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Paddler Shamini qualifies for main draw at Worlds

Suzhou (China), April 27 (IANS) India enjoyed a profitable opening day with K. Shamini qualifying for the main draw of the women's singles at the World Table Tennis Championships here on Monday. Shamini qualified by topping her group which included Gillian Edwards of Scotland and Nino Neridee of Venezuela. Shamini defeated Gillian 11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8 and then scored a 11-...

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Afghan president arriving on three-day visit to India

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will be in India for a three-day state visit beginning on Monday and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attend delegation-level talks. Scheduled to arrive here at 8 p.m. on Monday, Ghani will receive a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan and hold talks with President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. A...

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Badminton star Lee Chong Wei gets backdated ban for doping

Amsterdam, April 27 (IANS) Former world number one Lee Chong Wei has been banned for eight months by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for doping. The 32-year-old Malaysian tested positive for the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the World Championships in August. But Lee, who has been suspended since November last year, will be able to compete again May 1 after the...

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Nepal death toll climbs to 3,723

Kathmandu, April 27 (IANS) The death toll from Saturday's earthquake in Nepal on Monday rose to 3,723, with the worst-hit Kathmandu Valley alone accounting for 1,202 fatalities. The home ministry and Nepal Police headquarters said 6,313 people had been injured across the nation in Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake, the deadliest to hit the country after 1934. Among the 25 most ...

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Sushma promises to bring back Keralites from Nepal

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured the Kerala government that around 250 Keralites stranded in quake-hit Nepal would be brought back, a state minister said on Monday. Kerala Minister for Diaspora K.C. Joseph along with parliament members from the state - including Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P.J. Kurien - met Sushma Swaraj in the capital.

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Jewish man beaten outside synagogue in France

Paris, April 27 (IANS) A Jewish man was beaten by a group of unidentified men armed with a knife outside a synagogue near the French capital of Paris, a media report said on Monday. An investigation is underway to track down the group who allegedly attacked the 53-year-old Jewish man on Saturday as he was leaving the Saint-Ouen synagogue in the Seine-Saint-Denis department north of Paris...

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Learning leadership skills from Ponting, says Rohit

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said on Monday that having two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting in the side as coach helps him learn a lot about leadership skills and qualities. Whenever I get the opportunity to captain a side, it is a learning process for me. Also I am working alongside a great skipper Ponting who has led-Australia to two World Cu...

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Djokovic holds top spot in tennis singles rankings

Madrid, April 27 (IANS) With 13,845 points, Serbian star Novak Djokovic held on for the 144th week the top spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles rankings issued on Monday. Swiss Roger Federer placed a distant second with 8,385 points, followed by Scotsman Andy Murray and Spaniard Rafael Nadal, reports Efe. Meanwhile, Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka jumped to the ...

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ECB must compromise on IPL: Former England player Lloyd

Bengaluru, April 27 (IANS) Former England cricketer David Lloyd believes the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) needs to compromise and allow its players to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to have any chance of mastering the T20 format. Our biggest problem is that we are busy playing elsewhere while the IPL is on. The tournament is in full flow here and the England team...

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Three Goan girl footballers evacuated from Nepal

Panaji, April 27 (IANS) Three young Goan footballers, who were part of an Indian Under-14 girls' team on tour in Kathmandu, have been rescued and are likely to arrive in Goa late on Monday. The three footballers -- Ashika Gadekar (goalkeeper), Sushmita Jadhav (forward) and Soumya Mukund (forward) -- were evacuated by a National Disaster Response Force team, which is engaged in rescue eff...

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Pilgrim bus attacked in Pakistan, two killed

Islamabad, April 27 (IANS) At least two people were killed and another was injured on Monday after unidentified assailants opened fire on a bus carrying pilgrims in Pakistan's Balochistan province. The incident occurred on the outskirts of the provincial capital city of Quetta, Dawn online reported. The bus, carrying Shia pilgrims, was travelling from Quetta to Taftan, a town on ...

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Serena holds top spot in WTA rankings

Madrid, April 27 (IANS) With 9,981 points, American Serena Williams continues to lead the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings published on Monday. In this week's rankings, Romanian Simona Halep, with 7,755 points, snatched the second spot from Russian Maria Sharapova, who fell to third place with 7,525 points, reports Efe. The top-10 WTA singles rankings: 1....

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Two days later, fear still grips Kathmandu

Kathmandu, April 27 (IANS) There is palpable fear on the streets of quake-hit Kathmandu. Groups of residents -- women and children in particular -- huddle in small groups on pavements and in grounds, afraid to return to their homes because of continuing and frightening aftershocks. Most are exchanging notes on what has hit Nepal. A few are cooking meals or making tea in the open....

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'For a thousand entrepreneurs in three years'

Thiruvananthapuram, April 27 (IANS) To ignite young minds to the importance of constant ideation and innovation, a visiting scholar from the US is holding workshops in India so as to prepare 1,000 entrepreneurs in three years. Rajesh Nair, 53, a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US since 2013, has initiated the innovation workshops as his mission across var...

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Agriculture sector needs to be corrected: Jaitley

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said agriculture was an important sector of the Indian economy that requires to be corrected. Delivering a lecture in the memory of D.P. Kohli, the first director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here, the minister said a large part of the population was still dependent on agriculture and has to share whatever...

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Rohit Sharma prays for quake-hit Nepal

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Monday said he is praying for the people affected by the Nepal earthquake. More than 3,500 people have died while 6,500 have been injured in the earthquakes and aftershocks which rocked the Himalayan nation over the weekend. What happened in Nepal is really a sad thing. It was an unexpected incident. As doctors and ot...

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Campaigns against unethical cosmetic products ads

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Two campaigns have been launched in Delhi against unethical and misleading advertisements of cosmetic products, skincare experts said on Monday. 'Swachh Twacha' and 'Chalein Gaon Ki Aur' have been launched by the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL). It would raise awareness against the social stigma related to skin dise...

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Airtel makes voice calls free for broadband customers

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Bharti Airtel on Monday said it has launched round-the-clock free voice calls to any network in the country for its broadband customers. The company has launched two voice calling packs for its broadband customers, offering unlimited free voice calls to any number in India on any network, both fixed line and mobile, round-the-clock. Launched exclusively...

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Kerala excise minister denies graft charges

Thiruvananthapuram, April 27 (IANS) Kerala Excise Minister K. Babu on Monday denied charges that he received Rs.10 crore in bribe for reducing the annual liquor fees of bars. Biju Ramesh, who owns a string of bars here, has testified before a magistrate that Rs.10 crore was given to Babu for reducing the annual liquor fees of bars. I have all the documents to prove what he has sa...

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Sensex closes 261 points down

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities, the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange, closed 260.95 points, or 0.95 percent, down on Monday. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also closed in the red -- down 91.45 points or 1.10 percent -- at 8,213.80 points. The 30-scrip Sensex, which opened at 27,565.49 points, close...

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