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  • Andhra Pradesh: Andhra Pradesh budget presented in assembly with Rs19,028 crore fiscal deficit
  • Assam: Home ministry today submitted a report to PMO on the ongoing violence along the Assam-Nagaland border
  • Bihar: Union HRD ministry asked Jharkhand govt to speed up pending work related to SSA and Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan
  • Chennai: Mudgal Committee probing 2013 IPL spot fixing Wednesday denied having investigated N Srinivasan or Gurunath Meiyappan
  • Delhi: North Delhi Municipal Corporation to impose fine up to Rs1,000 for public urinating, littering, says an official
  • Gujarat: Common travel card for BRTS, AMTS in Ahmedabad to go functional from Diwali
  • Haryana: Former MP Avtar Singh Bhadana, who had resigned from Congress earlier this week, will join INLD today
  • Himachal Pradesh: Judicial works hit as Dharamsala lawyers are on indefinite strike demanding circuit bench of HC in city
  • Jammu and Kashmir: Body of an army soldier who went missing from the Siachin Glacier has been recovered after 18 years, an official said
  • Karnataka: Govt plans to form 40 more taluks in the state to improve delivery of its services for the benefit of local people
  • Kerala: A section of shops across Kerala remained closed today to protest new e-declaration policy and other policies of govt
  • Kolkata: Kolkata Metro will run special services August 24 from 7.50 am for civil services- preliminary examination
  • Madhya Pradesh: Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa inaugurates a workshop on cyber safety in Bhopal today
  • Maharashtra: Activists stage agitation in south Mumbai, Pune to protest futile efforts to nab killers of Narendra Dabholkar
  • Mumbai: Activists stage agitation in south Mumbai, Pune to protest futile efforts to nab killers of Narendra Dabholkar
  • Northeast: Home ministry today submitted a report to PMO on the ongoing violence along the Assam-Nagaland border
  • Odisha: Probe begins into suicide of a tribal woman student a week ago in Gajapati district, an official said
  • Punjab: A total of 15 candidates are in fray for by-poll at Patiala and Talwandi Sabo assembly seats tomorrow
  • Rajasthan: Rajasthan government soon to recruit over 800 doctors in various hospitals in the state
  • Tamil Nadu: Mudgal Committee probing 2013 IPL spot fixing Wednesday denied having investigated N Srinivasan or Gurunath Meiyappan
  • UP East: Six hurt in group clash broke out due to a minor tiff over gambling in Turkman gate area in Aligarh, police said today
  • UP West: Six hurt in group clash broke out due to a minor tiff over gambling in Turkman gate area in Aligarh, police said today
  • West Bengal: Kolkata Metro will run special services August 24 from 7.50 am for civil services- preliminary examination
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Novel tissue scaffolds help body grow new bone  (3 minutes ago)
Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) In a first, chemical engineers led by an Indian-origin researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors that are released slowly over a few weeks.

Tibet plateau getting hotter, polluted: Report  (9 minutes ago)
Beijing, Aug 20 (IANS) A fresh environmental assessment of the Tibetan Plateau has found that the region is getting hotter, wetter and more polluted, threatening its fragile eco-systems and those who rely on them.

Rs.16 tn needed to achieve housing for all by 2022: Study  (11 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Over Rs.16 trillion ($260 billion) will be needed as investment every year if the central government's goal of 'housing for all by 2022' is to be achieved, a report by the KPMG-National Real Estate Development Council says.

Will Rihanna, Coldplay perform at Super Bowl?  (17 minutes ago)
Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Musicians Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay are likely to perform at the Super Bowl if they're willing to cough up the cash.

Amit Shah inaugurates 'mini PMO' in Varanasi  (17 minutes ago)
Varanasi, Aug 20 (IANS) The BJP's national president Amit Shah Wednesday inaugurated the public relations office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

Benedict Cumberbatch joins 'Jungle Book: Origins'  (21 minutes ago)
Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Actor Benedict Cumberbatch will lend his voice for Shere Khan in the upcoming Warner Bros' film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book".

Taylor Swift obsessed with cats  (23 minutes ago)
Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Singer Taylor Swift, who owns two Scottish Fold cats -- Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson, loves cats so much that she takes them along whenever she travels.

Playing mentally challenged 'rare' chance for Harsh Rajput (With Images)  (27 minutes ago)
Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Actor Harsh Rajput, who has taken on the role of a mentally challenged character in "Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke", believes it's vital for a performer to opt for varied roles and says the character especially comes as a "rare opportunity".

Nigeria confirms death of doctor who treated Ebola patient  (27 minutes ago)
Abuja, Aug 20 (IANS) A Nigerian doctor who treated an Ebola virus disease patient has died Tuesday in the country's southwestern state of Lagos, local authorities said.

Israeli airstrikes targeted Hamas military chief in Gaza (Lead)  (29 minutes ago)
Jerusalem/Cairo, Aug 20 (IANS) Israeli airstrikes Tuesday night were aimed at the home of Hamas's military wing commander Mohammed Deif in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Radwan in Gaza city, an Israeli official told Channel 2 TV channel Wednesday.

Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey 'living separately'  (15:40)
Los Angeles, Aug 20 (IANS) Rapper-actor Nick Cannon has reportedly moved into a hotel following a string of rows between himself and singer-wife Mariah Carey.

Honey Singh injured on 'India's Raw Star' set  (15:40)
Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Popular rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, who will soon be seen in a new singing reality TV show "India's Raw Star", fell down and hurt himself while shooting for its first episode, said a source.

Don't miss meals with kids  (15:34)
New York, Aug 20 (IANS) If you want your kids to grow up healthy, make it a point not to miss dinner time with them.

'Singham Returns' crosses Rs.100 crore mark  (15:30)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The combo of Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn has once again hit the jackpot - their lates offering “Singham Returns” has earned over Rs.100 crore within four days of its release.

Many elephant populations to disappear in 10 years: Study  (15:30)
Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) In a shocking revelation, a most comprehensive survey of elephant poaching to date has estimated that 100,000 African elephants were illegally killed between 2010-2012, threatening that many elephant populations may be wiped out in the next 10 years.

TVS to sell 10,000 new Scooty Zests in a month's time  (15:28)
Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) Two and three wheeler maker TVS Motor Company Ltd hopes to sell around 10,000 units of its new Scooty Zest in a month's time while it would launch a motorcycle in six months, a top company official said Wednesday.

USGBC names ex-secretary as advisor for green building hub  (15:26)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Wednesday that M. Ramachandran has joined as a senior adviser to its LEED customer service hub for green buildings in India.

TRAI to soon release paper on broadband service roll-out  (15:24)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is expected to come out with a paper on the nation-wide roll-out of broadband services by the end of the next month, its chairman Rahul Khullar said here Wednesday.

Torrential rain claims 27 lives in Japan (Lead)  (15:20)
Tokyo, Aug 20 (IANS/EFE) At least 27 people were reported killed Wednesday while 10 were missing in torrential rain lashing Hiroshima prefecture in western Japan, authorities said.

2G money laundering case: Raja, Kanimozhi granted bail  (15:18)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A special court here Wednesday granted bail to former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in a money launcering case relating to the allocation of 2G spectrum.

Cleric asks supporters to lay siege to Pakistani parliament (Second Lead)  (15:12)
Islamabad, Aug 20 (IANS) A religious leader leading anti-government protesters in Pakistan's capital city Wednesday ordered them to lay siege to parliament, even as he called for "the sanctity of the national assembly to be maintained," a Pakistani daily reported.

Himachal's legislators fail to log on to technology  (15:08)
By Vishal Gulati
Shimla, Aug 20 (IANS) Legislators in Himachal Pradesh just cannot log on to technology.

Ranbir wants to make short film with three Khans  (15:08)
Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Ranbir Kapoor, who had earlier talked about making a short film on the life of his grandfather and legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, has dropped the idea. Now he plans to make it with the three Khans.

NHRC notice to Gujarat government  (14:56)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Taking cognizance of the fact that students in a Gujarat village have to swim across a river to reach their school because there is no bridge, the NHRC Wednesday issued a notice to the state government.

Sensex down 62 points; oil and gas stocks drop (Lead)  (14:56)
Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Wednesday was trading 62.54 points or 0.24 percent down as oil and gas stocks dipped.

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