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Modi government failed to revive economic growth: Congress leader

Shimla, May 25 (IANS) Former union minister and AICC spokesperson Jitin Prasada on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for failing to revive economic growth and reduce inflation, as promised by him during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Addressing a press conference here, Prasada pointed out that Modi stormed to power riding on the promises of good governance, crea...

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Class 12 results: Cheating cases drop in Delhi

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The CBSE class 12 results 2015 declared for all regions here on Monday show a drop in the number of cheating cases in Delhi, authorities said. According to the official data on the CBSE web site, the national capital recorded just three cases of cheating this year as compared to 13 in 2014 and 25 in 2013. Bihar's capital Patna reported 11 cases this year ...

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Bangladesh may punish illegal migrants repatriated from SE Asia

Dhaka, May 25 (IANS/EFE) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for strict punishment to migrants, who illegally leave Bangladesh and set out towards Southeast Asia by sea, and the human-traffickers who assist them, media reported on Monday. They are tainting the image of our country on the international stage, and putting their own lives in danger, Hasina told a meeting with...

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One month after quake, Nepal struggles to overcome trauma

Kathmandu, May 25 (IANS) One month after the April 25 earthquake that killed at least 8,700 people and injured over 70,000 in Nepal, the Himalayan nation is still struggling to overcome the trauma exacerbated by numerous aftershocks and slow relief distribution due to the difficult geographical terrain. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake rattled 39 of the mountainous nation's 75 districts -- 1...

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Soldier killed in guerrila attack in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) A soldier and a separatist guerrilla were killed on Monday in a gun battle between the guerrillas and security forces in Kashmir, police said. The soldier, Dharam Ram, of the Rashtriya Rifles, was critically injured in the militant attack in Kulgam district. Later, he died from his injuries at a hospital, a police officer said. A separatist guerrilla too w...

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Irrfan, Deepika took romance to new level: Sircar

Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone's endearing chemistry in Piku took romance to a different level, says the film's director Shoojit Sircar. During the scripting stage, Irrfan and Deepika's romance was kept dry and subdued, but both the actors took the romance to another level, Sircar said during an interaction with film enthusiasts at a workshop held here. Wh...

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Eastern Railways to initiate consumer connect week

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Eastern Railway is rolling out a fortnight-long consumer connect programme from Tuesday when its senior officials will interact directly with the passengers to understand their problems as well as create awareness about services, a senior official said. During this period, a number of passenger-amenity related projects will be inaugurated at the various stations, E...

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Eastern Railways targets 72 mn tonnes freight in 2015-16

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Eastern Railways has set a target of ferrying 72 million tonnes of freight this fiscal after surpassing its target of 65 million tonne in the last fiscal (2014-15), a senior official said here on Monday. We had overachieved our last years' loading (of freight) target and the major commodity was coal. It comprised of 67 percent of the total load, ER general manager ...

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Governance has largely been on track

As the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government enters its second year in office on Tuesday, there is no dearth of bouquets and brickbats for the NaMo regime in the media. On analysing the government's electoral assurances, the actions taken so far and the respective timelines being followed to achieve these, one would say it is reasonably on track in fulfilling its short-term, medium-term and lon...

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Two suspected IS activists held in Dhaka

Dhaka, May 25 (IANS) Police have detained two suspected activists of the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, a media report said on Monday. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) spokesperson Jahangir Alam said that they were arrested on Sunday night from the city's Uttara area, bdnews24.com reported. The official, however, did not provide any further details....

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Guerrilla killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar, May 25 (IANS) A separatist guerrilla was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Kashmir on Monday, police said. The guerrillas attacked a Rashtriya Rifles patrol in Kanjikulla Kokergund (Yaripora) area of Kulgam district, critically injuring one soldier. Following the attack, security forces surrounded the area and the gunfight broke out. When the last reports ca...

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Djokovic heads ATP rankings again

Madrid, May 25 (IANS) Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic held on to his No.1 spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) men's singles rankings with 13,845 points, which remained unchanged as the French Open began on Monday. Swiss powerhouse Roger Federer also maintained his second position with 9,235 points, followed by Scotland's Andy Murray with 7,040 points. Spain's Rafael ...

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Two held with Rs.2 lakh in fake currency in Bihar

Patna, May 25 (IANS) Two members of a gang involved in printing fake currency were arrested on Monday in Bihar's Patna district along with counterfeit notes with a face value of Rs.2 lakh and a printing machine, police said. Patna senior superintendent of police Jitendra Rana said that accused Shalendra Kumar and Sudarshan Mishra were arrested after a tip-off about their activities perta...

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Serena holds top spot in WTA rankings

Madrid, May 25 (IANS) American Serena Williams continued to lead the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings, published on Monday, with 9,361 points. The week's rankings stayed intact with Russia's Maria Sharapova in second place with 7,710 points, followed by Romanian Simona Halep in third place with 7,360. WTA rankings (top-10): 1. Serena Williams (USA) 9,361 ...

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India reaches out to Indonesia's Buddhist community

Jakarta, May 25 (IANS) India has reached out to the large Buddhist community in Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, by organising an exhibition on the Buddha. Buddha Carika - In the footsteps of Shakyamuni Buddha was inaugurated in the Gedung Prasadha Jinarakkhita in Indonesia's capital Jakarta Sunday, the Indian embassy said in a statement. The famous Pr...

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Akshay Kumar goes shirtless for selfie debut

Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar made an impressive selfie debut by posing shirtless, giving a glimpse of his well-toned physique to his fans. Akshay, who will soon be launching his own clothing range, posted his first selfie by captioning it: It's been a while friends, wishing u all a happy Sunday. Enjoy my 1st Selfish, Selfie. The image has him showing off his muscular...

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Lalit Sen to compose for new TV show

Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) Lalit Sen of Bollywood's famed composer duo Jatin-Lalit will lend his music skills to compose the title track and background score of new TV show Mere Angane Mein. The new Star Plus show is scheduled to go on air in mid June. Confirming the same, the show's makers said in a statement: Yes, we have roped in Lalit to compose the music for us. We had certain re...

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Snack away at the movies with Snacket app

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Tired of long cues to grab a snack while at a movie theatre or scared of missing scenes post interval? Here comes Snacket, an app which lets you order food and drinks from your smartphone in a quick and easy way while you enjoy a film of your choice. It enables delivery of snacks to your seat at the push of a button, and one can conveniently make purchases throug...

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Sensex provisionally closes over 300 points down

Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), provisionally closed down by over 300 points or 1.00 percent during the trade session on Monday. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also provisionally closed the day's trade in the red. It was down 89 points or 1.05 percent at 8,370.25 points. <...

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Golfer Rashid to use new driver at Bangladesh Open

Dhaka, May 25 (IANS) Indian golfer Rashid Khan will use a new driver at the Bangladesh Open, which gets underway on Wednesday, to better his chances of earning his third Asian Tour title. Rashid will be among the favourites for the crown at the $300,000 event to be played at the Kurmitola Golf Club here. I met my mental coach (Aparna Jain) before coming here and told her that the...

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