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Kuwait opens Syria donor conference with $500-mn pledge

Kuwait City, March 31: Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah kicked off Kuwait III, the Third International Pledging Humanitarian Conference for Syria, on Tuesday with a more than 465 million-euro ($500 million) donation in financial assistance, urging the UN to put an end to the war in Syria. Al-Sabah, who co-chairs the fund-raiser with UN Secretary-General […]

Rice-ferrying to Tripura starts via Kolkata-Bangladesh route

Agartala, March 31: The government-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) on Tuesday started ferrying rice for Tripura from Kolkata via Bangladesh as train services have been stopped in the north-east region of India due to gauge conversion works, an official said. “Today (Tuesday) 10 Bangladeshi trucks carrying 16 to 17 tonnes each arrived here. Carrying […]

Australian keeper Haddin apologises for radio comments

Melbourne, March 31: Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has said it was never his intention to offend anyone during a radio interview after Sunday’s World Cup victory. Australia defeated New Zealand in the World Cup final on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Haddin spoke with a Sydney radio station on Monday after celebrating his […]

Fasting-drugs combo may replace chemotherapy

New York, March 31: Fasting combined with a less-toxic class of drugs may starve cancer cells to death so effectively that the new treatment may one day replace chemotherapy, suggests new research. Published in the journal Oncotarget, the research was carried out in mice. “If shown to work in humans, this combination could replace chemotherapy […]

Facebook out to woo Chinese firms

New York, March 31: Facebook has significantly ramped up its efforts to woo Chinese advertisers and draw more business in a country that banned the social networking site a few years ago along with micro-blogging site Twitter and other foreign social media services. The aim behind intensifying its efforts is to some day enter China, […]

SBI to dilute stake in life insurance wing by 10 percent

Mumbai, March 31: Following passage of the law increasing the maximum limit of foreign direct investment in the insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent, the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday said it is reducing its existing stake in SBI Life Insurance by a maximum of ten percent. “The Executive Committee of […]

Rajnath visits Bangladesh border, talks to enclave dwellers


Siliguri, March 31: A day after the NIA claimed that the terrorists involved in the Burdwan blast had conspired to overthrow the government in Bangladesh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday visited the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal. Visits to the border outposts in Cooch Behar district and the Tin Bigha corridor as well as […]

Women employment web portal launched

Chandigarh, March 31: The Department of social welfare, Chandigarh administration today launched one of its kind Women Employment Web Portal in the city by the name of Mahila Rozgar, an initiative that would go a long way in meeting the aspirations of millions of women residents of Chandigarh. The portal was launched by the Honorable […]

Tripura chief minister denies involvement in chit funds

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar

Agartala, March 31: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday denied his government’s involvement in the activities of chit fund groups and illegal non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). His statement came after media reports quoted Congress leader Sudip Roy Barman and published photographs of Sarkar attending the inaugural function of a park set up by Kolkata-based […]

Yemen situation should not turn into Shia-Sunni conflict: Russia

Moscow, March 31: Moscow cannot allow the situation in Yemen to turn into an open conflict between the Arabs and Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday. “It should not be allowed to deteriorate into a Sunni-Shia standoff,” Tass news agency quoted Lavrov as saying. “We have been warning about the serious threat […]

Rihanna denies dating DiCaprio

Los Angeles, March 31: Singer Rihanna is not dating actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In a new interview with Hello! Magazine, the “We found love” hitmaker was asked by her interviewer, “How does Rihanna DiCaprio sound to you?,” reports The singer then replied, “It sounds to me like you should stay away from the blogs because […]

Dev Patel link-up reports irk Nargis Fakhri

Mumbai, March 31: Link-up reports have always been a part and parcel of the glamour industry. And it has now struck actress Nargis Fakhri as reports of her dating British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel have started doing the rounds. The actress took to micro-blogging site Twitter to take a jibe at such stories. […]

Himachal shrine gets offerings of Rs.34 crore

Shimla, March 31: The popular Hindu shrine of Chintpurni in Himachal Pradesh last year received cash offerings of over Rs.34 crore, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Tuesday. The total income of the state-administered temple in Una district was Rs.34,63,31,371 in 2014, the chief minister, who also holds the language, art and culture portfolio, told […]

India-Japan to focus on maritime security

Tokyo, March 31: India and Japan on Tuesday agreed to enhance bilateral defence and security cooperation, including in the field of maritime security, an official statement said. In a meeting here between visiting Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, the two sides decided to hold regular dialogue at different levels […]

Pacer Siddle dropped from Australia’s contract list

Kolkata, March 31: Fast bowler Peter Siddle has been dropped from the Cricket Australia’s (CA) central contract list for the 2015-16 season despite being picked for the team’s Test tours to the West Indies and England on Tuesday. CA’s national selection panel named 19 contracted players in addition to the Test squads on Tuesday. “Players […]

Indian equities end flat after robust opening

Mumbai, March 31: After trading in the positive terrain for the bulk of the day on Tuesday, a key Indian stock market index ended flat, with a marginal loss of 18.37 percent or 0.07 percent, as per provisional data. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened above the psychologically-important 28,000-point mark […]

Cross introduces leather accessories in India

Kolkata, March 31: Global stationery and accessories maker Cross is introducing leather accessories in India priced 40 percent lower than its global prices, eyeing a Rs.93.84 crore growth this year. “India has been named a focus market for 2015 followed by the US, UK and Japan. Our aim is to become the market leader in […]

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