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Sensex crosses 30,000 points mark; Nifty touches record high

Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), Wednesday touched record high of 30,024.74 points as India's central bank, Reserve Bank of India, cut its key lending rates by 25 basis points, expecting inflation to soften further in the coming fiscal. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading...

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India's commercial bank cuts key rates

Mumbai, March 4 (IANS) In a surprise development, India's central bank Wednesday cut its key lending rates by 25 basis points, expecting inflation to soften further in the coming fiscal. The repurchase (repo) rate stands reduced to 7.5 percent from 7.75 percent, while the reverse repo rate has been adjusted to 6.5 percent from 6.75 percent. To summarise, softer readings on inflat...

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Hindu prayer opens Idaho state senate session amid protest

New York, March 4 (IANS) For the first time the opening prayer for the Idaho state senate was said Tuesday by a Hindu cleric amid protests by some senators who claimed the United States was a Christian nation and denounced Hinduism, local media reported. Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed, who said the prayer in Sanskrit and English, made a call for the legislators to act ...

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BJP demands action against Azam's bus ride

Lucknow, March 4 (IANS) The BJP Wednesday demanded legal action against Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan for driving a bus without having a license to drive a heavy passenger vehicle. Slamming Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for his continued silence on the misdemeanour of his cabinet colleague, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said...

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Anderson signing not my choice: Internacional coach

Rio de Janeiro, March 4 (IANS) Internacional coach Diego Aguirre has clarified he did not request the signing of former Manchester United midfielder Anderson. It wasn't me but the board that wanted him, Xinhua quoted Aguirre as saying. They thought Anderson was a good signing and a good business move for the future. That's why they bought him. There are players who are brought in...

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Kanye West wanted to be like Picasso

Los Angeles, March 4 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West discussed his artistic ambitions with Oxford University students, admitting he dreamed of being bigger than legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The 37-year-old rapper regrets never going on to study art and admits he has lofty ambitions, but wishes others thought like him to stop humanity being suppressed, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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Iran says Israel PM's speech in US Congress 'show of deception'

Tehran, March 4 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech in US Congress on Tuesday on a potential agreement on Iran's nuclear issue was a show full of deception, Iran's foreign ministry said. Netanyahu's speech was the sign of weakness and isolation of the radicals in Israel and their attempts to influence the international policies, ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham ...

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JLo thinks 'singers or dancers' are best lovers

Los Angeles, March 4 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez feels singers or dancers make the best lovers. The On the floor hitmaker was previously married to Ojani Noa, dancer Cris Judd and singer Marc Anthony; was engaged to actor Ben Affleck; and dated dancer Casper Smart and rapper P. Diddy. She has now suggested that not all the men in her life have been impressive in the bedroom, rep...

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Kate Winslet's a legend: Ansel Elgort

Los Angeles, March 4 (IANS) Ansel Elgort relished the opportunity to act with talents like Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet in The Divergent Series: Insurgent. He considers the Titanic star a legend. Shai and I have worked together recently on the 'Divergent' movies and 'The Fault in Our Stars'. She is the best young actress around right now, so I couldn't be happier. And Kate Winslet's...

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Jake Gyllenhaal's fasting for 'Nightcrawler'

Los Angeles, March 4 (IANS) Actor Jake Gyllenhaal drove himself insane with hunger while filming for Nightcrawler. The actor's co-star Riz Ahmed, who plays Gyllenhaal's sidekick Rick Carey in the film thought he was going to be eaten alive during the movie, because Gyllenhaal was so hungry and living off a diet of chewing gum to lose 30 pounds for the role, reports femalefirst.co.uk. ...

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US military satellite explodes in space

Washington, March 4 (IANS) A 20-year-old US military weather satellite exploded in orbit last month following a sudden temperature spike in its power system, producing at least 43 pieces of space debris, US media reported Tuesday. The explosion of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13) occurred on February 3, and investigators have ruled out a collision with a ...

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's 'privileged bubble'

Los Angeles, March 4 (IANS) Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley says she occasionally has to remind herself of how lucky she is to be in a successful career, after spending 12 years trying to make a name for herself in the fashion industry. The first eight years of my career were a grind. Sometimes I almost forget. I moan about having to get on a 12-hour flight and I catch myself and go...

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It's time to get serious about wildlife crime: UN

New York, March 4 (WAM) Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday as the intergovernmental organisation marked World Wildlife Day. Combatting this crime is not only essential for conservation efforts and su...

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27 Houthis killed in Al Qaeda attacks in Yemen

Sanaa, March 4 (IANS) The Al Qaeda militants launched attacks against the Houthi group in Yemen's al-Bayda province on Tuesday, killing at least 27 Houthi militants and wounding dozens of others. The Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attacked a stadium which was used by the Houthi militants as a training camp in al-Bayda city, the provincial capital of al-Bayda province, killing 1...

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Clarkson won't mind if her kids are gay

London, March 4 (IANS) Singer Kelly Clarkson says she has no problem if her children turn out to be gay. In an interview with Pride Source, the Hearbeat song hitmaker was asked how she and her husband Brandon Blackstock would react if their 8-month-old daughter River Rose turns out to be lesbian, reports aceshowbiz.com. The pop star replied: Oh, I don't care. I mean, here's what...

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Scientists in Italy discover 'hiding place' of HIV virus in cells

Rome, March 4 (IANS) A team of scientists in Italy has discovered the hiding place of HIV virus in cells that holds promise for important developments towards new therapies to cure the disease. The team at the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in the northern city of Trieste photographed the structure of nucleic lymphocites with a high-resolution micr...

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David Beckham praises 'beautiful wife' Victoria

London, March 4 (IANS) Retired English footballer David Beckham treated his wife Victoria Beckham to a date night here and praised her for being so beautiful. David took the 40-year-old wife along to a new pop-up bar here on Sunday and later posted a picture of the pair both looking effortlessly elegant in black outfits, reports femalefirst.co.uk. In a caption appended with his F...

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Snowden wants guaranteed fair trial in US

Moscow, March 4 (IANS/EFE) Edward Snowden, the ex-analyst in the National Security Agency (NSA), has been a political refugee in Moscow for nearly two years, but wants to return back to his native US on the condition that he is guaranteed a fair trial, his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Tuesday. He has a desire to come back and we are doing everything possible to make that happ...

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Former female rebel arrested in Sri Lanka

Colombo, March 3 (IANS) Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a former top female Tamil Tigers leader who headed a naval unit of the rebels, officials said on Tuesday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said women's wing leader Murugesu Bairahi was arrested at Colombo's main international airport while she was about to leave the country, Xinhua news agency reported. Rohana said the Terror...

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Netanyahu slams 'a very bad deal' with Iran

Washington, March 3 (IANS) In a defiant speech before a joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday slammed the deal the US and its allies are negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme as very bad. This is a bad deal a very bad deal. We're better off without it, he said, directly challenging President Barack Obama's argument that a diplomatic ac...

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