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Thermal scanners at airports secretly scan for Ebola fever

India has installed thermal scanners at international airports to “secretly” screen passengers for fever to avoid panic in view of the raging Ebola epidemic in West Africa and other areas, a senior health ministry official said on Tuesday.

Centre to hike fellowships for research scholars

The government on Tuesday announced the highest-ever hike in fellowships for research scholars across the country. The hike will make fellowship amounts go up by at least 50%. More than 70,000 scholars will directly benefit from this hike.

This Diwali, have a blast, but not literally

According to teachers and parents, anti-cracker campaigns in schools have resulted in a massive change in children’s attitudes. Some NGOs put the decline in the sale of crackers at 25% because of these campaigns.

Check price tag before you pay for crackers

Government sources said the prosecuted traders would have to pay fines ranging between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 1 lakh. Repeat offenders may face imprisonment up to a maximum of one year.

At airports, health workers double up as translators

Healthcare workers at many Indian airports examining inbound passengers for the Ebola virus double up as translators because government health screening cards and advisories for travellers are only in English.

Mystery looms over death of Indian girl in UAE

A 12-year-old Indian girl has diedunder mysterious circumstances in the UAE after she fell from a building in Sharjah, a media report said on Tuesday.

India wins re-election to UN Human Rights Council

According to the Council website, the General Assembly takes into account the candidate states' contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments in this regard.

Modi to spend Diwali in flood-hit Srinagar

Reaching out to people in flood-ravaged Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to spend Diwali in Srinagar in his second visit to the state since the Jhelum burst its banks last month leading to the state’s worst floods in a century.

Faridabad: 230 shops gutted in cracker market fire

A massive fire broke out in a cracker market at the Dusshera Grounds in Faridabad on Tuesday evening. No one was hurt. The incident triggered protests in the area. Initial estimates suggest the fire caused a loss of over over Rs. 3 crore.

BJP MLA says by-poll defeat good for party

The BJP’s defeat in three out of four assembly seats in recently held by-elections was good for the party because it was “flying high” after a thumping victory in state elections last year, according to Jagat Singh, the party’s MLA from Kaman in Bharatpur.

JMM, party of poor tribals, inducts Ivy League man

JMM, a political party that associates itself largely with poor, illiterate and ignorant tribespeople, on Tuesday drafted in a Harvard educated, upper caste non-Jharkhandi to boost its profile ahead of the state assembly elections.

UK couple found dead in Agra hotel, another robbed in Varanasi

A British couple was found dead in a hotel on Tuesday morning with medicines strewn all over the room, indicating drug overdose as the cause of deaths.

India braces for war on Ebola, new labs set up

India has identified 10 additional labs to test for the Ebola virus and a four-member rapid response team from each state to isolate and trace people suspected to have Ebola that has killed over 4,500 people worldwide.

Disclosure of black money account holders will embarrass Cong: Jaitley

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday hit back at Congress saying the party will be embarrassed once the names of people holding illicit foreign accounts are made public.

India closely monitoring IS, al Qaeda activities: NSA

Ajit Doval, in his very first public interaction, Tuesday said the government is 'closely monitoring' the activities of the al Qaeda and IS and if it finds the relationship between the two evolving to harm India then the government would take a 'very, very serious view' of it.
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