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Venezuela confirms start-up of oil exploration off Cuba


September 6th, 2012 - 10:48 am ICT by IANS
Lecheria (Venezuela), Sep 6 (IANS/EFE) State-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, has started exploring for oil in deepwater areas off Cuba, Oil and Mining Minister Rafael Ramirez said."It ... Read more...

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Number of Syria refugees rises to 200,000: UN


August 26th, 2012 - 12:56 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The number of refugees fleeing Syria for neighbouring nations has risen "well above" 200,000 as the violence intensifies, the UN refugee agency has said."There has ... Read more...

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Himachal to turn temple gold into mementoes


July 8th, 2012 - 2:22 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, July 8 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh is set to allow gold-rich temple trusts to melt tonnes of the precious metal in their coffers to turn them into mementoes as ... Read more...

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UN aid workers detained in Myanmar


July 7th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Washington, July 6 (IANS) About 10 aid workers, some of them from the UN, are being held by authorities in western Myanmar where sectarian clashes killed scores of people last ... Read more...

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Assam flood situation improves, but toll rises


July 6th, 2012 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS
Guwahati, July 6 (IANS) The toll in floods and landslides in Assam has risen to 117 but the overall situation across the state has improved, officials said Friday.The Brahmaputra river ... Read more...

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Three killed in Tripura cyclone


May 3rd, 2012 - 4:21 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, May 3 (IANS) Cyclonic storms accompanied by lightning continue to create havoc in Tripura, killing three more people Wednesday, taking the death toll to 15, an official said here ... Read more...

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RBI may not hike rates as growth slows (Roundup)


December 15th, 2011 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Since industrial production has dipped into the negative and growth slowed, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may not raise key interest rates ... Read more...

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RBI may not hike rates as growth slows


December 15th, 2011 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Industrial production dipping into the negative and growth slowing down will play a major role in the Reserve Bank of India's decision on key interest ... Read more...

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Himachal launches green policy on used CFL lamps


December 11th, 2011 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Dec 11 (IANS) Worried over the environmental hazard posed by discarded CFL and fluorescent lamps, the Himachal Pradesh government is working on a policy to make firms manufacturing and ... Read more...

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To catch monkeys, Himachal dangles Rs.500 bait


November 3rd, 2011 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Nov 3 (IANS) Unable to check its marauding monkeys, Himachal Pradesh has offered Rs.500 each to youths who can catch the animals. The wildlife wing's target is to sterilise ... Read more...

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US East Coast recovering from Irene’s deadly punch (Lead)


August 29th, 2011 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Fizzling out from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone, Irene Monday left at least 21 dead across eight states and impacted millions on the US ... Read more...

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Hurricane Irene kills 18, impacts millions in US


August 29th, 2011 - 11:07 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) As Hurricane Irene petered out leaving 18 dead across seven states and impacting millions with strong winds and drenching rains, authorities prepared to fight dangerous, ... Read more...

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Bihar’s food security situation alarming, says expert


June 16th, 2011 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, June 16 (1ANS) More than half of Bihar's 10.5 crore population is malnourished, while 70 percent of women and children below the poverty line (BPL) are anaemic, a Supreme Court-appointed ... Read more...

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Child labour continues — unabatedly and shamelessly


June 10th, 2011 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) Pramod is all of nine. His tender age, however, does not give him the luxury of a carefree and fun-filled life. He and his younger ... Read more...

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Pakistan’s economic indicators depressing, says daily


June 3rd, 2011 - 3:00 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 3 (IANS) Pakistan's key economic indicators remain depressing, a Pakistani daily said adding that in a country shaken "by terrorism, continued political instability, inconsistent policies, and an unprecedented ... Read more...

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Japan n-plant operator told to compensate residents


April 15th, 2011 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS
Tokyo, April 15 (IANS) The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant must pay one million yen ($12,000) to each household displaced or forced indoors by the nuclear accident ... Read more...

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500K tons of hydrocarbons released during Gulf of Mexico oil discharge


February 14th, 2011 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 14 (ANI): Up to 500,000 tons of gaseous hydrocarbons were emitted into the deep ocean, according to a new University of Georgia study.The authors conclude that such a large gas ... Read more...

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Pakistan to discard ‘frontline state in war on terror’ tag


January 21st, 2011 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Jan 21(ANI): Pakistan has decided to do away with the phrase 'frontline state in war against terrorism', which is frequently used by officials to stress the country's role in anti-terror efforts."Descriptions ... Read more...

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Pakistan not to call itself `frontline state’ in terror war


January 21st, 2011 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Jan 21 (IANS) Islamabad has decided to drop the phrase "frontline state in war against terrorism", frequently used by officials to highlight Pakistan's role against terror, as it was not serving ... Read more...

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Over 200 dead in Tamil Nadu as rains abate


December 7th, 2010 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Dec 7 (IANS) Tamil Nadu counted its losses Tuesday and life limped back to normal as heavy rains abated after claiming over 200 lives and damaging thousands of homes and roads, ... Read more...

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Child labour, still a common practice in large parts of rural India


November 19th, 2010 - 12:08 pm ICT by ANI
By Bidisha FouzdarKutch, Nov 19 (ANI): In a small pastoral vand (hamlet) in Kutch, Gujarat, 10 year old Ramu wakes up at five in the morning. His mother serves him a hasty ... Read more...

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About a billion dollars worth of US aid diverted to Taliban coffers


October 28th, 2010 - 4:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct. 28 (ANI): About one billion dollars worth of U.S. aid has wound up in the hands of the Taliban and other insurgency groups, war analysts and government auditors say. ... Read more...

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US embargo has cost us $2 bn in investment: Cuba


October 14th, 2010 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, Oct 14 (IANS/EFE) The Cuban government estimates that US firms would have invested more than $2 billion here over the past decade but for Washington's economic embargo against the communist-ruled island, ... Read more...

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Flooding spreads to south Pakistan, hundreds of thousands evacuating villages


August 24th, 2010 - 12:53 am ICT by BNO News
UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) -- Hundreds of thousands of people are evacuating their inundated villages, as the massive floods in Pakistan spread to the southern province of Sindh, the United Nations (UN) ... Read more...

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Toll from Brazil mudslides rises to 225


April 12th, 2010 - 11:26 am ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, April 12 (IANS/EFE) The death toll from a series of mudslides in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro has climbed to 225, officials said. Two more bodies were ... Read more...

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‘India needs 152,000 professional trainers for disabled’


March 18th, 2010 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) The country faces a major dearth of trained professionals who can provide basic educational and vocational skills to the disabled population, the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) ... Read more...

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‘We need a national advisor to PM on disability’


March 18th, 2010 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) In order to ensure the rights of people with disabilities, there is a need for a national advisor on the subject to the prime minister, former chief ... Read more...

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No immediate plans to import rice, says Scindia


March 8th, 2010 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) The government Monday said it can import rice only if there is a shortfall in procurement from farmers but it has no immediate plans to import. "The government ... Read more...

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170,000 bodies of quake victims recovered in Haiti


January 29th, 2010 - 10:50 am ICT by IANS
Port-au-Prince, Jan 29 (IANS/EFE) Nearly 170,000 bodies have been recovered from the rubble as the rescue works continued since the devastating earthquake hit this Haitian capital city Jan 12. A 16-year-old girl, who ... Read more...

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Britain announces massive hike in visa fees


January 21st, 2010 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 21 (IANS) Immigrants who want to bring over their elderly dependent relatives to Britain face a massive hike in visa fees, the British government announced. Britain's Home Ministry said the visa ... Read more...

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Haryana institute claims to develop Bt chickpea


December 19th, 2009 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Dec 19 (IANS) Scientists at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University at Hisar Saturday claimed to have developed Bt chickenpea (gram) on the lines of Bt cotton. "This transgenic chickpea ... Read more...

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Himachal prescribes death for causing liquor deaths


December 16th, 2009 - 10:40 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Dec 16 (IANS) To deter smuggling of alcohol and to make a stricter liquor policy, the state assembly Wednesday passed the Himachal Pradesh Excise Bill, 2009, providing for stiff fines as ... Read more...

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Terrorists can’t take over Karachi, as they had Swat and Waziristan: Shahi Syed


October 31st, 2009 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI
Karachi, Oct 31(ANI): Pakistan's Awami National Party Sindh President Shahi Syed has said that there is no chance of "terrorists" or the Taliban taking over Karachi, the way they have done ... Read more...

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Rural job guarantee scheme inflated: Study


May 13th, 2009 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) Rural jobs shown to have been created under a centrally-sponsored scheme are often grossly inflated, a study released here Wednesday by former Reserve Bank of India governor ... Read more...

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Islamabad will lose war against Taliban if NWFP refugees not rehabilitated


May 12th, 2009 - 4:54 pm ICT by ANI
Peshawar, May 12 (ANI): Experts have warned the Pakistan Government that the failure to rehabilitate internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Malakand region may nix the achievement of the military offensive ... Read more...

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