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Boat with Rs.6 bn narcotics, 8 Pakistanis seized off Gujarat coast

Mumbai/Ahmedabad, April 21 (IANS) Indian defence agencies have seized a boat with eight Pakistanis on board and carrying narcotics worth around Rs.6 billion ($95 m), in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast on Monday, the government confirmed on Tuesday. The vessel, fitted with sophisticated communication systems, was intercepted in international waters in a joint operation by the Indian...

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India provides assistance over Madagascar hurricane

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) India has provided assistance of $200,000 to Madagascar in response to a request for assistance following devastation caused by hurricane Chezda which hit the island nation in January. The external affairs ministry said in a release on Tuesday that the Indian ambassador handed over a cheque for the disaster relief to Madagascar's Foreign Minister Mme Beatrice A...

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Char Dham Yatra starts in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, April 21 (IANS) With the opening of gates of Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines in Uttarakhand, the Chaar Dham Yatra, an annual Hindu pilgrimage, formally started on Tuesday. The date was set by the religious seers on the holy occassion of 'Akshaya Tritiya' and Chief Minister Harish Rawat participated in the pilgrimage at Kharsali where he shouldered the holy 'doli' headed for Yamu...

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Wipro net up 2 percent in fourth quarter

Bengaluru, April 21 (IANS) Software major Wipro Ltd. on Tuesday reported net profit of Rs.2,272 crore for the fourth quarter (January-March) of the just-concluded 2014-15 fiscal, posting a marginal year-on-year (YoY) growth of 2 percent, as per the Indian accounting standard. Sequentially, however, net profit grew 3.6 percent from third quarter (October-December) of the fiscal under revi...

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Competition panel probe into Google over: Official

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) The investigation wing of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has submitted the final report over the alleged unfair business practices in India by global technology company Google, an official from the commission said here on Tuesday. The investigation (against Google India) was carried out and the report has been submitted. It is a 700-page report along w...

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Paper gold shines better on Akshaya Tritiya

Chennai/New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Even as physical gold prices remained flat on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya on Tuesday, the yellow metal saw a jump in value in the dematerlised, or paper, format on Indian bourse, analysts said. On the National Stock Exchange (NSE), Canara Robeco, HDFC, Religare, Kotak and State Bank of India (SBI) mutual fund's gold exchange traded fund (ETF) ...

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Jharkhand elephant shot dead in Bangladesh

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) An elephant that had strayed from West Bengal's Murshidabad district into neighbouring Bangladesh was allegedly gunned down by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), a forest official said on Tuesday. We have been told by the BSF that a male elephant which had strayed across the border into Bangladesh was gunned down by the BGB, State Additional Principal Chief Conse...

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Invest in Rajasthan: Vasundhara to Bengal businessmen

Kolkata, April 21 (IANS) Recalling the strong presence of Rajasthani-origin businessmen in West Bengal and their close ties with the home state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday invited them to invest in her state. The Marwari community is very prominent in Bengal and controls a majority of the state capital's industries. Talking to the city's businessmen, who ...

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Kings XI to field vs Royals

Ahmedabad, April 21 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and chose to field against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sardar Patel Stadium here on Tuesday. The squads: Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (captain), Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dishant Yagnik, Karun Nair, Pr...

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Greenpeace India gets civil society support

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Condemning the government's recent crackdown on Greenpeace India, civil society activists on Tuesday sent a protest letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying that in a country that has a history of standing up for social justice, ecological sustainability and the rights of the poor, such an act was shameful. The letter, endorsed by 182 individuals and organ...

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Digital banking the way forward for banks, says study

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The entire Indian banking industry ecosystem is at the cusp of a digital revolution, which requires adoption of technology to stay ahead of competition, a CII and PricewaterhouseCoopers study said here on Tuesday. The study titled 'Banks taking a quantum leap through digital' said digital foreground is a big opportunity for the banking industry to attract new c...

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Two Rajdhani trains catch fire in New Delhi yard

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) At least six coaches of two Rajdhani Express trains were damaged in a fire that broke out at the maintenance yard of the New Delhi Railway Station on Tuesday, officials said, adding that an inquiry has been initiated. The trains were idling at the yard after dropping off the passengers at the station. According to officials, at least six coaches of the ...

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SC to decide on eligibility of judges to hear challenge to NJAC

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday did not hear a batch of petitions challenging the National Judicial Appointment Commission replacing the collegium system for appointing judges as it will first decide whether Justice J.S. Khehar, who is presiding over a five-judge constitution bench, can hear the challenge. The apex court bench of Justice J.S. Khehar, Justice J. Che...

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Pakistan's Hafeez cleared to bowl by ICC

Dubai, April 21 (IANS) Pakistan's all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was on Tuesday cleared to bowl in international cricket after remedial work and retests were conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Pakistan's woman cricketer Javeria Khan was also cleared. The retests were performed at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on April 9, an ICC release said. ...

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Japanese train sets world speed record

Tokyo, April 21 (IANS) A Japanese high-speed train broke its own world speed record on Tuesday, clocking 603 kilometres per hour (374.69 miles per hour), after having set the previous record less than a week ago. The maglev -- magnetically levitated -- train broke the record during a 42-km test run in Yamanashi, a district about 35 km west of Tokyo, Efe news agency reported. The ...

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Rajasthan's heritage hotels seek better connectivity

Jaipur, April 21 (IANS) The average occupancy of heritage hotels is about 40 percent per year due to poor road connectivity, an official of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) said here on Tuesday. All the heritage hotels require is good basic infrastructure like roads and rail connectivity, sanitation and electricity, general secretary of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association...

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Pakistan, China to fight terrorism jointly

Islamabad, April 21 (IANS) Pakistan and China would together fight terrorism to root it out, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday addressing a joint sitting of parliament's both houses, which was convened to honour visiting Chinese President XI Jinping. Our joint efforts against terrorism have succeeded so far but we need to intensify our efforts, Sharif said. Ta...

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Loss to Royals wake up call for CSK: Fielding coach Rixon

Bengaluru, April 21 (IANS) Ahead of their away game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fielding coach Steve Rixon said the loss to Rajasthan Royals was a wake up call that the team needed to keep them on their toes for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign. Rajasthan Royals outplayed CSK to win the match by 8 wickets on Sunday.

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Sip this tea for environmental cause!

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The launch of four flavours of environmentally-sustainable tea here Tuesday has been termed as a step ahead for preserving nature. The four flavours - Classic Assam, English Breakfast, Gold and 24 Carat Leaf Tea - add a distinct variety to the existing 22 tea flavours like Typhoo Decaf tea, zero caffeine tea, coconut green tea and tulsi tea, among others, Brita...

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AIFF brings Germany onboard for "technical collaboration"

Margao, April 21 (IANS) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) entered into a partnership with DFB (German Football Association) aimed at technical collaboration here on Tuesday. AIFF general secretary Kushal Das signed the agreement with Markus Weidner, director, coach education and international relationship, DFB, an AIFF release said. The AIFF had previously signed a Memoran...

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