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28 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Dec 22 (IANS) At least 28 militants have been killed in Afghanistan, the defence ministry said Monday. The Afghan army carried out several clean-up operations in Helmand, Paktika and Kunar provinces for the past one day, killing 28 Taliban militants, including an insurgent local commander, Xinhua reported citing a defence ministry statement. It said that five soldiers also...

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Raiding Delhi Police team attacked, 7 injured

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) At least seven policemen were injured here when they were attacked by residents of a house which they raided because a sex racket was allegedly being run from there, police said Monday. The injured policemen were admitted to a hospital, where their medical condition is said to be out of danger. Police said the residents pelted stones when a police team c...

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Coldest Monday in Delhi in five years

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Delhiites woke up to the coldest Monday in the last five years, marked also by a dense fog, which reduced visibility to 50 metres. Fifty trains and 16 flights were delayed. The minimum temperature was recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average, the Met Office said. Due to the poor visibility, the arrival of 50 trains from var...

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Rio puts Olympic plans on track

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 22 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president John Coates triggered a controversy in April when he described preparations for the Rio 2016 Games as the worst he had seen. If his comments were designed to jolt local organisers into action, the plan seems to have worked, reports Xinhua. A host of competition sites are beginning to take shape ah...

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Deer vaccine may prevent brain disorder in humans

New York, Dec 22 (IANS) A vaccine that researchers developed to fight a fatal brain disorder in animals also holds promise for similar brain infections among humans. The study marks a scientific milestone as it is the successful vaccination of deer against chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal brain disorder caused by unusual infectious proteins known as prions that propagate by convert...

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Play Santa for underprivileged with just one message

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) If you wish to play secret Santa to an underprivileged family during Christmas, you can do it via Haptik app, which has tied up with E-daan so that people can donate educational books and warm clothes to an NGO in their city. Those interested can download the app, send a message on the Haptik Handle with the details of what they'd like to donate and then share de...

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We, not bureaucrats, will decide our future: Vrindavan's children

Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Dec 22 (IANS) Faced with what they see as steady degeneration of an ancient land, children of this Hindu holy town, facing a plethora of problems relating to ecology, culture and heritage, will review, discuss and draw up a unique urban master plan at a two-day interactive session-cum-workshop that will then be submitted to the state government for implementation, an or...

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Australian woman charged with killing kids to remain in custody

Sydney, Dec 22 (IANS) The Australian woman who was charged with murdering eight children, seven of them her own, would remain in custody and undergo further psychiatric examination until her next hearing Jan 30, a court ruled Monday. She is being kept in a hospital by authorities under an involuntary treatment order, the court heard. Eight murder charges against Raina Mersane Ina...

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India-Japan ties force for stability: President

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Monday said the relationship between India and Japan was a force for stability in the region. Extending greetings and felicitations to Emperor Akihito and the people of his country on the eve of Japan's National Day, the president said: India and Japan have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations and enduring goodwill between our peopl...

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Three kids die in Bihar due to contaminated meal

Patna, Dec 22 (IANS) Three children died while another is battling for his life at a hospital in a village in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district after eating contaminated food. The incident was reported from Gaurea village under Turkey police outpost in Muzaffarpur, about 70 km from here, officials said Monday. Two to three hours after eating dinner Sunday night, four children fell ill...

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'Happy New Year' a click away for foreign fans

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) After making a mark with the worldwide theatrical release, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Happy New Year will now be available for the international fans to view directly online. The movie will use the direct-to-fan (DTF) model so that fans in unconventional distribution markets are able to view it as well. The idea behind the development, by Red Chillies Enterta...

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Marseille go into winter break as Ligue 1 leaders

Paris, Dec 22 (IANS) Thanks to a second-half goal from Michy Batshuayi in his first start for Marseille, the French Ligue 1 leaders beat Lille 2-1 to end the year on top. Batshuayi, who made Marcelo Bielsa's starting lineup after Dimitri Payet was dropped for an alleged lack of effort in training, scored the winner in the 69th minute Sunday when the Belgian striker right footed to beat t...

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Tendulkar named ICC World Cup 2015 Ambassador

Dubai, Dec 22 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday named Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador. It will be the second successive time that the Indian maestro will be the Ambassador of ICC's pinnacle tournament, after he fulfilled the role in the previous event, which was co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in 2011. I...

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Narrow escape for Ajax against Excelsior

The Hague, Dec 22 (IANS) After a humiliating 0-4 home defeat against Vitesse in the Dutch Cup, reigning champions Ajax Amsterdam recorded a late 2-0 win against Excelsior to finish the first half of the Eredivisie season. Excelsior were the most dangerous side in Rotterdam, but two substitutes brought Ajax the win Sunday, reports Xinhua. Mike van der Hoorn's shot earned the visi...

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Sushmita Sen likes shopping online, says it saves time

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Former Miss Universe and actress Sushmita Sen says shopping online helps her find a variety of brands within no time and that the e-commerce world has enabled local creative talent of the country to get a global reach. The 39-year-old was here recently to announce and promote the second edition of Jabong Online Fashion Week. One of the greatest things abo...

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Germany's Kutscher wins FEI World Cup Jumping

London, Dec 22 (IANS) German riders dominated the seventh leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2014/2015 Western European League at Olympia here, with Marco Kutscher steering his stallion Cornet's Cristallo to victory ahead of defending series champion Daniel Deusser riding Carriere. Sunday's competition sizzled from start to finish, with 13 of the 38 starters qualifying for the sec...

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Pakistan bracing for terror backlash, says daily

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Pakistan is bracing for a terror backlash following the executions of terrorists after the Peshawar carnage, a leading daily said Monday. An editorial in the Dawn said the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in response to the Peshawar carnage has triggered a serious threat: Terrorist attacks to avenge the executions by the state. Already, inte...

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Bajrang Dal accuses Agra administration of sheltering Bangladeshis

Agra, Dec 22 (IANS) Bajrang Dal Monday accused the Agra administration of sheltering illegal Bangladeshi migrants in the district. Besides, the group questioned the working of Catholic organisations in the district's Etmadpur area, where scores of people have allegedly been converted to Christianity on promise of job, higher education and a better life. For months this (conversi...

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States making big mistake in backing terrorism: Iran

Tehran, Dec 22 (IANS) Countries supporting terrorism in the Middle East have made a big mistake, says Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Press TV reported. The states that back terrorist groups have made a big mistake and will face problems because of that, Larijani said in a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi in the Syrian capital Damascus Sunday. The to...

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Coldest Monday in Delhi in five years

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Delhiites woke up to the coldest Monday in the last five years, marked also by a dense fog, which reduced visibility to 50 metres. Fifty trains were delayed and 12 trains were rescheduled. The minimum temperature was recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average, the Met Office said. Due to the poor visibility, the arrival of 50...

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