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India 'electoral superpower' despite complexities: ex-CEC Quraishi

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) India's former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi Saturday termed the country the electoral superpower for the world despite the complexities involved in the voting process. Application of technology, transparency, adherence to law and order and equalization are some of the key factors which have brought the spotlight on India's electoral process, he said.

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Chandy lauds Kerala Blasters for 'wonderful performance'

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 20 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday congratulated the Kerala Blasters team for putting up a wonderful performance to finish as runners-up in the first Indian Super League (ISL) tournament. Atletico De Kolkata substitute Mohammad Rafique headed in an injury time goal as the Kolkata team clinched the inaugural ISL crown with a 1-0 win over Kerala ...

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Delhi teenager pierced through hip by iron rods, critical

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) A class 12 student was critically injured Saturday when two iron rods pierced through his hip when he accidentally fell from the second floor of his under construction house, police said. Police, with the help of gas cutters, managed to cut the iron rods and rushed him to the hospital where his condition is critical. The incident occurred in east Delhi's ...

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Rafique's header crowns Atletico de Kolkata ISL champions

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Substitute Mohammad Rafique headed in an injury time header as Atletico De Kolkata clinched the inaugural Indian Super League crown with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters here Saturday. Rafique, who replaced Mohammad Rafi in the 74th minute of the mega clash at the packed D.Y. Patil stadium, followed up a corner from Czech defender Jakub Podany to fire the header in th...

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Government targets two trillion units electricity output by 2020

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The government has set a target of doubling electricity generation from 1 trillion units to 2 trillion units, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said Saturday, a day after the government tabled in the Lok Sabha amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003, initiating the second phase of reforms in the power sector. The government is aiming at 2 trillion units of electricity ...

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AAP to field two Delhi LS candidates in assembly polls

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party's two former Lok Sabha candidates Devendra Sehrawat and Jarnail Singh would contest the upcoming assembly election in the capital, the party said here Saturday. Their names figure in the sixth list which contains six candidates. With the 6th list being declared, the AAP, so far, has announced 51 candidates for the 70-member Delhi assembly. ...

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Rs. 500 crore sanctioned for developing heritage cities

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The urban development ministry has sanctioned Rs. 500 crores for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), that aims to develop 12 heritage cities, and will be launched shortly, an official statement said Saturday. At least 85 percent of the total outlay will be earmarked for project formulation and execution while the remaining 15 percent s...

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Tamils can only live with dignity in Modi's rule: Amit Shah

Chennai, Dec 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's long rule is needed to save the dignity and self-respect of the people of Tamil Nadu and Tamils elsewhere, BJP president Amit Shah said Saturday. Addressing a public rally at Maraimalai Nagar near here, Shah in a heart-to-heart talk with the people, said: In order to safe guard the dignity and self respect of the Tamil Nadu people, Mo...

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LED street lights launched in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Saturday inaugurated LED street lights in the capital that consume 50 percent less energy compared to conventional ones. Delhi has around five lakh streets lights which guzzle over 400 million kwh of energy every year and have high maintenance cost. It is a good initiative to reduce electricity consumption in t...

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Activist lawyer killed in Navi Mumbai

Thane, Dec 20 (IANS) Activist lawyer Minakshi Jaiswal was brutally killed with her neck slit and two fingers cut off at her residence in Navi Mumbai, officials said Saturday. Her body was found Saturday morning at her flat in Celebration Building in Sector 17 in Khargar suburb. Police have detained two suspects in connection with the killing of Jaiswal, the wife of a Maharashtra ...

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Sachin, Sourav display camaraderie, enthused at ISL success

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Displaying their old camaraderie when they used to clobber bowlers into submission, cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were Saturday enthused by the success of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL). With the Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters FC and Ganguly co-owned Atletico de Kolkata slogging it out in the middle in the maiden ISL final - billed...

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Michael Phelps gets suspended sentence for drunk driving

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS/EFE) American swimming legend Michael Phelps received a one-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving, media reported. The 29-year-old athlete, winner of a record 18 Olympic gold medals, was arrested on Sep 30 in Maryland while speeding and driving with a blood-alcohol level that was nearly double the legal limit. USA Swimming,...

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Iraqi forces repel IS attacks in western Iraq

Baghdad, Dec 20 (IANS) Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen Saturday repelled attacks by the Islamic State (IS) militants in a military airbase housing US advisors in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said. The fierce battles broke out near the town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdadin the early hours of the day resu...

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Atletico de Kolkata beat Kerala Blasters 1-0 to become ISL champions

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Atletico de Kolkata defeated Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in the final to lift the Indian Super League (ISL) football trophy at the D.Y Patil stadium here Saturday. A last gasp goal from forward Mohammed Rafique helped the Sourav Ganguly part-owned franchise clinch the inaugural edition of the tournament. ...

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Cuba's parliament backs normalisation of ties with US

Havana, Dec 20 (IANS/EFE) Cuba's National Assembly backed President Raul Castro's decision to begin the process of restoring full diplomatic relations with the US, a historic move that brings an end to more than 50 years of enmity. Parliament Speaker Esteban Lazo Friday hailed the rapprochement with the US and the return to the island of three Cuban spies -- regarded as heroes on the isl...

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Other states to recruit northeast youth in police: Rijiju

Umsaw Khwan (Meghalaya), Dec 20 (IANS) Youths from the northeastern states will be recruited in police forces in metropolitan cities as part of the national integration policy of the BJP-led government, union minister Kiren Rijiju said here Saturday. As part of national integration, from next season, police in Delhi and other metros would take steps to recruit youth from the northeast. T...

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FC Goa's Pires wants to return to India as coach

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Arsenal legend Robert Pires, who was the marquee signing of FC Goa, has expressed his desire to return to the country in the capacity of a coach in the Indian Super League (ISL). Posting a picture on Twitter with his Goa teammates, he said: My Indian team !! Hope to see you next year... maybe as a coach !!!, he tweeted Saturday. The star French mid-fielde...

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Jharkhand polls end, final phase sees over 25 lakh voters

Ranchi/New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Over 25 lakh people - more than 70 percent of the electorate - Saturday exercised their franchise in the fifth and last round of the assembly election in Jharkhand, officials said. Sixteen constituencies voted Saturday in the final phase. Of the 16 seats, seven were reserved for Scheduled Tribes. In New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zut...

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Motorsports: Murthy-Sujith pair set for another success

Chennai, Dec 20 (IANS) Having already sealed the Championship in the Pro-Stock category, the Bengaluru pair of Chidananda Murthy and navigator B.S. Sujith Kumar of Tata Motors are keen to finish the 2014 FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship on a high in the MRF-MMSC Rally, the ninth and concluding round of the series, to be run here Sunday. Meanwhile, in the Pro-Expert category, ...

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Ganguly thanks fans for tremendous reception to ISL

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Thanking football lovers of the country for the spontaneous positive reception offered to the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) co-owner Sourav Ganguly said Saturday that the inaugural competition could only get better in the years to come. Reception of the tournament by the country has been tremendous. Everyone has stood up an...

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