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Himachal sets up panel for pensioners' demands

Shimla, Dec 21 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Sunday announced a joint consultative committee of the pensioners would be set up within 10 days to look into their financial demands. He said the state followed the Punjab pattern for extending financial benefits to its employees but it was not binding on Himachal to follow that. The state follows its own poli...

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WhatsApp enhances efficiency: Gurgaon police chief

Gurgaon, Dec 21 (IANS) Instant messaging application WhatsApp is an amazing tool to enhance police efficiency, Gurgaon police chief Navdeep Singh Virk has said. Commissioner of Police Virk has been communicating with his officers using email and applications like WhatsApp in the last one month, a statement said Sunday. WhatsApp is an amazing tool to enhance police efficiency by s...

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Himachal likely to have more rain, snow

Shimla, Dec 21 (IANS) Tourist resorts in Himachal Pradesh may experience more snow and rain but the state capital saw a sunny day Sunday with the minimum temperature at 5.3 degrees Celsius. The temperatures remained below the freezing point at most places, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS, adding that the western disturbances would remain active in the region till ...

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Afridi to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup

Lahore, Dec 21 (IANS) Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi Sunday announced he will retire from One-Day International (ODI) cricket after the 2015 World Cup to be held Feb 14-March 29 in Australia and New Zealand. My journey has seen many ups and downs but I am feeling satisfied that I am leaving on my own terms, Afridi wrote on Twitter. The 34-year-old Afridi, who quit T...

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An early Christmas for city's homeless kids

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Christmas came early for a group of 30 underprivileged children living in a shelter home here as they were gifted warm clothes by the police and shopkeepers to brave the winter chill. The shelter home, run by NGO Chetna, was visited by a team of police officers from Lajpat Nagar police station along with ten shopkeepers Sunday. The children were given ja...

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'Watson must contribute with the bat to justify all-rounder tag'

Melbourne, Dec 21 (IANS) Australia coach Darren Lehmann Sunday said Shane Watson must contribute to the team's cause with the bat to justify his all-rounder status. The versatile right-hander played a vital role with his lively seamers in Brisbane and worked well in tandem with fellow pacers to trouble the Indian batsmen. Bowling as the fourth-choice quick, he picked up a wicket in the T...

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Kirloskar launches 5 small gensets as rebranded KOEL Green

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) In keeping with the government's renewed focus on clean energy through its Friday tabling of amendments to the Electricity Act, gensets market leader Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. (KOEL) has launched five new fuel-efficient products catering to small and medium businesses. Rebranded now as KOEL Green, the company has brought out gensets ranging from 2 kw to 5 kw i...

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Two police officers shot dead in US

Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) Two New York police officers were shot dead in their patrol car Saturday afternoon by a gunman who claimed that he was angered by two recent racially-charged controversies. Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot dead in their car while working overtime in the East Flatbush neighbourhood of Brooklyn, Xinhua quoted New York Police Commissioner William Bratton as s...

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Two Bodo insurgents killed, 10 crude bombs found

Guwahati, Dec 21 (IANS) Two Bodo insurgents were killed and a huge cache of arms was recovered from them Sunday, while information revealed by a man arrested over his links to jihadi ooperatives led to the discovery of 10 crude bombs in Assam, police said. The two cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction opposed to peace talks were killed in Chirang district - a...

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Arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia's former secretary

Dhaka, Dec 21 (IANS) A Bangladesh court Sunday issued arrest warrants against 11 people, including Khaleda Zia's former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, in the murder case of former finance minister Shah A.M.S. Kibria, a media report said. The arrest warrants were issued by Habiganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Rashid Ahmed Miron, bdnews24.com reported. Investigation officer M...

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Three suffocate to death in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Three people died due to suffocation inside a businessman's house here while another is battling for life in a city hospital, police said Sunday. Rajesh, 24, Santosh, 33, Munna, 26, and Uday, 45, were found unconscious at the servants' quarter of the businessman's home in Hauj Khas area of south Delhi at around 11.30 a.m. They were rushed to Max Hospital ...

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Pune FC rope in Delhi Dynamos defender Lugun

Pune, Dec 21 (IANS) I-League football side Pune FC have agreed to sign defender Munmun Timothy Lugun on an 18-month contract up to 2015-16, the club said in a statement Sunday. The 21-year-old defender joins Pune after playing for Delhi Dynamos in the recently-held Indian Super League (ISL). We have been tracking Munmun's progress for the last couple of years and I am glad we hav...

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TV stars recall their memorable X-mas

Mumbai, Dec 21 (IANS) What is the most memorable X-mas you had? TV celebrities say the best memories of their Christmas are from their school days, and if they get Rs.1 lakh from Santa Claus today, they would like to give it to charity or buy gifts for their loved ones. Here's what TV stars have to say about their memorable Christmas and what they will do if Santa claus gives them Rs.1 l...

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Elton John, David Furnish tie the knot

London, Dec 21 (IANS) Singer Elton John has officially married his long-time partner David Furnish. The singer also created an account on Instagram to document his big day. Dressed in a navy suit with matching shirt, the Tiny dancer hitmaker sat alongside Furnish as they signed papers Sunday, reports mirror.co.uk. John captioned the snap: That's the legal bit done. Now on...

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Motorsports: Maruthi-Anand pair emerges champion

Chennai, Dec 21 (IANS) Erode pair of Karthick Maruthi and navigator Sankar Anand emerged overall champions in the MRF Chennai Rally, the ninth and concluding round of the FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship, here Sunday. Maruthi and Anand tied with Ajgar Ali (Kolkata) and Mohammad Musthafa (Erode), both pairs finishing with a penalty time of 46 seconds, resulting in employing a ...

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Lack of snow forces FIS to cancel women's World Cup

Vienna, Dec 21 (IANS) The International Ski Federation (FIS) Sunday cancelled the women's World Cup races in Semmering, Austria next week because of lack of snow. A giant slalom was scheduled for Sunday, followed by a night slalom the next day on the Zauberberg course, reports Xinhua. Mild temperatures had already forced FIS to cancel World Cup men's and women's parallel slaloms ...

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Internet voting does not guarantee security: Ex-CEC

Kolkata, Dec 21 (IANS) Coming out firmly against introduction of e-voting in future, former chief election commissioner (CEC) S.Y. Quraishi Sunday said internet voting does not guarantee the security and integrity of voters. We are not looking at internet/distance voting for foreseeable future for two reasons. Technologically, it is child's play for us to vote through internet or mobile ...

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Pakistan refuses to learn despite Peshawar: academic

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS) Despite the Peshawar massacre, the Pakistani government and military refuse to recognize the root causes of terrorism, an academic said in comments published Sunday. Hassan Javid also warned in The Nation that attempts to deploy terrorist proxies in Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan would only backfire. It is increasingly clear that ... the government an...

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No BJP-RSS conflict on conversions, says Venkaiah Naidu

Hyderabad, Dec 21 (IANS) Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Sunday there is no conflict between the BJP and the RSS over the issue of religious conversions. He told reporters here that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bahgwat said the people who were converted have got a right to be re-converted. Naidu said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the governme...

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Four terror convicts executed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS) Four prisoners, convicted for attacking former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, were executed Sunday at a district jail in Faisalabad. Zubair Ahmed, Rasheed Qureshi, Ghulam Sarwar Bhatti and Russian citizen Akhlaque Ahmed were shifted from the central jail in Faisalabad to another district jail late Saturday to be hanged, Dawn online reported. Family ...

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