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26/11 mastermind Lakhvi gets bail, shocked India asks Pakistan to act

Islamabad/New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad Thursday granted bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a key mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, triggering shock and indignation in India which asked Pakistan to take steps to reverse the decision. Lakhvi's lawyer Rizwan Abbasi appeared before the court and sought bail for his client. Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA...

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Alastair Cook should be replaced as captain: Nasser Hussain

London, Dec 18 (IANS) Alastair Cook should be immediately taken out from captaincy ahead of the World Cup before time runs out, former England skipper Nasser Hussain has said. England's one-day series defeat in Sri Lanka was their fourth in a row under Cook, who scored 119 runs in six games. England went down to the islanders 2-5 in the seven-match series that ended Tuesday. It w...

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CBI searches BSNL general manager's house, offices

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The CBI Thursday searched the residence and offices of BSNL general manager A.K. Gupta, who was allegedly running three companies without taking permission from the government. The searches were conducted at two locations in Noida in Uttar Pradesh and one at Hauz Khas in Delhi. The companies were allegedly being operated by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limite...

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Abducted Mexican lawmaker rescued

Mexico City, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Police in the central Mexican state of Morelos rescued a lawmaker hours after he was abducted by members of a drug cartel, Governor Graco Ramirez said Thursday. Legislator David Martinez has been rescued, the governor said on Twitter. Martinez, a member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), was beaten and subjected to psychological tortur...

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Iraqi premier drops lawsuits against journalists

Baghdad, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all pending government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets that were filed by his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki. A statement released by Abadi's office said the decision not to proceed with the legal action is an indication of the new prime minister's keenness to ensure freedom o...

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Italian actress Virna Lisi dies at 78

Rome, Dec 18 (IANS) Famed Italian actress and winner of numerous awards Virna Lisi died Thursday in Rome. She was 78. During her career which started as a teenager in 1953, Lisi played memorable roles in European and Hollywood films, receiving many awards including a career Golden Globe in 2004 and two David di Donatello Career Awards in 1996 and 2009, Xinhua reported. Lisi won t...

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Woman judge's sexual harassment: SC quashes probe panel

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday quashed a two-judge panel set up by Madhya Pradesh chief justice to probe allegations of sexual harassment levelled by a woman district judge against a high court judge. The woman judge later resigned. A bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra quashed the panel, saying the state chief justice constituted it imprope...

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Sonia Gandhi hospitalised, stable

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi was Thursday admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition was stable, a hospital official said. Sonia Gandhi was today (Thursday) admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital around 5 p.m. She has an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition is stable and she is unde...

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Decision on raw sugar export incentives soon: official

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The government will take a decision soon on extending incentives for raw sugar exports, an official said Thursday. We will soon consider export incentive for raw sugar, Food Secretary Sudhir Kumar told a meeting of mill owners here organised by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA). The government gave financial incentives of up to Rs.3,371 a tonne fo...

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Lakhvi bail no surprise, Pakistan has to decide its course: Experts

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Even as India termed as very unfortunate Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi getting bail from a Pakistani court, experts and former envoys to Pakistan evinced no surprise over the development, saying it was all part of a pattern and that Islamabad needs to decide which way it was going, especially after the terror attack on a Peshawar school. Home Min...

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'MTV Roadies' now lifestyle for youth, says Rannvijay

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Popular video jockey-turned-actor Rannvijay Singh Thursday spoke about the originality of reality TV show MTV Roadies, and said the series has become a lifestyle for youngsters. It has become a lifestyle for the youth who talk of the 'Roadie spirit'. They might not be on the show but they comment on the spirit when someone does something extraordinary in real life....

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Palestinian statehood bid in UN 'act of aggression: Israel

Jerusalem, Dec 18 (IANS) Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Thursday slammed the Palestinian Authority's statehood bid in the UN, calling it an act of aggression. The submission of the draft resolution to the UN Security Council is another act of aggression on their part, Xinhua quoted Lieberman as saying in a statement a day after the Palestinians submitted their proposal. <...

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'Ensure gender equality to curb crimes against women'

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) NGOs and political leaders cutting across party lines Thursday urged people to ensure gender equality and sensitisation in their homes to provide a safe environment to the country's women. Participating in a conference on the issue of women safety in India organized at the American Centre in collaboration with NGO Honour Our Women (HOW), the panellists agreed tha...

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Dutch MP to be charged with racism

Brussels, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) The Dutch public prosecutor's office announced Thursday that it will bring charges against controversial politician Geert Wilders for inciting hatred in a speech he gave criticising the presence of Moroccans in the Netherlands. Politicians may go far in their comments under the right to free speech, as a statement by the prosecutor's office said, but that free...

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Obesity can be considered disability, EU court rules

London, Dec 18 (IANS) The European Union's (EU) highest court has ruled obesity can be considered as a disability in certain circumstances even if someone's gross obesity is caused by overeating or gluttony. The European Court of Justice heard the case after a Danish court asked it to consider the case of a male childminder in Denmark who claimed he was sacked for being too fat, BBC repo...

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478 complaints of poll code violation in Kashmir: EC

Jammu, Dec 18 (IANS) As many as 478 complaints of violation of the model code of conduct have been received by the Election Commission since the beginning of the five-phase Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, a poll panel official said. Also 92 incidents of violence relating to the poll campaign were reported from different parts of the state, which resulted in injury to 117 people, ch...

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Chandigarh avian flu: Culling of birds begins

Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) Authorities in Chandigarh Thursday evening started culling of all birds in and around the city's famous Sukhna lake after a dead goose was confirmed with the H5N1 (avian influenza or bird flu) virus. On communication received from the central government, culling of all birds in the vicinity of Sukhna lake -- ducks and geese, live or dead -- will be done and buri...

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Sonia Gandhi hospitalised, stable

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi was Thursday admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition was stable, a hospital official said. Sonia Gandhi was today (Thursday) admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital around 5 p.m. She has an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition is stable and she is unde...

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Pope welcomes resumption of US-Cuba ties

Vatican City, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Pope Francis Thursday welcomed the decision of the US and Cuba to take steps towards normalizing relations, noting that we are all happy to see how two peoples who had been distant for years have moved a step closer. US sources credit the Vatican and Pope Francis personally for acting as go-between in organising secret talks and facilitating the breakthrou...

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Iran backs Russia's Syria talks initiative

Tehran, Dec 18 (IANS) Iran backs talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups, a senior Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying by media Thursday. Iran supports Russia's recent initiative to host a Syrian-Syrian dialogue in an attempt to end the three-year-old conflict in the country, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, according to Xinhua which c...

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