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Delhi shelves move for pollution certificate to refuel

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Delhi government Friday deferred, for three months, the proposal for making pollution under control (PUC) certificate mandatory for filling fuel in vehicles, said an official statement. A high power committee set up by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had proposed the PUC certificate be made mandatory for filling petrol, in a bid to check the air pollution. Du...

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Three Indians, Thai get Jamnalal Bajaj awards

Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) Four eminent Gandhians, including one from Thailand, were Friday conferred the prestigious 37th Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Award for 2014, said foundation chairman Rahul Bajaj. The Indian awardees are Chennupati Vidya, founder-president of Vasavya Mahila Mandali in Andhra Pradesh, Surendra Koulagi, founder of Janapada Seva Trust in Karnataka and Ram Kumar Singh, dire...

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Uganda, UN sign $6.5 mn deal for Ebola fund

Kampala, Nov 28 (IANS) Uganda and UN agencies operating in the country have signed an agreement to establish a 6.5 million dollar Ebola and Marburg Response Fund. The five-year Development Assistance Framework agreement was signed by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and UN Resident Coordinator Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, Xinhua quoted a Prime Minister Office statement as saying Friday. ...

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Minor abducted, murdered in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) A six-year-old son of a fruit seller was abducted and murdered here, police said Friday. Ganesh's body was discovered at Narayana area in west Delhi Friday around 6 p.m., a day after he was abducted from near his house at Ranjeet Nagar area in central Delhi. His neck was slit while the body bore other injury marks too, police said. Soon after the...

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Consumption of beedis higher than cigarettes: Nadda

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The consumption of beedis is higher than that of cigarettes in the age group of 15 years and above, Health Minister J.P. Nadda told parliament Friday. However, the government does not have any plans of changing the tax structure to curb its consumption, he told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. The World Health Organization's (WHO) Technical Manual on Tax...

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Court tells impounded e-rickshaws owners to approach proper authority

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday asked the e-rickshaw association and owners to approach appropriate authority for releasing of their impounded e-rickshaws while refusing to entertain their plea. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul asked the battery operated e-rickshaw owners to approach the appropriate forum after which the central gov...

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Six new AIIMS set up: Nadda

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Six new AIIMS have been set up across the country in order to correct the imbalance in availability and affordability of tertiary health care, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda told parliament Friday. The new AIIMS have come up in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh. In each of these new AIIMS, three batches of MBBS students and two batches o...

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Instil humanistic approach in young doctors: President

Kolkata, Nov 28 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday said medical institutions have a responsibility to inculcate a humanistic approach in the minds of the young doctors and health professionals and orient them towards a value-based career in medicine. A thought that should seriously engage our attention today is the nature of health system that we ought to have in our country - a co...

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China to use new test to prevent Ebola

Beijing, Nov 28 (IANS) Chinese health authorities have approved three home-grown Ebola test reagents to be used for preventing the virus' spread. The reagents are made by Daan Gene Co., Ltd of Sun Yat-Sen University, Shenzhen Puruikang and Shanghai ZJ Bio-Tech Co., Ltd respectively. The products will be reserved for contingency situations, Xinhua quoted China Food and Drug Administratio...

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India needs innovative measures to check air pollution: Experts

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) A day after the National Green Tribunal ordered a number of steps to check the rising level of air pollution in Delhi, experts Friday demanded innovative institutional measures to address the problem of traffic density and the role of vehicular emission in raising air pollution across India. The experts also maintained that India should emulate the Singapore mode...

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EU to offer multi-million euro loan to Ukraine

Kiev, Nov 28 (IANS) The European Union (EU) will offer a new multi-million-euro loan to Ukraine next month, a top EU official said here Friday. The EU will give 500 million euro (about $622 million ) to Ukraine in December, Xinhua quoted Johannes Hahn, the visiting European Union (EU) Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement, as saying in a meeting with Ukrainian bus...

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Dec 16 gang rape case: HC seeks CBI's response on accused plea

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday sought response from the CBI on a plea filed by two Dec 16 gang rape accused, facing death penalty, to provide true copies of articles used for the DNA report. Justice Pratibha Rani, refusing an early hearing in the case, asked the CBI to file its response by Feb 18, 2015. Accused Mukesh and Pawan Gupta approached the high cour...

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ED interrogates Radha Timblo's son in illegal mining case

Panaji, Nov 28 (IANS) Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials Friday interrogated Swiss bank account holder Radha Timblo's son, Chetan in connection with the Rs.35,000 crore illegal mining scam probe, an official said. This is the second time in a fortnight that the scion of the Timblo mining clan has been called for questioning. The ED official also said that Timblo was questioned over s...

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India scraps 20:80 restriction on gold import

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Indian government has done away with the '20:80' scheme imposed on gold imports, which will ease the incoming of yellow metal into the country, an official statement said Friday. It has been decided by the government of India to withdraw the 20:80 scheme and restrictions placed on import of gold. Accordingly, all instructions issued about the scheme from time...

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Improve quality of teachers: President

Kolkata, Nov 28 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday called for bettering the quality of teachers and enhancing the learning capacity of students in India. The president also batted for follow-ups on agreements inked between Indian educational institutes and foreign counterparts to facilitate educational exchanges. Up-gradation of physical infrastructure apart, we need to imp...

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First bring money in escrow account, SC tells Sahara

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday asked Sahara to ask its overseas creditor to transfer $650 million in the escrow account - to comply with the conditions for the release of Subrata Roy and two directors - before it give its nod for fresh arrangement for mortgaging the group's overseas hotels in London and New York. A bench of Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice Anil R. Dave and...

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Bomb blast hits Nigerian mosque

Abuja, Nov 28 (IANS) A bomb blast hit the central mosque of Nigeria's Kano state Friday as people gathered for prayers, officials and witnesses said. The bomb ripped through the mosque, located near the Emir's palace, in the afternoon, Xinhua quoted Ikechukwu Eze, spokesperson of the Military Joint Task Force in the state, as saying. The military officer declined to give officia...

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Oil ministry faulted for pricing delays, higher cost to Reliance

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) India's official auditor has faulted the oil ministry for the delays in fixing hydrocarbon prices and incoherent evaluation norms, while recommending disallowance of costs worth nearly $1 billion claimed by Reliance Industries (RIL). Reacting to the report tabled in parliament Friday by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Reliance said there were some basi...

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Court appoints special officers for Amit Shah's Kolkata rally

Kolkata, Nov 28 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court Friday appointed two special officers from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and West Bengal Fire Services Department for ensuring compliances of rules for BJP national president Amit Shah's proposed Nov 30 Kolkata rally. Denied permission to hold the rally at Victoria House, where the ruling Trinamool Congress usually organises its an...

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World Snooker: Super Sajjad, Bingtao in title round

Bengaluru, Nov 28 (IANS) Pakistan's Muhammad Sajjad, until now unsung and unheralded, dished out a master class to outplay a precocious Zhao Xintong of China 7-3, aided by two superb century breaks, en route to the men's final in the Seaways-IBSF World Snooker Championship here Friday. In the best-of-15 frames final Saturday, Sajjad, who beat India's Manan Chandra 6-1 in the previous rou...

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