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Myanmar launches naval operation to save stranded migrants

Bangkok, May 22 (IANS/EFE) The Myanmar authorities have launched the first naval operation to save an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 migrants stranded in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, media reported on Friday. The information ministry confirmed in a press release that the navy rescued 208 Bangladeshis off the western Myanmarese coast of Rakhine on Thursday night and Friday morning, as...

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Zimbabwe's ruling party fires senior officials

Harare, May 22 (IANS) Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has sacked seven more senior officials, including two former cabinet ministers, and suspended several others for being aligned to former vice-president Joice Mujuru's faction that stands accused of planning to remove President Robert Mugabe from power. Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo made the announcement after the party's polit...

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Modi government has betrayed farmers: Rajiv Shukla

Chandigarh, May 22 (IANS) Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Shukla on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of betraying the farmers. Dubbing the amendments to the land acquisition legislation as the 'Life Acquisition Act', he said the one-year rule of the Modi government could appropriately be described as Kisan Virodhi, Narendra Modi (anti-farmer, Narendra Modi). <...

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CSK put RCB in to bat

Ranchi, May 22 (IANS) Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won ths toss and opted to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday. Chennai Super Kings: Dwayne Smith, Michael Hussey, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra J...

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Modi's one year: Maharashtra Raj Bhavan staff to get flats

Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) The first anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi assuming office on next Tuesday will be memorable for 63 Raj Bhavan employees and their families. On that day, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will give them keys to their swanky flats in a 14-storeyed high-rise on the Arabian Sea shore near Raj Bhavan premises, an official said here on Friday. Fadnavis ...

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Delhi cop and home guard attacked

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) A Delhi Police head constable and a home guard were badly beaten up by a group of unidentified car-borne assailants here in the capital, police said on Friday. The incident was reported from east Delhi's Pandav Nagar on Thursday night. At the time of the incident both the victims were deputed to a police picket, said a police official. According t...

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Five Indian women enter finals in World Junior Boxing

Taipei, May 22 (IANS) Indian boxers Soniya, Savita, Mandeep Sandhu, Sakshi and Gonella Niharika advanced to the finals of the AIBA Women's Junior World Boxing Championships here on Friday. In the 48 kg category, Soniya defeated Thailand's Phunsang Chiranchaya 2-1, while Savita crushed Turkey's Cumentor Ayten 3-0 in the 50 kg event. In the 52 kg category, Mandeep overcame French W...

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SC notice to Himachal on NGT cap on Manali-Rohtang tourist vehicles

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The supreme Court Friday issued notice to Himachal government on the plea by the tourist taxi operators operating between Manali and Rohtang challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order restricting their operation to just 1,000 taxis per day coupled with an environmental compensation charge. The vacation bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Uday Umesh L...

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Himachal High Court suspends summons to Dhumal

Shimla, May 22 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday suspended a Shimla court order summoning BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal in a case of alleged misuse of position when he was the chief minister in 2007. Justice Rajiv Sharma passed the order on a petition filed by Dhumal. The court directed the state government to file its reply within two weeks. Besides Dhumal, the spe...

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Manmohan Singh allocated coal block to Jindal firms: Rao

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Former union minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao on Friday told a court here that the decisions about allocating Jharkhand's Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to two firms were taken by then prime minister Manmohan Singh. Rao, an accused in the coal block allocation case, said it was Manmohan Singh who had decided to allocate Amarkonda Murgadangal coal b...

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Still an year for assembly polls, says Mamata

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Putting rest to speculations that the West Bengal Assembly polls - due next year- may be advanced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said there was still a year left for the polls. Presenting the budget speech for the home department in the assembly, she slammed the erstwhile Left Front government and stressed on the development initiated by the ruling Trina...

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Government performance, reforms can raise growth rate: CII

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Friday said the government's maiden year performance has exceeded its expectations and the recent reforms introduced by it have the potential to propel India's medium-term growth to 9-10 percent. CII believes that India's GDP (gross domestic product) can grow at 9-10 percent in the medium term with such a mu...

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Jayalalithaa to be sworn in as CM for fifth time on Saturday

Chennai, May 22 (IANS) AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa will be sworn-in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on Saturday, within less than a fortnight of the Karnataka High Court upholding her appeal and acquitting her in a corruption case. Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah's office, in a statement, said the governor has approved the recommendation made by chief minister-designa...

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New OSS policy to add strategic value to 'Digital India' drive: Expert

Thiruvananthapuram, May 22 (IANS) The central government's new policy which mandates the use of Open Source Software (OSS) for e-Governance applications will add strategic value to the Digital India drive, an expert said on Friday. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing director B. Ramani said: With this new policy recommendation, India joins several other developed and developing ...

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HT Media, North Base Media launch Mediahack.in

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) HT Media Ltd and North Base Media, an international investment firm, launched Mediahack.in, an innovative accelerator program aimed at fostering a new generation of digital media companies, an official statement said here on Friday. Mediahack.in will identify and support entrepreneurs who want to build leading-edge, original content and advertising-related techno...

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Alexander McQueen to feature on 20 pound notes?

London, May 22 (IANS) The late fashion designer Alexander McQueen might be immortalised on the new 20 pound notes in Britain. The Bank of England is asking the British public to nominate people of historic significance from the world of visual arts to be immortalised on the new 20 pound note, with the late fashion designer one of the favourites to be mentioned, reports femalefirst.co.uk....

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Hot Friday in Delhi, rainy Saturday likely

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) It was a hot, sunny Friday in the national capital as the maximum temperature settled four notches above the season's average at 43.6 degrees Celsius. However, rain and dust storms are likely to occur in the city Saturday, the Met Office said. According to the India Meteorological Department, Saturday morning will be sunny but the sky will turn cloudy towards the...

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Heat wave claims 74 more lives in Telangana, Andhra

Hyderabad, May 22 (IANS) Severe heat wave conditions claimed 74 more lives in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Friday, unofficial sources said. The blazing heat killed 39 people in Telangana while 35 are reported dead in neighboring Andhra Pradesh. Khammam, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Ramagundem sizzled at 47 degrees Celsius. Mahabubnagar and Adilabad recorded 45 degrees...

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Street vendors thrash two policemen in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, May 22 (IANS) Street vendors thrashed a police officer and a constable in Loni town here, authorities said. The local police station received information about a fight between two groups of street vendors late on Thursday night. When Sub Inspector Sukh Pal Singh and Constable Sanjiv Kumar reached the spot and tried to calm the rival groups, members of one group attack...

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Allow participation under national flag, India urges IPC

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The sports ministry on Friday urged the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to allow Indians to participate in competitions under their national flag. The ministry also urged the IPC that those who are not included under the Sport Data Management System (SDMS) may be permitted to participate in these competitions. The IPC and the Indian government ha...

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