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Caution over GST, derivatives expiry to affect equities

Mumbai, June 25 (IANS) Derivatives expiry coupled with crude oil prices and direction of foreign funds' movement are expected to affect the equity charts during the upcoming week. Market observers have opined that key equity indices might remain range-bound ahead of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation slated from July 1. The markets next week are expected to remain ra...

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123 killed in Pakistan tanker blast

Islamabad, June 25 (IANS) At least 123 people were killed when an oil tanker exploded after it overturned in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday morning, police said. According to the police, people from nearby areas were collecting fuel from the oil tanker which had skidded off the highway and overturned in Bahawalpur city's Ahmed Pur Sharqia area, reports The News International. <...

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Wodehouse's women and their most liberated and effective flagbearer

Going by P.G. Wodehouse's most famous works and characters - Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, the Blandings Castle set, Psmith, Mr Mulliner et al, you could wonder - as one of my friends did - why the celebrated comic novelist didn't have a woman character of equal standing. One who is not just a love interest, or among the formidable female relatives (chiefly aunts) many protagonists have to deal with...

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Govt claims it helped 91% of scavengers, after ignoring 93% of them

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS/IndiaSpend) The central government has claimed that 91% of manual scavengers have been provided a one-time cash payment of Rs 40,000 and 108% of identified scavengers and their dependants have been selected for skill training under the rehabilitation programme for manual scavengers. Of 12,742 manual scavengers identified in India after the promulgation of The Pro...

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100 killed in Pakistan oil tanker fire

Islamabad, June 25 (IANS) At least 100 people were killed when an oil tanker caught fire after it overturned in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday morning, police said. Seventy-five others were severely injured as the oil tanker caught on fire and exploded on a highway in in Bahawalpur city's Ahmed Pur Sharqia area, Dawn news reported. The fire brigade arrived on the site of th...

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Sunny Sunday in Delhi

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) It was a sunny Sunday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 30 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average, the weather office said. The MeT has predicted clouds and thunders. The sky is expected to get partly cloudy towards the afternoon or evening with thunders likely to occur, an official from the Indian Meteorological Depa...

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'Ivanka Trump must answer questions in shoe design lawsuit'

Washington, June 25 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump must give a deposition in a lawsuit by an Italian shoemaker claiming her fashion label copied its designs, a federal judge has ruled. Aquazurra Italia filed the suit against Ivanka Trump and her company in June 2016. It claims the brand has produced cheaper knockoffs of Aquazurra's coveted and highly...

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Indian, Pakistani troops trade fire on LoC

Jammu, June 25 (IANS) Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire on Sunday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, a defence official said. Pakistan army began indiscriminate firing and shelling on our positions on the LoC in Naushera sector from 6.30 a.m., Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS. They first initiat...

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Engineer develops drone capable of planting 1bn trees

Canberra, June 25 (IANS) An Australian engineer has revealed a plan to combat deforestation by developing drones capable of planting one billion trees every year. Susan Graham revealed on Sunday that she had developed a drone capable of scanning the land for ideal places to grow trees then launch seeds into the soil, reports Xinhua news agency. According to UN data, deforestation...

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China urges Pakistan, Afghanistan to improve ties

Islamabad, June 25 (IANS) Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to improve ties as tensions between the two nations were not conducive to their stability and development as well as regional cooperation Wang made the remarks on Saturday during a meeting with Adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, reports Xinhua news agency. ...

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Britain marks National Armed Forces Day

London, June 25 (IANS) British Prime minister Theresa May and top military officials gathered in Liverpool city to lead the nation in honouring the country's servicemen and women on National Armed Forces Day. Soldiers from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and military veterans took part in events on Saturday which started with a gun salute at Liverpool's historic Pier Head waterfron...

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Toll in Pakistan twin bombings reach 67

Islamabad, June 25 (IANS) The toll in the twin blasts that hit a market in Pakistan's Parachinar city has increased to 67, the media reported. According to a senior official, the toll increased after 22 people succumbed to their injuries on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency. At least 140 people are still hospitalised, adding that the toll may further increased as several of th...

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China, Afghanistan to strengthen anti-terror cooperation

Kabul, June 25 (IANS) China and Afghanistan have pledged to enhance cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday expressed hope that both countries will continue to support each other on issues of core interest and deepen cooperation in anti-terror fight, reports Xinhua news agency. He also said China welcomes Afghanistan to a...

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Istanbul bans LGBT Pride march

Istanbul, June 25 (IANS) The LGBT -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender -- Pride march was banned here by the local government, who for the second consecutive year raised concerns over security. The march was scheduled to be held at the Turkish city's iconic Taksim Square on Sunday, reports Efe news. But the Istanbul government said in a statement on Saturday that they had evalu...

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Gunfight in Srinagar between security forces, militants

Srinagar, June 25 (IANS) A gunfight started on Sunday between the security forces and holed-up militants in Srinagar, police said. According to police, the gunfight started after midnight between the militants holed up inside the Delhi Public School (DPS) complex here and the security forces in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. S.P. Vaid, Director General of Police (DGP) told report...

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Diane Keaton was excited to portray older woman

Los Angeles, June 25 (IANS) Veteran actress Diane Keaton was excited to portray an older woman, who is a mess but finds love with a homeless man in the film Hampstead. The 71-year-old has been cast as widow named Emily, who finds love with a homeless man who has lived on London's Hampstead Heath for many years, in the upcoming drama film. The actress says she was instantly excited when s...

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Lopez, Cilic to square off in Queen's Club final

London, June 25 (IANS) Spain's Feliciano Lopez overcame sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the final of Queen's Club, a tune-up event for Wimbledon. The unseeded Spaniard will next take on fourth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic - a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 winner, earlier in the day over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller - in Sunday's final of this grass-court event, which is known ...

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UN chief condoles loss of lives in China landslide

United Nations, June 25 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he is saddened to learn of the death and devastation caused by landslides in China's Sichuan Province. Rescuers have retrieved 15 bodies from the debris till Saturday night, the rescue headquarters in the south-western province said. Over 120 people are said to be missing. The Secretary-General salutes the ...

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Modi arrives in US

Washington, June 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here from Portugal on Sunday, on the second leg of his three-nation tour, that will also take him to the Netherlands. Touchdown! Wait is over, Celebrations begin! PM @narendramodi on US soil, the Indian Embassy in the US tweeted. Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic...

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Fusion food becomes a rage in India

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) International influences mixed with Indian flavours is something that is becoming big in India, say experts. I feel there are a lot of things happening in the food and beverage business in India. I would say that international influences mixed with Indian flavours is something that will always be there, chef Pablo Agular said. Adding to it, renowned pas...

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