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Delhi's air quality improves, but stubble burning in Punjab up

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Even as the air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, recorded an improvement, increased stubble burning in the western Punjab districts despite the National Green Tribunal directions continues to pose a threat. With good wind speed and a drop in temperature, air quality in Delhi and surrounding areas was recorded between poor and very poor dur...

19 hours ago
Zuma pledges to protect central bank's independence

Cape Town, Nov 19 (IANS) Amid growing calls to nationalise the central bank, President Jacob Zuma has pledged to protect the independence of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). South Africa will continue to support institutions that strengthen its democracy and its economy as part of creating the right environment for economic growth and development, Zuma said in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal...

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Gujarat wants to see outcome of 23-year rule, not 23-year-old's CD: Hardik

Gandhinagar, Nov 19 (IANS) Hardik Patel, the leader of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), on Saturday said the people of Gujarat want to see what the BJP has done in 23 years rather than the video of a 23-year-old youth. Hardik, who had earlier threatened to drop a bomb against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at prestige rally at Mansa, the home town of party's President Amit Shah, howev...

1 day ago
Gujarat children getting expired polio vaccine: Congress

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday accused the BJP government in Gujarat of administering expired and unusable polio vaccine to the children in state and said it is a criminal act of negligence, and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiate an inquiry into it. A very shocking and worrisome report has come from Gujarat regarding child healthcare which depicts that...

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87 Bengal kids taken to hospital as dead lizard is found in meal

Kolkata, Nov 18 (IANS) Eighty-seven students were rushed to hospital for a check-up after a dead lizard was found in one of the student's mid-day meal plate at a state-run primary school in West Bengal's Bankura district, an official said on Saturday. The incident took place in Mandarmani Primary School in Bankura district's Onda on Friday afternoon. According to district adminis...

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Advanced satellite to improve US weather forecast launched

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) NASA on Saturday successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a highly advanced polar-orbiting satellite to improve weather forecasts up to seven days in advance. The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) lifted off on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, NASA said.

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Smaller place, less crowd mar spirit of foreign participation at IITF

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The ongoing construction activity at the Pragati Maidan fairground has marred the spirit of trade fair this year with lesser stalls and crowds compared to the previous years. However, traders were still hopeful of good sales now that the business days are over and the fair is open for common people. The crowd is lesser this year. The ITPO (India Trade Promotion O...

1 day ago
Patidars to hold rally in support of Hardik despite denial of permission

Gandhinagar, Nov 18 (IANS) Ignoring denial of permission by the authorities, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) is determined to go ahead with its mega rally in Mansa town here on Saturday evening to demonstrate the community's support to young leader Hardik Patel, despite the 'sex CDs' on him, - in a big worry for the ruling BJP. PAAS leader Hardik Patel has said that in spite of ...

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Bihar medical college fines 54 students for ragging

Patna, Nov 18 (IANS) Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital authorities in Bihar have imposed Rs 50,000 fine each on 54 second year students for ragging their juniors, an official said on Saturday. DMCH Principal R.K. Sinha imposed the fine. The students have been directed to pay the penalty amount by November 25, the official added. Failing to pay the fine would invite stern act...

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Trump revokes permit to import elephant trophies

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has revoked his administration's decision to lift its ban on the import of elephant trophies hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia, pending a thorough review of the matter. The lifting of this ban, imposed in 2014 under former President Barack Obama, was announced on Thursday by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which said that it would begin i...

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US seeks to strengthen trade ties with African nations

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) The US is looking forward to expanding its relationship with Africa in trade and investment and countering terrorism, said a top diplomat. Africa is a growing market with vast potential and the current US administration will focus their bilateral economic relationship on trade and investment, Xinhua news agency quoted US State Secretary Rex Tillerson as saying w...

2 days ago
US Navy admits involvement in obscene skywriting

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) The US Navy has admitted that one of its aircraft had drawn a phallic symbol in the sky over a town of the state of Washington, a media report said. Local news outlets said they were contacted by onlookers who had watched a plane draw what appeared to be crude depictions of male genitalia over Okanogan County, which borders Canada, on Thursday afternoon, Xinhua ...

2 days ago
Libyan advisory body eyes polls in six months

Tripoli, Nov 17 (IANS/AKI) Libya's High Council of State may propose holding elections within six months if the country's rival political factions fail to reach an accord, the advisory body's President Abdul Rahman al-Swehli said on Friday. The High Council of State is discussing the idea of going to the polls within six months under the supervision of an ad-hoc technical government, Swe...

2 days ago
Need holistic mobility alternatives to counter climate change: Finnish Transport Minister

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) What the world needs to effectively counter climate change is a holistic alternative for mobility that is interconnected, interoperable and intermodal, even as we switch to bio-fuels and zero emission vehicles in the interregnum, Finnish Transport and Communications Minister Anne Berner has said. To tackle climate change, we eventually need an alternative for mob...

2 days ago
Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

Islamabad, Nov 17 (IANS) Top Pakistani and US military commanders have blamed each other for not doing enough to stop cross-border terrorism, the media reported on Friday. The two-day visit of US Central Command (Centcom) Commander General Joseph Votel, in which he held meetings with senior Pakistani military commanders, including Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa, reinforced the perception tha...

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US Homeland Security official resigns over derogatory remarks

Washington, Nov 17 (IANS) An official from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has resigned after a disclosure revealed that he had made derogatory statements in the past about the black community and Islam, the media reported. Rev. Jamie Johnson, who was appointed the head of the DHS's Centre for Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships in April, made the remarks in a radio t...

2 days ago
Keystone pipeline in US shut down after oil leak

Washington, Nov 17 (IANS) Workers have taken the Keystone oil pipeline in the US offline after it spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota, officials said. A TransCanada crew shut down the pipeline on Thursday after detecting an oil leak along the line, the company said. The leak was detected along a stretch of the pipeline around 56 km from a pumping station in Marshall County, Sout...

3 days ago
Telangana bags best performing state award

Hyderabad, Nov 16 (IANS) Telangana has bagged the best performing large state award in economy category as well as the cleanliness and environment category at the annual 'India Today' State of the States rankings this year. The awards were received on behalf of the state by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T.Rama Rao and Backwrd Classes Welfare Minister Jogu ...

3 days ago
Trump says freed basketball players should thank Xi Jinping

Washington, Nov 16 (IANS) The US President on Thursday said three college basketball players freed by China after being arrested for shoplifting should thank the Asian nation's head of state for intervening on their behalf. In a news conference on Wednesday in Los Angeles, the three University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) players delivered prepared statements in which they expressed...

3 days ago
Bareilly 'starvation' death': Akhilesh calls it 'blot on democracy'

Lucknow, Nov 16 (IANS) Even as the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday denied that the death of a 50-year-old woman in Bareilly was due to starvation, the Samajwadi Party (SP) expressed its dismay over the incident and said it reflected on the lacunae in the system. In a tweet, former Chief Minister and national president of the SP, Akhilesh Yadav said the death of the poor woman due to...

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