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  • Aruna Chaudhary cancels all deputations of teachers throughout state schools
  • CM decides to ban use of plastic in Punjab
  • Death toll in Venezuela's political unrest rises to at least 24
  • Intensive ticket checking by SR
  • 17 households of Gurugram police line found to be supplied with direct electricity
  • Swarovski Gemstones announces its association with Divinus Creation
  • Govt decides third-party audit of all municipal works over Rs 10 cr launched in past three years
  • Haryana govt instructs farmers not to burn crop residue to curb increasing pollution in NCR
  • Pakistan-based hackers hack IIT Delhi, AMU & DU official website
  • Thousands of BSNL broadband connections affect due to server down in city
  • China ready to mediate between Myanmar, Bangladesh over Rohingya row
  • Jipmer to establish Institute of Microbial Sciences
  • MFIN launches India’s first financial literacy app for microfinance clients
  • Register for Pharmacists
  • Jindal wins prestigious Golden Peacock Award 2017
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Sri Lankan shares hit 6-mth closing high on foreign buying in Keells

COLOMBO, Apr 21 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares gained on Friday to hit a more than six-month closing high on foreign buying in market heavyweight John Keells Holdings, helping boost the overall sentiment.
Foreign investors net bought equities worth 1.35 billion rupees ($8.88 million) on Friday, extending the week's net foreign buying to 6.56 billion rupees.
Foreign investors have been net buyers for the last 21 sessions, acquiring equities worth a net 11.77 billion, taking the year-to-date net foreign inflow into equities to 14.27 billion rupees.
The Colombo stock index ended 0.5 percent firmer at 6,535.54, its highest close since Oct. 11. It has climbed 9.4 percent in the 16 sessions through Friday, having risen for 15 sessions in that period.
The index added 2.1 percent on the week, marking its fourth week of gains.
"Foreign investors see extremely attractive valuation in the blue chips and growing earnings. They also see some political stability and stabilisation of the economy," said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.
"But local investors are still waiting for some kind of strong direction by the government. The bullish run will prevail in the near future with local investors also starting to buy into equities."
Stockbrokers also said the market was also encouraged by comments made by President Maithripala Sirisena on making the government effective, as reported in the local media.
Turnover stood at 3.27 billion rupees ($21.51 million), more than three times of this year's daily average of 877.8 million rupees.
John Keells Holdings, which accounted for 81 percent of the day's turnover, jumped 2.2 percent, while top lender Commercial bank of Ceylon rose 1.7 percent.
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Sukma Naxal attack: Centre to review strategy; pall of gloom in C'garh

Sukma Naxal attack: Centre to review strategy; pall of gloom in C'garh

Raipur/New Delhi, Apr 25 (UNI) Anti-Left Wing Extremism strategy would be reviewed and an appropriate response would be given in due course, the Centre said today, a day after 25 CRPF jawans were martyred and their weapons looted in a ghastly attack by Naxals at Burkpal village in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

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25 Apr 2017 | 7:49 PM
Malegaon bomb blast: Sadhvi Pragya Singh granted bail

Malegaon bomb blast: Sadhvi Pragya Singh granted bail

Mumbai, Apr 25 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blast case on a cash surety of Rs 5-lakh with two sureties of the same amount for the bail.

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25 Apr 2017 | 3:30 PM
PM rally: Tourists not allowed at Ridge,  SPG keeping strict vigil

PM rally: Tourists not allowed at Ridge, SPG keeping strict vigil

Shimla, Apr 25 (UNI) This tourist resort which registers footfall in lakhs every day during summer season, drew a blank on the historic Ridge ground here owing to preparations being made for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally here.

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25 Apr 2017 | 7:15 PM
Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Syria, Iraq's Sinjar

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Syria, Iraq's Sinjar

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, Apr 25 (Reuters) Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militants in Iraq's Sinjar region and in northeastern Syria today, killing at least 18 fighters and officials in a widening campaign against groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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25 Apr 2017 | 4:41 PM
On visit to erstwhile Maoists den Naxalbari, Amit Shah says Bengal yearns for change

On visit to erstwhile Maoists den Naxalbari, Amit Shah says Bengal yearns for change

New Delhi, Apr 25 (UNI) The BJP president Amit Shah, who today visited erstwhile Maoist den Naxalbari in West Bengal as part of party's extensive expansion plans, today said the saffron outfit is committed to bring back the glories of the days and principles of State's icons.

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25 Apr 2017 | 6:16 PM
Non-agri income of farmers must be taxed: NITI Aayog

Non-agri income of farmers must be taxed: NITI Aayog

New Delhi, April 25 (UNI) NITI Aayog today advocated for taxing the farmers' non-agriculture income so that the tax net could get widened.

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25 Apr 2017 | 4:59 PM
Counting of votes for MCD polls to be held at 35 counting centres amid tight security

Counting of votes for MCD polls to be held at 35 counting centres amid tight security

New Delhi, Apr 25 (UNI) Counting of votes for the elections to the three Municipal corporations will start at 0800 hours tomorrow amid tight security arrangements.

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25 Apr 2017 | 7:17 PM

Aruna Chaudhary cancels all deputations of teachers throughout state schools

25 Apr 2017 | 8:01 PM

Chandigarh, Apr 25 (UNI) Punjab Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary today cancelled with immediate effect the deputation orders of any teacher/employee in any school of the state keeping in view the need for proper utilization of staff in government schools and the interests of the student community.

Subrata Pal denies of consuming banned substance

Subrata Pal denies of consuming banned substance

25 Apr 2017 | 6:21 PM

New Dlhi, Apr 25 (UNI) Experienced India goalkeeper Subrata Pal today refuted media reports claiming that the footballer has been tested positive for a banned substance by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and could face a four-year ban.

TCS launches  'Merchant Pay '

TCS launches 'Merchant Pay '

25 Apr 2017 | 3:00 PM

Mumbai, Apr 25(UNI) IT major, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), today announced the launch of 'Merchant Pay ' a unified transaction solution that will help retail organisations seamlessly integrate payments across multiple payment channels such as Aadhar, Credit or Debit card or even phone-based payments through a single interface.

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