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Yellow rust partially hits wheat crop in Himachal

Shimla, March 31 (IANS) A fungal disease called yellow rust, caused by the untimely heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh, has partially affected the wheat crop in five districts, a minister said on Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania told the assembly: Yellow rust has partially hit wheat crop in 29 hectares. But there is no report about total damage to the crop. He s...

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Barbados to host World Cricket Festival

Bridgetown (Barbados), March 31 (IANS) The Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival, an international tournament for semi-professional and retired players, will be held in the Caribbean in 2017. Barbados has won the rights to host the festival which will run from May 6 to 13 in Bridgetown, reports CMC. Cricket legends Garfield Sobers and Joel Garner have joined a delegation to promot...

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Ahmed, Voges named in Australia's Ashes squad

Melbourne, March 31 (IANS) Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and veteran all-rounder Adam Voges were calld up to Australia's Test squad for touring the West Indies and England for the Ashes on Tuesday. Victorian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed was selected as Australia's second spinner while Voges was rewarded for his record-breaking domestic season. Ahmed took a competition high 48 wickets for Vi...

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Manchester United fans worst troublemakers

London, March 31 (IANS) Manchester United fans were the worst troublemakers in the English Premier League (EPL), says a report from the British Transport Police (BTP). The report said Manchester fans sparked more trouble on trains than any other top-flight club. Over the past two seasons, they were involved in 37 of the total incidents, reports Xinhua. Their close neighbours, Man...

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St. Kitts mourns the death of Canadian athlete

Basseterre (St.Kitts), March 31 (IANS) The St.Kitts and Nevis government on Monday expressed regret at the death of Canadian athlete Daundre Barnaby who was swimming with his teammates in the sea here on Friday. Sports Minister Shawn Richards said all efforts to assist 2012 Olympian Barnaby were unsuccessful when he encountered difficulty after he went into the sea, reports CMC. ...

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Myanmar signs nationwide truce with ethnic groups

Yangon, March 31 (IANS) Peace negotiators of the Myanmar government and ethnic armed groups preliminarily signed a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) on Tuesday. The signing between the government's Union Peace-Making Work Committee (UPWC) and ethnic armed groups' Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) was witnessed by President U Thein Sein, Xinhua reported. UN Special...

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SC notice to Advani, Joshi over Babri Masjid demolition

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and M.M. Joshi on a petition challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict discharging them of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. Besides the two, union Minister Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh also have been issued notice. The Allahabad High C...

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Vettori confirms New Zealand retirement

Auckland, March 31 (IANS) Veteran New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. Vettori arrived here on Tuesday after Sunday's World Cup final loss to Australia as New Zealand's greatest ever wicket-taker, claiming 705 international wickets in 442 matches. The 36-year-old bowed out of cricket on a high, capturing 15 wickets in t...

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Maldives passes law to bar Nasheed from MDP membership

Male, March 31 (IANS) The Maldivian parliament has passed a law barring people serving prison sentence from political party membership, effectively ousting former president Mohamed Nasheed from the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) he co-founded. The law was passed by 42-2 vote in the 85-seat parliament on Monday. MDP MPs did not take part in the vote but protested on the Majlis ...

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Garo rebel leader killed, camp busted in Meghalaya

Shillong, March 31 (IANS) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos of Meghalaya on Tuesday busted a Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) hideout, killing its top commander in a fierce gun battle, police said. The militant was identified as Kiljang Sangma alias Jangjang, the GNLA's eastern command area commander, who masterminded the killing of tribal Garo woman Josbina M. Sangma afte...

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Indian wines sparkled at Italian show

Verona (Italy), March 31 (IANS) A selection of the best Sula Wines and Indivine by Fratelli Wines from India were on view at the just-concluded Vinitaly 2015 international wine exposition at this northern Italian town. Never in the past has such a broad range of wines from India has been made available in Italy and this allowed visitors and connoisseurs to get an understanding of Indian ...

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Cinema has brought India, Egypt closer: Amitabh Bachchan

Cairo, March 31 (IANS) Terming cinema a great integrator, Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan has said Hindi movies have, over the years, brought the historic cultures of India and Egypt closer. Interacting with the media at the inauguration of the India by the Nile festival here on Monday, Bachchan noted that the two countries have always enjoyed good relations and the bond has been fu...

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Saudi assures help in safe pullout of Indians from Yemen

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Saudi Arabia has assured India full assistance in safe evacuation of Indians stranded in strife-hit Yemen as Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh flew to Djibouti on Tuesday to oversee evacuation efforts. Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday night and assured him of his full attention to the safet...

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Fishmonger sentenced to death in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, March 31 (IANS) A Malaysian fishmonger was sentenced to death on Tuesday for killing two British medical students. A judge pronounced the sentence after finding Zulkipli Abdullah guilty of killing Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton, both 22, in Sarawak state's capital city of Kuching on August 6 last year, the Malaysian Star reported. The defence failed to raise a reason...

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Mizoram students to protest frequent changes of governors

Aizawl, March 31 (IANS) The students' organisations in Mizoram would hold protests here next week against frequent changes of governors in the state, a statement said on Tuesday. The Congress-ruled Mizoram has the odd distinction of having seen seven governors in eight months. Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or the Mizo Students Federation (MSF), the apex body of student organisations in...

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Teenager charged over offensive remarks on Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore, March 31 (IANS) A Singapore court on Tuesday charged a 16-year-old boy over offensive remarks on late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and uploading online materials against Christianity. Amos Yee Pang Sang faces three charges which were committed last Friday and Saturday, the Straits Times reported. He was arrested on Sunday. Amos allegedly uploaded content ...

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Illayaraja in London for re-recording of 'Rudhramadevi'

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Maestro Illayaraja has left for London for re-recording upcoming Telugu period-drama Rudhramadevi, which is said to be based on the life of reigning queen of Kakatiya dynasty. Illayaraja sir has left to London to oversee the re-recording formalities of the film. He's expected to stay there for about two weeks, a source from the film's unit told IANS. On S...

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SC notice to Advani over Babri Masjid demolition

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and M.M. Joshi on a petition challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict discharging them of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. Besides the two, union Minister Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh also have been issued notice. The Allahabad High C...

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Brazilian club abandons World Cup stadium

Rio de Janeiro, March 31 (IANS) Brazilian football club Bahia has announced plans to abandon the Fonte Nova arena, raising fears the venue could become redundant after it was used as a host for the 2014 World Cup. The Salvador-based club said in a statement on Monday that Fonte Nova's operating consortium had not provided satisfactory terms to continue playing at the stadium, reports Xin...

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Presh Rawal, Naseeruddin trash censors over 'Dharam Sankat..'

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) While there were reports that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) invited religious leaders for the screening of Dharam Sankat Mein, film's lead actors Paresh Rawal and Naseruddin Shah say the idea is absurd. Reacting to the reports of calling a Muslim maulvi and a Hindu priest for the screening, Paresh Rawal told reporters: ...getting Pandit and Maulvi...

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