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Item songs in films a trend now, says Arbaaz

Mumbai, Dec 21 (IANS) Arbaaz Khan's film productions like Dabangg and Dabangg 2 had hit item numbers, and the actor-filmmaker says including such tracks in movies is now trending. Arbaaz told reporters in a group interview: It's become a trend now, but I put item songs in my films depending on the subject of the film. Maybe, I will not put an item number in my next film. You never know. ...

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Karachi hit by massive power breakdown

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS) Pakistan's port city of Karachi was hit by a major electricity breakdown Sunday. Electricity transmission from the national grid to Karachi was abruptly suspended, causing a power shutdown in the city's Nazimabad, Defence, Sharea Faisal, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Nursery, Shah Faisal, New Karachi, Clifton, Landhi, Korangi and other areas, Dawn reported. The break...

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More power to Indian diaspora in US

Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) Notching successes in fields as diverse as poetry and politics, some three million- strong Indian American community packed more power and influence far beyond their numbers in the year gone by. A record 30 Indian Americans jumped into November's electoral battle with Republican Nikki Haley and Democrat Kamala Harris handily winning back their jobs as South Caro...

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Peshawar attack victim's family leads protest

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS) An army man's family of a student killed in Peshawar school attack led an anti-terrorism rally in Pakistan's Punjab province, media reported Sunday. Zeb Khan, a subedar in the army, had three sons enrolled in the Army Public School, Dawn online reported. One of them lost his life in the attack Dec 16 while another was injured. The third one is safe. <...

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Dutch striker Huntelaar extends Schalke deal

Berlin, Dec 21 (IANS) Dutch international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has extended his contract with German football club Schalke 04 until June 2017. The 31-year-old -- nicknamed 'The Hunter' -- joined Schalke from AC Milan in 2010 for a club record 14 million euros and has scored 66 goals in 116 league games for the Royal Blues with an option of an extra year in his new contract, report...

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Pakistan plans counselling for traumatised children

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS) Pakistan's National Health Services (NHS) has prepared counselling session programme on post-traumatic stress management for the children who survived the gruesome Peshawar school attack, media reported Sunday. According to an official statement, sessions will be held with students, their families and teachers that would help them recover from the shock, Dawn onl...

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Mild earthquake hits northeast, Myanmar

Shillong, Dec 21 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale Sunday jolted northeastern states and parts of Myanmar Sunday, authorities said. The earthquake occurred at 11.08 a.m. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property. According to the regional seismological centre in Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, the epicentre lay on the Indi...

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Genre-specific channels: Trend intensifies on Indian TV

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) How many times did you switch on your TV set in the mood to watch a romantic or a comedy show, but ended up only switching channels in search of something apt? It is to eliminate this gap and to provide a one-stop destination to viewers that a slew of genre-specific channels surfaced on Indian TV in 2014, experts said. The year saw the TV space go through a numbe...

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Palmeiras close to signing ex-Bayern Munich midfielder

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 21 (IANS) Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder Ze Roberto has revealed he is in talks to join Brazil's Palmeiras. The 40-year-old will meet with Palmerias officials in the coming days after returning from a short holiday with his family in Germany Saturday, reports Xinhua. We are in advanced talks, Ze Roberto told Sportv. I can't say that it is conf...

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Indian IT industry dons innovation in year of double-digit growth

Bengaluru, Dec 21 (IANS) Recovering from a slowdown and sustaining a double-digit growth, the $120-billion Indian IT industry had a remarkable 2014, consolidating operations and using disruptive technologies, which ensures innovation to shed the old and adapt to new products and services. Though the first half of the year was challenging for various reasons beyond the industry's control,...

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Over 300 terror suspects held in Islamabad

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS) Over 300 terror suspects, including some foreigners, have been nabbed by security agencies in Pakistan's capital city during joint operations, a media report said Sunday. Six teams of sniffer dogs, armed personnel carriers, bomb disposal squads and commandos participated in the operations, carried out across Islamabad in the light of intelligence inputs about mil...

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Auckland City win Club World Cup bronze

Marrakesh (Morocco), Dec 21 (IANS) Auckland City defeated Cruz Azul 4-2 on penalties to win the match for third place at the FIFA Club World Cup. Sanni Issa scored the shoot-out winner for the New Zealanders to become the first Oceania side to win a medal at the Club World Cup Saturday, reports Xinhua. The match finished 1-1 after full-time and extra-time. Ryan de Vries p...

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A year of technological advancement for India in space

Chennai, Dec 21 (IANS) The year 2014 could be easily said as the rocking rocketing year for India - only not for the number of rockets/satellites launched - but also on the technological front. The Indian space agency showed the maturing of its expertise in different spheres of space technology - inter-planetary journeys, flight testing of the critical cryogenic engine, testing its heavi...

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Brazilians celebrate surfer Medina's win

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 21 (IANS) Gabriel Medina earned the type of hero status usually reserved for Brazilian footballers after becoming the country's first surfing world champion. The 20-year-old clinched the title ahead of Australia's Mick Fanning by taking second place at the season-ending Pipe Masters in Hawaii Saturday, reports Xinhua. Gabriel Medina makes history and is champi...

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Kvitova, Berdych named best Czech tennis players for 2014

Prague, Dec 21 (IANS) Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych were named the best Czech female and male tennis player of the year 2014. The 24-year-old Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, won the award for the second time mainly due to her pivotal role in the Czech team's victory in the Fed Cup, reports Xinhua. The Czech Fed Cup team was elected the team of the year. Berdych, 2...

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Getafe coach Contra yet to sign contract with Chinese outfit

Madrid, Dec 21 (IANS) Getafe coach Cosmin Contra commented that although it has been taken for granted that he will leave the Madrid based outfit to join Guangzhou R&F in the New Year, he is yet to sign a contract with the Chinese football club. Although the Chinese have advanced the news, nothing has been signed for the moment and there is nothing official, said the Romanian Saturda...

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Australian woman charged for murdering eight kids

Canberra, Dec 21 (IANS) A woman in Australia's Cairns city was charged Sunday with murdering eight children, seven of them her own, who were found killed in their house. The 37-year-old Mersane Warria was initially shifted to hospital after being found injured at the house with chest and neck wounds, Cairns Post reported. She was arrested Saturday. Police visited the Cairns Hospi...

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Deonarine replaces Fudadin in Windies Test squad

St. John's (Antigua), Dec 21 (IANS/CMC) In-form Guyana left-hander Narsingh Deonarine has been named as a repalcement for Assad Fudadin for the West Indies tour of South Africa. Fudadin, also a left-hander, fractured a finger during warm-ups on the opening day of the first Test at Centurion Wednesday and was ruled out of the series, reports CMC. He was forced to undergo surgery t...

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New skipper Holder trusts senior players will support

Centurion (South Africa), Dec 21 (IANS/CMC) Newly appointed One-Day International (ODI) captain Jason Holder is convinced he will have the full support of the West Indies squad, despite his relative inexperience at the highest level. The 23-year-old was announced Saturday to lead the ODI side after Dwayne Bravo was sacked following 19 months in charge, reports CMC. Holder, howeve...

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Sammy, Pollard, Bravo axed in favour of untested trio

St. John's (Antigua), Dec 21 (IANS/CMC) Uncapped all-rounder Jonathan Carter has received his maiden call-up while highly regarded all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and seasoned campaigner Narsingh Deonarine have been recalled to the West Indies One-Day International (ODI) squad to face South Africa. All three players were named Saturday in the 15-man squad to contest the five-match series ...

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