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Patil lauds Indo-Spain trade tie progress, three agreements signed (Part I)

Patil lauds Indo-Spain trade tie progress, three agreements signed (Part I)Madrid, April 22: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the growing trade relations between India and Spain and spoke about a wide spectrum of issues on which both the countries can benefit through mutual cooperation.

President Patil, on this occasion, addressed a joint business meet, comprising leaders of the business delegation from India and businesspersons from Spain and India.

Spain and India call for stronger financial institutions

Spain and India call for stronger financial institutionsMadrid - Spain and India on Wednesday agreed on the need to reinforce multilateral financial institutions and to increase the contributions of their member countries, Spanish government sources said.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Indian President Pratibha Patil also agreed to step up cooperation against international terrorism.

The two signed cooperation agreements on renewable energy, tourism and agriculture during the first visit of an Indian head of state to Spain.

Twenty years on, the internet hailed as essential for humanity

Twenty years on, the internet hailed as essential for humanity Madrid - Twenty years after internet technology was invented, the web was hailed as being vital for human progress at the 18th annual international World Wide Web Conference on Wednesday.

The four-day congress brought together about 1,000 experts in the Spanish capital Madrid.

Tim Berners-Lee, one of the inventors of the internet, said it would still continue developing for a long time.

Robredo routs Gaudio to deny clay-court comeback dream

Robredo routs Gaudio to deny clay-court comeback dream Barcelona - Clay-tough Spaniard Tommy Robredo ended the Barcelona Open dream of Gaston Gaudio as he hammered the former French Open champion out of the second round on Wednesday.

Sixth seed Robredo, who trailed 4-3 in a series with the last match played in 2006, piled on a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 win after being made to work in the opening set.

Gaudio, 30 yearf age and ranked 966th, was on a high after winning his first match since 2007 and now pointing at a wild card request for Roland Garros after claiming the Grand Slam there in 2004.

Robben to miss important games for Real Madrid

Robben to miss important games for Real Madrid Madrid  - Spanish football giants Real Madrid announced on Wednesday that Arjen Robben will be out of action for between two and three weeks.

According to the club's website, the Dutch winger tore the triceps muscle in his right leg in Tuesday's dramatic 3-2 home win over Getafe.

Robben will miss Sunday's crucial game away to third-placed Sevilla as well as the home game against leaders Barcelona on May 2.

The injury-prone Robben came off the bench at half-time in the Getafe match but limped off after just 19 minutes.

Spain's Basque region to step up fight against ETA

Spain's Basque region to step up fight against ETAMadrid - The first pro-Spanish government of Spain's Basque region is to step up the fight against the militant separatist group ETA, regional prime minister-designate Patxi Lopez vowed Wednesday.

Lopez, a Socialist, is to be sworn in on May 5 as the region's first prime minister clearly defending its unity with Spain since it was granted a broad self-government three decades ago.

Lopez will succeed moderate Basque nationalist Juan Jose Ibarretxe, whose Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) favours weaker ties to Spain.

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