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Lata fasts for Team India

NEW DELHI: A known cricket buff, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar fasted for Team India during the high voltage World cup semi-final against arch rivals Pakistan and is now praying for her favourite Sachin Tendulkar to score his 100th century in Saturday’s finals. The 81-year-old, who says that the master blaster is like her son, did not eat or drink during the nine-hour nail-biter.

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Govt to maintain status quo on medium of instruction

PANAJI: Allaying fears of change in medium of instruction in primary classes, the Education Minister, Mr Atanasio Monserrate on Thursday announced on the floor of the Goa legislative assembly that the government would retain the existing system of imparting primary education (Class I to IV) in mother tongue and upper primary (Class V to VIII) in English medium.

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Curbs soon on casinos: Ravi

PANAJI:  Coming out with an assurance that the government would formulate the regulatory rules for controlling operations on casinos within next two  months, the Home Minister, Mr Ravi Naik on Thursday said  the government will also ban entry of youth below 21 years in casinos.
“However, we will have to think about the entry of those under-21 youth in casinos that go there for the purpose of employment,” he added.

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India’s population is 1.21 billion

NEW DELHI:  India’s population rose to 1.21 billion people over the last 10 years -- an increase by 181 million, according to the new Census released on Thursday, but significantly the growth is slower for the first time in nine decades.

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INDIA GEAR UP FOR LANKA CHALLENGE

BY SUDHAKAR SHANBHAG
All of India can breathe easy for a while after the Men in Blue won  the ‘Mother of All Cricket Battles’ against Pakistan on Wednesday night in Mohali. What a win it turned out to be for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co, which put them into Saturday’s final in Mumbai.

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Shunglu attacks Kalmadi, Bhanot over CWG contracts

NEW DELHI: The Shunglu Committee has faulted the sacked chief of Commonwealth Games organising body, Mr Suresh Kalmadi and his aides over award of contracts saying there was “extreme concentration of powers at the top” and “conflict of interest” among the organising committee (OC) officials.

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