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Diego gets three-match suspension

London, Jan 30 (IANS) Chelsea striker Diego Costa was Friday suspended for three matches for stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can Tuesday in the second leg of Capital One semi-final at Stamford Bridge, which the Blues clinched 2-1 on aggregate. The Football Association (FA) has pressed the charges against the Spaniard related to an incident that happened 12 minutes into the game, reports bbc...

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Delhi village without hospital, school to boycott polls

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) A village with a population of over 10,000 has decided to boycott the Feb 7 assembly election in Delhi. The residents cited lack of basic amenities in their area as the reason behind the move. Leaders have been coming to us but we decided not to vote for any of them this time. It is high time now not to vote. They only give fake promises, said Panja Singh, 62, a ...

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Tech Mahindra's net up by 11.9 percent

Hyderabad, Jan 30 (IANS) Tech Mahindra, a leading software services firm, has registered a growth of 11.9 percent in its net profit during the quarter ended Dec 31, 2014. The profit after tax stood at Rs.805.3 crore, a quarter-on-quarter growth of 11.9 percent. It includes special adjustment of Rs.28.5 crore of profits of Mahindra Engineering Services Ltd (MESL) in the first half of the ...

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11 Christians convert to Hinduism in Tamil Nadu: Hindu outfit

Chennai, Jan 30 (IANS) Eleven Christians - five men and six women - converted to Hinduism during a programme organised by the Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) here Friday, said its leader. Despite the attempts by the city police to thwart the voluntary conversion to Hinduism, 11 Christians came back to their mother religion, HMK president Arjun Sampath told IANS. He claimed as many as 1...

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Akali candidate with Rs.239 crore is richest in Delhi polls

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Shiromani Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa with assets worth Rs.239 crore is the richest among the 673 candidates in the fray for the Delhi assembly polls, a think-tank said Friday. The Shiromani Akali Dal is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Sirsa is contesting the Feb 7 polls from Rajouri Garden assembly segment. Of the 673 contestants battlin...

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Andhra Bank's net up four-fold but NPAs challenge remains

Hyderabad, Jan 30 (IANS) Drastic reduction in cost of funds and increased interest income helped Andhra Bank register a more than four-fold jump in its net profit during the third quarter ended December 2014. Its net profit during the quarter was Rs.202 crore against Rs.45.57 crore in the same period of 2013-14. The core operating profit of the bank during Q3 stood at Rs.923 cror...

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US economy grows by 2.6 percent in Q4 of 2014

Washington, Jan 30 (IANS) The US real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, below market expectation, the US Commerce Department said Friday. The economy grew 5 percent in the third quarter and 4.6 percent in the second after contracting in the first quarter of 2014. In whole 2014, the economy expanded 2.4 percent, compared...

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Now no VAT assesment for Punjab traders with under Rs.1 crore turnover

Chandigarh, Jan 30 (IANS) Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Friday announced the abolition of the e-trip system for major categories besides exempting traders having a turnover less than Rs.1 crore from filing VAT (value added tax) assessment. Badal announced abolition of the existing e-transportation of information within Punjab (e-Trip) for iron and steel, yarn, vegetabl...

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Toll in Egypt's Sinai attacks reaches 33

Cairo, Jan 30 (IANS) The toll in Thursday's mortar attacks that targeted security premises in Egypt's North Sinai province rose to 33, a security source told Xinhua news agency Friday. The injured people include 31 military men and two civilians and they are being transferred from Arish to Cairo by air-ambulances for better treatment, the source added. On Thursday evening, massiv...

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Scholes supports Costa in stamp controversy

London, Jan 30 (IANS) Manchester United legend Paul Scholes Friday supported Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who is involved in a 'stamp' controversy. Spaniard Costa allegedly stamped on Liverpool's German defender Emre Can Tuesday in the second leg of the Capital One semi-final at Stamford Bridge which the blues clinched 2-1 on aggregate. In a column written for the Independent Sch...

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Parole for South African political leader's killer rejected

Johannesburg, Jan 30 (IANS) Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha Friday rejected the application for the release on medical parole of Clive Derby-Lewis, who killed Chris Hani, former South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary general. Our country is a constitutional democracy which is governed by the rule of law. Therefore, in reaching my decision, I have tak...

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Jet Airways to operate additional flights

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Full service carrier Jet Airways Friday said it will operate 16 additional Boeing 737 flights daily effective Feb 1, 2015, to March 28, 2015, to meet increased demand on key domestic sectors. According to the airline, it will operate additional early morning flights from Bengaluru and Chennai to Mumbai and late evening services from Mumbai to the two key southern ci...

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Sushma Swaraj to begin China visit Saturday

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will Saturday embark on a three-day visit to China, where she will also attend a Russia-India-China meeting, an official statement said Friday. During the visit, India and China would discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of their concern. Sushma Swaraj is visiting China on the invitation of her Chinese coun...

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Shetty to captain Maharashtra football team

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Experienced midfielder Vijith Shetty was Friday appointed captain of the Maharashtra football team which will participate in the 35th National Games in Kerala from Feb 1-9. Former India striker and Asian Football COnfederation (AFC) 'A' license holder Godfred Perira is the coach of the team while Sudhakar Rane is the manager. Maharashtra qualified for the Na...

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Crude oil port inaugurated in Myanmar

Nai Pyi Taw, Jan 30 (IANS) A crude oil port in Made island in Myanmar's western Rakhine state, jointly built by China and Myanmar, was put into service Friday. The commissioning ceremony of Made Crude Oil Unloading Terminal and pre-commissioning of Southeast Asia Crude Oil Pipeline was attended by Myanmar's Minister of Energy U Zay Yar Aung, Rakhine state Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn...

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Saradha accused Bengal minister not cooperating: CBI

Kolkata, Jan 30 (IANS) West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, behind bars in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, has not been cooperating in the investigations, the CBI Friday told a city court during the Trinamool Congress leader's appearance. Mitra, whose judicial custody expired on the day, could not appear before the court due to illness as Additional Chief Judic...

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Swine flu claims eight lives in Haryana; 47 cases confirmed

Chandigarh, Jan 30 (IANS) At least eight people have died due to swine flu in Haryana this month, health officials said here Friday. A health department spokesman said 47 cases of swine flu have been confirmed so far in the state and the patients were being treated in the isolation wards of various hospitals. These include eight from Faridabad, seven from Gurgaon and five from Hi...

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Saraswat joins NITI Aayog as member

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief V.K. Saraswat Friday took over as member of newly-created NITI Aayog here. A PhD in combustion engineering, Saraswat played a very significant role in the development of the country's first liquid propulsion engine, DEVIL, an official statement said. Earlier Bibek Debroy, an eminent economi...

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Reduce value added tax on jet fuel: industry body

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Industry lobby PHD Chamber Friday urged state governments to reduce value added tax (VAT) on jet fuel to increase connectivity and passenger traffic. The recommended cut in VAT on jet fuel from the average rate of 22 percent to less than five percent was made as part of PHD Chamber-GMR Aviation Summit 2015 which was held here. The white paper released on ...

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Woman fires at police in Istanbul, escapes

Istanbul, Jan 30 (IANS) An unidentified woman opened fire at the police in Istanbul's central Taksim Square Friday. No casualties were reported. According to a preliminary report, the shooter opened fire with an AK-47 rifle at a police vehicle in front of a security post. After the shooting, she left the gun at the scene and escaped, Xinhua news agency reported. A suspicious pack...

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