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Tulsi Gabbard takes part in Clean India campaign at Delhi school

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu American in the US Congress, Thursday made an impromptu stop at a government school here and joined the children in cleaning up the school. The Democrat from Hawaii made a stop at the Navyug School in Jor Bagh in south Delhi which comes under the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's...

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Kerala tweaks liquor policy

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 18 (IANS) Bowing to pressure from various quarters, the Kerala government Thursday decided that from now on Sundays will no longer be dry days and 418 bars that have not opened since the beginning of this fiscal would become beer and wine parlours, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Chandy told reporters that these changes have been made to ensure that the fundame...

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Lakhvi bail no surprise, Pakistan has to decide its course: Experts

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) India termed as very unfortunate Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi getting bail from a Pakistani court, while experts and former envoys to Pakistan evinced no surprise over the development, saying it was all part of a pattern and that Islamabad needs to decide which way it was going, especially after the terror attack on a Peshawar school. Home Minis...

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Tipsarevic withdraws from 2015 Chennai Open

Chennai, Dec 18 (IANS) Former Chennai Open champion Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic Thursday withdrew from the tournament as he is yet to recover fully from a foot injury he underwent earlier this year, a statement from the organisers said. The former World No.8, recovering from a foot surgery, was set to make his return to competitive tennis next season and was granted a singles wild card, bu...

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Putin offers Russian mediation to settle Ukraine issue

Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS/TASS) Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday proffered to mediate in the Ukraine crisis and said that the only way to solve the crisis is through dialogue while saying that the bounce back from its current economic crisis within two years. I hope that a dialogue, in which we act as mediators, will help to settle the situation (in Ukraine), Putin said at his annual...

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Golf: Bhullar joint 10th, Shiv tied 24th in Dubai Open

Dubai, Dec 18 (IANS) Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar scored three-under 69 to take joint 10th position after the first round of the $500,000 Dubai Open as Australian rookie Kalem Richardson stormed into a one-shot lead with a six-under 66 at the par-72 Els Club Dubai course here Thursday. Th2 26-year-old Bhullar birdied the fourth, eighth, 13th, 16th and 18th holes but he progress was ha...

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New city inaugurated in Tibet

Beijing, Dec 18 (IANS) The Tibet Autonomous Region in China now has a new city after Xigaze was upgraded and inaugurated to become the third prefecture-level city in the region Thursday. The inauguration of Xigaze City is a milestone throughout the area's history, which marks its development entering into a new era, Xinhua quoted Zhang Hongbo, mayor of the new city, as saying. As...

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UN agency seeks global funding for Gaza destruction

Gaza, Dec 18 (IANS) UN Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East Thursday called on international donors to help deal with the unprecedented destruction in the Gaza Strip. The UNRWA said in an emailed press statement that more than twice as many refugee family homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during this summer's Israel-Palestine conflict than had in...

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CBI files three charge sheets in NRHM case

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The CBI Thursday filed three charge sheets in three separate cases against five people in connection with alleged irregularities in upgradation of 134 hospitals in Uttar Pradesh under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The charge sheets were filed in a special CBI court in Ghaziabad. All the three cases were registered May 28, 2013 under Indian Pen...

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India's progress in sports gives immense satisfaction: Tendulkar

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar asserted Thursday that India has come up by leaps and bounds in sports recently, arousing a sense of satisfaction among top sportspersons of the country. Tendulkar, who was in the city for inaugurating a state-of-the-art swimming pool at Rajarhat, was greeted with a garland of 34,000 roses. India is progressing really ...

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SRK meets Stanford University students in Mumbai

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan met a few select students of the prestigious Stanford University here Thursday, and shared some of his life's experiences with them, including learning that frailties and failures need to be celebrated. The students came to Mumbai recently to meet some public figures who have done well in their careers and are role models to many. ...

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Sandeep all gung-ho for 2015 Hockey India League

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Still smarting from his side Punjab Warriors' loss in the summit clash of the Hockey India League (HIL) last year, veteran penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh Thursday promised to come out all guns blazing in the third edition of the league starting Jan 22, next year. Sandeep scored 11 goals in the tournament last year but his side lost the final via penalty ...

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Violent snowstorm leaves five dead in Japan

Tokyo, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) A violent snowstorm in northern Japan has killed five people and seriously disrupted transport on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japanese media reported Thursday. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said two powerful low-pressure fronts have been present near Hokkaido and to the north of Honshu island since Wednesday, resulting in heavy snowfall and strong wi...

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Four get life term for 1975 L.N. Mishra murder

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Four followers of Hindu sect Anand Marg were Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment here for criminal conspiracy and murder of the then railway minister L.N. Mishra in 1975. District Judge Vinod Goel awarded life imprisonment to Gopalji (73), Ranjan Dwivedi (66), Santoshanand Avadhuta (75) and Sudevananda Avadhuta (79). The maximum punishment under which...

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Messi is the best footballer of all time: Manchester City's Silva

Manchester, Dec 18 (IANS) Spanish midfielder David Silva has said that Argentine forward Lionel Messi is part of his dream team as he is the best footballer of all time. He's the best of all time, although I haven't had a chance to watch some other greats of the past, he was quoted as saying by marca.com Thursday. Silva lined him up in attack of his dream team alongside former gr...

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Rajya Sabha logjam over conversion persists for fourth day

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was Thursday stalled for the fourth consecutive day over the conversion row, as the opposition insisted Prime Minister Narendra Modi should reply to a debate on the attack on the country's secular fabric, while the government blamed them for shying away from a discussion. The upper house, where the government is in a minority, earlier lost nearly ...

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Senior IS leader dies in coalition bombing in Iraq

Mosul (Iraq), Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) A senior leader of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group has been killed in airstrikes carried out by the US-led international coalition in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a Kurdish source told Efe news agency Thursday. The head of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul, Esmat Rajab, said that the deceased, identified as Abu Saad al-Lah...

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Day temperature drops across Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) Cold wave conditions intensified in Punjab and Haryana Thursday with the maximum temperature dropping. Moderate to dense fog affected normal life at most places in both states. Some flights were cancelled, trains were running behind schedule and road traffic was slowed down due to foggy conditions. Maximum temperature was eight to nine degrees below norm...

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Putin offers Russian mediation to settle Ukraine crisis

Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS/TASS) Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday proffered to mediate in the Ukraine crisis and said that the only way to solve the crisis is through dialogue. I hope that a dialogue, in which we act as mediators, will help to settle the situation (in Ukraine), Putin said at his annual media conference. The Russian president said that the armed state coup in U...

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North Korea accuses Europe of participating in CIA torture

Seoul, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) North Korea Thursday criticised the alleged participation of European countries in torture carried out by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a fresh attempt to discredit the UN resolution that denounces human rights violations by the Kim Jong-un regime. European countries have so far often found fault with other countries over their alleged human rights ...

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