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IS to release 29 Assyrian Christians abducted in Syria

Damascus, March 1 (IANS) Islamic State (IS) has decided to release 29 Assyrian Christians, who were part of over 200 members of the community kidnapped by the radical group earlier this week, a group monitoring the Syrian war said Saturday. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Assyrian Christian leaders have conducted talks with the IS leadership through media...

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Kelly Osbourne quits 'Fashion Police'

Los Angeles, Mar 1 (IANS) Singer Kelly Osbourne has quit Fashion Police. The 30-year-old, who has worked on the E! series since 2011, has walked away from the show just days after co-host Giuliana Rancic was forced to apologise to Disney star Zendaya Coleman for making an outrageously offensive comment about her dreadlocks, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The network confirmed the new...

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Violence in Bangladesh ahead of opposition's 72-hour strike

Dhaka, March 1 (IANS) Stray incidents of violence were reported in parts of Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Saturday, ahead of former prime minister Khaleda Zia-led opposition alliance's call for another round of strike from Sunday morning. A Dhaka Metropolitan (DMP) official, who did not wish to be named, said miscreants put on fire at least eight vehicles in parts of Dhaka and Na...

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BJP hails budget, opposition calls it pro-rich

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The NDA government Saturday hailed the Union Budget 2015-16 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling it progressive and practical while the opposition slammed it for being pro-rich. Modi, commenting on the budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, said it had a clear vision. It is a budget that is progressive, positive, practical, pragmatic and ...

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Putin vows to bring Nemtsov's killers to justice

Moscow, Feb 28 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday pledged to do everything to bring the killers of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov to justice. We will do everything to ensure that the perpetrators of this foul and cynical crime and those who stand behind them are properly punished, Putin said in a condolence message to Nemtsov's mother, according to a Xinhua report. ...

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'Ab Tak Chappan2': Better than expected cop and gangster flick National

Film: Ab Tak Chappan 2; Cast: Nana Patekar, Gul Panag, Ashutosh Rana, Mohan Agashe, Govind Namdeo; Directed by Aejaz Gulab; Rating: ** 1/2 (two and a half stars) Get this. If the cop-and-gangster genre must continue to flourish in Hindi cinema, it must seek sustenance in the cliches. That's what debutant director Aejaz Gulab does in the sequel to the highly-rated 2004 film. Takin...

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Budget disappointed Odisha: CM

Bhubaneswar, Feb 28 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday slammed the union budget, saying it disappointed and neglected his state. As regards Odisha, I am deeply disappointed both with the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission and the union budget, he said. Patnaik said that while the budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley indicates a focus on ...

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Health budget a boon for public: Experts

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The government's decision to allocate Rs.33,152 crore for health with special emphasis on improving the public health sector was Saturday hailed by health experts who said the decision to set up new medical institutions will be a boon for the public. This budget in all is a forward-looking and stable budget. By linking financial inclusion (Jan Dhan Yojna), social...

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Budget is growth-oriented, reformist: UP industrialists

Lucknow, Feb 28 (IANS) The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and industrialists of Uttar Pradesh Saturday complimented Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for presenting a growth oriented, reformist and pragmatic budget. The CII said by focussing on manufacturing, ease of doing business, prohibiting black money and continuing with the ongoing reforms, the budget was set to create an enab...

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Budget allocates Rs.806 crores for judiciary

New Delhi, Feb. Feb 28 (IANS) The union budget for 2015-16 has earmarked Rs.806.2 crore for the development of judicial infrastructure in states and union territories, the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms and the administration of justice. It has earmarked Rs.212.19 crore for the mission under the plan head which is up by Rs.124.99 crore compared to the Rs.87.30 cr...

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Budget raises India's profile, says TCS chief

Bengaluru, Feb 28 (IANS) The union budget for 2015-16 was far sighted and bold to raise the country's profile as an investment destination, a top official Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said Saturday. The budget aims to make structural changes in taxation for driving higher corporate investment and sets a roadmap of reform over the next four years, TCS chief executive N. Chandrasekaran ...

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Climate change gets a boost; environment ministry budget trimmed

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment on climate change, the government Saturday ramped up budget allocation a whopping sixteen-fold to boost India's mission to climate change and adaption, even as the overall allocation to the environment ministry was trimmed by four percent. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who presented the union budget Saturday...

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Over 40 killed as Iraqi forces battle IS

Baghdad, Feb 28 (IANS) At least 41 people were killed and over 100 injured in Iraq Saturday, as Iraqi forces and allied militiamen clashed with Sunni jihadi group Islamic State, security sources said. In the deadliest militant attack, three suicide car bombers backed by dozens of IS militants attacked positions of the Iraqi army and allied Shia militia in Iraq's Salahudin province, Xinhu...

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Defence ministry clears mine sweepers, trainer aircraft deals

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) India's defence ministry Saturday cleared a project worth Rs.32,000 crore for 12 mine sweeping vessels to be made in the country, along with some other projects including one for buying 38 basic trainer aircrafts. In a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, the government also cleared acquisition of 38 Pilatus bas...

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Heroin worth Rs.50 lakh sized, two held

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Two drug traffickers, including a woman, were arrested in two separate raids and 500 grams heroin worth Rs.50 lakh in the international market seized from them, police said Saturday. The duo were apprehended in two separate raids conducted by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police at two different places in the city. Darshana, 25, was arrested Thursday from Pe...

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Hamas slams terror tag decision by Egypt court

Gaza, Feb 28 (IANS) The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas Saturday slammed an Egyptian court's decision listing the movement as a terrorist organisation, according to media reports. The decision is a coup on history, said Hamas, adding that the decision is shocking and dangerous and directly targets the Palestinian people and their armed resistance, Xinhua reported. The Cairo C...

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Police identify gunman in US shooting

Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) Police Saturday identified the gunman who killed seven people before committing suicide in a shooting spree in the US state of Missouri earlier this week. The attacker was identified as 36-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge, who had a minor criminal history, Xinhua reported citing police. Aldridge, armed with a handgun, reportedly shot and killed seven peopl...

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Child dies of swine flu in Bengal, toll 8

Kolkata, Feb 28 (IANS) The toll due to swine flu in West Bengal Saturday rose to eight with the death of a two and-a-half-year old child at a city hospital while three fresh cases were reported, taking the total number of positive cases to 115, an official said. A child died today (Saturday) at a city hospital. Three fresh cases were detected. The total number of cases has reached 115, s...

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Special assistance announced for Bihar, Bengal

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) In a move apparently dictated more by politics, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday proposed a series of sops for Bihar and West Bengal, which are set to hold assembly polls this year and in 2016. Presenting the union budget for 2015-16, Jaitley announced special assistance for the two eastern states on the lines of a package provided to Andhra Pradesh.

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India to build five ultra mega power projects, economists sceptic

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said his government plans to build five new ultra mega power projects totalling 20,000 MW which will unlock investment of up to Rs.1 lakh crore. Economists, however, seemed sceptic. The step has been planned with the aim of electrification of the remaining 20,000 villages in the country by 2020. The government propos...

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