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Gutted at being left out of World Cup squad: Alastair Cook

London, Dec 20 (IANS) England batsman and former skipper Alastair Cook has said that he was 'gutted' to be left out of England's World Cup squad after fellow willower Eoin Morgan was confirmed as the new one-day captain. Cook was dropped Friday from the 15-man squad to play matches in Australia next month and the World Cup after the 29-year-old failed miserably in the recent One Day Inte...

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Indians awaiting execution freed after blood money payment

Riyadh, Dec 20 (IANS) Three Indians in Saudi Arabia convicted for a compatriot's murder have been saved from execution after an Indian businessman paid nearly half a million Saudi riyals (nearly $133,200) in blood money on their behalf, media reported Saturday. Fasal Iritti, 35, Mustafa Kunnath, 33, and M. Shakeer, 36, from the south Indian state of Kerala were released from Al-Hair pris...

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Will end terrorism in Pakistan: Sharif

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday emphasised that Pakistan will be rid of the menace of terrorism. Meeting with a delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at his Raiwind residence in Punjab, the prime minister, while referring to the all-party meeting held Wednesday after the barbaric attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, said the unity demo...

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'Comeback-seeking' Trott named England Lions captain

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Batsman Jonathan Trott, who hasn't played international cricket since November 2013 due to stress-related illness, was Saturday named England Lions captain for their tour of South Africa in January next year, fast-tracking his return to the national team. The 33-year-old batsman had come home from last winter's Ashes tour after suffering a stress-related illness, re...

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Prabhu to meet Maharashtra CM over rail projects

Panaji, Dec 20 (IANS) Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has called for a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and union Raod Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to work out a development plan for the railways in Mumbai, a city synonymous with congested suburban trains. Speaking at a function at the Karmali railway station, a short distance from Panaji, Prabhu said the mee...

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Global and local cues weigh heavy on markets

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Global and local cues coupled with a volatile currency led to build up of selling pressure in the Indian equities market during the week ended Dec 20. Selling by foreign investors also subdued sentiments during the week, even as the opposition did not stop obstructing both houses of parliament where important bills were stuck for approvals. As crude price co...

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Subhash Ghai, Delhi BJP chief inaugurate DIFF 2014

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Eminent filmmaker Subhash Ghai with Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay inaugurated the third edition of the Delhi International Film Festival at the NDMC Convention Centre here. DIFF organiser Ramkishore Parcha and New Delhi Municipal Corporation chairman Jalaj Shrivastava were also present to flag off the festival, where 250 films from mor...

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Militants capture huge amount of fuel in Syria

Damascus, Dec 20 (IANS) The Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and like-minded groups have captured two million litres of fuel from a Syrian military base in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group reported Saturday. The extremist groups captured a large quantity of fuel from the base of Wadi al-Daif, which was stormed by the radical groups five days ago, Xinhua reported citing t...

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Ali Fazal to pen short film

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Actor Ali Fazal, who will next be seen in Khamoshiyan, is trying his hand at scriptwriting. He's taking baby steps into it with a short film, the title of which is yet to be locked. The film will be shot in February 2015, and it has been co-written by Ali with Hussain Dalal, who recently came in the limelight through his heartwarming ad film for Nescafe. Tal...

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UN, Afghan Taliban in talks to reduce civilian casualties

United Nations, Dec 20 (IANS) The top UN official in Afghanistan has said the world body has been in touch with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to cut down on civilian casualties and to make the group aware of its obligations under international human rights laws. We think it is really important to engage all parties to the conflict on the question of civilian casualties, Nicholas Haysom...

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Sonia Gandhi's health improving: Hospital

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi, admitted to a hospital here for an infection in the lower respiratory tract, is feeling better, a hospital statement said Saturday, adding that her medication would continue. Mrs. (Sonia) Gandhi is feeling better and her condition is improving. Her medications will continue and she will remain under observation, Ajay Swaroop, chai...

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Himachal orders probe after patients lose eyesight

Shimla, Dec 20 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government Saturday ordered a probe after some patients, who had undergone cataract surgery in March at a free eye camp, lodged a complaint that they lost eyesight after the operation, officials said. They said that they underwent the surgery at a private hospital in Punjab's Pathankot town, where around 60 patients from Punjab and Himachal were...

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All steps taken to secure porous borders: Rao Inderjit

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) The central government has taken all steps to secure India's porous borders and contain infiltration, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said here Saturday. All steps needed to secure our borders to prevent its porosity have been and will be taken by the government. There are people well versed with porosity and we are doing the best we can, he said o...

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Six killed in UP road accident

Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) Six people were killed Saturday in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh when a bus overturned at a steep turn due to dense fog and poor visibility, police said. The accident took place at the Hamirpur-Jolhupur road near Bahi village. The victims were Muslim pilgrims who were returning from Hamirpur, police said. Over a dozen people were injured in the accident. ...

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Carrick appointed Manchester United vice-captain

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Manchester United mid-fielder Michael Carrick has replaced Darren Fletcher as the club's vice-captain. The 33-year-old Carrick, who joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, takes over as Wayne Rooney's deputy from Fletcher who was handed the role at the start of the season, reports dailymail.co.uk. Scottish mid-fielder Fletcher has struggled for first-t...

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Germany ends Spanish dominance in world football

London, Dec 20 (IANS) The 2014 World Cup in Brazil witnessed the end of Spanish dominance of international football and the start of a new era. Spain dominated international football for six years, beginning 2008, winning two European championships and a World Cup. It made La Roja the first team in history to win three consecutive tournaments. Their quick passing, organisation and synchr...

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Court imposes Rs.10,000 fine on Gadkari in defamation case

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) A court Saturday imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on union minister Nitin Gadkari after he failed to comply with court's earlier order in a defamation case he had filed against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha imposed the fine saying the minister failed to file an affidavit three days before the scheduled date of hearing, that is Satu...

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'External forces' blamed for dilution of Kerala liquor policy

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 20 (IANS) Referring to the now diluted liquor policy in Kerala that initially aimed to implement total prohibition in a phased manner, a Congress leader Saturday said that at times, external forces set the government agenda. The biggest flaw in democracy is when 'external forces' set the agenda for governance. I am just airing the feelings of the people, state Con...

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Was informed about Madan Mitra's arrest: Bengal governor

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi, contradicting state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee's claims that he was in the dark about the arrest of state minister Madan Mitra in the Saradha scam, Saturday said the CBI had informed him. Initially I was not informed, but later on the investigating agency informed me about the arrest, Tripathi told media per...

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Jharkhand polls' final phase sees 70 percent turnout

Ranchi, Dec 20 (IANS) Over 25 lakh people - more than 70 percent of the electorate - Saturday exercised their franchise in the fifth and last round of the assembly election in Jharkhand, officials said. Sixteen constituencies voted Saturday in the final phase. Of the 16 seats, seven were reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST). In the fifth and final phase Saturday, the state witnesse...

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