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Knight Riders approach court for using loudspeakers

Days before cricket carnival Indian Premier League (IPL) is to start, city franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Friday moved the Calcutta High Court pleading for the use of loudspeakers during matchdays. The petition moved before a bench of Justices P.K. Ray and Dipankar Gupta seeks an order from the court directing the government to allow the franchise to use loudspeakers ...

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UAE, China hold bilateral talks

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China have discussed their strategic ties and ways to enhance bilateral relations between them. Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in Beijing. Both leaders discussed their countries’ bilateral relations and ways to further ...

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Israeli car blast: Kazmi moves bail application

Journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, arrested for alleged involvement in the Israeli embassy car blast case, Friday moved his bail application in a Delhi court here. Kazmi, lodged in Tihar jail under judicial custody, moved his bail application in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav. The court has listed the matter for further hearing Saturday. Kazmi’s counsel Gajinder ...

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Badal government’s lone woman minister convicted, jailed

A fortnight after she was sworn in as cabinet minister, senior Punjab minister Jagir Kaur was Friday arrested and sent to jail after a court held her guilty of criminal conspiracy in the mysterious death of her daughter in April 2000. However, the court dropped murder charges against her. Jagir Kaur, minister for rural water supply and sanitation and defence ...

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Bribery row: BJP demands Antony’s resignation

Upping pressure on the government over Indian Army chief Gen. V.K. Singh’s allegation that he was offered bribe to clear Tatra truck contracts, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday demanded Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s resignation over the controversial issue. “If the probe in Tatra trucks is continuing from 2009 to 2011, if it is not completed in two years, then ...

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Telecom links snapped in high-security Srinagar neighbourhood

Landline and broadband connectivity to more than 1,200 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) subscribers in the high security Gupkar Road area of Srinagar was snapped Friday following unauthorized digging by a local Roads and Buildings (R&B) contractor. Those who faced the landline and broadband blackout included the official residences of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, his father and ...

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Army chief blames ‘rogue elements’ for creating wedge

Sounding a conciliatory note over the controversies relating to him, Indian Army chief Gen. V.K. Singh Friday blamed “rogue elements” for trying to create a wedge between him and the government. His remarks come a day after he sought to clarify that he was not instrumental in getting a “top secret” letter he wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on ...

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British teachers warn of rising pupil-violence

Over-indulged children who are aware more of their rights than responsibilities are fuelling violence in the classroom, British teachers have warned. One in three British teachers has dealt with physical violence from pupils during the current academic year, including punching, kicking, biting, pushing and scratching, the news agency reported. Middle-class children are just as likely to be the culprits as ...

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Jaini, Bhullar, Das chase Siddikur at Panasonic Open

Manav Jaini was flawless for the second successive day, while Gaganjeet Bhullar did not miss a single fairway and the duo, along with Ashok Kumar and Shankar Das, were close on the heels of the leader Bangladesh’s Siddikur (67) at the midway stage of the Panasonic Open India here Friday. Siddikur, who holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th ...

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Robbie Williams to be dad

 Robbie Williams has revealed that he and his wife Ayda Field are expecting their first child. The singer confirmed the news on blog and wrote, “can’t wait to be a dad”, reports news agency. “Hey friends, I’ve been keeping a secret from you all… Me and Ayda are going to be mummy and daddy this year!” he wrote on his ...

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Internet around the world may shut down Saturday

Come Saturday and there is a strong possibility that you won’t be able to indulge in your favourite internet activities like shopping and surfing due to a hacking group – Anonymous – which has threatened to shut down the net. “Operation Global Blackout 2012 looks to shut down the internet for a whole day tomorrow (Saturday) by disabling its core ...

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BEML head hits out at army for targeting Tatra trucks

Stung by army headquarters’ snide remarks again Tatra trucks, defence public sector BEML chief V.R.S. Natarajan Friday hit out at its detractors, saying he felt “very sad” that the vehicle is being targeted despite being the only such in the world and on which the whole army’s strategic assets move. BEML chairman and managing director Natarajan who was addressing a ...

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Apex court dismisses plea to stay Rajoana’s death sentence

The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a petition seeking stay of the death sentence awarded to Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted for the 1995 assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh. An apex court bench, headed by Justice T.S. Thakur, dismissed as withdrawn the petition by advocate Abhinav Ramkrishna on the ground that the petitioner had no locus standi to make ...

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High court seeks government’s clarification on Tejinder Singh’s plea

The Delhi High Court Friday asked the government to clarify whether the press release issued on March 5 containing allegations against Lt. Gen. (retired) Tejinder Singh was issued by the government or army officers, including the army chief, in their individual capacity. Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh has moved the court seeking directions to the Army HQ to withdraw the press ...

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