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India goes on alert for Ebola with thousands of nationals in West Africa

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said that the authorities were on alert for the Ebola virus suggesting there was a risk that the deadly virus could be imported into country if the large population of Indians working in the four affected West African nations return. The government has directed the concerned authorities to examine the people coming from Ebola affected countries as a precautionary measure. There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola - a hemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent that causes symptoms ranging from flu-like pains to internal and external bleeding caused by kidney and liver failure. Its suspected origin is forest bats and it can be transmitted between humans by touching victims or through bodily fluids. Vardhan advised against all non-essential travel to the four countries, adding that authorities will screen travellers who originate from or transit through affected nations, and track them after their arrival in India. He added that the government also planned to spread public awareness about the disease through newspapers, radio and television. Information about the virus will be posted on the health ministry's website. Aug 8, 2014
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Tarun Tahiliani raises the curtain of IBFW14

New Delhi, August 8 (ANI): : Renowned fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani with his opulent Mughal-themed wedding collection raised the curtain on the four-day long ‘BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014’ in India’s fashion capital, New Delhi recently. Aptly titled `Modern Mughals`, the line was a mélange of Indian craftsmanship perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western dressing. He broke convention by opening the show with his black bridal ensemble. At the event, he gave styling tips for all the would-be brides. Well….it was a great start to this much-talked fashion week!!! Aug 8, 2014
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Chief Engineer in Kashmir resigns after senior minister abuses him

Srinagar, Aug 8 (ANI): Senior officer of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department in Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffar Lankar, resigned from service and said he was allegedly abused by a senior minister of the state. Lankar submitted his resignation to the state government after he accused Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, of using abusive language against him during a meeting at Civil Secretariat in Srinagar, which was presided over by PHE Minister Sham Lal Sharma to take stock of the works undertaken by the department in one of the assembly constituencies. Lankar said Choudhary used un-parliamentary language against him. Moreover, Lankar added there was no discussion on rupees 50 million needed to implement on schemes and instead, from the beginning of the meeting, he called engineers as thieves and liars. Aug 8, 2014
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BSF Jawan captured by Pak to be released by 3 PM: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Talking about BSF Jawan Satyasheel Yadav, who was swept away to Pakistan in River Chenab, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the jawan will be released by 3:00 PM on Friday. Singh said that a flag meeting was held and it was decided that jawan will be handed over today. He also said that the BSF DG is going to Jammu to receive him. Aug 8, 2014
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US President Barack Obama authorizes airstrikes in Northern Iraq

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama has sanctioned airstrikes in Northern Iraq against the Islamic State fighters to avoid a possible 'genocide'. Obama on Thursday announced that he had authorized the US military to launch air strikes against ISIS militants in Iraq if they threatened the Kurdish capital of Erbil or the thousands of Yazidi minority civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar, both in northern Iraq. Although, Obama said that the US, after withdrawing its forces from Iraq at the end of 2011, did not intend to get involved into a war again, but the recent developments came in the wake of Iraqi government’s request for help. Obama authorized airstrikes amid fears of a humanitarian disaster that has forced thousands of Iraqi minority to flee from their homes to Sinjar mountain where they are reportedly stranded. Aug 8, 2014
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Obama's decision to support Iraq welcome step, looking at religion perspective: Defence Expert

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Talking about the decision by the US President Barack Obama to authorize airstrikes in Northern Iraq, Defence Expert Uday Bhaskar said that this is a welcome step. He said that the decision also involves religion in the sense that the Iraqi militants are killing Christians and are targeting non-Muslims, which very well justifies the term 'genocide' used by Obama. He said that the decision is also important in the sense that the target is mainly minorities and that the same came after the country's government seek help from the super power. Aug 8, 2014
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Delhi Police detain protesting UPSC aspirants

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants staged another protest on Friday in Delhi's Mukherjee Nagar, forcing Delhi Police to detain some of them. Yesterday, the Rajya Sabha had also witnessed uproar over the issue of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) of the UPSC examinations. UPSC aspirants have been protesting vociferously against the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) examination, which was introduced in 2011, demanding that it be made easy for rural students. Earlier, in a bid to resolve the CSAT row, the government took a decision that the marks of English section will not be included for merit. This decision, however, did not appease the protesting students completely as they want the CSAT to be scrapped entirely. Aug 8, 2014
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TDP MP faces flak over 'sexist' remark

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday slammed TDP MP Murli Mohan Maganti for his sexist remark in the Lok Sabha. Maganti kicked up a storm as he made a sexist remark in the house. The Rajahmundry MP said that women should dress in a dignified manner while the lower house was having a discussion on atrocities against women. However, after drawing ire of other politicians, Maganti apologized for his sexist remark. Aug 8, 2014
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BASIC countries meet in New Delhi to hold talks on climate change

New Delhi, Aug 8 (ANI): The ministers of the BASIC nations - China, Brazil, South Africa and India held talks on environment change in New Delhi on Friday and discussed the future course of action on climate negotiations. The leaders, along with their negotiators, held strategic talks with India's Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar ahead of the forthcoming rounds of climate negotiations aimed at forming the global 2015 agreement. BASIC Group is a platform of the four countries for coordination on issues related to climate change. Javadekar emphasized on the importance of developing nations in initiating steps towards climate change. During the news conference, Javadekar also stressed on India's plan to go solar and informed about the large amount of funds being put into solar projects. Aug 8, 2014
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US Defense Secretary meets EAM Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi to boost ties

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Friday to bolster defence and strategic ties. Hagel is on a three-day-visit to India to prepare ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's impeding meeting with President Barack Obama next month. One of the major take-away for Hagel could be an Indian offer to significantly increase an order for U.S. attack helicopters. Aug 8, 2014
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UP cops book 9-year-old boy for 'disturbing law and order'; politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 8 (ANI): The UP police have once again sparked another controversy by booking a Class III student, all of nine years, under sections 107/116 of CRPC for "disturbing the law and order" situation in his village. Questioning the law and order situation in the state politicos condemned the authorities as well as the UP government. Aug 8, 2014
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Jaswant Singh in critical condition in RR Army Hospital post head injury

New Delhi, Aug 8 (ANI): Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi on Thursday, and is said to be in critical condition. A senior doctor at the hospital said that Singh has been operated upon for head injury. Singh reportedly slipped and grievously injured his head. According to reports, the former Union Minister was found unconscious around 11 pm at his residence last night. Senior BJP leader LK Advani visited the hospital to inquire about Jaswant Singh's welfare. The 76-year-old leader was expelled from the BJP earlier this year after he decided to contest the general elections from his home district Barmer in Rajasthan as an Independent candidate. Aug 8, 2014