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Arunachal government to set up Skill University

Itanagar, Nov 19 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Sunday announced the setting up of a Skill University to provide employment opportunities outside the government space. The biggest challenge facing the youth of Arunachal today is the dearth of adequate and gainful employment opportunities outside the government space, Khandu told President Ram Nath Kovind at a gath...

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Punjab Police deny British national was tortured

Chandigarh, Nov 19 (IANS) Rejecting allegations of torture of British national Jagtar Singh Johal, arrested in the cases of targeted killings of Hindu leaders, the Punjab Police said on Sunday that due process of law was followed at every stage and the accused was allowed access to his counsel, family members and British consular officers. Not only did it have sufficient evidence to prov...

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Agra civic polls: Yogi promises development

Agra, Nov 19 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday promised to implement urban renewal strategies to accelerate the pace of development in Agra. The Chief Minister was addressing a rally ahead of the municipal elections in the city on November 22. The improved law and order situation was attracting fresh investments, and businessmen who did not want to inv...

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India tried hard to get Sri Lanka all-out: Bhuvneshwar

Kolkata, Nov 19 (IANS) India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Sunday said the bowlers could have been patient while trying to get rid of the Sri Lankan lower order and that they tried too hard resulting in the tourists taking a 122-run lead in the first Test here. Replying to India's first innings score of 172, the Lankans rode veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath's fighting 67 to post 294 ...

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Brain activity buffers against worsening anxiety

New York, Nov 19 (IANS) Researchers have found that boosting activity in the brain's areas related to thinking and problem-solving may also buffer against worsening anxiety. Using non-invasive brain imaging, the researchers found that people at risk of anxiety were less likely to develop the disorder if they had higher activity in a brain region responsible for complex mental operations....

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Margot Robbie proud to be woman

London, Nov 19 (IANS) Actress Margot Robbie says she is proud to be a woman after getting a supportive response in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Robbie, 27, has praised the resilience of the women who have come forward to accuse the disgraced producer of sexual misconduct. She says the attitude from other Hollywood stars who want to mak...

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Time to fight against destructive elements in society: Amjad Ali Khan

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Veteran sarod player Amjad Ali Khan feels that it's high time everyone stood up against disturbing elements that are trying to take away peace from the world -- and artists should show the way. Creative freedom needs some space. No world can stay united if you are not together from heart and soul. It's time for us to stand together against terrorism and other des...

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Leh freezes, Gulmarg coldest in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, Nov 19 (IANS) Night temperatures in Ladakh dropped to below freezing point at minus 7.9 degrees Celsius while Gulmarg was the coldest place in the Kashmir Valley with a minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, a Met department official said on Sunday. The minimum temperatures on Sunday in Kargil, Srinagar and Pahalgam were minus 5.8, 2.9 and minus 0.5 degrees Celsius, respectively, the offic...

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Misty Sunday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) It was a misty Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 12 degrees Celsius. The sky will be mainly clear with mist in the morning, an India Meteorological Department official told IANS. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 62 per cent and visibility stood at 2,000 metres. There is no rain expected for a week, the official...

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Rathore mum on wrestler Sushil's mysterious 'golden' comeback

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Sunday kept mum when probed about two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar's mysterious gold medal-winning comeback at the national championships in Indore last week. A visibly rusty Sushil, returning to competition after a gap of almost three years, recorded two victories against tame opponents in the preliminary roun...

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Seven missed calls detected from missing Argentine submarine

Buenos Aires, Nov 19 (IANS) The Argentinian Navy has detected seven satellite calls made to different bases from a missing submarine which disappeared on November 15 in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members on board, officials said. According to a statement released on Saturday by the Argentine Ministry of Defence, the calls did not link up with the Navy bases, but could indicate that ...

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Ukrainian official banned from entering Poland

Warsaw, Nov 19 (IANS) Ukrainian official Svyatoslav Sheremeta was banned from entering the country, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Sheremeta, who is in-charge of Ukraine's Interdepartmental Commemorations Commission, tried to cross the border in Medyka in southeast Poland on Saturday noon with a German visa, Xinhua news agency reported. Polish News Agency (PAP)...

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National elections to be held as scheduled: Iraqi PM

Baghdad, Nov 19 (IANS) The national elections in Iraq will be held as scheduled on May 15, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said urging the people to participate in the polls to support his anti-corruption plan in the coming years. A statement issued by Abadi's office on Saturday said the Premier made his comments while visiting an electoral center in Baghdad in order to receive his own ne...

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Mass grave found in Libya's Sirte

Tripoli, Nov 19 (IANS) Libyan security services and a Red Crescent team have found a mass grave in the city of Sirte, some 450 km east of Tripoli, according to a local official. A Red Crescent team, in cooperation with security services, managed to locate a mass grave in the town of Al-Dher in western Sirte. They surrounded the site pending order from the Public Prosecutions to dig and e...

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Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for three days

Gaza, Nov 19 (IANS) Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing, the only corridor between the Gaza Strip and Egyptian territory, allowing passage in both directions for three days, the Palestinian Authority said. This is the first time since June 2007 that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is in control of the Palestinian side of the crossing in coordination with the security forces of the ...

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Gouge out opposition workers' eyes: TMC leader tells party cadres

Kolkata, Nov 18 (IANS) Three days after he was caught on camera threatening to thrash and break limbs of opposition leaders, controversial Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Anubrata Mondal on Saturday was back in the news with his order to party workers to gouge out the eyes of opposition activists and replace those with artificial eyes. Mondal, known for his inciting speeches, also asked ...

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Sharad questions EC decision on JD-U symbol, says justice not done

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Questioning the Election Commission's decision to grant the arrow symbol to the Nitish Kumar-led faction of Janata Dal-United, senior socialist leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav on Saturday said justice was not done and vowed to continue the fight both legally and democratically. The decision has not meted out justice. The EC's decision is just asking the pe...

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Shabana Azmi calls for IFFI boycott after anti-Padmavati protests

Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) Never one to mince words, Shabana Azmi is vocal about her distaste for the baseless anti-Padmavati protests. She feels it's time for the film industry to take a collective stand against the ugly controversies and protests surrounding the release of Padmavati. The entire film industry should boycott the IFFI next month in Goa in protest against the threats is...

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Gujarat poll panel chief orders probe against controversial video

Gandhinagar, Nov 18 (IANS) The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat has ordered the cyber crime cell of Ahmedabad to probe a complaint filed by a rights activist about a video that's viral on social media, alleging it was made with an intention to cause communal divide in the context of the Gujarat Assembly elections. The Gujarat CEO B.B. Swain ordered the cyber crime cell Ahmedabad ...

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Delhi's air quality deteriorates, becomes 'very poor'

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Hours after slight improvement in the air quality of Delhi-NCR, the national capital again started inhaling toxins as the quality of air deteriorated from poor in the morning to very poor in the evening on Saturday. The major pollutant, PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5 micro metre, was recorded above 300 units. The Central Pollution Contro...

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