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South Korea President's office admits to buying 360 Viagra pills

Updated: Nov 23, 2016 14:47 IST      
South Korea President's office admits to buying 360 Viagra pills

London [United Kingdom], Nov. 23 (ANI): South Korea President's office has confirmed that it bought 360 Viagra pills to treat altitude sickness of presidential aides and employees during President Park Geun-hye trips to Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, as these nations were thousands of metres above sea level.

As the revelation sparked frenzy across internet, the spokesman of the presidential Blue House, Jung Youn-kuk said the pills were not used.

Viagra-style drugs are sometimes prescribed by South Korean doctors to climbers as they are supposed to be effective in preventing altitude sickness, reports the Guardian.

These revelations come as Park is struggling with a massive political scandal.

President Park is also accused of letting her confidante Choi Soon-sil, who does not hold an official government post, view confidential documents and presidential speeches.

Local media and opposition parties have accused Choi of using her relationship with Park to accumulate millions of dollars in donations for her foundations.

Opposition parties and some members of her own Saenuri party are pushing for an impeachment motion against Park.

Offices of the Samsung Group and the state pension fund were raided by prosecutors on Wednesday as the electronics giant faces allegations that it had bribed Park's confidant Choi Soon-Sil to win state approval for a controversial merger it sought in 2015. (ANI)

London: Mansfield Road apartments fire under control

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 14:42 IST     

London [UK], June 26 (ANI): A massive fire which erupted at the Mansfield Road apartments on Sunday night is now under control, the London Fire Brigade said.

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Eid celebration in various parts of world

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 14:12 IST     

New Delhi [India] June 26, (ANI) : Eid-Ul-Fitr was celebrated across the world on Sunday and Monday.

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Hong Kong [China], June 26 (ANI): A state-run Chinese daily has accused India of being stubborn in its geo-political thinking, and this is clearly reflected in New Delhi's decision to have a dedicated air corridor with Afghanistan by bypassing Pakistan.

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15,000-strong special force to protect Chinese in Pakistan

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 12:58 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 26 (ANI): Pakistan has deployed a special military force of 15,000 for the protection of Chinese working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other similar projects in the country.

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Sharif hopeful about improving ties with Afghanistan

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 12:25 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], June 26 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif has expressed confidence that bilateral relationship between Islamabad and Kabul would improve after certain decisions that were reached when he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are implemented.

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Da Costa death triggers violent protests in East London

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 10:08 IST     

London [U.K.], June 26 (ANI): The death of a 25-year-old black man from wounds allegedly sustained during his arrest by police has triggered protests in East London.

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Israel targets Syrian artillery, ammunition truck

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 09:34 IST     

Damascus [Syria], June 26 (ANI): On the second day of the Israeli military strikes in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defence Forces struck two artillery launchers and an ammunition truck on the Syrian side of the border.

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Bogota [Colombia], June 26 (ANI): The death toll in the incident in which a boat carrying as many as 150 tourists capsized in a reservoir near Medellin, Colombia on Sunday, has risen to nine.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 26 (ANI): In his second leg of his three-nation tour, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a round table meeting with business leaders in the U.S., Indian American businessmen pointed to the dual taxation as a major hurdle for investments in India.

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Three dead, 30 missing after boat capsizes in Colombia

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 05:46 IST     

Bogota [Columbia], June 26 (ANI): A boat carrying as many as 150 tourists capsized in a reservoir near Medellin, Colombia on Sunday, officials from the air force said.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 26 (ANI): The White House did not host an Iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, for the first time in nearly two decades.

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Indian diaspora showers praise on PM Modi

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 05:14 IST     

Virginia [U.S.A.], June 26 (ANI): The Indian diaspora in the United States showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comprehensive speech as he addressed them here and said his efforts to make a better India are praiseworthy.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 26 (ANI): In the second leg of his three-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met and interacted with 20 top American CEOs at a roundtable meeting in Washington D.C., and talked about various topics ranging from the Goods and Services Tax (GST), technology, India's economy and Digital India, Make in India, Skill Development, Demonetisation and the thrust towards renewable energy among others.

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Virginia [U.S.A.], June 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while lauding the proactive approach of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as he addressed the Indian Diaspora in the United States, asserted that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has emerged as a strong humanitarian force for Indians globally.

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PM Modi in U.S. hails success of gas subsidy transfer scheme

Updated: Jun 26, 2017 03:36 IST     

Virginia [U.S.A.], June 26 (ANI): Hailing the role of technology in bringing transparency in governance, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi narrated the success of direct benefit transfer of gas subsidy, in reference to the flagship Ujjwala Yojana, to the Indian Diaspora here.

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Washington D.C. (USA), June 26 (ANI): Asserting that positive environment has enveloped India under his regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the Indian Diaspora in the United States assured that he will fulfill all their dreams they have for their motherland.

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Washington D.C (USA), June 26 (ANI): Director, Indian Projects at Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. Tanvi Madan has stated that the priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump should be to build personal chemistry, increase the cooperation on the line of defence and security front and to sort out trade and investment differences.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 26 (ANI): Highlighting the success of surgical strikes against terror havens along the Line of Control (LoC), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here that the move was a double-edged sword for which the entire world could have questioned New Delhi, but only those who faced the consequences took to criticising them.

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Washington D.C. [USA], June 26 (ANI): U.S. arms maker Lockheed Martin Corp has expressed optimism for its partnership with Tata Advanced Systems to build F-16 fighter jets, saying that if selected, the deal has the potential to generate economic benefit and jobs in U.S. and India.

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Washington D.C. [USA], June 26 (ANI): Walmart India CEO Krish Iyer hailed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, which will be rolled out on July 1st, as a 'game changing reform' that would ease business barriers and help bring down prices of essential commodities in the long run.

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