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Latest NewsKhattar is Haryana CM front-runner
20/10/2014
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Khattar is Haryana
CM front-runner
Chandigarh, October 20 - Manohar Lal Khattar could be the next Chief Minister of Haryana. Khattar, who won from the Karnal Assembly segment, is said to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prior to the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting, Haryana BJP chief Ram Bilas Sharma's name was also being considered for the top post, but sources said the party leadership chose Khattar.
Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah met after the Parliamentary Board meeting and it [ ... ]


Latest NewsStreet clashes erupt in HK despite imminent talks
20/10/2014
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Street clashes erupt in HK
despite imminent talks
Hong Kong, October 20 - Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early on Sunday for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront the police.
The worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain handed the free-wheeling capitalist city back to China in 1997 entered its fourth week with no sign of a resolution despite talks scheduled for tw [ ... ]


Latest NewsTurkey no to arming Syrian Kurds
20/10/2014
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Turkey no to arming
Syrian Kurds
Istanbul, October 20 - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today rejected calls for Turkey to arm the main Kurdish party in Syria, describing the group as a terrorist organisation. Erdogan said the Democratic Union Party (PYD) was the same as the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a 30-year insurgency for self-rule in southeastern Turkey.
The armed wing of the PYD, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), has been engaged in heavy fig [ ... ]


Latest NewsBishops scrap welcome to gays
20/10/2014
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Bishops scrap
welcome to gays
Vatican City, October 20 - Catholic bishops have scrapped their landmark welcome to gays, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.
The bishops yesterday approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging there were "positive elements" in civil heterosexual unions outside the church and even in ca [ ... ]


Latest NewsFrenzied supporters greet Jaya after release from jail
19/10/2014
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Frenzied supporters greet
Jaya after release from jail
Bangalore, October 19 - Rarely has a convict in a corruption case got such a grand welcome on release from prison as AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa received today as she emerged from Bangalore’s Central Prison after staying in jail for three weeks.
mil Nadu Chief Minister of O Panneerselvam, who replaced Jayalalithaa after her conviction, was present in Bangalore along with other AIADMK leade [ ... ]


Latest NewsCounting today; BJP upbeat, Cong tense
19/10/2014
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Counting today; BJP upbeat,
Cong tense
New Delhi, October 19 - As counting of votes to form new governments in Haryana and Maharashtra begins tomorrow, the BJP appears upbeat, riding high on favourable exit poll predictions.
Congress leaders appear resigned to the party's fate in the polls, giving more than ample hints that it was unlikely to return to power in the two states.
The counting will start at 8 am and initial trends shall be available by 10 am, said officials. Tight security  [ ... ]


Latest NewsGovt to open talks with democracy protesters on Oct 21
19/10/2014
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Govt to open talks with
democracy protesters on Oct 21
Hong Kong, October 19 - Hong Kong's embattled government said it would open talks with student protesters on Tuesday, after three nights of clashes between police and demonstrators who have staged huge pro-democracy rallies for nearly three weeks.
The city's leader Leung Chun-ying made a dramatic U-turn on Thursday as he announced a resumption of talks with the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), one of the groups leading the pr [ ... ]


Latest NewsTop-secret space plane lands on California coast
19/10/2014
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Top-secret space plane
lands on California coast
California, October 19 - A top-secret space plane landed yesterday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.
The plane spent nearly two years circling Earth on a classified mission. Known as the X-37B, it resembles a mini space shuttle. It safely touched down at 9:24 am on Friday, officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base said.
Just what the plane was doing during its 674 days in orbit has been the subject of sometimes spectacu [ ... ]


Latest NewsWHO promises analysis of Ebola response, won’t comment on flaws
19/10/2014
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WHO promises analysis of
Ebola response, won’t
comment on flaws
Geneva, October 19 - The World Health Organization promised on Saturday that it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control, in response to a leaked document that appeared to acknowledge it had failed to do enough.
The WHO said in a statement that it would not comment on an internal document cited in an Associated Press story on Friday, saying it was a first d [ ... ]


Latest NewsTrade unions junk labour reforms
18/10/2014
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Trade unions junk labour reforms
*Say PM’s policy anti-worker, will give corporates a free hand
*Call for nationwide stir on Dec 5

New Delhi, October 18 - Trade unions have slammed the latest labour reforms announced by the Central Government and called for a nationwide protest on December 5.
In the name of labour reforms and attracting investments, corporate houses were being strengthened, said union leaders. “The government is curtailing the rights of workers and they are bei [ ... ]


Latest NewsSC gives bail to Jaya in graft case
18/10/2014
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SC gives bail to
Jaya in graft case
New Delhi, October 18 - The Supreme Court today ordered the release of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on bail and suspended the four-year jail term handed out to her in a corruption case by a trial court in Bangaluru on September 27.
A three-member Bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu passed the order, going by the directive in a Constitution Bench judgment of the apex court in 2001 that convicts in corruption cases should ordinarily [ ... ]


Latest NewsFresh clashes erupt in HK as activists regroup
18/10/2014
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Fresh clashes erupt in
HK as activists regroup
Hong Kong, October 18 - The Hong Kong riot police used pepper spray and baton charged crowds of pro-democracy protesters on Friday evening as tension escalated after a pre-dawn clearance of a major protest zone in the Chinese-controlled financial hub.
Crowds of protesters headed to the gritty and congested Mongkok district after work and school on Friday evening, across the harbour from the heart of the civil disobedience movement near gover [ ... ]


Latest NewsHikers rescued from Himalayan pass days after deadly blizzard
18/10/2014
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Hikers rescued from Himalayan
pass days after deadly blizzard
Kathmandu, October 18 - Search teams in Nepal used shovels and ice axes on Friday to dig through thick snow and rescue about 40 hikers trapped for days on a Himalayan pass after blizzards and avalanches killed at least 29 persons in one of the world's worst mountain disasters.
The Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal said 37 persons were brought down from Thorong La pass, which is 5,416 metres high. Austrians, French, Germa [ ... ]


Latest NewsPak must incite those fighting in J&K: Musharraf
17/10/2014
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Pak must incite those
fighting in J&K: Musharraf
Islamabad, October 17 - Former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf today made an anti-India rant saying Pakistan needs to "incite" those "fighting" in Kashmir.
“We have source (in Kashmir) besides the (Pakistan) army... People in Kashmir are fighting against (India). We just need to incite them (sic),” the retired General, who is currently on bail in a treason case, told a television channel.
Mushar [ ... ]


Latest NewsIndian-American gets key US Justice Deparment post
17/10/2014
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Indian-American gets
key US Justice Deparment post
Washington, October 17 - Indian-American Vanita Gupta, a top lawyer from American Civil Liberties Union, has been appointed to head the civil rights division of the US Justice Department, becoming the first South Asian to hold this post.
President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Gupta to serve as the permanent Assistant Attorney General of Civil Rights in the coming months.
"Vanita has spent her entire career working to ensur [ ... ]


Latest NewsStay away from Hong Kong affairs, China tells US, UK
17/10/2014
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Stay away from Hong
Kong affairs, China tells US, UK
Beijing, October 17 - China today dismissed criticism by the US and the UK over its handling of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, saying no foreign government has the right to interfere in the former British colony's affairs.
“I want to point out that no foreign government has the right to interfere in Hong Kong affairs in anyway. Hong Kong administration is carrying out investigations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong [ ... ]


Latest NewsUS response to Ebola crisis marked by ‘fatal missteps’
17/10/2014
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US response to Ebola crisis marked by ‘fatal missteps’
*Hospital wrongly diagnosed Liberian man
*affected nurse took flights
Washington
The US response to the Ebola virus that has ravaged parts of West Africa and sickened two US nurses has been marked by a series of potentially fatal missteps.
The operator of a Dallas, Texas, hospital where the two nurses contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Duncan, a Liberian man who eventually died on October 8, has apologised for initi [ ... ]


Latest NewsAfter slow start, 64% turnout in M’rashtra
16/10/2014
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After slow start,
64% turnout in M’rashtra
Mumbai, October 16 - Around 64% of Maharashtra's 8.35 crore voters on Wednesday cast their ballots in a bitterly fought elections that pollsters said will throw up a hung Assembly with the BJP emerging as the single-largest party in the 288-member House.
"Approximately 64% polling has been recorded. The exact details are being worked out," Election Commission sources said. The polls, considered the first major test of Prime Mini [ ... ]


Latest NewsWar on doorstep compounds Turkey’s economic worries
16/10/2014
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War on doorstep compounds
Turkey’s economic worries
Istanbul/Ankara, October 16 - Already struggling for substantial growth after at least a year of foreign and internal turmoil, the Turkish economy could have done without an Islamic State onslaught against Syrian Kurds on Turkey's border.
Investors who until mid-2013 saw Turkey as a relatively safe bet in a chaotic region are increasingly alarmed that it might not only be dragged into the war in Syria but also lose the hard-won pr [ ... ]


Latest News2014 Man Booker goes to Flanagan
16/10/2014
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2014 Man Booker
goes to Flanagan
London, October 16 - Richard Flanagan's wartime novel ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North' has won the Man Booker for year 2014, beating Neel Mukherjee's novel ‘The Lives of Others' that was the bookmaker's favourite.
The novel, Tasmania-born Flanagan's sixth, is set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War II.
The author's father, who died aged 98 the day the novel was finished, was a survivor of the Railway, w [ ... ]


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