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Sensex closes flat; oil and gas stocks plunge

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), closed Friday's trade flat. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also closed the day's trade flat. It was down 0.75 points or 0.01 percent at 8,341.40 points. The S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex, which opened at 27,649.78 points, clo...

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Ruckus in Kashmir assembly, NC legislator injured

Jammu, March 27 (IANS) Pandemonium marred the proceedings of Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly on Friday as opposition National Conference (NC) members gathered near the speaker's podium amid slogan shouting and noise. As the house convened on Friday morning, NC members started shouting slogans against the Mufti Muhmmad Sayeed government as they displayed copies of a local newspaper...

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Land ordinance unacceptable: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday accused the government of favouring industrialists in the land acquisition ordinance, which she said was an unabashed display of half truths. Regrettable that anyone championing the voice of the distressed farmer and needy farm labourer is being branded 'anti-national' by a myopic (Narendra) Modi government bending back...

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Leaders Mohun Bagan seek I-League dominance in Kolkata derby

Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) Table toppers Mohun Bagan would be keen to extend their dominance in the I-League football competition when they meet traditional rivals East Bengal in the return leg of the Kolkata derby at the Salt Lake stadium on Saturday. The last time when the two teams met in February, they played out a 1-1 draw in front of a sparsely filled stadium, very uncharacteristic o...

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'India far behind from meeting organs demand'

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) India has not been able to meet organs demand for patients despite having good medical infrastructure, programmes, and legal framework, Health Secretary B.P. Sharma said on Friday. Inaugurating a day-long conference for sensitising officials of the state government and other stakeholders on National Organ Transplant Programme (NOTP), Sharma said there was a hug...

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Cumberbatch's wife shares first image of wedding gown

Los Angeles, March 27 (IANS) Actor Benedict Cumberbatch's wife Sophie Hunter has finally shared the first look of her wedding gown. The mother-to-be can be seen donning the stunning gown in an ethereal silver hue, which was custom-made by the luxury brand Valentino for her big day, reports aceshowbiz.com The famous brand also shared an image of Hunter in her wedding dress on its ...

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Gakhov, Prashanth in tennis final

Chennai, March 27 (IANS) Russian Ivan Gakhov and N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth lined up for the singles title as they came through their semi-final matches with hard-fought wins in the MCC-SR Subramaniam Memorial International Tennis Federation (ITF) men's Futures tennis tournament, here Friday. Fifth seeded Gakhov overcame Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, while Prashanth knocked out...

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Vettori's performance key in determining WC final fate: Dhoni

Sydney, March 27 (IANS) Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has identified New Zealand's veteran spinner Daniel Vettori as the key man on whose performance the outcome of the cricket World Cup final against Australia will depend. Dhoni on Thursday said it may be the team with a specialist spinner who will win the World Cup. Tournament co-hosts Australia take on New Zealand in a trans-Tas...

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'Bhushan, Yadav tried to sabotage AAP'

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday accused Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav of trying to sabotage the party before the Delhi assembly elections. They made efforts so that party loses... they told workers that let the party lose, it will be easy to remove Arvind, AAP member Ashish Khetan said on Friday. When party was fighting an existential war, two...

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Bhushan, Yadav flay Kejriwal, say they want to save AAP

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Saying they were trying to save the AAP, dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Friday accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of suppressing democracy within the party that now rules Delhi. The duo also said they were willing to give up all posts in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) if their five demands -- including transparency within and autonomy t...

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Nitish lends support to Delhi's call for 'full statehood'

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Minutes after meeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Friday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar extended support to Delhi's call for full statehood. My best wishes are with Delhi and it should have full statehood. We support the demand, he told reporters after the luncheon meeting with Kejriwal at the Delhi secretariat. Scotching speculatio...

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Role of genes greater in people living longer

New York, March 27 (IANS) Genes appear to play a stronger role in people living up to extreme old age, according to a new study of siblings. The study, published online in the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, found that for people who live up to 90 years of age, the chance of their siblings also reaching age 90 is about 1.7 times greater than for the average person born aroun...

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New Indian envoys for South Korea, Oman named

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) In a string of ambassadorial appointments, the government has named new envoys for South Korea, the Netherlands, Peru and Oman. Vikram Doraiswami, an Indian Foreign Service officer of 1992 batch, and at present ambassador to Uzbekistan, has been appointed the next envoy to Seoul. Sandeep Chakravorty, an IFS officer of 1996 batch and currently deputy hi...

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Popstar Remo wants to defy kissing ban in Goa village

Panaji, March 27 (IANS) Goan popstar and Padma Shri awardee Remo Fernandes wanted right-thinking couples to kiss publicly on a pre-determined day in the Goa village which has banned kissing in public. In a Facebook comment on Friday Remo said: I think every right-thinking couple in the village should come out to the village square on a given day and protest by doing an en masse kissing i...

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Roseroot herb may treat depression

New York, March 27 (IANS) Roseroot may provide a herbal treatment option with minimal side effects for depression-related disorders, a new research has found. The findings published in the journal Phytomedicine suggest that those who cannot tolerate anti-depressants due to side effects can soon have an alternative in roseroot or Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea). These results are a bit ...

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Pakistan PM advises delaying convict's execution

Islamabad, March 27 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has advised President Mamnoon Hussain to postpone the execution of murder convict Saulat Mirza by a further 30 days, sources told Geo News on Friday. Death warrants were issued last week for the execution of the triple-murder convict Mirza to be carried out at 5.30 a.m. on April 1 at the Machh jail in Balochistan province.

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Two astronauts set for longest NASA human mission to space

Washington, March 27 (IANS) Two astronauts were on Friday ready for a 12-month stay at the International Space Station (ISS) in a longest human expedition to space so far and testing the limits of human research, space exploration and the human spirit. NASA's Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will be part of research to help the US space agency and the international par...

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India declares national mourning for Lee on March 29

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) India has declared national mourning on March 29 as a mark of respect to former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday. The national flag will fly at half-mast throughout the country on March 29, an official statement said here on Friday. There will be no official entertainment on the day, it added. Lee's funeral is slated for that day in Si...

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Rimi Dhar debuts as music director for 'Gun Pe Done'

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Filmmaker Abhik Bhanu has roped in debutante music director Rimi Dhar for his film Gun Pe Done, and he says he knows he has taken a risk. The film's music is very peppy, edgy and soulful, just like the movie and upcoming music director Rimi Dhar. It's her debut. I know I'm taking a chance here, but trust me, she will surprise everyone, Bhanu told IANS. Dha...

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Capital to host The Grub Festival April 3-5

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) All foodies in the capital, get ready for a unique gastronomic experience with the first edition of the food carnival 'The Grub Fest', to be held April 3-5 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium lawns here. The three-day fest will bring together a mix of the city's restaurants and cafes to cook up a culinary treat for food lovers. The Grub Fest is an expressiv...

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