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India's forex down $2.43 bn in September

Mumbai , Oct 2

India's foreign exchange reserves fell by $2.43 billion (provisional) to $315.59 billion in September.

In Haryana, older women beat men voters in numbers

Chandigarh , Oct 2 As they grow older, women voters in Haryana get the better of men - numerically speaking.

A rallyist whom mountains can't slow down

Shimla , Oct 2 Ace rallyist Suresh Rana, who captured the Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, one of the world's toughest off-road motor rallies, nine times in the four-wheeler Xtreme category, aims to capture the tenth title this year in the 16th edition beginning next month.

Air-dropped Iraqi leaflets warn of attack on Mosul city

Mosul (Iraq) , Oct 2

Warning of an impending attack, Iraqi military aircraft Thursday dropped thousands of leaflets on the northern city of Mosul urging residents to avoid strongholds and barracks of the Islamic State (IS) jihadi group, local officials said.

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IS seizes large part of town in Iraq

Baghdad , Oct 2

Members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation took control of most of the town of Heet in the Iraqi province of Anbar Thursday, a provincial security source said.

Pro-Russian militia attacked Donetsk airport: Ukraine

Kiev , Oct 2

Pro-Russian separatists stormed the international airport in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk after shelling it with artillery and mortar fire, Ukrainian authorities said.

Pakistan appoints new navy chief

Islamabad , Oct 2

Admiral Zakaullah has been named the next chief of the Pakistan Navy, Geo TV reported Thursday.

Foreign investors pull back from Indian equities market

Mumbai , Oct 2

Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) became net sellers in the Indian equities market as negative global and domestic cues dented sentiments.

Long-lost Sherlock Holmes movie found

Los Angeles , Oct 2

A nearly 100-year-old silent Sherlock Holmes movie starring American actor and playwright William Gillette has been found at the Cinematheque Francaise archive in Paris.

Kerala launches prohibition policy on Gandhi Jayanti

Thiruvananthapuram , Oct 2

A policy to achieve total prohibition and several environment friendly programmes were launched in Kerala Thursday to mark the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

India's zoos: Need for reform

New Delhi , Oct 2

The recent incident of a youth being killed by a white tiger at the Delhi zoo highlighted the need to restructure and revamp Indian zoological parks, while raising questions over the security of animals and visitors.

Look forward to intensifying engagement with Germany: President

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New Delhi , Oct 2

President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said India looked forward to "intensifying" its engagement with Germany as he greeted that nation on the eve of its "Unification Day" (Oct 3).

Substance abuse related to future violence among mentally ill

Washington , Oct 2

A study conducted by the University of Buffalo suggests that reducing substance abuse can lessen violent acts by patients with severe mental illness.

Danish parliament approves sending fighter jets to combat IS

Copenhagen , Oct.

Copenhagen , Oct. Oct 2 (IANS) Denmark's parliament Thursday overwhelmingly approved plans to send seven F-16 fighter jets to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation in Iraq.

Short, intense workouts boost memory

Washington , Oct 2

An intense workout for as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic or long term memory about previous events by about 10 percent in healthy young adults, say researchers.

US teen kidnapped by mother 12 years ago returns home

San Antonio (Texas)

San Antonio (Texas) Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) An American girl, who was kidnapped by her mother at the age of four and taken to Mexico 12 years ago, has been found and returned to the US, authorities have announced.

Maoists blast mobile phone tower in Bihar

Patna , Oct 2

Maoists blew up a mobile telephone tower in Bihar's Lakhisarai district Thursday to enforce a 24-hour strike called by them to protest against the alleged killing of their members by security forces, police said.

Goan flavour to Sri Lankan saint's canonisation

Panaji , Oct 2 There will be a Goan flavor to the canonisation of Sri Lanka's first saint, Joseph Vaz, on whom Pope Francis will confer the status when he visits the island nation in January 2015.

Telangana, Andhra governor joins Clean India campaign

Hyderabad , Oct 2

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan Thursday participated in the Clean India programme.