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Pradhan to take up crude price issue at OPEC Vienna meet

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will raise India's concerns about rising crude oil prices at the meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to be held in Vienna later this month, the Minister said on Monday. Briefing reporters here on the sidelines of the Growth Net conclave organised by industry chamber CII, Pradhan said that he w...

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US plans in Middle East have failed: Iran Supreme Leader

Tehran, June 15 (IANS) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the US plans in the Middle East had failed and that Washington fears his country's influence in the region. Khamenei spoke at the sermon of Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The Great Satan (the US), with all its efforts and temptations, has not achieved it...

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Oil above tolerance threshold, end Asian Premium: India to OPEC

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) India on Thursday reiterated its call to end the Asian Premium on oil being charged by OPEC producers and said prices have risen beyond the threshold that can be sustained by the world. At a meeting here with ambassadors of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said market fundamentals do not support suc...

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Nissan aims to strengthen dealership network in India

New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) Automobile major Nissan Motor Co. on Wednesday said that it will strengthen its dealership network in India under an expansion strategy. The automobile manufacturer's six-year midterm plan -- Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022 -- was unveiled on Wednesday with the aim to expand its sales and market share in Africa, the Middle East and the India region. Under the N...

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Players to watch at 2018 FIFA World Cup

Moscow, June 13 (IANS) There are plenty of outstanding footballers whose skills will be on display at this summer's 2018 FIFA World Cup, in addition to the obvious superstars like Argentina's Lionel Messi, Portugal's Cristiano Ronald and Brazil's Neymar. Some of the biggest names in the sport are to be among the 736 players on 32 national teams from five continents, excluding a few stron...

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Chinese player HOMTOM to debut in India with 5 smartphones

New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) China-based handset maker HOMTOM on Wednesday announced to enter the Indian mid-price segment with five smartphones starting at Rs 8,000. Part of Shenzhen Zhouji Hengtong Technology Co Ltd, the company also announced it would manufacture its products in India. Since inception, we have expanded our business in more than 200 countries and regions and made ...

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John Cena joins 'Project X'

Los Angeles, June 13 (IANS) Wrestling star and actor John Cena will replace star Sylvester Stallone in Jackie Chans action-thriller Project X. Scott Waugh is directing it from a script by Arash Amel. The independent action-thriller Project X is set at a Chinese-run oil refinery in the Middle East, reports variety.com. Chan will portray a Chinese private security contractor who i...

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EU top diplomat supports Iran nuclear agreement, lacking better alternative

Strasbourg (France), June 13 (IANS) The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has underscored at the European Parliament in Strasbourg EU's strong support of the nuclear agreement with Iran at the lack of a better alternative. The nuclear deal or 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement was signed in Vienna by Iran, and the fiv...

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Bespoke programme marks JLF's fifth year in London

London, June 12 (IANS) India's popular Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has completed five years of its presence here in what was a bespoke programme for UK audiences, featuring dialogues and debates from across the South Asian region. The London leg of the literary event Zee JLF at The British Library took place from June 8 to 10 and over 100 writers, scholars, thinkers and journalists ...

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'The Message' is first Arab title to get Saudi release date

Los Angeles, June 11 (IANS) After a 42-year ban, Anthony Quinn-starrer The Message has been approved by Middle East censors. A 4K restored edition of The Message, Moustapha Akkad's controversial 1975 film chronicling the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad is set to become the first Arabic title to get a theatrical release in Saudi Arabia, reports hollywoodreporter.com. The hi...

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'Harry Potter...', 'The Band's Visit' win big at Tony Awards

New York, June 11 (IANS) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two roped in Best Play while The Band's Visit was recognised as the Best Musical at the 72nd Tony Awards that mixed Broadway razzle-dazzle with politically-charged calls to arms. Angels in America, a sprawling two-part drama about the AIDS crisis, was named the year's Best Play Revival. The honour, one of three sta...

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Bengal to export mangoes to Dubai

Kolkata, June 9 (IANS) West Bengal has produced around nine lakh tonnes of mangoes this year and is also set to export them to Dubai and Hong Kong, said a senior minister on Saturday. The produce comes despite the inclement weather and the fruit's consumption remains unaffected by the scare of the Nipah virus. This year's mango production in West Bengal was almost around nine lak...

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Tel Aviv celebrates 20th Gay Pride Parade

Tel Aviv, June 9 (IANS) More than 250,000 people took part here on Friday in Tel Aviv's 20th anniversary Gay Pride Parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. The march unfolded in a festive atmosphere, with music and playful bursts of water pistols to celebrate gay rights in Israel, yet hundreds of police were on hand, Efe reported. I am a lesbian in Israel and I h...

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Fiji's pearl pioneer leads the way in sustainable luxury

Savusavu (Fiji), June 8 (IANS) From the serene environs of the country's second largest island Vanua Levu, Justin Hunter's uniquely hued pearls in green, blue, chocolate, aubergine, gold, burgundy and more, are not just selling Fiji's story to the world, but setting an example for promoting sustainable luxury among ethical consumers, thereby giving a push to the global blue economy. Ever...

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Trump hosts first iftar dinner

Washington, June 7 (IANS) US President Donald Trump hosted his first iftar dinner to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, calling Islam one of the worlds great religions. During the dinner on Wednesday, Trump extolled the virtues of Ramadan and called for cooperation in the Middle East, reports The Hill magazine. Tonight as we enjoy a magnificent dinner at the White House,...

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A slice of Jaipur at the British Library over the weekend

London, June 7 (IANS) South Asias literary heritage, oral traditions, performing arts, books and ideas will take centrestage here at the iconic British Library over the weekend as the London leg of the immensely popular Jaipur Literature Festival gets rolling. Scheduled to take place from Friday to Sunday, this year marks the fifth anniversary of the Festival's presence in London.

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Qatar Airways boss sorry for anti-women jibe

Sydney, June 7 (IANS) Qatar Airways's board Chairman has apologized for his remark that a woman could not run his airline, saying his comment was taken out of context, media reports said. Akbar Al Baker made the initial remark at an annual meeting in Sydney of the International Air Transport Association, an industry group made up of major airlines including big US carriers, Efe reported....

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Britain will continue to back Iran n-deal: May tells Netanyahu

London, June 6 (IANS) The British Prime Minister told her Israeli counterpart on Wednesday Britain maintained its support to the 2015 Nuclear agreement with Iran as the best roadmap to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. Theresa May met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently on the final leg of his official three-day European visit to Germany, France, and Britai...

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Dhruv Kapoor to represent India, Pakistan, Middle East region at IWP

New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) Designer Dhruv Kapoor is going to represent India, Pakistan and Middle East region at International Woolmark Prize (IWP) 2018-19. I am thrilled to be a part of the International Woolmark Prize 2018-19 and am looking forward to the development process and working with the versatile Merino Wool, Kapoor told IANS in a statement. The immense recognition and c...

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BRICS seeks action against states financing terrorism

Pretoria, June 4 (IANS) With India seeking joint action by the BRICS member states against terrorist financing and money laundering, the grouping on Monday called upon all countries to prevent financing of terrorist networks and terrorist actions from their territories. The ministers deplored the continued terrorist attacks, including in some BRICS countries, said a joint statement issue...

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