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Swann lauds Pietersen, Finn

 After England clinched a six-wicket victory against India in the one-off Twenty20 international match, England’s stand-in Twenty20 skipper Graeme Swann lauded batsman Kevin Pietersen who struck a superb 53 and paved the path for England’s lone victory on the “horrible” Indian tour. “It has been a tough month for us and we have played some horrible cricket in the last ...

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Obama presses jobs plan passage to bridge income gap

US President Barack Obama Saturday urged Congress to pass the administration’s stalled jobs plan to speed up US economic growth and reduce the widening income gap. Obama cited a latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report to show that the US middle class has lost ground while the wealthiest few have become even wealthier over the past three decades. A report ...

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Five Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike

Five Palestinian militants were killed Saturday when an Israeli war jet struck a military training site of the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement’s armed wing al-Quds Brigades in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The militant group vowed heavy revenge. Palestinian medics said bodies of five militants and three wounded people were brought to Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in ...

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CAB felicitates Indian team for Eden’s maiden T20

 Indian cricket team captain M.S. Dhoni and his teammates were feted by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on the occasion of the first ever Twenty20 international played at the Eden Gardens Saturday. CAB president Jagmohan Dalmia presented a silver plaque to Dhoni while his teammates were given medallions to celebrate the maiden Twenty20 international at the hallowed ground. The ...

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Alcoholic man kills wife

 A 28-year-old woman was murdered by her husband in south Delhi after an argument over his consuming liquor, police said Saturday. Sheela was killed by Sattu, 32, Friday night at their Rangpuri house. “Sattu was a habitual drinker and was fed up of his wife’s constant nagging. On Friday night, she again started arguing with him and in a fit ...

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Maoists demand Mamata’s written commitment on talks

Accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of being unwilling for talks, the Maoists have demanded a written commitment from the government on peace initiatives. “Going by Banerjee’s speech Oct 15 (in Junglemahal), we sincerely doubt her commitment towards peace talks. In this regard, we want the government to inform us in writing about its stand on the peace talks,” ...

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England beat India by six wickets

Kevin Pietersen piloted England to an emphatic six-wicket victory with a half-century in the one-off twenty20 Internatioanl against India here, as the visitors managed to salvage some pride to end their otherwise disastrous tour Saturday. Pietersen (53; 39 b, 5×4, 3×6), made full use of an early “life” to enable his side register their only win of the tour and ...

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Malaysia rescues hijacked tanker

Malaysian Navy and maritime police rescued an oil tanker from armed pirates near the straits of Singapore, authorities said Saturday. The tanker, carrying 12 million ringgit ($3.91 million) worth of oil and gas cargo, was rescued Friday after the Malaysian authorities were alerted by the shipping company which failed to contact the tanker. According to local daily the Star, the ...

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Bengal to seek legal opinion on Haldia verdict

Asserting that revival of the cash-starved Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) is its top priority, the West Bengal government Saturday said it will take further steps after getting legal opinion on the aspects of the Supreme Court verdict on the share pattern of the company. The HPL, which is second largest maker of polyethylene in India and co-promoted by the West ...

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Left Front backs trade unions’ Nov 8 protest

West Bengal’s opposition Left Front Saturday extended its support to the countrywide “jail bharo” agitation of central trade unions Nov 8. The Left Front appealed to the working class of the state to participate in the protest over issues of price rise, corruption, violation of labour laws, disinvestment and privatisation. “The teachers, workers, bank employees and the working class of ...

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BJP resolution against Mayawati government

With an eye to the 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday passed a resolution to free the state from the “misrule of the Mayawati government”, a party leader said. Demanding the Mayawati government’s ouster, the political resolution was adopted by BJP leaders during the first day of the two-day meeting of the party’s state working ...

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Bengal crib deaths a larger issue: Azad

Commenting on the recent infant deaths at B.C. Roy Children’s Hospital in Kolkata, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Saturday said the larger problem was the lack of doctors in rural areas. He said the institution was a referral hospital and hence it was handling critical cases from several districts in West Bengal. “A simple case is not sent to a ...

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13 US soldiers die in Kabul bombing

 Thirteen NATO soldiers were killed Saturday in an Afghan bombing. Those killed were all Americans, the biggest single day loss of troops there since the August crash of a helicopter that killed 30 US soldiers. CNN quoted anonymous US military officials as saying the bombing, carried out by a suicide bomber in a van, targeted an armoured NATO bus on ...

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Hazare advised rest for a week

Veteran social worker Anna Hazare was Saturday advised complete rest for at least a week following high blood pressure and back pain, his personal physician said here. K.M. Sancheti examined the 74-year-old Hazare here this afternoon after the social activist was diagnosed with high blood pressure Friday. “I have advised him to reconsider his decision of continuing with the vow ...

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