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Paes-Hingis win Australian Open mixed doubles title

Melbourne, Feb 1 (IANS) Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis beat third seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title here Sunday. Paes and Hingis, seeded seventh, beat the French-Canadian pair 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and two minutes to win the first Grand Slam of the year. ...

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'Umrika' wins audience award at Sundance film fest

Chennai, Feb 1 (IANS) Independent filmmaker Prashant Nair's Umrika has won the audience award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which concluded Sunday. Sundance film festival's Twitter handle shared the news on its page. Umrika, which features Life of Pi fame actor Suraj Sharma, is about a young village boy who discovers that his...

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Italian restaurant Prego in a new avatar

Chennai, Feb 1 (IANS) Prego, the 56-cover fine dining Italian restaurant at the Taj Coromandel hotel, has literally turned on its head - morphing into an informal joint, anchored by a new and young Italian chef with his brand new menu. From being a very formal outlet with a dress code and with children barred, Prego (welcome in Italian) is now more down-to-earth and welcomes the little o...

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Myanmar president seeks cooperation to amend education law

Yangon, Feb 1 (IANS) Myanmar President U Thein Sein Sunday appealed to protesting students for cooperation to fulfil their demand for amending an already approved national education law. Stating that dialogue was the only practical way to find a solution, U Thein Sein urged students to stop their protest march and pave the way for discussions, Xinhua reported. He expressed concer...

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Jamaica on the verge of blood testing athletes

Kingston (Jamaica), Feb 1 (IANS) Jamaica is on the verge of introducing blood testing for its athletes as the country continues its effort to recover from a doping scandal which rocked the sport of track and field here nearly two years ago. Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Carey Brown, Saturday said blood testing will be introduced by the end of the 2014/...

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Monchengladbach, Schalke win in Bundesliga

Berlin, Feb 1 (IANS) While Monchengladbach and Schalke started the second half of the campaign with victories, Borussia Dortmund dropped to the bottom despite a draw with Leverkusen in the 18th round of the German Bundesliga. Fourth placed Monchengladbach increased Stuttgart's relegation worries following a 1-0 away Saturday night, reported Xinhua. Ten-man Schalke started the sec...

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Japan launches intelligence satellite

Tokyo, Feb 1 (IANS) Japan Sunday launched a backup information gathering satellite (IGS), the country's first launch of this year. The satellite is equipped with a radar spy instrument capable of peering through clouds, darkness and camouflage to obtain high-resolution imagery of the Earth's surface. But the satellite's exact capabilities were not disclosed, Xinhua reported. The ...

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Benfica beat Boavista 3-0 in Portuguese league

Lisbon, Feb 1 (IANS) Benfica beat Boavista 3-0 in the 19th round of the Portuguese football league at the Luz Stadium here. Brazilian forward Lima scored in the 23rd minute Saturday with a header following a pass from Uruguayan defender Maxi Pereira, reported Xinhua. Pereira then went on to score in the 33rd minute from outside the area with a left-footed effort. Brazilia...

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Ajax sign Sinkgraven from Heerenveen

The Hague, Feb 1 (IANS) Dutch football club Ajax have signed SC Heerenveen midfielder Daley Sinkgraven. The 19-year-old Sinkgraven signed a four-and-a-half-year contract until mid-2019 with Ajax Saturday, reports Xinhua. He had a contract until 2017 at Heerenveen who will, according to reports in Dutch media, receive around 6.5 million euros for the Dutch youth international.

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Cilic pulls out of Zagreb indoors tennis tournament

Zagreb, Feb 1 (IANS) US Open champion Marin Cilic is still waiting to get on the court in 2015 after he pulled out of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors tennis tournament. Cilic was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open, the first major tournament of the season, with a nagging shoulder injury that bothered him throughout his successful 2014 campaign, reported Xinhua. He was hoping to s...

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Real, Atletico Madrid both win in La Liga

Madrid, Feb 1 (IANS) Real Madrid remained on top of the Spanish Primera Liga after coming back from a goal down to defeat Real Sociedad 4-1 while rivals Atletico stayed in touch with the football league leaders with a 3-1 win over Eibar. Sociedad's Aritz Elustondo opened the scoring in the first minute Saturday with a powerful header following a corner, but James Rodriguez levelled just ...

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Sunny Sunday likely in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) It will be a sunny Sunday in the national capital and the maximum temperature is likely to settle around 21 degrees Celsius, the Met Office said. The minimum temperature was 6.7 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average. There was moderate fog early morning but the afternoon will be sunny and pleasant, said an official of the India Meteorolog...

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Kenyan anti-doping body gets boost from China, Norway

Nairobi, Feb 1 (IANS) The newly constituted Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) is ready to roll out its operation to combat the vice after entering a one-year partnership with the Chinese and Norwegian anti-doping bodies. The ADAK will also work for a year with the Regional Anti-Doping Agency (RADA) as it launches its work following intense pressure on Kenya to take a pro-active stance a...

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Sunny Sunday likely in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) It will be a sunny Sunday in the national capital and the maximum temperature is likely to settle around 21 degrees Celsius, the Met Office said. There was moderate fog early morning but the afternoon will be sunny and pleasant, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. As the visibility in the morning was 300 metres, it affected the arrival...

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Three killed as train hits vehicle in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 1 (IANS) Three people were killed when a passenger train rammed into their vehicle in Odisha's Nuapada district Sunday, police said. The accident took place at an unmanned level crossing near Kalyanpur, about 550 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. The car carrying them was crossing the railway track, district superintendent of police Sunil Joshi told IANS.

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CII demands speedy investment approvals in Himachal

Shimla, Feb 1 (IANS) The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Sunday asked Himachal Pradesh to ensure time-bound approvals for investment proposals, reform industrial policy and also strengthen the road network. In the pre-budget memorandum given to the government ahead of the state budget 2015-16, CII state council chairman Arun Rawat has sought policy reforms in the areas of labour, ...

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Spanish La Liga standings

Madrid, Feb 1 (IANS) Following are the Spanish La Liga standings after Saturday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), reported Xinhua. Real Madrid 20 17 0 3 68 17 51 Barcelona 20 15 2 3 54 9 47 Atletico Madrid 21 15 2 4 43 20 47 Valencia 20 12 5 3 38 18 41 Sevil...

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English Premier League standings

London, Feb 1 (IANS) Following are the English Premier League standings after the matches on Saturday (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against and points), reported Xinhua. Chelsea 23 16 5 2 52 20 53 Man City 23 14 6 3 46 23 48 Man Utd 23 12 7 4 39 22 43 Southampton 22 13 3 6 37 16 42 Tottenha...

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French Ligue 1 standings

Paris, Feb 1 (IANS) Following are the standings from French Ligue 1 after Saturday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against and points), reported Xinhua. 1 Lyon 22 15 3 4 47 17 48 2 Olympique Marseille 23 15 2 6 43 22 47 3 Paris Saint Germain 23 13 8 2 40 19 47 4 St Etienne 22 11 7 4 24 ...

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Tales of a drum-playing, safe-cracking physics Nobel laureate

Scientists are perceived as absent-minded geniuses on some exalted plane of existence, oblivious to their appearance or ordinary matters in their quest to understand and explain the mysteries of nature. Perhaps that is why their lives are more recounted in a biography than autobiography - which most never got around to writing or wouldn't have been very intelligible to laymen. But exceptions alwa...

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