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ED has not asked for a nodal agency to deal with black money: Minister

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The government said Friday that the enforcement directorate (ED) has not pitched for a nodal coordinating agency to deal with black money cases stashed illegally aboard and at home. Minister of State (MoS) Finance Jayant Sinha informed the Lok Sabha that the ED which is mandated with enforcing the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, has not called fo...

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Defeat to India factor behind my knock: De Villiers

Sydney, Feb 27 (IANS) An elated South Africa skipper AB De Villiers, who smashed an unbeaten 162 off 66 deliveries against the West Indies here Friday, said it was pain from the humiliating defeat to India that got him to play such a devastating innings. A bit of everything, a bit of pain in the previous game, de Villiers said. In the 30th over, South Africa were 146/3 when de Vi...

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With economy on upswing, India Inc expects higher growth trajectory

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) As the NDA government tabled the Economic Survey for 2014-15 Friday, India Inc expressed its hope that the economy is looking up and the growth prospects are bright to attain double digit growth trajectory in the coming years. India's economic survey pegged growth at more than 8 percent for the next fiscal and said inflation was now declining, while also setting ...

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Twin blasts kill 13 in Nigeria: Police

Lagos, Feb 27 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed and 14 severely injured in twin bomb blasts at a motor park in Jos city in central-northern Nigeria, police said Friday. State police chief Nasiru Oki told reporters in the plateau state's capital that the incident occurred at about 6.45 p.m. Thursday evening when explosives planted in the park were detonated, Xinhua news agency reporte...

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233 foreign boats apprehended since 2011: Parrikar

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Around 233 foreign boats and 1,686 foreign crew were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard between 2011-15, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Friday. Instances of illegal fishing in Indian waters by foreign fishermen come to the notice of government from time to time. A total of 233 foreign boats and 1686 foreign crew were apprehended by the Indian Coast Gua...

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Imran Khan hails Kangana Ranaut

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Actor Imran Khan is having a positive experience filming Katti Batti, thanks to his wonderful co-star Kangana Ranaut and great director Nikhil Advani. I am having so much fun on this film ('Katti Batti') because I am working with Kangana (Ranaut) for the first time and she is just so wonderful to work with, Imran said here Thursday at Filmfare Glamour & Style Aw...

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Srinivasan apologises to Supreme Court

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Sidelined president N. Srinivasan Friday tendered an unconditional apology for presiding over the Feb 8 Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee meeting in breach of a court order. Srinivasan told the court that it was due to a bonafide misunderstanding of the court's order that we went ahead to chair the meet. I am offering an unqua...

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Russia pushes for setting up BRICS parliamentary forum

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Pushed increasingly into a corner by western sanctions over Ukraine, Russia Friday stressed on the relevance of the Russia-India-China troika in ensuring international and regional stability and security and setting up a BRICS inter-parliamentary forum. Sergey Naryshkin, speaker of the Russian parliament, said the Russia-India-China (RIC) grouping reinstates once...

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No foreigner in war crimes probe: Sri Lanka

Colombo, Feb 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka Friday said it won't invite foreign experts in its probe into allegations of war crimes and maintained that the inquiry will take place within the country's legal system. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera told Xinhua that preliminary discussions into the conduct of the domestic inquiry had already begun and the government would finalize a structure soo...

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China's maritime advances worry US, Beijing rejects charges

Washington/Beijing, Feb 27 (IANS) The US has expressed concern at China's progress in maritime zones it shares with its neighbours but Beijing has said its activities in its own territory were legitimate and justified. Media reports quoted the US intelligence chief James Clapper as saying Thursday that China was expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stations for ships ...

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Can't implement Swaminathan report: Haryana minister

Gurgaon, Feb 27 (IANS) Haryana Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar Friday said he was not in a position to implement the National Commission on Farmers (NCF) report submitted by the noted agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan. Dhankar, is also national president of BJP's Kisan Morcha (the farmers wing of Bharatiya Janata Party). said that he cannot help implementation of Swaminathan repor...

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Bangladesh blogger murdered by professional killers: Doctor

Dhaka, Feb 27 (IANS) Those who killed US-based blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka were professionals and dealt three blows with sharp weapons very expertly and brutally on the right side of the head of the victim who died from profuse bleeding, said the doctor who did the postmortem on the body Friday. Sohel Mahmud, assistant professor in Dhaka Medical College's forensic department, said there ...

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Iraqi minorities face eradication by IS: Report

Baghdad, Feb 27 (IANS) Minority communities in Iraq have been targeted by Islamic State (IS) terrorists with the aim of wiping them off large parts of the country, a report by a group of human rights organisations said Friday. The research for the report shows very clearly that IS has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide against religious and ethnic mi...

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TRAI proposes to slash mobile roaming rates sharply

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) India's telecom regulator Friday proposed to chop roaming call and SMS rates drastically, by around 35 percent and 80 percent respectively. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Friday released a draft amendment to the Telecommunication Tariff Order, 1999 for comments of the stakeholders. Through the amendment order, the TRAI aims to reduce the ceilin...

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'Mumbai Saga' shooting to commence after 'Jazbaa'

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) The shooting of the upcoming multi-starrer Mumbai Saga will start immediately after director Sanjay Gupta wraps up the filming of Aishwarya Rai-Irrfan Khan starrer action film Jazbaa. Immediately after we wrap JAZBAA we will start MUMBAI SAGA, Gupta posted on Twitter Friday. Mumbai Saga stars actors Vivek Oberoi, Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee and John Abraham...

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Lippi eyes coaching country instead of club

Guangzhou, Feb 27 (IANS) Marcello Lippi is eyeing a chance to coach a national football team instead of any club after the early end of his contract with Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande here. Guangzhou will be my last stop as club team coach. I am going back home for a break. I'm a little tired. But I am still enjoying the job. If I have the chance to coach a na...

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Sensex zooms 474 points up, capital goods stocks rise

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) A day ahead of the union budget, a benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) closed Friday's trade up 474 points or 1.65 percent. Bullish sentiments prevailed as the day's biggest trigger - the Economic Survey - was tabled in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The survey projected India's economic growth ...

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'Finance Commission's record share to states boosts federalism'

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Within days of the government accepting the 14th Finance Commission's recommendations for a 10 percent hike in the states' share of the divisible pool of central taxes despite negative implications for the fiscal deficit, its Economic Survey 2014-15 released Friday said the 14th FC will enhance fiscal federalism. According to Survey, all states stand to gain...

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Culture ministry accepts Mani Shankar Aiyar's resignation

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The union culture ministry Friday said that they have accepted resignation of Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar as chairman, coordination committee of the zonal cultural centres (CCZCC) as well as scrapping the panel. A ministry statement said that the government had Feb 23 accepted the resignation of Aiyar dated May 17, 2014. The order stated that the g...

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My government's religion is 'India first': Modi

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said his government, which followed the religion of India first, was working keeping in mind the thought of development of all with particular emphasis on the northeastern part of the country. Replying to the discussion in the Lok Sabha on the motion of thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee's address, he also said his government...

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