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Come April, government will be more comfortable in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Come April, the opposition in the Rajya Sabha may lose its edge in the numbers game and the power to stall any government bill, as the ruling BJP-led NDA coalition is set to catch up with its rivals, though a clear majority will elude them for a while more. As 58 MPs, including three Nominated and one Independent, are set to retire in April, the Rajya Sabha math ...

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India receives Test championship mace

Cape Town, Feb 25 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) presented the ICC Test championship mace to India captain Virat Kohli in the Newlands Stadium here at the conclusion of the South Africa tour on Saturday. On behalf of the ICC, Cricket Hall of Famers Sunil Gavaskar of India and Graeme Pollock of South Africa made the presentation immediately after the awards ceremony for th...

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Steve Smith to lead Rajasthan Royals in 2018 IPL

Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) Steve Smith was announced as the captain of Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season here on Saturday. The selection was made by a panel comprising Royals mentor Shane Warne, their Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha and the team's co-owner Manoj Badale. Warne, who captained the Royals to the title during the inaugural IPL, said the te...

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Budget session of Odisha Assembly from March 20

Bhubaneswar, Feb 24 (IANS) The budget session of Odisha Assembly will commence from March 20, an official notification said on Saturday. The budget session will be held in two phases - while the first phase will begin from March 20 with Governor S.C. Jamir's address and go on to March 31, the second phase would begin from April 11 and go on till May 5. Finance Minister Sashi Bhus...

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E-way bill for interstate goods movement from April 1

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The e-way bill, to be generated under the GST for all inter-state movement of goods valued at over Rs 50,000, may become mandatory from April 1, two months after it was originally planned. The recommendation of the Group of Ministers on Information Technology would be considered by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council during its March 10 meeting, the group co...

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Super Cup can be unfair to I-League teams: Avram Grant

Guwahati, Feb 24 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) franchise NorthEast United FC coach Avram Grant on Saturday echoed the sentiment of I-League clubs in having a level playing field for the upcoming Super Cup with the number of foreigners disparity. The Super Cup will be a knockout competition with 16 teams. The top six teams of the I-League and the Indian Super League will get direct ent...

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Rahul visiting poll-bound Karnataka again from Saturday

Bengaluru/New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be on a three-day visit to poll-bound Karnataka again from Saturday after 10 days of his first visit to the state since becoming party chief, a party official said on Friday. Gandhi will tour Belagavi, Vijayapura, Bagalkot and Dharwad districts in the state's northwest during the second leg of his visit to Karnataka ...

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Pak diplomat Amir Zubair plotted terror attacks: NIA

New Delhi/Chennai, Feb 23 (IANS) Pakistani intelligence officer Amir Zubair Siddiqui while working in Pakistan's High Commission in Sri Lanka as Visa Counsellor engaged people to indulge in espionage and terror activities in India, said an NIA supplementary chargesheet filed in a Chennai court in a 2014 case. The chargesheet was filed on Thursday by Special Public Prosecutor C.S.S. Pilla...

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PM research fellowship open for candidates from Saturday

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) B.Techs from country's premier techinical institutes can apply for the Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme from Saturday onwards, an official statement said. Application for the research scholarship, which will grant the winners a one time grant of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 70,000-80,000 every month, can be filed till 5 p.m. March 31 at the PMRF website, said...

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Supplementary charge sheet against Pakistan intelligence official: NIA

Chennai, Feb 23 (IANS) The NIA on Friday said it has filed in a city court a supplementary charge sheet against Pakistan intelligence officer Amir Zubair Siddiqui regarding his involvement in a conspiracy to wage war against India. In a statement here, the NIA said the supplementary charge sheet was filed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, and the Indian Penal Code.

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Election for 58 Rajya Sabha seats on March 23

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Biennial election for 58 seats of Rajya Sabha from 16 states will be held on March 23, the Election Commission announced on Friday. While the last date of nomination is March 12, counting of votes for all seats will be held on March 23, it said in a statement. The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year. The ret...

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Indonesian wrestlers eye two golds at Asian Game

Jakarta, Feb 23 (IANS) The Indonesia wrestling squad has set a target of two gold medalst in the Asian Games this year, their manager Gusti Randa revealed on Friday. The medals are expected to be secured from men's free style 57kg and the women's free style 53kg, Randa said, reports Xinhua news agency. But we still do not know whether any opportunity or not in other numbers, he s...

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GJEPC denies reports of 'four-fold surge' in diamond imports

Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Categorically denying reports of a four-fold surge in imports of diamonds from unspecified locations in April-November 2017, the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) on Friday said that exports actually came down 14.44 percent as compared to the same period in 2016. The actual imports of cut and polished diamonds for this period (April-Nov 2017) stan...

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India Kawasaki bets big on premium motorcycles domestic market

Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) India Kawasaki Motors Pvt Ltd, which remained bullish on the country's premium motorcycles market, is looking to increase local procurement to reduce cost and increase sales, an official said here on Friday. After its split from Bajaj Auto in April 2017, the Japanese motorcycle-maker has sold 1,500 units till date and expects to end the current financial year with ...

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Santosh Trophy: Bengal coach rues unavailability of players

Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Ahead of defending champions West Bengal's first training session for the final round of the 72nd edition of the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy, head coach Ranjan Chowdhury rued the unavailability of key first team players due to club commitments. West Bengal, in Group A, will take on Manipur on March 19 here as the final round gets underway....

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Rahul on three-day visit to Karnataka from Saturday

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) As part of his election campaign, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be on a three-day visit to Karnataka starting Saturday, the party said on Friday. On the first day of his visit, Gandhi will hold a public meeting at Athani in Belgaum district at 1.00 p.m. He will attend another programme Sthree Shakti Samavesh (women's rally) at a public meeting grou...

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Lokpal selection panel to meet on March 1: Centre to SC

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that a meeting of the Selection Committee is scheduled to take place on March 1 to deliberate on the steps to be taken for the appointment of a Lokpal. The committee would comprise of the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, the leader of the largest opposition party and an eminent jurist, acco...

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No space for misuse of religion, says Modi with Trudeau by his side

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by his side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said there is no place for misuse of religion for political and divisive purposes, sending a clear message at a time Canada is perceived as having been soft on Khalistani separatists. Terrorism and extremism are threats to our democratic and pluralistic societies, Modi...

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Australia captain Knowles to quit international hockey after CWG

Brisbane, Feb 23 (IANS) Australia's talismanic captain Mark Knowles on Friday announced that he will retire from international hockey after the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April. Knowles has enjoyed an illustrious career to date, winning a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics along with bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. He is also a tw...

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Testing tears may help in early diagnosis of Parkinson's

New York, Feb 23 (IANS) Testing tears may be a cheap, non-invasive as well as reliable technique for early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, say scientists. It is because tears contain various proteins produced by the secretory cells of the tear gland, which is stimulated by nerves to secrete these proteins into tears. The differences in protein can accurately predict the neurol...

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