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Dave Chappelle sues man for throwing banana peel

Los Angeles, April 2 (IANS) American comdian Dave Chappelle pressed charges against a man who threw a banana peel at his leg during a show in Mexico. The man was charged with disorderly conduct, and was imprisoned in Santa Fe County Detention Center on Monday night, reports aceshowbiz.com Andrea Dobyns, a Santa Fe police spokewoman, said that the incident began when Chappelle not...

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Iran nuclear talks extended until April 2

Lausanne, April 2 (IANS) Negotiations over the Iranian nuclear programme has been extended for the second time after the world powers and Iran missed the March 31 deadline for a preliminary accord. The talks will now continue into Thursday. US state department spokesperson Marie Harf said progress had been made in the talks, adding that US Secretary of State John Kerry would be staying u...

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Iran talks productive, progressing: US

Washington, April 2 (IANS) The US said on Wednesday that the Iran nuclear talks underway in Switzerland that are aimed at laying the groundwork for a potentially historic agreement have been productive and making progress. The sense that we have is that, yes, the talks continue to be productive and that progress is being made, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday, accordi...

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Yemen evacuation: Over 350 head home on two IAF flights

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The Indian evacuation efforts of its stranded nationals in strife-torn Yemen was in full swing on Wednesday, as two Indian Air Force flights took off from Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, carrying over 350 Indian nationals back home even as a naval ship went back to a Yemeni port to ferry more Indians to safety. A Globemaster transport plane took off from Djibou...

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Israel's new missile defence system to be operational by 2016

Jerusalem, April 1 (IANS) A new Israeli missile defence system may enter service as early as next year, the defence ministry announced on Wednesday. David's Sling or Magic Wand was successfully tested and could become operational as early as 2016, Xinhua cited the ministry as saying in a statement. The new system will undergo a final test in the near future, the ministry added.

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Human resources can become dividend if utilised properly: President

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) With India set to have over half of the world's working population, this human resource can become a dividend if it is utilised properly, President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Wednesday. While the population of Europe and China are ageing, India will have more than half of the working population of the world. This human resource can become a dividend if it is ut...

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Centre using smokescreen of deception: Jairam

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has targeted the central government for using smokescreen of deception reflected in the land acquisition bill, and said that in contrast, the UPA regime was second to none in promoting rural development. Ramesh also said the Congress never objected to a debate or shied away from a public discourse as alleged by union Road Transport ...

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Friendly ties with Bangladesh not at cost of troopers' lives: Rajnath

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) Calling the BSF's non-lethal strategy a myth, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said friendly relationship with Bangladesh cannot be at the cost of lives of Indian troopers. There is nothing like a non-lethal strategy. What is paramount that our borders need to be protected? I cannot allow that the jawans are attacked and they cannot fire in self-defence, s...

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ONGC sells 23 percent stake in Tripura power firm for Rs.426 crore

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) India Infrastructure Fund II will acquire 23.5 percent stake worth about Rs.426 crore in ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC), jointly promoted by ONGC, IL&FS Energy Development Company (IEDCL) and the government of Tripura, state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp said on Wednesday. ONGC said in a statement here that after the transaction, the shareholding in OTPC ...

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Flydubai airline expands services to Chennai

Dubai, April 1 (IANS/WAM) Dubai-based airline Flydubai on Wednesday expanded its network with the launch of services to Chennai, keeping in view the growing travel market between India and the UAE. The launch of the Chennai route will be served with three flights a week, which will see flydubai operate 29 weekly flights between Dubai and India, said a company release. Flydubai CE...

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Rays Power to make 7 MW solar rooftop project for Delhi Metro

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Solar power solutions provider Rays Power Experts on Wednesday said it has won a contract from Delhi Metro for setting up a 7 MW solar rooftop photovoltaic project on selected stations and sites. Rays Power has bagged the tender for the construction and commissioning of a 7 MW solar roof-top voltaic power plant for selected stations and sites of Delhi Metro Rai...

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Jaswant Singh hospitalised again

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Former union minister Jaswant Singh was on Wednesday readmitted to a hospital here with fever and difficulty in breathing, an official said. Jaswant Singh was brought to the hospital this afternoon by his family with fever and difficulty in breathing, a spokesman with the Army Hospital Research and Referral told IANS. The 76-year-old former Bharatiya Jan...

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Girl shot dead in Bengaluru school hostel, suspect held

Bengaluru, April 1 (IANS) A teenage girl was shot dead at a residential school hostel here allegedly by an office attendant. The suspect has been arrested, police said on Wednesday. The shootout occurred around 10 p.m. Tuesday, when the 41-year-old accused, Mahesh, barged into the hostel room of 17-year-old Gauthami and fired at her from close range with a sophisticated pistol and fled t...

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175 Indians evacuated from Yemen to reach Kochi

New Delhi/Kochi, April 1 (IANS) The first batch of 175 Indians -- 135 from Kerala and 40 from Tamil Nadu -- evacuated from strife-torn Yemen and taken to Djibouti will land at the Kochi airport after midnight, the external affairs ministry and a Kerala minister overseeing the arrival said on Wednesday. Braving the weather with high spirits the Indian nationals evacuated from Aden now in ...

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Giriraj does it again: Remark on Sonia's 'white skin' triggers outrage

New Delhi/Patna, April 1 (IANS) Union Minister Giriraj Singh caused embarrassment to the government and triggered outrage on Wednesday with a racist remark about Congress president Sonia Gandhi's skin colour. The Congress demanded his dismissal, while Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra said he was appalled at the remark which was a reflection of the BJP leader's lack of respect for women. ...

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DD documentary on Mrinal Sen handed over to filmmaker

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) As part of its tribute to India's living legends, Doordarshan has made a documentary on legendary film maker Mrinal Sen, the DVD of which was handed to the nonagenarian movie maker here on Wednesday. Titled Celebrating Mrinal Sen, the four-episode documentary is primarily based on conversations between the maestro and renowned film critic and analyst Sameek Bandyo...

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Togadia banned from entering Bengal, opposition smells electoral compulsion

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) The Mamata Banerjee government on Wednesday issued prohibitory orders banning the entry of VHP international vice president Praveen Togadia in West Bengal, arguing that his presence could lead to communal tension and disturb public tranquillity. The Vishva Hindu Parishad leader, known for his controversial speeches, was slated to take part in a programme in North ...

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Will release funds for EDMC workers' salaries: Sisodia

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The Delhi government has decided to release funds for payment of salaries of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) sanitation workers, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday. We have decided to release the money for the salaries of sanitation workers of east Delhi. Soon they will get their salaries, Sisodia said at a press briefing in the D...

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Modi lauds secretaries for their good work

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appreciated the good work done by the central government secretaries in the past 10 months, an official statement said. Interacting with the secretaries informally at his official residence here, Modi described the assembled officers as one team. The statement said the prime minister especially lauded them for t...

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ED attaches Rs.742.58 crore property of Maran brothers

Chennai, April 1 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday announced the attachment of properties worth Rs.742.58 crore held by Dayanidhi Maran, Kalanithi Maran and the latter's wife Kaveri Kalanithi. In a statement, the ED said the attachment was in respect of the offence of money laundering relating to illegal gratification amounting to Rs.742.58 crore received by Dayanidhi ...

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