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Sensex closes 499 points down; bank stocks plummet

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets closed Friday's trade down 499 points or 1.68 percent, as banking, automobile and consumer durables stocks declined. The markets plunged after scaling a new high of 29,844.16 points in the morning trade session. It surpassed the previous high of 29,786.32 points touched Jan 28. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex...

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20 killed in Shia mosque blast in Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 20 people were reportedly killed and 55 injured in an explosion inside a central imambargah -- mosque affiliated with Shia Muslims -- in Pakistan's Sindh province Friday. Over 55 people were injured in the blast that was heard several kilometres away. Children are also reportedly among the dead and injured, The News International reported citing Shaukat ...

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Modi, memories and Mumbai at India Art Fair

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Amid the maze of galleries representing modern and contemporary works, and art connoisseurs thronging the spacious venue of India Art Fair, a few artworks stand out for their theme, quirkiness and vision. The exhibition is being held at NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, here. Mumbai-based artist Viveek Sharma has paid an ode to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...

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Texas executes prisoner with alleged intellectual disability

Austin, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) The US state of Texas executed convicted killer Robert Ladd who was jailed for the murder of a woman in 1996 after the Supreme Court rejected the defence's last minute argument of intellectual disability. Ladd, a 57-year-old African-American, was declared dead Thursday after receiving a lethal injection at Huntsville prison, according to the Texas Department of ...

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Van Ass, Thornton to coach Indian hockey teams

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Former Dutch national coach Paul van Ass and Anthony Thornton of New Zealand were Friday named the new coaches of the Indian men's and women's hockey teams respectively. The names were finalised at a special selection committee meeting headed by secretary sports Ajit Sharan, Hockey India (HI) president Narinder Batra, High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, Ol...

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Eight bodies recovered from sunken Bangladeshi trawler

Dhaka, Jan 30 (IANS) At least eight bodies of passengers aboard a sunken Bangladeshi trawler were recovered Friday. The trawler, FB Idris carrying over a 100 people, had set off from Chittagong's Majhirhat Wednesday and capsized Thursday morning at Khudiyar Tek Point in the Kutubdia channel of the Bay of Bengal while allegedly carrying passengers illegally to Malaysia, bdnews24 reported....

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India to become a $4-5 trillion economy in 10-12 years: Sinha

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The government Friday said that the Indian economy has the potential to become a $4-5 trillion economy in the next 10-12 years. According to Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, the time was right to invest in India, as it is one of the best places to create wealth. It's great time to invest in India. We are going to take India's $2 trillion econom...

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Taliban claim responsibility for Kabul attack

Kabul, Jan 30 (IANS) The Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on Kabul's international airport that killed three American contractors at a military base attached to the airport. The attacker in the Thursday incident was a Taliban agent who had penetrated into the security forces and was waiting for such a target for a long time, a spokesperson for the group, Zabiullah...

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Australia eye first Asian Cup football title

Sydney, Jan 30 (IANS) Australia will be focusing on their performance when they take on South Korea in the final of the Asian Cup Saturday. Despite a tight encounter expected against South Korea who are yet to concede a goal so far in the tournament and had beaten the hosts 1-0 in the group stage, Australian top scorer Tim Cahill said the meeting with the South Koreans is just another ga...

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Dabur's net profit up by 16.4 percent in Q3

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Dabur India Ltd. (DIL) Friday said its consolidated net profit for the quarter ending December 31 rose by 16.4 percent to Rs.282.8 crore, up from Rs.242.9 crore for the same timeframe a year earlier. The EBITDA of the company grew by 17.8 percent. Revenue from consolidated net sales was registered at Rs.2,073.6 crore for the third quarter (Q3) of the curr...

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Compensation for pederasty in Australia to touch $3.4 bn

Sydney, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) The Australian commission investigating the response of the country's institutions to the sexual abuse of minors has estimated that the total cost of a national compensation scheme for victims of abuse could reach $3.4 billion. A commission paper released Friday is based on a survey conducted by a management consulting firm that assumes that there are 65,000 abu...

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'Khamoshiyan' - full of moronic mumbo-jumbo

Film: Khamoshiyan; Cast: Sapna Pabbi, Ali Fazal and Gurmeet Choudhary; Director: Karan Darra; Rating: ** The biggest puzzle in the public domain, besides the question, Why US President Obama chose to mouth Shah Rukh Khan's lines from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'? is, Why does a sensible intelligent man like Vikram Bhatt chose to write such stupid shiver givers? Khamoshiyan makes ...

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Windies series loss compounded by over-rate fine

Centurion, Jan 30 (IANS) The West Indies have been slapped with a fine by the International Cricket Council for maintaining a slow over-rate during their loss to South Africa in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI). Match referee Chris Broad Thursday found the Caribbean side two overs short of their target at the cut-off time for the innings at SuperSport Park Wednesday. While...

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King Salman is friend of India, says Indian diplomat

Riyadh, Jan 30 (IANS) India is looking forward to having stronger relations with Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman, who is a friend of India like King Abdullah, said Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with King Salman on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. During that meeting, the Saudi ruler expressed his d...

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15 killed in Shia mosque blast in Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 15 people were reportedly killed and 40 injured in an explosion inside a central imambargah -- mosque affiliated with Shia Muslims -- in Pakistan's Sindh province Friday. The imambargah is located in Lakhi Dar area of Shikarpur district and the explosion occurred just after Friday prayers, Dawn reported. A number of victims were trapped under the...

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Rare Asian black spotted turtles seized in Bengal

Kolkata, Jan 30 IANS) Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have seized 185 rare Asian black spotted turtles, worth Rs.1.11 crore in the international market, in Kalanchi in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district while they were being smuggled to Bangladesh. Following a specific intelligence input, BSF personnel from Kalanchi border outpost laid an ambush Thursday and challenged two pe...

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South African death squad commander gets parole

Johannesburg, Jan 30 (IANS) South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock was given parole Friday after 20 years in prison. He was nicknamed Prime Evil for his role in the killing and maiming of activists fighting White minority rule in the 1980s and early 1990s, BBC reported. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said De Kock would be released in the interests of n...

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Nirbhay Wadhwa bags lead role in '...Mahabali Hanuman'

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Actor Nirbhay Wadhwa has been roped in to play the lead role in an upcoming show Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman. He finds it a challenge. The actor is excited to be a part of the show which narrates the story of lord Hanuman's life, as it takes him back in time and adds a challenge while portraying the character. Essaying a role in mythological shows comes w...

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India's Ravi to officiate in World Cup opener

Dubai, Jan 30 (IANS) India's S. Ravi will officiate in the World Cup opener between hosts New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch Feb 14. While Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires, Ravi and Simon Fry will be the third and fourth umpires, respectively, with David Boon serving as the match referee, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Friday. ...

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Lana Del Ray in tears after fight with beau

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Singer Lana Del Ray was seen in tears following a fight with her boyfriend Francesco Carrozzini. Spotted at an airport here Monday, she was seen sobbing following an argument with Carrozzini. It was witnessed by other travellers. They were fighting at the Delta terminal at LAX Airport on Monday, a source told nydailynews.com. Her boyfriend, who ...

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