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Hussey heaps praise on retiring skipper Clarke

Melbourne, March 28 (IANS) Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey on Saturday lauded retiring skipper Michael Clarke's work ethic, saying he has raised the standards of cricket in his country to newer heights. Clarke announced his retirement from One-Day International (ODI) cricket on the eve of the World Cup final against New Zealand here. The standards in the Australian team w...

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New Zealand court holds Indian-origin men guilty of murder

Wellington, March 28 (IANS) A court in New Zealand has found two Indian-origin men guilty of murder and they are expected to be jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of at least 10 years, media reported. Shivneel Kumar, 20, and Bryne Permal, 22, were on trial for nearly a month in the High Court at Auckland for the murder of a compatriot Indian-origin man, Shalvin Prasad, 21, ...

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Three-nation visit to focus on economic agenda, job creation: Modi

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his tour to France, Germany and Canada from April 10-16 would be focused on supporting India's national economic agenda through programmes like Make in India in order to create jobs for the youth. In a series of tweets, linked to his Facebook post, Modi spoke about his upcoming three-nation tour - his second overseas visit this...

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Mohun Bagan extend I-League supremacy with 1-0 win over East Bengal

Kolkata, March 28 (IANS) Indian striker Balwant Singh's second-half strike enabled Mohun Bagan to conquer traditional rivals East Bengal 1-0 in the return-leg of the I-league football tournament at the Salt Lake stadium here on Saturday. The win extended Mohun Bagan's undefeated streak in the competition to nine matches and consolidated their supremacy atop the points table with 21 point...

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Prashanth bags tennis title

Chennai, March 28 (IANS) Vijay Shankar Prashanth lived up to his higher ranking by defeating Russia's Ivan Gakhov 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6) in the final of the MCC-S.R. Subramaniam Memorial ITF Men's Futures tennis tournament here on Saturday. Ranked 476, Prashanth survived a mid-match slump to overcome Gakhov (619), whose dream run, that included a quarter-final win over top seed Saketh Myneni, ...

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Schoolgirl gang raped in Bengal, two arrested

Kolkata, March 28 (IANS) A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped on Saturday in West Bengal's Hooghly district, police said. The incident was reported from Uttarpara area in the district. Police said the accused took the girl, studying in class 9, to a deserted building and raped her. Two arrests have been made and they have been produced in a court, police said. ...

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President, PM congratulate Saina

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated India's top women's shuttler Saina Nehwal on Saturday after the 25-year-old was assured of becoming the World No.1. Saina on Saturday reached her maiden women's singles final of the $275,000 India Open Superseries by defeating unseeded Japanese Yui Hashimoto 21-15, 21-11 in only 44 minute...

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Srikanth enters maiden India Open final

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth eased into the men's singles final of the $275,000 India Open Superseries at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Saturday. The World No.4 defeated China's Xue Song 21-16, 21-13 in 42 minutes to enter the summit clash where he will take on Danish sixth seed Viktor Axelsen. Earlier, India's Saina Nehwal also entered t...

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B.K. Birla's wife Sarala passes away

Kolkata, March 28 (IANS) Sarala Birla, wife of prominent industrialist B.K. Birla, passed away on Saturday in Delhi, family sources said here. She was 90. Married to B.K. Birla since 1942, she is survived by two daughters Jayshree and Manjushree and her husband, now 94 years old. Their son Aditya Vikram died in 1995. Sources said she died from old age complications. Sar...

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Indian industry should donate to academia: IIT-R director

Roorkee (Uttarakhand), March 28 (IANS) IIT-Roorkee Director Pradipta Banerji said on Saturday that Indian industry should emulate the Western model and donate to academia in India while addressing the media on the sidelines of the Cognizance festival. He cited the examples of Cornell University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which receive generous funds from industry and...

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Yadav, Bhushan sacked from AAP panel, may take legal recourse

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Less than two months after it stormed to power in the national capital, the AAP virtually split on Saturday after it expelled four dissident leaders, including Prashant Bushan and Yogendra Yadav, from its National Executive in a stormy meet marred by chaos and protests. The duo, who are the founding members of country's youngest political party, reiterated that...

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Website of Nigerian poll panel hacked on election day

Abuja, March 28 (IANS) The official website of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is suspected to have been hacked, the electoral body said on Saturday, as a crucial presidential election is being held in the West African country. In a terse statement, the Nigerian electoral body said its website, www.inecnigeria.org, had been taken over at some moment after 11 a....

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Apple boss to donate millions to charity

London, March 28 (IANS) American multinational Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has announced that he will donate millions of dollars of his wealth to charity before he dies, a media report said on Saturday. Cook said he would leave his wealth, worth over $800 million, to philanthropic causes after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education, BBC reported citing a Fortune magaz...

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Yemeni president wants strikes against Houthis to continue

Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), March 28 (IANS) Yemeni President Abd Rabbou Mansour Hadi urged the Arab countries on Saturday to continue their military operation against the Shia Houthi group until it is fully defeated, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported. Addressing the 26th Arab League summit in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Shiekh, he said the ongoing Saudi-led coalition operati...

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Odisha Planning Board met once in last 11 years

Bhubaneswar, March 28 (IANS) The State Planning Board of Odisha has met only once in the last 11 years while no proposal for state budget preparation was approved in the meeting. Replying to a written question of BJP MLA Dilip Ray, Planning and Coordination Minister Usha Devi told the assembly that the planning board has met only once in the last 11 years even though formulation of polic...

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AAP executive meet hijacked, may take legal recourse: Bhushan, Yadav

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) AAP founding members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were sacked from the party's National Executive on Saturday, said the meeting was hijacked by the Arvind Kejriwal camp and hinted at seeking legal recourse. Accusing party convener Arvind Kejriwal and his camp of unethical practices, they termed the meeting unconstitutional and illegal. Hinti...

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Madappa, Simarjeet for Nepal Amateur Open golf

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) After his recent success in last week's Faldo Series in China, Kolkata's Viraj Madappa has been selected by the Indian Golf Union (IGU) to represent India at the fifth Nepal Amateur Open Golf Championship. The 17-year-old, ranked second on IGU's amateur tour, will be joined by Noida's veteran Simarjeet Singh, ranked 6 on the IGU amateur tour. Both Madappa and S...

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Himachal may get heavy rain, thundershowers

Shimla, March 28 (IANS) After days of dry weather and rising mercury, the hills of Himachal Pradesh might experience heavy rain accompanied by hailstorm in the next two days, the Met department said on Saturday. It said western disturbance - a storm system originating from the Mediterranean-Caspian Sea region and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region - would be active in the regi...

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Only UN-brokered talks can prevent long conflict in Yemen: Ban Ki-moon

Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), March 28 (IANS) Negotiations mediated by the UN are the only chance to prevent a long conflict in Yemen, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told an Arab summit on Saturday in Egypt's resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. The Yemeni crisis has become the focus of the ongoing Arab summit led by Egypt and attended by 20 Arab leaders, including fleeing Yemeni President Abd-R...

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India-US partnership in a new 'strategic plus' phase: Richard Verma

Washington, March 28 (IANS) Asserting that India-US strategic partnership has moved into a new strategic plus phase, US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, says the two countries are focused on finding creative, realistic ways to move forward. I believe we are witnessing a transformative time in US-India relations, he told a Washington think tank on Friday outlining how President Barack ...

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