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Over three years, 70 pregnant women found HIV+ in Tripura

Agartala, Dec 19 (IANS) About 70 pregnant women have tested HIV-positive in Tripura in the past three years, an official of the Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TSACS) said here Friday. Though, 70 pregnant women have been tested HIV-positive since 2012, if they undergo prescribed treatment available at the government hospitals, the chance of getting HIV infection to their babies will ...

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'Broken Horses' bowls over Hollywood filmmakers

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Hollywood film Broken Horses has impressed acclaimed Hollywood directors James Cameron and Alfonso Cuaron. Cameron, known for blockbusters like Avatar and Titanic, and Gravity fame director Cuaron, were thrilled to see Broken Horses when it was recently screened for them. 'Broken Horses' is an artistic triumph. Beaut...

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Sensex surges 359 points; capital goods stocks gain

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday surged 358.82 points or 1.32 percent as capital goods stocks gained. Good buying was observed in capital goods, banking, auto, IT, metal and oil and gas sectors, while marginal selling pressure was seen in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay ...

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Sonia Gandhi stable, recovering well: Doctor

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi was stable and recovering well, a hospital statement said Friday. The Congress president was admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here Thursday for an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital yesterday (Thursday) evening with lower respiratory tract infection and some b...

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Better drivers worse at texting while driving

New York, Dec 19 (IANS) Older, more mature motorists, who typically are better drivers in many circumstances are much worse than their younger counterparts when it comes to texting while driving, says a research. Generally, people believe that younger drivers are more easily distracted and therefore would be more susceptible to the dangers of texting and driving, said Randall Commissaris...

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Pakistan must separate religion and politics: academic

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Terrorist massacres of the kind Peshawar saw will end only when Pakistan separates religion and politics, a Pakistani academic said in comments published Friday. Aasim Sajnjad Akhtar also faulted the tendency in Pakistan to gloss over the military's patronage of the politics of jihad, saying it is this which allows the terrorist infrastructure to cement itself.

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Wild blueberries negate high-fat diet risks

London, Dec 19 (IANS) The adverse effects of a high-fat diet - high blood pressure and nutrition derived inflammation - can be reduced by eating bilberries, a study says. For the first time, bilberries, also known as wild blueberries were shown to have beneficial effects on both blood pressure and nutrition-derived inflammatory responses. Bilberries reduce the development of syst...

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Three held for acid attack in Gurgaon

Gurgaon, Dec 19 (IANS) Three people, including a teenager, were arrested here for acid attack on a woman and her nine-year-old daughter, police said Friday. Raja, 30, from Bihar's Muzaffarpur; Azad alias Ismail, 18, from Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor and Arif, 28, from Uttar Pradesh's Shamli have been arrested for the attack, police said. The woman, 27 and her daughter were staying in D...

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Fog delays 90 trains in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Nearly 90 trains were delayed due to fog here Friday, an official said. The Northern Railway said 63 trains coming to Delhi and 27 leaving the national capital were rescheduled due to fog. An official said no train was cancelled. The fog also hit flights but marginally. Two departures were delayed by more than 15 minutes but no flight was diverted or canc...

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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler finds new exoplanet

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has made a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new K2 mission. The new exoplanet called HIP 116454b is 2.5 times the diameter of the Earth and follows a close, nine-day orbit around a star. HIP 116454b and its star are 180 light-years away from the Earth, toward the constellation Pisc...

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Tisca Chopra has four back-to-back releases in 2015

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Actress Tisca Chopra is kicked about 2015 as she says she has about four back-to-back releases. Lots of (my) films are coming out in 2015. Atleast four or five films are there that will release back-to-back. I am looking forward to the year, Tisca said here Thursday. The Taare Zameen Par actress did not disclose the details of her upcoming films. ...

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Eight Australian children stabbed, neighbours heard screaming

Canberra, Dec 19 (IANS) Eight children as young as 18 months to 15 years were found stabbed to death at a house in Australia's Cairns city Friday, with neighbours saying they heard the kids screaming in the morning. People living around the house were heard shouting and screaming coming from the residence of the victims around 10 a.m., The Cairns Post reported. The incident, whic...

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Test evenly poised after Smith's heroics

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson's whirlwind partnership propelled Australia to a first innings score 505 runs, a lead of 97, but India made a solid start to their second innings, reaching 71 for one to trail by only 26 at stumps on day three of the second Test at the Gabba here Friday. At stumps, India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara ...

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Champagne bubbles can solve world's energy needs

Tokyo, Dec 19 (IANS) Using Japan's most powerful computer, researchers have explored how the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world's future energy needs. The team was able to simulate bubble nucleation process from the molecular level by harnessing the K computer at RIKEN - the most powerful system in Japan. In the bubble nucleation process, bubbles immediately ...

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Omung Kumar to turn producer with sports-based film

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Omung Kumar, who made a successful directorial debut in Bollywood with Mary Kom earlier this year, says he will turn producer with his next movie, which also a sports-based tale. I'm turning producer with my next film, which I won't be directing but only be producing. As a creative person, I want to encourage young talent and help them. I've almost locked my...

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Scoreboard: India vs Australia, Second Test, day three

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) Scoreboard at the end of play on day three of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba here Friday. India (first innings): 408 all out Australia: Chris Rogers c Dhoni b Yadav 55 David Warner c Ashwin b Yadav 29 Shane Watson c Dhawan b Ashwin 25 Steven Smith b I Sharma 133 Shaun Marsh c Ashwin b Yadav ...

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Pakistan conveyed sentiments on Lakhvi: Modi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India has strongly conveyed to Pakistan its sentiments on the release of Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday. The prime minister said in the Lok Sabha that the release on bail of the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander had come as a shock to all those who believe in humanity. India's approach towards Pa...

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Cairns killings unspeakable crime: Australian PM

Canberra, Dec 19 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Friday described the killing of eight children in Cairns city as an unspeakable crime and expressed grief over the incident. Eight children, aged between 18 months to 15 years, were found stabbed to death at a house Friday. The tragic incident took place at Murray Street in the suburb of Manoora, Cairns Post reported.<...

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Myanmar peace talks to resume

Yangon, Dec 19 (IANS) Peace talks between the Myanmar government and ethnic leaders will resume this week despite escalating clashes in the country's Shan state, officials said Friday. The Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), negotiating on behalf of 16 armed ethnic groups, will meet at the Myanmar Peace Centre here Dec 22-23, th...

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200 Pakistani pilgrims denied entry into India

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Around 200 Pakistani pilgrims headed for a Sufi shrine in Indian Punjab have been refused entry into India, a media report said Friday. The Pakistanis wanted to attend the annual Urs of Hazrat Mujaddid Alif Sani at Sirhind in Punjab, the Dawn reported. When the pilgrims reached the Lahore railway station to board the Samjhauta Express, they were told Indi...

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