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Voting begins in Punjab by-poll

Chandigarh, Feb 13 (IANS) Voting for the Khadoor Sahib assembly seat by-election started on Saturday morning amidst boycott of the election by Congress and AAP, making it a one-sided contest for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal. Within an hour into voting, 10 percent of the nearly 1.85 lakh votes were cast. Voting began at 8 a.m. and will take place till 5 p.m. Akali Dal c...

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US okays sale of 8 F-16 jets to Pakistan despite opposition

Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) The Obama administration has approved the sale of eight F-16 Block-52 aircraft to Pakistan worth $699 million in the face of US lawmakers' opposition to the deal over Islamabad's alleged support for terrorist groups The US State Department has approved the sale, the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Friday as it notified US Congress of t...

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ISI wanted to infiltrate Pune army command: Headley

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley told Special TADA Court Judge G.A. Sanap that post-26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, he had surveyed sensitive military establishments in Pune, here on Saturday. When asked by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam what military establishments he referred to, Headley readily said it was th...

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China's border region on Zika alert

Beijing, Feb 13 (IANS) China's border province of Yunnan is on high alert for Zika virus, providing 24-hour laboratory tests, the media reported on Saturday Lu Lin, director of Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Yunnan, said on Friday that the centre is able to obtain the test result in four hours, the Global Times reported. He said the centre has assessed risks of imp...

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India criticises UN plan to combat violent extremism

United Nations, Feb 13 (IANS) India has criticised a UN plan to combat violent extremism saying it lacked sufficient options for international cooperation and a unified UN mechanism to tackle the modern-day plague. The Assembly did not adopt the plan Friday and instead opted to give it further consideration because of strong differences among nations. The differences centered on whether issues li...

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Clear Saturday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) It was a clear Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 11.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, the weather office said. The sky will remain partly cloudy throughout the day, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 26 degrees...

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Indian-American named Kennedy Centre trustee

Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) President Barack Obama plans to appoint Ranvir Trehan, an alumnus of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, as general trustee on Board of the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in the American capital. These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to workin...

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Two army personnel killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar, Feb 13 (IANS) Two army personnel were killed and four others injured on Saturday in a gunfight between militants and security forces in north Kashmir's Kupwara district.. Two army personnel were killed and four others including an officer injured in the encounter with militants in Marsari village of Chowkibal border area, a senior police officer told IANS here. The hou...

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US, Cuba to resume direct flights

Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) The US government has announced the upcoming signing of a memorandum of understanding with Cuba in the field of civil aviation that will pave the way for direct commercial flights by the year end. Up to 20 direct flights daily will be permitted from the US to Havana, and 10 more to another nine international airports in Cuba, including those at Santiago de Cuba,...

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Two army personnel injured in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar, Feb 13 (IANS) Two army personnel were injured on Saturday in an ongoing gunfight between militants and security forces in north Kashmir's Kupwara district. Security forces including Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) surrounded a house in Marsari village last evening on information that a group of milita...

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Taiwan quake death toll rise to 108

Taipei, Feb 13 (IANS) The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on February 6 has increased to 108 with some nine people still reported missing, the authorities announced on Saturday. The 16-storey Wei Guan building, the most seriously damaged in the 6.7-magnitude quake, in Tainan city collapsed towards a road on its east side seconds after the earthquake, accounting f...

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Ronan Keating unveils 'Time of My Life'

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Singer Ronan Keating has unveiled his 10th studio album titled Time of My Life. The Universal Music group star's 10th studio album finds him back at his very best, worldly wise, with a bevy of self-penned, heartfelt and revealing songs like Let me love you and As long as we're in love. I've spent the majority of my life and career pleasing everyone else, do...

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Iraqi PM vows to clear IS this year

Munich, Feb 13 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi vowed on Friday that Iraqi security forces would clear terrorists of the Islamic State militants in his country this year. Addressing audience at the Munich Security Conference, Al-Abadi said Iraqi forces liberated more than half of areas occupied by the terrorists. We intend this year to make it the final year and the la...

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Kate Winslet 'determined' to win BAFTA

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Actress Kate Winslet is determined to win the Best Supporting Actress at the forthcoming BAFTA Awards, which will be aired on Sunday. The 40-year-old is nominated for the prestigious prize for her performance as Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs, the biopic about the late Apple co-founder, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I don't know if I'm necessarily hopeful (about ...

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Ferne McCann's vampire facial

London, Feb 13 (IANS) The Only Way is Essex star Ferne McCann has been left with a bloody face after she underwent a vampire facelift. She has taken a leaf out of reality TV star Kim Kardashian's book by opting to have the 750 pounds extreme treatment - a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves injecting the face with plasma from the blood to erase wrinkles - as her new beauty regi...

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US stocks surge on rising oil prices

New York, Feb 13 (IANS) US stocks rebounded strongly on Friday as investor sentiment was buoyed by spiking oil prices. The Dow Jones Industrial Average leapt 313.66 points, or 2.00 percent, to 15,973.84. The S&P 500 jumped 35.70 points, or 1.95 percent, to 1,864.78. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 70.68 points, or 1.66 percent, to 4,337.51. Oil prices spiked Friday, with th...

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Bieber is not my boyfriend: Hailey Baldwin

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Model Hailey Baldwin, who is rumoured to be in a relationship with Justin Bieber, has set the record straight stating that the singer is not my boyfriend. The 19-year-old has shut down rumours of a possible link up. He's not my boyfriend. He's going on tour and relationships are just complicated, Baldwin told pagesix.com. Everyone is making this...

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Pope in historic talks with Russian Orthodox leader

Havana, Feb 13 (IANS) Pope Francis on Friday held a historic first meeting with Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, in Cuba. The meeting was the first between a Pope and a Russian Church head since the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity split in the 11th Century, BBC reported. The Russian Orthodox Church said earlier the persecution of Christians in t...

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Paris Hilton 'happy' with beau

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Socialite Paris Hilton says she has never been happier than she is now with boyfriend Thomas Gross. The 34-year-old has relocated to Switzerland to be with Gross, who she has been dating for almost a year, and feels she is in a different place in her life. I am so happy. I've never been happier in my life, Hilton told eonline.com. I just feel li...

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UN launches electronic library

United Nations, Feb 13 (IANS) The Un launched Friday an electronic library, the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations, said a UN spokesman on Friday To begin with, the United Nations iLibrary, launched by the UN Publications, includes publications, journals and series comprising facts and expertise on in...

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