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Mamata condoles J.B. Patnaik's death

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday condoled the death of three-time Odisha chief minister Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, saying he was always generous in giving her time to meet during her initial career phase. Saddened to hear JB Patnaik passed away. I knew him well. In my early career, whenever I visited Odisha, he was generous with his time. RIP, B...

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Ashwin is an exceptional bowler, says Vettori

Bengaluru, April 21 (IANS) Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Daniel Vettori says Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is an exceptional bowler. He has been around for a long time and been successful. He is one guy who is always developing himself and updating his game to go with the new challenges. That is a sign that he is an exceptional spin bowler, Vettori was quoted as s...

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22 hydrocarbon production-sharing contracts under arbitration

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) As many as 22 arbitration cases have been initiated in the last 15 years relating to production-sharing contracts entered into by the government with companies for exploration of hydrocarbons in India, the Lok Sabha was informed. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the lower house of parliament on Monday that the government has entered into 310 productio...

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Another cricketer hospitalised in Kolkata with head injury

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) A day after the death of young cricketer Ankit Keshri due to an on-field injury, another cricketer Rahul Ghosh was hospitalised here on Tuesday after he sustained an injury while fielding during a local league game. He has an injury in the left side of the head. There was bleeding. CT scan has been done. It shows a clot. He is now stable but has to be kept under ...

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AAP to hold rally against land ordinance on Wednesday

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will hold a rally here on Wednesday to oppose the land ordinance, it was announced on Tuesday. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also participate in the rally. Speaking to the media, party leader Sanjay Singh said: Arvind Kejriwal will address the crowd at Jantar Mantar tomorrow (Wednesday). He added that a proc...

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Twitterverse in splits over new Pakistan-China think tank

Islamabad, April 21 (IANS) Pakistan and China on Saturday launched a new Joint Think Tank called Research and Development International, dedicated to work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. But its official acronym, RANDI, has twitter users in India and Pakistan doubling up in laughter. The name may seem harmless to Chinese readers or to the rest of the world, but readers i...

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Iran urges world to stop Saudi-led attacks on Yemen

Tehran, April 21 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called on the international community to condemn the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen and to help in halting the aggression, which he termed as senseless. Rouhani made the call before leaving Tehran for Indonesia to attend an Asia-Africa meeting, Press TV reported. Rouhani criticised the coalition's attack...

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Knobs, sliders for better control of smartphones?

New York, April 21 (IANS) With smartphones' practical applications increasing by the day, touchscreens are not likely to suffice as control surfaces. Researchers have developed an inexpensive alternative -- a toolbox of physical knobs, sliders and other mechanisms that can be readily added to any device. The researchers drew inspiration from wind instruments in devising these mec...

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Nine militants, two securitymen killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, April 21 (IANS) Five militants and two security personnel were Tuesday killed in an anti-terror operation by the Balochistan Frontier Corps in Pakistan, media reported. The security forces launched an operation against terrorists in Gwadar district of the Balochistan province on Tuesday morning, Dawn online quoted Frontier Corps spokesperson Khan Wasey as saying. The e...

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Nolan uses 'intuition, geometry' to make films

New York, April 21 (IANS) The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has described his filmmaking process as some combination of intuition and geometry. He opened up about it in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. I don't write a story outline, Nolan told a packed house of festival-goers during the discussion with fellow dire...

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Protest held outside Sri Lankan parliament

Colombo, April 21 (IANS) Thousands of supporters of Mahinda Rajapakse staged a protest outside the Sri Lankan parliament on Tuesday, demanding the bribery allegations against the former president be dropped. The demonstration, organized by a group of opposition parliamentarians from the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), was held within the high security zone outside the parliament...

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Sonia, Rahul condole J.B. Patnaik's death

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday condoled the death of former Odisha chief minister Janaki Ballabh Patnaik. In her message, Sonia Gandhi said Patnaik served as Odisha chief minister thrice, a union minister and as a governor. She also said the late leader spent decades in the service of people and added t...

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Government to auction 69 marginal fields of ONGC, Oil India

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The government will soon auction 69 marginal oil and gas fields to be surrendered by state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp. and Oil India, a top official said on Tuesday. Marginal field policy will have approval soon for 69 fields which ONGC and Oil India have agreed to give. We hope to put them for bidding, Petroleum Secretary Saurabh Chandra told reporters here ...

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Palicki, Blood to topline 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' spin-off

Los Angeles, April 21 (IANS) Actors Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood have been tapped to lead the upcoming spin-off of TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Palicki and Blood will reprise their roles as Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird and Lance Hunter respectively. They first joined the series in season two, bringing a Mr. and Mrs. Smith like dynamic to the show, reports hollywoodreporter.com

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HCL net up 3.6 percent in third quarter

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Global software services major HCL Technologies Ltd. has posted Rs.1,683 crore net profit for third quarter (January-March) of fiscal 2014-15, registering 3.6 percent growth year-on-year (YoY). Sequentially, however, net profit declined 12.2 percent from second quarter (October-December), as per the Indian accounting standard. Revenue for the quarter un...

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Sunrisers' Williamson thoroughly enjoying first IPL stint

Visakhapatnam, April 21 (IANS) New Zealand and Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kane Williamson said his first Indian Premier League (IPL) outing has been a very different experience playing alongside local Indian players and international cricketers whom he had played so much against. It's great to be involved alongside a lot of local Indian players who are extremely talented and also alongs...

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East Bengal entertain Salgaocar in mid-table I-League clash

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) Though it is a clash between the fifth and sixth-placed teams in the I-League points table, local giants East Bengal go into their match against Salgaocar FC with a six-point lead and will be hoping to extend the gap further at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Wednesday. A win for either side will boost their chances of ending in the top three at the end of the tour...

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Bharat Jadhav returns to Bollywood in 'P Se PM Tak'

Mumbai, April 21 (IANS) Marathi actor Bharat Jadhav, who ventured into Bollywood with Sanjay Jha's Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye 12 years ago, is all set to come back to Hindi filmdom with Kundan Shah's next film P Se PM Tak. The actor turned down several Hindi film offers after his debut before finally giving his nod to P Se PM Tak even before he heard the entire script, only because Sha...

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Nine killed as bus catches fire in UP

Lucknow, April 21 (IANS) Nine people were burnt alive and six critically injured when a state transport bus caught fire in Amethi on Tuesday, police said. Besides, fourteen others also sustained burn injuries and are now being treated at local medical facilities. Two passengers, who are in critical condition, have been rushed to Lucknow for treatment, officials said. The...

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Ranbir not on any social media platform, says dad Rishi

Mumbai, April 21 (IANS) Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor took to social media to put the record straight about his son and Bollywood's heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor staying aloof from all virtual platforms. The Bobby actor took to Twitter to warn his fans to steer away from fake accounts in Ranbir's name on the micro-blogging site. Hello friends. This is Ranbir's dad. Just want to state tha...

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