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Taylor Swift grants dying fan's last wish

Los Angeles, March 5 (IANS) Taylor Swift granted the last wish of a four-year-old fan who wanted to speak to the singer on the phone. The star made a surprise FaceTime call to Jalene Salinas on Monday, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Speaking on the phone with Salinas' mother Jennifer Arriagas, she said of the child, who's suffering from an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer: I ...

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'Sri Lanka's growth favorable but needs fiscal consolidation to cut debt'

Colombo, March 5 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that Sri Lanka's economic prospects remain favorable under the new government but a mid-term fiscal consolidation is essential. An IMF mission led by Todd Schneider was in Sri Lanka to conduct a post-program monitoring after the completion of a 2.6- billion-US dollar stand-by agreement in 2012, Xinhua reported.

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Chris Brown already a father?

Los Angeles, March 5 (IANS) Singer Chris Brown is reportedly father of a nine-month-old girl. Though he is on very good terms with the youngster's mother, a 31-year-old model named Nia, they are not together. Sources said that Brown, 25, is happy about being a father and has known Nia for several years, reports tmz.com. It does not appear there is an official child suppor...

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International flights suspended at Nepalese airport

Kathmandu, March 5 (IANS) Nepal's only international airport, the Tribhuwan International Airport, announced that all international flights have been suspended till 4.00 p.m. Thursday. A spokesperson at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Purna Prasad Chudal, informed that all international flights have been called off given the obstruction at the runway of the airport after a Turkish A...

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Swine flu: UAE advises citizens against travelling to India

DUBAI, March 5 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi warned its citizens against travelling to India due to the spread of swine flu. Out of the 9 million residents in the UAE, around 30 percent are Indian nationals, forming the biggest group of expatriates, Xinhua reported. All four UAE airliners, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arab...

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Garner takes advice from Witherspoon

Los Angeles, March 5 (IANS) When Jennifer Garner needs some life advice, the actress relies on Legally Blonde star Reese Witherspoon. If I run into Reese, she and I have so much to talk about, Garner told people.com. We'll be on the street corner and just be like, 'What do you do about this, and how did you handle this?' I'm so grateful for that very specific kind of friend, she ...

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38 killed by storm in Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam, March 5 (IANS) At least 38 people were killed and 60 others injured by a storm that lasted for 30 minutes in Kahama district in Tanzania's lake zone region of Shinyanga. Benson Mpyesa, Kahama district commissioner, on Wednesday said 35 people died on the spot while three others died when undergoing treatment at Kahama district hospital, Xinhua reported. The number ...

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Saina, Jwala-Ashwini through, Srikanth, Kashyap lose in All England

Birmingham, March 5 (IANS) Saina Nehwal and women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa entered the second round, while male shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap lost in the opening round of the All England Open Badminton Championships at the Barclaycard Arena here on Wednesday. World No.3 Saina registered a comfortable 21-8, 21-12 victory in 38 minutes over qual...

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Bodies of 10 illegal immigrants recovered in Italy

Rome, March 5 (IANS/EFE) The Italian Coast Guard recovered the remains of ten illegal immigrants from the Strait of Sicily and rescued 121 people who were shipwrecked while traveling on a boat headed for the Italian coast. The rescue team announced on Wednesday in a press release that the accident took place Tuesday afternoon when the operations center received an alert from an oil rig o...

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Bangladesh to tackle BNP's extremism with 'resilience'

Dhaka, March 4 (IANS) Bangladesh on Wednesday told the UN Human Rights Council that it will handle the BNP-sponsored violent extremism with its characteristic resilience and determination. Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali told a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday that the alliance of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami was promoting a violent extremist agenda in the name ...

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I-League: Mohun Bagan go on top of table again

Fatorda (Goa), March 4 (IANS) A point for Mohun Bagan saw them go ahead of Pune FC on goal difference to sit at the top perch of the I-League table as they earned a hard fought draw against Dempo at the Fatorda stadium here on Wednesday. Striker Balwant Singh's opened the scoring just after half an hour for Bagan which was followed by the sending off of Haitian medio Sony Norde in the dy...

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Eight people chosen for Independence Award in Bangladesh

Dhaka, March 4 (IANS) Late finance minister Shah A.M.S. Kibria, matinee idol of yesteryears Abdur Razzak and professor emeritus Anisuzzaman were among eight people nominated for Bangladesh's highest civilian honour, the Independence Award. The Cabinet Division on Wednesday released the list of nominees chosen for their contributions to the nation and during the 1971 Liberation War, bdnew...

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Varanasi-Kathmandu bus service flagged off

Lucknow, March 4 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday flagged off the India-Nepal bus service which will connect Varanasi and Kathmandu. The first bus was flagged off from police lines in Varanasi. The bus will facilitate trips between the two cities to Buddhist and other religious tourist stops, an official said. For security and safety of passengers, ...

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India: Make election of UN secretary-general more democratic

United Nations, March 4 (IANS) With Ban ki-Moon's second term as secretary-general ending next year, India has called for making the election of his successor more democratic and open by giving the UN General Assembly (UNGA) a greater say and ending the Security Council permanent members' near total control of the process. Bhagwant S. Bishnoi, India's deputy permanent representative, sai...

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Russian n-fuel firm signs contract with DAE

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Russian nuclear fuel company TVEL has signed a contract with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for supply of enriched uranium fuel pellets for the Tarapur nuclear power plant, a statement said on Wednesday. A series of shipments of the enriched uranium fuel pellets is planned in 2015 to the Nuclear Fuel Centre in Hyderabad, a fuel assembly production site fo...

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Task forces set up to make three cities smart

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has set up three task forces to develop Ajmer in Rajasthan, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh as smart cities in collaboration with the US. The task forces will have representatives from the urban development ministry, external affairs ministry, respective sate governments and cities...

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Cabinet paves way for expanding Swacch Bharat Kosh

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The union cabinet on Wednesday cleared some enabling provisions to encourage participation of individuals and companies in the Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK), sources said. They said the cabinet had cleared the provisions to enable people living in India and abroad and companies give funds to SBK. The SBK was set up in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi'...

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46 infrastructure projects in 33 cities underway: Venkaiah

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) To augment urban infrastructure in 33 cities across India, 46 projects were at various stages of implementation under the public-private partnership, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday. Replying to a question from Nimmala Kistappa in the Lok Sabha, Naidu said the total cost of the projects underway was Rs.25,902.84 crore.

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100,000 scholarships to students to prevent school dropout

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The government awards 100,000 scholarships to selected meritorious students of Class 9 from economically weaker sections in order to prevent them from dropping out of school, the human resource development ministry said on Wednesday. The Department of School Education and Literacy is administering a centrally-sponsored National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme...

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India's spectrum auction elicits Rs.60,000 crore in six rounds on Day One

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) A total of six rounds of bidding took place on Day One of the auctions of radio frequency spectrum, or airwaves, for telecom operators with a total offer for Rs.60,000 crore, sources said on Wednesday. We have received bids in all bands. There was some good bidding in the 800 MHz and 1,800 MHz bands, whereas 2,100 MHz is yet see some traction. Auction will conti...

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