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Swimmer Bhakti Sharma gets sponsor

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Open water swimmer Bhakti Sharma will be financially backed in her swimming efforts by Vedanta company Hindustan Zinc for a year, a release said Friday. Bhakti will be promoting open water swimming and will also train girls in swimming leagues during the year she will be sponsored. I am very thankful to Hindustan Zinc for promoting the open water swimming...

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Health ministry intensifying drugs treatment programme

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The health ministry is intensifying the drugs treatment programme on the evidence of United Nations's Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) Programme, an official said Friday. MMT is currently available at United Nation Office on Drugs and Control-supported five model centers across the country like civil hospital in Kapurthala and Bathinda in Punjab and Regional...

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Heart harvested in Bengaluru, transplanted in Chennai child

Bengaluru, Dec 19 (IANS) The heart of a brain dead one year and 10-month-old infant was harvested here and flown to Chennai Friday by a special aircraft to be transplanted in a two year and eight-months-old child, in record time, thanks to the 'green corridor' the city traffic police opened up for the emergency operation. We got a call from Manipal Hospital around noon asking us to creat...

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Probing manufacture of generic drugs without testing: Nadda

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The government is investigating reports of generic versions of some medicines being manufactured without proper testing, Health Minister J.P. Nadda Friday told parliament. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Nadda said that the government was aware of the reports regarding manufacturing of generic versions of some drugs without proper testing. The Indian...

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Security beefed up in Pakistan jails ahead of executions

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) All prisons across Pakistan went on high alert Friday, with officials preparing to start executing prisoners jailed for terrorist crimes from dawn Saturday. Six of the seven who will face the gallows in Faislabad and two jails in Lahore have been convicted for attempting to assassinate then president and army chief Pervez Musharraf, Geo TV reported citing jail so...

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HC orders free treatment for poor kid needing liver transplant

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday directed the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) to immediately commence free treatment of a 10-year-old patient who urgently needs a liver transplant. Justice Vibhu Bakhru also directed Employee's State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to consider the case of the kid for grant of initial expenditure for transplant by Jan 13, th...

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India, Egypt review bilateral ties, agree to boost trade

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India and Egypt held their 10th round of Foreign Office Consultations in Cairo last week during which both sides discussed and reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. During the Dec 7-8 talks, both sides discussed the situation in Libya, Iraq, Syria, the Arab-Israeli peace process...

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Clarification on fate of Jaitapur N-plant sought

Nagpur, Dec 19 (IANS) Maharashtra Legislative Council Deputy Chairman Vasant Davkhare Friday asked the state government to clarify the fate of the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (JNPP) coming up in the coastal Konkan region. Congress legislative council member Sanjay Dutt raised the issue through a matter of propriety in the upper house of the legislature and was supported by party colleag...

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Using free software in education can save Rs.8,000 crore

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 (IANS) Using free software under Information and Communication Technology in Education (ICT) in 3.2 lakh schools across the country can save over Rs.8,000 crore, said an expert in free software. Rahul De of IIM Bangalore said this, Friday, while speaking at the opening day of 5th International Free Software Conference - Swatantra 2014 being held here. A...

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Kerala to bat for online voting for its diaspora

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 (IANS) The Kerala cabinet will take a decision next week whether to adopt online voting for its diaspora, a minister said Friday. The decision to include the Indian diaspora in voter lists was taken by the UPA government and the Supreme Court is looking into the matter. The Kerala cabinet will decide next week on the issue. We might consider filing a petition r...

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Have named CPI-M leaders in Saradha scam: Madan Mitra

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the Saradha scam, Friday claimed he has named to the CBI, several CPI-M leaders including MP Mohammad Salim for their involvement in the multi-crore scandal. The Left leaders dismissed the allegations. I have named a series of CPI-M leaders - Rabin Deb, Mohammad Salim and Sujon Chakraborty, Mitra said here at ...

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One missing, nine hurt as Indonesia volcano erupts

Jakarta, Dec 19 (IANS) One person was missing and nine others were injured in an eruption of Mount Gamalama volcano in Indonesia, an official said here Friday. Four of the nine were seriously injured, Sutopo Purno Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster management agency, said. Those suffering from serious injuries were directly hit by the impact of eruption, he told Xinhu...

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Aamir's 'PK' rocks, a sure shot winner: Film fraternity

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) The magic of the 3 Idiots team -- actor Aamir Khan, director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra -- seems to be lighting up the otherwise lacklustre year at the Bollywood box office, if reviews by the film fraternity are anything to go by. While Karan Johar calls it a game changing cinema, Shekhar Kapur says it gives precedence to quality. Meanwhile, tra...

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Moscow invites Kim Jong-un to 70th Victory Day anniversary

Moscow, Dec 19 (IANS/TASS) Moscow has sent an invitation to the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, to the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. It is true that such an invitation has been sent, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed. Russia will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War May 9, 2015....

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'PK' unconventionally outstanding

Film: PK; Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Saurabh Shukla, Boman Irani, Parikshat Shahni; Director: Rajkumar Hirani; Rating: *** 1/2 Aamir Khan's films always have an element of intrigue and with a team comprising ace director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the expectations were high. And unquestionably, PK scores high on content as well as entert...

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Al Qaeda militants seize Syrian tanks, munitions

Damascus, Dec 19 (IANS) The Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and like-minded groups Friday captured tanks, munitions and troop carriers from two Syrian military bases they had stormed days earlier in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group reported. The Nusra and other extremist groups seized 35 tanks, 20 armoured vehicles loaded with munitions as well as 1,500 tank shells from the Wadi al-Dai...

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IOA to give cash awards to medallists

Chennai, Dec 19 (IANS) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), following its Annual General Meeting (AGM) here Friday, announced cash awards for the medallists in the recent Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asian Beach Games. Also, the National Sports Federations and State Olympic Associations will receive special funding from the IOA in view of the decreasing grants to these bodies fro...

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Tata Chemicals expects profits from Britain, Kenya plants now

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Following the restructuring of its plants in Britain and Kenya, Tata Chemicals (TCL) is hoping to generate profits from its plants in Kenya this year and later in 2015 in Britain, a senior company official said here Friday. The Britain plant will be profitable after September 2015 and the Kenya plant will generate profits from the December quarter, executive direct...

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Pakistan authorities agree on tough anti-terror policy

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Pakistan's top political and military leaders Friday agreed to pursue a tough policy against the militant groups following the recent massacre of children in a Taliban attack on a school. The attack on the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed more than 140 students and teachers Tuesday. The prime minister visited the military hea...

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Fog disrupts trains, flights in Delhi, no respite likely Saturday

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The national capital experienced a chilly, cloudy Friday while dense fog early morning affected flights and trains. The weather is likely to remain similar Saturday, the Met Office said. According to an official of the Northern Railway, a total of 30 trains coming to Delhi were running late while 32 trains leaving the national capital were rescheduled due to fog....

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