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No trace of AirAsia plane, second day's search futile

Jakarta, Dec 29 (IANS) No significant sign has been found after the second day's search for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 Monday, a senior official of Indonesia's seacrh and rescue agency said while another official dismally said the plane might well be at the bottom of the sea. All efforts to locate the missing plane would continue in the coming days, Sutono, a senior official of th...

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Ranji: Punjab score 659/7d, Sehwag ton takes Delhi to 425/6d

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Mandeep Singh (235), Yuvraj Singh (182) and Gurkeerat Singh (101) powered Punjab to 659 for seven declared during their Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra in Rajkot while centuries from Virender Sehwag (105) and Unmukt Chand helped Delhi reach 425 for six declared against Gujarat at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Monday. Punjab's young right-hander Mandeep, who reg...

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Fog blankets north India, Amritsar colder than Shimla

New Delhi/Srinagar/Shimla/Chandigarh/Jaipur/Lucknow, Dec 29 (IANS) It was yet another bone-chilling day across northern India Monday, and the entire region remained blanketed under dense fog. Temperatures in many places in Jammu and Kashmir went below the freezing point, while cities like Amritsar and Karnal in the plains proved colder than hilly Shimla. New Delhi saw a cold and foggy Mo...

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Terrorism must end in Pakistan, says boxer Amir Khan

Peshawar, Dec 29 (IANS) British boxing champion of Pakistani origin Amir Khan paid a visit to the Army Public School in Peshawar Monday and said that his heart went out to the families and parents whose children had died in the Dec 16 brutal Taliban attack. The main reason I came to Pakistan was to visit the Peshawar school and see the parents of the victims, Dawn online quoted Amir Khan...

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Pune FC beat Shillong Lajong 3-1 in Federation Cup

Vasco (Goa), Dec 29 (IANS) Pune FC showed character and belief to come from a goal down and clinch a 3-1 win over Shillong Lajong in their Federation Cup Group B opener at the Tilak Maidan here Monday. In a game dominated by Pune, it was Lajong who took the lead through striker Lalrammuana in the 16th minute. Pune fought back to level through winger Anthony D'Souza at the stroke ...

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Civil aviation policy: Government studying stakeholders' views

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju Monday informed the parliamentary consultative committee of his ministry that the government is examining stakeholders' comments on the draft civil aviation policy. The minister said that detailed discussions have been held with all the stakeholders of the aviation industry to finalise measures required to quickly put t...

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India summons Pakistan envoy over Lakhvi ruling

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) India Monday summoned Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit and conveyed its strong concern at lack of effective action by authorities against alleged Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi following a Pakistani court ordering his conditional release. An external affairs ministry statement said that the Pakistan high commissioner was summoned by ...

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Delhi's homeless shiver under open skies

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) With the temperature plummeting to 2.6 degrees Celsius, homeless people in the capital struggled to find some warmth in the open. Lamenting the lack of assistance from the government, they said they feel ignored and hoped the inclement weather has mercy on them soon. We are not getting any assistance from the government, not even shelter. Due to this, we are forc...

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Gang behind stealing cargo containers busted

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) An Uttar Pradesh-based gang that stole goods from cargo containers was busted here and one of its member arrested, police said Monday. Salauddin, driver of one of the trucks that normally transported the cargo containers and also a member of the gang, was arrested from his native place in Gopalganj in Bihar on a tip-off Dec 26. The gang would steal good...

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Make in India: Jaitley signals urgent need for RBI rate cut

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Sending a clear signal to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut interest rates in view of industrial output slipping further in October, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Monday called for increasing the flow of funds in the market. The cost of capital and, I think, in recent months or years, is one singular factor which has contributed to the slowdown of manufactur...

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Congress wants Sukhbir Badal booked for sedition

Chandigarh, Dec 29 (IANS) The Congress Monday demanded Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal should be booked for sedition for his Shiromani Akali Dal's decision to hold protests against the Border Security Force (BSF) over the issue of drug smuggling. The decision of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to hold four dharnas on the sensitive international border with Paki...

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Dibakar Banerjee keen on declassification of Netaji files

Kolkata, Dec 29 (IANS) Keen to learn more about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bollywood filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee Monday batted for declassification of secret files related to the nationalist leader. The Khosla Ka Ghosla maker was keen to know about Netaji's life but the authorities backed out of declassifying the files as promised, said a statement. It is a very puzzling issue......

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All fine in Goa, minorities concerned elsewhere: Archbishop

Panaji, Dec 29 (IANS) Everything is fine in Goa but minorities elsewhere in India are anxious about certain signs which are causing grave concern to them, Archbishop Father Felipe Neri Ferrao said Monday. ...I say with anguish that elsewhere in India there are certain signs which are causing grave concern to the minority communities, Ferrao said, giving a clean chit to the BJP-led Goa go...

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Sushma meets South Korean president, invites 'bold investments'

Seoul/New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday called on South Korean President Park Geun-hye and invited bold investments to benefit from the Indian government's 'Make in India' programme. Official sources said that during the discussions, Sushma Swaraj invited Korean companies to build on their success in India. She said the Make in India programm...

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NIA probe can be ordered in Bengaluru blast: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) In the wake of the low intensity blast in Bengaluru, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday said if required the case could be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Rajnath Singh said that the central government is waiting for details about the incident from the state government. Intelligence agencies are working on this case. If required, t...

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Coast guard, navy to lease AAI land for surveillance units

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) The government Monday approved leasing of land owned by the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) to the coast guard and navy for establishing surveillance facilities. The cabinet which met here said that owing to the illegal activities along the coast line, surveillance facilities are being developed by the coast guard which require land at various locatio...

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Modi, Rekha named India's hottest vegetarian celebs

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and veteran actress Rekha have been named the hottest vegetarian celebrities by People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Early leaders Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor as well as Amitabh Bachchan, R. Madhavan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Hema Malini put up a real fight. But after thousands of votes were cast to help PETA India...

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Cabinet approves amendments to land takeover act

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) The union cabinet Monday approved an ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition Act, adding five more areas which will be exempted from the requisites given in the act. There is a need to strike a balance between farmers' interest and industrial growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at a briefing after the cabinet meeting. Jaitley said the five areas we...

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Viom Networks plans African expansion; plans to raise Rs.1,500 crore

Kolkata, Dec 29 (IANS) Telecommunications infrastructure major Viom Networks, an over Rs.20,000 crore company, is considering expanding its overseas footprint by entering Africa to provide consultancy and managed services, a top official said. We are evaluating Nigeria and Kenya in Africa. We would like to look internationally, said company vice chairman and managing director Sunil Kanor...

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Four bodies found near burning ferry in Greece, 407 rescued

Athens, Dec 29 (IANS) Four bodies were found Monday by rescuers in the waters off Corfu island near the Italian ferry Norman Atlantic which has been adrift since early Sunday after it caught fire, Greek Shipping Minister Militiadis Varvitsiotis said. In statements made in parliament in Athens on the sidelines of a vote for the election of the next president of the Hellenic Republic, Varv...

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