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Pakistan extends stay of Afghan refugees

Islamabad, March 22 (IANS) Pakistan has extended the stay of nearly 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees until June 30, 2018, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Pakistan also hosts around 1 million unregistered refugees who are being documented. The tenure of the stay of the registered refugees, who hold Proof of Registration cards (PoR), was scheduled to expire on March 31...

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Pakistan urges foreign forces to eliminate terror sanctuaries in Afghanistan

Islamabad, March 22 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday urged foreign forces in Afghanistan to take action and eliminate sanctuaries of Pakistani militant groups there. The Afghan government and the Resolute Support Mission need to do more within Afghanistan to eliminate all safe havens and terrorist sanctuaries, Foreign Ministry spokesman Muhammad Faisal said at his weekly briefing. Pak...

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Argentina to test World Cup readiness against rebuilding Italian squad

Manchester, March 22 (IANS) Argentina's national football team will gauge its level here on Friday night in a pre-World Cup friendly against an Italian squad in rebuilding mode after failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. It will be the first of two friendlies over a period of five days for FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and the rest of head coach Jorge Sampaoli's men,...

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Relief to Tej Pratap in scribe murder case

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) In a breather for RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav, the CBI on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it did not find anything against him in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan and gave him a clean chit. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that as...

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Xi, Macron pledge to deepen ties

Beijing, March 22 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Thursday pledged that the two countries would jointly implement their consensus on deepening ties and promote multilateralism to build an open global trade system. In a phone call, Macron congratulated Xi on being re-elected at the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), Ch...

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RSPB, Punjab, AISPB, PSPB in national hockey semis

Lucknow, March 22 (IANS) Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), Hockey Punjab, Air India Sports Promotion Board (AISPB) and Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) on Thursday advanced to the semi-finals of the 8th Hockey India senior men national championship (A Division). The losing quarter-finalists were Punjab & Sind Bank, Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG), Hockey ...

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Know why obese people have less sensitive taste buds

New York, March 22 (IANS) Inflammation, driven by obesity, may reduce the number of taste buds on the tongue by 25 per cent, while affecting a person's sensitivity to the taste of food, researchers have found. Obesity is known to be associated with a chronic state of low-grade inflammation in the adipose tissue that stores energy in the form of fat. The adipose tissue further pro...

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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra against high salt consumption

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and spiritual leader and Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar have joined a campaign to raise awareness about high salt consumption by Indians and its adverse effect on the kidneys. The campaign, #EkChammachKam, is spearheaded by Bhupendra Gandhi's Amar Gandhi Foundation, and supported by the Mumbai Kidney Foundation.

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Maoist with Rs 25 lakh bounty arrested

Ranchi, March 22 (IANS) A Maoist commander carrying a Rs 25 lakh reward was arrested along with his wife in Jharkhand on Thursday while they were undergoing medical procedure to have a child, police said. Dhanbad Senior Superintendent of Police Manoj Ratan Chouthe said that Prabhakar Tudu alias Rajesh Tudu alias Santhal alias Harish was arrested with his wife Mogli Murmu from an IVF cent...

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Sarkozy says no evidence against him in Libya funding probe

Paris, March 22 (IANS) Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday there is no evidence to support allegations that he illegally accepted money from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to finance his 2007 election campaign. I am accused without any physical evidence, Sarkozy told magistrates, according to Le Figaro newspaper. The 63-year-old former President was place...

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Prabhudheva promises thrilling experience with 'Mercury'

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Choreographer-actor-filmmaker Prabhudheva is excited about his Tamil silent thriller film Mercury and says it will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. I'm resuming acting after a long gap and there are a lot of new elements in this project. A silent thriller as a subject with no dialogues is surely bound to make the audience guessing and on the edge of t...

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Flu, pneumonia may raise heart attack and stroke risk

London, March 22 (IANS) Older adults diagnosed with respiratory infections such as flu or pneumonia, are six times more likely to suffer from heart attack or stroke in the days after infection, a study warned. The study found that several different organisms that cause respiratory infections, including the influenza virus and S.pneumoniae -- most common pneumonia causing bacteria -- are ...

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I'm not ambitious: Masumeh Makhija

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Actress Masumeh Makhija, who has a pivotal role in the ensemble cast film 3 Storeys, says she is not an ambitious person and has a creative bent of mind. Masumeh has received a positive response for her performance in 3 Storeys and she is happy about the projects she has done so far. I have worked with some of the very good filmmakers so far -- whether it ...

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New design could make lithium-air batteries practical

New York, March 22 (IANS) Researchers have designed a new lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment, bringing them closer to everyday use. The new battery functioned after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles, according to a study published in the journal Nature. Our lithium-air battery design represents a revolution in the battery community, said co-...

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Grilled meat can make your BP levels soar: Study

New York, March 22 (IANS) Unable to resist eating at least two servings of grilled, broiled, or roasted fish, chicken or beef a week? Beware! High-temperature cooking releases chemicals that may raise your blood pressure levels, a precursor for many cardiovascular diseases, finds a Harvard study. The findings showed 17 per cent higher risk of developing high blood pressure among those wh...

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Mandira Bedi's juggling act

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Actress Mandira Bedi feels glad that even at 45, she is able to manage multiple things at a time. The 45-year-old, who became popular after playing a strong character in the 1990s TV show Shanti, had committed to attend a few events a day prior to her mother's birthday on March 21. The schedule of the events in Rajasthan got changed and ended up clashing ...

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Manish Giri turns producer for 'Fire', 'Dark'

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) Actor Manish Giri, who will be seen in the second season of Farhan Akhtar's Inside Edge, has donned the hat of a producer for a horror movie titled Dark and a short film called Fire. Manish is a co-producer of Fire along with Vijay Vijawatt. It is releasing in May through Zee and YouTube, read a statement. Manish will also be playing a lead actor in the sh...

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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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Now Rajasthan synonymous with IT and technology: Raje

Jaipur, March 21 (IANS) Now Rajasthan is no more limited to history tales, but stands synonymous with the IT industry and technology which is sure to bring in golden future for the state, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said on Wednesday. IT can bring in a positive change in our lives and called youths to excel in this stream to emerge winners in this competitive world, she said at the co...

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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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