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March 13, 2016

Rain flattens crops in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, March 13 (IANS) Standing wheat crop was damaged in hundreds of acres of agricultural fields in Punjab and Haryana due to unseasonal rainfall accompanied with high velocity winds over the past 24 hours.The rainfall, which started late Friday, continued through Sunday. Hail were also experienced at some places in the states. Besides the wheat crop, other crops and vegetables were also affected by the rain and thunderstorms. "Crops were damaged in several districts. Our field officers are assessing the damage…

Egyptian man jailed for ‘insulting’ women on Facebook

Cairo, March 13 (IANS) An Egyptian man has been sentenced to three years in jail for "insulting the women of Upper Egypt" and spreading false news on Facebook that threatened public peace.According to dailynewsegypt.com, El-Sobky runs a satirical Facebook page called "Diary of a Crushed Husband". During a recent interview with TV show host Khairy Ramadan on CBC channel, he said that most Egyptian women cheat on their husbands -- singling out women in Upper Egypt by claiming almost a third of them are…

Meldonium ban possibly ‘politically motivated’: Russia

Moscow, March 13: Russia believed the decision by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to add drug meldonium to the banned list was "politically motivated" to some extent, and it will request results of WADA's investigation into the substance."I think there is a political overtone, but we have to find whether the decision (to ban the meldonium use) was made based on scientific researches," Xinhua cited Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich as saying on Saturday. The Russian government will…

Vijender continues winning spree in professional boxing

Liverpool, March 13: Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh continued his winning spree in the professional arena with an easy win over Alexander Horvath of Hungary at the Liverpool Echo Arena here on Saturday evening.As with his previous professional bouts, the Indian dominated the fight. The Hungarian forced to retire around one minute into the third round after a powerful punch from Vijender hit his left shoulder. This was Vijender's fourth win in a row in professional boxing in the middleweight (75kg) category - all of…

South Africa beat India by 4 runs in World T20 warm up match

Mumbai, March 12: Star batsmen Jean-Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock struck fluent half-centuries as South Africa registered a nail-biting, four run victory against India in the warm-up match ahead of the World Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Batting first, South Africa posted 196/8 in 20 overs, thanks to Duminy's 67 and Quinton de Kock's 56. In reply, despite Shikhar Dhawan's 73 retired not out and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 16-ball 30 in the end, India fell short of…
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