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Culture Ministry restoring Bengal heritage sites, work likely to end by October

Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) The Union Culture Ministry is carrying out large scale restoration work of heritage buildings and places of art in Kolkata using organic and natural conservation processes, with the project likely to be completed by October, a top official said here on Friday. The whole idea is to look for the best as mediocracy kills the effort, said Culture Secretary Raghavendra...

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'Mile 22' to now release on August 24 in India

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Mark Wahlberg-starrer Mile 22 will release in India on August 24. The action-thriller drama marks the fourth collaboration of Wahlberg and Peter Berg after the Oscar-nominated Lone Survivor. It will be released by PVR Pictures in India, read a statement. Earlier, it was announced it will hit the screens on August 17. Written by Graham Roland and Lea...

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Regulate cryptocurrency to curb illegal transaction: RBI to SC

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday told the Supreme Court that it is necessary to regulate the Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to check illegal transactions which will impact the international flow of funds. The RBI told the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that its stand is of extreme caution as...

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Rahul stands by remarks on 'secrecy pact' in Rafale deal

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Even as France on Friday denied that Rahul Gandhi had been told by French President Emmanuel Macron that there was no secrecy pact with India on the Rafale jet deal, the Congress President stood by his remarks, saying that the clarification had been made in the presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party leader Anand Sharma. Let them deny it if th...

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India's Forex reserves deplete by over $734 mn

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves depleted by $734.5 million during the week ended July 13, official data showed on Friday. According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the overall forex reserves declined to $405.08 billion from $405.81 billion reported for the week ended July 6. India's forex reserves comprise of fo...

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Taxmen threaten not to participate in search operations from August 1

Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) Taxmen have threatened not to participate in search, seizure and survey operations from August 1 in protest against the apathetic attitude of the Central Board Direct Taxes (CBDT) towards their demands including the filling of vacant posts, promotion of employees and others. The employees and officers of the Income Tax Department under the banner of Joint Council ...

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Vietnam to deport US student over protest

Hanoi, July 20 (IANS) A court in Vietnam has ordered the deportation of a US student arrested at a demonstration that turned violent. William Nguyen was found guilty of causing public disorder following his detention in June from a protest in Ho Chi Minh City against new economic zones that demonstrators believed will be dominated by Chinese investors. US Secretary of State Mik...

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Australian nun to appeal deportation order in Philippines

Manila, July 20 (IANS) Australian nun Patricia Fox announced on Friday that she would appeal against a deportation order issued against her by the Philippines government a day earlier over allegations of involvement in political activities against the country's President. Fox's lawyer Sol Taule said that the appeal would be filed on Monday and added that the order issued by the Bureau of...

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Delhi may witness power supply crisis: Jain

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) National capital may face a power crisis as the coal reserves with the Dadri I and II power stations has decreased, Power Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday. In a letter to Union Power Minister R.K. Singh, Jain said the declared capacity of the power station has come down to 934mw from 1,696mw. The coal availability there will not last even for a day at full...

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Rahul stands by his remarks on 'secrecy pact' in Rafale deal

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Even as France on Friday denied that Rahul Gandhi had been told by French President Emmanuel Macron that there was no secrecy pact with India on the Rafale jet deal, the Congress President stood by his remarks saying that these were made in presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party leader Anand Sharma. Let them deny it if they want. He (Macron) ...

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Paytm Mall's 2nd Campus Icon Programme to recruit 5,000 college students

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Paytm Mall, owned by Paytm Ecommerce Pvt. Ltd, on Friday launched the second edition of the Campus Icon programme, and aims to recruit 5000 college students. The industry-focused learning programme for five weeks is designed to help students to enhance their vocational capabilities. The participants will be assigned a variety of exercises in technology, marketin...

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BNP rallies for Khaleda, demands her release from jail

Dhaka, July 20 (IANS) The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) took out a rally in the capital on Friday for the first time in two and a half years to demand the release of its chairperson and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who is serving a five-year sentence in a corruption case. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir presided over the rally that began after Friday prayers,...

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France denies Rahul's remarks about secrecy pact in Rafale deal

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) France on Friday denied Congress President Rahul Gandhis remarks that French President Emmanuel Macron had told him that there was no secrecy pact with India on the Rafale jet deal and said there was a legally-binding agreement security agreement binding the two countries which also covers the agreement to purchase the fighter jets by India. A French Ministry of...

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Man commits suicide by jumping before metro train in Delhi

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A young man allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a metro train here on Friday, affecting services on the Violet Line briefly in the afternoon hours, officials said. A man allegedly jumped in front of an approaching train at Jangpura on Line-6 heading towards Badarpur around 1.56 p.m... (the body) being taken out from the train's underframe. So, there wi...

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'Screening HIV, syphilis can cut new HIV cases in India by 7%'

New York, July 20 (IANS) Combining testing and treatment of HIV with syphilis among sex workers and gay men could reduce the number of new HIV cases in India by seven per cent, and potentially avert over 50,000 new infections, in a decade, says a Lancet report. The research suggested that using HIV screening, antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat the infection, and antiviral drugs to pre...

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All-India truck, bus strike paralyses transportation

New Delhi/Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Transportation services across the country were severely impacted on Friday as private bus and truck operators began an indefinite strike to press for their various demands, including a reduction in diesel prices. According to the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), transportation services to and from ports, refineries and industrial units have be...

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45 per cent drop in stubble burning in Punjab

Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) The Punjab government claimed on Friday that there has been a 45 per cent drop in stubble burning cases in the state during the 2017 paddy harvesting season as compared to 2016. This fact came to light at a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of the Union Environment Secretary C.K. Mishra. Senior officers of the state Agriculture and Environment Departmen...

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Rahul's allegations 'absolutely wrong': Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Terming Congress President Rahul Gandhi's allegations over the Rafale fighter jets deal with France as absolutely wrong, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the bilateral agreement was signed during the UPA time and carried a secrecy clause. On the secrecy clause...It is an agreement that was signed during the previous government on January 25, 2008. The ag...

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Air fares on many routes cheaper than railways' premium trains: CAG

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Tickets on the Indian Railways' premium trains were much higher as compared to airfares, says a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, tabled in parliament on Friday. Coming down heavily on the flexi-fare scheme of the Indian Railways, the CAG report said: For the 120 advance reservation period (ARP) of 120 days, travel by air was found to be cheapest mod...

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High levels of good cholesterol may not benefit older women

New York, July 20 (IANS) While good cholesterol has traditionally been known to be good for heart, a new study claimed that higher levels of the cholesterol may not always benefit middle aged and postmenopausal women. The findings showed that the traditional measure of the good cholesterol -- one that carries fat away from heart, reduces the build-up of plaque and lowers potential for ca...

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