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Friction, division in New York after murder of two policemen

New York, Dec 22 (IANS/EFE) A day after two policemen were killed, New York is witnessing new friction between the police force and Mayor Bill de Blasio owing to the latter's support for protests against police violence in recent weeks. The tragedy occurred Saturday when two officers were shot dead execution style by a man who apparently wanted to avenge the recent deaths of several Afri...

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Faridabad teenager dies weeks after self-immolation bid

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Weeks after being admitted to Delhi's Safdarjung hospital for treatment of burns sustained during a self-immolation bid, a 14-year-old boy from Faridabad succumbed to his injuries Monday, hospital authorities said. The boy had suffered 40 percent burns. Despite treatment, his kidney and lungs stopped functioning. He died 5.25 a.m. today (Monday), Rajpal, the hosp...

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Sensex closes 330 points; bank stocks roll

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets made healthy gains in Monday's trade - up 329.95 points. All sector-based indices of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) closed in the green. Healthy buying was observed in bank, automobile, metal, healthcare and consumer durables stocks. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 27,47...

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Cold wave continues in Himachal

Shimla, Dec 22 (IANS) The cold wave continued to grip Himachal Pradesh Monday with the higher reaches experiencing more snow. The Meteorological office here forecast more snow and rain till Tuesday. The minimum temperature in Shimla was 6.2 degrees Celsius 0 degrees at Manali. Kalpa, some 250 km from here, saw a minimum temperature of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius. It was 5....

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Heavy rains displace 290,000 in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Dec 22 (IANS) Nearly 290,000 people have been displaced in Sri Lanka as torrential rains forced dams to overflow and hampered transport, the government said Monday. The Disaster Management Centre's (DMC) calculations, 288,085 people from 78,527 families had been affected while 22,369 people from 6,537 families had been housed in shelters, Xinhua reported. The government ...

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Gurgaon poultry farm owner looted

Gurgaon, Dec 22 (IANS) Four unidentified people Monday attacked a poultry farm owner near here and looted Rs.27.5 lakh from him, police said. Four men, riding a car, forced Sumer Singh, 53, to stop his car on a road at Kankrola village near Manesar in Gurgaon district. Sumer Singh was going to Gurgaon city to make payments regarding his business. He was forced to stop on a road n...

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Bodies of two youngsters found in Unnao

Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) Bodies of two young men were found near a roadside eatery in Unnao, 40 km from the state capital Monday, police said. The bodies lay in a pool of blood near Kailash Dhaba in Bangarmau area. A police official told IANS that so far the bodies have not been identified. Police also said that both bodies had deep gashes all over them, suggesting that th...

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CPI-M member falls sick in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) CPI-M member A. Sampath Monday fell sick in the Lok Sabha during a protest over the conversion issue. The 52-year-old MP from Attingal in Kerala was taken out from the house after he felt unwell while shouting slogans against the government. When the house reconvened after a 10-minute adjournment, an opposition member demanded further adjournment as Sampa...

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Delhiites to be educated through art project

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Beginning January, Delhiites will get a chance to partake in an art project that will both inform and entertain them while on the move. Divided into two sections, the project - Metro Art - will take people on a journey to the colonial era while also informing them about issues like women's safety and governance. The project is a three-month-long collabora...

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Pakistan court suspends execution of two convicts

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) The Sindh High Court (SHC) Monday suspended the black warrants of two convicts observing that proper legal procedures were not followed. The suspension of the warrants came after the SHC heard appeals filed by the families of Muhammad Azam and Ataullah alias Abdullah, who were member of banned organisations, The News International reported. The appeals we...

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CRPF to battle Maoists with new strategies

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The CRPF, the country's largest paramilitary force, will unleash new strategies to combat Maoist guerrillas, new CRPF chief Prakash Mishra said Monday. IPS officer Mishra, who took charge as director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Monday, said: We will adopt new counter strategies to combat Maoism. CRPF personnel will be trained accordingly.

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Janata Parivar fumes against Modi government

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Leaders of the Janata Parivar Monday gathered in the heart of the capital to denounce the Narendra Modi government and accuse it of fomenting communal tensions. Addressing hundreds in the Jantar Mantar area, senior leaders of the Samajwadi Party, the RJD, the INLD, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) lashed out against the BJP-led gover...

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Alstom sells euro 12.35 bn energy business to GE

New Delhi/Paris, Dec 22 (IANS) French firm Alstom Monday said a majority of its stakeholders have approved the sale of its energy business to US-based General Electric (GE). In a regulatory filing to the National Stock Exchange, Alstom said 99.2 percent of the stakeholders approved the sell-out which will be closed in the second quarter of 2015. Under the deal, GE will buy assets which a...

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Sydney siege gunman's partner's bail revoked

Sydney, Dec 22 (IANS) An Australian court Monday revoked the bail given to the partner of the Sydney siege gunman who last week stormed a Sydney cafe and sparked a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people, including him, dead. Amirah Droudis, the partner of the Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, had her bail revoked after being deemed an unacceptable risk by a magistrate, ABC News...

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Golfer Thongchai joins stellar cast at Malaysian Open 2015

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 22 (IANS) Malaysian Open 2015 Monday announced the participation of three-time Asian Tour No.1 Thongchai Jaidee at the 54th edition of the $3 million showpiece which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Feb 5-8. The two-time Malaysian Open champion and captain of Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup, Thongchai is no stranger here and in Malaysia wh...

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China opposes cyber attacks

Beijing, Dec 22 (IANS) China is opposed to countries or individuals that launch cyber attacks on a third country from foreign soil, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday. Hua told a regular press briefing that China opposed all forms of cyber attacks and terrorist activities, Xinhua reported. She made the remarks in response to the alleged hacking of Sony Pictures...

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Walkout in Lok Sabha over black money

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The issue of black money stashed in foreign banks was raised again in the Lok Sabha Monday by opposition members, who also staged a walkout over the issue. The opposition parties staged a walkout after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling the promises made to people who voted him ...

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US consumers shun fat-inducing cakes, cookies

New York, Dec 22 (IANS) Purchase of ready-to-eat grain-based desserts (RTE GBDs) such as cakes, cookies, pies, doughnuts and pastries declined in the US by 24 percent between 2005 and 2012, a research has found. However, there has been little change in the nutritional content of RTE GBDs manufactured or purchased, the findings showed. The results from this analysis show that the ...

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Suresh Prabhu panel on energy suggests opening up coal sector

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The advisory group on integrated development of power, coal, and renewable energy has suggested opening up the coal sector towards supplementing production by state miner Coal India Ltd (CIL). CIL currently has near-monopoly accounting for 82 percent of domestic coal production. The advisory group headed by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has suggested ...

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Axar Patel replaces injured Jadeja in Test squad

Melbourne, Dec 22 (IANS) Young all-rounder Axar Patel Monday replaced injured Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian team for the remainder of the Test series against Australia. Axar Patel will join the Indian team in Australia for the remainder of the Test series as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, who has a shoulder injury and will be returning to India to undergo a rehabilitation programme, ...

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