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Bill Gates lauds India's Action plan to reduce newborn mortality rate by 2030

New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates praised India for the pioneering work in polio eradication and said the country's plan to achieve its target of reducing the newborn mortality rate to single digit before 2030 is possible. Bill Gates was accompanied by his wife Melinda Gates to attend the launch of health programme Indian Newborn Action Plan (INAP) in New Delhi, which was inaugurated by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. In India the present death rate is 29 per 1,000 live births. Of the 2.8 million newborns who die at birth worldwide, India contributes 700,000. While speaking at the event, Bill said there are lessons to be learnt from India's fight against polio which may be applied against other diseases also. The World Health Organisation declared India free of the crippling polio virus in March, making the country's almost two-decade-long, multi-billion-dollar effort one of the biggest public health achievements in recent times. Sep 19, 2014
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Early trends in Scotland's 'independence polls' suggest a 'No' to independence from UK

Edinburgh, Sep 19 (ANI): Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum and early results suggested they were not in favor of ending Scotland's 307-year union with England. Polling stations closed in Edinburgh after a day of voting in an historic referendum on Scottish independence. Thursday brought a mixed bag of opinions from the Scottish capital. While others felt there was no need for a change. Final results are expected to be announced Friday morning. Sep 19, 2014
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Hundreds of evacuees from flood ravaged J and K board Indian Army vehicle to leave the place

Srinagar, Sep 19 (ANI): Hundreds of evacuees boarded Indian army vehicles to leave flooded region of Jammu and Kashmir. More than 75,000 people were still in partly submerged homes in Srinagar, where roads have been transformed into stagnant canals strewn with wreckage, trash and dead animals. The Indian army has deployed about 30,000 troops for rescue and relief operations and soldiers distributed 2,24,000 litres of water and food to survivors. A senior official of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), PV Sandhu, said they would urge the government to provide transportation facilities to the flood victims. The authorities also dug a tunnel to dewater the parts of the city and let water flow back into the Jhelum River or out of the city. Sep 19, 2014
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Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet Sonia Gandhi a day after attending state banquet by President

New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): A day after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to solve the border issues between the two countries, Jinping is expected to meet Congress delegation led by Sonia Gandhi including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday. Earlier on Thursday, Jinping attended the state banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi as the Chinese leader's India visit nears end. The event was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top leadership of the country and the Chinese and Indian delegations. Xi Jinping, accompanied by his wife, arrived in India for a three-day visit aimed at creating greater cooperation between the two countries. Sep 19, 2014
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Awami Jubo League of Bangladesh protest after SC spared Delwar Hossain Sayeedi of capital punishment

Dhaka, Sep 19 (ANI): The youth wing of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League, the Awami Jubo League protested against Supreme Court's verdict to commute death sentence of a top Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi to life imprisonment and also against the strike called by the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami in Dhaka. The court on Wednesday commuted Sayedee's death sentence to life imprisonment. The Islamic leader is convicted of war crimes during the country's war of liberation in 1971. The decision against Sayedee, a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, prompted strike calls by his party, and provoked scattered violence in Dhaka, and the northern district of Rajshahi. Sayedee, had appealed against the decision by a war crimes tribunal over crimes of arson, looting, murder and rape, and the apex court on Wednesday ordered that he spend the rest of his life in prison. Sep 19, 2014
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Kashmir's flood fury leaves migrants stranded

Srinagar, Sep 19 (ANI): Scared due to life threat looming large, Gujarati migrants cried out for help as floods mayhem in Jammu and Kashmir leaves many stranded. Migrant workers and poor people say they are all still struggling for basic amenities like safe drinking water, food packets and blankets. More than 3,000 families from Gujarat are based in the valley. Most of the bread earners of these families work as menial labourers. The flood victims demanded Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to take initiative to send them back to their hometown as the floods and threats of Kashmir natives cause misery to them. Meanwhile, Kashmiri's stranded for days by the floodwaters said that the army has selectively evacuated tourists and people according to a pre-set priority list, leaving locals to be rescued later by volunteers. Sep 19, 2014
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US welcomes news France to join Iraq air strikes

The United States on Thursday welcomed an announcement by French President Francois Hollande that France would join US-led air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq. Duration: 00:32 Sep 19, 2014
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First French Ebola victim to be flown home from Liberia

The first French person to have been infected by the deadly Ebola virus, a female volunteer for Medecins Sans Frontieres, was still in Liberia Thursday and was waiting to be airlifted home. The patient was placed in isolation on Tuesday after showing symptoms of the disease. Duration: 00:45 Sep 19, 2014