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India ranks 131 on Human Development Index

March 22, 2017

NEW YORK: India came down by one slot and was ranked 131st among 188 countries on Human Development Index (HDI) 2016 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). India fell under the "medium human development category" and its HDI, at 0.624, was behind Sri Lanka and the Maldives in South Asia. Sri Lanka and the Maldives were ranke...

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Young man caught with 1,000 diamonds in shoes

March 22, 2017

SHENZHEN (CHINA): A young man has been caught trying to smuggle more than 1,000 diamonds into Shenzhen City from neighbouring Hong Kong by hiding them in his shoes. Customs officials in Shenzhen in Guangdong province found 212.9 carats of diamonds in the alleged smuggler's insoles when he passed through Luohu port, which links Hong Kong with inlan...

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Ex-Sri Lankan minister Wimal Weerawansa fasts, seeks release

March 22, 2017

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's former Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa, currently in prison on allegations of misusing state vehicles, has begun a hunger strike demanding his release. Weerawansa, a strong ally of former President Mahinda Rajapakse, was arrested on January 10 over allegations of misusing state vehicles during the former Rajapakse regime, re...

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33 civilians killed in Syria air strike

March 22, 2017

DAMASCUS: At least 33 persons were killed during air raids, believed to have been carried out by the US-led international coalition, against a school sheltering displaced people in the Syrian province of al-Raqqa, a media report said on Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) sasdsrid that all the victims of the attack on Monday ...

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600 mn kids will face extreme water shortage by 2040

March 22, 2017

UNITED NATIONS: Nearly 600 million children, one in four worldwide, will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UN report. The report was released late Tuesday by the UN International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef), Efe news reported on Wednesday. Unicef warned of the threat to children's lives due to the...

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Mukesh Ambani tops Forbes list of 101 Indian billionaires

March 22, 2017

NEW YORK: India has the fourth largest number of billionaires globally, with Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani heading the list of more than 100 high net worth individual Indians, as per the latest listing by American magazine Forbes. The US, with 565, has more billionaires than any other nation. China comes next with 319, while Ger...

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Iraqi forces evacuate civilians from Mosul amid heavy clashes

March 22, 2017

MOSUL: Iraqi government forces battling the Islamic State in Mosul’s western side evacuated hundreds of civilians from the city centre on Tuesday, as troop progress slowed down faced with strong resistance from the militants, Iraqi officials said. “Our forces evacuated hundreds of civilians to prevent terrorists from using them as huma...

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Doctors cure first patient with rare blood disorder

March 21, 2017

NEW YORK: Doctors have cured a patient with rare blood disorder in which the patient's body did not produce enough red blood cells that could have caused progressive organ damage and early death. Physicians from the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System cured an adult patient with congenital dyserythropoietic anemia (CDA) usin...

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Trump meets Iraqi PM, discuss terrorism threat

March 21, 2017

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump held his first meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and expressed confidence in defeating the Islamic State (IS) terror group, according to a White House statement. Trump hosted Abadi in the Oval Office on Monday to affirm America's support for Iraq in the fight against the IS, Xinhua new...

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Biden to rally with Democrats to save Obamacare

March 21, 2017

WASHINGTON: Former US Vice President Joe Biden will join Democrat leaders at on Wednesday in a rally to save Obamacare, a day before House Republicans vote to dismantle the health law, a media report said. Biden will join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats on the front steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m., making one of his fi...

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