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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 2 (IANS) The Latin Church on Sunday issued a pastoral letter warning the Kerala government not to go …

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  • Three women pilgrims killed in Biha … IANS - 37 minutes ago

    Patna, Aug 2 (IANS) Three women pilgrims were killed and four others were injured on Sunday in a road accident in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, police said.

  • Gajendra Chauhan secured top FTII post … ANI - 39 minutes ago

    New Delhi, Aug 2 (ANI): A Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that veteran Indian television and film actor Gajendra Chauhan, who was recently given the reigns of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), was picked on the basis of a one-para CV. It was also found that the only notable achievement listed by Chauhan on the CV was that of playing 'Yudhisthir' in the TV serial 'Mahabharat'. Students of FTII have been protesting against Chauhan's appointment due to his affiliation to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and his lack of experience and stature.

  • Gatco graft case: Khaleda's pleas … ANI - 39 minutes ago

    Dhaka, August 2 (ANI): The High Court will on August 5 deliver its verdict on Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia's pleas challenging the legality of Gatco graft trial proceedings.

  • Golfer Joshi settles for joint seventh … IANS - 57 minutes ago

    Chang Hwa (Taiwan), Aug 2 (IANS) Indian golfer Khalin Joshi finished joint seventh while Thai teenager Rattanon Wanasrichan saved his best for the last when he fired a seven-under-par 65 to win his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the Taifong Open here on Sunday. Panuwat Muchlek of Thailand and Taiwan's Kao Teng also finished tied seventh with Joshi. The 20-year-old Rattanon on the other hand shot eight birdies to return with a winning total of 12-under-par 276 to defeat a battling Casey O'Toole (66) of the United States and overnight leader Jordan Sherratt (71) of Australia by one shot at the Taifong Golf Club.

  • Manmohan Singh's Panjab University … IANS - 1 hour 19 minutes ago

    Chandigarh, Aug 2 (IANS) Former prime minister Manmohan Singh may not be holding any post now but an academic chair in his name is awaiting a new incumbent. The 'Dr. Manmohan Singh Chair' in Panjab University's Department of Economics fell vacant after the first occupant, noted economist Ajit Singh, passed away in June. Some names have been suggested and we are looking into those," Panjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Arun Grover told IANS here.

  • Western Command to mark 1965 India-Pakistan … IANS - 1 hour 29 minutes ago

    Chandigarh, Aug 2 (IANS) The Indian Army's Western Command will mark the golden jubilee of the India-Pakistan war of 1965 with events planned for September. "Celebrations are being planned in a befitting manner in Western Command," a defence ministry spokesman said on Sunday. "The main function will be organised at various military stations on September 22, primarily centring around paying tributes to our brave martyrs and war heroes.

  • Pakistan frees 162 Indian fishermen IANS - 1 hour 41 minutes ago

    Karachi, Aug 2 (IANS) Pakistan on Sunday released 162 Indian fishermen and a 11-year-old boy from a Karachi jail, a media report said.

  • 2.8 million Chinese visit Taiwan IANS - 1 hour 51 minutes ago

    Taipei, Aug 2 (IANS) A total of 2.8 million from China, Hong Kong and Macau visited Taiwan in the first half of 2015, officials said. The number accounted for 55 percent of the nearly five million visitors to Taiwan from January to June, Xinhua news agency reported citing official data. In 2014, the annual number of visitors to Taiwan exceeded nine million for the first time.

  • Ex-minister held in Jammu during pr … IANS - 2 hours 17 minutes ago

    Jammu, Aug 2 (IANS) A dozen Congress activists, including former Jammu and Kashmir minister Sham Lal Sharma, were arrested here on Sunday for defying restrictions on the assembly of 10 or more people. A police officer told IANS that the arrests took place at Dogra Chowk area. The administration has banned the assembly of over 10 people in the city in the wake of a three-day shutdown called by the AIIMS Coordination Committee.

  • Some Kerala government offices work … IANS - 2 hours 29 minutes ago

    Kerala Chief Secretary Jiji Thompson had on July 28 tweeted that all state government offices would remain open on Sunday but the idea was shot down by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. "Not only is our office working today (Sunday), but we have begun an anti-malaria drive too," its director S. Jayashankar told the media.

  • Children's literature is now being … IANS - 2 hours 47 minutes ago

    New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Keeping children riveted to a book is not an easy task and requires responsibility and sensitivity, legendary author Ruskin Bond, who at 81 has more than 150 titles to his credit, says. If they don't find the first few pages interesting, they will keep it away," the uncannily witty Bond, who weaves magic with his pen, told IANS in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting with five children who have been selected in the 'Child Reading to Child' initiative of the Landmark bookstore chain. The author however added that children's literature has grown a lot in the last years.

  • IIT-Madras team's research to help … IANS - 2 hours 47 minutes ago

    New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Researchers at IIT-Madras (IIT-M) have developed algorithms that could help detect multiple sclerosis (MS) which, since it is visible as several small lesions, could be easily missed. "The task of accurate delineation of regions (segmentation) of the brain affected with MS is a difficult and time-consuming affair. In case of MS, only 50 percent of the marked area would match each other," Ganapathy Krishnamurthi, professor in IIT-M's department of engineering design, who led the research, told IANS.

  • Two killed, 24 wounded in suicide bomber … ANI - 3 hours ago

    London, August 2 (ANI): Two Turkish security troops were killed and 24 others wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish rebels in eastern Turkey on Sunday. Militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, rammed an explosives-laden tractor at a military police station near the town of Dogubayazit in Agri province, close to Turkey's border with Iran, the New York Times reported. The tractor was said to have been carrying two tons of explosives that were detonated by a suicide bomber.

  • Fix your fuzz with DIY kits, wax or … IANS - 3 hours ago

    New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) In the desire to flaunt polished bodies, clean and smooth arms and legs, well-heeled Indian men and women are thronging salons and beauty clinics to shear off ungainly fuzz with waxing, hair removal products and technology. Indian summer is also an open sesame for clothing lines as men and women prefer to not only make fashion statements but also cool their bodies as temperatures touch 45-degree Celsius. During this season, we see a rise in the number of women who opt for laser hair removal," Sangeeta Velaskar, vice president and head, Medical Services, Research and Development, Kaya Skin Clinic, told IANS.

  • Rain likely in Bengaluru IANS - 3 hours ago

    Bengaluru, Aug 2 (IANS) Bengaluru is likely to get rain on Sunday, the Met Office here said. While the minimum temperature was recorded at 20 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 30 degrees Celsius.

  • AIIMS Coordination Committee members … ANI - 3 hours ago

    Jammu, Aug. 2 (ANI): A clash broke out between the police personnel and members of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Coordination Committee on Sunday as the latter continued with its protests for a separate AIIMS hospital in Jammu. The District Magistrate of Jammu had yesterday imposed Section 144 in the region. Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda had earlier announced that Jammu region will also get "AIIMS-like" facility in the wake of demands by the locals.

  • Congress blames BJP, PM Modi for logjam … ANI - 3 hours ago

    New Delhi, Aug 2 (ANI): The Congress Party on Sunday hit back at Minister of State for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar for blaming the opposition for the ongoing logjam in the Parliament, saying the BJP did not allow the House to function for three successive sessions of the Lok Sabha during the UPA regime. Congress leader Pramod Tiwari held the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the deadlock.

  • Chief Election Commissioner to visit … ANI - 3 hours ago

    New Delhi, Aug. 2 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti will be visiting Patna on August 7 and 8 to review the preparations for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections.

  • Lalit Gate: Parrikar backs Sushma, says … ANI - 3 hours ago

    Panaji, Aug 2 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has defended External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is under sharp criticism over the controversy surrounding former IPL chief Lalit Modi, saying she hasn't broken any law or committed impropriety. "We asked in the Rajya Sabha what the list of crimes committed by Sushma Swaraj is. No one could say a thing because there was no crime, not even impropriety.

  • Taiwan receives record visitors IANS - 4 hours ago

    Taipei, Aug 2 (IANS) Some 2.8 million people from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macau visited Taiwan in the first half of 2015. The mainland was the biggest contributor of visitors to Taiwan in the six months.

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