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China's Ebola vaccine enters clinical trials

Beijing, Dec 18 (IANS) An Ebola vaccine developed by a military-tied research institute has been approved to enter the human test stage, the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) General Logistics Department announced Thursday. The restructured vaccine, developed by the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMC), is based on the 2014 mutant gene type and especially targets the strain...

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Sex behind the wheel dangerous for youngsters: Survey

New York, Dec 18 (IANS) Sex behind the wheel can distract young drivers, leading to over-speeding and even a crash in some cases, says a new study. According to researchers from the University of South Dakota, there was a fair amount of sex - including intercourse - while driving among youngsters in South Dakota. The findings - which involved 195 men and 511 women - showed that w...

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Two policemen held for taking bribe

Gurgaon, Dec 18 (IANS) An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a constable of Haryana Police were arrested here Thursday while taking a bribe of Rs.700 from a driver, police said. ASI Satish Kumar and constable Praveen Kumar were caught red handed on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, a police officer said. Both were attached to the police control room. ...

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VHP wants anti-conversion law, terms Agra event 'home-coming'

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) As the uproar over the alleged forcible conversion of around 300 Muslims in Agra continued to disrupt parliament, the VHP Thursday justified the act as ghar wapsi (home-coming) and pressed for an anti-conversion law. Citing Swami Vivekananda, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international joint general secretary Y. Raghavulu and national vice president Jagannath Sahi st...

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Toddler, three women killed in Bengal accident

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Three women and a three-year-old child were crushed to death and two other people were injured Thursday when a truck rammed into a motorcycle and a cycle rickshaw in West Bengal's Howrah district, police said. The accident took place on the Kona Expressway near state secretariat Nabanna. A truck lost control and rammed into a stationery rickshaw and a motor...

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Chaos in Kenyan parliament over anti-terror bill

Nairobi, Dec 18 (IANS) Kenya's opposition lawmakers disrupted parliamentary proceedings Thursday as a debate for a new anti-terror law kicked off in a special sitting in Nairobi. Chaos broke out inside the Kenyan parliament after an opposition legislator grabbed order papers and trashed these while singing Swahili songs meaning the struggle was still on, Xinhua reported. The chao...

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Another bomb hoax call in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, Dec 18 (IANS) A caller kept the Gurgaon police on its toes for the second day Thursday with a call about a bomb planted at a shopping complex here which later turned out to be a hoax. The Arcadia shopping complex in South City on Sohna road was evacuated after the police received the bomb hoax call. The police confirmed the call was a hoax after a five-hour search. Polic...

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625 mn euro German loan for GEC project

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) India has signed a 625 million euro loan agreement with Germany for financing the Green Energy Corridors (GEC) project under Indo-German bilateral development cooperation, the union finance ministry said Thursday. Department of Economic Affairs Joint Secretary Rajesh Khullar signed loan agreements with the German government's development bank KfW for a loan of 76...

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My girlfriend steals my boxers: Cristiano Ronaldo

London, Dec 18 (IANS) Spanish football club Real Madrid's star midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his girlfriend, top Russian model Irina Shayk, has a crazy obsession with his 'CR7' boxers and steals them at the slightest opportunity. The former Manchester United forward was answering a question 'What item in your wardrobe does your girlfriend steal'. The Portuguese star r...

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Himachal cooperative gets bank status

Shimla, Dec 18 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank has got the status of a commercial bank, a senior official said Thursday. Now we are as good as any other commercial bank, Harsh Mahajan, bank chairman, told reporters here. He said this bank is the third bank in the country that has been included in the second schedule of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). M...

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Five innovators in final list for IMC award

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) 'Jaipur Belt' which can reduce 80 percent load from the waist-spine of physical workers, and a cheap, painless and radiation-free test for detecting breast cancer, will compete for the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) award 2014, an official said here Thursday. The other finalists have innovated Sohum, a safe medical device for mass screening of newborns to detect hea...

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Timeline of Lalit Narayan Mishra murder case

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Timeline of the 1975 murder case of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra: June 2, 1975: Mishra goes to Samastipur to inaugurate the Samastipur-Muzaffarpur broad gauge railway line. A bomb explosion on the dais seriously injures him. June 3, 1975: Mishra dies at the railway hospital in Danapur. June 9, 1975: Case handed over to Central Bureau...

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'Kill securitymen before blowing yourself up'

Peshawar, Dec 18 (IANS) The suicide bombers who had unleashed a bloodbath in a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar Tuesday were told by their handlers to kill securitymen before blowing themselves up. This was revealed by transcripts of the conversation that the terrorists had with their handlers, which were accessed by the Pakistani authorities and which formed part of an intellige...

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Atlas Cycles to shut down Madhya Pradesh factory

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) After years of losses incurred from its Malanpur factory in Madhya Pradesh, Atlas Cycles has decided to shut down the unit and has already suspended manufacturing activity there, the company said Thursday. After consideration of the above matter and detailed deliberations, the board of directors of the company has resolved to close the Malanpur unit and has also sus...

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POSOCO to operate power grid system as public sector company

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) An independent public sector company responsible for power transmission system operations has been set up as the Power System Operation Corp (POSOCO), the government announced Thursday. With transmission coming under competition and multiple transmission licensees operating, need was felt to ensure the independence and neutrality of the system operation function,...

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Peshawar fallout: Death penalty implementation may begin within week

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Implementation of death penalty cases in Pakistan is expected to begin within a week with the country's interior ministry working on the process of wrapping up mercy appeals of convicts, media reported Thursday. The interior ministry Thursday sent 120 mercy appeals of death row inmates to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who will forward them to President Mamnoon Huss...

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Andhra assembly condemns Peshawar carnage

Hyderabad, Dec 18 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the massacre of school students in Pakistan's Peshawar town. On the first day of the winter session, the assembly passed the resolution and also observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the innocent students butchered by Taliban terrorists. Moving the ...

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India are in front: Ashwin

Brisbane, Dec 18 (IANS) After piling up 408 in their first innings, India reduced Australia to 211 runs for four at stumps on Day Two of the second cricket Test and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Thursday said the visitors had an upper hand going into the third day. Pacer Umesh Yadav distinguished himself, picking up three wickets for 48 while Ashwin claimed the other wicket to fall Thu...

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We misinformed PM over Sydney gunman's firearm licence: Police

Canberra, Dec 18 (IANS) The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have conceded that they misinformed Prime Minister Tony Abbott about whether Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis held a firearms licence. There has been confusion in the aftermath of Monis's attack, which ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning with three people dead, including the lone gunman, after a tense 16-hour standoff...

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Navi Mumbai to get a World Trade Centre

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Navi Mumbai, spread across Thane and Raigad districts on the mainland in Maharashtra, will get its own independent World Trade Centre, a top official announced here Thursday. The World Trade Centres Association places special emphasis on the development of the Asia-Pacific region. Presently, there are nearly 340 WTCs in over 100 countries with a global membership of...

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