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Rajasthan shivers due to cold wave

Jaipur, Dec 21 (IANS) Cold wave conditions intensified in the desert state of Rajasthan Sunday with Churu recording a minimum temperature of 0.5 degree Celsius. Mount Abu, the only hill station in the state, shivered at 2 degrees Celsius, while Sikar was chilly at 3 degrees Celsius. Dabok near Udaipur and Pilani in the Shekhawati region were cold at 3.4 and 3.8 degrees Celsius, respectiv...

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Will form next Kashmir government on our own, says PDP

Jammu, Dec 21 (IANS) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday said it was confident of forming the next government in Jammu and Kashmir on its own and would not align with the Bharatiya Janata Party. Reacting to some media reports that said the PDP had said it was open to forming an alliance with the BJP if it does not get the needed simple majority of 44 in the 87-member state assembly...

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Pakistan minister: Supporters of terrorists live among us

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS) Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Sunday said every citizen was required to be vigilant as the sympathisers and supporters of these terrorists live among us. To fight terror, every Pakistani citizen has to play their part, Dawn online quoted Khan as saying at a press conference here as he urged all citizens to be vigilant with regard to the ter...

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Operation Milaap unites another girl with family

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) The Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Delhi Police Crime Branch has succeeded in reuniting a 17-year-old girl with her family, as part of its Operation Milaap. The Operation Milaap aims to find missing children and unite them with their parents. The girl was staying at the Ashraya Family Home, a children's home in south Delhi's Madanpur Dabas area...

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Jordan hangs 11 murder convicts

Amman, Dec 21 (IANS) Jordan executed 11 men convicted of murder Sunday, ending an eight-year ban on death penalty in the country, media reported. Eleven criminals convicted in different cases of murder were executed at dawn, the state-run Petra news agency quoted the Jordanian interior ministry as saying, according to Xinhua. All those convicted were Jordanians. There have been s...

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Rutuja, Karman Thandi in tennis nationals main round

Pune, Dec 21 (IANS) Rutuja Bhosale and Karman Kaur Thandi picked up two of the eight qualifying spots with hard-fought wins in the Qualifying tournament for the NECC-ITF women's $25,000 tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana here Sunday. The 16th seed Rutuja was taken to the distance by Georgian Oksana Kalashnikova but the Indian prevailed 7-6 (3), 6-4. After being forced to pl...

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Chen Long emerges champion in BWF Superseries Finals

Dubai, Dec 21 (IANS) Reigning world Champion Chen Long of China demolished Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-16, 21-10 to win the men's singles crown of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here Sunday. World No.2 Long was in his elements right from the start of the final against World No.11 Vittinghus. He played an aggressiv...

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What people suffer in a lifetime, I faced in 13 weeks: Praneet Bhat

Mumbai, Dec 21 (IANS) I got fed up with everything inside there, said actor Praneet Bhat, who was Sunday evicted from the TV reality show Bigg Boss 8 and describes his 13-week stay as a life-changing experience. The 34-year-old often touted as the 'Shakuni' inside the house, a character that he played in mythological show Mahabharat, was evicted after being nominated alongside Sonali Rau...

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Don't protest without reason, Gopal Gandhi advises students

Kolkata, Dec 21 (IANS) With West Bengal witnessing frequent student unrest, former state governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi Sunday advised teachers and pupils not to get involved in protests just for the sake of it. Addressing the second annual convocation of Presidency University here, Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, also warned students against seeking guidance from political, religio...

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Veteran golfer Atwal clinches Dubai Open title

Dubai, Dec 21 (IANS) Veteran Indian golfer Arjun Atwal Sunday ended a frustrating four-year title drought by winning the inaugural Dubai Open by one stroke after South Korean teenager Wang Jeung-hun bogeyed the final hole at the par-72 Els Club Dubai here. Atwal, a former Asian Tour number one, trailed by one heading into the par-five 18th hole but emerged victorious with a closing birdi...

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ISRO to study data in crew module's `black box'

Chennai, Dec 21 (IANS) Indian space scientists will study the data recorded by around 200 sensors in the dummy crew module that reached the Kamarajar Port near here Sunday, said a senior official of the space agency. The crew module has around 200 sensors to record various aspects of the flight. Our team at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvanthapuram will study the data, S....

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Ranji: Pacer Rana Dutt puts Tripura in control against Jharkhand

Dhanbad, Dec 21 (IANS) Pacer Rana Dutt grabbed five wickets to help Tripura seize an early initiative against Jharkhand on the first day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Sunday. Dutt, along with fellow quicks Manisankar Murasingh and Abhijit Sarkar ran through the Jharkhand top-order batting line-up to dismiss them for 142. Dutt claimed five wicket...

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Don't stop subsidised foodgrain for APL families: Odisha to Centre

Bhubaneswar, Dec 21 (IANS) Odisha has urged the union government not to stop supplying subsidised foodgrain to above poverty line (APL) families till the identification of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) is completed in the state. While the union government decided to stop supply of foodgrain to APL families from April 5, 2015, the state government requested the...

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Lance Bass marries Michael Turchin

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Former N Sync band member Lance Bass married his partner Michael Turchin here. The ceremony took place at Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday, reports people.com. We love each other so much, said Bass of his new partner, whom he met almost four years ago at a friend's birthday celebration. Wedding planner Sharon Sacks organised a ceremony with a weddi...

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Gutka ban is good for India's youth: WHO study

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 21 (IANS) State-level laws banning gutka - a form of chewing tobacco - are having a positive impact on Indian youths, according to a study by WHO. The World Health Organization (WHO) study was conducted in Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and the national capital region. It revealed that the support for gutka ban is ver...

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IAF helps Kashmir elections with 300 sorties

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Indian Air Force helicopters played a key role during the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, undertaking nearly 300 sorties in over 160 hours. The Western Air Command pressed its helicopter fleet into action from Nov 25 in aid of the elections, following a request by the Election Commission. The IAF flew electoral officers, security personnel and Elect...

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Cold wave hits normal life in Bihar

Patna, Dec 21 (IANS) Icy winds and a cloudy sky badly affected normal life in Bihar Sunday, with most people forced to stay indoors, officials said. The cold wave is likely to intensify in the state Monday, with the minimum temperature to go down further, a Met department official said. Patna Sunday recorded a low of around 8 degrees Celsius, while Gaya district had Saturday reco...

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Fans give tumultuous welcome to victorious ATK

Kolkata, Dec 21 (IANS) Amid spraying of champagne, thousands of fans turned out on the streets and in a mall to accord a tumultuous welcome to the players of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) who arrived here with the trophy Sunday. An elated team management announced that each of the footballers would be given $15,000 (Rs.9.50 lakh) as a special...

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Mel B was hospitalised due to drug overdose

London, Dec 21 (IANS) Singer Mel B was hospitalised last week because she had an accidental overdose, mixing tranquilizers and alcohol, reports say. Controversy has swirled around the X Factor judge after she recently split from husband Stephen Belafonte in the midst of rumours that he had abused her -- which Belafonte has denied. Last week Mel missed a live taping of X Factor be...

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Insurance bill's fate hangs in balance

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) A huge question mark hangs over the fate of a bill to raise the foreign equity cap in the insurance sector to 49 percent, with an aggressive opposition stalling the Rajya Sabha to demand a clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issue of conversions. Despite the Congress' in-principle agreement to the bill, the government's prized reform legislation - ...

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