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Center for Sight to set up 7 new eye centres

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Eye hospital chain Center for Sight on Saturday said it will set up seven new facilities, including a super specialty hospital here. The Delhi-headquartered company would invest Rs.16.55 crore in setting up an eye hospital here and Rs 26 crore in establishing the other six eye care centers across the country, said chairman and managing director Mahipal Singh Sach...

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Assam reach first-ever Ranji semis; Mumbai, MP also qualify

Valsad (Gujarat), Feb 6 (IANS) The Assam team etched their names in domestic cricket history, beating much-fancied Punjab by 51 runs to enter the Ranji Trophy semifinals for the first time here on Saturday. With Punjab trailing by 63 runs in their second innings at the start of the fourth day of their quarter-final clash at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Assam needed just 20 balls...

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Two Tibetans held in Himachal, uncounted currency seized

Shimla, Feb 6 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Police on Saturday seized about Rs.30 lakh in unaccounted foreign and Indian currency and detained two people who were on the way to McLeodganj, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, police said. We seized the cash from a luxury car bearing a registration number of Delhi and two occupants of the car, who are Tibetans, have been detain...

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Guerrilla killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar, Feb 6 (IANS) A separatist guerrilla was killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said. Exchange of fire was still on in the area. Security forces surrounded Gundipora village of Pulwama district earlier today following information about presence of a group of militants there. When the hiding militants were challen...

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Goa ushers in Carnival with pomp and gaiety

Panaji, Feb 6 (IANS) Keeping its date with its Portuguese cultural heritage, Goa on Saturday ushered in the Carnival with traditional float parades, King Momo's salutations and general merry-making on the chock-a-block streets of Panaji. Thousands of revellers dressed in colourful costumes, funny hats or dyed wigs thronged the streets of Panaji as the parade moved along the riverside pro...

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Sisodia demands Rs.2,000 crore as grant for civic bodies

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday presented recommendations of the city government for the union budget at a pre-budget consultation with union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and demanded at least Rs.2,000 crore as grant for the capital's civic bodies. Delhi should get at least Rs.2,000 crore as basic and performance grants for local bodies s...

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U-19 World Cup: India thrash Namibia by 197 runs to enter semis

Fatullah, Feb 6 (IANS) Opener Rishabh Pant struck a brilliant 111 off 96 balls as India demolished Namibia by 197 runs in the quarter-final of the Under-19 cricket World Cup at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium here on Saturday. En route his ton, Pant hit 14 boundaries and two sixes and was well supported by Sarfaraz Khan (76), Armaan Jaffer (64), which steered the team to a massive scor...

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Shilpa Shetty to flaunt yoga moves in Dubai

Dubai, Feb 6 (IANS) After recently conducting a yoga session with Yoga guru Ramdev, actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra, known for her fit frame, is set to participate in XYoga Dubai Festival. Shilpa, also an entrepreneur, will showcase her passion and skills for yoga alongside yoga instructor Suneel Singh. They will host the main yoga session on February 19 morning, read a statement. ...

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Himachal raised India's first police dog squad, says new book

Shimla, Feb 6 (IANS) The first police dog squad in India was raised in Himachal Pradesh in 1957, says a coffee-table book released on Saturday by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. And 'Hero' was the first dog imported from overseas for the purpose for $250, it says. The book, 'Himachal Pradesh Police: Guardians of the Hills', has been published by the state police and authored by I...

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Pakistan reiterates support for Afghan reconciliation process

Islamabad, Feb 6 (IANS) Pakistan on Saturday assured its full support to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process and asserted that it fully supports stability in Kabul. Addressing a meeting here of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group on Afghanistan -- which aims to devise a road map for peace and reconciliation in the strife-torn nation, a top Pakistani prime ministerial aide hoped ...

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Diversity debate scores big at NAACP Image Awards

Los Angeles, Feb 6 (IANS) As the Oscars diversity row after this year's nominations continues to heat up, the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards has tried to wipe out racial slurs from Hollywood by highlighting the power of diversity. The artistes took jibes at the swirling Oscar diversity row, with the host of the gala Anthony Anderson saying Look at all of these beautiful shades of people ...

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11 killed, hundreds injured in Taiwan quake

Beijing, Feb 6 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed and 462 others injured in a powerful quake that hit Taiwan early on Saturday, just two days ahead of the traditional lunar New Year. Over 170 people were still unaccounted for after the 6.7-magnitude quake hit Kaohsiung city at 3.57 a.m. (Beijing Time), Xinhua quoted China Earthquake Networks Centre as saying. The epicentre was...

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Modi pulls 'proud' Akshay Kumar's son's ear

Mumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) Action star Akshay Kumar had his 'proud moment', thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently pulled the actor's son Aarav's ear and called him a good boy. The Khiladi star on Saturday took to Twitter, where he shared a photograph of Modi pulling his 13-year-old son's ear. He captioned the image: Proud moment in a father's life, when the Prime Minister pulls ...

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Without money, struggled for food: Paytm founder

Gurgaon, Feb 6 (IANS) Vijay Shanker Sharma, founder of mobile wallet brand Paytm, on Saturday said that after getting an engineering degree, he had a hard time finding a job and struggled for food due to lack of money. After receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Amity University Gurgaon, Sharma said he faced many troubles during his studies and after completing his engineering but ...

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Budgetary hopes, global macro-data to steer rupee

Mumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) Expectations of cheering budgetary announcements, coupled with global macro-data and a rebound in commodity prices are expected to steer the Indian rupee's trajectory in the coming week, experts said on Saturday. Global-macro data such as the Chinese Forex reserves data expected to be announced on Sunday can make or break the week for all emerging markets (EMs) curre...

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Faulkner jokes with Pietersen during IPL auction

Mumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) Australia all-rounder James Faulkner on Saturday joked with exiled England batsman Kevin Pietersen after the latter was bought by Indian Premier League (IPL) side Rising Pune Supergiants at the players' auctions in Bengaluru. Faulkner who is in the other new IPL franchise, Gujarat Lions, was picked up for Rs.5.5 crore. Faulkner will be playing under Suresh Raina's ca...

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Sushma visit: India, Sri Lanka review bilateral issues

Colombo, Feb 6 (IANS) India and Sri Lanka reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral issues, including defence and economic cooperation and the contentious fishermen's issue, besides signing two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concluded a two-day visit to this island nation on Saturday. Sushma Swaraj, who led an inter-ministerial delegation and ...

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Haryana seeks incentives for projects in NCR

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Haryana on Saturday urged the central government to exempt urban development authority from income tax and enhance the capability of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) to finance infrastructure projects in the area. Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanyu said that exemption to the urban development authority from the provision of income tax would enabl...

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Barcelona, Real Madrid in Sunday La Liga action

Madrid, Feb 6 (IANS) FC Barcelona and Real Madrid both play away from home on Sunday in the La Liga as the race for the Spanish football title hots up. Depending on Atletico Madrid's result on Saturday evening at home to Eibar, Barcelona could find themselves needing at least a point from their midday kick off away to bottom of the table Levante in order to go back to the top of the tabl...

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Parliamentary panel slams Goa for anti-coconut tree law

Panaji, Feb 6 (IANS) A parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forests on Saturday slammed the Goa government for passing an amendment de-recognising the coconut palm as a tree. The committee, headed by Rajya Sabha member Ashwani Kumar, blamed the state government for its tardy implementation of environmental laws and regulation, and recommended a revi...

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