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Use indigenous products in Konkan Railway: Prabhu

Panaji, Dec 20 (IANS) Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Saturday said more products indigenous to the Konkan region should be used along the Konkan Railway (KR) route, pushing for the use of 'kokum', a sour tropical fruit commonly used in local curries and sherbets. Prabhu was speaking at a function organised by KR at the Karmali railway station, a short distance from Panaji. Start ...

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Kashmir sees historic polling percentage: EC

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Saturday saw 76 percent turnout in the fifth and final phase of polling, and recorded an overall polling percentage of 65 percent, which was historic and unprecedented, the Election Commission said here. The turnout in Jharkhand was 66.03 percent, the poll panel said. For Jammu and Kashmir, it was the highest polling percentage in the la...

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'PK' surpasses Rs.25 crore mark on opening day

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Aamir Khan did it last winter with Dhoom: 3 and now with PK, the versatile actor once again seems to be setting the box office on fire. His latest release, which is riding high on word of mouth, has minted over Rs.25 crore in the domestic market on its opening day, according to trade experts. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the film r...

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Jaitley urges India Inc to build public opinion for GST bill

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) A day after the government tabled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday urged industries to build public opinion in states for passing the law on reforming India's indirect tax system. Any state that does not fall in line (with GST), my advice to all stakeholders is go to states to raise the issue, to convi...

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Chilly Saturday in Delhi, fog disrupts trains, no respite Sunday

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The national capital experienced a chilly Saturday with maximum temperature five notches below the season's average at 17.5 degrees Celsius while fog early morning affected train movement. The weather is likely to remain similar Sunday, the Met Office said. The sky will be partly cloudy tomorrow (Sunday). Moderate to dense fog may occur in the morning, said an In...

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Himachal to see slight rise in temperature but snow in store

Shimla, Dec 20 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh Saturday saw a slight rise in the temperatures due to prevailing dry weather, but the Met Office forecast rain and more snowfall from Sunday. There are chances of more rainfall and snowfall in the state Dec 21 and 22, a meteorological office statement said. Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Man...

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ISL has 'non-existent' infrastructure: David James

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Former England goalkeeper David James, player-coach for the Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League (ISL), has criticised the inaugural football tournament for having 'non-existent' infrastructure but said it possesses 'massive potential'. Four, maybe five sides, were playing on cricket pitches. The coaching is another issue, James said as quoted by bbc.com Sa...

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Government determined to push insurance bill, opposition unrelenting

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The government was extremely determined to push for insurance sector reforms and would not allow parliamentary disturbances to stop it, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday, even as the opposition Congress warned it will not relent till their concerns were addressed. The Rajya Sabha is currently stuck in a logjam over the conversion issue and was unable to...

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Forensic experts to examine Makkah bones

Riyadh, Dec 20 (IANS) Forensic experts in Makkah will begin examination of the bones found at the Grand Mosque expansion project site to determine whether they are human or animal remains, media reported. If they are found to be human, the matter will be forwarded to the General Court and a committee will be formed to study the issue, the Arab News reported Friday. After the rep...

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Digital India draws proposals worth Rs.18,000 crore: Prasad

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Saturday said that Rs.18,000 crore worth of investment proposals have been received till now for the 'Digital India Programme' Addressing the 87th annual general meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) here, Prasad said that out of the Rs.18,000 crore inves...

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Hollywood saw hair experiments in 2014

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Hollywood celebrities like Kristen Stewart and Emma Stone experimented with new hair cuts and colour swaps in 2014. Here are some of the most noteworthy switch-ups of 2014, reports people.com: * Kristen Stewart: For a star who hardly ever takes fashion risks, the Twilight star surprised many with her new bright-orange hue in April. Soon after her dye jo...

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Glimpses of Vajpayee's life showcased at exhibition

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) An exhibition inaugurated here Saturday chronicles the life of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee - from a rare family portrait, a monochromatic close-up picture to pictures of meetings with world leaders. The exhibition is being organised in a run-up to his 90th birthday Dec 25. The exhibition titled Vikas Purush, Poorv Pradhan Mantri Atal Bihari...

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Gutted at being left out of World Cup squad: Alastair Cook

London, Dec 20 (IANS) England batsman and former skipper Alastair Cook has said that he was 'gutted' to be left out of England's World Cup squad after fellow willower Eoin Morgan was confirmed as the new one-day captain. Cook was dropped Friday from the 15-man squad to play matches in Australia next month and the World Cup after the 29-year-old failed miserably in the recent One Day Inte...

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Indians awaiting execution freed after blood money payment

Riyadh, Dec 20 (IANS) Three Indians in Saudi Arabia convicted for a compatriot's murder have been saved from execution after an Indian businessman paid nearly half a million Saudi riyals (nearly $133,200) in blood money on their behalf, media reported Saturday. Fasal Iritti, 35, Mustafa Kunnath, 33, and M. Shakeer, 36, from the south Indian state of Kerala were released from Al-Hair pris...

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Will end terrorism in Pakistan: Sharif

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday emphasised that Pakistan will be rid of the menace of terrorism. Meeting with a delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at his Raiwind residence in Punjab, the prime minister, while referring to the all-party meeting held Wednesday after the barbaric attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, said the unity demo...

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'Comeback-seeking' Trott named England Lions captain

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Batsman Jonathan Trott, who hasn't played international cricket since November 2013 due to stress-related illness, was Saturday named England Lions captain for their tour of South Africa in January next year, fast-tracking his return to the national team. The 33-year-old batsman had come home from last winter's Ashes tour after suffering a stress-related illness, re...

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Prabhu to meet Maharashtra CM over rail projects

Panaji, Dec 20 (IANS) Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has called for a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and union Raod Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to work out a development plan for the railways in Mumbai, a city synonymous with congested suburban trains. Speaking at a function at the Karmali railway station, a short distance from Panaji, Prabhu said the mee...

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Global and local cues weigh heavy on markets

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Global and local cues coupled with a volatile currency led to build up of selling pressure in the Indian equities market during the week ended Dec 20. Selling by foreign investors also subdued sentiments during the week, even as the opposition did not stop obstructing both houses of parliament where important bills were stuck for approvals. As crude price co...

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Subhash Ghai, Delhi BJP chief inaugurate DIFF 2014

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Eminent filmmaker Subhash Ghai with Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay inaugurated the third edition of the Delhi International Film Festival at the NDMC Convention Centre here. DIFF organiser Ramkishore Parcha and New Delhi Municipal Corporation chairman Jalaj Shrivastava were also present to flag off the festival, where 250 films from mor...

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Militants capture huge amount of fuel in Syria

Damascus, Dec 20 (IANS) The Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and like-minded groups have captured two million litres of fuel from a Syrian military base in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group reported Saturday. The extremist groups captured a large quantity of fuel from the base of Wadi al-Daif, which was stormed by the radical groups five days ago, Xinhua reported citing t...

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