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New Zealand bowl out Australia for 151

Auckland , Feb 28

Pacer Trent Boult starred for New Zealand as they bowled Australia out for 151 in a World Cup Pool A game at the Eden Park here Saturday.

Partly cloudy day ahead in Delhi

New Delhi , Feb 28

It was a sunny Saturday morning in the capital with the minimum temperature settling at 11 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

Three killed, eight injured in Delhi fire

New Delhi , Feb 28

Three people, including a one-year-old child, died and eight others received burn injuries in a fire that broke out at residential building here early Saturday, a fire service official said.

Invite the world to fight ISIS but help it militarily

New Delhi

West Asia becomes more mysterious by the minute. Who is fighting whom on whose behalf? The lines were always blurred. Now they are more so. Iraq's army has just shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons to the ISIS in Al Anbar province. How do we know this to be true? The Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defence Committee have photos of the planes that have been shot down.

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Backpackers Cafe: Chandigarh's 'The Place'

Chandigarh , Feb 27 If Chandigarh's upscale Sector 9 inner market has turned out to be the most happening place for the city's elite and youth in recent years, an important reason is the existence of the Backpackers Cafe.

The Swiss banking scandal and the need for morality

New Delhi

When my daughter was small, she wanted to buy Disney princess shoes with built-in lights that shone at every step.

Sensex surges over 200 points; Nifty reclaims 8,900 mark

Mumbai , Feb 28

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), Saturday surged 213.71 points or 0.73 percent in the early session ahead of the Union Budget.

US lawmakers laud progress in US-India partnership

Barack ObamaBarack Obama
Washington , Feb 28 Both Republican and Democratic co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans have lauded the tremendous progress made in advancing the US-India partnership with President Barack Obama's recent India visit.

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra: Where leisure meets luxury

Agra , Feb 26 Eat like a king and get treated like one at Courtyard by Marriott in the cosmopolitan legacy of Taj city and former Mughal capital Agra.

Jaitley set to present India's national budget

Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley
New Delhi , Feb 28

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was set to present India's national budget for 2015-16 amid high expectations from all stakeholders in lifting overall growth, reinforced by the positive agenda set by the Economic Survey for "big bang" reforms.

Modi knows how important Pawar is politically

Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley
New Delhi

No one can ignore Sharad Pawar, not even Narendra Modi, never mind the prime minister's choice of words to deride the Maratha strongman during last year's general elections. Both obviously do not believe in perpetual enmity in political life.

Age gracefully, don't cover the lines: Kareena Kapoor

Kareena KapoorKareena Kapoor
New Delhi , Feb 27 Bollywood's fit and fabulous Kareena Kapoor is on her way to turn 35, and she's clear about not attempting to be 22! She feels the key to ageing gracefully lies in letting the "lines" be, especially when it comes to men.

Defence allocation: Need for structural review

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi Traditionally the defence allocation in the finance minister's budget speech on February 28 receives predictable and perfunctory mention. The minister assures the house that national security is of paramount importance and that the government will provide what is required to ensure "adequate defence preparedness" - and the amount to be allocated, which is not insignificant, is announced. A few weeks later, at the fag end of the budget session, this allocation, now of about Rs.

Christians in Syria form militia to fight IS

Beirut , Feb 28

Christians, threatened by Islamic State (IS) jihadis in Syria, have organised themselves into a militia to fight the militants, with the help of the Kurdish forces, according to a media report.

Cuba reaffirms call to be taken off 'terror' list

Havana , Feb 28

Cuba reaffirmed its call to be taken off the United States' list of "state sponsors of terrorism", to pave the way for progress on normalising bilateral ties.

A different tourism: Voyages to degradation, exploitation

New Delhi Tourism normally entails travel for relaxation or leisure, to some scenic spot or a place celebrated for its cultural heritage - and generates some splendid literature.

India scales up ties with distant Latin America

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi , Feb 25 Distance is no bar as India seeks to majorly scale up ties with Latin America and the Caribbean, the source of 20 percent of this country's crude imports, given China is far ahead in its engagement with the region that has a combined GDP of over $5.5 trillion and has shown resilience in the face of the global economic downturn.

Bobby Jindal sees American 'melting point' turning into 'salad bowl'

Barack ObamaBarack Obama
Washington , Feb 28 Insisting that he was tired of hyphenated Americans, Louisiana's Indian-American Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has accused the "politically correct crowd" of trying to turn the American "melting pot" into a "salad bowl".

Will Jaitley pursue 'big bang' reforms that Economic Survey desires?

Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley
New Delhi , Feb 27

With the Economic Survey suggesting "big Bang" reforms, expectations run high on the national budget due Saturday, in an exercise being regarded as a test-case for Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's earnestness to provide policies for "double-digit growth".