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India test fires Agni II missile off Odisha coast

Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) India on Tuesday test-fired its indigenously developed intermediate range ballistic missile Agni II from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore district at about 8.38 a.m., said a Defence Ministry official. The trial was condu...

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Mexico investigates disappearance of three Italians

Mexico City, Feb 20 (IANS) Mexican authorities were investigating the disappearance of three Italian men who went missing on January 31 in the state of Jalisco. We are working very hard to locate these three people, Jalisco state government spokesman Roberto Lopez said on Monday. Raffaele Russo, 60, who sold electric generators, his son Antonio Russo, 25, and his nephew Vincenzo ...

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Teens hold 'lie-in' outside White House, demands gun reform

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) A group of teens and more than a hundred supporters staged a lie-in outside the White House on Presidents Day to pressurise lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws, the media reported. The group, dubbed Teens for Gun Reform, had started organising the event by seeking 17 demonstrators to lie down for three minutes to symbolise how long it took for Nikolas Cruz to gun...

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'Sadistic' British researcher sentenced for sexual exploitation

London, Feb 20 (IANS) A British university researcher has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for a litany of warped and sadistic crimes, including blackmail and sexual exploitation. Matthew Falder, 29, admitted to 137 separate offences that when put together told a tale of ever-increasing depravity, Judge Philip Parker said during the sentencing in Birmingham on Monday. Your be...

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Misty Tuesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) It was a misty morning here on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 10.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average. According to the Met, the maximum temperature was expected to hover around 27 degrees Celsius. The sky is likely to remain mainly clear with mist or shallow fog in the morning, said an official from India Meteorological...

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Key Indian equity indices open flat

Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices traded on a flat note on Tuesday with marginal upward movement in both the indices. The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded at 10,392.90 points, up 14.50 points or 0.14 per cent from the previous close. The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 33,913.94 points, traded at 33,84...

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Israeli minister meets Palestinian PM for peace talks

Jerusalem, Feb 20 (IANS) Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the Palestine's West Bank city on Monday, and called on to renew the long-stalled peace talks. The rare meeting was attended also by the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai, and Deputy Finance Minister Itzik...

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Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) A study of middle-aged women by the University of Illinois (UI) found that sleep problems vary across the stages of menopause, yet are consistently correlated with hot flashes and depression. The UI researchers used data from the Midlife Women's Health Study, which followed 776 women aged 45-54 in the greater Baltimore area for up to seven years. The wo...

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Trump backs efforts to tighten gun background checks

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) The US President Donald Trump supports efforts to strengthen federal background checks on those looking to purchase firearms, the White House said Monday. The announcement comes just five days after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 dead. The shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, has reported...

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Germany to add more soldiers in NATO exercises

Berlin, Feb 20 (IANS) Germany will significantly increase the number of its armed forces personnel participating in NATO exercises on the military alliance's Eastern frontier, media reports on Monday said. Around 12,000 German soldiers will participate in such exercises in 2018, according to a schedule drawn up by the Ministry of Defense, Xinhua reported. The figure marks a three...

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British minister calls for new approach to end knife crime

London, Feb 20 (IANS) British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called on Monday for a different approach to tackling the terrible toll of knife deaths as a 19-year-old became the fifth London teenage this year to die in a stabbing. Rudd said incentives would be provided in a different approach to knife crime. It would see more emphasis placed on helping communities spread the anti-blade message...

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Israel signs $15 bn deal to export gas to Egypt

Tel Aviv, Feb 20 (IANS) Israel-based Delek and Texas-based Noble Energy signed on Monday a $15 billion deal to export natural gas to Egypt, the officials said. The gas will be drilled from Israel's offshore natural gas fields, Tamar and Leviathan, Delek said in a statement. Under the agreement, Delek and Noble Energy, which control the gas fields, will provide Egypt's Dolphinus ...

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Trump convoy driver detained after firearm found in baggage

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) A driver for the White House press pool was briefly detained on Monday after a firearm was found in his personal baggage as he tried to enter a secured area, the US Secret Service said. The Secret Service can confirm that an individual serving as a staff contracted driver was briefly detained by the US Secret Service personnel and other law enforcement officials...

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Mentors to check learning outcomes in Delhi schools

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Under new education scheme Mission Buniyaad, mentors will be appointed to check the learning outcomes of schools run by the Delhi government and the municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs), Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday. One mentor will take care of five schools and will train their teachers on enhancing readability of children of classes 3 t...

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Murder convict flees from police custody in 'chili attack'

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) A murder onvict escaped from police custody on Monday after his accomplices threw chilli powder on police personnel escorting him to a hospital here for a checkup, police said. The prisoner was coming out from Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences along with the police guard when his associates threw chilli powder on the police personnel to help him flee from...

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Elephant tusk seized in Bengal's Siliguri, two arrested

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Three pieces of an elephant tusk were seized in West Bengal's Siliguri by DRI officials and two persons arrested, an official said on Monday. The elephant tusk was carried from Assam to Siliguri for smuggling out to Nepal, said the official of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). Based on specific intelligence input that an elephant tusk would be carr...

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I-League: Lajong beat Aizawl 2-1 at home

Shillong, Feb 19 (IANS) Hosts Shillong Lajong managed to beat reigning champions Aizawl FC 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday. Koffi (58th minute ) and Jagne (73rd minute) smacked a couple of goals for the hosts before Dodoz halved the gap (90+5th minute) for the visitors in the added minutes. Going into the match, Shillong Lajong FC's assistant coach Alison Khars...

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Quality control lab for marine products in Odisha to address export concerns

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19 (IANS) A state of the art quality control laboratory to check traces of antibiotics in shrimps and other marine products was inaugurated here on Monday. It would address concerns of USA, Japan and the European Union (EU) for stringent quality controls over exports of seafood from India. Set up by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), the fi...

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Congress approaches EC over voters list 'discrepancies' in MP

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Congress on Monday approached the Election Commission to complain of massive discrepancies in the voters list ahead of the two assembly bypolls in Madhya Pradesh, accusing the state's BJP government of conspiring to murder democracy. The party delegation, which included party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, Mohan Prakash, R.P.N Singh and others, said that the...

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Modi unveils railway projects in poll-bound Karnataka

Mysuru (Karnataka), Feb 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Monday unveiled a slew of railway projects in poll-bound Karnataka and flagged off a weekly Humsafar Express train (Palace Queen) to Rajasthan's Udaipur. Modi dedicated to the nation the 140 km electrified double track between Mysuru and Bengaluru and flagged off the weekly express between Mysuru and Udaipur, said Railway M...

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