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Modi passes budget test despite lack of reform dazzle


NEW DELHI/MUMBAI - India's reform-minded prime minister, Narendra Modi, appears to have passed a major test with a budget that pleased economists and investors with pledges to spend more on modernising India's ageing roads and railways while keeping borrowing in check.

Thirimanne, Sangakkara score tons to thrash England

WELLINGTON - Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara both scored centuries as Sri Lanka posted the highest successful run chase at Wellington Regional Stadium for a nine-wicket victory over England in their World Cup Pool A clash on Sunday.

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Irfan bounces Zimbabwe out as Pakistan claim first win

BRISBANE - Mohammad Irfan extracted steep bounce from the Gabba pitch to pick up four wickets as Pakistan secured their first victory at the World Cup by beating Zimbabwe by 20 runs in their Pool B match on Sunday.

8:03pm IST

Russians march in memory of murdered Putin critic

MOSCOW - Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. | Video

World, 9:53pm IST

Bangladesh pays tribute to U.S. blogger killed in machete attack

DHAKA - Bangladeshis gathered on Sunday to pay tribute to an American blogger and critic of religious extremism who was hacked to death in Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers in the Muslim-majority nation. | Video

World, South Asia 6:27pm IST

Highlights: Budget 2015/16 goes for growth, delays cut in fiscal deficit

REUTERS - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit.

Business, Economy 28 Feb 2015

India raises defence budget modestly as it confronts China challenge

NEW DELHI - India announced on Saturday a modest 7.9 percent increase in defence spending for the fiscal year starting April 1, suggesting that it will move only gradually with the military's long wish list for fighter jets, ships and artillery.

Business 28 Feb 2015

India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field

MUMBAI - It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India's particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup.

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Gold prices to rise after budget keeps import duty high

MUMBAI - Gold premiums in top consumer India could jump to as much as $5 an ounce over world prices next week, from being almost at par, after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley surprised jewellers by maintaining import duty at a record level in Saturday's budget.

Business 28 Feb 2015

No big bang, but budget goes for growth, investment

NEW DELHI - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget that put boosting growth before painful reforms, slowing the pace of fiscal deficit cuts and seeking to put domestic and foreign capital to work.

Business, Economy 28 Feb 2015

Movie Review: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Sharat Katariya’s “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” (which roughly translates to “give it all you’ve got”) is one of those films that you have to pay close attention to if you want to enjoy it to the full. There is so much to like here – the attention to detail, the quirky characters; and you are likely to miss it if your attention wavers to your phone or your popcorn.

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