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US business and industry urged to seize India's potential

Washington, May 7 (IANS) With India moving quickly on its commitment to reform, the new Indian ambassador to the US, Arun K. Singh, has expressed confidence that American business and industry will seize the potential to reinforce India-US strategic ties. We are in a very momentous phase of our relationship, he said in an address Wednesday to the US-India Business Council, with a members...

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Key Indian equities indices open tad higher, but sink

Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) Key Indian equities indices opened slightly higher on Thursday but sank soon after, following its crash to the lowest level in 20 weeks the day before, on dampened sentiments over retrospective taxation and mixed corporate results. The 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) began the day's session at 26,721.34 points, against the previou...

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11 killed in Bengal cracker factory blast

Kolkata, May 7 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed and seven injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory in West Bengal, police said on Thursday. The explosion took place late on Wednesday at Pingla in West Midnapore district. Eleven people have been killed and seven others injured in the explosion that took place in a fire cracker factory. The condition of the injured is ...

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Flamengo consider Robinho bid

Rio de Janerio, May 7 (IANS) Brazilian giants Flamengo are considering a move to sign Robinho, said a media report on Thursday. The Brazil international winger has recaptured his best form since joining Santos on a year-long loan from AC Milan last August, Xinhua reported. Despite having expressed his wish to remain at Santos after his loan expires, the 31-year-old is said to be ...

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India becoming one of world's fastest growing economies: IMF

Washington, May 7 (IANS) India's growth rate is expected to rise to 7.5 percent this year and next, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world, according to the IMF's latest economic health check. The other Asian giant China's economy is slowing to a more sustainable pace - 6.8 percent GDP growth in 2015, and 6.3 percent in 2016, according to the International Monetary F...

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Spanish football federation announces strike from May 16

Madrid, May 7 (IANS) The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Wednesday that it was declaring a strike which will paralyse Spanish football from May 16, a media report said on Thursday. The strike will affect the last two weeks which are programmed for the BBVA Primera Liga and the final of the Copa del Rey knockout competition which is due to be played in the Camp Nou Stadium...

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Reese Witherspoon launches fashion line

Los Angeles, May 7 (IANS) Actress Reese Witherspoon is launching her own lifestyle and sportswear line called Draper James. The actress has created the line which will reflect touches of her upbringing to help the fashion-conscious women in the south of the US to feel seen, reports femalefirst.co.uk. About 40 percent of her entire Draper James collection will be produced in the s...

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Manned mission to international space station to be delayed: Roscosmos

Moscow, May 7 (IANS) Russian federal space agency Roscosmos has said that the upcoming manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) would be re-scheduled due to the recent failure of the Progress M-27M cargo craft. The programme of the next expedition to the ISS on May 26 may be adjusted due to possible postponements of the launch dates of cargo spacecraft and amendments to th...

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US halts mission to accompany cargo vessels in Strait of Hormuz

Washington, May 7 (IANS) The Pentagon has decided to terminate its mission to accompany US-flagged cargo vessels in the Strait of Hormuz given that tensions with Iran in the region have receded. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren on Wednesday said that US warships will now limit their activities to routine maritime security operations in the waterway, reports Efe. Since late Ap...

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Egypt forces kill 21 militants in Sinai

Cairo, May 7 (IANS) At least 21 militants were killed by the Egyptian armed forces during air raids on their cells in Rafah border city of North Sinai province, media reported. The forces used Apaches in the operation which belonged to Sinai-based Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) group, Xinhua cited source as saying. An Apache attacked on a farm at Sahel al-Bahr area ...

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I just knew: Kinney on proposing to Gaga

Los Angeles, May 7 (IANS) Actor Taylor Kinney, who got engaged to singer Lady Gaga on February 14 last year, says he had no doubts about getting down on his knees. Discussing the special moment, Kinney, 33, said: It was snowing - it was beautiful. Why he decided to ask her to be his wife after four years of dating? I just knew. It wasn't a light bulb going off, he told th...

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Cooper 'made out' with Irina Shayk

New York, May 7 (IANS) Actor Bradley Cooper and model Irina Shayk were spotted making out here. They were seen together at singer Rihanna's Met Gala (an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute here) after-party on Monday. The duo stayed at the venue until three or four in the morning. Sources told the New York Post newspaper's...

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Matthew McConaughey's happy life

Los Angeles, May 7 (IANS) Actor Matthew McConaughey is happy about his life and gets excited at everything his day has in store. I get to wake up next to someone who I know loves me the way she does -- my wife -- who gave birth to our three beautiful, healthy children. I get to live in a nice place, and I have things to look forward to every day -- work, play, and sometimes nothing at al...

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Britney Spears 'embarrassed' by onstage fall

Los Angeles, May 7 (IANS) Singer Britney Spears felt embarrassed when she fell over onstage last week because it has never happened to her before. I wasn't actually doing anything that hard (when I fell), I was just kind of bopping around. I've done plenty of shows, and never actually fallen onstage, so it was pretty embarrassing. Then I got up and my dancers kind of guided me to keep go...

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Number of displaced people in world reaches over millions

Geneva, May 7 (IANS) The number of people displaced by conflicts has reached a record high of 38 million people, equivalent to the population of major metropolitan cities such as Beijing, London or New York, the UN and the Norwegian Refugee Council, (NRC) said. These are the worst figures for forced displacement in a generation, signaling our complete failure to protect innocent civilian...

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Netanyahu manages inks coalition in the nick of time

Jerusalem, May 7 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to clinch a deal with the nationalist Jewish Home party on Wednesday night, securing a new ruling coalition with a tiny majority in the 120-member parliament. At a joint press conference, the fourth-time prime minister announced the deal, which was reached hours before the deadline to form the new government th...

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Australia announces $19m aid for Pakistan

Islamabad, May 7 (IANS) Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during his two-day visit to Pakistan announced a $19 million aid package for Pakistan that includes help for areas hit by conflict and natural disasters, media reports. Bishop was holding talks with Pakistani prime ministers key advisor Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on efforts to counter militancy, the future of Afghanistan and ...

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Scarlett Johansson wooed husband with meatloaf

Los Angeles, May 7 (IANS) Actress Scarlett Johansson wooed her husband Romain Dauriac by cooking turkey meatloaf. My husband says he fell in love with me when I made him turkey meatloaf, which is so ridiculous and so American and my husband is French. But I think it was probably the American flavour that hooked him, Johansson said, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I live in Paris so w...

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With the clock winding down, Netanyahu secures a coalition

Jerusalem, May 7 (IANS) Less than two hours before the deadline was set to expire on Wednesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hammered out a deal with Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett, allowing him to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he has successfully cobbled together a 61-seat coalition -- the minimal number required for a Knesset majority. The leaders wer...

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Samuel L.Jackson wants to be 'Bond' villain

Los Angeles, May 7 (IANS) Actor Samuel L.Jackson has shown interest in playing a villain in a James Bond movie. I've always wanted to be in a 'Bond' film, but I don't think I'll ever get to be in one. I feel like this would be a good time to play a really great Bond villain, Jackson, who will play a US president in the forthcoming movie Big Game, said in a statement. Directed by...

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