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5 migrants drown, 191 rescued off western Libyan coast

Tripoli, June 19 (IANS) Five illegal immigrants were drowned on Monday, and 191 others rescued off the western coast of Libya, Libyan navy spokesperson said. Two separate operations were carried out by the coast guards, Ayob Qassem, adding that the first one was eight miles off Mellita town in the city of Zuwara, some 120 km west of the capital Tripoli, and rescued 115 illegal immigrants...

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FIFA World Cup: Kane double guides England past Tunisia

Volgograd (Russia), June 19 (IANS) Captain Harry Kane scored a brace as England overcame Tunisia with a 2-1 victory in their FIFA World Cup Group G campaign opener at the Volgograd Arena here on Monday. The Tottenham centre-forward gave England the lead in the 11th minute but Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty to pull Tunisia level in the 35th minute. However, Kane headed home off a corne...

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$1 bn to boost services exports: Prabhu

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday said the government has planned to spend $1 billion to boost export of services from the country as trade in services is growing faster than trade in goods. The government is working on a comprehensive strategy to boost services exports and $1 billion will be spent to promote 12 champion services sectors, he...

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Chitrangada Singh to endorse hosiery brand

Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) Model and Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh has been roped in to endorse the fashionable female wear segment of hosiery brand Dollar Industries, it was announced on Monday. Dollar Industries Managing Director Vinod Kumar Gupta said Chitrangada features in a new ad campaign, shot in Bangkok, that showcases products like leggings, capris and inner wears. T...

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Russia eyeing knockout berth as Salah returns for Egypt

Saint Petersburg, June 18 (IANS) Hosts Russia will be eyeing to seal their berth for the knockout stage when they face Egypt, who will be bolstered by the return of star forward Mohamed Salah, in their second Group A game here on Tuesday. Russia will be high on confidence after hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game in Moscow on Thursday. Egypt on the other hand suffered a 0-1 ...

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FIFA World Cup: Senegal to face confident Poland

Moscow, June 18 (IANS) Senegal will aim to repeat the heroics of their 2002 team when they start their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against a confident Poland in a Group H match at the Spartak Stadium here on Tuesday. While Senegal are making their comeback to the World Cup after their 2002 show till the quarter-finals, Poland are in Russia after failing to qualify for the 2010 and 2014 ...

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Chinese envoy pitches for India-China-Pakistan trilateral meet

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) With India and Pakistan being made full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on Monday pitched the concept of an India-China-Pakistan trilateral meeting under the SCO framework. Security cooperation is one of three pillars of the SCO, Luo said in his keynote speech at a seminar on Beyond Wuhan: How far a...

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South Africa rest Tahir for Sri Lanka tour

Johannesburg, June 18 (IANS) South Africa have decided to rest their top-ranked bowler Imran Tahir, for the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in July-August. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj and left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi have been included in the 15-man squad according to a statement from Cricket South Africa. This will be the Proteas' first assignment since AB d...

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Federer reclaims top spot in ATP rankings

Madrid, June 18 (IANS) Switzerland's Roger Federer returned to top spot in the men's Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday after he won his 98th career title in Germany. The 20-time Grand Slam champion overtook Spain's Rafael Nadal as world number one with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Canada's Milos Raonic in Stuttgart Open on Sunday, reports E...

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Australia slip to 34-year low in ICC ODI rankings

Melbourne, June 18 (IANS) Australia slipped to a 34-year low, dropping to the sixth position on the ICC's latest ODI rankings table after losing the opening two fixtures of the ongoing five-match rubber against England. The Kangaroos will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the series to climb back above Pakistan to fifth. According to cricket.com.au, the las...

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I enjoy being in front of the camera: Manushi Chillar

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Every beauty pageant winner finds her next move to Bollywood, so will Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar, who is going to give away her Miss India title to her successor on Tuesday night and the Miss World crown later this year, do the same? She says though she has discovered her love for the camera of late, her Bollywood decision is something she would like to leave for th...

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Need tolerance to accept sexual diversity: Mr Gay World 2018 runner-up

Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) City-based Samarpan Maiti, the second runner-up of Mr Gay World 2018, dreams of a day when there would be no need to use terms like straight to identify people, but says this could be possible only when people have the tolerance to accept diversities. I dream of a day when we don't need to coin terms like 'gay', 'straight' to identify people, one can simply say I ...

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Monsoon is both a pollution pump and a cleanser, says study

Bengaluru, June 18 (IANS) Like Janus, the Greek god, the Indian monsoon has two faces, according to a report by researchers from Germany in the journal Science. The report says the monsoon convection not only transports pollutants upward all the way to the stratosphere (that starts at 18 km), from where they disperse globally, but it simultaneously provides a cleansing mechanism by remov...

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Renewable energy-based desalination could resolve India's perennial water woes

The ever-increasing demand for potable water is exerting tremendous stress on our existing consumable water resources. Water covers a little over 70 per cent of the earths surface, and by this we erroneously presume that there is adequate potable water. Realistically, only 3 per cent of this water is potable. According to a study in Science Advances, some African and Asian countries face...

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FIFA World Cup: Low-key England start as favourites against Tunisia

Volgograd (Russia), June 17 (IANS) Low on expectations after repeated failures at major football tournaments, a youthful England side will look to start their World Cup campaign on a winning note when they take on Tunisia in a Group G encounter here on Monday. England are the third youngest team in the tournament and head coach Gareth Southgate has done his utmost to lower the expectatio...

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Spain's royal couple leaves New Orleans to rhythm of jazz

New Orleans, June 17 (IANS) Spain's king and queen said goodbye to New Orleans this Saturday after attending a musical gala that allowed them to savour the unique rhythms and styles of a city that is the cradle of jazz and where for decades so much of life has revolved around its music. The performance, which aimed to reflect the influence of Spanish, French, Caribbean and African cultur...

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FIFA World Cup: Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0, go top of Group D

Kaliningrad (Russia), June 17 (IANS) Croatia went to the top of Group D in the FIFA World Cup following their 2-0 easy victory over Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium here on Saturday. Veteran striker Mario Mandzukic played his part in both the goals from Croatia, who now have three points. The other teams in the group, Argentina and Iceland, played a 1-1 draw earlier in the day in Kazan...

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Costa Rica, Serbia face-off in battle of underdogs

Samara (Russia), June 16 (IANS) Underdogs Costa Rica and Serbia, both though boasting of experienced footballers, will face-off in a FIFA World Cup Group E clash at the Samara Arena here on Sunday. For Oscar Ramirez-coached Costa Rica, the aim in this World Cup is to improve on their best performance of a quarter-final which they achieved in 2014 and they have brought to Russia the core ...

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Morocco to skip Saudi meeting on Yemen

Rabat, June 16 (IANS/MAP) Morocco's Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj will not take part in the meeting of Communication Ministers on Yemen crisis in Saudi Arabia. According to an official statement on Friday, the decision was taken due to busy agenda. The Moroccan announcement to skip the meeting, scheduled on to be held on June 23 in the Saudi city of Jeddah,...

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Egypt coach laments Salah's absence against Uruguay

Ekaterinburg (Russia), June 16 (IANS) Egypt national football team coach Hector Cuper has lamented the absence of star forward Mohamed Salah from the Pharaohs' 2018 World Cup opener against Uruguay which ended in a 0-1 loss for the North African side. Cuper said he thought of the possibility of putting in the Liverpool striker, who hurt his shoulder in the English team's 1-3 loss to Real...

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