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World powers push hard for Iran nuclear deal

Lausanne, March 30 (IANS) The world powers negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran have gone on the overdrive to clinch a framework agreement before the March 31 deadline, with the US, German and French representatives cancelling travel plans to attend the talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled a planned return to the US to attend an event honouring his late Senate colleague Edwa...

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Cate Blanchett's cruel co-star experience

Los Angeles, March 30 (IANS) Actress Cate Blanchett says she once had an unhappy female co-star being cruel to her. Without naming the actor, the 45-year-old told Grazia magazine that the co-actor's behaviour towards her was because of unhappiness, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I've only had one bad experience with an actress, quite early on. Sometimes when people are unhappy, they ...

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Will destroy all Houthi missiles within days: Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, March 30 (IANS) Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that all ballistic missiles of Yemen's Houthi rebels will be destroyed in the coming days, Xinhua reported citing Al Arabiya News. Warplanes of the Saudi-led 10-state coalition raided Yemen's capital Sanaa on Sunday, as the Decisive Storm military operation in Yemen against the Shia Houthi group entered the fourth day. The Saudi...

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Former Delhi legislator shot dead

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Bharat Singh was shot at by unidentified gunmen here during a religious programme on Sunday evening, and succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, police said. The 38-year-old Bharat Singh and two of his aides were injured when they were shot at around 8.10 p.m. while attending the programme at Abhinandan Vatika i...

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Four arrested for cricket betting in Kolkata

Kolkata, March 30 (IANS) Four people were arrested here on Sunday in connection with a cricket betting racket, police said. Following a tip off, police raided a flat in Ashwininagar in the Baguiati area in the city's north eastern outskirts and nabbed the four. Cash amounting to Rs.40,000, besides two laptops and 15 mobile phones were also seized. This is the second crick...

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Man on round-the-world journey dies in aircraft crash

Quito, March 29 (IANS/EFE) A 62-year-old Swiss pharmaceutical executive who was trying to complete a round-the-world trip in 20 months was killed when his ultra-light aircraft crashed in Ecuador, the General Civil Aviation Administration (DGAC) said. Eric Guilloud died on Saturday when his AEROSPOOL WT9 ultra-light plane went down in Cotopaxi, a province in central Ecuador, the DGAC said...

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World Women's Chess: Harika, Mariya's first semi-final game a draw

Chennai, March 29 (IANS) India's Grandmaster (GM) Harika Dronavalli on Sunday drew her first game in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final round against Ukraine's Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 60 moves at Sochi in Russia. The 24-year-old Dronavalli (FIDE rating 2492), ranked 16th among the women chess players, drew the game fighting hard against the 23-year-old Muzychu...

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Bangladesh opposition calls 48-hour strike from Monday

Dhaka, March 29 (IANS) Bangladesh's main opposition alliance has called another round of nationwide strike from Monday morning demanding safe return of a leader who went missing several weeks ago. Barkat Ullah Bulu, Spokesperson of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), made the strike announcement through a press release on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

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EU ban on Tamil rebels to remain: Sri Lanka

Colombo, March 29 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government on Sunday said that it had managed to convince the European Union (EU) to maintain a ban on the Tamil Tiger rebels despite an earlier EU court decision to lift some sanctions on the group. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that efforts of the new government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickrem...

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Former legislator shot at in Delhi, critical

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Bharat Singh was on Sunday battling for his life in a hospital along with two of his aides after they were shot at by unidentified gunmen here during a religious programme, police said. Bharat Singh was shot at around 8.10 p.m. when the 38-year-old was attending a religious programme at Abhinandan Vatika in south...

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Arab leaders agree to form unified force

Cairo, March 29 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday said that Arab League (AL) member states have agreed on the formation of a joint Arab military force to counter growing security threats. A high level committee will be formed to start implementation of the joint Arab force decision, Sisi said. In his speech on the final day of the two-day Arab summit held i...

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30 IS militants killed in Iraq

Baghdad, March 29 (IANS) At least 30 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Sunday in clashes and US-led coalition airstrikes in the Iraqi provinces of Salahudin and Anbar, security sources said. In Salahudin province, the security forces backed by the US and Iraqi aircraft continued their battles to free the IS-held provincial capital city of Tikrit and made a slight advance in the...

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Six killed in blast in Andhra firecrackers unit

Hyderabad, March 29 (IANS) At least six people were killed and six others injured in an explosion on Sunday in a firecrackers unit in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam district, police said The accident occurred in Gokulapadu village of S. Rayavaram mandal, about 100 km from coastal city of Visakhapatnam. Police said loud explosions were heard and fire destroyed the building. Fire t...

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World Women's Chess semi-final: Harika draws against Mariya in first game

Chennai, March 29 (IANS) India's Grandmaster (GM) Harika Dronavalli on Sunday drew her first game in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final round against Ukraine's Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 60 moves at Sochi in Russia. The 24-year-old Dronavalli (FIDE rating 2492), ranked 16th among the women chess players, drew the game fighting hard against the 23-year-old Muzychu...

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World Women's Chess semi-final: Harika draws against Mariya in first game

Chennai, March 29 (IANS) India's Grandmaster (GM) Harika Dronavalli on Sunday drew her first game in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final round against Ukraine's Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 60 moves at Sochi in Russia. ...

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Jaitley assures central help for rain-affected farmers

Jaipur, March 29 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who on Sunday met rain and hailstorm-affected farmers in Rajasthan, assured the state that the central government would provide all possible help for providing relief to the affected farmers. There is also a need for change in the norms for disaster relief, Jaitley said while talking to media after meeting Chief Minister Vasund...

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Lee a committed karma yogi, says Modi; joins world leaders in tribute

Singapore/New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined many world leaders at the funeral of Singapore founder and first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew who he described as a committed karma yogi and among the tallest leaders of our times. In India, as a tribute to Singapore's founding father, the government observed a day's national mourning and the national flag was flown ...

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Mitchell Starc: Bowler who dominated the batsman's game

Melbourne, March 29 (IANS) Who could have imagined at the start of the World Cup that in a batsman-dominated game, the player of the tournament would eventually be a fast bowler? Australia's Mitchell Starc showed that a bowler with the right pace and control can make a mark in cricket's biggest stage, even in conditions favouring willowers. Consistently delivering at 145 km and swinging ...

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FDCI locks dates for next AIFW seasons

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the country's apex fashion body on Sunday announced dates for the Amazon India Fashion Week spring-summer and autumn-winter 2016 seasons. The AIFW SS'16 is scheduled for October 14-18, 2015, while the AIFW AW'16 will be held from March 16-20 next year, said a statement. The bi-annual events, organised by the F...

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17 killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, March 29 (IANS) At least 17 people - 15 militants and two army personnel - were killed across Afghanistan in a 24-hour period, the defence ministry said on Sunday. A total of 15 terrorists have been killed and seven others injured over the past 24 hours, defence ministry spokesperson Zahir Azimi tweeted, reported Xinhua. According to Azimi, the security forces also discove...

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