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Dutch FA chief Praag to contest FIFA presidency election

Amsterdam, Jan 27 (IANS) Dutch Football Association (FA) president Michael van Praag has declared his intention to contest against incumbent Joseph Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Van Praag, in a statement, has said he has the necessary nominations from five football associations for contesting the election. It is high time that the organisation comes back into the real wor...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, Jan 27 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $42.90 a barrel Monday, compared with $43.69 a barrel last Friday, the OPEC secretariat said. The OPEC reference basket of crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq),...

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Modelling is stepping stone to acting: Rakul Preet Singh

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Rakul Preet Singh first faced the camera when she was all of two, and her love for showbiz since has only grown manifold. Having done her fair share of catwalks before entering films, she says modelling gives newcomers a push into the movie world. Rakul, who made her Bollywood debut with Yaariyan and has starred in various southern films like Venkatadri Express, ...

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Have oatmeal for breakfast - and shed those extra kilos!

New York, Jan 27 (IANS) Making oatmeal your breakfast cereal choice could help you eat less later during the day and control weight, says new research. Researchers in the US have found that having oatmeal for breakfast resulted in greater fullness, lower hunger ratings and fewer calories eaten at the next meal. The results show that despite eating the same number of calories at b...

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Russia mulls joint orbital station with India, China

Moscow, Jan 27 (IANS/TASS) Moscow may propose at the July summit of the BRICS emerging economies in Russia's Ufa city creation of a joint manned orbital station with India and China, a document drafted by the expert council at Russia's military and industrial commission said Tuesday. The experts recommend working out the possibilities of an international manned project with BRICS (Brazil...

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Castro makes first comment on normalising ties with US

Havana, Jan 27 (IANS/TASS) Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has broken his silence for the first time on normalising ties with the US. In a letter to students published by main national daily La Granma, Castro, 88, says he doesn't trust US policies and he has not exchanged a single word with the Americans, although this does not mean at all a rejection of a peaceful resolution of mili...

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At times I am treated differently: Obama

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The rise of a cook's grandson to the presidency of the US and being queried about his religious beliefs. This and some other vignettes from his personal life and history were related by US President Barack Obama in his public address Tuesday as he narrated, with a little anguish, as to how he is sometimes treated differently because of the colour of his skin. Oba...

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I love being an actor: Varun Dhawan

Mumbai, Jan 27 (IANS) Three films old Varun Dhawan might have started off as an assistant director, but it's acting that holds a special place in his life. I was craving for a day off and I finally got it but as the day turns to night I can't wait to get back to work. I love being an actor, tweeted Varun, who will soon get busy with the promotion of his forthcoming film Badlapur. ...

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Indian Cellular Association, UP sign MoU on manufacturing hubs

Lucknow, Jan 27 (IANS) The Indian Cellular Association (ICA) and the Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday signed an agreement to facilitate investments of Rs.1,000 crore in the proposed Electronics Manufacturing Clusters here. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Pankaj Mohindroo, national president, ICA and Jiwesh Nandan, principal secretary, IT and electronics, on behalf of the Ut...

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Disturbed teenagers have sex earlier: Study

Melbourne, Jan 27 (IANS) Boys and girls who have a troubled childhood are more likely to begin having sex before the age of 16, says a research. The study also found that boys -- but not girls -- who are socially anxious or withdrawn also tended to have sex at a younger age. The long-term study of nearly 2,900 Australian children focused on the kids' self-reported sexual decision...

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Shun screens at bedtime for better sleep

New York, Jan 27 (IANS) Limit screen time and caffeine for your kids at bedtime if you want them to get quality sleep and perform better in life, says a study. Good quality and sufficient sleep are vital for children. Just like a healthy diet and exercise, sleep is critical for children to stay healthy, grow, learn, do well in school, and function at their best, said Orfeu Buxton, associ...

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Tarun Khanna lands cameo in '...Maharana Pratap'

Mumbai, Jan 27 (IANS) Actor Tarun Khanna is set to enter historical TV show Bharat Ka Veer Putra Maharana Pratap. Calling himself a 'big fan' of the Rajput ruler, the actor says he is excited to be a part of the show. I have been a fan of Maharana Pratap since childhood as I used to read books on him. I'm glad to be a part of this show now, he said. The Sony Entertainment Televi...

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Express delivery firms urge reduction in fuel surcharge

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Express Industry Council of India (EICI), which represents the express delivery service firms, Tuesday asked for withdrawal of fuel surcharge (FSC) levied by domestic airlines. The industry body made the demand citing sharp fall in global crude oil prices, that have reduced by nearly 35 percent over the last one year. The trade body pointed that currently...

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Russia asks Indian companies to tap its natural resources

Moscow, Jan 27 (IANS/TASS) Russia has expressed its desire to draw Indian investment into developing its huge natural resources sector, seeking to move trade patterns from a long-standing supplier-consumer relationship into new economic partnership. Wishing India's Ambassador to Russia P S Raghavan Monday on the occasion of India' 66th Republic Day, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor ...

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Shots hit UAE passenger plane in Baghdad

Baghdad, Jan 27 (IANS) A United Arab Emirates (UAE) passenger plane was hit by small arms fire while landing at Baghdad airport, an airport source told Xinhua news agency Tuesday. On Monday night, a plane of budget airliner Flydubai was hit by bullets from the al-Radhwaniya area, just south of the airport, which caused damage to the aircraft, the source said on condition of anonymity.

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Every woman should be able to walk the street, ride the bus: Obama

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Tuesday said he was happy to see all the incredible women in the Indian armed forces during the Republic Day parade, which he said was a sign of great progress of the country. In a town hall meeting-style speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium here, his last engagement before he flew off to Saudi Arabia, the US president spoke extensively on...

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Maruti Suzuki's third quarter net profit up 17.8 percent

Mumbai, Jan 27 (IANS) India's largest passenger car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki Tuesday reported an increase of 17.8 percent in its net profit for the quarter ended Dec 31, 2014 at Rs.802.2 crore from Rs.681.15 crore in the corresponding period of last year. Higher volumes, material cost reduction initiatives and favorable foreign exchange contributed to bottom-line during the quarter, th...

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Golfer Rashid aims for more Asian Tour titles

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 27 (IANS) After winning two Asian Tour titles in a superb 2014 season, Rashid Khan has emerged as one of the region's most exciting and he is getting ready to increase his winning tally at the Malaysian Open Feb 5-8. The 23-year-old secured his first triumph on home soil at the SAIL-SBI Open and then came of age by emerging victorious at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Th...

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Iran wants 'more active' EU role in n-talks

Tehran, Jan 27 (IANS) The European Union (EU) can play a more active role in the negotiations between Iran and the world powers over itss nuclear issue, Iran oreign minister. In a meeting with his Portugese counterpart Rui Machete in Tehran Monday, Mohammad-Javad Zarif hailed what he termed as positive the European countries' current approach to oppose the imposition of any new sanctions...

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Would cheat again but I am a changed man: Armstrong

London, Jan 27 (IANS) Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has said he should be forgiven after suffering a lot of public humiliation for doping and lying, but defended his conduct, insisting he would do it again. Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012. If I was racin...

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