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Myanmar peace talks to resume

Yangon, Dec 19 (IANS) Peace talks between the Myanmar government and ethnic leaders will resume this week despite escalating clashes in the country's Shan state, officials said Friday. The Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), negotiating on behalf of 16 armed ethnic groups, will meet at the Myanmar Peace Centre here Dec 22-23, th...

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200 Pakistani pilgrims denied entry into India

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Around 200 Pakistani pilgrims headed for a Sufi shrine in Indian Punjab have been refused entry into India, a media report said Friday. The Pakistanis wanted to attend the annual Urs of Hazrat Mujaddid Alif Sani at Sirhind in Punjab, the Dawn reported. When the pilgrims reached the Lahore railway station to board the Samjhauta Express, they were told Indi...

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Marriage on Salman Khan's mind for 2015?

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Superstar Salman Khan, who is often called Bollywood's most eligible bachelor, says in the New Year, he'd rather see himself getting married than doing a movie starring the three Khans together. Salman was present at the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2014 in Mumbai Thursday. Here, he was asked about what would he like to see happening in 2015 -- whether Salm...

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Conversion row continues in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The opposition Friday continued its demand for a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of conversions, disrupting zero hour in the Rajya Sabha. Raising the issue, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had been busy with Jammu and Kashmir elections and was not present in the house earlier, said the issue is serious and no one but the prime mi...

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India 71/1 after Australia post 505 at stumps on day three

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) India reached 71 for one, still trailing by 26 runs in their second innings after the third day's play of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Friday. Australia, earlier, scored 505 in their first innings in reply to India's 408. Shikhar Dhawan (batting 26) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15) shared an 30-run unbeaten partnership till stumps after opener Mur...

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Indonesian president lays out reform agenda

Jakarta, Dec 19 (IANS) Indonesian President Joko Widodo has unveiled an economic agenda, which includes plans to boost domestic production, spur growth and improve the fiscal balance. The new government would implement a different approach in developing the economy, Jokowi said Thursday, adding that he sought to reform what he called the wrong public policy approach undertaken by his pre...

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Crows' brain can solve human tasks

New York, Dec 19 (IANS) The so called 'high order' abstract reasoning process thought to be limited till now only to humans and certain apes has now been discovered in crows. Crows have the brain power to solve higher-order, relational-matching tasks and they can do so spontaneously, the findings showed. The findings suggest that birds are much smarter than previously thought.

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Now designer swimsuits for moms, courtesy Nidhi Munim

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Designer Nidhi Munim has come to the rescue of women who shy away from wearing a swimsuit post motherhood. She believes that women must not miss out on the fun just because they are a mother of a child. Munim has designed a range of swimsuits for mothers of all shapes and sizes. Her collection includes exotic one-piece swimsuits, monokonis, tankinis and t...

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NGO intervenes after Himachal school bars HIV+ woman from cooking

Shimla, Dec 19 (IANS) An HIV positive woman employed as a cook in a government school in Himachal's Kangra district was barred from cooking until an NGO persuaded the authorities to take her back. For three days I was not allowed to cook food for the students. It was really a humiliation for me. I am still ostracised by my colleagues, the victim told IANS over phone. It was only ...

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Properties of seven murder accused attached in Bihar

Patna, Dec 19 (IANS) The properties of the seven accused who killed four Dalits for refusing to share fish caught by them in Bihar's Patna district, were attached Friday, police said. The shooting took place Sunday when four Dalits were busy catching fish in a water body near Aiyara village in Patna, a police officer said. We have attached the properties of all the accused, said ...

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Instant-start computers in offing

New York, Dec 19 (IANS) What if you can start your computer instantly with the click of a mouse? Researchers at Cornell University are making this happen with a new device. To encode data, today's computer memory technology uses electric currents - a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability and the source of significant power consumption. If data could instead be e...

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Smartphone use on rise in hospitals

New York, Dec 19 (IANS) More than half of US hospitals use smartphones or tablets and around 69 percent clinicians use both a desktop or a laptop and a smartphone or tablet to access data, a study says. The results come from the 2014 Mobile Devices Study by health care research firm HIMSS Analytics. On an average, 169 smartphones and 37 tablets are in use per hospital. It...

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Ibuprofen an anti-ageing medicine?

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) A common drug, Ibuprofen, which tackles pain and fever may also hold the key to a longer, healthier life, a study says. Regular doses of Ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species including worms and flies, reported Michael Polymenis, a biochemist with Texas A&M AgriLife Research - the state's premier research agency in agriculture, natural resource...

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Cold wave grips Agra

Agra, Dec 19 (IANS) It was a cold morning here Friday. A thick blanket of fog enveloped the Taj city Friday, giving the early morning commuters a tough time. With the minimum temperature on Thursday at 4.7 degrees Celsius and the maximum around 20 degrees Celsius, parents have demanded that the schools be closed. Meanwhile, hotels here are gearing up for the Christmas and the New...

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Boxer Amir Khan to donate shorts to Peshawar school attacked by Taliban

London, Dec 19 (IANS) English professional boxer Amir Khan has said he will donate a pair of shorts worth 30,000 pounds to help rebuild the Peshawar army school where 148 children and staff were killed by the Taliban this week. The British boxer, who is of Pakistani origin, wore the shorts, which has a waistband made from 24-carat gold threading, in his points win against Devon Alexander...

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Keeper Haddin's position in Australian team safe: Ian Healy

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy feels Brad Haddin's experience is invaluable and his position in the side is safe. The 50-year-old Healy lauded Haddin's leadership on Friday and said his position in Australia's Test side is his for as long as he wants it. The 37-year-old Haddin has previously hinted that the 2015 Ashes could signal the end of his ...

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Go for independent justice panels, Nepal told

New York, Dec 19 (IANS) Nepal should ensure more victim participation and improve transparency while selecting candidates for two independent panels on the country's decade-long conflict, eight local and international human rights groups and conflict-era victims groups said Friday. In an open letter to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the groups said the government should bring the scope o...

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Modi wishes Goa on Liberation Day

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday wished Goa on its Liberation Day and also remembered those who sacrificed their lives to free the state from Portuguese rule. On Goa Liberation Day I convey my best wishes to people of Goa. We remember all those who dedicated their lives to the movement to free Goa, he said in a statement. Goa was liberated from over 45...

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Common glaucoma drug reduces risk of vision loss

London, Dec 19 (IANS) A pressure-lowering eye drop has been found to greatly reduce the risk of vision loss in people with open angle glaucoma (OAG), one of the leading causes of blindness. The trial to assess the vision-preserving effect of prostaglandin analogue eye drop, which is already in common use for treatment of glaucoma, confirmed its efficacy. Our findings offer solid ...

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Sunburn used minor children for traffic duties in 2012?

Panaji, Dec 19 (IANS) As Goa's political parties drum up the seasonal tempo over the ills of projecting Goa as a destination for electronic dance music (EDM) festivals, official documents have red-flagged several issues of concern vis-a-vis Sunburn, arguably Asia's biggest EDM festival. A report submitted by Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Vijay Singh to the North Goa district collect...

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