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Atletico de Kolkata beat Kerala Blasters 1-0 to become ISL champions

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Atletico de Kolkata defeated Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in the final to lift the Indian Super League (ISL) football trophy at the D.Y Patil stadium here Saturday. A last gasp goal from forward Mohammed Rafique helped the Sourav Ganguly part-owned franchise clinch the inaugural edition of the tournament. ...

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Cuba's parliament backs normalisation of ties with US

Havana, Dec 20 (IANS/EFE) Cuba's National Assembly backed President Raul Castro's decision to begin the process of restoring full diplomatic relations with the US, a historic move that brings an end to more than 50 years of enmity. Parliament Speaker Esteban Lazo Friday hailed the rapprochement with the US and the return to the island of three Cuban spies -- regarded as heroes on the isl...

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Other states to recruit northeast youth in police: Rijiju

Umsaw Khwan (Meghalaya), Dec 20 (IANS) Youths from the northeastern states will be recruited in police forces in metropolitan cities as part of the national integration policy of the BJP-led government, union minister Kiren Rijiju said here Saturday. As part of national integration, from next season, police in Delhi and other metros would take steps to recruit youth from the northeast. T...

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FC Goa's Pires wants to return to India as coach

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Arsenal legend Robert Pires, who was the marquee signing of FC Goa, has expressed his desire to return to the country in the capacity of a coach in the Indian Super League (ISL). Posting a picture on Twitter with his Goa teammates, he said: My Indian team !! Hope to see you next year... maybe as a coach !!!, he tweeted Saturday. The star French mid-fielde...

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Jharkhand polls end, final phase sees over 25 lakh voters

Ranchi/New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Over 25 lakh people - more than 70 percent of the electorate - Saturday exercised their franchise in the fifth and last round of the assembly election in Jharkhand, officials said. Sixteen constituencies voted Saturday in the final phase. Of the 16 seats, seven were reserved for Scheduled Tribes. In New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zut...

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Motorsports: Murthy-Sujith pair set for another success

Chennai, Dec 20 (IANS) Having already sealed the Championship in the Pro-Stock category, the Bengaluru pair of Chidananda Murthy and navigator B.S. Sujith Kumar of Tata Motors are keen to finish the 2014 FMSCI Indian National TSD Rally Championship on a high in the MRF-MMSC Rally, the ninth and concluding round of the series, to be run here Sunday. Meanwhile, in the Pro-Expert category, ...

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Ganguly thanks fans for tremendous reception to ISL

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Thanking football lovers of the country for the spontaneous positive reception offered to the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) co-owner Sourav Ganguly said Saturday that the inaugural competition could only get better in the years to come. Reception of the tournament by the country has been tremendous. Everyone has stood up an...

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Saina, Srikanth lose in semis of Superseries Finals

Dubai, Dec 20 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lost in their respective semi-finals of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here Saturday. While World No.4 Saina was tamed 21-11, 13-21, 9-21 in 55 minutes by World No.9 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, World No.6 Srikanth was o...

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Enthusiastic fans throng D.Y Patil stadium for ISL final

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) A galaxy of stars from the silver screen and sports personalities alongside other fans thronged the D.Y Patil stadium to be part of the final of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) that metamorphosed more into a football festival from a mere tournament summit clash Saturday. The final between the formidable rivals - Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters - saw ...

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Centre downplaying Maharashtra agro-crisis: VJAS

Nagpur, Dec 20 (IANS) The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) which is documenting the Maharashtra agrarian crises since 1997 Saturday disputed central figures on the farmers suicides for the current year. It questioned the figures given to the Rajya Sabha by union Minister of State for Agriculture Mohan Kundaria that only 800 farmers have ended their lives in India, including 724 in Maha...

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Saudi police kill four militants

Riyadh, Dec 20 (IANS) Saudi Arabia announced Saturday the death of four militants in an exchange of fire with police in the disturbed city of Al-Awamiyah in the Eastern Province, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The exchange of fire took place when police tried to arrest suspects who shot dead a policeman last Sunday, the Saudi interior ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

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Britain's oldest man, a Sikh, celebrates Christmas

London, Dec 20 (IANS) An Indian-origin 110-year-old Sikh man in Britain is fond of Christmas and he is already celebrating on the eve of the festival. Nazer Singh, born in Punjab, India, had not heard of Christmas until he moved to England in 1965. Now he is a huge fan, the Daily Express reported Friday. Since I came to England I take pride in receiving gifts and giving presents....

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Arrest warrant against Taliban chief, Pakistan assures Lakhvi in jail

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and nine others even as Pakistan assured India that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has not been released. The arrest warrants were issued against Fazlullah and th...

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Kurdish forces fight IS to free Iraqi town

Baghdad, Dec 20 (IANS) Kurdish security forces Saturday continued their advance to free the town of Sinjar after retaking several villages from the Islamic State (IS) radical group in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, a Kurdish official website and a security source said. The Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, backed by US-led coalition aircraft advanced in the early morning hours fr...

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Konkan Railway route to be electrified: Prabhu

Panaji, Dec 20 (IANS) Making a slew of announcements in Goa Saturday, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the Konkan Railway (KR) track will soon be fully electrified and double-lined. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) would also be inked with the Goa government to promote tourism along the KR route in the state, Prabhu said at a function organised by KR at the Karmali railway station,...

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Kashmir polls see highest turnout in 25 years, 76 percent in last phase

Jammu, Dec 20 (IANS) Braving the winter chill, an astounding over 13 lakh people, or 76 percent of the electorate, Saturday turned out to vote in the fifth and final round of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections. Officials termed the turnout historic and unprecedented and the highest in the last 25 years. This brought down the curtains on the staggered five-phase elections that were ...

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21 militants killed in Pakistan air raid

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) At least 21 militants were killed when the Pakistani army launched an air raid against suspected militants in the country's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency Saturday, the military said. Inter-Services Public Relations, the mouthpiece of the Pakistani army, said in a statement that troops backed by jet fighters pounded seven militant hideouts in Tirah Valley...

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Navneeth Prabhu in title round in Junior Open squash

Singapore, Dec 20 (IANS) Top seed Navneeth Prabhu of India entered the final of the Singapore Junior Open squash tournament defeating compatriot Neel Joshi 11-0, 11-7, 11-7 in the semi-final here Saturday. In Sunday's final, Prabhu will take on Malaysian Nicolas Chee who overcame compatriot Ishant Shah Atul Kumar 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7. In the passage to the final, Prabhu o...

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Atwal, Shiv share lead; Bhullar tied 5th in Dubai Open

Dubai, Dec 20 (IANS) Indian golfers Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal shared the lead with two others while Gaganjeet Bhullar finished tied fifth after the third round of the inaugural Dubai Open at the par-72 Els Club Dubai course here Saturday. Atwal fired four-under 68 for a three-day total of 10-under 206 while Shiv overcame two early bogeys to card three-under 69 to share the lead with Sou...

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Constable critical as car hits him

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) A 45-year-old Delhi Police constable was critically injured after being hit by a car allegedly driven by a drunk man early Saturday. The incident took place at around 12.45 a.m. in east Delhi's Pandav Nagar area when constable Raghunandan and his two colleagues were manning a police picket, a police officer said. Raghunandan was admitted to a hospital in ...

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