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Yemeni president arrives in Egypt as Saudi-led airstrike targets Houthis

Cairo/Sanaa, March 28 (IANS) Yemeni President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt's resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh on Friday to attend an Arab summit, as Saudi-led Arab forces conducted fresh air strikes in the evening targeting the largest military base in Yemen's capital Sanaa, media reports said. Hadi arrived in Egypt's resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh and Egyptian President Abdel-F...

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Germanwings co-pilot was on sick leave, hospital confirms visits

Berlin, March 28 (IANS) Prosecutors in Germany's Dusseldorf city announced on Friday that the co-pilot, who allegedly crashed the Germanwings plane in French Alps deliberately, killing all 150 on board, had a medical leave note for the day of the flight, which he hid from the company while a city hospital said he had been a patient there in the last two months. The sick leave note was fo...

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Scrapping 90:10 funding pattern for special states not fair: Sayeed

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said on Friday that dispensing with the 90:10 funding pattern for centrally-sponsored Schemes (CSSs) for special category states will have serious implications for his state which has seen a difficult period since 1947. Speaking at the NITI Aayog meet here, he said states like his and in the northeast, whic...

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Two ships on way to Yemen to rescue stranded Indians: Chandy

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, March 28 (IANS) Two ships have set sail to Yemen to bring back stranded Indians, including a good number of Keralites, from the war-torn Arab country, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday. Chandy made the announcement after he was informed of the development by External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj informed him of the new developments Friday night....

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Yemeni minister says Saudi-led attacks to last a "few days"

Cairo, March 28 (IANS/EFE) Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said on Friday that the Saudi-led military offensive against the Shia Houthi movement will last for a few days. Speaking to Saudi television channel Al-Arabiya, the foreign minister, loyal to Yemeni President Adb Rabbu Mansour Hadi, denied that the Operation al-Hazm Storm would stretch into a weeks-long affair. Howeve...

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Italian police recover Picasso work valued at $16 mn

Rome, March 28 (IANS/EFE) Italian police recovered a painting by Pablo Picasso, valued at $16 million, which had allegedly been stolen and was about to be exported, an Italian culture ministry source said. The recovered medium size oil painting entitled, Violin et bouteille de Bass, dates back to 1912, corresponding with the time of the Cubism movement that has become synonymous with the...

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Loss of Antarctic ice shelf accelerates

Washington, March 28 (IANS/EFE) The ice shelves around Antarctica have been thinning at accelerated rates for the past two decades, researchers say in an article appearing in Science magazine. The study, whose lead author is Fernando Paolo, a geophysics PhD candidate at the University of California San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, emphasises concern about rapid rise in se...

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Saudi paper details six-stage Houthi crackdown

Riyadh, March 28 (IANS/EFE) The military operation led by Saudi Arabia against the Shia Houthi movement in Yemen will be conducted over six stages, involving a total of 185 military aircraft, most of which are Saudi, according to a Saudi newspaper. Al-Riyadh daily reported on Friday that the first phase was implemented before the start of the military campaign, which was a process of det...

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10 killed in Mogadishu hotel attack

Mogadishu, March 28 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and scores of others injured in a suicide car explosion and gun attack targeting Maka Almukara Hotel in Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, a police officer said. Ten people died, including Somali Ambassador to Switzerland Yusuf Barari who was wounded and later died in Madina hospital, and many more were wounded in the attack, Xin...

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CBI arrests two PWD officials in bribery case

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The CBI on Friday arrested two PWD officials for accepting bribe of Rs.53,000 for passing bills. An assistant engineer and a junior engineer were arrested from the PWD's Geeta Colony subdivisional office in east Delhi following a complaint, said a Central Bureau of investigation official. The CBI booked the both the engineers on charges of criminal cons...

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Government not utilising Rs.2,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund, SC told

New Delhi, March (IANS) The Supreme Court was told Friday that the government was sitting on Rs.2,000 crore earmarked under the Nirbhaya Fund - meant to be spent for ensuring the safety and dignity of women - that was created after the December 16 Delhi gang-rape. The social justice bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was told that so far the government has sanct...

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Court summons pest control firm for insulting national flag

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) A court here on Friday summoned a pest control company Terminix for allegedly insulting the tricolour by printing a pamphlets with a image of cockroach with three colours of national flag and and national emblem Ashok Chakra. Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain issued summons to Terminix and asked it to appear on June 30 while hearing a a private complaint filed...

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Ensure compliance to green laws, not environmental clearances: Ramesh

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Notwithstanding India's need for smart environmental regulation, the government is working against the nation's interest by wrecking the very edifice of green laws, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh said on Friday. India needs smart environmental regulations that are transparently enforced. But the way this government is going about environmental regu...

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Vajpayee's first photo in years - being conferred Bharat Ratna

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) It was probably the first photograph of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that Indians saw in years, as President Pranab Mukherjee conferred on him the nation's highest civilian honour - the Bharat Ratna - at his home here on Friday. But the single photograph released - of the presentation ceremony as President Mukherjee placed the ribboned medallion a...

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Delhi legislators meet President

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) All the 70 Delhi legislators met President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday, an AAP legislator said. Kasturba Nagar legislator Madan Lal told IANS that it was a courtesy call and the delegation was headed by assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goyal. The meeting lasted for around one hour, he added. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has 67 members i...

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2G money laundering: Recording of statements of accused concluded

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) A court here on Friday concluded recording of statement of accused in connection with money laundering related to the 2G spectrum allocation case and fixed April 6 for examination of defence evidence in the case. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini recorded the statements of two firms -- DB Realty Limited and Mystical Construction (ea...

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Senior railway official sweeps Bengaluru station platform

Bengaluru, March 27 (IANS) Setting an example by action, Divisional Railway Manager Sanjiv Agarwal on Friday picked up the broom to clean the surroundings in and around the Yeshvantpur station here. The government's 'Swacch Bharat' mission is a good move to create awareness among the public regarding cleanliness, Agarwal said on the occasion after participating in the cleanliness drive i...

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Sonia congratulates Vajpayee for Bharat Ratna

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday congratulated former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on being conferred with the Bharat Ratna. Vajpayee was on Friday awarded India's highest civilian honour by President Pranab Mukherjee in a brief ceremony at the former's home here. In a letter to the 90-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Gandhi calle...

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Team capitalising on the day will win: Mohun Bagan's Sen

Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) Mohun Bagan gaffer Sanjoy Sen believes there are no favourites in the Kolkata derby and the team capitalising on the day will win the contest as they head into their I-League home match against arch rivals East Bengal at the Saltlake stadium on Saturday. There are no favourites for tomorrow's game. The team that capitalises on the day, wins! Sen said at the pre-m...

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SC to hear Manmohan Singh's plea on April 1

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court will take up for hearing on April 1 former prime minister Manmohan Singh's petition challenging his summoning by the special court in connection with the allocation of 15 percent share in the combined Talabira II and III coal blocks to Kumarmangalam Birla's Hindalco. Asked when they were going to mention former prime minister's plea for an ear...

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