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India's forex down $2.43 bn in September

Mumbai, Oct 2 (IANS) India's foreign exchange reserves fell by $2.43 billion (provisional) to $315.59 billion in September. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data for wek ended Sep 5-27, the reserves had decreased by $2.43 billion. It had fallen by $101.3 billion for week ended Sep 19. The reserves plummet by 1.01 bilion for week ended Sep 12 and by 1.32 billion for week e...

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Air-dropped Iraqi leaflets warn of attack on Mosul city

Mosul (Iraq), Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Warning of an impending attack, Iraqi military aircraft Thursday dropped thousands of leaflets on the northern city of Mosul urging residents to avoid strongholds and barracks of the Islamic State (IS) jihadi group, local officials said. Mohammed Ibrahim al-Bayati, head of the Nineveh provincial security committee, told Spanish news agency Efe that the leaf...

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IS seizes large part of town in Iraq

Baghdad, Oct 2 (IANS) Members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation took control of most of the town of Heet in the Iraqi province of Anbar Thursday, a provincial security source said. Hundreds of IS militants stormed Heet, some 160 km west of Iraq's capital Baghdad, in the early hours of the day and seized most of the town's districts after fierce clashes with Iraqi security ...

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Substance abuse related to future violence among mentally ill

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) A study conducted by the University of Buffalo suggests that reducing substance abuse can lessen violent acts by patients with severe mental illness. Though the vast majority of people with mental illness may not engage in violence, the risk is greater among the severely mentally ill than among the general population, found the study. We were surprised to...

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Pro-Russian militia attacked Donetsk airport: Ukraine

Kiev, Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Pro-Russian separatists stormed the international airport in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk after shelling it with artillery and mortar fire, Ukrainian authorities said. Vladislav Selenznev, spokesman for the government forces, told the Ukrainian daily Ukraina Pravda that the militia began the assault on the airport Thursday before dawn with light weapons....

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Pakistan appoints new navy chief

Islamabad, Oct 2 (IANS) Admiral Zakaullah has been named the next chief of the Pakistan Navy, Geo TV reported Thursday. President Mamnoon Hussain has made the appointment on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Zakaullah will succeed Admiral Asif Sandila, who is set to retire Oct 7. Zakaullah was commissioned in the navy in 1978. He is now the vice chief of naval staff.

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Danish parliament approves sending fighter jets to combat IS

Copenhagen , Oct. Oct 2 (IANS) Denmark's parliament Thursday overwhelmingly approved plans to send seven F-16 fighter jets to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation in Iraq. The parliament voted 94 to nine in favour of airstrikes against the IS, Xinhua reported. Denmark had announced last Friday that it would send fighter jets to join the fight again...

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US teen kidnapped by mother 12 years ago returns home

San Antonio (Texas) Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) An American girl, who was kidnapped by her mother at the age of four and taken to Mexico 12 years ago, has been found and returned to the US, authorities have announced. A spokesman for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that Sabrina Allen, 17, was discovered living with her mother, Dara Marie Llorens, southeast of Mexico City.

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Kerala launches prohibition policy on Gandhi Jayanti

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 2 (IANS) A policy to achieve total prohibition and several environment friendly programmes were launched in Kerala Thursday to mark the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Today, world over Gandhiji is being remembered and in Kerala, we begin the first step to achieve the goal of achieving complete prohibition, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy while inaugu...

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Maoists blast mobile phone tower in Bihar

Patna, Oct 2 (IANS) Maoists blew up a mobile telephone tower in Bihar's Lakhisarai district Thursday to enforce a 24-hour strike called by them to protest against the alleged killing of their members by security forces, police said. A police officer said a dozen of armed men used dynamite to blow up the tower of a private telecom operator at Mananpur area in Lakhisarai, about 140 km from...

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Short, intense workouts boost memory

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) An intense workout for as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic or long term memory about previous events by about 10 percent in healthy young adults, say researchers. Many existing studies have shown that long aerobic exercises like running can boost memory but the present study had participants lift weights just once every two days before testing them. ...

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Telangana, Andhra governor joins Clean India campaign

Hyderabad, Oct 2 (IANS) Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan Thursday participated in the Clean India programme. Wielding a broom, the governor, along with his wife and Raj Bhavan employees, cleaned a road in Raj Bhavan colony. He also dusted the benches in a local school. The first couple also uprooted the weeds in the school premises. The governor adm...

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Foreign investors pull back from Indian equities market

Mumbai, Oct 2 (IANS) Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) became net sellers in the Indian equities market as negative global and domestic cues dented sentiments. The foreign institutional investors (FIIs) along with sub-accounts and qualified foreign investors have been clubbed together by market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to create a new investor category cal...

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Long-lost Sherlock Holmes movie found

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) A nearly 100-year-old silent Sherlock Holmes movie starring American actor and playwright William Gillette has been found at the Cinematheque Francaise archive in Paris. The French archive team has teamed up with the organisers of the San Francisco Film Festival in California to create a digital restoration of the movie, which will be unveiled at the Cinamathequ...

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Sensex declines marginally in the weekly trade

Mumbai, Oct 2 (IANS) The Indian equities markets posted marginal losses in the truncated week as profit booking led to volatile trade. The benchmark Sensex was marginally down by 0.21 percent in the week ended Oct 1 from its previous weekly close on Sep 26. The index closed at 26,567.99 points, while it had ended trade at 26,626.32 points on Sep 26. In the previous week the 30-sc...

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Indian boxer Satish settles for Asiad bronze

Incheon, Oct 2 (IANS) Indian boxer Satish Kumar had to settle for the bronze medal after losing the men's +91 kg semi-final to World No.2 Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan at the 17th Asian Games here Thursday. Up against a much taller opponent, the 25-year-old Satish lost 0-3 in an unanimous judges decision as the Indian fell behind in every round at the Seonhak Gymnasium. Because of Dy...

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Cleanliness drive: Each village to get Rs. 20 lakh yearly

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari announced Thursday that Rs. 20 lakh will be given to every village per annum to achieve the goal of Clean India by Oct 2, 2019. Gadkari made the announcement while talking to media here after administering the cleanliness pledge to all the officers and staff of his ministries. He also wielded broom in the rural deve...

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Look forward to intensifying engagement with Germany: President

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said India looked forward to intensifying its engagement with Germany as he greeted that nation on the eve of its Unification Day (Oct 3). Extending his warm greetings and felicitations to the government and people of Germany, Mukherjee in his message to his counterpart Joachim Gauck said: India deeply values its strategic partn...

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In Haryana, older women beat men voters in numbers

Chandigarh, Oct 2 (IANS) As they grow older, women voters in Haryana get the better of men - numerically speaking. In the 70-years plus age group, it is the women who outnumber men among eligible voters in the state. That is quite an achievement given the fact that Haryana has the worst sex ratio (number of women per 1,000 men) in the country. Haryana's sex ratio, as per the Cens...

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Now, Kim Kardashian-inspired shoes

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has served as the muse behind peep-toe bootie in Giuseppe Zanotti's latest collection. Named Mrs. West, the footwear is part of the Italian designer's Rock 'n' Roll line, which celebrates the brand's 20th anniversary, reports eonline.com. The black stiletto was originally designed for Kim in 2012. Zanotti has teamed...

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