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700 migrants believed drowned off Sicily coast

Rome, April 19 (IANS) Nearly 700 migrants are believed to have drowned when a packed boat capsized in international waters south of Italy's Sicily island on Saturday night, media reports said on Sunday. A Portuguese merchant ship, transiting through the area, some 110 km off Libya, was asked to rush to the spot. It managed to recover 28 survivors after the Italian coast guard received an...

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Janata Parivar merger not to affect NDA: Paswan

Patna, April 19 (IANS) Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said the merger of erstwhile Janata Parivar's six parties last week will neither have any impact on the National Democratic Alliance-led central government nor on the upcoming Bihar polls. There would be no impact of the merger of six parties of Janata Parivar including JD-U and RJD in Bihar on the NDA-led government at the...

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Bengal poll panel takes U-turn, calls civic polls violence-free

Kolkata, April 19 (IANS) A day after expressing displeasure over the conduct of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, the West Bengal State Election Commission on Sunday did a volte-face claiming there were no major law and order disruptions during the exercise. Facing a plethora of complaints regarding unfair practices, State Election Commissioner S.R. Upadhyay on Saturday said: Idea...

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IPL Scoreboard: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

Ahemdabad, April 19 (IANS) Following is the scoreboard of the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at the Sardar Patel stadium here on Sunday: Chennai Super Kings: D Smith b Faulkner 40 B McCullum c Faulkner b Tambe 12 S Rainac Samson b Morris 4 F du Plessis c Morris b Ankit Sharma 1 D Bravo not out 62 <...

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Rajasthan CM to visit Kolkata to draw investment

Kolkata, April 19 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will undertake a two-day visit to Kolkata from Tuesday to meet potential investors and showcase the business opportunities in her state. Raje will lead a delegation comprising Minister for Higher Education Kali Charan Saraf, Minister for Public Works Department and Transport Yunus Khan and Principal Secretary Small Industr...

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Delhi's Trilokpuri remains tense a day after skirmish

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) A day after Delhi's Trilokpuri area witnessed a skirmish over parking issue, the area remained tense on Sunday and police personnel were deployed to keep things under control. According to the police, the clash had broken out among residents of block 26 and 27 of Trilokpuri -- which is divided into 36 blocks. However, adequate police presence ensured the skirmi...

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Rebel group calls shutdown on BJP chief's visit to Meghalaya

Shillong, April 19 (IANS) The outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Sunday called for a 12-hour shutdown starting from 5 a.m. on April 22 to protest BJP president Amit Shah's visit to Meghalaya. HNLC spokesman Sainkupar Nongtraw said the shutdown was called in protest against the Indian political leadership and the alleged atrocities perpetrated by the Sangh Parivar ...

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Iran, Afghanistan join hands against drug trafficking, terrorism

Tehran, April 19 (IANS) Iran and Afghanistan have agreed to cooperate against illicit drug trafficking and the perils of terrorism in the region, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday. Concerning the issue of narcotics, which is a menace beleaguering the region, including Iran and Afghanistan, we agreed to have intelligence and security cooperation to counter drug trafficking r...

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Rahul ready for leadership in strategic action: Sandeep Dixit

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Maintaining that Sonia Gandhi was still his preferred choice for leading the Congress, party leader Sandeep Dixit on Sunday said Rahul Gandhi was ready to take over the leadership mantel in strategic action. Dixit, among the number of voices within the party maintaining that Sonia Gandhi should continue as party chief, told IANS: Rahul Gandhi is taking the lea...

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Pakistan Rangers indulge in heavy shelling in Jammu

Jammu, April 19 (IANS) Pakistan Rangers on Sunday indulged in unprovoked heavy shelling at Indian positions along the international border in Kathua district here. Pakistan Rangers started heavy shelling at Hariyachak, Pansar and Pahadpur villages in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district, a senior police officer told IANS here. Three mortar shells launched from the Pakistan side la...

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Royal Challengers Bangalore opt to field against Mumbai Indians

Bengaluru, April 19 (IANS) Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the toss and decided to field against the Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday. While RCB named Iqbal Abdulla, Rilee Rossouw, Manvinder Bisla and David Wiese in playing eleven, Mumbai replaced Corey Anderson with Mitchell McClenaghan and Vinay Kumar with Unmukt Chand. Teams: Royal Chal...

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Centre focused on serving poor: Modi

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday told BJP MPs that his government was focused on serving the poor and asked them to believe in the people and nobody else. Addressing a workshop of BJP MPs on welfare of the poor, Modi took a jibe at his critics and said there were some with a congenital habit of criticising the BJP and those with perverted mindset were spr...

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Brief moment of embarrassment for Congress

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) In what is being widely termed as an embarrassing moment for the Congress, a large group of farmers was seen leaving the venue as soon as party president Sonia Gandhi began to address the Kisan-Khet Mazdoor rally here. A group of farmers wearing pink turbans, believed to be former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's supporters who were issued a pink ...

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Police nab two accused of uploading sex video in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 19 (IANS) Two people involved in uploading a sex video onto the internet leading to a minor girl committing suicide in Odisha's Cuttack district have been arrested, police said on Sunday. The 15-year-old girl, who belonged to Nemala village (70-80 km from here), committed suicide on Wednesday night after coming to know that a sex video featuring her with the prime accu...

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EC would ensure free, fair, peaceful elections: Zaidi

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) New Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S. Nasim Zaidi on Sunday said the Election Commission (EC) would strive to deliver elections which are spotlessly free, fair, peaceful transparent and highly participative each time. Zaidi, who took over as the CEC on Sunday, said the EC would focus on voter-centric activities from enrolment to enabling them with e-services...

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Rajasthan thrash CSK by eight wickets in IPL

Ahmedabad, April 19 (IANS) A superlative opening-batting display from skipper Shane Watson (73) and Ajinkya Rahane (76 not out) helped Rajasthan Royals maintain their unbeaten run in the Indian Premier League (IPL), winning their fifth consecutive match, beating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by eight wickets at the Sardar Patel Stadium here on Sunday. Chasing a 157-run target for victory, Ro...

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Land bill: Union minister attacks Rahul Gandhi with Vadra barb

Chandigarh, April 19 (IANS) Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday attacked the Congress party, saying it has no right to raise the land bill issue since its leadership had remained mute spectator to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra acquiring land in various states at throwaway prices. She reacted within hours of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, at a ...

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Cellular operators reaffirm support for net neutrality

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Sunday reaffirmed its support to the principle of net neutrality, making a strong pitch for the government's vision of net equality that will enable access to the internet for a billion Indians. We support an open internet and believe that consumers should decide what to do online. Our job is to enable consu...

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Abu Salem's aide arrested in Delhi

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) A shooter associated with gangster Abu Salem was arrested here, police said on Sunday. Jaan Usman Khan, a resident of Sarai Rohilla area in north Delhi, was arrested at around 7.30 p.m. on Saturday from Kashmere Gate Inter State Bus Terminus, where he had gone to meet his associate. The 35-year-old sharp shooter was involved in cases relating to circula...

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Four boys electrocuted to death in MP river

Teekamgarh, April 19 (IANS) Four young boys died of electrocution in a village in Madhya Pradesh's Teekamgarh district on Sunday when a high tension wire fell into the river in which they were taking a bath. Superintendent of Police Anurag Sharma told IANS that the incident occurred in Machora village when a duststorm made a high tension wire fall into the Ur river in which the boys --Su...

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