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Andhra Pradesh capital to come up in five years

Hyderabad : The Andhra Pradesh state capital spread over 30,000 acres near Vijayawada will be ready in five years, the state government announced Saturday.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who held a meeting with the members of the Capital Advisory Committee here, said the land will be procured through the land pooling system (LPS).

If the landowners refuse to part with the land the government would opt for land acquisition, said an official statement.

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Bangladesh book fair kicks-off in Kolkata

Kolkata : Bibliophiles with an interest in neighbouring Bangladesh's art, culture and history have a reason to cheer now. A six-day Bangladesh Book Fair was inaugurated here Saturday.

Hosting 30 book stalls, the fair will run at the Rabindra Sadan premises till Thursday.

Organised by the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata in collaboration with the country's Bureau of Export Promotion and Gyan O Srijonshil Prakashak Samiti, the fair showcases an impressive collection of tomes - novels, poems, short stories, articles - by the country's writers.

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Government to observe Sardar Patel birth anniversary in big way

New Delhi : The central government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' (National Unity Day) Oct 31 every year to pay tributes to the efforts made by Patel to unite India, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Saturday.

According to a union home ministry statement, a function to pay floral tribute to Sardar Patel will be held at Patel Chowk, Parliament Street, in the national capital New Delhi at 8 a.m. that day.

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India calls for stronger action against biological weapons

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : Warning against terrorists trying to get biological weapons, India has called for stronger international action to contain their spread.

India also suggested a discussion of "perceptions regarding the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus".

The UN Security Council has declared Ebola "a threat to international peace and security".

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Tension in Bihar district over idol immersion

Patna : Over half a dozen people were injured in Bihar's Bhojpur district Saturday after some unidentified people hurled stones at a procession carrying a Lakshmi idol for immersion, triggering clashes, police said.

At least five shops were also set afire in the district's Sahar bazaar area, they said.

Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said the situation was tense but under control. "Half a dozen people were injured and some anti-social elements set ablaze a few shops," he said.

Book offers balanced view of Lord Ram and Sita's life

New Delhi : Why is Lord Ram often shown in a bad light for asking his wife Sita to go through the ordeal of fire? Was Sita's greatest quality her ability to suffer in silence? A book attempts to find a "balanced perspective" from the epic Ramayana.

Debutant author Neeraja Phatak delved deep into contradictory arguments of the epic after reading several versions of the Ramayana.

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Opportunities galore in marketing: TCS honcho

Thiruvananthapuram : There are tremendous opportunities for marketing personnel in social sectors such as agriculture, healthcare and rural communication in India, and management graduates need to explore these better, said S. Ramadorai, chairman of the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).

Ramadorai, who is also the vice-chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, was addressing the students of Asian School of Business (ASB) at the eighth annual convocation here, Saturday.

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Government clears proposal for making six submarines in India

New Delhi : In a boost to domestic defence manufacturing, the government Saturday cleared a proposal to manufacture six submarines worth Rs.50,000 crore in India.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) will, however, be open for "compliant yards", defence ministry sources said.

The government aims at manufacturing all six submarines in the time frame of a year.

These submarines will have features including stealth and attack cruise missiles.

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Defence ministry clears Israeli anti-tank missile, six submarines

New Delhi : The defence ministry Saturday cleared big ticket defence deals worth Rs.80,000 crore which include Israel's guided anti-tank missile Spike, sources said.

Spike missiles were chosen instead of the US' Javelin missiles, for which Washington had lobbied hard.

India will be buying over 8,000 missiles worth Rs.32,000 crore.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) Saturday which was headed by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley.

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Shimla to have full-fledged cancer hospital

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Saturday that the government was considering opening a full-fledged cancer hospital in the suburbs of the capital.

He said that the cancer wing functioning at the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) in Shimla was not fully developed to cater to the rush of patients.

A mammography machine is going to be installed in the hospital very soon.

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