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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Cabinet clears Rs 1,250-cr subsidy for BSNL for rural phones
The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the long-pending compensation of Rs 1,250 crore for public sector telecom company BSNL to support rural landline connections installed before April 1, 2002.

Gold down Rs 28 in futures trade on weak global cues

Rupee up 3 paise against dollar in early trade
Rupee edged higher by 3 paise to 66.98 against the dollar in early trade on Wednesday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange on fresh selling of the US currency by banks and exporters.

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UN says 30 more countries to ratify climate deal
Thirty more countries are expected to formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change this week, greatly improving the pact's chances of coming into force just a year after it was negotiated in the French capital, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Large marine animals at higher risk of extinction: Study
Large marine animals are more likely to become extinct than smaller creatures, according to a new study that blames human behaviours, such as fishing, for this unprecedented pattern of extinction in oceans.

'Fast food chains largest contributors of carbon emissions'
Rapidly growing multinational fast food chains in India are the largest contributors to hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) emissions and could add the equivalent of nearly one million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2020, says a new international study.

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Blur images of new S China Sea facilities: Taiwan 
Taiwan's defence ministry said on Wednesday it is asking Google to blur satellite images showing what experts say appear to be new military installations on Itu Aba, Taipei's sole holding in the disputed South China Sea.

US flies bombers over S Korea in show of force
The United States on Wednesday flew a pair of supersonic bombers over ally South Korea for the second time in as many weeks in a show of force following North Korea's latest nuclear test earlier this month.

Syria aid halted as US, Russia wrangle over air strike
Syria plunged back into bloodshed on Tuesday as the UN suspended aid convoys and the United States and Russia wrangled over the blame for air strikes that shattered a short-lived truce.

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'Marsquakes' may produce enough hydrogen to support life: Study
Rocks formed by the grinding together of other rocks during earthquakes are rich in trapped hydrogen, and similar seismic activity on Mars may produce enough hydrogen to support life, a new study has claimed.

Zydus partners with Japan's Takeda to develop chikungunya vaccine

Blind people use brain's vision centre to process numbers: Study
People born without sight appear to solve math problems using visual areas of the brain, researchers including one of Indian origin have found. Human babies and even animals have a basic number sense that many believe evolves from seeing the world and trying to quantify all the sights but vision has nothing to do with it.

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Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus price details revealed, goes up to Rs 92,000
The iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, 128GB and 256GB will cost Rs 72,000, Rs 82,000 and Rs 92,000 respectively

Apple slashes prices of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus by up to Rs 22,000
Apple has announced biggest-ever price drop for its smartphones in India. Under the new pricing, iPhone 6S (128GB), carying an MRP of Rs 82,000, will now be available at an MRP of Rs 60,000. iPhone 6s Plus (128GB) will now be available at an MRP of Rs 70,000, the smartphone too has received a price cut of Rs 22,000. Apple's 4-inch smartphone iPhone SE, too has got a price cut. The 64GB version of iPhone SE will now be available at Rs 44,000.

WhatsApp privacy policy challenged in Delhi High Court: 5 things to know
A public interest litigation in the Delhi High Court (HC) challenges the change in WhatsApp's privacy policy.

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CBSE and central government tie up for drawing competition
CBSE has joined hands with the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency in conducting the national level painting Competition to inculcate the habit of energy conservation among students.

Prakash Javadekar asks IIMs for plan to increase students intake
IIMs have been told to expand their intake capacity to double so that more students can be admitted. They have also been asked to explore the possibility of increasing number of doctoral students.

India will need six generations to reach education standards of developed world

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We are not trying to use Ajay's name for Parched: Leena Yadav
Mumbai, Sep 21 () Director Leena Yadav, who is looking forward to the India release of her internationally acclaimed movie "Parched", has denied using the name of her producer Ajay Devgn to grab eyeballs for the project. "Ajay was part of the film right from the birth of the idea.

Sachin's Twitter message to Mumbai Police: Come rain or shine, you're dedicated to our well-being
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday took to social media to thank Mumbai Police for their dedication to Mumbaikars' safety and well-being, "come rain or shine." He uploaded a simple video of policemen going about their business on a rainy day - a video that was widely viewed and shared on Twitter and Facebook.

Exhibition of artworks by specially-abled opens
Mumbai, Sep 21 () 'Art Trisomy 21', a two-day exhibition featuring works of specially-abled young adults suffering from Down’s Syndrome and other disorders was today inaugurated here.

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Prez calls on young doctors to improve healthcare system
New Delhi, Sep 21 () Concerned over the spurt in dengue and chikungunya cases, President Pranab Mukherjee today asked young doctors to strive for overcoming the deficiencies in the healthcare system so that such vector-borne diseases become a thing of the past.

SC to hear PIL on chikungunya & unattended garbage in Delhi
New Delhi, Sep 21 () The Supreme Court today agreed to hear next week a PIL alleging the apathy of Delhi civic bodies which has led certain areas to look like garbage dumps and the outbreak of diseases like chikungunya.

Cabinet green-lights Rs 1,102-cr cable link to Andamans
New Delhi, Sep 21 () The Cabinet today approved direct submarine cable link between the mainland in Chennai and Andaman and Nicobar to boost telecom service in the islands with a project outlay of Rs 1,102.38 crore.

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Dengue claims another life in Bengaluru
Navyashree was undergoing her initial treatment at Vani Vilas Hospital after which she was allegedly shifted to Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) on Monday morning where she succumbed to Dengue infection.

15ft-deep ditch form near Ulsoor Lake

Bengaluru, Sep 21 {} Following are BengaluruBengaluru, Sep 21 {} Following are Bengaluru Doordarshan Kendra programmes for Thursday, September 22.

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Heavy rains cripple normal life in Hyderabad
Hyderabad, Sep 21 () Heavy rains in Hyderabad since last night have thrown normal life out of gear as water entered low lying areas creating huge traffic blocks at most of the important locations and junctions and forcing people to vacate their houses.

MP creates Rs 100 cr venture fund for entrepreneurs: Chouhan
Hyderabad, Sep 21 () Madhya Pradesh government has created a Rs 100 crore venture fund for budding entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for setting up industries, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here today.


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Jaya inaugurates 2nd elevated corridor of Chennai Metro
Chennai, Sep 21 () Tamil Nadu Chief Minister today inaugurated services on the second elevated corridor of Chennai Metro Rail Project here and lauded the Centre for supporting development in the state.

Unauthorised talaqs are rampant in Tamil Nadu, PIL in Madras HC says

BHEL official among five held for killing dogs
Police arrested five people, including additional general manger (HR) of BHEL Ranipet on Tuesday, for allegedly killing around 40 stray and pet dogs.

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Ahmedabad man arrested for creating fake Facebook profile of married woman to avenge unrequited love
An Ahmedabad man who created a fake Facebook profile to disgrace a married woman for not returning his affections has been arrested by the Ahmedabad Police's cyber crime department. Police found his address after Facebook helped them locate the place where the e-mail ID associated with the account was being accessed.

Gujarat govt shuffles 22 IAS officers
Ahmedabad, Sep 21 () In a major reshuffle, the Gujarat government today transfered 22 IAS officers, including municipal commissioners of four cities and Secretary to the Chief Minister, Ajay Bhadoo.

Coal block case accused Radha Krishna Saraf dies
Ahmedabad, Sep 21 (IANS) Radha Krishna Saraf, former Director of Gagan Sponge Iron Private Ltd (GSIPL) and an accused in the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block allocation case, died here of a heart attack on Tuesday.

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Five UP villages nursery of ATM fraudsters
More than 50 youths from five villages in Pratapgarh district have come under police scanner for alleged involvement in ATM frauds across state.

UP governor addresses convocation of SHIATS
A girl can perform better if she is provided with an equal opportunity to showcase their talent along with a clean and free environment, opines the governor of the state, Ram Naik.

Allahabad misses the smart-city tag
At a time when Allahabad has once again failed to get selected among the list of cities to be developed as smart city, the authorities have pulled up their socks and all set to rectify the shortcomings in their proposal and resubmit the same with the help of new consultants.

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Odisha Assembly session begins on stormy note
Bhubaneswar, Sep 21 (IANS) The monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly began on a stormy note on Wednesday with ruling BJD legislators raising slogans against the central government over the Mahanadi river water dispute.

Odisha Assembly begins on a stormy note, House adjourned
Bhubaneswar, Sep 21 () The monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly today began on a stormy note with the ruling BJD members creating ruckus over Mahanadi and Polavaram issues, leading to adjournment of the House till 3 PM.

To beat caste conflicts, Athawale proposes inter-caste marriages
In a country where people get killed in the name of caste, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, has a unique solution to beat the scourge.

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MP's start-up policy awaits cabinet nod
Bhopal, Sep 21 () Aiming to extend help to five lakh entrepreneurs every year, Madhya Pradesh has framed its own start-up policy and will soon table the same before the state Cabinet for approval. "Madhya Pradesh's own start-up policy has been framed. It will be tabled before the Cabinet soon.

M/s Avgol India to set up non-woven fabric unit in Mandideep
Bhopal, Sep 21 () A non-woven fabric unit will be set up in industrial area in neighbouring Mandideep with capital investment of Rs 223 crore by M/s Avgol India.

MP to initiate file tracking system in all departments
Madhya Pradesh government will initiate file tracking system in every department and establish a single window system before Global Investors Summit (GIS) 2016, scheduled to be held in October this year.

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DataWind to launch low-cost 4G handset before Diwali
Chandigarh, Sep 21 () Low-cost handset maker DataWind will roll out a 4G mobile handset at an entry level price of Rs 3,000 before Diwali next month. "Our 4G handset should come out soon and we are trying that it should come out before Diwali," Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO, DataWind told today.

Dadlani meets Jain monk Tarun Sagar, apologises in person
Chandigarh, Sep 21 () Music composer Vishal Dadlani today met Jain monk Tarun Sagar and apologised to him in person for his sarcastic tweet on the spiritual figure that had kicked up a storm. The monk asked him to seek forgiveness from the Jain community for hurting their sentiments.

Resham Bains to receive hockey's Order of Merit
Resham Bains will receive hockey's Order of Merit in November for his exemplary service to the game, Federation of International Hockey (FIH) president Leandro Negre said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

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