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Australia beat India by four wickets to win second Test

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) Australia beat India by four wickets on the fourth day to win the second cricket Test at the Gabba here Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series. India were bowled out for 224 in their second innings earlier in the day. Chasing 128, Australia were reduced to 25 for two with pacer Ishant Sharma taking both the wickets at tea. But left-handed opener Chr...

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Earth grew new layer under Iceland volcano

When the Baroarbunga volcano in Iceland erupted in August, scientists found that the molten rock forms vertical sheet-like features known as dykes, which force the surrounding rock apart. New crust forms where two tectonic plates are moving away from each other. Mostly this happens beneath the oceans, where it is difficult to observe. However, in Iceland this happens beneath dry land, ex...

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Huma Qureshi unveils 'green' sari line

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress Huma Qureshi has unveiled textile innovator DuPont's renewably sourced fibre Sorona along with a collection of saris made of it. The textile brand, in collaboration with Vipul Fashions and Reliance Industries, introduced its first ever premium 'green; saree collection offering the traditional Indian women not only environmental benefits, but different var...

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Iran committed to interim n-deal: IAEA

Tehran, Dec 20 (IANS) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Iran's commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with the P5+1 group in 2013. In a report issued Friday, IAEA said that the Islamic Republic had not made any further advances in its activities at the country's enrichment facilities and at the heavy water reactor in Arak as of Jan 20 when the agreemen...

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Instagram worth $35 bn, surpasses Twitter

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) Photo sharing website Instagram, which has more than 16 billion users - a figure much higher than Twitter - has been valued at $35 billion by Citigroup. This beats Twitter's market cap of $23 billion by a wide margin, wired.com reported In April 2012, Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion and had about 30 million users. The app was down...

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New pathway to turn sunlight into electricity

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) An spectroscopy experiment at University of Oregon has opened a window on how sunlight can be converted into electricity. Using four pulses of laser light on nanoparticle photocells, the work could inspire devices with improved efficiency in solar energy conversion. Spectroscopy is all about light and molecules and what they do together. It is a really gre...

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Wagah border suicide bomber identified

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Pakistani security forces claimed to have identified the man who had carried out last month's suicide bombing at the Wagah border crossing with India and have taken his family into custody, a media report said Saturday. The suicide attack Nov 2 killed 61 people, including security personnel, and left scores injured, Dawn online reported. According to a p...

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Quicker food choices driven by taste

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) If you want your diet to be healthy, take time in deciding the food you are about to pick, suggests a study, noting that quicker food choices are driven by taste and not health. What we wanted to find out was at what point the taste of the foods starts to become integrated into the choice process and at what point health is integrated, said lead author of the stud...

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Progress made during talks between Pakistani government, PTI

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) The Pakistan government and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has made progress in their resumed dialogue process, a media report said Saturday. Speaking to the media after the talks, PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday said that two sides had made progress in the meeting, which was aimed at resolving the is...

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Tea Scoreboard: India vs Australia, second Test, day 4

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) Scoreboard at tea on day four of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba here Saturday. India (first innings): 408 all out Australia (first innings): 505 all out India (second innings): Murali Vijay b Starc 27 Shikhar Dhawan lbw b Lyon 81 Cheteshwar Pujara c Lyon b Hazlewood 43 Virat Kohli b John...

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International children's film fest kicks off Sunday

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Workshops, quizzes and over 200 films for children from 25 countries, in addition to India, will be the highlights at the fourth edition of Kolkata International Children's Film Festival beginning here Sunday. As many as 180 films from India will be screened at the fest which concludes Dec 28, said a release attributed to Shishu Kishore Akademi, under the West Beng...

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Vote in record numbers: Modi

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged voters to turn out in record numbers as balloting took place in the fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand. I urge all those voting in the fifth and final phase of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly polls to turn out in record numbers and vote, Modi tweeted. In this ...

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French cave of Chauvet reveals prehistoric rock art

Paris, Dec 20 (IANS/EFE) The Chauvet cave in southern France will soon be welcoming visitors eager to examine drawings on the cave's walls that date back to prehistoric times and are considered the oldest in the world, comparable only to art rock drawings in the magnificent caves of Lascaux in France and Altamira in Spain. Project officials accompanied recently by a small group of report...

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From 'Boyhood' to 'Nightcrawler': Unmissable Hollywood films

Chennai, Dec 20 (IANS) From the coming-of-age story of a young boy to the tale of a chef who starts a food truck and fixes his estranged relationship with his family, Hollywood managed to inspire and entertain audiences in right proportion in 2014. IANS lists some of the best offerings from Hollywood: Boyhood: Filmed over a period of 11 years, Boyhood is an expansive investigatio...

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NASA to develop gecko-inspired gripping tools

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) NASA scientists are working on adhesive gripping tools that could tackle objects such as orbital debris or defunct satellites that would otherwise be hard to handle. Orbital debris is a serious risk to spacecraft including the International Space Station (ISS). This is definitely a problem we are going to have to deal with. Our system might one day contribute to...

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India fight back but Australia still favourites

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) India fought back and picked up two early wickets but Australia are still on course to win, needing 103 more runs for victory at tea on day four of the second Test at the Gabba here Saturday. After being bowled out for 224, India reduced Australia to 25 for two with pacer Ishant Sharma taking both the wickets. The hosts, however, are still favourites to ta...

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Peshawar school massacre mastermind warns of more attacks

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) The terrorist who supervised the Peshawar school massacre has threatened more attacks, if the military and the intelligence agencies do not stop anti-terror operations, media reported Saturday. In a video with English subtitles posted on Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) website, Umar Mansoor said that Tuesday's attack on the Army Public School which killed 148...

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Kashmir polls: Voters queue up in Jammu

Jammu, Dec 20 (IANS) Despite the fog and the chill, enthusiastic voters queued up at polling stations Saturday here in the fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Ballotting began on a slow note early in the morning but as the day progressed, more and more men and women turned up at the polling booths. Polling is being held in 20 assembly constituencies ...

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Mumbai attack mastermind must not be set free: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi cannot be allowed to simply walk away free, an editorial said and added that in the Mumbai trials, Pakistan's overall record in the fight against militancy is also on trial. Pakistan's leading daily Dawn said in an editorial that both the political and military leadership of the country has stated repeatedly th...

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Hart signs new contract with Man City

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new contract which will keep him with the current Premier League champions until 2019. I'm really happy, I've been here a long time now and I want to keep that going, Hart told City's official website Friday, reports Xinhua. Hart, who joined City from Shrewsbury Town in 2006, became first choice keeper in 2010...

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