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Sensex trades flat, auto stocks gain

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets was trading flat in the pre-afternoon trade session Monday - up 24.25 points, as no major domestic or global cue effected sentiments at the bourses. Healthy buying was observed in automobile, FMCG and consumer durable stocks. However, robust selling took place in information technology (IT) and TECK stocks. The 30...

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Will hit road alone to assess projects: Uttar Pradesh CM

Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to cycle alone to have a first hand account of development work in the state. Do not be surprised if you see me cycling on the under-construction bicycle track at Vikramaditya Marg in the city (Lucknow) or at any other place soon, he said told reporters on the sidelines of an event here Sunday. He sai...

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Footfalls at Taj Mahal fall due to cold wave

Agra, Dec 22 (IANS) Footfalls at Agra's Taj Mahal have fallen considerably due to the cold wave that has engulfed north India, guides said. The day temperatures in Agra fell to around 14 degrees Celsius, as the city was enveloped in a thick blanket of fog. Visibility was reduced to zero on the Yamuna Expressway and the national highway to Delhi early in the morning, and vehicle...

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Footballer James Rodriguez most searched athlete on Google in 2014

Madrid, Dec 22 (IANS) Colombia's football star James Rodriguez was the most searched athlete on Google during 2014. Rodriguez, who had an outstanding Brazil 2014 World Cup and was then signed by Spanish giants Real Madrid in a big money move, was the most searched athlete on Google, said Colombia's local press cited by Cubadebate, reports Xinhua. Rodriguez, who was named as the M...

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Brazilian football has 'stopped in time': Kaka

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 22 (IANS) Brazilian football has stopped in time and must take lessons from Europe to recover its past glory, according to former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka. In a television interview with Brazil's Globo Sunday, Kaka cited poor domestic coaching as a reason for the country's lack of recent success at international level, reports Xinhua. Brazilian...

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Former Pakistani airforce official to be hanged

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) A former Pakistan Air Force (PAF) official, convicted for an assassination attempt on then president Pervez Musharraf in 2003, is to be executed in Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, a media report said Monday. Khalid Mehmood, who was associated with PAF as a technician, was awarded death sentence, for being involved in the attack on Musharraf in Rawalpindi Dec 14, 2003, ...

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Isolating Moscow will not help India or the West

By all accounts, the Russian economy is in imminent danger of collapse. After a period of relative economic stability under President Vladimir Putin, the rouble is now in free-fall. The central bank has announced an increase in interest rates from 10.5 percent to 17 percent. It failed to stabilize the rouble. This has reduced the purchasing power and seriously affected ordinary Russians, as the b...

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Imran Khan's party condemns Pakistan Taliban

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has condemned the Taliban and all other terror groups for unleashing brutality on the people of the country. The PTI condemns the TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) and all other terror groups that have unleashed their brutality on the people of Pakistan, party's information secretary Shireen Mazari said Sunday. ...

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Cold wave conditions continue in Telangana, Andhra

Hyderabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Telangana and Andhra Pradesh continued to be in the grip of cold wave conditions. Mercury plummeted to one degree Celsius Monday in Lambasingi, a tribal area in Visakhapatnam district while the lowest temperature of four degree was recorded in Adilabad in Telangana state. Lambasingi in Chintapalli mandal, about 110 km from coastal city of Visakhapatnam, S...

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Sri Lankan stars poised for CPL draft

Castries (St. Lucia), Dec 22 (IANS/CMC) Sri Lankan superstars Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga and Tillakaratne Dilshan have been confirmed for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft, set for early next year. All three players have already had limited participation in the tournament but it will be first time they will be entering the draft to take up extended contracts, reports CMC.<...

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Peters called up as Roach ruled out of South Africa tour

Johannesburg, Dec 22 (IANS/CMC) Left-arm West Indies seamer Kenroy Peters has been confirmed as the replacement for the injured Kemar Roach, on the Test tour of South Africa. A short release from the West Indies Cricket Board Sunday said the 32-year-old had been called up for fast bowler Roach, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour with an ankle injury, reports CMC. ...

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Windies trio victimised by WICB, claims lawyer

Bridgetown (Barbados), Dec 22 (IANS/CMC) A lawyer retained by some West Indies players during the recent strike impasse has accused the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of victimisation in the axing of the experienced trio of Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard from the one-day squad to face South Africa. Barbadian Ralph Thorne QC, who still represents Bravo, said his client ha...

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US may not target Taliban leaders after Jan 2

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) The US said that American forces in Afghanistan would not target Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders after Jan 2 unless they posed a direct threat to the country, a media report said Monday. Being a member of the Taliban doesn't mean that the US is going to prosecute operations against you for that reason alone, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.<...

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Don't write off Windies just yet, warns Ramdin

Johannesburg, Dec 22 (IANS/CMC) Captain Denesh Ramdin has warned detractors not to write the West Indies off just yet following their innings defeat in the first Test against South Africa. The tourists were humiliated by an innings and 220 runs on the fourth morning of the opening Test at Centurion Saturday, to send them 1-0 down in the three-Test series, reports CMC. The West In...

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Coldest Monday in Delhi in five years

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Delhiites Monday woke up to a chilly Monday accompanied with dense fog. The minimum temperature was recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average. It was the coldest Monday in the last five years, the Met Office said. The thick fog reduced visibility to 50 metres, that led to the delayed arrival of 50 trains and the rescheduling of 12.<...

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Security of Pakistan's Lal Masjid cleric withdrawn

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Official security provided to Pakistan's Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz has been withdrawn, The Dawn reported. Aziz was provided security since 2011, said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in a press conference Sunday. In reply to a question about the threats being hurled from Lal Masjid, the minister said nobody would be allowed to challeng...

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Bird flu alert in UP: import of poultry products banned

Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) Following reports of a bird flu case in Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh banned the import of chicken, eggs and all forms of poultry from other states, an official said Monday. The state government has also ordered thorough inspection of all poultry units across the state. Chief Veterinary Officer Vipin Kumar Agarwal while confirming the alert sounded by the state...

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Winter chill continues unabated, all schools closed in Lucknow

Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh continued to shiver as the cold wave further intensified Monday, a development which led to the closure of all schools up to standard 12 in the state capital. The district administration ordered their closure after parents complained that the weather was too harsh for children to go up to their schools early in the morning. Icy winds blowing ...

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Belgian Jupiler Pro League standings

Brussels, Dec 22 (IANS) Following are the standings of the Belgian Pro League after Sunday's games (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against and points), reported Xinhua. 1. Club Brugge 20 11 8 1 48 21 41 2. Anderlecht 20 10 7 3 35 24 37 3. Kortrijk 20 11 1 8 33 28 34 4. Genk 20 8 8 4 ...

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Another police officer killed in US

Miami, Dec 22 (IANS/EFE) A police officer was killed in the US Sunday, a day after two New York police officers were shot dead by a gunman in Brooklyn. The latest incident happened in the town of Tarpon Springs, 20 miles (about 32 km) north of Tampa, Florida, according to local authorities. The Pinellas County Sheriff's department confirmed the killing of Charles Kondek. ...

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