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Iraqi forces free Tikrit from IS militants

Baghdad, March 31 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday announced that security forces have freed Salahudin's provincial capital city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) after days of heavy clashes with the radical group. The Iraqi forces have entered downtown Tikrit before a short time and have raised the Iraqi flag on its provincial government building, Abadi said in ...

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Nigerian opposition party declares victory in presidential poll

Abuja, March 31 (IANS) With the final result yet to be announced, the Nigerian opposition party on Tuesday declared victory in the recent presidential poll. Shehu Garba, spokesperson of the opposition party's campaign organisation, said the political group has already declared a victory party in Abuja, with the party's presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in attendance. ...

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Under-23 AFC Championship: India, Bangladesh in goalless draw

Dhaka, March 31 (IANS) India and Bangladesh finished with a goalless draw in a power blackout-marred Group E exchange of the under-23 AFC Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Tuesday. India threatened the Bangladesh citadel time and again in the first session, but the script was reversed after the lemon break as Bangladesh boys dominated. Bangabandhu National ...

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Delhi Metro helpline upgraded to interactive voice system

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Delhi Metro on Tuesday took a step closer to offer better services to commuters by enhancing its existing helpline service into an interactive voice response system (IVRS). Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh inaugurated the system at Metro Bhavan here and made the first call on the new 24x7 IVR System available at phone number 155...

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Truck helper jailed for life for murdering driver

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday sentenced a truck helper to life in prison for stabbing to death the driver after an altercation over having designs on the driver's wife. Additional Sessions Judge Manoj Jain awarded life imprisonment to 38-year-old Vishal Kumar, after holding him guilty of murder. According to the prosecution, Kumar - a drug addict - attacked t...

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Kolkata Metro to increase services on weekends

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) The Metro Railway, Kolkata has decided to increase services on Saturdays and Sundays by plying 34 pairs of additional trains from this weekend, it was announced on Tuesday. A Metro Railway release said 224 trains will ply on Saturdays instead of the present 206 trains and 110 trains on Sundays as against 94 that run now. Metro commuters will get the benef...

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Telangana CM's help for tribal girl to become pilot

Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) A few days after extending financial assistance to a Muslim woman pilot for her advanced training, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday announced help for a tribal girl to fulfil her dream to become a pilot. the chief minister has sanctioned Rs.28,09,815 to Ajmeera Bobby for commercial pilot's license training at Dean International Flying Sc...

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Delhi government to increase buses

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Delhi government on Tuesday said it would increase the number of buses in the capital under its route revival plan. We want to make public transport strong in Delhi for which there is a need to increase the number of buses in the city. With a view to ferry the crowd properly, we will increase the number of buses in Delhi, Transport Minister Gopal Rai said a...

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RIL wins two oil blocks in Myanmar

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd on Tuesday said it has been awarded two offshore blocks for exploration of oil and gas in Myanmar. Myanmar had invited bids from international companies for discovery of oil and gas, in response to which it had received bids from 36 multinational companies. Reliance Industries Ltd and Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterpri...

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HUDA officials booked for ex-colleague's suicide

Gurgaon, March 31 (IANS) Two employees of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) were booked on Tuesday on charges of abetting the suicide of a former colleague, police said. Sub-Divisional Officer Hari Singh Jhakar and clerk Ramesh Saini were booked for the extreme step taken by former HUDA revenue official, 35-year-old Kamaldeep. Kamaldeep, from Sonipat district in Hary...

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Mamata questions Rajnath's Bengal tour, BJP hits back

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) Wondering whether Home Minister Rajnath Singh's visit to West Bengal, including to enclaves on the India-Bangladesh border, was political or official, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday slammed the Centre for not holding any prior discussion with the state government on the tour. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), heading the government at the Centre, dismi...

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I-League: Bengaluru FC notch big win

Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) Bristling with aggression, Bengaluru FC maintained their unbeaten run against Sporting de Goa by hammering out a 4-1 win in the Hero I-League match here on Tuesday. While recording their sixth win in 11 outings, the Blues displayed rare cohesion in the front, especially in the second half as goals by Joshua Walker (33rd), Rino Anto (51st), Thoi Singh (60th) and...

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Jet Airways Dubai-Mumbai flight suffers bird-hit

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) A Jet Airways Dubai-Mumbai flight suffered a bird-hit shortly before landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here on Tuesday evening, but there was no damage to the plane nor any casualty, an official said. The captain of flight 9W 541 reported the incident while landing, following which a thorough inspection of the aircraft was carried out.

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18-hour-old undergoes open heart surgery

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) An 18-hour-old infant underwent an open heart surgery at a hospital here, and doctors said on Tuesday that the boy was now in a stable condition. The boy, whose name has not been revealed, is believed to be the youngest reported patient to undergo such a major surgery. The infant was born in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh in December last year, with a complic...

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SC pulls up Assam for laxity over illegal Bangladeshi migrants

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Assam government for filing a vague and unsatisfactory affidavit and questioned its seriousness in dealing with illegal Bangladeshi nationals entering the state exploiting the porous India-Bangladesh border. Chiding the Assam government over the steps taken by it to contain the influx of illegal migrants in pursuance t...

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India's foreign debt at December-end rose to $461.9 bn

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) India's external debt at the end of December 2014 stood at $461.9 billion -- a 3.5 percent or $15.5 billion rise from what it was in end of March 2014, government data showed on Tuesday. The country's external debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio stood at 23.2 percent as of December-end, compared with 23.7 percent as of March 2014-end. The rise in...

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Centre quotes norms as Haryana seeks Rs.1,136 crore for crop damage

Chandigarh, March 31 (IANS) The central government has quoted existing norms to virtually express inability to release compensation to Haryana for the recent loss suffered by farmers when their standing crops were damaged due to unseasonal rain, strong winds and hailstorms. Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Sanjeev Kumar Balyan held meetings with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Kha...

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Delhi to regularize unauthorized colonies

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Delhi government on Tuesday said it will start regularizing unauthorized colonies in the city by fixing their boundary and asking the civic agencies to prepare their layout plans. Addressing the media, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: We are dedicated towards regularizing the irregular colonies by fixing their boundaries. He said the munic...

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Resentment over hold on tobacco pictorial warnings

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The central government's decision to postpone implementation of pictorial warnings that asked for more space on tobacco packaging from April 1 has saddened many, including health associations. Reacting to the decision, the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) said it was feeling let down by the government's decision to hold the implementation of pictori...

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Drunken driver akin to suicide bomber: Court

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A drunken driver is like a suicide bomber, a court here said, and proposed strict punishment to the guilty on the roads. A drunken driver is like a suicide bomber who has set out to kill himself as well as other road users and thus deserves a very stern sentence which should have a deterrent effect and discourage everyone from driving after alcohol intake, Addi...

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