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Suu Kyi common room 'unnamed' by Oxford students

London, Oct 20 (IANS) Undergraduates at the Oxford college where Myanmars de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi studied have voted to remove her name from the title of their junior common room because of her response to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. In a vote on Thursday evening, the JCR Committee at St. Hugh's College resolved to eliminate the name of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate ...

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Top Chinese officials 'plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping'

Beijing, Oct 20 (IANS) Several high-ranking members of the China's Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping, a top Chinese official has claimed, contradicting the party's unified image. The party members involved in the plot have since been arrested or jailed in a wide-reaching corruption crackdown launched by Xi, who appears set for a second term. Acc...

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Virbhadra files papers for Himachal polls, Dhumal on Monday

Shimla, Oct 20 (IANS) Congress leader and six-time Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh on Friday filed his nomination papers from Arki assembly constituency -- a new seat that he chose himself -- for the November 9 assembly elections. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s former two-time Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who is also going to contest from a new seat Sujanpur, will...

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Smriti Kalra 'just friends' with Shivin Narang

Mumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Actors Smriti Kalra and Shivin Narang, best known for Suvreen Guggal - Topper of the Year, have been romantically linked to each other. However, the former says the two of them are friends and dont feel anything beyond that for each other. Smriti and Shivin were seen as Suvreen and Yuvraj in Suvreen Guggal - Topper of the Year in 2012. Shivin later went on t...

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Google now lets you take a virtual walk on Mars

Washington, Oct 20 (IANS) If you are curious about the unknown terrains of the Red Planet, here is your chance to take a walk on Mars for free all the while staying in your living room, thanks to Google's immersive experience initiative Access Mars. Google collaborated with NASA to produce Access Mars that lets users wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by NASA's Curiosity rover....

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NASA extends Dawn mission at dwarf planet Ceres

Washington, Oct 20 (IANS) NASA has approved a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower altitudes than ever before at the dwarf planet, which it has been orbiting since March 2015, the US space agency said on Thursday. The spacecraft, which has alread...

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Demi Lovato took drugs while promoting sobriety

Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) Singer-actress Demi Lovato was taking drugs while promoting her sobriety in 2012. Lovato confessed in her new documentary Simply Complicated, reports dailymail.co.uk. Lovato, 25, went to rehab in 2010 to seek treatment for her dependence on alcohol and drugs, and to get therapy for an eating disorder and self-harming. Of her relapse in 2012, Lov...

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Golfer Bhullar holds joint lead at Macau Open

Macau, Oct 19 (IANS) Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar carded a flawless seven-under 64 to share the opening-round lead with South Koreans Yikeun Chang and Giwhan Kim at the Macau Open here on Thursday. Bhullar, a former winner of the tournament in 2012, posted seven birdies while Kim was equally impressive at the Macau Golf and Country Club. It was a good round overall. I hit the ...

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Keitany bracing for New York Marathon title defence

Nairobi, Oct 19 (IANS) World marathon record holder Mary Keitany is not under pressure to improve on her personal best time as she puts her title on the line in the New York marathon on November 5. Keitany, 35, has won the New York Marathon each of the last three years, including a dominating performance last year as she dropped off her rivals midway to finish the course on a solo run in...

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Virbhadra to file papers on Friday, BJP's Dhumal yet to decide

Shimla, Oct 19 (IANS) Congress leader and six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will file his nomination papers for the November 9 assembly polls on Friday while his arch rival and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal is yet to decide a date to file papers. This time both political rivals are trying their luck from new seats. Virbhadra Singh is contesting from Arki in ...

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Alia hopes for long journey in Bollywood

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Karan Johar's directorial Student of the Year completed five years on Thursday and actress Alia Bhatt, who made her debut in Bollywood with this 2012 released film, hopes for a long journey in showbiz. Alia, daughter of ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, thanked the makers of the film and her fans on Twitter. Thank you for all the love! It's...

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Africa's lions, wild dogs to get more protection

New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Africa's lions, wild dogs, leopards and cheetahs are all set to get increased protection with two UN-related wildlife bodies proposing a new initiative at a global summit in October to halt their serious decline, it was announced on Thursday. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna an...

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US thanks Pakistan for rescuing N. American hostages

Islamabad, Oct 19 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Pence who offered thanks for the rescue of an American hostage, her Canadian husband and three children, the Prime Minister's office said. The Haqqani Network, a group affiliated with the Afghan Taliban kidnapped the couple in Afghanistan in 2012.

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BJP's Dhumal to contest but suspense on CM candidate prevails

New Delhi/Shimla, Oct 18 (IANS) Former two-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will contest from a new seat Sujanpur while state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti will re-contest from Una, according to the BJP's list of candidates for the November 9 assembly elections released on Wednesday. The BJP announced its list of 68 candidates but is silent on declaring the chief min...

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Uganda's Kiprotich pulls out of New York Marathon

Kampala, Oct 18 (IANS) Former World and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda has opted out of the New York Marathon slated for November 5, saying he is not mentally ready. The 2012 London Olympics gold medallist told Xinhua news agency on Wednesday that following the death of his mother last month and that of his local manager Godfrey Nuwagaba on Sunday, he has decided to pull ou...

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After 5-month wait, farm loans waiver begins in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Nearly five months after announcing waiver of farm loans, the Maharashtra government kickstarted the process on Wednesday as Diwali gift to the state's farmers. Rs 4,000 crore will be distributed among 840,000 beneficiaries in the first phase of the massive Rs 34,000-crore scheme. At a function, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a portal in which the names o...

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Dhumal to contest but BJP silent on CM candidate in Himachal

New Delhi/Shimla, Oct 18 (IANS) Former two-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will contest from a new seat Sujanpur while state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti will re-contest from Una, according to the BJP's list of candidates for the November 9 assembly elections released on Wednesday. The BJP announced its list of 68 candidates but is silent on declaring the chief min...

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Taliban hostage rescue: US Seals were ready if Pakistan failed

Washington, Oct 18 (IANS) US Navy Seal commandos were ready to conduct a raid inside Pakistan, similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden, if Islamabad failed to rescue a Canadian-American family seized in 2012 by the Haqqani network, the New York Times said. A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it captured the i...

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Sheila Dikshit knew about bank scam: AAP

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday said former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit knew about a 'scam' that happened in a city cooperative bank during her tenure but did not take any action. Addressing the media here, AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said directors of the Lajpat Nagar branch of 'Delhi Nagrik Sahkari Bank' were involved in the alleged ...

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China for peaceful end to disputes, will have world-class military: Xi

Beijing, Oct 18 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said China was for peaceful settlement of disputes with its neighbours but asserted it won't swallow whatever undermines Beijing's interests. Delivering a three-and-a-half-hour speech at the packed Great Hall, Xi also pledged to transform the armed forces into a world-class military and safeguard China's sovereignty.

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