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Spectrum auction sees bids of Rs.65,000 crore at end of Day Two

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Day Two of the e-auction of radio frequency spectrum, or airwaves, for telecom services saw bids placed for all the four frequencies on the block, with the eight companies in the fray making an offer for Rs.65,000 crore at the end of the 11th round, the government said on Thursday. The auction of spectrum in 2,100 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz Bands re- co...

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YouTube blocks access to BBC documentary

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) YouTube Thursday blocked access to the controversial BBC documentary on the December 16, 2012 gang rape, citing court orders. The documentary India's Daughter, by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, carrying an interview with Mukesh Singh, one of the six men who brutally raped the young woman, has kicked up a storm in India. A court had issued a restraining ...

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University of Mumbai VC asked to resume work

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) Exactly two weeks after asking University of Mumbai Vice-Chancellor Rajan Welukar to abstain from duties, Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao Thursday asked him to resume work. The governor's decision follows a ruling by the Supreme Court on February 27, an official said. On February 19, Welukar had been relieved of his charge pursuant to a bunch of petitions fil...

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India-born woman to head JP Morgan's North America M&A

New York, March 5 (IANS) Financial giant JP Morgan Chase has elevated India-born Anu Aiyengar as co-head of mergers and acquisitions for North America, a media report said on Thursday. Aiyengar and Henry Gosebruch, both 42 years old, will soon assume the newly created roles. Aiyengar has worked on several of JP Morgan's biggest assignments in recent years, focusing on consumer, r...

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Paes-Hingis gift PM autographed racquets

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Tennis legends Leander Paes and Martina Hingis presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi autographed racquets with which they won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on February 1. It was wonderful meeting you @mhingis & @Leander! Kind of you @mhingis & @Leander to present autographed racquets with which you played Aus Open Mixed Doubles Finals, Modi tw...

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Karunanidhi urges party men to be united

Chennai, March 5 (IANS) DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Thursday urged party men to add unity as the fourth principle of the party after duty, dignity and discipline. Speaking at the party's executive committee meeting, Karunanidhi urged the party men to maintain unity among themselves to win the elections and take forward the community. After duty, dignity and discipline (the pa...

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Indian women's hockey team sets sights on Rio Olympics

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) India will be the clear favourites as eight international women's teams battle it out to progress along the road to the 2016 Rio Olympics this weekend when the Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2 gets underway at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here. The tournament, which takes place between March 7-15, will witness Malaysia, Russia, Poland, Ghana, Kazakhst...

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16 swine flu deaths in two Delhi hospitals; official toll is two

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Two top government hospitals in Delhi - Safdarjung Hospital and LNJP Hospital - have reported 16 swine flu deaths this year, top officials said Thursday, contradicting the figure of one death in each hospital given out by the union health ministry. There have been a total of 11 deaths in our hospital this year, Rajpal, the Medical Superintendent of Safdurjung Ho...

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Kolkata's Manipuri community celebrates Holi

Kolkata, March 5 (IANS) Manipuri people in Kolkata on Thursday celebrated Yaoshang, the Manipuri Holi festival, with traditional dances and food. Yaoshang is celebrated for five days commencing from the full moon day (Friday) of Phalguna. The highlight of the festival is the Thabal Chongba (moonlight) folk dance, performed by boys and girls, who form a circle, hold hands, sing an...

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Indian national arrested for blasphemous Facebook post

Riyadh, March 5 (IANS) The Indian consulate in Jeddah has confirmed the arrest of an Indian in Saudi Arabia for allegedly posting a blasphemous image of the Kaaba on his Facebook page, media reported Thursday. Consul General B.S. Mubarak on Wednesday confirmed that the Indian national has been jailed for violating the country's cyber laws, the Arab News reported on Thursday. This...

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Odisha to convert all thatched houses to concrete by 2019

Bhubaneswar, March 5 (IANS) Odisha was working on a mission to implement the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojona and all thatched houses will be converted to concrete ones by the end of 2019, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Thursday. At an event held on Thursday, Patnaik urged the elected members of the three-tier panchayati raj institutions and officials to work for the development of villages...

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Iraqi forces continue advance to free Salahudin province

Baghdad, March 5 (IANS) Iraqi security forces on Thursday continued their advance to free key cities and towns in Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin from the Islamic State (IS) militants, as the troops foiled sporadic counter attacks by the militants, a provincial security source said. The troops and allied Shia and Sunni militias, covered by Iraqi air support, have reached th...

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AAP divide persists even after Bhushan, Yadav exit

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's AAP remained a divided house Thursday, as one party leader alleged that two senior colleagues were dropped from its top decision body though they had offered to step down honourably and another decrying the expose. Even as Yogendra Yadav, who along with Prashant Bhushan was ousted from the nine-member Political Affairs Comm...

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Kejriwal to begin natural therapy for cough

Bengaluru, March 5 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will undergo natural therapy over the next 10 days for treating his dry cough at a private hospital here, a medical officer said Thursday. We have prescribed natural therapy from Friday for Kejriwal who suffers from chronic cough besides having high blood sugar level, said Jindal Naturecure Institute chief medical officer Bab...

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Key points of judgment in Haryana teachers recruitment scam

The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail term for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the illegal teacher recruitment case dating to 2000. It also upheld the conviction of other accused. Following are the key points of the judgment: *The man (O.P. Chautala) was the chief minister of Haryana, capable of much hope and an insp...

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India's inconsistent bowling will be exposed soon: Viv Richards

Perth, March 5 (IANS) West Indies cricket legend Viv Richards on Thursday said that the Indian bowling is not consistent enough and sooner or later it will be exploited by opposition batsmen. In a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website, Richards said that even though India are a force to reckon with at this point of time, they have an inconsistent bowling line-up whic...

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Uber rape victim 'traumatised' due to delay in trial

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The 25-year-old woman executive who was allegedly raped by a driver of the Uber cab company is traumatised due to the undue delay in court proceedings, a close associate said Thursday. The associate said she was traumatised by recalling the same incident again and again. The woman -- who appeared in court wearing a black burqa -- had to face a tough time...

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President to inaugurate 'Festival of Innovations'

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a week-long 'Festival of Innovations' at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday as part of his efforts to create an ecosystem to boost innovations in India. The festival, the first-of-its-kind being held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, is being organised by the president's secretariat in collaboration with the National Innovation Fo...

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Gayle hints at retirement from Test cricket

Perth, March 5 (IANS) West Indies opener Chris Gayle has hinted at the possibility of retiring from Test cricket if his recurring back problem cannot cope with a tight international schedule. Gayle said he plans to assess his future after the World Cup when he meets with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials. However, he says his passion for playing Test cricket remains, reports CMC...

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Activists oppose ban on 'India's Daughter'

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Women activists on Thursday strongly opposed the blanket ban on a BBC documentary titled India's Daughter on the December 16, 2012 gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, arguing that the knee-jerk reaction constitutes an attack on freedom of expression. I have seen the documentary. It is powerful and moving. It does not sensationalize anything, CPI-M politburo mem...

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