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ISL: Del Piero might be back in playing XI in next game, says coach

New Delhi - Alessandro Del Piero, who was not part of Delhi Dynamos' 4-1 hammering of Mumbai City FC owing to a stomach bug, could be back for the side's next ISL game against Atletico de Kolkata, said coach Harm Van Veldhoven.

The Dynamos put up a solid performance to outclass Mumbai at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and though his absence was not much felt, Veldhoven said the Italian World Cup winner's presence could have strengthened the side.

"He (Del Piero) was not there in the team but he could be back for the next match. Even today his presence would have heped in passing the ball in the middle," Van Veldhoven said.

Karisma Kapoor launches jewellery line in Mumbai

Karisma KapoorNew Delhi, Nov 28 : Karisma Kapoor has recently launched Sunita Shekhawat's jewellery line in Mumbai.

Speaking at the event, the 40-year old actress said, "Like every woman, even I like jewellery . The piece I am wearing is so gorgeous, that's the reason I am here because the designs are really beautiful, very elegant and very wearable."

The 'Dangerous Ishhq' star unveiled the line with top models Carol Gracias, Candice Pinto, Deepti Gujral and Natasha Suri.

Kapoor is currently busy with brand endorsements. (ANI)

Maruti Alto 800 tops quality among entry level cars: Study

New Delhi - Maruti's entry level model Alto 800 ranks highest in the entry compact segment for initial quality, while rival Hyundai's i10 gets the top slot in the compact segment, said a study on Thursday.

According to JD Power 2014 India Initial Quality Study rankings, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 ranks highest in the entry compact segment with 97 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), while the company's Swift ranks highest in the premium compact segment with 78 PP100.

In the compact segment, Hyundai i10 ranks highest with 84 PP100, and the Hyundai Xcent ranks highest in entry midsize segment with 86 PP100.

Cricketers express shock and dismay over tragic death of Phillip Hughes

Phillip HughesNew Delhi, Nov 27 : Cricketers and fans together took to Twitter to show their support and empathy for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away on Thursday.

Hughes succumbed to injuries he endured when he was hit by a bouncer at the SCG on Tuesday. The 25-year-old South Australian batsman, who was pushing for a Test recall against India in Brisbane next week, was knocked out after the ball made impact under his helmet, behind his left ear.

Fans and cricketers took to social media to show their sympathy for the deceased cricketer and his family and friends.

Black money: 427 foreign bank a/c holders identified, says Arun Jaitley

New Delhi - Identity of 427 account holders abroad has been established and 250 of them have admitted to having accounts, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley revealed on Wednesday while asserting that the government is on the right track in bringing back illicit money stashed abroad.

Replying to a debate on black money in the Rajya Sabha, he said the government will "pro-actively chase" those having black money and will not rest till the last account is identified.

Sonakshi Sinha launches new song of 'Tevar' in Mumbai

Sonakshi SinhaNew Delhi, Nov 26 : Sonakshi Sinha recently launched a new song 'Radha Nachegi' from her upcoming movie 'Tevar' in Mumbai.

While talking to the media persons, Sinha said, "'Radha Nachegi' is a very peppy track. Its foot tapping. It's got great beats. It's actually a fusion of indo-western music as well as the choreography and, I think everybody who has been the part of this song has done such a fantastic job."

' Tevar ' also stars Arjun Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee in lead roles and is slated to release on 9th January 2014. (ANI)

Priyanka Chopra attends Music Success Party of sister Mannara's 'Zid'

Priyanka Chopra New Delhi, Nov 26 : Priyanka Chopra was spotted attending the celebrations for the success of cousin Mannara's soon to release film "Zid."

Speaking on the occasion Priyanka who has shown her support for cousin Mannara ever since she decided to audition for "Zid" said her sister has done a fantastic job for the first film.

"It's the first time I have seen her act and it's a very difficult part she was given as there are many complications in this role. For the first film it was asking for a lot from her and that's her strong point that she lived up to it. So for the first film I think she is fantastic," she said.

FTIL in pact with Jhunjhunwala, others to exit MCX-SX bourse

New Delhi - Financial Technologies India Ltd Tuesday inked a pact with ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, financial major Edelweiss and others to sell its entire five percent stake in MCX-SX stock exchange for Rs 88.41 crore.

FTIL has been in trouble ever since the Rs 5,600 crore payment scam surfaced at group firm NSEL in July last year.

The group has started exiting from the exchange business both in India and abroad after commodity markets regulator FMC order in December 2013 declared FTIL and its founder Jignesh Shah as unfit to run any exchanges in view of this scam.

Government is open for all discussions, says Naqvi

Government is open for all discussions, says NaqviNew Delhi, Nov 25 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday that the NDA Government is open to having discussions on all issues and has no rigid attitude.

"The government is open for all discussions and does not pose any rigid attitude. We believe in running our parliamentary affairs in a subtle manner," said Naqvi.

"The ruling party and the opposition in Parliament should discuss all the country related issues. There are issues related to farmers, youth, labourers, and also that of country's economic situation," he added.

Kerala issues red alert in three districts after bird flu scare

New Delhi, Nov 25 - A red alert has been declared in Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts of Kerala following an outbreak of avian influenza in the Kuttanadu area.

The entry of all poultry products and transport of birds was banned in the state, after 17,000 ducks were found dead in the Kuttanadu area.

According to reports, truck-loads of chicken and eggs from neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were denied entry into Kerala following the red-alert.

Twenty four-hour control rooms were also started in the affected areas. (ANI)

Irani upset with media for bringing her personal life under scanner

Smriti IraniNew Delhi, Nov 24 : Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani, who stoked a controversy following her meeting with an astrologer, lashed out at the media on Monday for bringing her personal life under the scanner.

"I recognise that I bring TRPs. I recognise that and I appreciate the effort to continue to keep me in the headlines," Irani told the media here.

Congress leader Rajeev Shukla , however, refused to comment on the issue.

"I think 80 percent politicians approach astrologers and astrologers approach them. So, why do you single out one lady? Let her go," he said.

Norwegian ace Carlsen beats Indian grandmaster Anand to retain World Chess Championship title

Magnus Carlsen Viswanathan AnandNew Delhi, Nov 24 : Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen defeated Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand in the 11th game of the World Chess championship to retain the title which he had won in Chennai last November.

The 12 game Match went Carlsen's way with a 6.5-4.5 score making the last round redundant.

NIIT MindChampion, Anand, might have lost the game but won admiration from everyone for converting the usually dull and dry Berlin defence position into an entertaining and exciting duel.

Swaraj meets UNESCO DG Bokova, discusses issues on empowerment

Swaraj meets UNESCO DG BokovaNew Delhi, Nov 24 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Irina Bokova, the Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), here on Monday during which the duo discussed issues related to exclusion and empowerment.

"Women to the fore in diplomacy.Minister @SushmaSwaraj and Irina Bokova DG of @UNESCO discuss 'exclusion and empowerment'," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted about the meeting.

Britain keen to invite PM Modi, says British High Commissioner

Britain keen to invite PM Modi, says British High CommissionerNew Delhi, Nov 22 : British High Commissioner Sir James Bevan on Saturday told senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Jolly that Britain is keen to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.

Sir Bevan said this while the two leaders met over tea at the British envoy's residence in the national capital.

During the meeting, Sir Bevan recalled that the British Government was the first to re-engage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 22, 2012 which had led to the strengthening of economic, educational, social and diplomatic ties between Gujarat and Britain.

Emraan Hashmi promotes 'Ungli' in Mumbai

Emraan HashmiNew Delhi, Nov 22 : Emraan Hashmi was recently spotted promoting his upcoming movie 'Ungli' in Mumbai.

Since, the movie is based on corruption issues, the 35-year old actor requested auto drivers in Mumbai not to refuse shorter fares.

While speaking to the media persons, Hashmi said, "This is the right of the common man, especially of senior citizens, because they face a lot of problems while travelling and, this is a pledge for them, and I request auto drivers to take them where senior citizens want to go.

Tendulkar congratulates Rohit Sharma for setting new ODI record

Sachin TendulkarNew Delhi, Nov 22 : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has congratulated fellow cricketer Rohit Sharma for scoring a record breaking 264 runs in a One- Day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka on November 13.

The previous record was held by fellow cricketer Virender Sehwag, who had scored 219 runs in an ODI against West Indies in 2011.

"(It is a) Spectacular achievement! Especially after a hand injury, it's not so easy. I know.. I have had a few injuries. Rohit has done remarkably well and I just feel that this Australian tour brings him more success and for Indian cricket," said Tendulkar.

Govt may do away with LPG subsidy for rich: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi - Government is considering doing away with the LPG subsidy for the well-off, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.

"The next important decision India will have to take is whether people like me...(are) entitled to get our LPG subsidy," he said.

"I think the sooner we are able to take these decisions as to who is entitled to these subsidies, of course some people would be, the better it would be for our system. These decisions are all on our agenda," he added.

Currently, 12 cylinders are available to consumers at a subsidised rate of Rs 414 each (in Delhi). Any requirement beyond this will have to be purchased at the market price of Rs 880 per 14.2-kg cylinder.

No bond stronger than that between two democracies, says PM Modi

PM ModiNew Delhi, Nov 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that there is no bond that is stronger than that which is between two democracies, adding that the honour of his addressing the Parliaments of Australia and Fiji, a first for any Indian Prime Minister, was accorded to him to due to the respect that the nation has in the world.

The Prime Minister wrote a blog reflecting upon his experiences during his trip, which included his attending five summits and 20 bilateral meetings.

PM Modi posts selfie with Fijian counterpart

Narendra Modi Frank BainimaramaNew Delhi, Nov 20 : Barely few hours after crossing the eight-million followers mark on micro-blogging site Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a selfie with his Fijian counterpart Frank Bainimarama.

The picture, taken during the Prime Minister's visit to Suva on Wednesday, was posted by Prime Minister Bainimarama, which the former quickly retweeted.

"PM Bainimarama took our selfie before the banquet he hosted yesterday evening," Prime Minister Modi tweeted, while posting a picture capturing the moment when the two leaders were posing for the selfie.

Coal auction to begin in Feb; Govt aims to keep lid on tariff

New Delhi - The keenly awaited auction of coal blocks will be held around February 11 but power tariffs are unlikely to shoot up following bidding, expected to be intense, as the government has put in place norms to regulate the bid war.

As per the draft rules of bidding for the first set coal blocks from among the 204 whose allocations were cancelled by the Supreme Court in September, the mines will be allocated only for specified end-use like power generation and there will be a cap on number of blocks a company can bid for.

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