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Tunisia museum attack suspect claims innocence

Milan, May 23 (IANS/AKI) The Moroccan man wanted by Tunisia over the March 18 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, Abdelmajid Touil, told an extradition hearing in Italy on Friday that he was innocent. I've been in Italy since I arrived in February, Touil told the judge at his first hearing in Milan's San Vittore prison. He was arrested earlier this week near Milan on a warrant issued b...

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IPL: CSK beat RCB by three wickets to reach final

Ranchi, May 22 (IANS) Chennai Super Kings (CSK) reached the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the sixth time as they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by three wickets in the qualifier 2 of the Twenty20 tournament at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday. Put in to bat, two-time runners-up RCB could only manage a modest total of 139/8 with left-handed ...

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Rajkumar Hirani produces his sister's play

Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who last directed the successful PK is now all set to produce his sister Anju Kishinchandani's play Growing Up based on puberty. Anju is quite excited to present her play in front of an audience. When I first heard Anju's concept of the storyline, I was immediately hooked. I connected with the thought and was very impressed with it...

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Congress not in favour of appealing against Jayalalithaa

Bengaluru, May 22 (IANS) Karnataka's ruling Congress on Friday advised its government not to appeal against the state high court verdict, acquitting AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa in a corruption case. The role of Karnataka is administrative and not judicial. Our state is not a party in any way of the proceeding trial before the special judge or in appeal, party state unit's legal and hu...

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Woman footballers Bembem, Bala and Ashalata Devi for Maldivian League

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Indian women footballers Oinam Bembem Devi, Ashalata Devi and Bala Devi are all set to play for New Radiant Club in the Maldivian League. The three will leave Indian shores on May 22 and will take part in the Maldivian League which runs from May 24 to June 6. I am on top of the world. This has been one of the best days in my life. I am excited to particip...

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Ideally would want to see a 16 team I-League: Constantine

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Indian football team head coach Stephen Constantine wants the I-League to be a 16-team tournament so that the game can spread along evenly along the country. I would ideally want to see a 16-team I-League. The second division I-League should be held across five regions with the top two teams qualifying for the first division, that way we can spread the game across ...

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Ceat's net profit up by 50 percent during Q4

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) RPG Group owned tyre maker Ceat on Friday said its net consolidated net profit during the fourth quarter of 2014-15 rose by over 50 percent at Rs.93.91 crore against Rs 62.42 crore during the same period in 2013-14. The company's net sales rose to Rs.1,466.04 crore, as against Rs.1,443.87 crore during the same quarter a year ago. During 2014-15, the company...

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US-Cuba talks end without deal, more talks to follow

Washington, May 22 (IANS) The US and Cuba concluded their two-day talks here on Friday without a deal on reopening embassies, but agreed to meet more in the coming weeks. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the chief US negotiator with Cuba, told reporters that the two countries were much closer toward their goals now, Xinhua news agency reported. Josefina Vidal, dir...

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Lupin to replace Tata Power in BSE Sensex from June 22

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Drug major Lupin will be replacing integrated power company, Tata Power Co Ltd in the S&P BSE Sensex from June 22. Asia Index Private Ltd. (AIPL) - a 50-50 partnership between S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) - in a statement, announced changes in major indices on the bourse's indices. According to the statement, in the ...

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Three-fourth of of private vehicles not insured: SC panel

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) More than 75 percent of privately owned vehicles including two wheelers do not have insurance cover, said a committee headed by former Supreme Court judge K.S.Radhakrishnan on implementation of various laws relating to road safety, describing the situation as alarming. Asking the government identify these vehicles, Justice Radhakrishnan on Friday said that this c...

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Gujjars 'agree' to hold talks with Rajasthan government

Jaipur, May 22 (IANS) A protest by Gujjars demanding five percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions continued for the second day on Friday, but the community leaders agreed to hold talks with the Rajasthan government. We have conveyed to the state government to hold talks on the reservation issue, but talks can be held only in Bayana in Bharatpur district or Pil...

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Colombian rebels suspend ceasefire after army kills 26

Bogota, May 22 (IANS) Colombia's FARC rebels on Friday suspended their months-old unilateral ceasefire after 26 insurgents were killed in an army bombing raid on a guerrilla camp in the southwestern province of Cauca, Spanish news agency Efe reported. Suspension of the unilateral and indefinite ceasefire, declared as part of peace talks with the Colombian government, was not under consid...

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Civilian toll rises amid Yemen's worsening humanitarian situation

Geneva, May 22 (IANS) At least 1,037 civilians have been killed between March 26 and May 20 in Yemen as a result of widespread and protracted violence affecting the country, a UN agency said on Friday. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) revealed that 2,453 civilians had been injured, including 130 women and 234 children, Xinhua news agency reported. The ...

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Strong leadership, well-capitalised institutions needed: Rajan

Chennai, May 22 (IANS) There is a need for stronger political leadership globally and better capitalised multilateral institutions for widespread legitimacy, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Friday. We need strong political global leadership so that collectively we come out with better policies than what we have now, the central bank chief said while delivering the R.Venkataraman endo...

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Lalu pops Manjhi's name, Nitish skips meeting

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav here on Friday proposed roping in former Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal-United rebel Jitan Ram Manjhi for upcoming Bihar assembly polls, according to sources. Sources said Lalu Prasad mooted the idea at a meeting of leaders of Janata Parivar, which Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar skipped despite being in Delhi....

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East African bloc urges poll delay in Burundi

Bujumbura, May 22 (IANS) The East African Community (EAC) on Friday urged Burundi to delay its elections set for June and wait for hundreds of thousands of refugees in the neighbouring nations to come back to vote. We think that hundreds of thousands of refugees who have gone out to neighbouring countries need to come back and exercise their right to vote. That is why we think that cond...

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Libyan militias free 42 Tunisians after several days

Tripoli, May 22 (IANS) Militias allied with the rebel government based in Tripoli on Friday released 42 Tunisian nationals who were arrested several days ago in western Libya for being suspected jihadis. More Tunisians are being held in the detention centre for illegal immigrants over lack of documentation or for illegally entering the country, according to the Libyan agency for protecti...

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Civic bodies not serious about curbing air pollution: Sisodia

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday accused the three BJP-ruled municipal corporations in the national capital of not making serious efforts to curb air pollution. The three municipal corporations (north, south, east) which cover majority of the areas of Delhi have still not made serious efforts in preventing burning and recovery of compensation ...

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DoNER minister discusses region's security issues

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday convened a meeting of senior intelligence officers and security experts to discuss new security related-initiatives that could be successfully implemented in the northeast region. The meeting was attended by senior officials, including National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Joint Intelligence Committee chairman R.N. Ravi and...

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Wasn't happy with Federation Cup, wanted it to end: Constantine

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Indian football coach Stephen Constantine on Friday said he was the one who was not happy with the Federation Cup format and hence had wanted it to end. Asked at a media interaction in the city if it was he who had wanted the age-old, prestigious tournament to end, he said: Yes, I am not happy with the format. Five games in nine days! It is ridiculous. Players need...

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