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AAP condemns Delhi redevelopment plan involving axing trees

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Amidst concerns about air pollution, Delhi's ruling AAP on Friday slammed the Central government for its decision of chopping down close to 17,000 full grown trees for its redevelopment plan. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj told the media here that the party will do everything within its power to stop the Central government from cutting trees to make ...

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India outclass Pakistan in Kabaddi Masters opener

Dubai, June 22 (IANS) India stood up to their reputation, thrashing Pakistan 36-20 n the opening match of the Kabaddi Masters Dubai at the Al Wasl sports club here on Friday. The Ajay Thakur-led side started off sensibly, gauging the weakness and strength of Pakistan in the initial minutes before thrashing their arch-rivals to notch up a tsunami of points. Reeling under pressure...

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Rajnath at launch ceremony of Indian-funded oil refinery in Mongolia

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday attended the ground breaking ceremony for an Indian-funded oil refinery in Mongolia and termed it an important milestone in bilateral ties between both the countries. The ceremony at Stantsiin Hooloi in Altanshiree Soum was attended, among others, by Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaagin Khurelsukh. Both India an...

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Shooters Yashashwini, Abhishek impress at 18th KSS Memorial championship

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Junior shooting World Cup gold medallist Yashashwini Singh Deswal's combination with Abhishek Varma proved lethal as they bagged a gold in a nail-biting finish to the 10 metre Air Pistol Mixed Team Senior category at the Dr. Karni Singh range here on Friday. In the Junior mixed team category, Punjab's Surinder Singh and Simranpreet Kaur overshadowed their oppone...

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Water quality testing brings Kentucky and eastern Indian students together

Kolkata, June 22 (IANS) Students from ten schools of east India and twelve from US' Kentucky state collaborated in a project culminating on Friday that explored water quality in the two far-off parts of the globe. The project Exploring Water Quality in Eastern India and Kentucky was launched last year by the US Consulate General here, in collaboration with University of Kentucky and Asso...

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Italy asks Malta to allow migrant ship to dock, refugees to disembark

Rome, June 22 (IANS/AKI) Italy on Friday asked Malta to allow the German NGO-run migrant-rescue ship Lifeline to dock at one of its ports and let the over 200 migrants on board disembark but detain the crew. It's an illegal ship with an illegal flag. We would like to know who is financing this ship which is carrying a human cargo and is located in Maltese waters, anti-migrant Int...

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Fincantieri floats out first cruise ship for Chinese market

Monfalcone (Italy), 22 June (IANS/AKI) Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and cruise company Costa Cruises on Friday launched the Venice-themed Costa Venezia, the first cruise liner built for the Chinese market, the two companies said in a statement here. Friday's float-out of the Costa Venezia is the first time that the 135,500 tonne, 323-metre-long 5,100-guest ship touched water, the stat...

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UP to develop Garhmukteshwar on lines of Haridwar

Lucknow, June 22 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government will develop Garhmukteshwar in Hapur district as a major tourist destination on the lines of Haridwar in Uttarakhand at a cost of Rs 500 crore, officials said on Friday. At a meeting in the state capital presided over by Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar, it was decided that a detailed project report (DPR) be prepared at earliest for promot...

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China, Asean diplomats to meet on South China Sea

Beijing, June 22 (IANS) China on Friday said the 15th Senior Officials' Meeting on Implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) will be convened on June 27 in its Hunan province. According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and senior diplomats from Asean countries will attend the meeting, Xinhu...

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Sri Lanka's Hambantota port to attract $500m investments: Official

Colombo, June 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka's southern Hambantota Port is aiming to attract investments worth $500 million as plans are afoot to set up port related industries inside the port as well as general operation expansion, Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasingha said on Friday. China Merchant Port Holdings (CM Port) and state-owned Sri Lanka Ports Authority in July last year signed an agreeme...

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CWG medallists to get full award money: Haryana minister

Chandigarh, June 22 (IANS) With the recent flip-flop of the BJP government in Haryana over giving award money to medal winners in international sporting events, Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anij Vij said on Friday that all 22 sportspersons of the state who won medals in the Commonwealth Games-2018 would be given the full award money. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has ac...

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Women MPs' contribution should be judged by quality not numbers: Speaker

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The performance of women parliamentarians needs to be measured on the basis of the quality of their contribution in the proceedings and not by their number in the Legislatures, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Friday. Speaking at an event organised by the Vision India Foundation here where she interacted with more than 160 students and alumni from premi...

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On Maneka's request, MHA sets up special women's divison

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday said that on her request a special division has been set up by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for issues pertaining to women. Gandhi was speaking at the 52nd SKOCH Summit where the WCD was conferred with the 'Best Performing Social Sector Ministry' award. The Minister also highlight...

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Nepal, China to enhance cooperation under Belt & Road Initiative

Beijing, June 22 (IANS) Nepal and China have agreed to execute projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to enhance connectivity that encompasses ports, roads, railways, aviation and communications within the overarching framework of Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network. In a joint statement issued during the visit of Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, the t...

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Vohra chairs all-party meet to discuss J&K situation

Srinagar, June 22 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Friday chaired an all-party meeting of mainstream political parties here where measures to restore peace in the state were discussed. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of National Conference, President of State Congress unit Ghulam Ahmad Mir, General secretary of Peoples Democratic Party Dilawar Mir, senior Bharatiya Jan...

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Heat wave conditions back in Haryana, Punjab

Chandigarh, June 22 (IANS) Heat wave conditions were back in most parts of Haryana and Punjab on Friday with most areas experiencing temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperatures hovered between 40 to 45 degrees, up to four degrees above average. Narnaul and Hisar towns in Haryana were the hottest at 44.5 degrees followed by Bhiwani at 44.4 degrees. Amrit...

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Uruguay team trains ahead of World Cup game vs Russia

Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), June 22 (IANS) Uruguay's football players on Friday held a training session at the team's camp near here in preparation for their upcoming FIFA World Cup clash with Russia. Forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani and midfielder Cristian Rodriguez participated in the practice led by head coach Oscar Tabarez at Borsky sports centre, reports Efe. Uruguay be...

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Banking, healthcare stocks, strong rupee lift equity indices

Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Healthy buying in banking, healthcare and auto stocks during the late-afternoon session lifted the key equity indices after a largely choppy trade on Friday. The domestic indices, however, had opened on a negative note tracking weak Asian markets and the ongoing global trade war concerns. Broadly positive European markets along with an appreciation in the I...

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Akon launches cryptocurrency to power youth entrepreneurship in Africa

Cannes, June 22 (IANS) Singer Akon is launching his own AKoin cryptocurrency in an effort to grow crypto-based apps in Africa to bring economic power back to the continent. Akon, who is of Senegalese descent and has spent years running 'Lighting Africa' -- a project aimed at bringing solar power to African nations -- presented his plan for the digital cash currency at the the Cannes Lion...

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Comeback racer Balu shines in practice session of Nationals

Coimbatore, June 22 (IANS) Local ace and former champion Arjun Balu, driving a Race Concepts-prepared Honda City, marked his return to racing after a five-year gap by topping both the free practice sessions in the premier Indian Touring Cars class as the second round of the MRF MMSC national racing championship got underway at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Friday. Balu, 43, put in cons...

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