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6.9-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia, no Tsunami alert
JAKARTA, Nov 21 (Agencies): A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesian islands today, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), but no tsunami alert was issued. The undersea quake, at 48 kilometres deep, struck in the Molucca Sea between Sulawesi and the Maluku chain of islands. "The quake was felt strongly for five seconds, causing people to run from their homes," the National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Nugroho said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity....
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Obama felicitates Indian-American scientist
WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Agencies): US President Barack Obama has felicitated Indian-American scientist Thomas Kailath with the top presidential medal for transformative contributions to the fields of science and technology. Kailath, 79, received the National Medal of Science at a White House function here yesterday. "Thomas Kailath came to this country from India at the age of 22, with a research assistantship that took him to MIT, and then Stanford, where he made critical contributions in information theory and statistics, and mentored more than 100 scholars along the way," Obama said. Kailath received the award for transformative contributions to the fields of information and system science, distinctive and sustained mentoring of young scholars and translation of scientific ideas into e...
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At least 45 dead in suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI (NIGERIA), Nov 21 (Agencies): At least 45 people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, officials and witnesses have said, in the latest violence to hit the restive region. The attack happened in the village of Azaya Kura in the Mafa area of Borno state on Wednesday, the caretaker chairman of Mafa local government area, Shettima Lawan said yesterday, calling it "wicked and despicable". Village chief Mallam Bulama said: "We counted 45 bodies at the end of the attack." But other residents said more may have died after they fled into the bush. Mafa, which is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east by road from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, and the surrounding area has been repeatedly attacked by the Islamist insurgents. On October 26, suspected Bo...
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Ebola death toll across eight countries up to 5,420: WHO
GENEVA, Nov 20 (Agencies): The World Health Organisation has said that 5,420 people have so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15,145 cases of infection, since late December 2013. On Friday, the UN health agency had reported 5,177 deaths and 14,413 cases. The WHO believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher, given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70 per cent. The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever continues to affect Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the most. But the fresh toll came as the spread appeared to be slowing in the capital of Liberia, allowing the hardest-hit country to lift its state of emergency. In its latest toll, WHO said yesterday that through November 16, 2,964 people had died in Liberia, out of 7,069 c...
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Students, police clash over education policy protest
LONDON, Nov 20 (Agencies): Police and protesters clashed as several thousand students took to the streets of central London today to rally against tuition fees, education cuts and debt. Riot police tried to push back protesters who stormed the Conservative party headquarters and tore down metal barricades as they flooded into nearby Parliament Square. London's Metropolitan Police said they arrested 11 people, for offences including assaulting police, criminal damage, and violent disorder, as hundreds of police and riot officers were deployed. Britain's biggest student protest in four years started peacefully and in a party mood, with students marching towards the Houses of Parliament. "Education is a right, not a commodity" read one of the placards held up by students, who are calling...
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Indian-American Ami Bera re-elected to US Congress
WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Agencies): Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera has been re-elected to the US House of Representatives in one of the closet congressional races from California. More than two weeks after the Congressional elections on November 4, Bera led his Republican rival Doug Ose by a close margin of 1,432 votes. According to the election officials, Bera got 92,394 votes against Ose’s 90,962. Virtually all ballots have been counted. On the election night on November 4, Bera was trailing by more than 3,000 votes. "It's been my honor serving this community as a doctor for the last 19 years. I am grateful I will have the opportunity to continue serving as the representative for California's 7th Congressional District in Congress," 49-year-old Bera said in a statement. Re-electi...
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Qadri returns to Pak with 'new strategy' against Govt
ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (Agencies): Pakistan's fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri today returned to the country with a "new strategy" against the government, nearly a month after he went abroad abruptly ending protest against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here. The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief arrived at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore this morning concluding his visit to the US, Canada and the UK. He reportedly visited these countries for medical check up as well as reorganising his party. Carrying balloons, flowers and party flags, hundreds of PAT supporters gathered to welcome him. Giving details of his "new strategy to frustrate the government", the Canada-based cleric said he has now decided to take his sit-ins to other parts of the country. "Our struggle is no more confi...
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India, Australia sign 5 pacts, seek enhanced partnership
CANBERRA, Nov 18 (Agencies): India and Australia today sought early conclusion of negotiations for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement and a closure on the civil nuclear deal as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Tony Abbott held talks here. After the two leaders held talks, India and Australia signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and Arts and Culture. "We also agreed on seeking early closure on the civil nuclear agreement, which will give Australia a chance to participate in one of the most secure and safe nuclear energy programme in the world," Modi said in a statement to the media at a joint press conference with Abbott. Later, while addressing the Parliament, Australian Prime Minister Abb...
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India keen to forge stronger business ties with Aus: Modi
MELBOURNE, Nov 18 (Agencies): India is open for business and keen to forge stronger business relations with resource-rich Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today and invited Australian business leaders to cooperate in developing green technology, LNG, gas and tourism sectors. Modi, who held a roundtable with top Australian CEOs here, discussed prospects for bilateral cooperation specially in the field of education, services, energy, banking and information technology and tourism. Modi, during the hour-long roundtable hosted by Victoria's Governor Alex Chernov at Government house, said India was open for business and was also keen to forge stronger business relations with Australia. Noting that the new government has identified several areas of cooperation, Modi said there wa...
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US review of IS video confirms aid worker's death
ABOARD AIR FORCE, Nov 17 (Agencies): The White House says a review of a new Islamic State video confirms the death of US aid worker Peter Kassig. That announcement came today as President Barack Obama flew back to Washington from Hawaii after a trip last week to the Asia Pacific region. In the video released today, a militant claimed to have killed the 26-year-old Kassig. Kassig served in an Army special operations unit in Iraq and after he was medically discharged, he formed an aid organization in Turkey to help Syrian refugees. The Indianapolis man delivered food and medical supplies, and provided care to wounded Syrian civilians before he was seized in eastern Syria last year....
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India has made its policies transparent and predictable: PM
BRISBANE, Nov 17 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wooed Australian investors to India, saying the environment that is prevailing in the country is "welcoming" and easy to do business, besides having transparent and predictable policies. "You will begin to find a difference in India," Modi said, asserting that his government is focused on eliminating unnecessary laws and regulations, and making processes easier. The prime minister was speaking at a breakfast meeting hosted by Queensland Prime Minister Campbell Newman where several Australian business leaders were present. Modi also said that Queensland can be an important partner in India's development – in energy, mineral resources, agriculture and food security, education and advanced technology in some areas. "We have ...
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G20 plans major investment initiatives in countries like India
BRISBANE, Nov 17 (Agencies): The G20 has cited India among other countries for launch of major investment initiatives and for having a sustainable growth. A Brisbane Action plan released as part of the G20 communique also said that the state of the global economy calls for a comprehensive and coherent policy response that restores near-term demand, removes medium-term supply constraints and builds consumer and business confidence. "While growth in some key emerging market economies is robust and is becoming more sustainable, including in China and India, it is slowing in some other countries," it said, adding that many low-income countries are performing well." Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, who was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sherpa at the summit of the group of 20 industrialsied...
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Akash missile test fired successfully
BALASORE, Nov 17 (Agencies): India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-air 'Akash' missile from a test range in Odisha as part of user trial by the Air Force. "The sophisticated Akash missile was test-fired from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at about 3.18 pm," defence sources said. Describing the trial of the missile "fully successful", ITR director M V K V Prasad told PTI that it hit a para barrel target. "Some more similar trials of the missile will be conducted in this week," he said. 'Akash' missile is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system with a strike range of 25 km and can carry a warhead of 60 kg. It has the capability to target aircraft up to 30 km away and is packed with a battery that can trac...
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US review of IS video confirms aid worker's death
ABOARD AIR FORCE, Nov 17 (Agencies): The White House says a review of a new Islamic State video confirms the death of US aid worker Peter Kassig. That announcement came today as President Barack Obama flew back to Washington from Hawaii after a trip last week to the Asia Pacific region. In the video released today, a militant claimed to have killed the 26-year-old Kassig. Kassig served in an Army special operations unit in Iraq and after he was medically discharged, he formed an aid organization in Turkey to help Syrian refugees. The Indianapolis man delivered food and medical supplies, and provided care to wounded Syrian civilians before he was seized in eastern Syria last year....
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One Dead, 200 Arrested As Kenya Police Raid Radical Mosques
MOMBASA, Nov 17 (Agencies): One man was killed today as Kenyan security forces arrested over 200 people and seized weapons in raids on mosques accused of links with Somalia's Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab militants, police said. Security forces began the operation in the early hours of today morning, targeting the Masjid Musa and Sakina mosques in the port city of Mombasa. "We had information that the group has been planning an attack, and that is why the raid was conducted," Mombasa police chief Geoffrey Mayek said, adding that 201 people had been arrested. A 20-year-old man was shot dead by police during the raid in the Musa mosque after he tried to throw a grenade at officers, Mayek said. "As we entered the mosque, one youth armed with a hand grenade attempted to hurl it at our office...
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7.3-magnitude quake in Indonesia, Tsunami warning issued
JAKARTA, Nov 15 (Agencies): A 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia today, the US Geological Survey said, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning. The undersea quake struck at a depth of 46 kilometres at 10:31 am (0231 GMT), 154 kilometres northwest of Kota Ternate, the USGS said. "Tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometres," said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The centre said tsunami waves could hit parts of Indonesia, as well the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and islands in the South Pacific. Tsunami waves between 30 centimetres and one metre could hit parts of Indonesia, said the centre, while waves below 30 centimetres were forecast for the coasts of the Philippines, the centre said. "We have issued an early ts...
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Indian-origin Muslim convert flees UK for Syria
LONDON, Nov 15 (Agencies): An Indian-origin convert to Islam has skipped bail to flee Britain and is believed to be now living under the Islamic State in Syria. Abu Rumaysah, born Siddhartha Dhar, was arrested by Scotland Yard as a terror suspect in September and was released on bail. But according to BBC London he left London on a bus bound for mainland Europe and is now living under the Islamic State. The Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command says it is working to establish where he is. Rumaysah, 31, was arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism on September 25 as part of an investigation into the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun. He has close links to radical preacher Anjem Choudhary, who was head of al-Muhajiroun. The two men were arrested along with eight oth...
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PM to highlight black money issue at G20 in Australia
BRISBANE, Nov 14 (Agencies): As India attempts to unearth black money stashed abroad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will push for stepping up global cooperation against the key issue of cross border tax avoidance and evasion at the G20 summit starting here tomorrow. Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years since Rajiv Gandhi in 1986, arrived here on a five-day trip to Australia on the second leg of his 10-day three-nation tour. He will also undertake a bilateral visit to the Australian capital Canberra for talks with Premier Tony Abbott on Tuesday. The Prime Minister will also utilise the two-day 9th G20 summit of the world's biggest developed and emerging economies, to flag India's concerns over "jobless growth" prospects. Ahead of the summit, Modi f...
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India's UN resolution on Yoga gets record backing of 130 countries
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 14 (Agencies): In an overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for commemorating an International Day of Yoga, about 130 countries have joined as co-sponsors to an India-led UN General Assembly resolution recognising yoga's benefits. The draft resolution for an 'International Day of Yoga' was prepared by India and informal consultations were convened last month by the Indian mission in the UN General Assembly where views on the topic were expressed by other delegations. The draft resolution, known as the 'L Document,' was finalised with 130 countries co-sponsoring it, an all-time record for a resolution of such kind. The draft resolution, expected to come up for adoption in the General Assembly on December 10, would recognise that "yoga provides a...
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Boko Haram attack, counter-attack in northeast Nigeria
KANO, Nov 14 (Agencies): Nigeria's air force today said it had lost another helicopter in the restive northeast, after Boko Haram rebels raided two more towns and vigilantes and hunters clawed back a key militant stronghold. The second crash in a week happened late yesterday in Yola, the capital of Adamawa, which is one of three states that has been under emergency rule since May last year. While there was no immediate indication that the armed Islamist movement was responsible for the crash, there has been an increase in Boko Haram activity in the state in recent weeks. Boko Haram has reportedly taken over more than two dozen towns in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, including the commercial hub of Mubi, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Yola. Last week, the extremists, who have be...
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