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Thirimanne coming of age at right time for Sri Lanka
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Thirimanne coming of age at right time for Sri Lanka

Lahiru Thirimanne of Sri Lanka bats. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images Lahiru Thirimanne's unbeaten century to guide Sri Lanka to a crushing nine-wicket victory over England in their World Cup Pool A clash on Sunday could not have come at a better time for the side who are now building some momentum.The 25-year-old Thirimanne stroked his way to his fourth ODI century and highest score to finish on 139 not out, while Kumar Sangakkara was 117 not out as Sri Lanka scored 312 for one in 47.2 ... Rediff.com, 10 minutes ago
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First 'space selfie' sells for nearly 6,000 pounds at auction

The first 'selfie' taken in space by NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 1966 has fetched almost 6,000 pounds - ten times its estimate - at an auction here. The space selfie was part of a collection of 700 vintage NASA photographs that sold for a total of 489,440 pounds at London's Bloomsbury Auction. ...
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GST gets a nudge forward, DTC hits the dead end

Corporate tax reduction effective from FY17; instant relief comes in the form of GAAR deferment Giving a major push towards implementing a rational goods and services tax, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took some steps to make the market ready for the increased tax rate which would subsume all indirect taxes. The service tax rate was revised from 12.36 per cent to 14 per cent. The educational and health cess was subsumed in the service tax rate increase. Speaking to reporters, Jaitley said the ...
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Higher fiscal deficit: Rating agencies frown at fine-print

Image: Higher borrowings should be used for only capacity-building . Photograph: Reuters     Rating agencies have not red-flagged the Budget stretching fiscal deficit target by 0.3 percentage points to 3.9 per cent in FY16, but cautioned that higher borrowings should be used for only capacity-building in the economy. "This is a deviation from the earlier announced fiscal consolidation roadmap. We believe a higher fiscal deficit as such is not harmful, so long as the borrowed ...
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'Jihadi John relatives under watch in Kuwait'

Kuwaiti authorities are closely monitoring several relatives of "Jihadi John" who live and work in the Gulf emirate where the Islamic State executioner was born, press reports said today.  A number of relatives of Mohammed Emwazi, named as the militant who has beheaded at least five Western hostages, are working in Kuwait and like him hold British citizenship, Al-Qabas newspaper reported.  "Security agencies have taken the necessary measures to monitor them round the clock," the paper ...
 Rediff.com23 minutes ago IS militant 'Jihadi John' identified as Mohammed Emwazi  ITV.com13 hours ago Why Jihadi John Mohammad Emwazi is not the victim as some claim  Gulf News14 hours ago
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Prince William gets close look at tsunami disaster in Japan

Britain's Prince William stood atop a hill today in northeastern Japan, stretched below him barren land known as the "Bay of Destruction," where a tsunami swept ashore four years ago.  On the last leg of his four-day visit to Japan, William laid a bouquet near a shrine gate that overlooks the bay to commemorate the victims. ...
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Confused about the Budget proposals? Please read this

Extends fiscal deficit reduction roadmap by one year to 2017-18 Raises services tax, to implement GST by April 2016 and cut corporation tax from 2016-17 to 25% by 2020 The Government has presented Union Budget 2015-16, while showing bright outlook for the Indian economy. Budget lacked big-bang reforms, but has provided extra attention to improving of investment climate and economic growth. The Finance Minister extended the fiscal deficit reduction roadmap to 3% by one year to 2017-18 mainly to ...
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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sworn-in as J-K chief minister

Peoples Democratic Party patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, was Sunday sworn as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir at a ceremony in the winter capital Jammu which was attended by the prime minister, Narendra Modi and senior BJP leaders. Ending 49-days of Governor rule, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday got a new government. Sayeed taking oath as chief minister of a 25-member cabinet which marked the entry of Bharatiya Janata Party for the first time in the state government. Sayeed, 79, was administered ...
 Rediff.com39 minutes ago Omar congratulates Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on becoming J-K CM  Rediff.com1 hour ago Who is Mufti Mohammed Sayeed  Rediff.com2 hours ago Mufti Mohammad Sayeed takes oath as J&K chief minister  Rediff.com2 hours ago
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The jury is out! India Inc gives full marks to the FM

Image: India Inc gives a thumbs up to the Budget. Photograph: Reuters     India Inc is encouraged by a determined Budget that commits the government to transformation. Kumar Mangalam BirlaChairman, Aditya Birla Group  Due to the massive electoral mandate and the fiscal gift of lower crude oil prices and low inflation, this Budget came with the burden of huge expectations. But any expectation of "Big Bang" had been tempered by the Economic Survey, which advocated a persistent, ...
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'PDP should be careful about BJP's conversion agenda'

Congress on Sunday took a dig at the People's Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance, saying that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed should be "careful" about the conversion agenda being pursued by the saffron party. "It was less a swearing-in ceremony, more a national executive committee meeting of the BJP held in Jammu," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said. He had said earlier that all the decision of the PDP-BJP alliance would now on be ...
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