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Putin urges opposition to behave during election

Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has requested the opposition leaders to refrain from using “dirty devices” during the upcoming election. “We know that some are preparing to use schemes to confirm election fraud. They will stuff ballots themselves, monitor this themselves and then present this accusation themselves. We see it and know already,” Putin said at a ...

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Kristen Wiig lands new comedy role

 Comedian Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to work on a new action comedy movie from the writers of “The Descendants”. According to contactmusic.com, the 38-year-old is teaming up with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to play the lead role in the film. Wiig will also be seen in comedy “Friends with Kids” which sees her reunite with “Bridesmaids” stars Chris ...

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Strong quake hits Japan

 An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit near the east coast of Japan’s Honshu island Wednesday, the Hong Kong Observatory said. The epicentre of the temblor that struck at 2.33 GMT, about 150 km southeast of Tokyo city, was initially determined to be near 35.2 degrees north latitude and 141.4 degrees east longitude, agency reported. There were no ...

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North Korea’s n-activity suspension modest first step: Clinton

As North Korea announced Wednesday to suspend its nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and uranium enrichment activity following last week’s talks with the US, the latter described it as a “modest first step”. “Today’s announcement represents a modest first step in the right direction,” Xinhua quoted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as telling the Senate while welcoming North Korea’s ...

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Anna Hazare biggest ‘Mover & Shaker’ of today: Shekhar Suman

Shekhar Suman, who is returning to the telly world with his cult show “Movers & Shakers” after over a decade, has approached social activist Anna Hazare to be the special guest on the first episode of the chat show. And he has a special reason for it. “Anna Hazare has rocked the nation! We are trying to do the show’s ...

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North Korea to suspend nuclear activity

North Korea has said it will suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment activity as agreed with the US in last week’s bilateral talks. “The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), upon request by the US and with a view to maintaining a positive atmosphere for the DPRK-US high-level talks, agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests, long-range ...

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Space department declined my RTI plea: Ex-ISRO chief Nair

The Department of Space (DoS) has declined to provide key documents sought by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G. Madhavan Nair to know the basis on which the government debarred him and three other retired space scientists in January from holding official posts. “Taking shelter under a specific clause of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the DoS ...

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Andhra Varsity, Lady Prof. and husband arrested in dowry case

By: Syed Najaf Ali Shaukat, Bureau Chief, Andhra Pradesh Prof. Uma Devi, of the Botany department of Andhra University and her husband Ram Gopal were arrested by the police for harassing their daughter-in-law for dowry. They were alleged to have harassed their daughter-in-law to get an additional dowry of Rs. 25 lakh from her parents. Ram Gopal is a scientist in the Agro Economics ...

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Mukesh – Anjan row: Whose jagir is secunderabad?

By: Syed Najaf Ali Shaukat, Bureau Chief, Andhra Pradesh Even as the union minister Purandareswari and former Union Minister Subbarami Reddy have been fighting for the Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat, state minister Mukhesh Goud and sitting MP Anjan Kumar Yadav have started a fresh row over the Secunderabad LS seat. They are telling each other that it was not his Jagir. Mukhesh Goud has ...

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CM assures firm action against rape accused

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday assured  the State Assembly that stern action will be taken as per law against the culprits involved in the gang rape of a tribal woman in Vizianagaram district a few days back. When the issue was raised in the House during question hour by the TDP members, the Chief Minister intervened and said that the state government ...

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Concern over dearth of teachers in tribal areas

By: Syed Najaf Ali Shaukat, Bureau Chief, Andhra Pradesh The Minister for Tribal Welfare, Mr. P. Balaraju  has admitted  that there was dearth of qualified teachers in educational institutions in tribal areas in the state. Replying to a question in the Legislative Assembly today,  with regard to the teachers working in ITDA  ( Integrated Tribal Development Agency) units, the Minister explained that as many ...

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