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Hong Kong ex-chief secretary found guilty of graft

Hong Kong, Dec 19 (IANS) Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan was found guilty Friday of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman Thomas Kwok and two middlemen. The nine-member jury convicted Hui of three counts of misconduct in public office, one count of conspiracy of misconduct in public office and one count of conspiracy to offer ...

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Indian Terrain to raise Rs.75 crore

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Tamil Nadu-based fashion brand Indian Terrain will raise funds to the tune of Rs.75 crore through issuance of public tradable shares and private securities, it informed the National Stock Exchange Friday. Besides, the company said it is convening an extraordinary general meeting of the members of the company early January for considering and obtaining the authority ...

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We are capable of defending HIL title: Delhi Waveriders coach

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Delhi Waveriders chief coach Cedric D'Souza Friday said his team is confident of retaining the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) title. In the second edition of the HIL, Waveriders qualified for the semi-finals after finishing second in the pool standings, eventually going on to clinch the title. In the final against Punjab Warriors, Waveriders rode on Germa...

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'You need driving licence, tourist permit? Everything can be done'

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Thousands of motor vehicle drivers across India don't have appropriate certificates, sometimes even licences, to get tourist permits to drive commercial and other vehicles. However, just by shelling out some extra bucks they manage to procure such documents fraudulently - often under the nose and with connivance of transport departments - that permit them to drive around ...

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Passenger air traffic rose 5 percent in 2014

Toronto, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has reported passenger air traffic increased by 5 percent this year and the volume of air cargo by 4.6 percent in comparison to 2013. In a statement, the Montreal-based ICAO said Thursday that in 2014, 3.2 billion people used air transport for travel and it expects that the number will double to 6.4 billion b...

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Pakistan PM chairs high-level security meeting

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday chaired a high-level meeting at the army headquarters in Rawalpindi to discuss national security in the aftermath of the Peshawar massacre that left 148 people dead. The prime minister met with Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, and other senior military officials, Radio Pakistan reported. Nawaz Sh...

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US begins new era of relations with Cuba

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) The US has begun a new era in its relations with Cuba, which President Barack Obama began to work on after being elected to the White House in 2009, and could lead to official state visits between the leaders of both countries. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said at a press conference Thursday that a future visit by Cuban President Raul Castro to the ...

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Sensex makes healthy gains; capital goods stocks zoom

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets closed Friday's trade up 228.74 points or 0.84 percent as capital goods and information technology (IT) stocks gained. Healthy buying was observed in metal, bank, oil and gas and technology, entertainment and media (TECK) sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), wh...

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Mel B's husband 'would take a bullet for her'

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Mel B's husband Stephen Belafonte says that he loves his wife to the point that he can even take a bullet for the former Spice girl. There have been rumours that the couple are going thorugh troubled married life but Belafonte denies the reports by saying that he had nothing to do with hurting my wife. I did not touch Mel. I didn't hit her. I wasn't cheating...

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'Diaspora can help Indian brands go global'

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) The diaspora has an important role to play in helping Indian companies make a solid global impact and make sure the country has a current account surplus, a famous US-based marketing guru said here Friday. The Indian diaspora are extremely influential entities in the US and the UK, Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp, professor of marketing at Kenan-Flagler Business School...

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Eight Australian children stabbed, no suspect

Canberra, Dec 19 (IANS) Eight children as young as 18 months to 15 years were found stabbed to death at a house in Australia's Cairns city Friday but there are no suspects as of yet. An injured woman was also found in the house. There are no suspects at this point. It's very early. The woman in hospital is the mother of most of the children, the Cairns Post quoted the police as saying.

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Punj Lloyd gets nod for defence sector foray

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Indian engineering and construction major Punj Lloyd informed the National Stock Exchange Friday that it has received approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for manufacturing equipment systems and associated assemblies for the defence sector. The FIPB, the ministry of finance have approved the proposal of Punj Lloyd for manufacturing equipment s...

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Muslim chamber wins award for opposing cow slaughter

Aligarh, Dec 19 (IANS) A Muslim organisation here will get an award from a Jodhpur-based NGO for opposing cow slaughter. The Acharya Hasti Karuna Award carries a cheque of Rs.50,000 and a citation. The award will be given to the Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) at Jodhpur later this month. A MCCI spokesman told IANS that India's cattle, especially cow, population ...

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SmartCity Kochi projects' first phase to be ready by March 2015

Kochi, Dec 19 (IANS) The first phase of the Rs. 5,000 crore SmartCity Kochi project will be ready by March 2015, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Friday. Chandy was speaking after attending the board meeting of the Kerala government's much delayed prestigious IT project, which is coming up as a joint venture between Dubai Holdings and the state government. The first phas...

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Dr. Reddy's acquires nicotine therapy patch Habitrol

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (DRL) Friday said it has completed the acquisition of the brand Habitrol, an over-the-counter nicotine therapy transdermal patch from Novartis Consumer Health. The patch is used to decrease withdrawal symptoms triggered by stopping smoking or chewing tobacco. The acquisition was completed following the US Federal Trade Commission iss...

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I was made a scapegoat for United's last season failure: Fellaini

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Marouane Fellaini has claimed he was made a scapegoat for Manchester United's disastrous season last year, because of his relationship with David Moyes. The United mid-fielder has endured a troubled spell at Old Trafford since joining for £27 million last year. His performances in his first season were regularly targeted for savage criticism as he struggled to find...

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Surat partners Microsoft to become smart city

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The Surat Municipal Corporation has tied up with Microsoft India to transform the economic capital of Gujarat into a smart city, a statement said Friday. With the help of Microsoft and its partner ecosystem, the city administration is evaluating technology infrastructure to meet the changing needs of its citizens, it said. Surat is the fourth fastest grow...

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OPEC daily basket price closes higher

Vienna, Dec 19 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $56.30 a barrel Thursday, compared to $55.64 Wednesday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Lib...

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Kim's fan spends $150k to look like her

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Kim Kardashian's 23-year-old fan Jordan James Parke has spent a whopping $150,000 on cosmetic procedures to look like the Reality TV star. Kim graces several magazine covers a month and has her own reality show, clothing and make-up brand so perhaps it's no surprise that Parke wants to be just like Kim. The British make-up artist has gone to extreme len...

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Here's why some people handle traffic better

London, Dec 19 (IANS) British researchers have identified a part of the brain that tells us the exact direction to travel while we navigate through the traffic. This part of the brain that signals which direction you are facing - called the entorhinal region, is also used to signal the direction in which you need to travel to reach your destination. In other words, we have found ...

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