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March 11, 2015

Stay neutral is China’s advice to ASEAN secretary general

Beijing, March 11 (IANS) Reacting sharply to ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh's recent comments that China's action has complicated the situation in the South China Sea maritime zone, Beijing has advised him to remain neutral on the contentious issue."We advise Le Luong Minh to do his part as ASEAN secretary general, stick to ASEAN's neutrality on the South China Sea issue, and do more to promote the healthy development of China-ASEAN relations," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei was quoted as…

Srikanth, Sai Praneeth, Pawar in Swiss Open third round

Basel, March 11: Leading Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, B. Sai Praneeth and Anand Pawar reached the third round of the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at the St. Jakobshalle stadium here on Wednesday.World No.5 Srikanth defeated Germany's World No.60 Dieter Domke 21-10, 21-14 in 25 minutes. In the next round, the 23-year-old Indian will meet Denmark's Emil Holst. World No.53 Pawar overcame a strong challenge from World No.87 Daren Liew. The Indian won 13-21, 22-20, 21-16 in 57 minutes against the…

Indian Open Snooker: Higgins cracks 136 to enter second round

Mumbai, March 11: Four-time World champion John Higgins lit up the Indian Open World ranking snooker tournament here with a polished break of 136 defeating fellow-Scot Jamie Burnett 4-2 en route to the second round on Wednesday.The 39-year-old Higgins, who won the last of his four World titles in 2011, rolled back the years with that brilliant 136 clearance in the sixth frame to seal the match. Incidentally, it is the highest break of the tournament so far. Higgins, currently ranked 12, however, had to work hard for…

Ghana worried about football match gambling by players

Accra, March 11: The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has expressed concern about reports that some local players are betting away the fortunes of their clubs.Media reports are rife about the rise in football betting by players and some officials of clubs playing in the local league, reports Xinhua. A premier league club coach Mohammed Gargo has accused his players of being involved in sports betting, something which he says has accounted for the poor performance of the club in the league campaign. GFA president…

Budapest to host 2017 swimming worlds

Budapest, March 11: Budapest will replace Guadalajara as host for the 2017 World Swimming Championships after the Mexican city withdrew due to financial problems.Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban made the announcement on Wednesday in the country's parliament accompanied by the world swimming governing body (FINA) executive director Cornel Marculescu, reports Xinhua. The championships will be the largest international event hosted by the Hungarian capital, which was scheduled to host the 2021 world swimming…
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