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Modi wishes athletes for 35th National Games

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday gave his best wishes to all athletes participating in the 35th National Games 2015 in Kerala. My best wishes to all athletes participating in the 35th National Games that commence today (Saturday) in Kerala, the prime minister tweeted. Kerala will host the 35th National Games 2015 over the next two weeks. The ...

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Warner Park to host all neutral CPL games

Basseterre (St. Kitts), Jan 31 (IANS) St. Kitts and Nevis will be the neutral venue for six games in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), organisers announced. This comes on the heels of the announcement earlier this week that the country would be also given a franchise for the upcoming Twenty20 league, reports CMC. The latest move comes as a result of a deal struck between CPL an...

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UN concerned over Nepal's deadlock in drafting constitution

United Nations, Jan 31 (IANS) The UN has expressed concern over Nepal's deadlock in drafting a new constitution and Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called on the nation's leaders to continue their dialogue, according to his spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. He told reporters here Friday that Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jens Toyberg-Frandzen expressed the UN's increasi...

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Ecuador hire new football coach

Quito (Ecuador), Jan 31 (IANS) Ecuadorian Football Federation (EFF) announced the hiring of Gustavo Quinteros as the new coach of the national football team. EFF's president Luis Chiriboga confirmed the hiring Friday night, saying Quinteros is expected to take over in March, reports Xinhua. Reinaldo Rueda was fired after Ecuador were eliminated in the first round of last year's W...

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Wolfsburg crush Bayern Munich 4-1

Berlin, Jan 31 (IANS) Second-placed Wolfsburg shocked front-runners Bayern Munich 4-1 in the opening match of the second half of the German Bundesliga season. The German football league record champions Friday night suffered the worst possible start to the second half as they registered their first loss of the season, reports Xinhua. Wolfsburg staged a clinical performance to sh...

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US strengthens trade engagement with India

Washington, Jan 31 (IANS) The US says it strengthened engagement with India through the US-India Trade Policy Forum and secured the historic Trade Facilitation Agreement at the WTO after overcoming an impasse with India In November, the United States with India and other WTO Members overcame an impasse in the Bali Package to allow the full implementation of a Trade Facilitation Agreement...

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Clear Saturday in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) It was a pleasant Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 6.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's average. The Met Office has forecast a clear day ahead. There was light mist early in the morning but the afternoon will be clear, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The max...

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Hungarian football great Buzanszky laid to rest

Budapest, Jan 31 (IANS) Jeno Buzanszky, last of the 'Mighty Magyars' football team that dominated the sport in the 1950s, was laid to rest in a ceremony here at the St. Stephen's Basilica attended by Prime Minister Viktor Orban and many legendary footballers from later years. Buzanszky died Jan 11, at the age of 89. He had played right-back in the 1952 Olympic gold medallist team and in ...

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Kenyan marathon champion to serve two-year ban

Nairobi, Jan 31 (IANS) Kenya's Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo will serve a two-year ban and not four after her out-of-competition doping test turned positive to banned performance enhancing drug EPO, athletics officials said. A statement from Athletics Kenya (AK) Friday confirmed that the 33-year-old Jeptoo will miss out the Rio Olympics as she is expected to return to action Oct 2...

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Canister launch of n-capable Agni V missile successful

Bhubaneswar, Jan 31 (IANS) India Saturday successfully conducted the first canister-based trial of its nuclear capable Agni-V missile, which is capable of hitting targets over 5,000 km away, from a military base in Odisha, an official said. The long range missile was fired from a mobile vehicle at the Inner Wheeler Island, a launch site in the district of Bhadrak, about 200 km from Bhuba...

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Grassroots development way forward: CONCACAF

Bridgetown (Barbados), Jan 31 (IANS) CONCACAF president Jeff Webb has said development will remain the vision of the football confederation, as the region seeks to build a strong football structure for success at the global level. He pointed out Friday that several major programmes had already been undertaken at the grassroots level to develop the sport throughout the Confederation of No...

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Ten drown as effluent treatment tank bursts

Chennai, Jan 31 (IANS) Ten labourers drowned to death Saturday when an effluent treatment tank burst in Tamil Nadu's Ranipet town, an official said. Nine of the dead hail from West Bengal and one person is from Ranipet. All were sleeping (in a room) near the CETP (common effluent treatment plant) tank. The tank burst around 3.30 a.m today (Saturday) and they drowned to death, an...

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Wolfsburg striker Ivica Olic rejoins Hamburg

Berlin, Jan 31 (IANS) Wolfsburg striker Ivica Olic has rejoined Hamburg with immediate effect, the two German football clubs announced. The Croatian veteran returned to his former club Hamburg where he had earlier played from 2007 until 2009. The 35-year-old striker agreed on a contract until 2016 with Hamburg, reports Xinhua. I am really looking forward to this new challenge and...

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Canister launch of nuke-capable Agni-V missile successful

Bhubaneswar, Jan 31 (IANS) India Saturday successfully conducted the first canister-based trial of its most powerful and nuclear capable missile, the Agni-V, from a military base in Odisha, official said. The 5000 km-plus range missile, which has the ability to hit targets deep inside China and Pakistan was test fired from Inner Wheeler Island, a launch site at Bhadrak, about 200 km from...

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Bravo quits Tests after four years in wilderness

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Jan 31 (IANS) West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from Test cricket, after four years in the wilderness and just weeks after being sacked from the One-Day International (ODI) squad. The 31-year-old has played 40 Tests but had not suited up for the West Indies since December 2010, when the West Indies toured Sri Lanka, reported CMC.<...

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German Bundesliga standings

Berlin, Jan 31 (IANS) Following are the German Bundesliga standings after Friday's game (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against and points), reported Xinhua. 1 Bayern Munich 18 14 3 1 42 8 45 2 Wolfsburg 18 11 4 3 37 18 37 3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 7 7 3 28 20 28 4 Moenchengladbach 17 7 6 4 25 16 27 <...

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Under-pressure Natarajan claims she stopped mining in Goa

Panaji, Jan 31 (IANS) Former union minister for environment and forests in the erstwhile UPA government Jayanthi Natarajan Friday became the second senior politician to claim credit for the closure of Goa's tainted, multi-billon dollar iron ore mining industry, after former chief minister Manohar Parrikar. Natarajan, who made a stormy exit from the party Friday, said in an interview to a...

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India for greater female participation in UN peace efforts

United Nations, Jan 31 (IANS) To protect women caught in conflicts, India has called for greater female participation in UN peace efforts and a broader approach that focuses on peacebuilding rather than concentrating on traditional peacekeeping operations. India's Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji told the Security Council Friday: The participation of women in all aspects of t...

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Kerry to travel to Ukraine amid escalating violence

Washington, Jan 31 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine Feb 5 as violence flared up in the country this month, according to a statement from the state department. The top US diplomat will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and members of Ukraine's parliament, Xinhua quoted state depar...

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Coal mine flooding kills five in China

Beijing, Jan 31 (IANS) Five miners were killed and two others remain trapped in a flooded coal mine in China's Anhui province, local authorities said Saturday. The accident happened in a shaft of a coal mine in Yongqiao district at 6.55 p.m. Friday when 34 miners were working underground, Xinhua reported. While twenty-seven miners managed to escape, seven others were trapped, ac...

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