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Doubles tennis title for Myneni and Sanam

Pune, Oct 24 (IANS) The Indian camp had some consolation as Saketh Myneni, who lost his singles semi-final match, paired up with Sanam Singh to bag the men's doubles title, defeating top seeded Thai twins of Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana 6-3, 6-2 in the $50,000 KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger tennis tournament here Friday. Myneni and Sanam received cash prize of $3,100 and 90 tour points whil...

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When Keira Knightley attended prom with a girl

London, Oct 24 (IANS) One of the most gorgeous actresses of her generation Keira Knightley says there was a time when boys didn't find her attractive and she had to attend her prom night with a female friend. The actress says none of her male classmates asked her to their school dance, so she accompanied one of her girl friends, who too did not have a date for the evening, femalefirst.co...

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Gambhir scores 167 but Central Zone get lead

Mohali, Oct 24 (IANS) Gautam Gambhir's 167 powered North Zone to 457 on the third day of the Duleep Trophy cricket semi-final against Central Zone at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here Friday. The left-handed opener, who started the day on 68, got good support from Mandeep Singh (74) as other overnight batsman Yuvraj Singh fell three runs short of a fifty when the team's t...

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Government employees to take pledge on Patel's birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Employees of government offices, public sector undertakings and other institutions will pledge to maintain the unity and integrity of the country Oct 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which is being observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day). The pledge will also be administered in schools and colleges. The Central Board of Secondar...

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Turner to lead Cricket Australia XI against South Africa

Melbourne, Oct 24 (IANS) Ashton Turner will skipper the Cricket Australia (CA) XI against the South African side in a Twenty20 contest to be played Nov 2 at the North Sydney Oval. The game will serve as a tour match ahead of the three-match T20 International series between the two sides beginning at the Adelaide Oval Nov 5. South Africa has been one of the most successful interna...

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In Himachal, villagers pelt stones at one another at fair

Shimla, Oct 24 (IANS) A centuries-old stone-pelting ritual was held Friday in a Himachal Pradesh village in which two groups, one representing the royal family of the erstwhile princely state and the other comprising commoners, pelted stones at one another. The injured smeared a 'tilak' on the forehead of the idol of Goddess Kali with their blood. However, there was no major casualty, s...

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China launches test return orbiter for lunar mission

Beijing, Oct 24 (IANS) China launched an unmanned spacecraft early Friday to test technologies to be used in the Chang'e-5, a future probe that will conduct the country's first moon mission and return to the Earth. The lunar orbiter was launched atop an advanced Long March-3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China's Sichuan province, Xinhua reported. T...

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Obama names Indian-American ambassador to Sweden

Washington, Oct 24 (IANS) President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American investment banker and philanthropist Azita Raji to the coveted diplomatic post of US ambassador to Sweden. Raji, a top bundler for Obama who raised more than $3 million for his 2012 re-election campaign, was earlier appointed to the president's Commission on White House Fellowship last year. She prev...

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Top Indians for Challenger squash

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) The Indian Squash Academy here will host the fourth and concluding round of the JSW Indian Squash Challenger circuit beginning Saturday, followed by the National sub-junior and junior championships that have received over 500 entries. Speaking at a media conference here Thursday, S. Maniam, consultant coach of the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI), said the...

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HAL setting up MRO hangar for composites

Bangalore, Oct 24 (IANS) State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is setting up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangar for composites used in producing helicopters and aircraft for defence services. Defence production secretary G. Mohan Kumar laid the foundation for the MRO hangar Thursday at the HAL complex here to store composites, formed by combining materials and used to b...

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Obama names Indian-American as ambassador to Sweden

Washington, Oct 24 (IANS) President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American investment banker and philanthropist Azita Raji to the coveted diplomatic post of US ambassador to Sweden. Raji, a top bundler for Obama who raised more than $3 million for his 2012 re-election campaign, was earlier appointed to the president's Commission on White House Fellowship last year. She prev...

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Think tank formed to draft National IPR policy

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) A think tank has been formed to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights policy, an official statement said Friday. Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has constituted a IPR Think Tank to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy and to advice the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion on IPR issues, a commerce and industry mi...

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Windies women focused despite men's team upheaval

Canberra, Oct 24 (IANS/CMC) West Indies women's team management say their side will not be distracted by the controversy surrounding their male counterparts. The Windies women arrived here last week to face hosts Australia in a bilateral series, even as the West Indies men's side took the unprecedented step of abandoning their tour of India over a pay dispute with their union -- the West...

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Laxman confident of India doing well Down Under

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) Banking on the abundance of talented Indian cricketers, former India batting great V.V.S. Laxman Friday exuded confidence about the Indian cricket team doing well in its upcoming tour to Australia. The stylish batsman who has been roped in as a batting consultant for the Cricket Association of Bengal's (CAB) 'Vision 2020' initiative, said India's disastrous England...

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Student dies in Finland high school stabbing

Helsinki, Oct 24 (IANS) A stabbing incident in a high school in Finland's northern town of Utsjoki around noon Friday left one male student dead, media reported. The stabbing occurred during school hours, the report said, with police receiving an alert about the incident around 12 noon, Xinhua reported citing Finnish News Agency STT . Police said that one suspect has been taken i...

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Modi's Rs.745 crore falls short of Kashmir's expectations

Srinagar, Oct 24 (IANS) Political parties and the common man in Jammu and Kashmir Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have announced a larger relief package during his day-long visit to the state instead of Rs.745 crore. Naeem Akhtar, chief spokesman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told IANS here: What Modi announced yesterday (Thursday) is actually an inter...

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'Happy New Year' gets bumper opening: Trade experts

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Happy New Year arrived Friday and it has been tagged as fully masaledaar entertainer, blockbuster written all over it and visually appealing. Happy New Year, which also stars Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah, had a bumper opening, says a trade analyst. Rajesh Thadani of Multi...

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'Happy New Year' - revenge drama packed with humour, fluff

Film: Happy New Year: Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff; Director: Farah Khan; Rating: *** Packed with humour and fluff, Happy New Year is a buoyant revenge saga that revolves around a predictable heist drama, where every character is emotionally blackmailed to be a part of the plan, for the sake of their maa,...

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James Blunt wants to have kids

London, Oct 24 (IANS) Singer James Blunt says he is ready to become a father and wants to take the next step with his new wife Sofia Wellesley. Having tied the knot with Wellesley just last month, Blunt admits he is already thinking about children as he does not want to miss out on the experience of becoming a parent, reports femalefirst.co.uk Having children seems like an amazin...

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Goals on agenda for El Clasico

Madrid, Oct 24 (IANS) Saturday's 'El Clasico' in Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will allow football fans from world over to see two of the most devastating attacks possible to imagine in club football with the added incentive of Luis Suarez' return to action after suspension. If the prospect of seeing Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar go head-to-head with Cristiano Ronaldo and...

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