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5,000 pounds of scientific cargo on way to ISS

Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) NASA late Sunday sent a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft skyward laden with 5,000 pounds of scientific equipment and supplies destined for use by the crew of the International Space Station (ISS). The launch began a two-day wait for the space station that is scheduled to end Tuesday morning when European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Reid Wis...

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Strike by opposition alliance cripples life in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Sep 22 (IANS) A one-day hartal by ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's 20-party opposition alliance demanding cancellation of last week's constitutional amendment threw normal life out of gear across Bangladesh Monday. Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies have called the strike to protest the latest constitutional amendment empowering parliament members to im...

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Priyanka accepts Hrithik's dare, performs handstand in heels

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) Priyanka Chopra, who excelled in her onscreen avatar as iconic boxer M.C. Mary Kom, accepted and performed a handstand with a push up - a dare thrown up at her by Hrithik Roshan. And boy, she did it wearing a pair of heels! The only girl I cud dare this! For super @priyankachopra my #bangbangdare HANDSTAND with a push up!! Do u accept! U have 3 days, Hrithik posted ...

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Indian PSUs need up to $37 bn to meet Basel II norms

London, Sep 22 (IANS/RAY) India's public sector banks may need from $26 billion to $37 billion in external capital as Basel III norms loom, Moody's said Monday. This, even if there's a slight bounce back in the country's GDP growth. It also assumes a steady tapering off of non-performing loans from present levels, Moody's said. Moody's rated (Indian) public sector banks will need...

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Asian Games: India eves beat Thailand 3-0 in hockey opener

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) India's hockey eves started their Asian Games campaign with a 3-0 win over Thailand at Soenhak Hockey Stadium here Monday. Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya and vice-captain Deepika converted a penalty corner each to ensure a winning start to India's campaign. Opening the first half with great attack coming in from both the ends, the score board saw 0-0 until t...

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Tibetan man dies after setting himself ablaze

Beijing, Sep 22 (IANS/EFE) A young Tibetan man died in Gansu province of western China after setting himself on fire to protest the government's repression of his ethnic group, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported Monday. The incident, the first immolation since April, occurred Sep 17 but did not come to light until the weekend due to government restrictions on such news...

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Saradha scam: CBI quizzes Congress MP Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury

Kolkata, Sep 22 (IANS) Senior Congress leader and former union minister Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury Monday appeared before the CBI on being summoned in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam and was questioned for nearly three hours. Chowdhury, who represents West Bengal's Malda South Lok Sabha constituency, said he was questioned about the letters he had written to then prime ...

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Dead lizard in Bihar hospital meal

Patna, Sep 22 (IANS) A dead lizard was found in the meal served to patients in a government-run hospital in Bihar Monday and the condition of at least six patients deteriorated after eating the meal, officials said. The incident occurred at Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital. After the incident came to light, people staged a protest and demanded action against the guilty, a d...

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Ghosal in squash final, bronze for Dipika

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) Top seed Saurav Ghosal stormed into the final of the men's singles event at the 17th Asian Games here Monday and ensured India a sure silver or a possible gold medal in the squash competition. Whichever the medal, Ghosal, who overcame Malaysian Ong Beng Hee 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 in the semifinals, will have the distinction of being the first Indian squash player to achi...

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Four Nobel laureates to grace Dalai Lama's Nobel anniversary

Dharamsala, Sep 22 (IANS) Four Nobel Peace laureates will attend a programme here next month to mark the silver jubilee of the conferment of the Nobel Prize on Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a statement said Monday. The programme, being organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Oct 2, will be attended by Nobel laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee and...

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Tanishaa, Armaan go splitsville?

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) After rumours that Tanishaa Mukerji and Armaan Kohli were gearing up to take their relationship to the next level, a source close to the former says the duo has parted ways amicably. They grew close to each other during their stay on reality show Bigg Boss last year, and post the show, they were spotted together at several events. Yet, Tanishaa always maintained ...

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Sensex gains 116 points; consumer durables stocks rise

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets recovered after posting initial losses and closed more than 100 points (provisional) up in volatile trade Monday. The session, in which the market initially lost around 171 points, saw metal, healthcare and capital goods stocks lose. However, consumer durables, automobile, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and oil and gas...

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India test fires Mars spacecraft engine - after nine months

Bangalore, Sep 22 (IANS) India Monday successfully woke up from nine-month slumber the engine of Mars spacecraft as it glided through deep space, and also became the first Asian country to enter the Martian sphere of influence. The main liquid apogee motor (LAM) was test fired at 2.30 p.m. for nearly four seconds and we got a confirmation of its success 12.5 minutes later, Indian Space...

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Reliance Jio, Indus Towers join hands for tower sharing

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm has inked an agreement with telecom tower infrastructure provider Indus Towers to share the latter's 113,490 towers. According to the agreement, Reliance Jio would utilize the telecom tower infrastructure services being provided by Indus Towers to launch its services across the country. As per the agreement, the pricing wou...

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Ex-Australian PM embarrassed by 2003 Iraq invasion

Sydney, Sep 22 (IANS/EFE) Former Australian prime minister John Howard, who deployed troops in the US-led invasion to oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, has said he was embarrassed for using the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as an excuse for the invasion. In a televised interview on the Seven network late Sunday, Howard said he was struck by the force of the lan...

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Asian Games: Indian judoka Rajwinder loses

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) In another poor showing by India's judo contingent, Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Rajwinder Kaur fell in the women's +78kg category final of repechage round in the 17th Asian Games at the Dowon Gymnasium here Monday. A lot was expected from the Indian judokas after they won four medals (two silver, two bronze) at the 2014 CWG in Glasgow, Scotland.

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I'm not jobless: Karishma Tanna on entering 'Bigg Boss 8'

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) The past few seasons of Bigg Boss saw participation from a slew of celebrities in the pursuit of resurrecting their professional life. But Karishma Tanna, who is a contestant in the reality show's eighth season, says she's not a jobless actress who has entered the show to revive her career. I'm not some jobless actor who has come to the house to revive my career. I'...

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Trinamool rally questions Jadavpur students' protest

Kolkata, Sep 22 (IANS) Two days after thousands walked in solidarity with Jadavpur University student protestors, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress's students wing Monday took out a large counter-rally decrying hooliganism in educational institutes in the name of agitation. The Trinamool march came on the day state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced a probe panel to loo...

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Crowne Plaza Today Okhla will dish out Indian cuisine at Asiad

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Crowne Plaza Today Okhla has been selected as one of the restaurants to represent Asian cuisine at the 2014 Asiad Games. Edesia, the global cuisine Indian style restaurant at Crowne Plaza Today Okhla has been selected to represent India at the games, a company statement said here Monday. Our team of highly qualified and skilled chef are travelling to repr...

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Writers, artists 'In-Residence' call on president

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Monday said if artists and writers are able to make any difference in their respective fields under the Rashtrapati Bhavan's In-Residence venture, the programme's objective would be fulfilled. The programme launched in 2013 was aimed at providing an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses among ...

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