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St. Kitts gets CPL T20 franchise

Kingston (Jamaica), Jan 29 (IANS) St. Kitts and Nevis will host the newest Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise for the 2015 edition of the Twenty20 tournament. The venue, only added to the roster for last year's campaign, will become the seventh franchise holder, joining Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia, reports CMC. We have h...

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'Chakravartin Ashok Samrat' - Colors rolls out its masterpiece

Karjat, Jan 29 (IANS) A mammoth set with intricate design, a stellar cast, high-end VFX technology and a vision to bring to viewers an engaging and entertaining retelling of the story of one of India's greatest emperors, - Colors' new offering Chakravartin Samrat Ashok promises to be a historical treat. A walk into the show's set - created by the creative masterminds Nitin Desai and Omun...

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Windies end series of misery on losing note

Centurion, Jan 29 (IANS) The West Indies ended their tour of South Africa on the same miserable note on which they started, slumping to a deflating 131-run defeat in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) here. Chasing a mammoth 362 for victory in a match reduced to 42 overs per side because of rain which delayed the start, the Windies always faced an enormous task and despite a...

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Season's first snowfall in Kashmir's plains

Srinagar, J Jan 29 (IANS) The season's first snowfall in Kashmir's plains Thursday brought cheer to the faces of locals as the 40-day long harsh winter period neared its end. An unusually-long dry spell with abnormally high day temperatures had been worrying farmers and the common man ever since the 40-day long 'Chillai Kalan' started here Dec 21. Perennial water reservoirs of Ja...

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Rajasthan labourer donates land for charity

Jaipur, Jan 29 (IANS) A labourer in Rajasthan's Jodhpur city has proved that you need not be very rich if you want to do charity. All you need is a big heart. Shakur Mohammad, a 62-year-old who works as a daily wage labourer, had acquired six plots of land in 1984 for Rs.4,000. Now, he has donated three plots of land valued at over Rs.1 crore ($163,000) at current rates for setting up a ...

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Solar plants to power Uttar Pradesh schools

Lucknow, Jan 29 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to install 1KV solar plants in all schools, an official said Thursday. Also, a submersible solar water pump will be installed in the schools through which RO-purified water will be provided to the children. Principal Secretary Jeevesh Nandan said a pilot project would be implemented in 50 primary schools this year. ...

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Tributes paid to army officer killed in Kashmir gunfight

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Floral tributes were paid here Thursday to Colonel M.N. Rai who was killed in a gunbattle with guerrillas in south Kashmir's Pulwama district Tuesday. Officers and family members paid their last respects and laid wreaths on the martyred officer's body at a cremation ground in the Delhi Cantt area. Colonel Rai, 39, had been awarded the Yudh Seva Medal for ...

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Green tea ingredient shows promise against oral cancer

New York, Jan 29 (IANS) A compound found in green tea may trigger a process that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, finds a promising study. According to food scientists from Pennsylvania State University, the research could lead to treatments for oral cancer as well as other types of cancer. Earlier studies had shown that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)...

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Van Praag wants bigger World Cup

Amsterdam, Jan 29 (IANS) Michael van Praag wants more teams from outside Europe in the World Cup and aims to implant more strict measures to combat match fixing, the FIFA presidential candidate stated during his presentation at the Olympic Stadium here. I am looking forward to present you my 'FIFA normalisation agenda 2015-2019' next month but I don't like empty promises. So, for now, I ...

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Follow new BP guidelines and avoid heart disease

Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) If new hypertension guidelines are followed sincerely, it could help us significantly prevent deaths owing to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) each year without increasing overall health care costs, an analysis conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found. Our findings clearly show that it would be worthwhile to significantly increase...

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'India's decision to recriminalise homosexuality a backward move'

Jaipur, Jan 29 (IANS) Of the six novels Welsh author Sarah Waters has written, five have lesbian couples as protagonists and for someone who has championed gay rights through her writings, she was extremely disappointed, like several others, with the Supreme Court's 2013 order recriminalising homosexuality. It was very disappointing to know that they were again recriminalised. From the o...

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Portugal welcomes Figo's decision

Lisbon, Jan 29 (IANS) Portuguese football institutions welcomed former star Luis Figo's decision to bid for FIFA presidency. The 42-year-old Portuguese great, a former Real Madrid star and Barcelona forward, was backed by compatriot Jose Mourinho, who said that Figo would guarantee a better future for FIFA, reports Xinhua. Luis Figo's candidature is good news for football. His ca...

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Swimmer Park hires foreign attorney ahead of hearing

Seoul, Jan 29 (IANS) South Korean swimming star Park Tae-hwan Thursday hired a foreign attorney in preparation for his international doping hearing. Park's hearing will be held Feb 27 in Lausanne. A Korea Swimming Federation (KSF) official said that Park had enlisted the help of a Switzerland-based lawyer, reports Xinhua. The Beijing Olympic champion's doping scandal was revealed...

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Australia may face defence crisis ahead of Asian Cup final

Canberra, Jan 29 (IANS) The Australian football team may have a crisis in hand in their defence ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final with right-back Ivan Franjic battling a hip injury. Australia will meet South Korea in Sydney Saturday for the title but 'Socceroos' boss Ange Postecoglou may have to improvise on his defensive options, reports Xinhua. Franjic is the only recognise...

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Jaishankar takes charge as foreign secretary

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) S. Jaishankar took charge as foreign secretary Thursday, a day after the government in a sudden decision curtailed the tenure of incumbent Sujatha Singh seven months before her term was to end. Taking over his new job at South Block, where the ministry of external affairs is housed, Jaishankar said: My priorities are the government's priorities. He added...

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Ecuador fire head coach Vizuete

Quito, Jan 29 (IANS) Ecuadorian Football Federation (EFF) announced the departure of Sixto Vizuete as the head coach of the national team before they start their America Cup campaign in June. Vizuete, former Under-17 and U-20 coach, replaced Reinaldo Rueda just after last year's World Cup in Brazil, reports Xinhua. We are looking for candidates. I will not give any names. We will...

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Four injured in Delhi building collapse

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Four labourers were injured when an under construction building collapsed in south Delhi, police said Thursday. All the four labourers were rushed to a hospital, where the condition of one of them was critical, police said. The three-storey building collapsed in south Delhi's east Kidwai Nagar. ...

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Russian athletes dominate Winter Universiade

Strbske Pleso (Slovakia), Jan 29 (IANS) Russian athletes dominated the fourth day of the 27th Winter Universiade here. Russian biathletes won all the men's 12.5 km pursuit medals Wednesday. Yuri Shopin claimed the gold while Iaroslav Ivanov and Maksim Burtasov took silver and bronze, respectively, reports Xinhua. Today it's different. We changed the competition and for me the gun...

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Ebola vaccine safe, generates immune response, shows trial

London, Jan 29 (IANS) The first trial results of Ebola vaccine at Oxford University suggest the vaccine has an acceptable safety profile and is able to generate an immune response. The Ebola vaccine was well tolerated. Its safety profile is pretty much as we had hoped, said professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University who led the trial. The results suggest t...

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Kenyan Mutai to participate in Tokyo Marathon

Nairobi, Jan 29 (IANS) Former New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai and Dickson Chumba will lead Kenya's charge in the Tokyo Marathon Feb 28. However, the 34-year-old Mutai is not keen to compete at the World Championships and will only be using the race to improve his personal best time of two hours, four minutes and 15 seconds that he set in Berlin three years ago, reports Xin...

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