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United Nations: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is strongly urging an immediate resumption of "constructive dialogue" among all parties to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said yesterday that Ban has intensified his diplomatic efforts and has had high-level contacts with the main parties involved as well as "all those with interest."Dujarric says the UN chief has been watching the latest developments, including Sunday's referendum on Crimea and Russia's announcement that it is annexing the strategic peninsula, "with mounting concern."The spokesman reiterated Ban's call on all parties to avoid "hasty actions" and intensify efforts to solve the crisis based on the UN Charter's principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity.General Assembly President John Ashe sent invitations yesterday to UN members to attend a plenary meeting at Ukraine's request on Thursday, but his office later sent out an announcement that the meeting has been postponed "until further notice."Associated Press

India overtakes China, ranked 4th in corporate governance rankings

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India overtakes China, ranked 4th in corporate governance rankings

Kolkata India has emerged as the leader in global developing markets for having the clearest and most comprehensive policies on corporate governance, according to a latest study.Scoring more than Chin...


Three Indian fishermen rescued by Sri Lankan navy

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Three Indian fishermen rescued by Sri Lankan navy

At least three Indian fishermenhave been rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy off the northerncoast, a top Naval official said today.Naval spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said the boat ofthe fishermen had ...

Army busts militant hideout in Doda, recovers arms cache

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Army busts militant hideout in Doda, recovers arms cache

Jammu: Security forces have busted a militant hideout and recovered arms and ammunition in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said here today.Acting on specific intelligence input...

Coal ordinance: BJP govt's reforms push runs into RSS wall

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Coal ordinance: BJP govt's reforms push runs into RSS wall

The ambitious coal sector reforms of the BJP-led government at the Centre have found resistance in unexpected quarters - the RSS-affiliated trade union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS). BMS, the largest ...

Northeast has a key role to play in India's development: PM Modi

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Northeast has a key role to play in India's development: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who begins his four-day visit to the northeast Saturday, said he is "eagerly looking forward to the trip and interacting with the people"."Later...

Blasts kills 35 at Nigeria mosque: Is Boko Haram the mastermind behind the attack?

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Blasts kills 35 at Nigeria mosque: Is Boko Haram the mastermind behind the attack?

Kano, Nigeria: Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria's second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said.One hundred and fifty others sustained various degrees of ...

Taiwan begins vote testing confidence in China-friendly ruling party

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Taiwan begins vote testing confidence in China-friendly ruling party

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Voters in Taiwan began trickling into polling stations early on Saturday in a local election that could show support for the ruling party, the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT), is wa...