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Robin Hood monkey showers Indian town with cash SHIMLA: A monkey sparked a dash for cash in a northern Indian town when he showered banknotes from a rooftop, witnesses told AFP on Tuesday.Passersby in the hill town of Shimla spotted the monkey with a bundle of notes on Sunday after it broke into a construction site in search of food.Finding nothing to munch on, it stole 10,000 rupees ($165) that a contractor had planned to pay his labourers, according to the Amar Ujala newspaper."I was returning from the nearby temple when I suddenly saw some people looking up at currency notes flying. I noticed a monkey was dropping them from a tree," resident Ashok Kumar told AFP."I also joined the crowd and picked up two notes of 100 rupees ($1.65) each." Workers at the construction site tried in vain to catch the thieving primate, who playfully tossed down money from a rooftop before continuing the handouts from a ...

Iran unveils new missile, radar systems TEHRAN: Iran unveiled a new surface-to-air missile Tuesday and two radar systems it said would improve its defences against "enemies".The military ceremony came just one week after Iran said it downed an Israeli spy drone that had reportedly been deployed above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in central Iran.The Talash-3 (Effort-3, in Persian) missile is capable of hitting targets at higher altitudes than previously possible, said General Farzad Esmaili, Iran's aviation defence commander, without stating ...
India's financial hub Mumbai hit by big power cuts MUMBAI: Power cuts hit large areas of Indian financial capital Mumbai on Tuesday following a technical glitch at an electricity generation unit, but back-up generators at banks and brokerages ensured that financial business was largely unaffected.Tata Power Company Ltd said the cuts, which began at 0945 IST in Mumbai, were caused by a technical fault at one of its units and forced it to switch off power to some areas of the city, including some ...
New village toilets a small step for poor Indian women KATRA SHAHADATGANJ: Decorated with marigolds and ribbons, 108 toilets unveiled in a tragedy-hit village are a small step in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to end open-air defecation for impoverished Indian women.The spotlessly clean toilets were donated on Sunday to the village in northern Uttar Pradesh state, where scared and vulnerable women had long been forced to trek nightly into the fields to relieve themselves."I believe no woman must lose her life just because she ...
China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote BEIJING/HONG KONG: China's parliament said on Sunday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city's Central business district by disappointed democracy activists.The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) said it had endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in a 2017 vote for Hong Kong's next leader. All candidates must ...
India's Modi arrives in Japan for visit TOKYO: India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into Japan Saturday on a five-day official visit as their governments seek to boost security ties and counter a increasingly assertive China.Modi arrived at Kansai International Airport near Osaka, western Japan, by special plane for a night in the nearby ancient city of Kyoto where he was to have an unofficial dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a foreign ministry official said.The Indian leader will visit ...
Indian investigators drop coal scam case against billionaire Birla NEW DELHI: India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed a coal scam case against billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla and a former top bureaucrat that emerged in 2012 after an auditor's report on revenue loss to the exchequer from allocations of coal blocks.The CBI filed the case against Birla and former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh last year in relation to a block allocated in 2005 to Hindalco Industries, part of the $40 billion Aditya Birla ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
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