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Secret Reasons why Durga puja is one of the favorite festivals of India

Secret Reasons why Durga puja is one of the favorite festivals of India

Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: Probably the most exciting part of the year for most the most people of India especially people of East India is the Durga Puja which starts the festival season. This joyous and auspicious festival celebrates from the sixth to tenth day of the bright lunar fortnight in the Bikram SambatCalendar month of Ashwin which […]

Afghanistan: Army clashes with Taliban continue in Kunduz as US provide support

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Afghanistan: Army clashes with Taliban continue in Kunduz as US provide support

AP, Kabul: Afghan forces battled the Taliban in the northern city of Kunduz for the third straight day on Wednesday and American helicopters provided air support to troops on the ground in the wake of the multipronged attack on the city launched by insurgents this week. The fighting in Kunduz, which fell briefly to the […]

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Scottish, French and Dutch-born scientists win Nobel chemistry prize

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Scottish, French and Dutch-born scientists win Nobel chemistry prize

Reuters, STOCKHOLM: Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on the design and synthesis of molecular machines, the award-giving body said on Wednesday. “They have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences […]

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World’s oldest man celebrates bar mitzvah, 100 years late

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World’s oldest man celebrates bar mitzvah, 100 years late

AP, JERUSALEM: The world’s oldest man has celebrated his bar mitzvah – 100 years late. The 113-year-old Israel Kristal has lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. Earlier this year, Guinness World Records awarded him a certificate as the world’s oldest man. But there was a ceremony the supercentenarian observant Jew […]

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Top UN court rejects Marshalls nuclear case against India

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Top UN court rejects Marshalls nuclear case against India

AFP, The Hague: The UN’s highest court on Wednesday threw out an epic case brought by the tiny Marshall Islands against India for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race. The 16-judge bench at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) however was also to rule later in the day in separate decisions on whether […]

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Hiring Pak artistes is a threat to security, economy: FTII’s Gajendra Chauhan

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Hiring Pak artistes is a threat to security, economy: FTII’s Gajendra Chauhan

Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi: Gajendra Chauhan, chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), has waded into the raging debate on whether India should ban Pakistani artistes, insisting that hiring Pakistani actors and artistes is a threat to the “economy and security” of the country . Chauhan told Hindustan Times on Wednesday […]

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From jobs to renting homes, HIV & AIDS patients get more rights in new bill

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From jobs to renting homes, HIV & AIDS patients get more rights in new bill

Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi: The Union cabinet approved on Wednesday amendments to a 2014 bill that expanded protections for HIV-positive people and those living with them, prohibited discrimination in jobs and education and improved healthcare access and privacy statutes. The proposed changes to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 bar employees or […]

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India tries to hasten US defence deals amid election uncertainty

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India tries to hasten US defence deals amid election uncertainty

Reuters, New Delhi: India is trying to hasten a deal with the United States to buy Predator drone aircraft for military surveillance, one of several defence and nuclear projects both sides are pursuing in the final months of the Obama administration. “Our request for 22 Predator Guardian drones made in June is in an advanced […]

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BSF seizes Pakistani boat with 9 people on board, probing chances of spying

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BSF seizes Pakistani boat with 9 people on board, probing chances of spying

IANS, Bhuj (Gujarat): The BSF intercepted on Wednesday a Pakistani boat in Sir Creek area adjoining Gujarat’s Kutch district close to the Pakistan maritime border with nine people on board. A senior Border Security Force official said the boat “with eight to nine persons on board was caught by our patrol team in the morning […]

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‘Freeze zone’ relaxation comes as a big relief for Mussoorie residents

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‘Freeze zone’ relaxation comes as a big relief for Mussoorie residents

Neha Pant, Dehradun: Uttarakhand cabinet’s decision to relax construction norms in the “freeze zone” of Mussoorie has come as a big relief for the local residents, who had been barred from undertaking any construction –even addition of a new room or a toilet – for over two decades now. The entire area of Mussoorie, barring […]

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