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All steps taken to secure porous borders: Rao Inderjit

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) The central government has taken all steps to secure India's porous borders and contain infiltration, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said here Saturday. All steps needed to secure our borders to prevent its porosity have been and will be taken by the government. There are people well versed with porosity and we are doing the best we can, he said o...

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Six killed in UP road accident

Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) Six people were killed Saturday in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh when a bus overturned at a steep turn due to dense fog and poor visibility, police said. The accident took place at the Hamirpur-Jolhupur road near Bahi village. The victims were Muslim pilgrims who were returning from Hamirpur, police said. Over a dozen people were injured in the accident. ...

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Carrick appointed Manchester United vice-captain

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Manchester United mid-fielder Michael Carrick has replaced Darren Fletcher as the club's vice-captain. The 33-year-old Carrick, who joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, takes over as Wayne Rooney's deputy from Fletcher who was handed the role at the start of the season, reports dailymail.co.uk. Scottish mid-fielder Fletcher has struggled for first-t...

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Germany ends Spanish dominance in world football

London, Dec 20 (IANS) The 2014 World Cup in Brazil witnessed the end of Spanish dominance of international football and the start of a new era. Spain dominated international football for six years, beginning 2008, winning two European championships and a World Cup. It made La Roja the first team in history to win three consecutive tournaments. Their quick passing, organisation and synchr...

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Court imposes Rs.10,000 fine on Gadkari in defamation case

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) A court Saturday imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on union minister Nitin Gadkari after he failed to comply with court's earlier order in a defamation case he had filed against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha imposed the fine saying the minister failed to file an affidavit three days before the scheduled date of hearing, that is Satu...

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'External forces' blamed for dilution of Kerala liquor policy

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 20 (IANS) Referring to the now diluted liquor policy in Kerala that initially aimed to implement total prohibition in a phased manner, a Congress leader Saturday said that at times, external forces set the government agenda. The biggest flaw in democracy is when 'external forces' set the agenda for governance. I am just airing the feelings of the people, state Con...

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Was informed about Madan Mitra's arrest: Bengal governor

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi, contradicting state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee's claims that he was in the dark about the arrest of state minister Madan Mitra in the Saradha scam, Saturday said the CBI had informed him. Initially I was not informed, but later on the investigating agency informed me about the arrest, Tripathi told media per...

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Jharkhand polls' final phase sees 70 percent turnout

Ranchi, 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 (ST). In the fifth and final phase Saturday, the state witnesse...

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Government committed to improve medical infrastructure: Rajnath Singh

Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday said the government was committed to improving India's medical infrastructure while stressing the need for an integrated healthcare system. Speaking at the convocation of the King George's Medical University (KGMU) here, he said: Our government is committed to improve the medical infrastructure of the country. Our ...

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Big B meets PM Modi in capital

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Saturday. Shri Amitabh Bachchan met the Prime Minister, read a post on the Twitter handle @PMOIndia, along with a photograph of the two of them. Amitabh is the brand ambassador of Gujarat, the state which Modi represented as Chief Minister earlier. For the meeting Saturday, ...

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Voting ends in Kashmir, over 65 percent turnout

Jammu, Dec 20 (IANS) The fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir ended peacefully Saturday, with over 65 percent of the voters casting their ballot in 20 constituencies, officials said. Polling ended peacefully in all the 20 constituencies of Jammu, Rajouri and Kathua districts at 4 p.m. today (Saturday), an Election Commission official told IANS. Initial...

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VHP calls for anti-conversion law

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Slamming the opposition for stalling parliament over the conversion row, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international president Praveen Togadia Saturday pressed for an anti-conversion law. Addressing a mass meet here organised as part of the VHP's golden jubilee celebrations, Togadia also attacked the Mamata Banerjee government for trying to woo the minorities at the ...

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UN chief assures support to Sierra Leone Ebola fight

Freetown, Dec 20 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has assured the government and people of Sierra Leone of the UN's commitment to help Sierra Leone's fight against the Ebola disease. Addressing a press conference Friday during his assessment visit to get first hand knowledge of the impact of the virus, Ban welcomed the government operation Western Area Surge as a means of putting ...

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Political obstructionism will not derail reforms: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The government was extremely determined to push insurance sector reforms and would not allow parliamentary disturbances to stop it, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday. Today the choice is clear. You either reform or miss the bus once again, and if the latter were to happen, a whole generation will not pardon us, Jaitley said in his inaugural address at i...

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SpiceJet starts automated system to help passengers

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) SpiceJet Saturday said that it has pressed into service an automated disruption management system to enable passengers reschedule flights or get refund on their cancelled flights. The airline said that customers whose flight has been cancelled can avail the new service by going online on the company's home page and clicking on the 'change/refund' button. ...

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Christmas 2014: Designer scarves in vogue

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) With winter at its peak, there is nothing better than a scarf to keep you warm and snug. Designers Rajesh Pratap Singh and Anupamaa Dayal have launched their exquisite scarf lines for fashionistas. Singh's collection has 35 designs of scarves and stoles, created exclusively for Shingora, using premium wool, merino cashmere and other luxurious fibers for a relaxed...

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This year, enjoy Christmas with 'Santa Singh'

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Live up the Christmas fever by raising a toast of Santa Singh -- a special hot chocolate cocktail, launched for the festive season by popular gastropub Monkey Bar. From Dec 24 to Dec 31, 2014, only at Monkey Bar, Connaught Place - we present #SantaSingh, the perfect hot chocolate cocktail that promises to get you into the Christmas spirit, said a statement releas...

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Cumberbatch calls Sony's response to hackers 'worrying'

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has called Sony Pictures Entertainment's response to the recent cyber attacks worrying, after the studio decided to pull the plug on The Interview Christmas release amid security fears. I haven't seen the film so I can't comment on the specifics of it, but it is worrying, of course it is worrying, Cumberbatch said in an interv...

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Pakistan battles terror, assures Lakhvi still in jail

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah may have been killed as Pakistan Saturday stepped up its war against terror, ordering the execution of 10 more terrorists and assuring that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has not been released. A dozen terrorists were killed in separate operations across the country, including in Peshawar where 132 sc...

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Eight terrorists to be executed in Pakistan Saturday

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Eight terrorists on death row in Pakistan will be executed in prisons across Punjab province Saturday, media reported. The executions will be carried out at the Kot Lakpat, Adiala and Bahawalpur jails, Geo TV reported citing Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada. The moratorium on the death penalty in terrorism cases was lifted in Pakistan following the bru...

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