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Visa to open new technology centre in Bangalore soon

World’s credit card service provider Visa Inc. said it would set up its new technology centre in Bangalore, keeping in view the talent pool available in India’s tech hub, a senior company official said on Tuesday. “As the new technology centre becomes operational from early 2015, we hope to hire a diversity of talent from premier Indian universities,” Visa vice-president ...

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India, Pakistan Face-Off over Kashmir at UN

India and Pakistan faced off Monday at the UN as Islamabad brought up Kashmir in its renewed campaign to internationalise the issue. Diyar Khan, a counsellor at Pakistan’s UN Mission, said his country regretted that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had been deprived of their right to self-determination. Self-determination did not lapse with the passage of time, he said. ...

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Wagah Attack Findings to be Submitted in Three Days

Pakistan’s Punjab government has formed a joint investigation team to probe the Wagah suicide attack on Tuesday. It will submit its report in the next three days. Home Minister Shuja Khanzada Monday said the probe team, comprising representatives of Chenab Rangers, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Counter Terrorism Department, Special Branch and Punjab Police, will look for possible security lapses that allowed ...

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Halakki Vokkaligaru: A Tribe in Karnataka Faces Fast Dwindling Numbers

Living far from the madding crowd and on the fringes of the deep forests in the bio-diverse Western Ghats off coastal Karnataka are the Halakki Vokkaligaru, a vanishing tribe, whose younger generation is a victim of modern lifestyle. Having survived over the centuries carrying the hoary tradition of their ancestors, the aboriginal older generation, especially its womenfolk, are at their ...

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Pakistan Resumes Flag-Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border as Surprised Indian Side Empty

The decision to suspend the flag-lowering ceremony that takes place at Wagah border crossing between India and Pakistan daily in the evening until Thursday has been resumed by Pakistani troops by holding the ceremony in front of thousands of cheering Pakistanis but no Indians, who were taken by surprise and had no time to rush visitors. Both the countries had decided ...

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Telangana Rushes to Chhattisgarh to Buy 1,000 MW Electricity as Hyderabad Reels Under Power Cuts

Faced with severe electricity shortage, Telangana government on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chhattisgarh for purchasing 1,000 Megawatt of power. Officials of the two states signed the MoU in the presence of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Raman Singh in Raipur. The two states will soon sign a power purchase agreement. The ...

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Hindu Volunteers to lead Muharram Processions in Riot-hit Trilokpuri

Over 30 Hindu volunteers are ready to set an example of communal amity in riot-hit Delhi’s Trilokpuri by leading Muharram processions on Tuesday, while Delhi Police have deputed extra force to avoid any fresh violence. The Hindu volunteers will be divided among the five Muharram processions that will set out from different blocks of the east Delhi locality where a ...

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Wagah Attack: PM Nawaz Sharif Vows to Battle Militants as DeathToll Mounts

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed the military operations against militants would continue till their complete elimination as the Wagah suicide bombing toll mounted to 59, a media report said on Monday. Over 110 people were bloodied and wounded, some of them critically, when a young suicide bomber blew himself up near the Wagah border. There were conflicting reports on ...

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Siliguri Carnival to Celebrate North Bengal’s Heritage

Residents of Siliguri in West Bengal, a city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and considered to be the gateway to the northeast, are all set to let their hair down come Dec 15 in the first Siliguri Carnival, sources said. Home to diverse ethnic communities, it will host a week-long socio-cultural extravaganza where "various aspects of heritage, composite ...

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Veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar is dead

Actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, who twice won the Filmfare awards for his captivating performances in “Ardh Satya” and “Sadak”, died early Monday after he was hospitalised following a lung infection, his daughter said. Sadashiv Amrapurkar was hospitalised at the Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. “He passed away at 2.45 (a.m.),” Rima Amrapurkar told IANS. “His cremation will take place in ...

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Wagah Border Attack: Flag-Lowering Ceremony Suspended

The flag-lowering ceremony that takes place at Wagah border crossing between India and Pakistan every evening has been postponed until Thursday after the deadly suicide attack that killed at least 55 people and injured over 150 at the Wagah checkpoint on Sunday evening. The blast occurred minutes after the popular flag- lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing ...

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Hyderabad ‘Kiss of Love’ Campaign by Free Thinkers Disrupted by ABVP, Police Intervene

Tension prevailed on the campus of Hyderabad Central University on Sunday over the “Kiss of Love” campaign arranged by Free Thinkers, a group of students from Kerala in conjunction with similar campaign arranged in Kochi against moral policing as some right wing students tried to disrupt it. Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the ...

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Hyderabad’s ELFU Journalism Student Gang-Raped, 2 Arrested

A woman student of prestigious English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad alleged that she was raped by a fellow student and a former student in the boys hostel inside the university campus, police said on Sunday. Police arrested the accused student and the former student following an FIR filed by the 23-year-old student in which she stated that ...

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Muharram Procession in J&K Allowed With Restrictions

Restrictions have been imposed in several areas of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent Shia Muharram processions, police said Sunday. “Restrictions have been imposed in Maisuma, Kralkhud, Kothibagh, Ram Munshibagh, Shergarhi, Shaheedgunj, Karan Nagar and Batmaloo areas to maintain law and order in Srinagar,” a senior police officer told IANS. Police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel have been ...

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Not One But 2 Drugs Together Kill Lung Cancer Cells Abetting Suicide

In a revolutionary way to treat cancer, British scientists have found two drugs in combination can trigger the self-destruct or “Suicide” process in lung cancer cells, paving the way for a new way to treat cancer. The combination of drugs — TRAIL and a CDK9 inhibitor, when used together forced the cancer cells to self-destruct, the findings showed. When healthy ...

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