• 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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  • Want to be world’s first doctor of chocolate?
    10:30 AM

    London, Aug 18 (IANS) Love chocolates? You have a mighty reason to relish them more as the Cambridge University is seeking a researcher for a PhD on chocolates!Yes, you read it right. The sweet-toothed candidate will undertake a three-and-a-half year PhD course to become the world’s first “doctor of chocolate”.The course

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  • Facebook offers free internet access to Zambians
    10:20 AM

    New York, Aug 18 (IANS) Facebook has launched a free app that provides limited internet access to people in the African nation Zambia who have mobile phones without data plans.Airtel customers can download the app called Internet.org for access to 13 outlets, including Facebook and Wikipedia, SF Gate reported.The Internet.org coalition

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  • Sunny Monday in Delhi
    10:00 AM

    New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) It will be a hot and sunny Monday here, the Met Office said.The sky was clear in the morning and the minimum temperature was 27 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average, said the India Meteorological Department. The day’s maximum temperature is expected to hover around

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  • Sensex trades flat; auto stocks gain
    9:48 AM

    Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Monday was trading flat at 14.25 points or 0.05 percent up as auto stocks rallied.Good buying was observed in auto and capital goods, while marginal selling pressure was seen in metal and IT sectors.The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the

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