• Record footfalls at Taj fails to cheer hoteliers
    11:20 AM

    Agra, Aug 18 (IANS) A record number of people visited the Taj Mahal Sunday, with footfalls crossing the 50,000 mark. On Saturday too, over 48,000 tickets were sold, but all this proved meaningless for Agra’s hotel industry.The majority of visitors were of course “deshi” who combined tourism with religion, paying a

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  • Riots continue in US city after teenager’s death
    11:08 AM

      Ferguson (Missouri), Aug 18 (IANS) Clashes between police and protestors continued here as a curfew ordered by Governor Jay Nixon is due to take effect for a second night.The suburb of St Louis has been inflamed with racial tensions since Aug 9 when a white policeman, Darren Wilson, shot dead

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  • 23 rescued in Indonesia boat capsize
    11:08 AM

    Jakarta, Aug 18 (IANS) Twenty-three people, including eight foreign tourists, four crew members and a tour guide, have been rescued after a boat capsized off the Lombok Island in Indonesia, an official said Monday.Two people are still missing, the official told Xinhua.“A search and rescue operation to find out the two

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  • Twitter turns favourites into retweets
    11:06 AM

    New York, Aug 18 (IANS) Have you recently witnessed favourite tweets back in your tweet box? Some users are seeing tweets favourited by others in their timeline just like retweets.Some users are seeing a few tweets in their timelines that have been marked as favourites by accounts they follow.Other tweets are

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  • Government, rebels to discuss final ceasefire: Colombian president
    11:06 AM

    Bogota, Aug 18 (IANS) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said that a committee of military officers and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) members will discuss a final ceasefire agreement.Santos Sunday said that if FARC continues its offensive against oil infrastructure, it could jeopardise the ongoing peace talks in Havana,

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  • Pope Francis leaves South Korea
    10:56 AM

    Seoul, Aug 18 (IANS) Pope Francis Monday left South Korea for the Vatican after wrapping up his first visit to an Asian country since taking over the papacy in March 2013.The Pope left for the Vatican at 12.50 a.m. from an airport in Seongnam, southeast of Seoul, Xinhua reported. Prime Minister Chung

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  • Modi greets Parsis on new year
    10:52 AM

    New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday greeted the Parsi community on Navroz, its new year.“Navroz Mubarak to my Parsi sisters and brothers. Praying for a wonderful year ahead, filled with joy and good health,” Modi said in a tweet.

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  • Arrests at Israeli inter-faith wedding
    10:46 AM

    London, Aug 18 (IANS) Four Jewish protestors were arrested at a wedding of a Jewish-born woman who converted to Islam and an Arab Muslim man in Israel, media reported Monday.More than 100 protestors rallied outside the reception hall in Israel’s Rishon LeZion city Sunday amid high security, BBC reported.The 26-year-old groom,

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  • An anthology on today’s India (Book Review)
    10:34 AM

    Title: Kaw Caw Silly point: A Wonky look at Contemporary India; Author: M.K. Kaw; Publisher: Konark Publishers: Pages: 270; Price: Rs.250.This is a funny and serious book at the same time. Maharaj Krishen Kaw joined the IAS in 1964 and retired in 2001 after holding many senior posts. He was

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