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Modi greets nation on Akshaya Tritiya

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya My best wishes to everyone on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. I wish it brings success and prosperity in everyone's life, Modi said in a statement. ...

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Hot Tuesday in Delhi

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) It was a warm Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 25.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. The Met office has forecast a hot day ahead. Tuesday will be hot and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 39 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department (I...

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Explosion outside Spanish embassy in Libya

Tripoli, April 21 (IANS/EFE) A bomb exploded on Tuesday next to the Spanish Embassy in the Libya's capital city of Tripoli. However, there were no reports of casualties but there was material damage, security officials told EFE. According to the officials, the bomb exploded beside a wall surrounding the diplomatic mission, which was vacant -- with only local security guards in th...

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Three killed as severe storms hit Australia

Sydney, April 21 (IANS) At least three people were killed and over 200,000 homes have been left without power in Sydney and across the New South Wales (NSW) after severe storms hit the Australian state on Tuesday. Heavy rain and wind gusts of more than 130 km per hour have brought down trees, power lines and have caused major transport disruptions, ABC reported. According to repo...

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Australian farmer discovers ancient sea monster fossil

Brisbane, April 21 (IANS) An Australian farmer has found the remains of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur on his property in Queensland state, a media report said on Tuesday. Robert Hacon discovered the 1.6 metre fossilised jaw of a 'Kronosaurus Queenslandicus', an 11-metre long predator that dominated Australia's great inland sea between 110 and 115 million years ago, The Brisbane Times ...

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Former Odisha chief minister J.B. Patnaik dead

Bhubaneswar, April 21 (IANS) Three-time Odisha chief minister and former Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, said family sources. Patnaik, 89, passed away at a private hospital at 3 a.m. Patnaik had arrived at Tirupati on Monday to attend the convocation of Tirupati Rashtriya Sanskruta University as the chief guest. Patna...

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Boston Marathon bombing survivor finishes race

New York, April 21 (IANS) Rebekah Gregory finished the Boston Marathon, two years after she lost a leg in the deadly attacks of bombing, a media report said on Tuesday. Returning to the race that caused her to become an amputee, Boston Marathon bombing victim Gregory, 27, crossed the finish line on Monday, holding the hands of her trainer, Xinhua reported. After running 26.2 mile...

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US Sikhs honour attorney general Eric Holder

Washington, April 21 (IANS) The Sikh community here has honoured the US Attorney General Eric Holder with a siropa, a ceremonial robe of honour, and a Sewa Service Award for services to their community. Guru Gobind Singh Foundation (GGSF) of Rockville, Maryland and National Sikh Centre (NSC) of Washington, DC presented the award to Holder at a ceremony at the Justice Department Monday. A...

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Government to launch two insurance schemes

Chennai, April 21 (IANS) The central government is expected to launch in May or June the two insurance schemes announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, said a senior official in Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). He said IRDAI will soon come out with regulations governing the commission payable by the insurers and their management expenses. The tw...

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World Bank programme to focus on air quality in India

Washington, April 21 (IANS) A new World Bank administered programme, with an initial total allocation of around $45 million, will focus on air quality management in five major urban areas in India, China, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa. As such, the Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) programmeit could contribute to improved environmental health conditions for an estima...

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Lou Williams wins NBA Sixth Man Award

Toronto, April 21 (IANS) Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams was announced as the winner of the 2014-15 season NBA Sixth Man Award for being the league's best player in a reserve role. The 28-year-old, who won the award on Monday, averaged a career-high 15.5 points to help Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games. He becomes the first player in franchise history to capture the award, repor...

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Two youths die of suspected drug overdose in Goa

Panaji, April 21 (IANS) The death of two youths, allegedly of drug overdose, after birthday celebrations at a Goa village has generated a controversy here. The youths died at Maina-Curtorim, a village located 40 km from Panaji on Monday, known for its narcotics-related activities. Parag Raikar, 26, and Rodson Monteiro, 21, were among the 40-odd invitees at a birthday party organ...

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Bruce Jenner doesn't want to 'hurt' his children

Los Angeles, April 21 (IANS) Former athlete and TV personality Bruce Jenner says his only concern is his children and he is desperate not to hurt them as he undergoes gender reassignment surgery to become a woman. The 65-year-old, who has children Burt, 36, Casey, 34, Brandon, 33, Brody, 31, Kendall, 19 and Kylie, 17 and stepchildren, Rob, 28, Khloe, 30, Kourtney 36 and 34-year-old Kim, ...

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UNSC calls for 'unhindered humanitarian access' to Palestinian camp

United Nations, April 21 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near the Syrian capital of Damascus and stressed on the protection of civilians there. The members of the security council called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Yarmouk camp and for the protection of civilians inside the camp, acc...

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Black man dies in police custody in US

Washington, April 21 (IANS/EFE) A 33-year-old black man died in police custody in the US city of San Antonio over the weekend after police used a taser on him twice while trying to arrest him, authorities said. San Antonio Police spokesman Javier Salazar told the San Antonio Express News that the incident occurred when two officers responded to a family disturbance call at a local home.<...

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Six arrested in US for seeking to join IS in Syria

Washington, April 21 (IANS) Six people have been arrested over the weekend in the US states of Minnesota and California for trying to visit Syria and join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, according to the US justice department. The arrested people were part of a group of friends aged between 18 and 24 years, living in the city of Minneapolis, Spanish news agency Efe reported on Mo...

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Kendra Wilkinson to become singer?

Los Angeles, April 21 (IANS) Reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson reportedly wants to work her way to make a career as a singer. According to a source, the 29-year-old is hoping to sign a major record deal and has already been playing around in a recording studio, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She's always loved being on stage, so when an opportunity opened up for her to lay down some r...

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US beefs up naval presence off Yemen

Washington, April 21 (IANS) The US has bolstered its naval presence in the waters off the war-torn Yemen by sending an aircraft carrier and a guided missile cruiser following the spectre of Iran sending weapons to the Shia Houthi rebels to fight the Yemen government. The US Navy confirmed in a communique that the US had decided to strengthen its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabi...

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China's Silk Road Fund to invest in Pakistan hydro project

Beijing, April 21 (IANS) China's Silk Road Fund, the China Three Gorges Corporation and the Private Power and Infrastructure Board of Pakistan signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday for jointly developing hydropower in Pakistan, a Chinese official said. The investment into the $1.65-billion Karot hydropower project in Pakistan would mark the first investment from the $40-b...

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US journalist faces espionage charge in Iran

Washington, April 21 (IANS) Iranian authorities have charged US journalist Jason Rezaian with four serous crimes, including espionage, according to media reports on Monday. Rezaian, the Tehran bureau chief of the US daily The Washington Post, was arrested nine months ago, and faced charges of collaborating with hostile governments, propaganda against the establishment, gathering informat...

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