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Nigerian forces reclaim Boko Haram stronghold

Abuja, March 27 (IANS) Nigerian government forces on Friday reclaimed a stronghold of the militant sect Boko Haram in northeast Borno state, with both land and air operations, military spokesman Chris Olukolade said. Government troops recaptured Gwoza town after taking control of towns and villages leading to it, Xinhua news agency cited Olukolade as saying in a statement. Gwoza has been...

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Two Pakistanis convicted of raping Indian man in Dubai

Dubai, March 27 (IANS) A court in Dubai has sentenced two Pakistani workers to jail for raping an Indian man after serving him food spiked with liquor, according to a media report. The Dubai Court of First Instance on Wednesday convicted Pakistani workers, identified only as S.N. and M.S., of raping the 20-year-old Indian victim in September last year, Gulf News reported. S.N. s...

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Train on new Assam line carries Bengal potatoes

Guwahati/New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Assam's underdeveloped Barak Valley was brought on the broad guage rail map on Friday, with the inaugural goods train carrying about 2,300 tonnes of potatoes from West Bengal. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the landmark Lumding-Silchar line by flagging off the goods train over video-conference from New Delhi, bringing cheers in the valley,...

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Lin Dan stunned; Saina, Srikanth enter India Open semis

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Five-time World champion Lin Dan suffered a shocking loss against eighth seed Tommy Sugiarto, while leading Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Sriaknth entered the semi-finals of the $275,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries here on Friday. Two-time Olympics champion Dan of China was stunned 17-21, 21-15, 17-21 in the quarter-finals by the World No.8...

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AIFW: When stylists, designers turned models for 11.11/eleven.eleven

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) It was a show unique in its own way as some of the known stylists, designers and editors of fashion magazines turned models for brand 11.11/eleven.eleven at the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW). Designer Shani Himanshu and Mia Morikawa feel that they cater to the common man and hence this different presentation. We design for people like them hence rath...

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President confers Bharat Ratna on Vajpayee at his home

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was on Friday conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, by President Pranab Mukherjee in a brief ceremony at his home here attended by the country's leadership. The president, in a break from protocol, arrived at Vajpayee's 6, Krishna Menon Marg residence here to confer the top honour on the non...

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Goa Police bust prostitution racket

Panaji, March 27 (IANS) The Goa Police on Friday busted a prostitution racket being run from the coastal village of Calangute and arrested three persons from Bihar, said police. The three arrested are Vinod Kumar, Dinesh Madan and Dharmendra Kumar, all from Darbhanga in Bihar. They were running a prostitution racket from Calangute. We have rescued four women, who were being suppl...

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Germanwings' crashed jet recovery continues

Berlin, March 27 (IANS) French authorities on Friday embarked on the fourth of day of efforts to recover the remains of the Germanwings aircraft, which its co-pilot allegedly deliberately downed, while parent airline Lufthansa considered what changes need to be made to in-flight regulations to prevent a recurrence of such a tragedy. French authorities used helicopters from the base of Se...

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Railways' freight business to grow between 9 to 15 percent: Report

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The government on Friday said the Indian Railways' freight business is expected to rise between 9 to 15 percent during the next four years from the average growth of around four percent recorded during the last four years. The freight potential was revealed in a report on traffic optimisation which was presented to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here. A...

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Sierra Leone launches 'zero Ebola infection' campaign

Freetown, March 27 (IANS) Sierra Leone on Friday started a three-day seat at home campaign as part of its final push for zero Ebola infection. For the next three day, six million Sierra Leoneans will stay at home to listen to the health messages from health personnel throughout the country, Xinhua news agency reported. The major objective of the campaign, among others, is to re-e...

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Prabhu opens Lumding-Silchar rail line in Assam

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday inaugurated the landmark Lumding-Silchar broad gauge rail line by flagging off a goods train from here over video-conference, bringing Assam's underdeveloped Barak Valley on the broad guage map. Passenger train services on this route will start soon. The 210-km line is expected to change the landscape of the Ba...

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Tax offices to remain open on Saturday

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The government said on Friday that all field offices of customs, central excise and service tax shall remain open on March 28, Saturday, to facilitate filing of returns by e tax-payers. In view of closing of the current financial year, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has decided to keep open all the field offices to facilitate the tax-payers in p...

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Police kill four militants in Pakistan's Karachi

Islamabad, March 27 (IANS) Police in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed four militants during an exchange of fire on Friday afternoon, media reported. The cops conducted a search operation on an intelligence tip-off about the presence of the terrorists in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Karachi, the capital city of the country's southern Sindh province. When police raided t...

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India should be energy independent to serve people's needs: Modi

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Stressing upon energy security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India will have to be independent in this area and seek new avenues to replenish existing sources in a bid to serve the growing appetite of the people. The view was echoed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. We need to be independent when it comes to providing our people with energy, Modi...

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Woman employee confronts robbers, foils bank robbery bid

Gurgaon, March 27 (IANS) The bravery of a private bank employee here Friday foiled a bank robbery bid, police said. Pooja, a cashier of ICICI bank on the busy Gurudwara road, confronted the robbers and foiled the robbery bid. Two men, in their mid-twenties visited the branch in the afternoon on Friday and came back later in the evening. They entered the bank and holding c...

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Criticism continues but BCCI defends Indian team

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) A day after India bowed out of the 2015 cricket World Cup losing the semi-finals, criticism continued to flow in even as BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya defended the team's performance by saying the defending champions played some outstanding cricket Down Under before failing against Australia. In its quest to retain the Cup title, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-captain...

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Terrorism, naxalism, corruption major problems for business: Experts

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Terrorism and maoism, besides corruption, remain a big worry for investors in India, experts said on Friday. Overall business improves and helps the country move forward fast when risks, of all types, are taken care of, they added while addressing a seminar here on New Age Risks-2015. Rajiv Arora of the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid), an attached ...

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Saudi-led coalition launches new airstrikes in Yemen

Sanaa, March 27 (IANS) The Saudi Arabian-led coalition on Friday launched five more air raids against Shia Houthi positions in Yemen's capital Sanaa and in the northern province of Saada, the stronghold of the rebels. According to findings by the Efe news agency, the bombings in Sanaa and its surroundings targeted reserve force camps, and those of the former Republican Guard loyal to for...

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Land bill unacceptable, Sonia Gandhi tells Centre

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday lashed out at the myopic Narendra Modi government over the land bill which she said was an unabashed display of half truths. Accusing the government of bending over backwards to favour select industrialists, Gandhi said her party would never support any law that harms farmers. Regrettable that anyone championing...

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Court appoints Coal India as custodian of two mines

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday made Coal India Ltd (CIL) custodian of Gare Palma IV/2 and IV/3 coal mines in Chhattisgarh as an interim measures from April 1, while also holding that it would be entitled to sell coal produced from there. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also said that CIL will utilise the manpower of Jindal Po...

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