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Tokyo stocks end mix

Tokyo, Dec 2 (IANS) Tokyo stocks ended mixed in Wednesday's morning session as circumspect investors hit the sidelines ahead of global economic news this week, including the European central bank's policy decisions. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average edged down 10.28 points (0.05 percent) from Tuesday to 20,002.12 at the break, Xinhua reported. The broader Topix index of all Firs...

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Rajiv killing: Tamil Nadu can't free convicts on its own, says SC

New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled the Tamil Nadu government has no suo moto power to grant remission and release the convicts accused of conspiracy in the assassination case of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The apex court's constitution bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu said that the state government could grant remission and release the convicts o...

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Vijay Choudhary elected speaker of Bihar assembly

Patna, Dec 2 (IANS) Senior Janata Dal-United legislator Vijay Kumar Choudhary was unanimously elected the speaker of the Bihar assembly on Wednesday. Choudhary, a former minister, is a legislator from Samastipur district's Sarairanjan assembly constituency. Choudhary is elected unopposed as he was the only one who had filed the nomination for the Speaker, Protem Speaker Sadanand...

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'Despite squabbles, Bollywood a lifeline for Pakistani film industry'

Panaji, Dec 2 (IANS) Despite border skirmishes, cross-border shelling and gunpowder-laced neighbourly acrimony, Bollywood films continue to provide a lifeline to Pakistan's film industry, says a leading filmmaker from across the border, Jamshed Mahmood Raza. It's very simple. We are cousins. We share the same language. We share the same songs. We had cinemas, but we were not making films...

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Myanmar president meets Aung San Suu Kyi for dialogue

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 2 (IANS) Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Wednesday met Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the opposition party which has won majority in the recent general elections, for a dialogue in the presidential palace. The dialogue, on Myanmar's post-election government transition matters, took place in response to a request by Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy ...

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Global warming could cause fall in oxygen, mass mortality

London, Dec 2 (IANS) Earth's oxygen could dramatically fall due to change in ocean temperature of just several degrees, thereby resulting in mass mortality of animals and humans, scientists have warned. An increase in the water temperature of the world's oceans of around six degrees Celsius -- which some scientists predict could occur as soon as 2100 -- could stop oxygen production by ph...

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Brazilian economy in prolonged recession

Brasilia, Dec 2 (IANS) The Brazilian economy contracted 1.7 percent in the third quarter of the year over the previous quarter, signalling a prolonged recession. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 4.5 percent year on year in the third quarter, Xinhua quoted government statistics agency, IBGE, as saying on Tuesday. In the first nine months, the economy contracted 3.2 percent compar...

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Pakistan, India ties need an injection of positivity: Daily

Islamabad, Dec 2 (IANS) The Pakistan-India relationship needed an injection of positivity, said a leading daily following the briefest of accidental meetings between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Premier Narendra Modi. An editorial Nawaz-Modi interaction in Paris in the Dawn on Wednesday said, It was the briefest of accidental meetings - at least according to officials...

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Nayanthara signs another heroine-centric film

Chennai, Dec 2 (IANS) After proving her mettle in a solo role in Tamil horror-thriller Maya, actress Nayanthara has bagged another heroine-centric film in the language. This yet-untitled project will be produced by filmmaker A. Sarkunam. According to a statement issued by the makers, the film will be directed by Sarkunam's erstwhile assistant Dass Ramaswamy and will go on floors soon.

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Rajinikanth donates Rs.10 lakh for Tamil Nadu rain-hit

Chennai, Dec 2 (IANS) Superstar Rajinikanth has extended his support to the rain-affected victims of Tamil Nadu by donating Rs.10 lakh to the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund. An official statement said the donation was paid through Sri Raghavendra Public Charitable Trust, owned by Rajinikanth. Actor Dhanush, son-in-law of the superstar, has donated Rs.5 lakh. Suriya a...

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TV porn may spur teenagers to share sexual selfies on media

New York, Dec 2 (IANS) Teenagers who watch porn and other explicit material on television may be at a risk of sharing sexual images of themselves on social media, researchers have warned. The study found that watching sexual reality television stimulated adolescents aged 13-17 to produce and share sexual images of themselves on social media. Similarly, for both boys and girls, se...

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20 years on, SOHO changed the way we look at Sun

Washington, Dec 2 (IANS) The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) that revolutionised the field of science known as heliophysics and became the greatest comet hunter of all time - reaching 3,000 comet discoveries in September 2015 - has completed 20 years in space. After 20 years in space, the observatory launched in 1995 to study the sun and its influence out to the very edges of t...

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Clear Wednesday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) It was a clear Wednesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 13.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average. The sky would remain partly cloudy throughout the day, an official of India Meteorological Department said. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 26 degrees Celsius, the weather office said. Visib...

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Rajiv killing: SC says TN has no suo moto power to release convicts

New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the Tamil Nadu government has no suo moto power to grant remission and release the convicts accused of conspiracy in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The apex court constitution bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu said that the state government could grant remission and release the convicts only in consultation with th...

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Novel therapy could cut hepatitis C prevalence by 80 percent

New York, Dec 2 (IANS) Recently approved antiviral medications for hepatitis C could reduce the prevalence of the blood-borne infection by more than 80 percent, researchers have estimated. The finding raises the possibility of greatly reducing, and even eliminating, hepatitis C if enhanced screening and treatment efforts target high-risk populations -- injection-drug users. The d...

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Chennai inundated, people face hardships

Chennai, Dec 2 (IANS) Steady and continuous rains throughout the night kept people in Tamil Nadu's capital Chennai awake due to concerns over the rising water levels, residents said. Water came into our apartment and we had to shift to our neighbour's house on the first floor, Revathi Vasan, resident of west Mambalam, told IANS on Wednesday. Another family living on the ground fl...

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Facebook CEO, wife donate 99 percent shares for humanitarian cause

San Francisco, Dec 2 (IANS) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares -- about $45 billion -- to advance human potential and promote equality for children. Declaring the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as they welcomed their first girl child Maxima Chan Zuckerberg or Max, the couple on Tuesday said they have created a n...

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Key Indian equity indices open tad higher, trade flat

Mumbai, Dec 2 (IANS) Key Indian stock market indices opened marginally higher on Wednesday but the outlook was cautious on the back of weak global macroeconomic data, notably the contraction in US manufacturing sector to its weakest level since June 2009. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened at 26,239.39 points, against then previous close at 26,169.41 p...

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Chris Brown cancels Australian tour after visa denied

Canberra, Dec 2 (IANS) US rapper Chris Brown cancelled the Australian leg of his world tour after he was unable to secure a visa due to the country's hard-line stance on domestic violence. Chris Brown's tour to Australia and New Zealand would not go ahead, Ticketek, the rapper's Australian ticket sales distributer, said in a press release on Wednesday. The Australian government d...

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Oil prices steady ahead of OPEC meeting

New York, Dec 2 (IANS) Oil prices stabilised on Tuesday ahead of the OPEC gathering scheduled on Friday in Vienna. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh on Tuesday urged the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members to respect the shared production ceiling of 30 million barrels a day, adding that the Iranian output is expected to increase next year when international...

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