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Main news of March 31

A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will discuss military and economic cooperation, including a $2.2 billion loan to buy Russian arms, during his first visit to the South American country, a Russian government source said

* India is planning to launch an average of 10 satellites per year to meet the demand for various space applications, an Indian news agency said citing a top space official

* Belarus has obtained the fifth and final $670 million loan tranche from the International Monetary Fund, the country's National Bank said

* Russia could soon sign a contract with a U.S. space company on the delivery of Soviet-era rocket boosters in support of the development of the Taurus II space launch vehicle, a Russian newspaper said

* A Russian carrier rocket due to take a crew of three to the International Space Station (ISS) has been moved to a launch pad at Kazakhstan's Baikonur space center


* More than 3,000 people turned up in central Moscow to remember the victims of the latest terrorist bomb attacks in the capital, a city police official said

* Terrorists will not be allowed to destabilize the situation in Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev said following two double bombings in Dagestan and Moscow.

* The upper house of the Russian parliament approved a presidential bill establishing a proportional representation system in provincial legislatures

* Twin blasts rocked Russia's North Caucasus region of Dagestan, killing at least 12 people, just two days after two metro suicide bombings in Moscow


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