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Two held in Delhi with 900 live cartridges

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) A man and his woman associate have been arrested in the national capital for carrying 900 live cartridges, leading Delhi Police to bust an inter-state syndicate involved in barter trade of firearms and cartridges, officials said on Monday. Mohammed Rabbani, 35, and Chunni Beghum, 30, were arrested on February 23 from east Delhi's Anand Vihar inter-state bus term...

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Myanmar president meets Aung San Suu Kyi

Yangon, March 2 (IANS) Myanmar President U Thein Sein had a special meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday, a media report said. It was the first meeting between the president and the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in a year since March 9, 2014. The bilateral meeting focused on the issues of constitution amendment and upco...

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LIC ups its Reliance Industries holding to 9.084 percent

Chennai, March 2 (IANS) Insurance giant Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) on Monday said it has increased its holding in Reliance Industries by 2.097 percent to 9.084 percent. In its regulatory filing to the National Stock Exchange (NSE), LIC said it has acquired 2.097 percent stake in Reliance Industries. Prior to the acquisition, LIC was holding 6.987 percent stake in R...

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50 circuits identified for tourism development

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The government has identified 50 circuits for development of tourism and these destinations would give tourists a holistic perspective of the country, parliament was informed here on Monday. Port Blair-Neil Havelock-Little Andaman (Andaman and Nicobar), Kashmir circuit (Jammu and Kashmir), Desert circuit (Rajasthan), Nature tourism circuit (West Bengal), Braj-Ag...

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Core industries grew at 3.9 percent in January

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) India's eight core industries such as coal, electricity, crude oil, cement and steel, grew at 3.9 percent in January 2015 compared to a growth of 6.5 percent during the corresponding month of last year, official data showed Monday. The index of eight core industries with a combined weightage of 37.90 percent in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) stood at 1...

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No casualties in gas pipeline blaze in Telangana

Hyderabad/Mumbai, March 2 (IANS) A fire broke out in the Reliance Gas pipeline in Telangana's Medak district early on Monday due to gas leakage. But there were no casualties, police said. It took six hours to control the blaze. The leak in the main line valve led to the fire in the pipeline in Maddigunta near Sadashivpet town, about 100 km from Hyderabad. Reliance Gas Transportat...

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'Di Maria allowed to leave Real Madrid as he was ugly'

Madrid, March 2 (IANS) FC Barcelona's assistant director of football Carles Rexach on Monday said Argentine midfielder and Manchester United record signing Angel di Maria was allowed to leave Real Madrid last year as he was too ugly for their desired image. (Vicente) del Bosque (former Real Madrid coach) and Di Maria are too ugly for Real Madrid. They are different from Toni Kroos (Germa...

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Mukesh Ambani again tops 90 Indian billionaires, Bill Gates world's richest

Washington, March 2 (IANS) Mukesh Ambani again tops 90 Indian billionaires, 28 of them newcomers, on Forbes' annual ranking as Bill Gates emerged as the world's richest person for the 16th time in the last 21 years. With a current net worth of $79.2 billion, up from $76 billion in 2014, Gates for the second consecutive year beat out telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu (No. 2), whose net worth...

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Will work for cricket's improvement, says new BCCI vice president

Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram, March 2 (IANS) Newly elected vice president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), T.C. Mathew said on Monday he will use his position to work for the overall improvement of the sport in general and in Kerala. Even though I have been elected from the West Zone, I will always work for the overall improvement of cricket in Kerala and other places, ...

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No change in government employees' retirement age: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, March 2 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy clarified on Monday that his government has no plans to increase the retirement age of state government employees. The current retirement age is 56. Some media reports suggested earlier that when the budget for the next fiscal 2015-16 will be presented on March 13, the retirement age would be raised to 58 and...

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PM surprises many, has lunch in parliament canteen

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) In a rare move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lunch at the parliament canteen on Monday, surprising the staff and many people present there. Modi had some fruit salad and a vegetarian thali at a total cost of Rs.29. The prime minister went to the canteen at room no.70 of Parliament House around 1 p.m. when the canteen was bustling with activity. The c...

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Over 1,100 dead due to swine flu

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Swine flu has claimed more than 1,100 lives in India this year, while the number of cases reported across the country so far is 21,000, a health ministry official said on Monday. A total of 16 deaths were reported on Sunday, bringing the toll due to the disease to 1,115, the official said. While the number of deaths has climbed across the country, it has...

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'India will meet Rs.7 lakh crore income tax target this fiscal'

Kolkata, March 2 (IANS) India will meet its projected target of collecting Rs.7 lakh crore in income tax in the ongoing 2014-15 fiscal, an income tax official said here on Monday. I am sure we will meet this target of collecting Rs.7 lakh crore in income tax by the end of the fiscal, principal chief commissioner for West Bengal and Sikkim C.L. Denzongpa told IANS on the sidelines of a CI...

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UP orders assessment of damage to crops after rain, hailstorm

Lucknow, March 2 (IANS) Following large-scale damage to standing crops in many districts after Sunday's heavy rain and hailstorm, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday ordered an assessment of the damage and immediate disbursement of financial aid to affected farmers. An official spokesman of the state government said that officiating Chief Secretary VN Garg has been asked t...

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Two each from PDP, BJP and NC win Kashmir council polls

Jammu, March 2 (IANS) Two candidates each from the regional National Conference, the PDP and the BJP on Monday won the legislative council elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Voting was held in Jammu on Monday. According to a statement issued by the returning officer for the election, Sajad Ahmed Kitchloo and Qaiser Jameshed Lone from the National Conference, Surinder Choudhary and J...

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Libya's renegade general appointed army chief

Benghazi, March 2 (IANS) Libya's renegade general Khalifa Haftar has been appointed as head of the Libyan national army, a lawmaker at the internationally recognised parliament said on Monday. Parliament Speaker Aqila Issa promoted Haftar and named him as the supreme commander of the Armed Forces, Xinhua news agency reported citing lawmaker Tarik al-Geroushi. Libyan media reporte...

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No Hossain, Fernandes in India's 26 probables list for WC qualifier

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Veteran midfielder Mehtab Hossain and young striker Romeo Fernandes missed out on the the list of 26 probables who would attend the preparatory camp for India's impending home and away matches against Nepal in the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The squad would be reporting to the camp in Guwahati from March 4 onwards. The fi...

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Insurance Marketing Firm can sell retail general insurance policies

Chennai, March 2 (IANS) The Insurance Marketing Firm (IMF), a new insurance distribution channel, can sell only retail lines of general insurance products and existing agents cannot migrate to it without surrendering their licence, according to the regulations governing the IMF. Sectoral regulator Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) on Monday issued the notifi...

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Sayeed's remarks cause uproar; Congress attacks, BJP dissociates

New Delhi/Jammu, March 2 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's controversial remarks giving credit to militants and Pakistan for the smooth conduct of elections caused a political uproar on Monday. The Congress demanded a parliamentary resolution while the government and the BJP dissociated themselves from the comment. Sayeed and his party PDP, however, stood by the rema...

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Indian hockey eves start preparations for HWL Round 2

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Continuing their build up for the impending Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2, the Indian women's team started its practice on Monday and was seen sweating it out at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here. Placed in Pool A for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) league all set to begin from March 7, the Indian eves looked focussed and were seen fine-t...

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