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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
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Costa Concordia’s pre trial to begin in Italy

Saturday - Mar 03, 2012, 07:05pm (GMT+5.5)
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Costa Concordia’s pre trial to begin in Italy

Rome - Key information about the capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship will be handed over to a panel of experts in the wake of the pre-trial hearing scheduled to begin in Italy.

At least 30 people are believed to have been killed when the ship toppled off the Tuscan coast on  January 13.

Captain Francesco Schettino has denied accusations of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship before all those aboard were evacuated.

His lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, said it would be "unnecessary" for Schettino to leave his home in Meta di Sorrento, near Naples, where he is under house arrest, to attend the hearing.

"Perhaps with this climate that has been created around him, [it would be] also a little dangerous for him," the BBC quoted him, as saying.

Schettino's brother-in-law claimed that Schettino is feeling both depressed and scared before the trial.

The hearing will be attended by 70 lawyers and their teams, representing survivors and relatives of victims.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor leading the Italian probe into the Costa Concordia shipwreck said it could take experts three months to analyze the cruise ship's voice recorder.


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