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CPEC has become a reality: Pakistan PM

Islamabad, April 23 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become a reality and provided the country with a platform to achieve development, prosperity and poverty alleviation. Abbasi made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a two-day CPEC Summit and Expo 2018, jointly organised by the country's English ...

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PDP member called on me deceitfully: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, April 23 (IANS) Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Monday said that though his doors are open for everyone, yet a member of the state's ruling PDP who met him earlier in the day had done so deceitfully. Peoples Democratic Party's Nazir Ahmad Yatoo had called on the Mirwaiz at his residence on the city outskirts and later told media that he had called on the Mirwaiz...

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Create niche experiences for tourists, recommends Ficci-Yes Bank report

Jaipur, April 23 (IANS) There is a need to create new and unique themes to promote tourism and also provide niche experiences to international tourists, a Ficci-Yes Bank report on tourism said. Additionally, new forms of niche tourism like medical and wellness, religious and spiritual tourism should also be encouraged, said the report on 'India Inbound Tourism: Decoding Strategies for Ne...

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UAE donates $70 million to support Palestinians

Abu Dhabi, April 23 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has donated AED 258 million ($70 million) to support the Palestinian people on the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The two-part aid -- the first valued at AED 74 million ($20 million) -- will be allocated to the Islamic Waqf Support Programme in Jerusalem to preserve the Arab-Islamic identity of the...

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Steel handling begins at Odisha's Dhamra Port

Bhubaneswar, April 23 (IANS) Steel handling at Odisha's Dhamra Port has started with the receipt of the first rack from Tata Steel's Kalinga Nagar plant by the train route, an official statement said on Monday. In the first phase, 6,000 metric tonnes of steel coil has been received by Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district, said the statement on Monday. With this, a new chapter in the p...

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Armenian Prime Minister resigns amid protests

Yerevan, April 23 (IANS) Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned on Monday after days of large-scale street protests against him. In a statement posted on his website, Sargsyan said there were several different solutions to the current situation, but that he did not accept any of them so he would be stepping down. The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your dem...

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Modi's new slogan: Save daughters from BJP, says Rahul

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Kathua and Unnao rape incidents, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said he will come up with a new slogan asking people to save their daughters from his BJP. Now, Modiji will give a new slogan. Earlier it was 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'. Now there is a new slogan. Just 'Beti Bachao' (Save the ...

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DMK holds human chain protest for Cauvery Board

Chennai, April 23 (IANS) DMK, along with its allies and like minded parties, on Monday held human chain protest in all district headquarters to pressurise the Central government to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and Cauvery Water Regulatory Authority (CWRC). Party leader M.K. Stalin participated in the protest in Pudukottai district, around 400 km from here. Other lead...

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Settle matters with The Wire outside court, SC again tells Jay Shah

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday again asked BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah to settle his defamation suit with The Wire even as the news portal said a firm no to an apology but agreed to carry a clarification. This is a matter which can be solved instead of coming to the court, said a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D....

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India-Poland bilateral trade crosses $3 bn in 2017: Polish envoy

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) The bilateral trade between India and Poland has crossed $ 3 billion in 2017 and the European country is exploring various sectors to improve the trade balance, the Polish envoy to India said here on Monday. The bilateral trade volume crossed $3 billion mark in 2017 and it is around $3.1 billion. Of the total trade, India's export to Poland was $2.3 billion while...

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Political intervention in India-Pakistan cricket ties a tragedy: Sethi

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi on Monday termed India and Pakistan not playing bilateral series due to political tensions as a tragedy for the fans, adding that the ball is now in the BCCI's court in terms of resumption of the ties. My view is that Pakistan and India play cricket in such a manner that no other country can match them. The most prof...

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BJP releases fourth list of candidates for Karnataka

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The BJP on Monday released fourth list of seven candidates for the May 12 elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly. According to a list finalised by BJP's Central Election Committee, G.R. Pravin Patil will contest from Bhadravati while Jaggesh will be party's candidate from Yeshvanthapura. The party has fielded Lallesh Reddy from B.T.M. Layout ass...

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Woman fraudster arrested in Jammu

Jammu, April 23 (IANS) A woman, who had duped many people here on the pretext of giving them suitable interest for money to be deposited with her, was arrested here on Monday, police said. A statement issued by the Crime Branch said that its officials had arrested Pinky Gupta, alias Saroj, wife of Shiv Gupta of Rehari area in connection with an FIR filed in 2015 accusing her of taking hu...

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Kirsten to be on talent hunt from April 23

Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) Former Indian cricket team chief coach Gary Kirsten will be looking for exceptional young cricketers in India between April 23 and May 18. Six players from 8 cities will be invited to Pune for a weekend training programme following which the three top players will be given a scholarship worth Rs 2 lakhs each for a 2-month residential High-Performance Camp at Gary ...

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Pakistani, US officials hold talks amid curbs on diplomats

Islamabad, April 23 (IANS) Senior Pakistani and US officials held talks here on Monday amid tensions over tit-for-tat travel restrictions on each other's diplomats, authorities said. Both countries announced the measures after an American Embassy vehicle driven by Colonel Joseph Emanual Hall, defence and air attache at the US Embassy in Islamabad, was involved in an accident leading to t...

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IPL: Delhi opt to field vs Punjab

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and opted to field against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Monday. Delhi, who are playing their first home game, have brought in Dan Christian and Liam Plunkett for Chris Morris and Jason Roy. Punjab, on the other hand, have replaced Chris Gayle with David Miller. Teams:

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AIADMK-BJP not a double-barrel gun, say AIADMK leaders

Chennai, April 23 (IANS) Leaders of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK on Monday denied that they are acting like a double-barrel gun, along with the BJP. On Sunday, AIADMK's mouthpiece Namathu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma carried an article appreciating BJP and the signs of both the parties acting like a double-barrel gun are visible. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Fisheries Minister D. Jay...

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Diaz, Castillo put Pumas in striking distance of Mexican tourney playoffs

Mexico City, April 23 (IANS) Goals by Chileans Marcelo Diaz and Nicolas Castillo helped the UNAM Pumas beat Santos Laguna 2-1 over the weekend and stay within striking distance of making the Mexican league Clausura tournament playoffs. The Pumas now have 23 points and are in 6th place in the standings, closing in on one of the spots in the eight-team playoffs that will determine the winn...

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New industrial policy coming soon, to boost MSMEs: Prabhu

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) India's new industrial policy, to be announced soon, is designed to create an ecosystem to help the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and link them to the global market, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Monday. At the inauguration of the International SME convention here, he said the new document that will replace the industrial ...

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LIC Housing posts Rs 1,989 cr net profit

Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) LIC Housing Finance Company Ltd on Monday said it closed last fiscal with a net profit of Rs 1,989.58 crore. In a regulatory filing in BSE, the company said it had posted a net profit of Rs 1,989.58 crore last fiscal up from Rs 1,931.05 crore posted during the year ended March 31, 2017, while its total income for last fiscal stood at Rs 15,072.90 crore up from Rs....

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