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EU seeks talks with Russia over goods duties: WTO

Geneva, Oct 31 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has sought a consultation with Russia over the tariffs the latter imposed on certain agricultural and manufactured goods, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said Friday. According to the WTO, the EU claimed that Russia applies duties in excess of bound rates in several ways, particularly duty rates applied to its paper and paperboard, and pa...

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China pledges $81 mn financial assistance for Afghanistan

Beijing, Oct 31 (IANS) China Friday pledged to provide non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan (about 81 million dollars) to Afghanistan this year at an international meeting on Afghanistan held here. China will provide non-reimbursable assistance of 1.5 billion yuan (about 244 million dollars) over three years to Afghanistan, to help the country train 3,000 people of all circles...

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'Super Nani': Wah Rekha, Cina-Ma Zindabad!

Film: Super Nani; Cast: Rekha, Sharman Joshi, Randhir Kapoor, Anupam Kher; Directed by Indra Kumar; Rating: *** (3 stars) There is something to be said about star power. At a time when the biggest of stars sell themselves to the highest bidder on any medium, Rekha preserves an aura of unattainable beauty. And yet she plays the 'gharelu' roles now in this Indra Kumar drama with as much pa...

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India to give Sri Lanka Rs.5 mn for mudslide disaster relief

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) India Friday pledged Sri Lankan Rs.5 million towards immediate relief to Sri Lankans affected by the mudslide that has claimed several lives and left over a 100 untraced in the island nation's Badulla district. The medium and long term assistance needs will be worked out in consultation with the government of Sri Lanka, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed...

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Ponzi schemer in US cheats residents of $22 mn, jailed

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) If you have been one of those approached by some 'known' person for investing in something with an assurance of 'easy money', you may benefit reading about this Ponzi schemer, jailed in the US for robbing his own people. Vincent Singh, a Ponzi schemer has been sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal jail for preying on the members of his own ethnic Ind...

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UN calls for inclusive urban development

United Nations, Oct 31 (IANS) UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa Friday called for an inclusive and sustainable approach for urban development that considers the needs of marginalised groups. Commemorating the first-ever World Cities Day, Kutesa made the remarks at a UN high-level event themed People-Centred Urbanisation which highlights involvement of citizens to solve problems in...

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Unicef wants unimpeded delivery of aid to kids in CAR

Geneva, Oct 31 (IANS) The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) Friday asked for unhampered delivery of humanitarian assistance to children in need of support amid the recent episodes of unrest in Central African Republic (CAR). The UN organ noted that fresh fighting in northern and western regions of the country, as well as an upsurge of violence in the capital Bangui, have deteriorated the on-th...

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Sushma Swaraj to visit Mauritius, attend diaspora event

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj begins a three-day visit to Mauritius from Saturday during which she will participate in the 180th anniversary of the Aapravasi Ghat, where from 1834 and 1920 almost half a million indentured Indian labourers arrived to work in the island's sugar plantations. She will be the chief guest on the occasion of activities being o...

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Burdwan blast: NIA cash award for information on fugitives

Kolkata, Oct 31 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Friday announced cash award for information helping in the arrest of 12 absconding accused in the Burdwan blast case. The NIA which is probing the case, announced the list on its website. There is a cash award of Rs.10 lakh for five of the accused. The website describes Sajid as Chief of the Burdwan Module, wh...

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Nokia will not make handsets in India anymore

Chennai, Oct 31 (IANS) Nokia, once an iconic mobile handset maker, is shutting down its India plant Saturday at Sriperumbudur near here, a company spokesperson said Friday. As announced earlier (Oct 7), we are stopping handset production at our Chennai plant from tomorrow (Nov 1) in the absence of orders from our new parent firm (Microsoft), which terminated the mobile purchase agreement...

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10,000 agents searching for missing Mexican students

Mexico City, Oct 31 (IANS/Prensa Latina) The search for the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, continued Friday with participation of 10,000 agents, including federal forces, investigators, experts and agents of the Attorney General's Office. The Attorney General's Office (PGR) clarified Thursday that this investigation was accepted Oct 5 and since t...

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Increased tax refunds fuelling fiscal deficit: Jaitley

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The higher fiscal deficit in the current financial year, that has touched 83 percent of the full year's target, is the result of increased tax refunds, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday. Higher tax refunds are getting reflected in fiscal deficit number. This year there were pending tax refunds estimated around Rs.120,000 crore, he told reporters here.

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SC to hear plea for regulatory authority on environment

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court will hear Nov 14 a plea for setting up of a regulatory authority to look into environmental matters including the impact, assessment and the enforcement of the National Forest Policy as was directed by the court in 2011. The green bench of Chief Justice H.L.Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that they would hear the ma...

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Trapped miners confirmed dead: Colombia

Bogota, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) Twelve workers trapped by a flood inside a coal mine in the northwestern province of Antioquia are dead, Colombian authorities said Friday. With an inspection we made in the night hours, we know that everyone is dead, Carlos Mario Usma, head of environmental management and mine regulation in the municipality of Amaga, told the media. The miners' fatal en...

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Russian deputy PM to visit India Nov 5

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin arrives in India Nov 5 for an inter-governmental meet, ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in December. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at a media briefing that Rogozin was arriving to attend the Indo-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific,...

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Court to hear Dikshit's plea against fine Dec 3

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday posted, for Dec 3, the case filed by former chief minister Sheila Dikshit against Rs.3 lakh fine imposed on her by a lower court here, after she faile d to appear before it in a defamation case filed by her against BJP leader Vijender Gupta. Justice S.K. Misra agreed to hear the plea of Dikshit. On Aug 31, a court here had sla...

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Zimbabwe's main opposition calls for fresh polls again

Harare, Oct 31 (IANS) Zimbabwe's opposition MDC-T party said Friday economic challenges confronting the country could only be resolved if the country holds free and fair polls. MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai told thousands of supporters at the party's 4th congress in Harare that Zimbabwe's economic challenges were stemming from the country's elections last year which the party alleged...

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Less than half of Americans support stricter gun laws: Poll

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) Less than half of Americans said they back tougher gun laws, which is significantly lower than the 58 percent recorded just after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children dead, a Gallup poll said Friday. The percentage favouring stricter gun laws since the school shootings has declined to 47 despite a series of tragic shootings in ...

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Ponzy schemer cheats residents of $22 mn, gets 15-year jail

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) If you have been one of those approached by some 'known' person for investing in something with an assurance of 'easy money', you may benefit reading about this Ponzi schemer jailed in the US for robbing his own people. Vincent Singh, a Ponzi schemer has been sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal jail for preying on the members of his own ethnic Indi...

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Pakistan repatriates 29 Afghans

Islamabad, Oct 31 (IANS) Pakistan handed over 29 Afghans arrested during a military operation in its northwestern tribal region to Afghan authorities, the army said Friday. The Pakistani security forces had launched a major offensive against the Pakistani and foreign militants in North Waziristan in June after peace dialogue with the Taliban collapsed. The military says that figh...

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