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Kiev says situation in eastern Ukraine 'stabilising'

Kiev, March 27 (IANS) Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said here on Friday that tensions between government troops and independence-seeking insurgents in eastern Ukraine have eased. The situation is gradually stabilising. In the past day we recorded no use of artillery or armoured vehicles, Xinhua news agency quoted Lysenko as telling the press. There had been provocat...

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Saudi paper details six-stage crackdown in Yemen

Riyadh, March 27 (IANS) The military operation led by Saudi Arabia against the Shia Houthi movement in Yemen will be conducted over six stages, involving a total of 185 military aircraft, most of which are Saudi, Efe news agency reported citing a Saudi newspaper. Al-Riyadh daily reported on Friday that the first phase was implemented before the start of the military campaign, which was a...

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Haryana to probe Gurgaon ex-chief engineer's assets

Gurgaon, March 27 (IANS) Haryana's vigilance department has ordered a probe into former chief engineer of Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) B.S. Singroha's assets and against alleged irregularities during his tenure, an official said here on Friday. The probe was launched on the directive of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The director general of the vigilance has ordere...

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US confirms human rights meeting with Cuba

Washington, March 27 (IANS) The US confirmed on Friday that there will be a preliminary meeting on human rights with Cuba next Tuesday (March 31) here, which will serve to discuss the methodology and structure of future conversations on the subject. The US delegation will be led by Tom Malinowski, the undersecretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour, a State Department spok...

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Indian held in forced labour in Australia to get $145,000

Sydney, March 27 (IANS) An Australian court on Friday ordered a restaurant owner to pay A$186,000 ($144,387) in unpaid wages to a man who was trafficked from India and held in forced labour for 16 months, a leading Australian law firm involved in the case said in a statement. The Federal Circuit Court of Australia heard that Divye Kumar Trivedi trafficked Dulo Ram from India to work at T...

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Iran urges talks on Yemen

Tehran, March 27 (IANS) Iran on Friday called for cooperation and dialogue among regional countries and various Yemeni factions to bring peace to the south Arabian country. Iran was fully ready to cooperate with other countries in the Middle East to facilitate dialogue among regional stakeholders and conflicting Yemeni sections to restore peace in the country, said Foreign Minister Moham...

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US economy grew at 2.2 percent in fourth quarter

Washington, March 27 (IANS) US gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annual pace of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, the Commerce Department said on Friday in its third and final estimate of the economy's performance during the final three months of 2014, Efe news agency reported. The final figure is unchanged from the second estimate, which saw a downward revision from ...

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Delhi launches India's first 'e-ration card' facility

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched the country's first e-ration card facility in the national capital. He said the e-ration card will bring immense convenience to the people of Delhi as it will cut down the delays in preparation and delivery of ration cards to the beneficiaries. Now the beneficiaries can print the ration card as s...

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Nuclear energy vital for India's economic development: Modi

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he considered nuclear energy vital for supporting economic development in India. During a meeting with visiting International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano, Modi said he considered nuclear energy to be vital for also meeting the energy needs of the people and addressing the challenge of climate ch...

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Germanwings co-pilot's actions were 'horrific': French PM

Paris, March 27 (IANS) French Prime Minister Manuel Valls confirmed on Friday that the preliminary investigations into the Germanwings plane crash indicate that crazy, imcomprehensible doings of the co-pilot caused rhe tragedy, Efe news agency reported. In an interview with French channel i-Tele, Valls said it was necessary to wait until the end of the investigation, but that the prosecu...

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I-League: Bagan have an edge over us, says East Bengal coach

Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) East Bengal's Dutch coach Eelco Schattorie believes going into the high-voltage Kolkata derby, their arch-rivals Mohun Bagan have an advantage as they are high on confidence after their unbeaten streak so-far. They (Mohun Bagan) have been unbeaten so far in the league, so they are high on confidence. Going into tomorrow's encounter, I believe they will have an ad...

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'Probe para-athletes mistreatment at Ghaziabad national meet'

Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) The Civilian Welfare Foundation (CWF), a body working for the rights of disabled people and para-athletes, on Friday pleaded to the West Bengal government and the country's sports bodies to probe the harsh treatment meted out to paralympic athletes at the three-day national meet in Uttar Pradesh. The March 20-22 event organised by the Paralympic Committee of Indi...

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ISRO gets Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014 has been awarded to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), it was announced on Friday. The Indian space agency successfully launched Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), making India the first Asian country to enter the Martian sphere of influence - and at a very cost effective price of Rs. 450 crore($70 million). It ...

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Bahrain king says military move only option to rescue Yemenis

Cairo, March 27 (IANS) The Bahraini king said in a statement on Friday that military intervention has become the only way to rescue the Yemeni people. The king made the remarks as he arrived in Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh resort city to attend an Arab summit, Xinhua news agency reported. We decided to take part in the Decisive Storm Operation with the coalition to defend the legitima...

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Five killed in Somalia car blast

Mogadishu, March 27 (IANS) At least five people were killed and scores injured in a suicide car explosion in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday, police said. A police officer who requested anonymity said the car exploded at the gate of Maka Al Mukarama Hotel, killing five people and injuring many others, Xinhua news agency reported. The hotel has been a target of similar attacks in th...

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Winning Cup will be New Zealand's finest moment in sport: Hadlee

Melbourne, March 27 (IANS) Former New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee on Friday said that the Black Caps winning on Sunday against Australia would be the country's finest moment in sport. Co-hosts New Zealand entered the final of the World for the first time with a victory over South Africa in the semi-finals on Tuesday. They now face four-time world champion Australia in the fina...

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Body of second pilot of crashed Navy plane found

Panaji, March 27 (IANS) The body of Lt Abhinav Nagori, the co-pilot of the Indian Navy's Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft that crashed into the Arabian Sea near Goa, was recovered on Friday, bringing to end the nearly three-day long search and rescue operations. Nagori's body was recovered from the fuselage of the aircraft on Friday, hours after the body of Lt Kiran Shekhawat, ...

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New tape shows Kejriwal slamming Bhushan, Yadav

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) A new tape surfaced on Friday in which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal purportedly slams senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan and threatens to walk out of the party to form a new outfit. The tape which found its way to TV channels, and whose authenticity could not be confirmed, has a voice seemingly of Kejriwal accusing Bhushan and Yadav of p...

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Salman denies he was driving or drunk during 2002 accident

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday told a Mumbai court, conducting his retrial in the 2002 hit-and-run case, that he was neither driving the vehicle at the time of the accident nor was he drunk. The accident killed one and injured four other pavement dwellers. The evidence against me is false, Salman Khan, 49, testified before Additonal Sessions Judge D.W. Desh...

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Jaitley urges more cheque, plastic money use to check black money

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday called for more widespread use of cheques and plastic currency to tackle the scourge of black money. As the economy grows, there is a roadmap, and the roadmap is more and more people start discarding the use of currency and switch over to either cheques or plastic currency, he said at the foundation day celebrations of t...

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