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  • After Kulkarni, Sena workers blacken RTI activist’s face

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena workers today assaulted and blackened the face of an RTI activist at Latur in Marathwada region, after he “exposed” an illegal construction case. The activist Mallikarjun Bhaikatti had, through an RTI query, revealed that around 14,000 sq feet illegal construction was carried out in a four-storeyed building and boys hostel on the Latur-Nanded road.

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    ITC’s Q2 net profit flat at Rs.2,431.25 crore

    Kolkata: FMCG major ITC Ltd said on Friday that its standalone profit for remained flat at Rs.2,431.25 crore for the second quarter ended September 30 this year as against Rs 2,425.16 crore in the same timeframe last year. In a regulatory filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange, the company said its net sales declined by 1.4 percent at Rs.8,804.70 crore in the quarter under review as against Rs.8,930.32 crore in the same


    ICICI Bank posts higher Q2 net

    Chennai: ICICI Bank Ltd on Friday said it closed the second quarter of the current fiscal with an increased net profit of Rs.3,030.11 crore as compared to Rs. 2,709.01 crore for the same quarter last year. In regulatory filing with BSE, the bank said its total income increased to Rs.16,106.22 crore for the period under review up from Rs.14,888.95 crore in the quarter ended September 30, 2014. The bank board also decided

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    Taiwan economy shrinks for first time in six years

    Taipei: Taiwan’s economy shrank for the first time in six years in the July-September quarter, dragged down by worse-than expected exports and domestic spending, the government said today. The drop of 1.01 per cent from a year earlier missed forecasts by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, which had predicted GDP growth of 0.10 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter.

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    Change can be effected by creating a larger consensus: Ramesh

    Mumbai: If political leadership in power makes a genuine effort in creating a larger consensus, they can effect changes in India’s quest for collective change and big bang economic reforms, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said today. “If Prime Ministers behave as Prime Ministers, and not as peacocks then you will have change,” he said speaking at the 6th Tata Literature Live here.

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    EC should act against Shah,PM patronising communal forces: CPIM

    New Delhi: Demanding that Election Commission take action against Amit Shah over his “fireworks in Pakistan” remark, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury today charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP president with “patronising and leading” communal forces.

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    300 million-year-old giant shark fossils found in US

    New York: Even before the age of dinosaurs, massive relatives of the modern-day sharks ruled the waters of present-day Texas, reveals an analysis of fossils recovered recently from the region. The researchers estimated that the fossils belonged to a time called the Carboniferous, dating back some 300 million years.

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    China’s richest man says firm had ties to Xi’s family

    Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s brother-in-law owned shares in a firm controlled by the country’s richest man Wang Jianlin, the businessman confirmed after allegations that political connections helped Wanda Group grow. The declaration by Wang comes after a sweeping anti-corruption drive under Xi has targeted a swathe of prominent cadres and low-level officials. The campaign has seen thousands dismissed from their posts, with some receiving lengthy prison terms, but critics say it has been used to purge Xi’s political rivals.

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    Parts of Greenland ice sheet less vulnerable to climate change

    London: Despite dramatic increases in ice melt across Greenland in recent years, the speed of ice movement in some areas has slowed down rather than accelerated, scientists have found. The finding, observed on a sector of the ice sheet that terminates on land rather than in the ocean, could mean that parts of Greenland’s ice sheet may be less vulnerable to climate change than was previously thought.

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    Zimbabwean university staffer suspended in Mugabe cap mishap

    Harare: For Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, one size does not fit all. Court papers say a senior staffer at the University of Zimbabwe has been suspended for allegedly procuring academic caps for Mugabe that were too small for his head. The papers, filed this week, say the longtime leader ended up wearing a cap that was rejected as too small last year while officiating at an Oct. 2 graduation ceremony in his role as chancellor of Zimbabwe’s dozen-plus state universities. Ngaatendwe Takawira, an

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    Who follow heart in career choice taste success: Study

    London: Should you pursue your passion or strive toward a secure living? To gain success in career, pursue what you love – not what peers or parents dictate, a study from Tel Aviv University (TAU) has said. Young people with strong callings are more likely to take risks, persist, and ultimately get jobs in their chosen fields, satisfying both their personal and professional career needs, the study found.

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    Beijing slams tribunal decision on South China Sea row

    Beijing: China will disregard any findings by an international tribunal on a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea, Beijing said today after the court decided to consider the action. The Permanent Court of Arbitration — which is more than a century old and based in The Hague — ruled yesterday that it did have jurisdiction on the issue.

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    Extinct ape species resets the scale on human ancestors

    Washington: Researchers have identified a new genus and species of small ape that roamed Earth 11.6 million years ago – before the evolutionary split of humans/great apes (hominids) and gibbons. Named Pliobates cataloniae, the new species has important implications for reconstructing the last common ancestor of the two groups (the living hominoids).

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    Centre should enact law to check cow slaughter: Azam

    Mathura: Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan has demanded that the Centre should enact an effective law to check cow slaughter and prevent people from making “irresponsible statements” on the issue of beef and bovines. Khan, in a letter to Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj yesterday, thanked him for gifting a cow for his diary and urged him to “talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding a law to check cow slaughter”.

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    US Senate passes budget deal to avert default

    Washington: The US Senate passed a bipartisan, two-year budget deal today that boosts federal spending by USD 80 billion, reduces a government shutdown threat and raises the debt ceiling through the end of Barack Obama’s presidency. The bill passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday and now goes to Obama for the formalities of his signature, although the political fallout looks set to linger on.

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    Australian docs urge immigrant detention centers to release children

    Canberra: Doctors and health professionals Friday in throughout Australia demanded the government release children from immigrant detention centres. The protest outside hospitals in cities including Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane and Adelaide, also demanded the release of families detained in these centres, EFE news reported.

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    Folk artiste arrested on sedition charge

    Tiruchirappalli (TN):A folk artiste, Kovan, was today arrested from his residence here and booked under various IPC sections including 124A (sedition), police said. Besides sedition charge, police said they had registered cases against him under IPC sections including 153(A) (promoting enmity between different groups) and 502 (sale of printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter).

  • Venezuela-Bound Boeing 767 Catches Fire At Ft Lauderdale Airport

    Hijackers try to force aircraft to fly to Venezuela

    Bogota: An aircraft had to make an emergency landing at the airport of Santiago Perez Quiroz in Arauca bordering Venezuela, after two hijackers in the plane tried to force the pilots to change its destination, Colombian authorities has said. According to an official statement released by the Civil Aeronautics, the two hijackers on Thursday tried to make the pilots shut down the radar system and GPS and change the flight itinerary allegedly to

  • Amit Shah addressing the media in Patna on Monday.

    JD(U), Cong approach EC, demand ban on Shah’s entry in Bihar

    New Delhi: Upping the ante against Amit Shah after his “fireworks in Pakistan” remark, JD(U) and Congress today approached the Election Commission demanding that the BJP chief be barred from entering Bihar for “inciting communal tension” till the election process ends. Taking strong objection to BJP’s poll advertisements in the state, they accused the party of using “lies and false propaganda” to vitiate the atmosphere and demanded that an FIR be registered

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    ‘Round four of coal block auctions likely in 15 days’

    New Delhi: The government plans to auction 11 coal blocks in a fourth round of bidding that is likely to start in another 15 days, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said. “In another 15 days, about 8 to 11 coal blocks would be auctioned. We have to take a call. There are issues in a few blocks,” Swarup told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here.