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Pakistan captain Misbah praises pacers for win

Brisbane, March 1 (IANS) A relieved Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq credited his pacers for their 20-run victory over Zimbabwe in a World Cup Pool B ncounter at the Gabba here Sunday. With this win, the 1992 edition champions registered their first win in the tournament. Pakistan chose to bat and put on 235 runs on the scoreboard. But it was the bowlers who came out with bounce and swing ...

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Railways can contribute 2 percent to GDP: Suresh Prabhu

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) The railways can contribute up to two percent to the gross domestic product (GDP), Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Sunday adding that he has asked the railway board to identify key issues and focus areas towards this end. Speaking at an event here organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Prabhu, who presented the railway budget for 2015-16 on Th...

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Dalmiya all set to return as BCCI president

Chennai, March 1 (IANS) After a gap of over ten years, seasoned cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya seems set to make a comeback as full-time president of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) uncontested, being the sole nominee for the top post which will be formally filled at the board's AGM here on Monday. The former International Cricket Council (ICC) president, whose previous tenure as...

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Odisha to get more funds in Finance Commission: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar, March 1 (IANS) Refuting allegations that Odisha would lose revenue following the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Sunday that it would get about Rs.8,000 crore more funds per annum compared to the 13th commission allocations. Though the share of Odisha in tax devolution has decreased, the quantum of fund allo...

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Modi seeks ideas for PMO mobile app

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Urging young engineers to help move India to the status of an innovation hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he will invite ideas from the public for developing a mobile application for the Prime Minister's Office towards making it mobile-friendly. The faster you all make mobile apps, the faster you will capture the market. We need a revolution in ...

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'No decision yet on special status to Andhra'

Hyderabad, March 1 (IANS) The NDA central government has not yet taken a decision on granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh and the issue was under consideration, said union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. Naidu faced a volley of questions at a news conference here Sunday, a day after Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a partner in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National...

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IS killer Emwazi linked to 2005 London bombing plot

London, March 1 (IANS) Mohammed Emwazi, the masked Islamic State (IS) killer who has appeared in several execution videos, was part of a terrorist cell that was behind the failed bomb attack in London on July 21, 2005, according to media reports. One member of the terrorist network was in touch with Hussein Osman, who was later jailed for life for placing an explosive at London's Shepher...

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Achuthanandan cuts a lonely figure in CPI-M

Thiruvananthapuram, March 1 (IANS) Is the CPI-M boycotting veteran leader and former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan? Ever since Achuthanandan staged a 'boycott' of his party's state conference, none of his colleagues in the Communist Party of India-Marxist seem to be keen to get in touch with him. This was clearly evident when the 91-year-old spent half a day at the Ko...

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Tyre industry wants correction in duty structure

Chennai, March 1 (IANS) Welcoming the budget announcement of Rs.14,000 crore investment in the road sector, completing 100,000 km of roads and sanctioning construction of another 100,000 km, a leading tyre manufacturer also called for correction of the duty structure for the industry. In a statement issued here, Raghupati Singhania, chairman and managing director, JK Tyre and Industries...

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Jaishankar in Bhutan on SAARC yatra

Thimphu, March 1 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar met the Bhutanese leadership, including King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, on Sunday on the first stop of his SAARC yatra here as both sides discussed bilateral ties as well as connectivity projects of a sub-regional grouping. Jaishankar also met Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and the officiating foreign secretary of Bhutan...

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Warrant issued to search Khaleda's office

Dhaka, March 1 (IANS) A Dhaka court on Sunday issued a warrant to search the office of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia after police said there could be explosives and fugitives harboured there. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate S.M. Masud Zaman issued the search warrant. Police asked for the warrant after the bombing in Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan's procession ...

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Nitish Kumar to fast against land acquisition bill

Patna, March 1 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday announced a one-day fast -- and asked people across the state to join him -- in protest against the land acquisition amendment bill. Nitish Kumar asked people to put pressure on the Narendra Modi government to withdraw the relevant bill. He, however, did not announce the date of the fast. I appeal to the people to ...

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Jet fuel rates raised by 8 percent, non-subsidised LPG by Rs.5

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation's largest oil company, on Sunday increased Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) -- or jet fuel -- prices by a steep 8.2 percent and of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) by Rs.5 per cylinder consequent to recent upward movement of international crude oil rates which earlier plunged to near six-year lows. Jet fuel in Delhi was hiked by Rs.3...

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Militancy has damaged Kashmir: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, March 1 (IANS) Asking India and Pakistan to revisit the fundamentals of their Kashmir policies, a Pakistani newspaper said Sunday that militancy had caused huge damage to Jammu and Kashmir. The Dawn said in an editorial that Pakistan had to recognise that its core policy - right to self-determination for Kashmiris - had been distorted for too long and in too many ways. ...

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Suspended Trinamool MLA threatens defamation suit

Kolkata, March 1 (IANS) Suspended Trinamool Congress legislator Swapan Kanti Ghosh on Sunday threatened to file a defamation suit against party secretary general Partha Chatterjee who announced his suspension for anti-party activities. A legislator from Suri in Birbhum district, Ghosh was suspended on February 25 after he staged a demonstration at the assembly premises alleging that the ...

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Ranji: Tamil Nadu set up title clash against Karnataka

Kolkata, March 1 (IANS) Tamil Nadu entered the final of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament getting the better of Maharshtra via a first innings lead in the semifinals at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. Tamil Nadu piled on a gigantic score of 549 in the first innings. Last year's runners-up Maharashtra were bowled out for 454 in their reply, conceding a 95-run lead. The first innings le...

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16 fresh swine flu cases in Bengal

Kolkata, March 1 (IANS) As many as 16 fresh cases of swine flu were detected in West Bengal in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 131, an official said Sunday. There were no fresh deaths. The toll due to swine flu in Bengal rose to eight Saturday with the death of a two and-a-half-year-old at a city hospital. No deaths were reported since Saturday eve...

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Motorsports: Double for Karthik, Aryan

Chennai, March 1 (IANS) Karthik Tharani Singh achieved a fine double by winning both the races in the MRF Formula 1600 class in the second round of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship which concluded here on Sunday. Karthik was fastest in all the practice sessions before qualifying on pole position with a lap of 1:41.886 and became the only driver to dip into the 41s all weekend....

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Fuel price hike unacceptable: CPI-M

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) The increase in prices of petrol and diesel is unacceptable, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said Sunday, as it called for protests against the hike. It said in a statement that the prices were hiked by over Rs.3 a litre, hours after the union budget imposing greater burdens on the people was presented in parliament Saturday. This is the se...

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Include women in peace talks, Kabul told

New York, March 1 (IANS) Afghanistan's new government should commit to including women on the negotiating team for any future peace talks with the Taliban, Human Rights Watch said Sunday. On February 24, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said that peace talks would begin within weeks but declined to provide any additional details. These would be the first negotiations since the g...

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