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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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Certain antidepressants safe for pregnant women?

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) Use of certain antidepressants during pregnancy can lead to life-long changes in anxiety-related behaviour in their offspring and protect them from anxiety-related disorders when they turn adults, research has found. The implications of these findings are that with additional investigation, it may be possible to identify specific antidepressants that are safer for...

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Brazil striker Tardelli on Chinese club radar

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 20 (IANS) Brazil international striker Diego Tardelli has received a lucrative offer to join a leading Chinese Super League club. The unnamed club is said to have offered Atletico Mineiro six million euros for the 29-year-old and a monthly salary of $400,000, reports Xinhua. Tardelli's chances of leaving Atletico have been heightened by the Brazilian outfit's ...

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Two Taliban terrorists killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Two Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists were killed Saturday in a gunbattle with the police in Pakistan's Karachi city. Crime Investigation Department (CID) personnel raided Mauripur area after being informed of the presence of militants, Dawn online reported. Ali Raza, a police official, said that both men were engaged in terrorist activities and...

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Odisha's iron ore output could fall

Bhubaneswar, Dec 20 (IANS) Odisha's iron ore production is likely to fall by 16 percent to 65 million tonne in the financial year ending March 2015 due to restrictions and crackdown on illegal mining, an official said here Saturday. The state had produced 77 million tonnes of iron ore last fiscal. This year the production would be around 65 million tonnes, a senior state mines department...

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Neymar recovers from ankle injury

Madrid, Dec 20 (IANS) Brazilian striker Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury and is available to face Cordoba in the Spanish La Liga Saturday night. The club said that Neymar trained normally Friday, reports Xinhua. Neymar missed the match against Getafe last weekend with the two teams tied 0-0. Neymar has scored 11 league goals this season and three in the Champions...

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Two Pakistani terrorists to be hanged Dec 23

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) A Pakistani anti-terrorism court ordered the execution of two terrorists who had been sentenced to death in 2004 on charges of sectarian murder, Dawn online reported Saturday. The court Friday directed authorities at Sindh province's Sukkur central jail to carry out the execution of Attaullah and Mohammad Azam, terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi terro...

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Australia 25/2, need 103 more runs to win at tea

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) Australia were 25 for two at tea, needing 103 more runs to win at tea on day four of the second Test against India at the Gabba here Saturday. After bowling out India for 224 and being set a 128-run target, Australia's chase got off to a poor start with pacer Ishant Sharma picking up both wickets. ...

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Bankers to strike work for five days in January

Chennai, Dec 20 (IANS) Unions in the banking sector have announced five day strike next month to demand early resolution of their wage hike negotiations, said the All India Bank Employees'Association (AIBEA). In a statement issued here Saturday, AIBEA said the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) at their meeting in Mumbai Dec 17 have decided to go on strike Jan 7. It will be follo...

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30 trains to Delhi delayed due to fog

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) It was a cold, foggy Saturday morning here, delaying over 30 trains. The Met Office has forecast clear day ahead. Garib Rath from Bhagalpur to Delhi was running late by 22 hours while Mahananda Express from Alipore Duar to Delhi was running behind schedule by 18 hours. Seemanchal Express too was running late by 18 hours, authorities said. The day's minimu...

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Rio mayor admits to Olympic velodrome delay

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 20 (IANS) Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes admitted work on the 2016 Olympic velodrome is three weeks behind schedule. But he played down the significance of the delay. He said Friday it is the only venue at Rio's Olympic Park complex that is running late, reports Xinhua. It is not a tragedy and (the lost time) will be easily recovered, Paes was quoted saying...

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India bowled out for 224, set 128-run target

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) India were set a 128-run target after being bowled out for 224 in their second innings before tea on day four of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Saturday. Shikhar Dhawan (81) batted courageously to bring some respectability to the Indian total. Umesh Yadav (30) also played a good hand, striking some lusty blows down the order. ...

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