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Mandolin player U. Srinivas is dead

Chennai, Sep 19 (IANS) Well-known mandolin player Uppalapu Srinivas died Friday here at a private hospital. He was 45. According to a source at Apollo hospital, where he was admitted following brief illness, Srinivas passed away due to liver-related problems this morning at 9.30. Born Feb 28, 1969 in Palakolu, Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas was a child prodigy. He picked up his father'...

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Scottish minister admits defeat

London, Sep 19 (IANS) Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond Friday admitted defeat in the independence referendum. The official result will be announced later in the day. With results of 30 out of the country's 32 council areas being declared, the No -- those against independence -- have an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688, the BBC reported. ...

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Drugs stopped me from fulfilling potential: Maradona

Buenos Aires, Sep 19 (IANS) Argentine football great Diego Maradona has admitted his drug addiction stopped him from fulfilling his potential as a player. In an interview with Argentine television channel Tyc Sports Thursday, the 53-year-old said he has not had a normal life and because of that he feels 25 years older, reports Xinhua. I am 53 going on 78 because my life hasn't b...

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Philippine withdraws peacekeepers from Golan Heights

Manila, Sep 19 (IANS) The Philippine government has withdrawn Filipino peacekeepers from the Golan Heights due to the deteriorating security situation in the area, a military official said Friday. Spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Ramon Zagala, said the first batch of the seventh AFP contingent composed of over 300 Filipino soldiers will arrive Friday evening, Xinhu...

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Dozens apply for vacant Ghana coaching job

Accra, Sep 19 (IANS) The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has so far received dozens of applications from seasoned coaches to be considered for the vacant national football team's coaching post. Spokesperson Ibrahim Saani Daara said here Thursday the list was expected to swell in the coming weeks, reports Xinhua. The GFA is searching for a coach to replace Kwasi Appiah who parted...

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Real Madrid extend contract with Varene

Madrid, Sep 19 (IANS) Spanish football club Real Madrid announced they had extended the contract of central defender Rafael Varene until the summer of 2020. The 21-year-old French international arrived at Real Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011 for 10 million euros (around $12 million) and broke into the first team at the end of the 2011-12 campaign, helping Real Madrid to win the Sp...

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Caribbean among most vulnerable regions to climate change

San Juan, Sep 19 (IANS/EFE) Developing societies in the Caribbean are the most vulnerable economies in the Americas to climate change because the majority of the population lives in coastal areas, environmental experts have said. Rising sea levels, coastal erosion and the spread of tropical diseases were among the signs of climate change, the experts said Thursday during a telephone new...

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WICB, WIPA ink new agreement

Bridgetown (Barbados), Sep 19 (IANS/CMC) A new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and MoU, hailed as a critical turning point in the West Indies cricket, were inked between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA). President Dave Cameron signed on behalf of the WICB while WIPA president Wavell Hinds penned the deal for the players association...

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IS captures 21 Kurdish towns in Syria

Damascus, Sep 19 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has seized control of 21 towns in a Kurdish-dominated region in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Thursday said that the IS has succeeded to capture the towns in the outskirts of Ayn al-Arab city of Aleppo province, Xinhua reported. The IS militants used tanks and artillery fire in their wide-scale offens...

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Lloyd pleased with new Windies players

Bridgetown (Barbados), Sep 19 (IANS/CMC) West Indies cricket legend Clive Lloyd says he is impressed with the new crop of young players on the regional cricket team following the series against Bangladesh. Lloyd, the most successful captain who led the team during the 1970s and 1980s, has singled out opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite who was adjudged man of the series which the West Indi...

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Poll shows Scots voted against independence

Edinburgh, Sep 19 (IANS/EFE) An unofficial poll by YouGov indicated that 54 percent of those who cast ballots in Scotland's independence referendum voted no. Ninety-seven percent of the 4.3 million people eligible to vote Thursday registered to do so, and turnout was estimated at more than 80 percent. The polls closed at 10 p.m. and the first official results were not expected un...

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No ebola case reported in Malaysia: Minister

Kuala Lumpur, Sep 19 (IANS) Malaysian Health Minister S. Subramaniam Friday said that no case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been reported in the country and there was no cause for the public to panic. Subramaniam said that the ministry would make a public announcement if there was a case, Xinhua reported. A Zimbabwean student, who was quarantined at a hospital in Sarawak,...

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Five World Heritage sites severely damaged in Syria: Experts

Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) In war-torn Syria, five of six World Heritage sites now exhibit significant damage and some structures have been reduced to rubble, reveals new high-resolution satellite image analysis. The damaged Syria's World Heritage sites are: the Ancient City of Bosra, the Ancient Site of Palmyra, the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, and two castles - Crac des Chevalier...

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Ebola a challenge to global security: European parliament

Strasbourg, Sep 19 (IANS/EFE) Members of the European parliament have urged the international community to play a major role in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, which they said poses a challenge to global security. In a joint resolution Thursday, the lawmakers deplored the loss of life in the West African countries hit by the outbreak that has claimed more than 2,400 de...

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Harry Styles, Mick Jagger toast friendship

London, Sep 19 (IANS) One Direction band singer Harry Styles and the Rolling Stone legend Mick Jagger have found new unlikely friendship. Styles was invited to join Jagger at a party for the band during their recent tour and the former is said to have taken a shine to Styles, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Styles has in the past already made it clear he's a big fan of Jagger's work,...

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Is Facebook Messenger app tracking your privacy?

New York, Sep 19 (IANS) The new Facebook Messenger app, that has been downloaded over 500 million times on Android-based devices, may have spyware that keeps an eye on your chats and other information, claims an internet security specialist. According to Jonathan Zdziarski, messenger appears to have more spyware type code in it intended specifically for enterprise surveillance, the websi...

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Friday to be warm in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) It was a sunny Friday morning here with a minimum temperature of 25.3 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met Office has forecast a warm day ahead. Friday will be warm and the sky will be mainly clear, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The maximum temperature of the day is likely to hover around 35 degrees Celsi...

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Earth to have nearly 11 bn people by 2100: UN

Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) The Earth is going to have 11 billion people by 2100, with the rising population exacerbating global problems such as climate change, spread of infectious diseases and poverty, says a significant joint study by the United Nations and the University of Washington. There is, however, a silver lining for the Indian subcontinent: Asia, now with a 4.4 billion populat...

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Lesotho mediation mission over

Pretoria, Sep 19 (IANS) South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the facilitator of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has concluded his first official visit to Lesotho. The one-day visit was part of regional efforts to assist the people of the country to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing impasse, Xinhua reported. During the visit, Rama...

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Former SGPC chief Talwandi is dead

Chandigarh, Sep 19 (IANS) Former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president and veteran Shiromani Akali Dal leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi died in Ludhiana Friday, hospital sources said. He was 85. Talwandi was ailing for the past few days and was admitted to the Hero DMC Heart Institute in Ludhiana, 110 km from here. Doctors had said that his condition was critical and he wa...

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