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Kamal quits as ICC president over trophy-giving row

Dhaka, April 1 (IANS) Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal said on Wednesday that he is resigning as president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) over who should have given away the World Cup trophy to fifth-time winners Australia on Sunday. At a press conference here, Kamal said he was resigning to protest the flagrant violation of the ICC constitution, and his decision was final and not ...

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Three naval ships to evacuate Indians from Yemen

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The Indian Navy on Wednesday said it has deployed three ships to help in the evacuation of Indian nationals from strife-torn Yemen. A navy release said INS Sumitra, an offshore patrol vessel, which was deployed for anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, has evacuated some 350 Indian nationals from Yemen to Djibouti. Djibouti, a country neighbouring Yem...

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Spicejet agrees to out-of-court settlement with plane lessors

Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) Indian airlines operator Spicejet on Wednesday said it has agreed to settle out-of-court the dispute over five aircraft rentals with lessors managed by BBAM Aircraft Leasing and Finance. Spicejet... has entered into an in-principle understanding with its five lessors managed by BBAM Aircraft Leasing and Finance with regard to five aircraft operated by the company, ...

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Tripathi to be sworn in as Mizoram governor April 4

Aizawl, April 1 (IANS) West Bengal and Bihar governor K.N. Tripathi, given the additional charge of Mizoram, will be sworn in here on April 4, officials said Wednesday. Tripathi will arrive here on Saturday and he will be sworn in at the Raj Bhavan at 4 p.m. that day, Mizoram government spokesman L.R. Sailo told IANS. Outgoing governor Aziz Qureshi, sacked by the central governme...

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Specify wasteful welfare schemes: Panneerselvam asks opposition

Chennai, April 1 (IANS) In a spirited defence of the government's freebies and subsidies, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Wednesday challenged the opposition to specify those schemes that are wasteful. Replying to the debate on the state's budget for 2015-16, Panneerselvam, who also holds the finance portfolio, challenged the opposition to make a study of the subsidies and ...

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Madhuri, Shriram Nene now Aquaguard goodwill ambassadors

Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit Nene and her husband Shriram Nene have been roped in by Eureka Forbes, a pioneer in the water purification systems market, as the goodwill ambassadors for Aquaguard for a five-year term. This is also for the first time that the couple will be seen together in a TV commercial. The campaign, reflective of the duo's shared valu...

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Women need to be trained in administration and planning: NCW chief

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam on Wednesday said that women's contribution to GDP was very low, underlining the need for them to be trained in administration, planning and providing technical skills to those engaged in agriculture. Speaking at the inaugural session of a seminar organised by Ficci in partnership with Intel ...

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Noor Jehan's grandson to debut opposite Humaima Malick

Lahore, April 1 (IANS) Pakistan's legendary singing sensation Noor Jehan's grandson Sikander Rizvi will be making his big screen debut alongside Raja Natwarlal actress Humaima Malick in upcoming film Dekh Magar Pyaar Say. Directed by Asad-ul-Haq, the romantic-comedy, which starts production later this month, is expected to release in late 2015. 'Dekh Magar Pyaar Say' is based in...

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Kamal blasts 'controversial' Srinivasan

Dhaka, April 1 (IANS) Mustafa Kamal, who resigned as International Cricket Council (ICC) president on Wednesday, strongly criticised the sport's governing body chairman N Srinivasan, saying he is worried about the future of cricket in the hands of this controversial figure. Kamal announced his resignation from the post of the ICC president at a press conference after returning to Banglad...

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Embarrassing to have a convicted minister in cabinet: Goa CM

Panaji, April 1 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said it was embarrassing to have a convicted minister in his cabinet and hinted that minister Francisco Pacheco could be dropped soon. Archives and Archaeology Minister Pacheco's conviction in a 2006 assault case has been upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday. Asked at a media briefing at the state Secretar...

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Delhi activists demand strict law against drunk driving

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) A delegation of activists and victims of accidents caused by drunk driving on Wednesday called on Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and urged him to make a stringent law against drunk driving in the city. The delegation also sought justice for the victims in terms of arresting the offenders, monetary and legal support, and proper counselling to the vict...

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Rolls-Royce to hire 500 engineers for new Bengaluru facility

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Aerospace major Rolls-Royce will hire 500 engineers by 2017 for a new facility at Bengaluru, the company announced on Wednesday. The work done at the facility will include aerospace engineering for customers in the region as well as support for Rolls-Royce's regional supplier base. It will also include the development of new tools and technologies that make best...

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Evacuated Indians reach Djibouti on way back home

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The 350 Indian nationals evacuated from strife-torn Yemen have reached Djibouti and will be brought back to India by an Indian Air Force plane on Wednesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said. In tweets on Wednesday, Sushma Swaraj said that Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh was in Djibouti, a country neighbouring Yemen, and was coor...

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NDMC exceeds revenue targets

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The NDMC, the smallest of civic agencies in the capital, said on Wednesday that it has exceeded revenue targets for 2014-15 in respect of four major components. These are property tax, license fee, electric and water charges, and interest on investments which together contribute some 92 percent of total revenue receipt, the New Delhi Municipal Council said. ...

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Lucknow girl in quest for national game sees hope in PMO

Lucknow, April 1 (IANS) Will India soon have a national game? The answer might be yes. Based on a request from Aishwarya Parashar, a class IX student from here, the prime minister's office (PMO) has forwarded her letter to the ministry of youth affairs and sports for consideration and appropriate action. Aishwarya's RTI had revealed last year that India has no official game. The 13-year-...

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2G case: Final arguments begin against Essar, Loop promoters

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Final arguments in the 2G spectrum case against Essar Group and Loop Telecom promoters commenced in a court here on Wednesday. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini commenced the final arguments which were heard for some time and then the court fixed April 6 for further hearing. CBI has alleged that the promoters of the Essar Gr...

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Pakistani court sentences seven to death in lynching case

Islamabad, April 1 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Wednesday issued death warrants for seven individuals convicted of being part of a mob that lynched two brothers in 2010. The court issued the warrants after the Lahore High Court rejected appeals submitted by the seven convicts, Dawn online reported. The court also set the date of their hanging for April 8. However...

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Rajasthan overshoots solar power investment target

Jaipur, April 1 (IANS) Armed with amendments to labour laws and a new solar energy policy, Rajasthan has attracted more investment interest than it targetted for solar power capacity. After Vasundhara Raje government announced an investor-friendly solar power policy a few months back, we have seen interest among investors growing towards the state, Minister of State for Energy Pushpendra...

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Classical musical festival in Delhi

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The national capital will host a two-day classical music festival beginning Saturday, organisers said on Wednesday. The 4th edition of Bhilwara Sur Sangam will have vocal performances by classicists Bhuvanesh Komkali, Ajoy Chakrabarty and Kaushiki Chakrabarty. There will also be a tabla jugalbandi by percussionists Anindo Chatterjee and Kumar Bose.

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Court helps Muslim woman to live with Hindu husband

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Coming to the aid of a young Muslim woman who alleged threats from her family after she married a Hindu, the Delhi High Court has allowed them to live together. Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice Ashutosh Kumar told the woman's parents not to interfere in her personal life, saying she was over 18-years old and wanted to live with her husband. The March 2...

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