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Equities trade flat; banks, auto stocks slip

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices traded on a flat-to-negative note during the mid-afternoon trade session on Thursday with selling pressure observed in capital goods, banking and auto stocks. The key indices had opened on a higher note following the US Federal Reserve's raising the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, signalling two more rate hikes in 2018.

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Reliance JioPhones likely to get WhatsApp soon

San Francisco, March 22 (IANS) Reliance JioPhones, which run on KaiOS, a Linux-based light mobile Operating System (OS), may soon get WhatsApp. According to Wabetainfo.com, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, as of February 2018 KaiOS Technologies have acquired many new partners, including Facebook that also owns the popular messaging platform. After stopping suppo...

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Delhi government presents 2018-19 budget

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Delhi government presented its 2018-19 budget on Thursday. The total budget was of Rs 53,000 crore, state Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said in the Assembly. The budget in 2014-15 was Rs 30,940 crore and Rs 26,402 crore in 2011-12, he added. --IANS nkh/ksk/bg ...

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Sarkozy charged with receiving illicit Libyan campaign financing

Paris, March 22 (IANS) Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with receiving illicit financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for his 2007 election campaign. After the former head of state was questioned in police custody over two days, a three-judge panel on Wednesday evening charged Sarkozy with bribe-taking, illegal campaign financing and r...

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Twitter's chief information security officer quits

San Francisco, March 22 (IANS) As tech companies reel under mounting pressure to prevent their platforms from data breach and fake news, Twitter's Chief Information Security Officer Michael Coates has decided to quit. In a tweet on Thursday, Coates who joined Twitter in 2015 announced his departure from the micro-blogging website. Twitter has been an amazing ride, but as I mentio...

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Stalin writes to PM, 10 CMs on 15th Finance Commission's Terms of Reference

Chennai, March 21 (IANS) DMK leader M.K.Stalin on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of 10 non-BJP ruled states expressing concerns on certain elements of the Terms of Reference for the 15th Finance Commission. In a letter to Modi and Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Odisha, Weste Bengal, Delhi and P...

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Term of commission on sub-categorisation of OBCs extended

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved a 12 week extension of the term of the Commission set up to examine the issue of sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes in the central list up to June 20, 2018, an official statement said. The commission, headed by Justice (retd.) G. Rohini, commenced functioning on October ...

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Militant, five security men killed as Kupwara gunfight continues

Srinagar, March 21 (IANS) At least three soldiers, two policemen and a militant were killed on Wednesday as the gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district entered its second day officials said. The gunfight broke out on Tuesday inside Halmatpora forest area of Kupwara, about 110 km from Srinagar city. Firing still continues in Kupwara and on Wednesday, two policemen and th...

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UTT league to be held in Pune, Delhi, Kolkata

Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) The second edition of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) will be held in Pune, Delhi and Kolkata, it was announced on Wednesday. The decision was in line with the sport's national federation TTFI and the league's promoter 11Sports' vision to take table tennis to different cities every year and steadily popularise it across the country, according to a release.

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Government admits allocating less than forces' budget projection

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The government on Wednesday admitted that allocations made in the budget for the three forces were less than the projected amount, adding that if needed, schemes can be repiroritised to ensure that critical acquisitions are made. Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply that the budgetary allocation under the Capita...

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Xabi Alonso facing 5 years in jail for tax fraud

Madrid, March 21 (IANS) The Madrid prosecutor's office on Wednesday said it could jail retired Spain international Xabi Alonso for five years and fine him 4 million euros ($4.9 million) for alleged tax fraud related to money earned from imaging rights while at La Liga football club Real Madrid. In addition to the fines, the prosecution also wants Alonso to repay the defrauded amount plus...

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Parliamentary committee raises concern over Ethanol Blending Programme

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Raising an alarm over slow ethanol procurement for blending with the petrol, a parliamentary committee has flagged loopholes in the government's Ethanol Blending Programme (EBP). The EBP, under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, aims at blending ethanol with petrol, thereby bringing it under the category of biofuels and saving millions of dollars by cutting...

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Bombay HC frees celebrity lawyer nabbed in CDR scam

Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) In a huge embarrassment for the Maharashta government, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday ordered the release of celebrity lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui who was arrested in the infamous Thane Call Details Record (CDR) scam, in which names of several celebrities have tumbled out. Siddiqui, arrested by in Thane on March 16 and remanded to custody till March 23 (Friday), wa...

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VO Chidambaranar Port sets new record in handling thermal coal

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The VO Chidambaranar Port Trust has created a new record in handling thermal coal in a single day, an official statement said on Wednesday. The port handled a record 48,701 metric tonnes of thermal coal on Tuesday surpassing the previous single day record of 42,508 metric tonnes, the Shipping Ministry ministry said. VO Chidambaranar Port Trust created ...

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Rs 122 cr average worth of 63 Rajya Sabha candidates

New Delhi, March (IANS) An overwhelming majority of the 63 candidates (87 per cent) in the fray for the coming Rajya Sabha elections are crorepatis with an average worth of Rs 122 crore, an analysis of the candidates self-sworn affidavits has revealed. Although 55 out of the 63 candidates are crorepatis (with assets over Rs. 1 crore), the average worth has spiked thanks to a few very hig...

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Teen brothers drown in a canal

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Two brothers drowned in a canal here on Wednesday after falling into it while playing nearby, police said. The deceased have been identified as Vishesh, 12 and Abhishek, 14, residents of Bilaspur Camp in south Delhi's Badarpur. Police said the incident occurred at around 11 a.m when a passerby saw the drowning boys in the Agra canal and informed police...

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BJP leader gets life imprisonment for murder

Ranchi, March 21 (IANS) A fast track court in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district on Wednesday awarded 11 people, including a BJP leader, life imprisonment for killing a person on charges of carrying beef. According to a lawyer, the court convicted 11 people including BJP's Nityanand Mahto on March 16. A mob killed Alimuddin on charges of carrying of carrying beef in Ramgarh district on...

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Sudden doping inspection disrupts Russian football squad's training

Moscow, March 21 (IANS) The training session of the Russian football squad, which is set to play a friendly match here against Brazil, was disrupted on Wednesday morning due to a sudden doping control inspection, according to the national teams press service. The press service reported that a doping control officer arrived at 6.30 a.m. Moscow time and the procedure of doping samples coll...

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Kidnapped Nigeria schoolgirls released

Lagos, March 21 (IANS) A group of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria by terror group Boko Haram were released and returned to their hometown of Dapchi, the Nigerian government announced on Wednesday. Boko Haram militants abducted 110 girls from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in northeast Nigeria in late February. It was not clear how many of the girls had returned. <...

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Golubic beats Vinci at Miami Open

Miami, March 21 (IANS) Italian Roberta Vinci, a former US Open finalist, was one of the highest profile casualties of the qualifying round for the women's draw at the Miami Open tennis tournament after she lost in straight sets to Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic. The 35-year-old Vinci, ranked 166th in the world, lost 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday to Golubic, 10 years her junior and ranked 99 place...

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