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Ritesh Batra gets innovative to revive Mumbai's Irani cafes

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) The Lunchbox fame director Ritesh Batra is trying to revive Mumbai's Irani cafes with a series of events at select spots in the city. The first two sessions were held at Koolar Cafe and Kyani Bakery, while the third session - a candid chat with casting directors Atul Mongia and Seher Latif - was held on Friday at Excelsior Cafe. My objective is to reinvent...

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Vidhu Vinod to host 'Broken Horses' screening for B-Town directors

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) A host of veteran and young Bollywood directors are likely to attend a special screening of Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Hollywood project Broken Horses here on Monday. Chopra is hosting the screening of his maiden Hollywood venture, and it will be attended by the likes of Ramesh Sippy, Pradeep Sarkar, Sudhir Mishra, Sriram Raghavan, Abhishek Kapoor, Vikr...

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Kashmir minister's guard flees with two AK-47 rifles

Srinagar, March 28 (IANS) The personal security guard of a senior Jammu and Kashmir minister fled with two rifles on Saturday, prompting police to launch a massive manhunt. The security guard belongs to Pulwama district of South Kashmir. He was appointed the minister's guard 12 days ago. A senior police officer told IANS here on Saturday that Constable Nisar Ahmad Pandit posted ...

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Saina to become World No.1

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Come Thursday when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings are revised, Saina Nehwal will become the first Indian woman to be ranked No.1 in singles. Following reigning World Champion Carolina Marin's semi-final loss to Ratchanok Intanon at the India Open Superseries here on Saturday, Saina's way became clear to notch the top spot ahead of her own semi-fi...

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Sri Lankan president's brother dies after axe attack

Colombo, March 28 (IANS) The youngest brother of Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday succumbed to injuries he sustained in an axe attack earlier this week. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that Priyantha Sirisena, 40, was in critical condition after the attack on Thursday night and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital where he succumbed to his injuries ...

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India launches its fourth navigation satellite

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), March 28 (IANS) India on Saturday successfully put into orbit its fourth navigation satellite with its own rocket in copy book style. Exactly at 5.19 p.m, the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - (PSLV-C27) standing about 44 metres tall and weighing around 320 tonne, tore into the evening skies with fierce orange flames at its tail. The expendab...

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Medha Patkar quits AAP

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) Senior leader and anti-Narmada Dam activist Medha Patkar on Saturday said that she has quit the AAP following dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan's expulsion from the party's national executive in Delhi. Announcing her decision at a hurriedly convened press conference, Patkar expressed pain over the development and said: Whatever happened in AAP ...

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Australia have advantage due to home conditions: Stephen Fleming

Melbourne, March 28 (IANS) Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming on Saturday said the Michael Clarke-led Australia side has a slight advantage because they know the conditions better than the Black Caps. Four-time world champion Australia face New Zealand in the much awaited cricket World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. Co-hosts New Zealand entered...

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Saina set to become World No.1

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal is set to become the top ranked women's singles player in the world, following Carolina Marin's semi-final loss at the India Open Superseries here on Saturday. ...

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Mercedes' Hamilton takes pole at Malaysian GP

Sepang (Malaysia), March 28 (IANS) Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's qualifying session of the Malaysian Grand Prix here. Hamilton clocked one minute and 49.834 seconds at the rain-affected Sepang International Circuit, beating Vettel by less than a 10th of a second. His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finishe...

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New Zealand team unchanged for World Cup final

Melbourne, March 28 (IANS) New Zealand will bring an unchanged line-up into Sunday's World Cup final against co-hosts Australia here, captain Brendon McCullum confirmed on Saturday. New Zealand head into the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after defeating South Africa by four wickets in Auckland in the first semi-final while Australia saw off defending champions India by 95 runs in...

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Kashmir minister's guard flees with two AK-47 rifles

Srinagar, March 28 (IANS) The personal security guard (PSO) of a senior Jammu and Kashmir minister fled with two rifles on Saturday, prompting police to launch a massive manhunt. A senior police officer told IANS here on Saturday that Constable Nisar Ahmad Pandit posted as personal security guard with the Minister for Public Works, Syed Altaf Bukhari, has escaped with two AK-47 rifles fr...

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Nigeria votes to elect president

Abuja, March 28 (IANS) Polling stations across Nigeria opened on Saturday amid tight security, as more than 56 million eligible voters went to cast their ballots to elect a new president, Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission said. Registration started at 8 a.m. and voting began at 1:30 p.m., Xinhua news agency reported. Fourteen candidates will compete in the presi...

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Medha Patkar quits AAP

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) Senior AAP leader from Maharashtra and anti-Narmada dam activist Medha Patkar quit the party here on Saturday. She made the announcement at a hurriedly convened media conference at her office. ...

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Congress demands CBI probe into chit fund groups in Tripura

Agartala, March 28 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into the activities of all illegal non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and chit fund organisations in Tripura. The Congress alleged that the ruling CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) leaders and members were involved in the activities of chit fund groups, an accusation which was strongly refuted by the Left...

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Modi to leave on Saturday night for Lee funeral

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Singapore on Saturday night to attend the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, on Sunday. India is to observe national mourning on March 29 as a mark of respect to Lee Kuan Yew and the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country on Sunday. There will be no official entertainme...

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Three policemen killed in Manipur militant attack

Aizawl, March 28 (IANS) Three armed Mizoram policemen were gunned down and two others shot at when the Manipur-based militant outfit Hmar People's Convention-Democracy (HPC-D) ambushed a police party in Mizoram on Saturday, a police official said here. The police party led by the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Sakawrdai, Zarzoliana, was accompanying a state assembly team in Zokh...

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Five Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia hotel siege

Mogadishu, March 28 (IANS) Police in Somalia's capital Mogadishu confirmed on Saturday that five Al Shabaab militants were killed by security forces during a siege at Maka al Mukarama hotel that has now ended. The Al Shabaab militants who had stormed the hotel on Friday evening are said to have forced their way into the hotel, some disguised as Somali National Army personnel, and engaged...

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Egypt welcomes formation of joint Arab military force

Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), March 28 (IANS) Egypt welcomes the formation of an Arab united military force to protect Arab national security, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi told an Arab League summit on Saturday. Egypt welcomes the draft resolution submitted by the Arab foreign ministers to the summit regarding the formation of a joint Arab force to be a tool to face the challenges ...

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Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi sacked

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi was sacked on Saturday, the authorities said. President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday directed that Aziz Qureshi shall cease to hold the office of the governor of Mizoram and appointed Keshari Nath Tripathi, governor of West Bengal, to discharge the functions of the governor of Mizoram, an official statement said. ...

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