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'GST, bankruptcy code will boost India's ranking globally'

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) The implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code will in a major way boost India's ranking by the World Bank and international rating agencies that will help in attracting huge foreign investment, officials said on Thursday. They also feel that the rating agencies are biased when it comes to rating developing countries...

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TFA announces selection trials for budding sportspersons

Kolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) Tata Football Academy (TFA) will begin the selection trials for inducting players into the system, a statement said on Thursday. The trials will commence from Friday in Ranchi and over the next three months, will be held across the country. The trials will conclude in Kerala on March 3 next year. The shortlisted participating players will be called to TFA,...

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India keen to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka: Kovind

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said that India is keen to strengthen the economic pillar of its relationship with Sri Lanka and there is lot that can be achieved, given the synergy and economic complementarities between the two countries. Development cooperation forms an important part of India-Sri Lanka bilateral engagement, said Kovind as Sri Lankan Prim...

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Maharashtra woman cop will remain in service - as policeman

Mumbai, Nov 23 (IANS) In an unprecedented move, the Maharashtra government on Thursday said it had decided to permit a woman cop to undergo a sex change operation and continue in the state police as a 'policeman'. Yes, I have requested the Director General of Police (Satish Mathur) to consider her case favourably, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told IANS. Woman constable Lalita...

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Suicide attack on Afghan demonstration kills 8

Kabul, Nov 23 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and another 17 wounded on Thursday in a suicide attack on a group of demonstrators gathered in support of a former police chief in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city, officials said. The attack occurred around 2.30 p.m. in front of the house of the former police chief in the capital of Nangarhar province, said provincial governor's spokesp...

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CPI-M youth wing vandalise Kerala resort

Kumarakom (Kerala) Nov 23 (IANS) Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth wing of Kerala's ruling CPI-M, on Thursday vandalised a brand new plush resort, scheduled to open next month, near here, resort officials said. Five villas have been vandalised, costing us crores of rupees. We are a company that does not indulge in any sort of violations in any manner...

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N. Korea replaces border guards after soldier's defection

Seoul, Nov 23 (IANS) North Korea is believed to have replaced all border security guards after one of its soldiers defected to the South through the guarded Joint Security Area. A North Korean soldier was shot and wounded by his fellow soldiers on November 13 when he sought to cross the heavily guarded inter-Korean border to defect. The replacement seems to be a response to their failure...

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Myanmar, Bangladesh sign deal for repatriation of Rohingyas

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 23 (IANS) The governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh on Thursday signed a MoU, clearing the way for the repatriation of the 622,000 Rohingya refugees who fled across the border to escape a military crackdown. Bangladesh Foreign Minister Mahmud Ali and Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar Kyaw Tint Swe signed the agreement in Nay Pyi Taw. The ...

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Chinese Buddhist, Taoist temples warned against profit making

Beijing, Nov 23 (IANS) Buddhist and Taoist temples in China received government instructions on Thursday, warning them against seeking profits in the name of religion. A guideline to regulate commercial activities in Buddhist and Taoist temples was jointly issued by 12 departments including the State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA), reports Xinhua news agency. The docu...

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Modi is Manmohan Desai of politics, says Yechury

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday compared Prime Minister Narendra Modis style of functioning with the filmmaking style of renowned Bollywood director Manmohan Desai, saying neither give any thinking space to their respective audience. Once, when filmmaker Manmohan Desai was at the fag end of his career, a journalist asked him as to what is the ...

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Road projects worth around Rs 60,000 cr sanctioned for TN: Gadkari

Chennai, Nov 23 (IANS) Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said road projects worth around Rs 60,000 crore has been sanctioned for Tamil Nadu. He also said several thousand crore rupees worth of projects in logistics and ports will be developed in Tamil Nadu. Interacting with reporters here, Gadkari said the work of Rs 20,000 crore Chenn...

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Two million adults in England, Wales exposed to domestic abuse

London, Nov 23 (IANS) Nearly two million adults experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales, a major new report on Thursday from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed. The report brings together data on domestic abuse and its consequences from across police forces, the government and victim support organisations, reports Xinhua news agency. Figures for the year en...

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Hindi-Chini bhai bhai: Dalai Lama

Kolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Thursday batted for respect and recognition of the 'Hindi-Chini bhai bhai' spirit to take Sino-Indian relations forward. India and China should eventually find respect for 'Hindi-Chini bhai bhai', the Dalai Lama told the media here when asked on China's objections to President Ram Nath Kovind's visit to Arunachal Pradesh....

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India can take UNSC permanent membership sans veto power: Finland

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) One way for India, along with Japan, Germany and Brazil, to get permanent membership of the UN Security Council is to take this without assuming the veto power, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini said here on Thursday. Soini, who also visited Myanmar before arriving here on Wednesday on a four-day visit, described the Rohingya refugees issue in that country as ...

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Bhopal ASP booked for harassing woman constable

Bhopal, Nov 23 (IANS) An Assistant Superintendent of Police here has been booked for sexually harassing a female constable, police said on Thursday. The FIR against Rajendra Verma, posted at the police headquarters here, was filed at Jahangirabad police station, after the charges against him were proven during initial investigation, said ASP Dharamveer Yadav. Verma has been booke...

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Gurugram to host 2-day South Korean culture and tourism festival

Gurugram, Nov 23 (IANS) Aiming to popularise South Korea as a favourite travel destination for Indians, the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) will organise an art and culture festival here. The two-day Korea Festival 2017 showcasing the country's famous tourist destinations, delicacies, art, culture and heritage, will be held on November 25 and 26 at Ambience Mall, Gurugram. It i...

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Tiny robots may soon aid in delivering treatments

Hong Kong, Nov 23 (IANS) An international team of researchers has developed micro-robots that could soon be used to diagnose and deliver drugs in hard-to-reach areas of the human body. The robots were manufactured by coating tiny algae with magnetic particles and can smoothly swim in biological fluids, such as diluted blood and gastric fluid. A small-scale robot that can be remot...

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'Newton' wins two honours at APSA

Mumbai, Nov 23 (IANS) India's Oscar entry Newton secured two wins at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane on Thursday, with Rajkummar Rao winning the best actor and Mayank Tewari and Amit V. Masurkar claiming the best screenplay honour. Manipuri movie Lady of the Lake won a special mention. Ecstatic over the win, Rajkummar tweeted: Won the best actor award at the most prestigious A...

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Ordinance to encourage bamboo cultivation in non-forest areas promulgated

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) The Central government on Thursday promulgated the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 to exempt bamboo grown in non-forest areas from definition of tree, doing away with the need of felling or transit permit for its economic use. The Union Cabinet had on Wednesday approved the promulgation of the ordinance to amend Section 2 (7) of the Indian Forest Act, 1...

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Bush junior's motives 'good' but method 'wrong' in Iraq: Dalai Lama

Kolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Thursday said former US President George W. Bush's motivation to bring democracy in Iraq was good but his method wrong. He is a wonderful person. We immediately developed a close level human interaction when we first met. I told him 'I respect you but I have great reservation for some of your policies', he said at a talk ...

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