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Writer Kona Venkat looted at knifepoint

Hyderabad, March 28 (IANS) Popular Telugu writer Kona Venkat and producer D.V.V Danayya were robbed at knifepoint here when they were returning home from a party late at night. The incident happened at Shadnagar on Thursday. A very shocking moment for me & our producer Danayya garu, when we got looted at knife point by some highway robbers last night at Shadnagar. This incide...

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Over 100 suffer food poisoning in China

Beijing, March 28 (IANS) Over 100 people at a village in China's Yunan province suffered a bout of food poisoning after a wedding feast, an official said on Saturday. The patients suffered from stomach pains, diarrhoea and nausea after attending a wedding feast on Thursday in Lufeng County, Xinhua reported. As of Friday night, 103 people went to hospital for treatment and 20 of ...

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AAP's National Council meeting to decide fate of Bhushan, Yadav

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be holding its National Council meeting on Saturday to decide the fate of two of its dissident leaders -- Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. They have accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of suppressing democracy within the party that now rules Delhi. Talking to reporters ahead of the meeting on Saturday, Yadav said to...

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US lawmakers seek deeper defence ties with 'critical ally' India

Washington, March 28 (IANS) Calling India a 'critical ally', two influential US senators have asked the new Defence Secretary Ashton Carter to place a special emphasis on deepening the US-India defence relationship. The US strategic partnership with India is among our nation's most important, wrote Republican John Cornyn and Democrat Mark Warner, co-chairs of bipartisan Senate India Cauc...

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India's army chief calls for better UN consultations

United Nations, March 28 (IANS) Representing the largest contributor to the UN Peacekeeping Operations, India's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag has called for better consultations with troop-contributing countries in deciding mandates for the operations. Addressing the first UN Chiefs of Defence Conference here Friday, Suhag reiterated India's concerns over the inadequacy of ...

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Two US lawmakers call for Diwali commemorative stamp

Washington, March 28 (IANS) Two influential US lawmakers have submitted a bipartisan Senate resolution calling for the US Postal Service to issue a commemorative stamp in honor of the holiday of Diwali. Virginia Democrat Mark and Texas Republican John Cornyn are co-chairs of Senate India Caucus, a forum for senators to work with Indian government officials and Indian-Americans in promoti...

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Russian spacecraft docks at International Space Station

Washington, March 28 (IANS) A Russian Soyuz spacecraft, with three crew on board, on Saturday docked with the International Space Station (ISS), a media report said. According to a statement issued by American space agency NASA, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, 54, and American astronaut Scott Kelly, 52, are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory - about twice as long as a ...

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Obama honours two South Asian science, math mentors

Washington, March 28 (IANS) An Indian-American and a Sri Lankan-origin scientist and teacher are among fourteen individuals and one organization named winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Andhra University graduate Murty S. Kambhampati, a professor of biology at Southern University at New Orleans, and Sri Lankan or...

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Sunny Saturday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) It was a sunny Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 21 degrees Celsius, three notches above the average. The Met department has forecast a partly cloudy day ahead. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 35 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said. There was mist in the morn...

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President, PM greet nation on Ram Navami

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Ram Navami, the Hindu festival that marks the birth of Lord Ram. Greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens on the joyous occasion of Ram Navami, the president said. May the example of Rama as Maryada Purushottam inspire us to achieve nobi...

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Euro qualifier abandoned due to attack on players

Belgrade, March 28 (IANS) The Euro 2016 qualifier between Montenegro and Russia was abandoned on Friday due to attack on players and brawl in Podgorica, a media report said on Saturday. Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit on the head by a flare thrown from the stands just 20 seconds after kickoff, which sent him to hospital and also suspended the match for 30 minutes, Xinhua report...

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Religious minorities vulnerable amid IS violence: UN chief

United Nations, March 28 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that religious minorities remain highly vulnerable since the Islamic State (IS) affiliated groups are targeting minorities and attacking religious sites in Libya, a media report said on Saturday. Ban made the remarks at a Security Council open debate on the victims of attacks and abuses on ethnic or religious...

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US economic growth slows in fourth quarter

Washington, March 28 (IANS) US economic growth decelerated in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is likely to slow further in the first quarter of 2015 despite robust consumer spending, the US Commerce Department said on Friday, a media report said on Saturday. The US economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, unchanged from the second estimate released last mon...

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Alabama police officer indicted for assaulting Indian grandfather

Washington, March 28 (IANS) An Alabama police officer who assaulted an unarmed Indian grandfather while he was taking a morning walk in front of his son's house in a Madison suburb has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Eric Parker, the Madison police officer who slammed Sureshbhai Patel, 57, to the ground in the Feb 6 incident leaving him partially paralysed, was Friday charged with...

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Canadian Olympic runner Daundre Barnaby drowns

Ottawa, March 28 (IANS) Canadian Olympic 400m runner Daundre Barnaby drowned on Friday while swimming during a training camp in the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Athletics Canada said in a statement, a media report said on Saturday. Barnaby, 24, who competed at the 2012 Olympics and at last year's Commonwealth Games, drowned after a strong current swept him out to sea as he swam with te...

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Goa government department withdraws dress code order

Panaji, March 28 (IANS) The Goa government's art and culture department claimed its standing order banning its employees from wearing sleeveless clothes and jeans, which had triggered a controversy locally as well as nationally, was misinterpreted. In a fresh order issued on Friday, with reworded instructions, director for art and culture Prasad Lolayekar has now directed all employees t...

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Shailene Woodley found eating ants 'great'

Los Angeles, March 28 (IANS) Actress Shailene Woodley says she has eaten ants and bugs, and she found it great. I've eaten ants and that was great. And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we'll see what happens, Woodley revealed in a behind-the-scenes video from her recent Nylon magazine photo shoot, reports aceshowbiz.com. And I had pig's feet...

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Hezbollah condemns Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen

Beirut, March 28 (IANS) Pro-Iran Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has condemned the Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen's Shiite Houthis group, and urged all parties to return to talks and other political means in the war-torn country. In a televised address on Friday , Nasrallah slammed the Saudi-led airstrikes against the Houthi fighters, saying that any ground invasion will end...

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Obama expresses support for Yemen action with Saudi King

Washington, March 28 (IANS) US President Barack Obama spoke with Saudi King Salman, discussing recent developments in Yemen and emphasised the US support for the action taken by Saudi Arabia and Gulf Cooperation Council members, the White House has said in a statement. Both agreed that their goal is to achieve lasting stability in Yemen through a negotiated political solution, the statem...

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US Airways flight makes emergency landing at Houston airport

Houston, March 28 (IANS) A US Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport here, airport officials said. US Airways Flight 5568 on Friday was making its way from Charlotte, North Carolina to Austin, Texas with 83 people on board when it started having engine problems, airport officials told NBC-affiliated local TV KPRC, Xinhua reported. T...

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