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McDonald's to phase out 'caged eggs' in Australia

Canberra, Sep 15 (IANS) Fast-food giant McDonald's has decided to phase out caged eggs from its menu in Australia within three years, following sustained pressure from animal rights activists, media reported Monday. Caged eggs, produced by caged hens in poultry farms, will be phased out across all Australian McDonald's restaurants by the end of 2017, WA Today online reported. The...

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Proud I helped team win: Krajinovic

Bangalore, Sep 15 (IANS) A sleepless night following rain-induced suspension of play and overnight change of schedules seemed to have done little to dampen Filip Krajinovic who won the decisive fifth rubber to help Serbia beat India 3-2 in their Davis Cup World Group playoff here Monday afternoon. The match was halted Sunday night following rains with Krajinovic leading 6-3, 4-4. With th...

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Nehru to Modi: the riverfront diplomacy

Nangal (Punjab), Sep 15 (IANS) As Prime Minister Narendra Modi sits down to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at Ahmedabad's Sabarmati Riverfront this Wednesday, it will not be a first such riverfront interaction between two top leaders of both countries. Almost 50 years ago, this small town in Punjab hosted Chinese premier Chou Enlai on the invitation of the country's first prime minist...

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Clerk more experienced than Chavan: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Sep 15 (IANS) The Shiv Sena Monday criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan by saying that a clerk in the secretariat has more experience than him regarding governance. Taking strong umbrage at Chavan's objection to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's name being propped up for the post of chief minister on grounds that he (Thackeray) lacks experience, the party crit...

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Kerala eyes toddy to fill liquor's gap

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 15 (IANS) Kerala's decision to close 730 bars in the state under a new liquor policy has sparked off a sudden interest in toddy, the state's traditional drink. Toddy tapped in Kerala is available in two varieties - one from coconut trees and the other from palm trees. Toddy tapped from the coconut tree is collected in a mud pot. Due to sediments in the pot...

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Leaders meet in Paris for anti-IS summit

Paris, Sep 15 (IANS) Senior leaders from a US-led coalition formed to combat the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation Monday gathered in Paris to discuss how to defeat the group that has seized large swathes of territories in Iraq and Syria since June. French President Francois Hollande said there was no time to lose in confronting the jihadi threat, France 24 reported. Ten ...

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The British Empire's week of reckoning

London Sep 15 (IANS/RAY) The expansion of the second and more recognised British Empire amounted to a formidable amassing of territory since 1497. Quite accurately, at its prime, the sun never set on the British Empire. However, the beginning of its end was the loss of the jewel in the crown - India - in 1947, following which its shrinkage galloped. That there would come a day when the...

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Swedish opposition 'Red-Green' alliance wins parliamentary polls

Stockholm, Sep 15 (IANS) Sweden's opposition Red-Green centre-left alliance, led by the Social Democratic Party, has defeated the centre-right government in the parliamentary elections, preliminary results showed. Preliminary results showed Sunday night that the opposition Social Democratic Party gained more than 31 percent of the support, the highest among the competing parties, Xinhua ...

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Fighting IS: Australian troops reaching Middle East this week

Sydney, Sep 15 (IANS) Australian Special Forces will travel to the Middle East this week to join a US-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday. Once in position, about 600 Australian troops will await orders to support Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling the militants, Xinhua reported. Abbott descri...

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Concerned CSA vows to crack down on ball-tampering

Johannesburg, Sep 15 (IANS) Cricket South Africa (CSA) is concerned about its national players gaining notoriety for ball-tampering and vowed not to tolerate such behaviour. At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held Sunday, CSA board member Vusi Pikoli, a leading figure in South Africa's legal industry, said he was deeply concerned with allegations of ball tampering and said that such beh...

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Tourists do not visit Kerala to drink: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 15 (IANS) Foreign tourists do not visit Kerala to only consume liquor, state Congress president V.M. Sudheeran said Monday, hitting back at those who have said that the tourism industry would be the worst affected by the new liquor policy that aims at total prohibition in a decade. It's surprising to hear from some people that tourism industry would be the worst ...

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Policeman killed in Afghan bombing

Kabul, Sep 15 (IANS) One policeman was killed and seven civilians injured Monday in a bomb attack in Afghanistan. The blast took place in Baghlan province when a police vehicle was passing the area, an official told Xinhua. The injured included two children, the official added. ...

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Google launches Android One devices at Rs.6,399

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Google Monday launched Android One devices in India for Rs.6,399, Sunder Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Crome and Apps, said here. The first set of Android One devices are Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream Uno and Karbon Sparkle V. These smart phones will have dual sim support, said the company. ...

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Award winning Chinese film director detained for hiring prostitute

Beijing, Sep 15 (IANS) A Chinese film director, who won the prestigious Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007, was detained Monday by police for soliciting sex. Wang Quan'an, 48 and a 31-year-old prostitute were caught by police at an apartment in Dongcheng district last Wednesday, Xinhua reported. Wang confessed that he had contacted the prostitute ...

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Will Saradha scam be Trinamool's Waterloo?

Kolkata, Sep 15 (IANS) The Saradha scam is turning out to be the Trinamool Congress' worst nightmare. Even party supremo Mamata Banerjee's much-vaunted honesty and integrity have been called into question as the CBI probe seems to be getting closer to West Bengal's ruling party. The opposition parties, humbled in all recent polls, are sniffing a chance to stage a comeback. As the...

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Walk or cycle to office for better mental health

London, Sep 15 (IANS) Walking or cycling to work does not only save fuel but also leads to an improved psychological well-being. According to a new study, people who stopped driving and started walking or cycling to work benefited from an improved well-being. In particular, active commuters felt better able to concentrate and also felt less strain than if they travelled by car.

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Andhra Pradesh holds country's first e-cabinet meet

Hyderabad, Sep 15 (IANS) Ushering in paperless cabinet, Andhra Pradesh Monday held e-cabinet meeting. I-pads and power point presentation replaced the papers as tech-savy Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu presided over the meeting, billed as thr first such exercise by any state cabinet in the country. The e-cabinet mAeting was held to mark 100 days of the Telugu Desam Party (T...

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App can reveal how moral you are

London, Sep 15 (IANS) Can a smartphone app judge how moral you are in daily life? Yes it can, say researchers. In a bid to track moral judgements in everyday life, researchers used a smartphone app to track moral and immoral acts committed or witnessed by more than 1,200 people as they spent the day. The findings showed that people were about three times as likely to report commi...

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Australian churches favour medical marijuana

Canberra, Sep 15 (IANS) The Uniting Church has urged the Western Australian government to consider legalising marijuana for medicinal use, media reported Monday. The Uniting Church in Australia was formed June 22, 1977, as a union of three churches: the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia. The decision to...

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Chinese president's wife to visit Delhi school

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan will visit a school here, interact with a select group of students and teach them calligraphy, a top school official said Monday. Xi and his wife Peng will be in India on a three-day visit that begins Wednesday in Ahmedabad. On Thursday, the Chinese president travels to New Delhi. Peng will visit Tag...

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