit fund case relating to Artha Tatwa Group,...

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Swimmer Bhakti Sharma gets sponsor

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma will be financially backed in her swimming efforts by Vedanta company Hindustan Zinc for a year, a release said Friday. Bhakti will be promoting open water swimming and will also train girls in swimming leagues during the year she will be sponsored. I am very thankful to Hindustan Zinc for promoting the open water swimming...

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Health ministry intensifying drugs treatment programme

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The health ministry is intensifying the drugs treatment programme on the evidence of United Nations's Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) Programme, an official said Friday. MMT is currently available at United Nation Office on Drugs and Control-supported five model centers across the country like civil hospital in Kapurthala and Bathinda in Punjab and Regional...

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Heart harvested in Bengaluru, transplanted in Chennai child

Bengaluru, Dec 19 (IANS) The heart of a brain dead one year and 10-month-old infant was harvested here and flown to Chennai Friday by a special aircraft to be transplanted in a two year and eight-months-old child, in record time, thanks to the 'green corridor' the city traffic police opened up for the emergency operation. We got a call from Manipal Hospital around noon asking us to creat...

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Probing manufacture of generic drugs without testing: Nadda

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The government is investigating reports of generic versions of some medicines being manufactured without proper testing, Health Minister J.P. Nadda Friday told parliament. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Nadda said that the government was aware of the reports regarding manufacturing of generic versions of some drugs without proper testing. The Indian...

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Security beefed up in Pakistan jails ahead of executions

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) All prisons across Pakistan went on high alert Friday, with officials preparing to start executing prisoners jailed for terrorist crimes from dawn Saturday. Six of the seven who will face the gallows in Faislabad and two jails in Lahore have been convicted for attempting to assassinate then president and army chief Pervez Musharraf, Geo TV reported citing jail so...

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HC orders free treatment for poor kid needing liver transplant

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday directed the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) to immediately commence free treatment of a 10-year-old patient who urgently needs a liver transplant. Justice Vibhu Bakhru also directed Employee's State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to consider the case of the kid for grant of initial expenditure for transplant by Jan 13, th...

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