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Arrested Bengal minister hospitalised

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Arrested West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was sent to judicial custody Friday, was admitted to a hospital after he complained of illness, a doctor said. Mitra, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the multi-crore rupee scam, was taken to Alipore Central Correctional Home following his remand to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a cou...

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Two terrorists hanged in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Two convicted Pakistani terrorists were executed Friday, in the first capital punishment carried out in the country since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the 2008 moratorium on the death penalty in wake of the Peshwar school attack. The executed terrorists were Usman, a former soldier of the Army Medical Corps who was sentenced to death for his role in the 200...

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Ananda Vikatan chairman Balasubramanian dead

Chennai, Dec 19 (IANS) Ananda Vikatan group of publications chairman and film producer S.Balasubramanian died of a heart attack here Friday. He was 79. Balasubramanian, son of famous film producer late S.S.Vasan, was groomed to take over the mantle of Gemini Studios and the publication group at an early age. On Vasan's death in 1969, Balasubramanian headed the movie studio and th...

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Saina, Srikanth in semis of Superseries Finals

Dubai, Dec 19 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth Friday entered their respective semi-finals of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here. World No.4 Saina defeated No.8 Bae Yeon Ju of South Korea 15-21, 21-7, 21-17 in an hour and nine minutes to top her group with three straig...

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Nigerian Ebola patient cured in the Netherlands

The Hague, Dec 19 (IANS) The Nigerian UN peacekeeper infected with Ebola has been cured after treatment in the Netherlands, it was announced Friday. The Nigerian patient who was admitted Dec 6 has been cured of Ebola. He will stay at a military hospital of Dutch defence ministry until he can return home, Xinhua reported citing a statement from the Dutch National Institute for Public Heal...

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India remained positive, proactive in Lima: Javadekar

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India was positive and proactive in its approach to climate change negotiations that were concluded in Lima last week, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday. Unveiling a publication on climate change adaptation, he said in view of India's insistence in Lima on promoting adaptability as a measure to combat the global scourge, the publication was tim...

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Commuters left stranded as Kolkata taxis go on strike

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Commuters were left in a lurch again Friday with trade unions calling a 24-hour taxi strike - the ninth since August - to press for a fare hike and to protest police excesses. Unions have hinted at another strike Jan 6. Commuters were stranded and harried as taxis stayed off the roads again following the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Unio...

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Rajesh Khanna a remarkable person: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid Friday termed the late Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna a remarkable person whom he had tried to emulate. Unveiling Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India's First Superstar, a biography penned by journalist Yasser Usman, Khurshid said that he had the privilege of knowing the actor personally. I knew him ...

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Pakistan to set up military courts for terror trials

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif Friday said that military courts were being established for trials of terrorism related cases, media reported. Asif said carrying out of death penalty against terrorists would begin soon, adding that the government had consciously decided to lift moratorium on capital punishment, Dawn online reported. He said that the...

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China investigates executive of Nissan joint venture

Beijing, Dec 19 (IANS) China's corruption watchdog Friday opened an investigation against an executive of the state-owned Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DMC). The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China said in a statement that Ren Yong, assistant general manager of Dongfeng, is suspected of serious law and discipline violations. Ren ...

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Ukrainian president announces major police reform

Kiev, Dec 19 (IANS) Ukraine will carry out a major reform of its law enforcement agencies to improve their effectiveness and ensure the country's security, President Petro Poroshenko said here Friday. I have initiated perhaps the most ambitious law enforcement reform in the history of Ukraine, Xinhua quoted Poroshenko as saying during a ceremony in preparation for the upcoming Day of U...

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Home ministry asks schools to follow SOP in terror attack

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) In the wake of the terrorist attack at an army-run school in Pakistan, the union home ministry has asked schools in India to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued in 2010 for dealing with any terrorist attack, an official said Friday. The SOP was issued to all the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In th...

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India outraged over bail to Mumbai terror mastermind

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India was outraged Friday over a Pakistani court's decision to give bail to the Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing shock in parliament. But even as the Pakistani government, after widespread flak, said Lakhvi had been detained anew under the Maintenance of Public Order in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, In...

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ISL final will be biggest game in India yet: David James

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Former England goalkeeper and head coach of Kerala Blasters FC David James has described the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) to be played Saturday to be the biggest ever game in India yet. The Blasters would be facing Atletico de Kolkata for the title here at DY Patil Stadium after the Kerala outfit made it to the final by beating Chennayin FC 4-3 on aggregat...

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Grants to 500 Goans to attend Sri Lanka canonisation ceremony

Panaji, Dec 19 (IANS) Five hundred Goans will be granted financial assistance of Rs.12,000 each for a trip to Sri Lanka for the canonisation ceremony of Blessed Joseph Vaz early next year, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Friday. Parsekar was speaking during a ceremony held on the state's 54th Liberation Day here. The ceremony marked Goa's liberation from 451 years of Portuguese ru...

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Bill to amend Electricity Act tabled in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Within days of cabinet approval, the government Friday tabled in the Lok Sabha amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003, designed to bring in the much needed second phase of reforms in the power sector. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 will promote competition, efficiency, and improvement in the supply of electricity in the country resulting in capacity add...

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67-year-old man rapes minor in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) A 67-year-old man raped a Class II student living in his neighbourhood while she was returning from school, police said Friday. Police said the accused has been arrested. The girl was returning from her school in central Delhi's Turkman Gate area Thursday noon. The accused lured her to his house and raped her. The girl returned home weeping and to...

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54 Indian soldiers believed to be in Pakistani jails: Parrikar

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) At least 54 missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in custody in Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament Friday. However, Pakistan does not acknowledge the presence of any such personnel. Fifty four (54) missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars, including one from Border Security Force, are believed t...

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Naidu asks Reliance to launch 4G services from April

Hyderabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Friday asked Reliance to roll out 4G services in the state by April next year. He announced that the 4G services will be rolled out in three phases. The first phase will cover all municipalities. He asked the company to ensure that the services begin by April 1, 2015. The chief minister also directed the ...

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India attaches highest importance to Bangladesh: President

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday said India attached highest importance to bilateral relations with Bangladesh, an official statement by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. Receiving his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid in the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, Mukherjee welcomed him and complimented him for his role in the consolidation of bilateral relations. India a...

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