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Libya's Islamist-backed parliament dismisses prime minister

Tripoli, April 1 (IANS) Libya's Islamist-backed parliament dismissed Prime Minister Omar al-Hasi on Tuesday, media reported citing a parliamentary source. The Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) made the decision after a vote and assigned Khalifa al-Gauil the role of conducting government businesses until a new prime minister was chosen, the GNC announced, according to a Xinhua...

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Beyonce, Rihanna capture fun moment at Jay-Z Tidal launch

Los Angeles, April 1 (IANS) Beyonce Knowles, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Madonna and Alicia Keys had their fun moment during the launch of rapper Jay-Z's new music streaming service Tidal. The singers took some funny photographs together. In three photographs shared by Minaj , she was seen posing alongside Knowles and Keys with funny faces while cuddling up together, reports aceshowbiz.com.

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Outgoing Nigerian president Jonathan concedes defeat

Lagos, April 1 (IANS/EFE) Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday conceded defeat in the presidential election after the opposition took a decisive lead, and called up his rival Muhamadu Buhari to congratulate him on the victory. Spokesman for Buhari's All Progressives Congress party (APC), Lai Mohammed, confirmed to Efe that Buhari received the call from Jonathan.

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Three assailants killed, hostage freed in Turkey

Istanbul, April 1 (IANS) Three assailants of a banned leftist group who had taken a Turkish prosecutor hostage were killed and the captive freed by the police on Tuesday, according to media reports. However, the hostage, identified as prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, was reportedly injured, and was transferred to a hospital. The members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Part...

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Russia to extend Ukraine gas deal by three months

Moscow, April 1 (IANS/TASS) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday supported the proposal to extend the gas price discount for Ukraine by three months from April 1. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said after a meeting with Putin that the government deemed it necessary to grant the request from Ukraine and Russian gas giant Gazprom for extending the gas price discount. ...

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David Beckham shaved beard for wife Victoria

Los Angeles, April 1 (IANS) Former footballer David Beckham said that he shaved off his beard after wife Victoria Beckham told him she wouldn't be kissing him till the time he doesn't shave it off. The 39-year-old had been sporting the fancy facial hair, but decided to remove it due to the prospect of the kissing ban from his wife, reports femalefirst.co.uk. He said: I was in Mi...

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SEBI has one woman on its board

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) The Indian market regulator gearing to penalise listed companies not having a woman director on their boards has one woman in a similar position. Clarifying to earlier reports that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) does not have a woman member on its board, it said: secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ms Anjuli Chib Duggal is a member of the...

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Ancient Egyptian treasures to be showcased in Berlin

Cairo, March 31 (IANS/AKI) Some 300 ancient Egyptian archaeological and religious treasures will go on show on Wednesday in the German capital Berlin, Egypt's antiquities ministry said in a statement. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh El Damaty will attend the opening of the 'One God - Abraham's Legacy on the Nile' exhibition that aims to showcase the peaceful coexistence of the three world r...

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Navy assisting evacuation from Yemen, warships enroute

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The operation for evacuating Indians stranded in Yemen intensified on Tuesday, with the navy also despatching two warships to Djibouti to escort the passenger liners in view of the threats from the pirates, officials said. Giving details of the operation named Raahat, navy sources said two warships - destroyer INS Mumbai and stealth frigate INS Tarkash - which ...

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Land operations against Houthis not required: Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, March 31 (IANS) Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that the military operations on land against Houthis in Yemen were not required now, as the militia supplies have been cut off, a media report said. The spokesperson for the operation, Brigadier Ahmed Al Asiri, told the daily press conference that the forces have heavily pounded Houthis in Sadaa and foiled their attempts to progre...

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Finmeccanica boss appointed new ASD president

Brussels, March 31 (IANS) Finmeccanica CEO Mauro Moretti is the new president of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), the Italian industrial conglomerate said in a statement. Moretti, who has been CEO and general manager of Finmeccanica since last May, was appointed to lead the ASD at a meeting of its board of directors and general assembly held in Brussels o...

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British researchers call for control over e-cigarettes

London, March 31 (IANS) A large-scale survey of e-cigarette use among high school students in England has revealed one in five have accessed them, according to findings published on Tuesday in the journal BMC Public Health. More alarmingly, say academics, a large number of the 14-17 year-olds quizzed revealed e-cigarette was their first introduction to tobacco. More than 16,000 s...

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Iran receives $490 mn of frozen assets

Tehran, March 31 (IANS) The Central Bank of Iran announced Tuesday that it has received $490 mn of its frozen assets based on an interim deal Tehran signed with the world powers over its nuclear programme last November, a media report said. The central bank received the latest instalment of its frozen overseas assets in its accounts in Oman. It was the fifth instalment of a total of $4.9...

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250 industries identified for skill development mission: Parsekar

Panaji, March 31 (IANS) The Goa government has identified over 250 industries which will further Prime Minister Narendra Modi's skill development dream as far as the state is concerned, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Tuesday. The government has already identified 250 industries which are in need of skilled manpower and has also identified (industrial) plots in different parts of ...

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Rape of foreign nationals brings bad name to India: Court

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Incidents of raping foreign nationals has brought a very bad name to India , a court here has said while sentencing two men to 30 years imprisonment for kidnapping raping a Ugandan woman. By choosing a foreign national as their target, they have shown that they do not care even for the respect and dignity of our country, said Additional Sessions Judge Virender ...

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Mobile operators contest DoT's tariff math post-auction

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Mobile operators and telecom equipment makers on Tuesday contested the Department of Telecom's (DoT) calculation on the impact of the recent spectrum (airwaves) auction on tariff. We will be happy to understand the government's calculation on the impact of the spectrum auction and the increased financial burden on the industry if tariffs are not increased in pr...

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Officials summoned over encroachments in Shimla

Shimla, March 31 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the principal secretary for urban development and the Shimla municipal commissioner to appear before it on May 12 regarding encroachments in the state capital. A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the order on a petition taken up suo motu as a public interest...

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Three killed in militant attack in Manipur

Imphal, March 31 (IANS) At least three people were killed and two others injured in a militant attack on a village in Manipur on Tuesday, police said. Heavily armed guerrillas attacked the people, killing three on the spot, in Ukhrul district bordering Myanmar. Two others were injured in the attack, a police official said. The militants attacked the village when paramilitary forc...

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Learning Kannada to be mandatory in Karnataka schools

Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) Learning Kannada language will be mandatory in schools across Karnataka from the ensuing academic year if bills adopted in the legislative assembly on Tuesday get the president's assent by May. State Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar moved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education bill and the Kannada Language Learning bill ...

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India to sign international agreement on dry ports

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The union cabinet on Tuesday gave the nod to the signing and ratifying of an inter-governmental agreement on dry ports that will facilitate and expand international goods transport. The decision was taken by the union cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The approval was given for signing and ratifying of the inter-governmenta...

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