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Dharmasena first to play and umpire in World Cup final

Melbourne, March 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena was on Friday selected to officiate the final of the cricket World Cup on Sunday, thereby becoming the first person to feature in the quadrennial tournament final as both an umpire and player. English umpire Richard Kettleborough, rated as the world's best umpire for the past two years, was unsurprisingly chosen to be in the centre ...

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'President's handing over Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee good move'

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee's gesture to personally visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee to hand over the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, to the ailing former prime minister on Friday evening, has been widely welcomed. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi said the president by stepping out of protocol to personally visit Vajpayee a...

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Racial, gender bias results in more anti-social behaviour: Study

Washington, March 27 (IANS) A new study carried out by a team of US researchers has identified the psychological roots of certain social deviant behaviours, pinpointing them as caused by discrimination due to race, gender or belonging to a certain group. In the study published in the Personality and Psychology Bulletin, the team of Stanford University researchers noted that anti-social b...

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Navy plane crash: Co-pilot's body found

Panaji, March 27 (IANS) The body of Lt. Abhinav Nagori, the co-pilot of the Indian Navy's Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft that crashed into the Arabian Sea near Goa, was recovered on Friday, an officer said. Ministry of Defence spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted that the cockpit voice record of the aircraft has also been recovered. Lt. Nagori's body was recovered from t...

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Goa governor greets people on Ram Navami

Panaji, March 27 (IANS) At a time when virtues and values are at a discount, one should look up to Lord Ram, who is a true embodiment of righteousness and morality, Goa governor Mridula Sinha said on Friday while greeting the people of the state on the eve of Ram Navami. At a time like now, when virtues and values are at a discount it is most appropriate and relevant for us to recall the...

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A bank run by beggars, for beggars in Bihar town

Gaya (Bihar), March 27 (IANS) A group of beggars in this Bihar town has opened their own bank, which they run and manage to provide financial security in times of crisis. Dozens of beggars, who have been depending for their survival on alms from hundreds of Hindu devotees at the gate of 'Maa Manglagauri Mandir' (temple) in Gaya town for years, have started the bank. The beggars c...

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Bangladesh's instability affects India: Tripura CM

Agartala, March 27 (IANS) If there is any turmoil in Bangladesh, it also affects India's peace, stability and integrity, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said. If there is chaos and trouble in neighbouring Bangladesh, these also affect India's peace, stability and integrity, Sarkar said during his address at the Bangladesh Independence Day and National Day celebrations organised by th...

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German clothing brands asked to up transparency

Berlin, March 27 (IANS) German apparel and footwear brands should promote workers' rights in their global operations by publicly disclosing the factories producing their products, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. Supply chain transparency through public disclosure would demonstrate a brand's commitment to ensuring good working conditions for workers throughout their operations, it said...

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Bhushan, Yadav flay Kejriwal, say they want to save AAP

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Saying they were trying to save the AAP, dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Friday accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of suppressing democracy within the party that now rules Delhi. Bhushan and Yadav also said they were willing to give up all posts in the Aam Aadmi Party if their five demands -- including transparency within and auton...

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Hearing on Delhi midnight raid deferred

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) A court here on Friday deferred the hearing in a case against former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti on the alleged molestation of African women during a midnight raid last year. The Delhi Police submitted a report before the court that it had sought on a priority basis the sanction of the state government for prosecuting Bharti. Metropolitan Magistra...

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Pakistan on Yemen: Won't join a conflict that splits Muslim world

Islamabad, March 27 (IANS) Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday that the country will not take part in any conflict that would divide the Muslim world, in an apparent reference to Pakistan's possible participation in the conflict in Yemen. We will not take part in any conflict that could result in differences in the Muslim world, causing fault-lines present in Pakistan t...

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Stop blaming Anushka: B-Town celebs on India's World Cup loss

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Members of the film fraternity have condemned social media trolls against Anushka Sharma. While Priyanka Chopra says it's horrible to see a supportive girlfriend being lynched for a game she just watched, Dia Mirza has called it disgusting. Anushka has been been trolled unabashedly on social media for her presence at the match, ever since her rumoured beau and cri...

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We are not worried about size of MCG: NZ pacer Southee

Melbourne, March 27 (IANS) Countering former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden's statement that New Zealand will struggle with the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the World Cup final, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee made it clear on Friday that the team is not worried about the size of the ground. Co-hosts New Zealand entered the final of the mega-event for the first time with a vic...

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Stereotypes affect maths performance of women

New York, March 27, (IANS) Gender stereotypes about women's ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance, says a new study from Indiana University (IU) in the US. The findings, published online in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, showed that both men and women wrongly believe that those gender stereotypes would not undermine women's math performance. T...

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Earliest humans ranged from short to tall body size

London, March 27 (IANS) Scientists have found evidence that contradicts the dominant theory of our evolution - that our genus, Homo, evolved from small bodied early humans to become the taller, heavier and longer legged Homo erectus that was able to migrate beyond Africa and colonise Eurasia. The new study, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, says the main increase in body size ...

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Venezuelan president ready for dialogue with US

Caracas, March 27 (IANS) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said Venezuela is ready to initiate dialogue with the US based on mutual respect and equality, and that he is prepared to speak directly with US President Barack Obama on this basis, Spanish news agency Efe reported. Venezuela is ready for a dialogue based on respect and in terms of equality between the states with the gove...

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Dark Matter darker that previously thought

Washington, March 27 (IANS) Using observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought. This finding narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be. Dark matter is an enigma we have lon...

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'The Gunman' - shoots off-target

Film: The Gunman; Director: Pierre Morel; Cast: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba and Mark Rylance; Rating: **1/2 Drafted as a thriller with a love triangle thrown in, The Gunman is the tale of an ex-assassin in hiding, who is now being hunted. In a brief prologue dated 2006, the film opens in Kinshasa in the Congo. A news bulletin reveals how lar...

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Tasmania's swift parrot can go extinct in 16 years

Melbourne, March 27 (IANS) The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot can soon follow the dodo as researchers have found that the bird is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years. The research, published in the journal Biological Conservation, predicted that the population of the birds would halve every four years, with a possible decline of 94.7 percent over 16 years.<...

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Nitish Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) A day after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi here on Friday. Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told IANS that the two met at 12.30 p.m. at the Congress president's residence and described the meeting as cordial. The meeting, details of which could not be verified, assume...

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