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Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Dhaka, March 30 (IANS) A blogger was hacked to death on Monday in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka, police said. Three people attacked Oyasiqur Rahman Babu using sharp weapons around 9.45 a.m. in Tejgaon industrial area soon after the online activist stepped out of his house, bdnews24.com quoted Tejgaon zone's Deputy Police Commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarkar as saying. He add...

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40 killed in airstrike on refugee camp in Yemen: Ministry

Sanaa, March 30 (IANS) A Saudi-led airstrike on Monday hit a refugee camp in Yemen, killing more than 40 people and injuring 250, Yemen's defence ministry, which is controlled by Shia Houthi militia, said. The refugee camp in the northern Haradh district, which borders Saudi Arabia, had 4,000 people at the time of the attack. The casualties included women and children, the ministry s...

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Man held for stealing cash from ATMs

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) A 25-year-old unemployed man who used the easily available sticky glue to steal cash from ATMs here has finally been arrested, police said on Monday. A resident of Bihar, Azarhuddin was caught red-handed by a security guard on Sunday afternoon while stealing money from an ATM kiosk. The Bank of India had complained that someone was trying to tamper wit...

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Coal block case: CBI waiting for sanction to try public servants

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) The CBI told a court here on Monday that it was waiting for sanction from the competent authority to try two public servants for their alleged role in a coal block allocation case involving Nagpur-based Grace Industries Ltd. (GIL). The Central Bureau of Investigation told Special Judge Bharat Parashar that they sent the relevant records of the case to the Mahar...

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10 killed by lightning in Bihar

Patna, March 30 (IANS) At least 10 people, including three children and two woman, were killed on Monday when they were struck by lightning in separate incidents in various Bihar districts, officials said. Three deaths were reported from two villages under Dharhara police station in Munger district. In the first incident, two children were struck while playing in a field near their home ...

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SC upholds Goa minister's conviction for assault

New Delhi/Panaji, March 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a Bombay High Court judgment sentencing Goa's Archives and Archaeology Minister Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco to six months' imprisonment for assaulting a government servant in 2006. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said in Panaji that any decision on Pacheco's fate will be taken only after studying the apex court rul...

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Blanket ban on chewable tobacco in Delhi

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) A blanket ban on all forms of chewable tobacco came into effect in the national capital from Monday, with Health Minister Satyendra Jain asserting that the move will help save the government's as well as people's money in treating oral cancer. Health department teams accompanied by Delhi Police personnel would fan out in the capital to conduct surprise checks f...

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Burdwan blast: NIA chargesheets Assam's Sahanur, Shaikul

Guwahati, March 30 (IANS) The NIA, which is probing the Burdwan blast case, on Monday submitted a chargesheet in a court in Kolkata which included the names of two Assam-based operatives of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) - Sahanur Alom and Shaikul Islam Khan. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed the chargesheet against 21 individuals, including four Bangladeshi nation...

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Lee Kuan Yew and the Asian miracle

On March 23, 2015 Lee Kuan Yew breathed his last. Lee was one of the tallest leaders in the past century, not only in Asia but elsewhere. His call for Asian values and an Asian model of capitalism had an impact on rising China. For a country of Singapore's size, its achievements over the past 50 years have been nothing short of exemplary. Lee's influence on the history of economic develo...

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Activist sceptical of Gadkari's 'no barrage on Ganga' decision

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Environmentalists on Monday welcomed the news of Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari's volte face on the proposal to build barrages on Ganga for transportation but remained sceptical of his intentions. Welcoming the decision, water issues activist Sushmita Sengupta described it as a good move to ensure the minimum flow in the river. Had the government stuck...

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BJP minister flaunts revolver in public, opposition wants sacking

Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) Maharashtra's Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan came under opposition fire on Monday after he flaunted a revolver while attending a function in his home district Jalgaon. While the opposition demanded his sacking as minister, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rushed to his colleague's rescue. Mahajan, who hails from Jamner constituency in Jalgaon, had...

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Fresh allegations levelled against Chandy government, ministers

Thiruvananthapuram, March 30 (IANS) Two whistleblowers appeared to create fresh trouble for the Oommen Chandy government on Monday by levelling fresh allegations against four Kerala ministers - three of whom were not named but said to be of the Congress. The first whistleblower was former minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar, whose Kerala Congress-Pillai has now been booted out of the ruling Unite...

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Attempts to bring back Indians from Yemen on

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) The Indian government is making its best efforts to bring back the 4,000 Indians stranded in Yemen, the external affairs ministry said on Monday. We have previously made three announcements requesting Indian nationals to leave Yemen as soon as possible, ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said. However, approximately 4,000 Indians remain in the conflict...

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Well-endowed pension fund can help capital market growth: SEBI chief

Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) As India does not have too many large domestic institutional investors, a well-endowed domestic pension fund will be the panacea for a robust and sustainable capital market, SEBI chairman U.K. Sinha said on Monday. A well endowed domestic pension fund in India will be the panacea for a robust and sustainable capital market, he said at an event organised by CII her...

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Manish Paul to drive Lapcare products to youth

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Actor-anchor Manish Paul, a gadget buff, has been roped in as the ambassador of Lapcare, a brand of smartphone, tablet and laptop accessories and peripherals. He is happy to associate with Lapcare, a brand which he believes is synonymous with innovation, style and functionality. I'm a gadget buff and very selective about the products I use. So, when I c...

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TRAI invites industry comments on OTT regulatory framework

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Amidst a global debate regarding regulation of Over the Top (OTT) services and neutrality of the internet, India's telecom regulator on Monday issued a consultation paper on a regulatory framework for such services and sought view of industry stakeholders. This consultation paper covers the views of the service providers and OTT providers, all related issues (i...

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Hema Malini launches UP's first water ATM

Mathura, March 30 (IANS) Film actress and local Member of Parliament Hema Malini on Monday launched Uttar Pradesh's first water dispensing ATM at Sonkh town in Mathura district. Addressing a rally, she said more steps were needed to be taken to solve the district's water crisis. She also said that crimes against women should stop and that society should wake up to new challenges. ...

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Russia, China oppose new move by US and Europe over Tehran

Geneva, March 30 (IANS) Russia has opposed the UNSC sanctions automatically reversible on Iran saying that automatic imposition of sanctions goes against the mechanism of the UN Security Council. China also reportedly shares Russia's viewpoint and is against the imposition of automatically reversible sanctions on Iran. This comes as, a sources said, the US and Europe want the UNSC sancti...

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Pope Francis's iPad to be auctioned off for charity

Montevideo, March 30 (IANS/EFE) An auction house in Uruguay's capital Montevideo hopes to get at least $40,000 for an iPad used by Pope Francis, with the proceeds to be donated to a Catholic high school in the northwestern city of Paysandu. There is interest not only in our country, auctioneer Juan Castells said. Recently, we received calls from around the world. The buzz has been gr...

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Slums biggest hindrance to Swachch Bharat: Goa CM

Panaji, March 30 (IANS) Slums are the biggest challenge vis-a-vis the implementation of the Swachch Bharat campaign, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Monday. Goa will achieve the objectives of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship programme two years before the 2019 deadline, he added. Goa will be a clean state by 2017, two years before the target set for Swach...

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