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Fog returns to UP, adds to winter chill, cripples transport

Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) After a gap of more than a week, fog resurfaced in the state capital and other parts of Uttar Pradesh Saturday, adding to the winter chill. The Regional Met office has predicted a long spell of fog but the snowfall in the neighbouring hill state of Uttarakhand has ceased. The weatherman said the winter chill would intensify in the coming days, with the day ...

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Can Modi really take on the Hindu hawks?

The sudden cancellation by the saffron hotheads of the religious reconversion programmes to welcome the minorities into the Hindu fold suggests that Narendra Modi has finally decided that enough is enough. However, he may have left it a little too late to ask the Hindutva Gestapo to pipe down. Perhaps he was only giving them a long rope. Perhaps it took time for him to convince the Rasht...

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India says sanctions against terrorists ineffective; Pakistan vows to go for their 'jugular'

United Nations, Dec 20 (IANS) The killing fields of Peshawar inspired anew an international resolve at the Security Council to combat terrorism by adopting Friday a resolution urging nations to choke the flow of resources to the extremist organisations and to increase cooperation to fight them, even as India criticised the ineffectiveness of sanctions against them. During the debate lead...

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Polling begins for final phase of Jharkhand election

Ranchi, Dec 20 (IANS) Polling began for the fifth and final phase of election in Jharkhand in 16 seats at 7 a.m., said an official. In this phase, the fates of 208 candidates including 16 females will be decided by 36,90,069 voters including 19,04,011 males and 17,84,846 females. Polling is taking place at 3773 polling booths. The voting started at 7 a.m. and will end at 3 pm....

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Lunch Scoreboard: India vs Australia, 2nd Test, day 4

Lunch Scoreboard: India vs Australia, day 4 Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) The following is the scoreboard at lunch on day four of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba here Saturday. India (first innings): 408 all out Australia: Chris Rogers c Dhoni b Yadav 55 David Warner c Ashwin b Yadav 29 Shane Watson c Dhawan b Ashwin 25 Steven...

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Voting starts in Kashmir assembly polls

Srinagar, Dec 20 (IANS) Balloting began Saturday in 20 assembly constituencies in the fifth and final phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The constituencies are spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. Over 18 lakh voters are eligible to decide the political fate of 213 candidates. Prominent candidates include Sham Lal Sharma (Akhnoor), Raman Bhalla ...

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Israeli jets target Hamas post in Gaza

Gaza, Dec 20 (IANS) Israeli war jets struck a Hamas military post Saturday in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, security officials said. The security officials and eyewitnesses said that the Israeli jets struck with four missiles at a training post that belongs to the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas in Gaza, Xinhua reported. No injuries were however, reported...

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I'm a fighter: Mel B

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Singer Mel B says she's a fighter and is proud of everything that she has achieved in life. The 39-year-old, whose marriage to husband Stephen Belafonte is on a roller coaster, admits she has had ups and downs in life, but she has come out of it as a stronger person, reports femalefirst.com. I am a fighter, I'm proud of what I've achieved, not just in m...

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Balloting begins in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 20 (IANS) Polling began Saturday in the fifth and final phase of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. Twenty constituencies spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts of Jammu region will elect their representatives to the 87-member legislative assembly in this phase. Votes will be counted Dec 23. ...

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Second Test: India slump to 157/7 versus Australia

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) A dismal batting performance by the Indians saw them collapsing to 157 for seven, leading by just 60 runs, at lunch on day four of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Saturday. It all went wrong for the Indians on the fourth morning. Overnight batsman Shikhar Dhawan (batting 41) was injured after he was hit on the wrist while batting in the...

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When fan served up a treat for Bill Murray

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) A fan of actor-comedian Bill Murray was so happy to meet him at a bistro here that he reportedly paid the former's breakfast bill. Murray was at Lexington Brass bistro Thursday with his filmmaker friend Sol Friedman when the stranger approached them, reports New York Post's Page Six. A source said that a diner interrupted their meal to tell Murray he was a...

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Voting begins in Jharkhand assembly polls

Ranchi, Dec 20 (IANS) Balloting began Saturday in 16 of the 81 assembly constituencies in the last round of the five-phase elections in Jharkhand, officials said. Over 36 lakh voters, including more than 17 lakh women, will decide the fate of 208 candidates -- 16 of them women -- in the fray. Balloting will take place at 3,773 polling booths out of which 833 booths have been decl...

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Second Test: India slump to 157/7 at lunch on day 4 versus Australia

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) India slumped to 157 for seven, only 60 runs ahead of Australia at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test at the Gabba here Saturday. India lost six wickets in the session for 86 runs and all but handed the Test match with lacklustre batting. Shikhar Dhawan was unbeaten on 41, while Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets.

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Stop terrorists benefiting from transnational organised crime: UNSC

United Nations, Dec 20 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has called for global and regional cooperation and strategies to stop terrorists from reaping the benefits of transnational organised crime. In a resolution, the UNSC expressed its concern that terrorists benefit from transnational organised crime, including trafficking of arms, persons, drugs and artifacts, and illicit trade i...

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Polling begins in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Dec 20 (IANS) Voting began Saturday in the fifth and final phase of the assembly elections in Jharkhand, officials said. Sixteen of the 81 assembly constituencies will vote in this phase. Votes will be counted Dec 23. ...

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Arming Ukraine will endanger peace process: Russia

Moscow, Dec 20 (IANS) Russia has warned that possible arms supplies to Ukraine would disturb the peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. The international community should not further disturb the situation in Ukraine, but foster a peaceful settlement, a constitutional reform and a dialogue between Kiev and the insurgents in eastern Ukraine, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexe...

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Sting, Trudite share love life secret

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, whose private lives have been much talked about over the years, have revealed that even 30 years into their romance, their love life is intact She said that they make love often and they make it interesting with bedroom antics. In an interview host Andy Cohen on his show Watch What Happens Live, the duo discussed se...

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Russia's military doctrine to stay defensive: Putin

Moscow, Dec 20 (IANS) Russia will follow a defensive military doctrine, in spite of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) building up its military presence in eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. Our military doctrine, with an absolutely defensive nature, remains unchanged, while Russia will consistently and determinedly protect its security, Putin said, at ...

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Canada imposes new sanctions against Russia

Ottawa, Dec 20 (IANS) Canada will impose restrictions on the export of technology, in relation to Arctic, deep water and shale oil exploration and extraction, to Russia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said. The new export restrictions will be applied under Canada's Special Economic Measures Act, Xinhua reported Friday. The sanctions ban the export, sale, supply or shipment of ...

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US bans new investments in Crimea

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) The US imposed a ban on new investments in Crimea Friday, and barred trade in goods, technology or services with the Ukrainian region annexed by Russia. US President Barack Obama noted in his executive order that the move was taken to address the Russian occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine and that he authorised sanctions on individuals and entities opera...

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