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Maharashtra trail Tamil Nadu by 155 runs in Ranji semis

Kolkata, Feb 28 (IANS) Centuries from Swapnil Gugale (154) and Chirag Khurana (125) helped Maharashtra end at 390/4 on Day 4 to still trail by 155 runs in the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Eden Gardens here Saturday. Earlier, Tamil Nadu had put up 549 on the board in their first innings. Adding to their overnight score of 110/1, Gugale and Khurana strung together a partnership of 270 ru...

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Bengal hospitals refusing swine flu patients: NGO tells Mamata

Kolkata, Feb 28 (IANS) NGO People for Better Treatment (PBT) has termed as unlawful the refusal to treat swine flu patients by certain hospitals in West Bengal, and said it would move court if the state government fails to meet its demands of ensuring proper treatment for all patients. The toll due to swine flu in the state has risen to seven with the death of a person at a city hospital...

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Modi hails budget as progressive, positive

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Terming the 2015-2016 union budget progressive, positive, practical, pragmatic and prudent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said it has a distinct focus on farmers, youth, poor, neo-middle class and 'aam nagrik' (common man). The budget delivers on growth, equity and job creation, Modi said. It was investment-friendly, removes all doubts on tax issu...

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Budget is against poor, favours corporates: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram Saturday slammed the Union budget saying it was against the poor, had cruel cuts in allocations for weaker sections and favoured corporates. Chidambaram told reporters here that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had left the economy on way to recovery but Finance Minister Arun Jaitle...

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Windies legend Lloyd hails 'terrific' Gayle

Sydney, Feb 28 (IANS) Chris Gayle has come in for high praise from cricket World Cup legend Clive Lloyd who has compared the opener's strength with that of former West Indies batting supremo Vivian Richards. The left-handed Gayle wrote his name in the record books when he hammered a World Cup record 215 against Zimbabwe in Canberra Tuesday as West Indies strolled to a 73-run victory, rep...

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India beat UAE, earn third World Cup win

Perth, Feb 28 (IANS) India achieved their third consecutive victory in the cricket World Cup when they comprehensively beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by nine wickets in a Pool B encounter at the WACA here Saturday. After bowling out the UAE for 102, the lowest total of the current World Cup and UAE's lowest One-Day International (ODI) score, in 31.3 overs, India achieved the paltry ...

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At Rs.246,727 crore, India's defence spend hiked 7 percent

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) At Rs.246,727 crore ($40 billion), India's defence spend was Saturday hiked a modest 7.74 percent, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley declaring that defence of every inch of our land is above everything else. Presenting the budget for 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said the government was following a policy of transparency and quick decision-making in procurem...

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Nothing for poor, common people in budget: Nitish

Patna, Feb 28 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday said there was nothing specific for poor and common people in the budget presented by union finance minister Arun Jaitley. There is nothing for common people and poor in the budget, he told media persons here, adding the state would be badly hit by increase in service tax. Service sector is one of the highest growing...

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Sports budget hiked by Rs.384.52 crore

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday allocated Rs.1541.13 crore to the ministry of youth affairs and sports for 2015-16, an increase of approximately Rs.384.52 crore from the last financial year. For the 2014-15 year, the sports ministry was earmarked Rs.1156.61 crore. The Youth Welfare Scheme is a major beneficiary, getting Rs.336.62 crore as against l...

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Syrian forces recapture towns from rebels

Damascus, Feb 28 (IANS) Syrian troops Saturday made fresh progress in their battles in the southern province of Daraa as part of a declared offensive to dislodge the rebels from key areas there, media reported. The Syrian government forces recaptured the towns of Tal Qarin and other strategic towns in the triangle of the northwestern countryside of Daraa, the province of Qunaitera, south...

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Tourism ministry gets 33 percent hike in budget

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) An amount of Rs.1,573.07 crore has been earmarked for the tourism ministry for 2015-16, giving it a rise of 33 percent over last fiscal's allocation, in the union budget presented Saturday. Plan expenditure allocation for 2015-2016 is Rs.1,573.07 crore against last year's Rs.1,182.99 crore. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the budget in parl...

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Sunny Saturday in Delhi, rain likely Sunday

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) It was sunny Saturday in the national capital with the maximum temperature settling at 29.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above season's average. The met department has forecast a light rainfall or thunder showers in some parts of the city Sunday. The sky will be partly cloudy. One or two spell of light rain or thundershowers could occur in some parts of the city...

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People wanted scam, corruption to end: Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday took a dig at the previous United Progressive Alliance government during his budget speech, saying that people wanted scam, scandal and corruption raj to end and the Narendra Modi government has lived up to their trust. Jaitley referred to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's historic victory in the Lok Sabha election...

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Palestinian youth killed in Gaza blast

Gaza, Feb 28 (IANS) A 21-year-old man was killed and his brother critically wounded after a bomb exploded Saturday in Rafah town in southern Gaza Strip, medics said. Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza health ministry spokesman, told Xinhua news agency that the man was killed and his brother wounded after an explosive device suddenly exploded east of Rafah town. Security officials in Gaza said...

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Budget for growth, savings, industrial development, middle class: Corporate India

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Perceiving the union Budget 2015-16 as progressive, one which provides an enabling business environment for foreign investment, Corporate India feels it is aimed at growth, savings, industrial development, and for the middle class. Here are some reactions: S.P. Hinduja, global chairman, Hinduja Group With higher transfer of tax revenues, the state...

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Petrol, diesel rates hiked by Rs.3 a litre each

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Prices of petrol and diesel have been raised by Rs.3.18 and Rs.3.09 a litre (ex-Delhi), effective midnight, following a steep increase in international crude prices, Indian Oil Corp announced here Saturday. ...

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Iran to play Chile, Sweden in football friendlies

Tehran, Feb 28 (IANS) Iran will play football friendlies against Chile and Sweden next month. Iran will meet Chile in Austria March 26 and will then face Sweden in Stockholm's Friends Arena March 31, reports Xinhua. The Iran-Chile match was supposed to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, March 25 but the Swedish Football Association cancelled it for commercial reasons. Chile w...

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AAP government attacks union budget

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The AAP government in Delhi Saturday criticised the union budget for keeping stagnant the non-plan grant for the capital - an amount not hiked for 14 long years. The Delhi government also said there was no mention of funds for water and power reforms in the city unlike the current fiscal when the Narendra Modi government gave Rs.500 crore and Rs.200 crore for the...

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Mamata not even a member when I floated Trinamool: Mukul

New Delhi/Kolkata, Feb 28 (IANS) Refusing to read much into his sacking as the party's national general secretary, sidelined Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy Saturday took a veiled dig at party supremo Mamata Banerjee, saying she was not even a party member when he initiated the process for the Trinamool's formation. I am still a member of parliament elected on a Trinamool...

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Bundesliga match continues despite extremists' warning

Bremen (Germany), Feb 28 (IANS) Werder Bremen's Bundesliga match against Wolfsburg won't change its schedule Sunday despite Bremen police warning of danger posed by Islamic extremists here. There is currently no thought of a postponement, Werder chief executive Thomas Eichin said Saturday, reports Xinhua. The police said security would be tightened in the city centre and the airp...

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