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Excited to meet football fanatics in Mumbai: Alessandro Del Piero

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Alessandro Del Piero was stunned to see the craze for football in the people here when he came to promote Australian Merino wool as a high-tech sports active-wear fabric. The Italian football legend says that people here are football fanatics. Recently signed as the brand ambassador for the Woolmark Company's 'Merino Wool, No Finer Feeling' global fibre advocacy cam...

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India tests 1,000 kg glide bomb

Bhubaneswar, Dec 19 (IANS) India Friday successfully tested a 1,000 kg glide bomb designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The test took place in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha when the bomb was dropped by an Indian Air force aircraft, an official statement said. The bomb, guided by its on board navigation system, glided for n...

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8,000 entries likely for Cycling Marathon

Bengaluru, Dec 19 (IANS) Over 8,000 cyclists, including 150 elite licensed cyclists, are expected to participate in the Vodafone Cycling Marathon to be held here March 1, next year. The event is recognised by the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) and part of the proceeds will be utilised to support a variety of social causes in the areas of education, empowerment and environment, said Vo...

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British police officer killed in street assault

London, Dec 19 (IANS) A police officer died following an early morning assault near a nightclub in Liverpool city centre Friday, media reported. Two of his colleagues were injured in the attack. Merseyside Police confirmed that an off-duty police officer, Neil Doyle, 36, died as a result of his injuries following the incident. A police spokesman said both the injured officers had...

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Never said no to working with Kareena: Shahid Kapoor

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Actor Shahid Kapoor, who once dated actress Kareena Kapoor, has said that he has never refused to work with the latter and that he is not sure about her joining the cast of Udta Punjab. Rumours are abuzz that Shahid and Kareena have been signed for Udta Punjab to be helmed by director Abhishek Chaubey. On being asked about pairing with Kareena, Shahid said: ...

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Kenyan president signs anti-terror law

Nairobi, Dec 19 (IANS) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law the new Security Amendment Act 2014 that is expected to enhance the fight against terrorism in the East African nation. In a televised address to the nation, Kenyatta called on Kenyans to read the controversial law and familiarise themselves with it to know their rights in securing the country, which is facing ...

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Saina in Superseries Finals semis

Dubai, Dec 19 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal Friday entered the last four of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals, topping her group with a third straight win 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 her final Group A encounter that lasted an hour and nine minutes.

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Modi greets Jews on Hanukkah

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wished the Jewish community on the occasion of Hanukkah. Wishing my Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah! May this Festival of Lights and the festive season ring in peace, hope and well-being for all, Modi said in a tweet. The prime minister also tweeted the wishes in Hebrew in another tweet. Hanukkah is an eight-day...

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UN chief in Liberia on Ebola assessment trip

Monrovia, Dec 19 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Friday arrived in Liberia's capital Monrovia for a one-day official visit to assess the response to the Ebola crisis. The UN secretary general is leading an 18-member delegation which includes Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Xinhua reported. Liberia's Vice President Joseph Boakai rece...

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8 children found stabbed to death in Australia

Sydney, Dec 19 (IANS) Eight children as young as 18 months to 15 years were found stabbed to death at a house in Australia's Cairns city Friday, with neighbours saying they heard the kids screaming in the morning. A 34-year-old woman was found injured in the house, whom police confirmed to be the mother of seven of the eight dead children. She was being treated for stab wounds to the che...

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Cold wave conditions continue in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Dec 19 (IANS) Cold wave conditions continued to prevail in desert state of Rajasthan with minimum temperatures hovering two to four degrees below normal. Some of the cities also saw drop in maximum temperatures. Udaipur was the coldest in the plains with a minimum temperature of 4.2 degrees Celsius, down four degrees from the average temperature. Maximum temperature here was also...

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GST will be win-win for both centre, states: Jaitley

A New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The goods and services tax proposed by central government will be a win-win situation for both state and central governments, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday. The minister however added that the bill will not be passed in this session. Speaking after a brief debate on the appropriation bills, he said: GST will be a win-win situation for both ...

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Madan Mitra denied bail again, sent to jail

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra - arrested in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam - was Friday yet again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court here. Arrested Dec 12 by the CBI for criminal conspiracy, cheating and deriving undue financial benefits, Mitra's bail plea was rejected for the third time, as Additional Chief J...

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Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates Delhi-Noida underpass

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Union Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu Friday inaugurated an underpass connecting the national capital to the neighbouring suburb of Noida in Uttar Pradesh, an official statement said. Constructed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Indian Railways, at a cost of Rs. 260 crore, the 1.09 km long underpass in south Delhi's Sarita Vihar connec...

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UN offers to verify ceasefire in Colombia

Bogota, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) The UN has the willingness and the experience to oversee a ceasefire in Colombia if the parties involved so request it, UN representative in Colombia Fabrizio Hochschild has said. The United Nations has the competency, Hochschild told reporters Thursday in reference to the indefinite unilateral ceasefire announced by the leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed...

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Bernie Ecclestone rejoins F1 board

Paris, Dec 19 (IANS) Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One's commercial ringmaster, has rejoined the F1 board, according to a post from the sport's official Twitter account Friday. Ecclestone has run F1 since 1978 and joined on the board as a non-executive director. In April, he was on trial for paying $44 million dollars bribe to a Bavarian state bank executive to help him maintain his four-de...

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National manufacturing zones' size cannot be reduced

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The central government has told Tamil Nadu that the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP) norms as to the size of National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ) cannot be relaxed, parliament was told Friday. Government of Tamil Nadu has been informed that since the area stipulated under NMP for setting up of NIMZ is minimum 5,000 hectares... their proposal do n...

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Former England striker's two luxury cars reported stolen

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Two luxury cars belonging to former England striker Darren Bent were reported to have been stolen from his home, police said Friday. Among the missing cars, one was a Range Rover and the other an Audi RS6. The police said they were informed Dec 13 to a report of burglary and are appealing for information, reports Xinhua. A police statement read that unknown ...

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Sonagachi sex workers seek American feminist's help

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) American activist and playwright Eve Ensler Friday met sex workers in Kolkata's Sonagachi, one of Asia's largest red light areas, who sought her support to campaign against legalisation of their profession. Ensler, best known for the play The Vagina Monologues, Thursday collaborated with dance movement therapy artists, gender activists and youngsters here to sync w...

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Australian captain Smith praises tailenders

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) Australian captain Steven Smith, while himself leading from the front with a second century (133) in as many Tests, Friday praised his team's tailenders for showing maturity and giving him company, an effort that put the hosts comfortably placed after Day Three in the second cricket Test here. Smith shared an epic 148-run partnership with pacer Mitchell Johnson (8...

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