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SBI to dilute stake in life insurance wing by 10 percent

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Following passage of the law increasing the maximum limit of foreign direct investment in the insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent, the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday said it is reducing its existing stake in SBI Life Insurance by a maximum of ten percent. The Executive Committee of the Central Board (ECCB) has on March 30, 2015 authorised divestme...

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Rajnath visits Bangladesh border, talks to enclave dwellers

Siliguri, March 31 (IANS) A day after the NIA claimed that the terrorists involved in the Burdwan blast had conspired to overthrow the government in Bangladesh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday visited the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal. Visits to the border outposts in Cooch Behar district and the Tin Bigha corridor as well as the border enclaves were on the itinerary of R...

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Tripura chief minister denies involvement in chit funds

Agartala, March 31 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday denied his government's involvement in the activities of chit fund groups and illegal non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). His statement came after media reports quoted Congress leader Sudip Roy Barman and published photographs of Sarkar attending the inaugural function of a park set up by Kolkata-based Rose Val...

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Yemen situation should not turn into Shia-Sunni conflict: Russia

Moscow, March 31 (IANS) Moscow cannot allow the situation in Yemen to turn into an open conflict between the Arabs and Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday. It should not be allowed to deteriorate into a Sunni-Shia standoff, Tass news agency quoted Lavrov as saying. We have been warning about the serious threat of such a split inside Islam from the very s...

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Rihanna denies dating DiCaprio

Los Angeles, March 31 (IANS) Singer Rihanna is not dating actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In a new interview with Hello! Magazine, the We found love hitmaker was asked by her interviewer, How does Rihanna DiCaprio sound to you?, reports aceshowbiz.com The singer then replied, It sounds to me like you should stay away from the blogs because they will screw you every time (Sic), before ad...

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Dev Patel link-up reports irk Nargis Fakhri

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Link-up reports have always been a part and parcel of the glamour industry. And it has now struck actress Nargis Fakhri as reports of her dating British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel have started doing the rounds. The actress took to micro-blogging site Twitter to take a jibe at such stories. As per media, apparently a dinner crowd of 8 at a pizza place is the...

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Himachal shrine gets offerings of Rs.34 crore

Shimla, March 31 (IANS) The popular Hindu shrine of Chintpurni in Himachal Pradesh last year received cash offerings of over Rs.34 crore, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Tuesday. The total income of the state-administered temple in Una district was Rs.34,63,31,371 in 2014, the chief minister, who also holds the language, art and culture portfolio, told the assembly. Accord...

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India-Japan to focus on maritime security

Tokyo, March 31 (IANS) India and Japan on Tuesday agreed to enhance bilateral defence and security cooperation, including in the field of maritime security, an official statement said. In a meeting here between visiting Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, the two sides decided to hold regular dialogue at different levels that would includ...

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Pacer Siddle dropped from Australia's contract list

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) Fast bowler Peter Siddle has been dropped from the Cricket Australia's (CA) central contract list for the 2015-16 season despite being picked for the team's Test tours to the West Indies and England on Tuesday. CA's national selection panel named 19 contracted players in addition to the Test squads on Tuesday. Players were chosen based on their performanc...

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Indian equities end flat after robust opening

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) After trading in the positive terrain for the bulk of the day on Tuesday, a key Indian stock market index ended flat, with a marginal loss of 18.37 percent or 0.07 percent, as per provisional data. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened above the psychologically-important 28,000-point mark at 28,069.85 points and inched up to the i...

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Cross introduces leather accessories in India

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) Global stationery and accessories maker Cross is introducing leather accessories in India priced 40 percent lower than its global prices, eyeing a Rs.93.84 crore growth this year. India has been named a focus market for 2015 followed by the US, UK and Japan. Our aim is to become the market leader in the $500-600 million branded leather accessory market in India, ...

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UN welcomes Myanmar's historic ceasefire agreement

Yangon, March 31 (IANS) The UN on Tuesday welcomed the historic signing of a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in Myanmar after negotiations for more than a year, said a statement of the UN Information Center. On behalf of Special Adviser Vijay Nambiar, the statement said the signing of NCA between the government's Union Peace Making Work Committee (UPWC) and the ethnic armed gr...

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Facebook 'logs' into sprawling, garden-roofed office

New York, March 31 (IANS) The 2,800-strong Facebook workforce has another reason to press the 'like' button: The social networking site has moved some of them into a 430,000 sq ft sprawling complex with a nine-acre roof garden in California, the mere sight of which could leave anyone out of breath -- literally. Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the new Facebook buildin...

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How to make skin summer friendly with basic tips

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Summer season brings along various skin related problems including rashes, tanning and sunburn. From following the essential routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing to maintaing a healthy diet, expert suggests various tips of taking care of yourself in the hot and humid weather. Doctor Sangeeta Velaskar, vice president and head, Medical Services and R&...

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Swine flu toll rises to 22 in Himachal

Shimla, March 31 (IANS) The toll due to swine flu rose to 22 in Himachal Pradesh, Health Minister Kaul Singh said on Tuesday. The minister told the assembly that five of the patients who died were hospitalised in an advance stage of infection. After their deaths, their (blood) samples confirmed swine flu, he said. ...

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Gujarat assembly again passes controversial anti-terror bill

Gandhinagar, March 31 (IANS) Amid strong protests and a walkout by the opposition Congress, the Gujarat legislative assembly on Tuesday passed the controversial 12-year-old anti-terror and anti-organised crimes bill for the fourth time. The proposed law, intended to combat terror and organised crimes in the state, has been hanging fire since 2003 when it was propounded by then home minis...

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Who can predict Rahul's return, asks Javedekar

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) One can predict a solar and lunar eclipse but not when Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will return to active politics, BJP leader Prakash Javedekar said on Tuesday. Speaking on the sidelines of an event of his information and broadcasting ministry, Javedekar told IANS: One can predict a solar or lunar eclipse. But one can't predict when Rahul Gandhi is com...

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How maternal diet influences offspring's body weight

New York, March 31 (IANS) Consuming a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation may put your offspring at higher risk of obesity later in life, a recent research has found. The findings, published in the Journal of Physiology, showed that the mechanism that helps limit the amount of food one eats could malfunction in the offspring as a result of maternal high-fat diet. It is t...

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China's plantations project reverses global forest loss

Melbourne, March 31 (IANS) In heartening news for environmentalists, the total amount of vegetation globally has increased by almost four billion tonnes of carbon since 2003, according to an analysis of 20 years of satellite data. And this is despite ongoing large-scale deforestation in the tropics. An Australian-led international team of scientists published the findings in Nature Clima...

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BCCI revises IPL match schedule due to Kolkata civic polls

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) The Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament, scheduled to start from April 8, underwent changes in the playing schedule on Tuesday keeping in in mind the Kolkata municipal elections on April 18. A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) release said that the changes in match order were made after Kolkata Police made a request to alter the dates citing...

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