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AAP to form shadow cabinet in BJP-led Goa

Panaji, March 2 (IANS) With the Congress proving unable to create enough space as opposition, the AAP has resolved to form a shadow cabinet to keep track of ministerial functioning in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) coalition government in Goa. The shadow cabinet will be operated by the youth wing members of AAP. It will track and evaluate the delivery of the BJP-led state governmen...

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UAE to award grants for rain enhancement science, technology

Abu Dhabi, March 2 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will award grants up to $5 million for proposals to develop rain enhancement science and technology as part of its latest research programme. According to a statement issued by the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science has been launched by the ministry of pres...

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Veteran woman golfer Smriti eyes her second title in Pune

Pune, March 2 (IANS) After winning the sixth leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour, veteran Smriti Mehra will look for an encore in the seventh leg that starts from Tuesday at the par-71 Poona Club Golf Course here. Smriti outplayed the youngsters to clinch her maiden victory of the season in the sixth leg and will look to add another title this week. The Rs.5,00,000 event will ...

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Saudi diplomat freed after three-year captivity in Yemen

Sanaa, March 2 (IANS) A Saudi diplomat kidnapped by the Al Qaeda in southern Yemen three years ago has been freed, a Yemeni interior ministry official told Xinhua news agency on Monday. Abdullah al-Khalidi, a Saudi deputy consul in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, was handed over on Sunday to tribal leaders in Shabwa, Yemen's southeastern province where the Al Qeida in the Arabian Pen...

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Uber driver's counsel injured, case adjourned till March 4

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) A court here on Monday adjourned the hearing in the rape case against a driver of the Uber cab company after the defence counsel informed the judge that he will not be able to attend proceedings due to injuries suffered by him after he fell from the stairs. Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja adjourned the matter till March 4 for further hearing on final arg...

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Consummation scene tough to enact: Rachana Parulkar

Mumbai, March 2 (IANS) Actress Rachana Parulkar, who portrays the role of maharani Ajabde Punwar in historical drama show Bharat Ka Veer Putra Maharana Pratap, says doing consummation scenes on-screen is tough and challenging. In the upcoming episodes of the Sony Entertainment Television show, viewers will see Pratap and his lady love Ajabde take their marriage to the next level.

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Stories of unusual entrepreneurs highlighted in a book

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) A young girl from Jammu and Kashmir is reviving numdah, the popular rug-making technique, a man from Coimbatore has created a machine that can make cheap but good-quality sanitary napkins, a social enterprise in Gurgaon is revolutionising the domestic housekeeping sector. These lesser-known stories about independent entrepreneurs who are changing the face of In...

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Honda Motorcycle logs 10 percent sales growth

Chennai, March 2 (IANS) Two-wheeler maker Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India logged 10 percent sales growth in February, an official statement said on Monday. In a statement, the company said it sold a total of 3,61,493 units last month up from 3,28,468 units sold in February 2014. The two-wheeler industry as a whole logged two percent negative growth last month as compared to ...

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Special assistance package a bluff: Mamata

Kolkata, March 2 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday dismissed as a bluff the special assistance proposed by the central government for her state, and demanded the centre stop taking away funds towards repayment of loans. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed a series of sops for Bihar and West Bengal, which are set to hold assembly polls this year and in 201...

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Trader shot dead near Gurgaon, traffic disrupted

Gurgaon, March 2 (IANS) A 47-year-old trader was shot dead by three unidentified assailants on Sunday evening outside his house in Sohna, 26 km from Gurgaon. Victim Sanjay Kumar, a timber merchant, was shifted to a private hospital in Gurgaon where he succumbed to his injuries. Angry people disrupted the traffic on Gurgaon-Alwar road for hours following the incident. Common people and re...

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Largest and tallest Indian flag to be unfurled Tuesday

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The largest and tallest Indian flag will be unfurled Tuesday by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah at Faridabad, said a member of the event's organising committee Monday. The world's largest Indian flag will unfurled tomorrow by BJP president Amit Shah. The flag will be hoisted at 250 feet making it the tallest Indian flag, a member of the organisi...

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Sri Lanka's Tamil party to discuss reforms with Indian PM

Colombo, March 2 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party on Monday said it will seek to discuss devolution of powers to the provinces when it meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sri Lanka. Modi is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on March 13, his first since taking office last year and which will also be the first bilateral visit by an Indian prime minister to Sri Lanka in ove...

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Sensex closes 98 points up; capital goods stocks zoom

Mumbai, March 2 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), closed Monday's trade up 98 points or 0.33 percent. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also made gains during the day's trade. It closed Monday's trade 54.90 points or 0.62 percent up at 8,956.75 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exch...

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Eastern Ukraine toll exceeds 6,000: UN

Geneva, March 2 (IANS/EFE) More than 6,000 people have been killed in the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the UN said on Monday, noting that the recent clashes near Donetsk airport and the city of Debaltseve have resulted in the deaths of hundreds. The two locations have witnessed the most recent and serious fighting between the Ukrainian government forces and the pro-Russian sep...

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'Constitutional process not followed in hanging Afzal Guru'

Jammu, March 2 (IANS) A group of legislators of the ruling PDP on Monday issued a statement saying the constitutional process was not followed in hanging parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. The PDP has always maintained that late Afzal Guru's hanging was travesty of justice and constitutional requirements/process was not followed in hanging him out of turn, said an official statement i...

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Google partners MyGov to build PMO mobile app

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Online search giant Google will help MyGov, the citizen engagement platform of the government of India, to launch a nationwide contest to build a mobile app for the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), a company statement said here on Monday. Google will partner MyGov in this contest to build the PMO mobile app. The contest will launch tomorrow at 5 p.m. on MyGov.in, ...

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Top US, Russian diplomats meet ahead of Iran n-talks

Geneva, March 2 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov here on Monday ahead of a new round of talks over Iran's nuclear programme. The two also discussed the latest situation in Ukraine and Syria, Xinhua news agency reported citing a source close to Kerry. According to the source, some Iranian nuclear negotiators have arrived in Montreu...

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West responsible for IS crimes: Iran

Tehran, March 2 (IANS) Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed the West for the crimes committed by Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Europe and the Middle East. Why quite a sizeable number of individuals and groups espousing extremist ideologies and engaged in acts of brutal terror and heinous violence, in Europe and on a much bigger scale in Iraq and Syria, happen ...

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India remains principal military threat: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, March 2 (IANS) The Indian military remains the principal threat to Pakistan's security and the Pakistani security establishment is right to closely track Indian defence spending, a leading Pakistani daily said in an editorial. The Pakistani security establishment is right to closely track Indian defence spending because India remains, in terms of its military capabilities, the...

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Parrikar being probed in cheating case: Goa Police to court

Panaji, March 2 (IANS) Goa Police has told a court that it was conducting a preliminary inquiry into a complaint by a lawyer activist against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, accusing him of allegedly causing loss of over Rs.5 crore to the exchequer when he was the chief minister. In response to a notice from the Panaji judicial magistrate first class, police inspector Rajendra Prabhud...

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