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French Kiss For FIFA World Cup As France Routs Croatia With 4-2

New Delhi: Croatia were expected to press a France team that has throughout this World Cup campaign refused to have a go at opponents despite possessing one of the most heralded attacks in the world as in football, pragmatism usually trumps panache. At least that has been the case in modern football with teams forced to try different styles of play in order to break down conservative opponents. 

Didier Deschamps’s France team has been dubbed reactionary by fans and media alike but it is not just the ability to react to the style of play of opponents but also to different situations that has helped them reach this far.

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India Inaugurates Its Largest Visa Centre In Bangladesh

New Delhi: India on Saturday inaugurated its largest visa centre in the world in the Bangladeshi capital to reduce the waiting time for applicants. Bangladeshis constitute one of the largest number of visitors from a single country to India. Last year, India issued 1.4 million visas to Bangladeshi nationals.

Visiting Home Minister Rajanth Singh, who is in Dhaka on a three-day visit inaugurated the centre along with his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan. The new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) spread in an 18,500 square feet commercial area at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka will replace all the existing centres in Dhaka in two phases. 

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India To Become 5th Largest Economy By Next Year If Projected Growth Continues: Jaitley

New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley expressed confidence that India will leave behind Great Britain to become the fifth largest economy in the world next year if economic expansion continues at the projected rate. However, rising international crude prices and global trade war would throw up challenges going forward, he said.

"If we keep growing at the rate which is being projected, it is likely that next year we will be the fifth largest economy ahead of Great Britain," Jaitley said in a Facebook post titled 'The Congress Gave Slogans to Rural India - Prime Minister Modi Gave Resources'.

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Giving Rest To All Speculations, Amit Shah Says BJP-JD (U) Alliance Intact

New Delhi: BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah said that the alliance was intact and, with chief minister Nitish Kumar in the fold, would win all 40 LokSabha seats in the state in the next yearLokSabha elections.

Ending weeks of speculation over a rift in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) camp in Bihar, Shah’s remarks came after the meeting of party leaders in Patna, soon after his breakfast meeting with Kumar, who is the Janata Dal (United) president.

“Stop salivating. We know how to manage our partners and walk the mile with our friends,” Shah said in an apparent rebuff to opposition parties, who were reportedly trying to court Kumar in the wake of voices of discord over seat-sharing in the NDA.

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BJP, JD (U) Expected To Reach Broad Understanding On Seat Sharing For 2019 LS Polls

New Delhi:  With very little option in the hands of the Janata Dal (United), BJP president Amit Shah and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will be meeting in Patna today. All eyes will be on this meeting as it is expected that the two NDA leaders will arrive at a broad understanding on seat-sharing for the 2019 general election.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet over breakfast at the State Guest House and again for dinner at the chief minister's official residence in the late evening. Sources in the BJP and the JD(U) said although a detailed discussion on seat-sharing might not take place, Kumar and Shah were expected to arrive at a broad understanding on the issue that had been plaguing the alliance for the last few months.