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Odisha CM inaugurates Tribal Sports Meet 2017

Bhubaneswar, Dec 18 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated the Tribal Sports Meet 2017, a first-of-its kind event in the country to promote sports among tribals in Odisha. The Chief Minister inaugurated the sports meet through video conferencing at the state secretariat, an official statement said. Patnaik also unveiled the logo of the event and mascot...

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Vietnam, Morocco agree to cement parliamentary cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 18 (IANS/MAP) The heads of the highest legislative bodies of Vietnam and Morocco agreed here on Monday to bolster all-round cooperation, especially parliamentary cooperation. During their talks, Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and visiting President of the Moroccan House of Representatives Habib El Malki agreed to strengthen high-level delega...

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Melting East Antarctic ice sheet may cause global sea level rise

New York, Dec 18 (IANS) The East Antarctic ice sheet -- one of the two large ice sheets in Antarctica and the largest on the entire planet -- may contribute substantially to global sea level rise, finds a study. The East Antarctic ice sheet, with more than 12,000 feet thick ice in many places, was thought to be among the most stable, not gaining or losing mass even as ice sheets in West ...

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2 rob Navy officer's son, relative of mobiles; held

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Two persons were arrested on Monday for robbing a Naval officer's son and his cousin of their mobiles phones here, police said. The accused Mohan Chand Upadhyay, 35, was arrested from a park in south Delhi where the robbery took place while his accomplice Sumit, 30, was later arrested from his residence, also in south Delhi. Police said the incident took ...

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Anna Kendrick said no to 'tighter clothes'

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Anna Kendrick says that she rejected the idea that she and her co-stars should wear tighter and sexier clothing in upcoming film Pitch Perfect 3. Kendrick, 32, reprises her role of Beca in the third installment of the hit musical franchise. She feels she, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Hailee Steinfeld didn't have to look sexually appealing in ...

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Tina Thadani goes vegan for a Hollywood TV project

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Tina Thadani turned to a keto diet and dropped non-vegetarian for her role in an upcoming Hollywood TV drama titled Guru. Speaking on the opportunity, Tina said in a statement: I had a particular frame for my character so I have been following a keto diet. When I wake up I usually have a lemon water and then I hit the gym where I do a lot of strength trainin...

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Poll results swing equity indices, close trade in green

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices on Monday danced to the tunes of the assembly polls results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to finally close with gains after swinging from the extreme negative to the positive. Amid much volatility, the S&P BSE Sensex oscillated within a range of over 1,200 points, and the NSE Nifty50 of over 300 points, on an intra-day basis and trimm...

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Nitish Kumar taunts Congress over defeat in Gujarat

Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) BJP ally, Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U President Nitish Kumar on Monday taunted the Congress, saying the party had claimed victory in Gujarat and it lost Himachal Pradesh too. He also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over the party winning in both states. Claiming victory in Gujarat, Congress lost in Himachal Pradesh also, Nitis...

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Indian software market to hit $5.1 bn in 2018: IDC

Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) Indian software market is expected to grow at 11.9 per cent (year-on-year) and touch $5.1 billion by the end of 2018, market research firm IDC said on Monday. Collaborative and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications were among the top three fastest-growing software categories in 2017, primarily led by adoption via a Cloud model (consumed as software-...

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GSTN allows option for monthly, quarterly filing of GSTR 1

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has introduced a new function on its portal to allow taxpayers to choose the frequency of filing the GSTR 1 form summarising an assessee's sales on a quarterly or monthly basis, the IT services provider announced on Monday. This facility, instituted as per a decision of the GST Council, allows the taxpayer the option to c...

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I-League: Mohun Bagan eager to return to winning ways

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Mohun Bagan will be eager to get back to winning ways when they host I-League newcomers Neroca FC at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Tuesday. Mohun Bagan were held to a 1-1 draw by Shillong Lajong in their last outing at home. They missed a lot of players in that game due to injuries and a suspension. But in Tuesday's game, the green and mar...

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Ranji Trophy: Nair's unbeaten ton gives Karnataka control vs Vidarbha

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Karnataka rode Karun Nair's brilliant unbeaten ton to be in the driver's seat by posting 294/8 against Vidarbha who struggled despite Rajneesh Gurbani's five-wicket haul on the second day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final here on Monday. The eight-time champions now lead by 109 runs replying to Vidarbha's 185 in the first innings at the Eden Gardens. Resumin...

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Austria coalition with far-right party sworn in

Vienna, Dec 18 (IANS) The new government of Austria, a coalition formed by the conservative People's Party (OVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), was sworn in on Monday amid protests in the capital. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, the former Green party leader, presided over the ceremony at Vienna's Hofburg Palace. Sixteen members of the new Cabinet took their seats, i...

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85 persons travel to-and-fro on Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service

Jammu, Dec 18 (IANS) The cross Line of Control (LoC) bus service between Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rawalakot in Pakistan-administered Kashmir carried 85 passengers across the divided state, officials said. Officials at the Chakan Da Bagh trade and travel facilitation centre in Poonch said the passengers included 51 residents of Pakistani-administered Kashmir who went back after meet...

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Drug users can dance all night, alcohol drinkers cannot: Parrikar

Panaji, Dec 18 (IANS) Admitting that there was a need to control rave parties in the state, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that those who consume drugs can dance till morning, while those who drink alcohol can dance only for two to three hours. Without drugs, you can't dance until morning. With alcohol you can dance at the most two to three hours, he told the assembly...

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Gujarat rejected Congress' divisive, casteist politics: Rupani

Ahmedabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday said the people of the state had rejected the divisive and casteist politics of the Congress and voted for the BJP's development model. Rupani also said the Parliamentary Board of the party will decide on the Chief Ministerial candidate. The people of the state have rejected the divisive and casteist politics ...

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Gunmen attack Afghan intelligence training centre, 1 militant killed

Kabul, Dec 18 (IANS) At least one militant was killed on Monday in an attack on a training centre of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency in Kabul, where terrorists and security forces are engaged in a shootout, officials said. The attackers were holed up in a building under construction near the training centre of the National Directorate of Security in western Kabul, Interior Ministr...

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Time is best inheritance for children: Soha

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Soha Ali Khan, also a mother, says the best inheritance people can give to children is time. Children are like wet cement, and whatever falls on them makes an impression. The best inheritance we can give to children is time, and we need to make that happen, Soha, daughter of actress Sharmila Tagore and late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, said in a state...

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Honoured to play young Baba Ramdev: Naman Jain

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) National Award winning child artist Naman Jain says he is honoured to portray the child life of yoga guru Baba Ramdev in his upcoming biopic TV series Swami Ramdev: Ek Sangharsh. The show will be co-produced by actor Ajay Devgn and Watergate Production. It is an honour to play Ramdev's childhood in his biopic series. Playing the role of Ramkishan (young Ramd...

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Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar, Yes Bank's Kapoor named most respected entrepreneurs

Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) Biotechnology major Biocon's Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shah and Yes Bank's Chief Executive Rana Kapoor were on Monday named the most respected entrepreneurs of the year 2017 by the London-based Hurun Report. Shaw and Kapoor are the most respected entrepreneurs of the year for their role in the growth of their individual business, job creation, philanthropy and c...

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