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Four die in separate Holi mishaps

Jajpur/Sambalpur: Holi celebrations turned fatal after four youths drowned including three members of a family in two separate incidents, Friday. In the first incident, a youth met watery grave while taking bath in Kharsota River, Friday. The deceased has been identified as Niranjan...

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Karambir Singh appointed next Indian Navy chief

New Delhi: Eastern Naval Command chief, Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh, was Saturday appointed the new Chief of the Indian Navy. He will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires from service, May 31. “The government of India appoints Vice- Admiral Karambir Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. To assume charge on superannuation of Admiral Sunil Lanba, May 31,” an Indian Navy spokesman said...

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The Nelson way: 111 farmers to contest against Modi at Varanasi

Tiruchirappalli: After taking their protests to the national capital to highlight their demands, Tamil Nadu (TN) farmers are gearing up for an electoral battle and will file 111 nominations from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting. Tamil Nadu farmers’ leader P Ayyakannu said Saturday that 111 farmers from the state will contest against Modi from Varanasi. Ayyakannu, who is also president of the National...

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Country’s first Lokpal, Justice Ghose sworn in

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind administered Saturday the oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the country’s first Lokpal. The oath was administered at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a communique issued by the President’s office said. Ghose, a former Supreme Court judge, was Tuesday named the country’s first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman. Former Chief Justices of different high courts – Justices Dilip B Bhosale, Pradip Kumar...

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Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 20: Indian Cricketer Gautam Gambhir during the launch of KTM Duke 390 on November 20, 2013 in New Delhi, India. KTM Duke 390, which was launched in India for a starting price of Rs 1.8 lakh, is the best selling bike in the 400cc segment. (Photograph by Raj k Raj/AFP via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party on Friday, leaving a panel to decide whether to field him as a candidate in the cricket-crazy country’s upcoming general election. With 9 million followers on Twitter, Gambhir could give Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) some extra pulling-power in the campaign for an election which will run from April 11 till May 23. A top-order batsman from...

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BCCI donates Rs 20 crore to Armed Forces, CRPF

Chennai: The BCCI contributed Saturday Rs 20 crore, the budget earmarked for the IPL opening ceremony, to the funds of the Armed Forces and CRPF. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), running the BCCI, had decided to cancel the glitzy opening ceremony in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. “It...

TB in women affects uterus, leads to infertility

New Delhi: Tuberculosis (TB) bacterium primarily affects the lungs, but can also spread and cause secondary infections to the uterus and even the fallopian tubes, which can reduce chances of pregnancy, health experts warned ahead of the World Tuberculosis Day that falls March 24. Usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) bacteria, TB is the top infectious killer...

Rs 11 crore was contributed to the Indian Army, Rs 7 crore to the CRPF and Rs 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force respectively.

BCCI donates IPL opening ceremony funds to Armed Forces

Chennai: The BCCI Saturday contributed Rs 20 crore, the budget earmarked for the IPL opening ceremony, to the funds of the Armed forces and CRPF. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), running the BCCI, had decided to cancel the glitzy opening ceremony in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. "It...

After Trump tirade GM promises to invest 1.8bn dollars in the US

New York: Facing a barrage of attacks from President Donald Trump over plant closures, General Motors announced Friday a USD 1.8 billion investment and the creation of 700 new jobs in the United States. About USD 300 million will be geared towards production of electric vehicles at the auto giant’s Orion plant in Michigan, creating 400 jobs,...

The bombings targeted a celebration of Farmer's Day in a sports stadium in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

Twin bombing at Afghan ceremony kills four

Kabul: A twin bombing at a public ceremony in southern Afghanistan Saturday killed at least four people, including a provincial official, and wounded more than 30, officials said. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said the bombings targeted a celebration of Farmer's Day in a sports stadium in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Mohammad...

Stop writing love letters to Pak: Congress to Modi

New Delhi: The Congress took a swipe Saturday at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending best wishes to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the eve of the neighbouring country’s ‘National Day’. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala reminded Modi of his own words asking him to stop writing ‘love letters’ to Pakistan and alleged that his ‘muscular...

Ikay Gundogan (left) and Leroy Sane were subjected to racial slurs during Germany's friendly against Serbia Wednesday.

Germany stars Goretzka and Gnabry condemn racist abuse

Berlin: Germany stars Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry have spoken out in condemnation of the racist abuse directed at team mates Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan during Wednesday's draw with Serbia. "It is ridiculous to cheer on one player and insult another just because of their skin colour. Racism has no place in the stadium or anywhere...

The Hinduja family has once more emerged Britain's wealthiest Indians

Hinduja family tops Britain’s Asian Rich List for 6th successive time

London: Leading London-based NRI industrial tycoons, the Hinduja family has topped the Asian Rich List 2019 for the sixth successive year with an estimated net worth of 25.2 billion pounds, an increase of over three billion pounds over the previous year. According to the list released at the Asian Business Awards here Friday night, steel magnates Lakshmi...

Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe.

Cyclone death toll climbs to 417 in Mozambique

Beira: The death toll in Mozambique has climbed to 417 after a cyclone devastated swathes of the southern African country, flooding thousands of square kilometres (miles), the government said Saturday. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe. "At this...

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Poll tourism: Tour operators’ new innovation to pinch pockets

Kolkata: Bolstered by an encouraging trend seen in the last general elections and the subsequent state Assembly polls across the country, many tour operators and travel companies are gearing up for what they call ‘poll tourism’. They are mainly targeting foreign tourists as political parties get ready for the April-May Lok Sabha contest and simultaneous Assembly elections...

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