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BCCI expresses condolences to Hughes' family

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) The Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) Thursday expressed its deepest condolences to the family and friends of late batsman Phillip Hughes who died after being struck on the head by a bouncer. On behalf of the BCCI, I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Phillip Hughes who passed away, days before he turned 26, and left an indelible ...

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Gujarati Basundi, Jalebi top vegetarian fare at Saarc retreat

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) The all-vegetarian fare for Saarc leaders at the Dhulikhel resort had a sweet Gujarati touch - Gujarati Basundi with Jalebi - as dessert, perhaps keeping in mind Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hails from the western Indian state. The luncheon menu during the retreat for Saarc leaders at the Dwarika Resort was surprisingly totally vegetarian. Mo...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, Nov 27 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $73.70 a barrel Wednesday compared to $74.28 Tuesday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), B...

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15 killed in ambush in Sudan's Darfur

Khartoum, Nov 27 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and 10 others injured when gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying religious students and imams in Sudan's South Darfur state, media reported Thursday. Four unidentified gunmen attacked the students and imams when they were on their way back to Manwashi area after visiting their relatives in Hamada village, Xinhua reported citing Khartoum...

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New way to measure distances to galaxies

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Scientists have developed a new way of measuring near precise distances to galaxies millions of light years away. The method was applied to measure the accurate distance of a nearby galaxy called NGC4151, described the Eye of Sauron by astronomers inspired from the Hollywood film The Lord of the Rings. One of the key findings is that the distance determined ...

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New drug promises to increase wounded soldiers' chances of survival

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Wounded soldiers may soon be administered a drug that would put them into hibernation until they can be moved to safety, thereby increasing their chances of survival. The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) would be providing $550,000 to fund a radical new drug being developed by Australian scientists, according to a Daily Mail report Wednesday. It can put...

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WHO suspends operations in Pakistan's Balochistan

Islamabad, Nov 27 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday suspended its operations in Pakistan's Balochistan after unidentified gunmen killed four polio vaccination workers in Quetta city Wednesday. The decision to suspend the operation was made owing to looming threats to polio workers in Balochistan, Dawn online reported, citing a source. We have suspended all opera...

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Eight dead as Jammu gunfight ends

Jammu, Nov 27 (IANS) A fierce gun battle between the security forces and militants near the international border in Jammu and Kashmir ended Thursday afternoon, killing eight people, including three civilians and an army soldier, police said here. Four guerrillas were also killed in the gunfight in Jammu district's Arnia area, police said. The exchange of fire ended around 3 p.m. ...

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Kathmandu Declaration ready, next summit in Pakistan

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) Issuing a 36-point declaration, the 18th Saarc Summit will be concluded in Kathmandu Thursday. A closed door session is going on to give the final touch to the summit declaration, which is also called Kathmandu Declaration. According to Nepal time, at 4.22 p.m., Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koriala will formally announce the closure of the 18th Saarc Summit, Nepal...

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Brain mapping can spot reading disorders

New York, Nov 27 (IANS) In what could help better diagnose reading disorders such as dyslexia, researchers have now mapped brain regions responsible for the affliction. We have these wonderful brain maps that describe where in the brain you are thinking about a wide variety of things, said Tom Mitchell from Pittsburg's Carnegie Mellon University. For the study, the researchers pe...

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India will offer secure environment for tourists: Rajnath

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said the government is committed to offering safe and secure framework to the foreign tourists coming to explore India. The home ministry will ensure that all the tourists coming to India are safe and secure and we will provide required framework to ensure their safety, said Singh at the launch of the e-visa facility her...

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Modi, Sharif hold informal talks at Saarc retreat

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) In a significant development, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif held informal talks during the 18th Saarc Summit retreat Thursday afternoon. Both sides maintained silence over the talks and did not divulge any details after the informal meeting. The effect of the informal talks between Modi and Sharif was immed...

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Punjab CM calls for 'Evergreen Revolution'

Chandigarh, Nov 27 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday called upon people to usher in an 'Evergreen Revolution' by planting more trees to make the country clean, green and pollution free. Badal said people should start a campaign to plant at least one tree in their homes every time there is a birth of a child. Addressing delegates at a national stakeholders'...

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Centre favours Adani Group: Trinamool

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The Trinamool Congress Thursday accused the central government of crony capitalism and questioned the State Bank of India's grant of a loan to the Adani Group for a mining project in Australia. SBI has pledged to lend Rs.6,000 crore to Adani Group, Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien said, raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha during zero hour. This is the largest...

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Modi plants banyan sapling at Nepal resort

Kathmandu, Nov 27 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi planted a banyan sapling at the Dhulikhel resort, near here, where the Saarc leaders went for the retreat Thursday. After Modi planted the sapling, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj watered the two-foot-tall plant with a green jerry can, as the prime minister looked on, pictures of the event posted by Syed Akbarudd...

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India launches e-visa facility for 43 nations

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) With the launch of electronic visa (e-visa) facility Thursday, tourists from 43 countries can apply for Indian visa in four simple steps. The step is aimed at boosting tourism sector and offer hassle-free travel to foreign nationals. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma launched the Tourist Visa...

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'Hughes' death a long-term loss for Aussie cricket'

Melbourne, Nov 27 (IANS) Terming left-handed batsman Phillip Hughes a rising star, Cricket Australia (CA) Thursday said the untimely death of the batsman was a long-term loss for cricket in the country. Just shy of his 26th birthday, Phillip has been taken from us far too young. As a cricketer, he was an incredibly talented and dearly loved member of the Australian, South Australian and ...

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Mammoth cloning reality soon?

New York, Nov 27 (IANS) With the discovery of the best-preserved specimen of a mammoth found so far, cloning of the woolly animal is closer to becoming a reality, scientists report. Nicknamed Buttercup, the mammoth was discovered on Maly Lyakhovsky Island, Siberia in 2013 and excavated from the permafrost. The flesh was so well-preserved that it oozed a dark red liquid when scien...

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Cameron anxiously awaits 'Avatar' sequel release

Los Angeles, Nov 27 (IANS) If one goes by Avatar filmmaker James Cameron's words, the planned sequel of the 2009 epic sci-fi movie will leave the audience mesmerised. You will s--t yourself with your mouth wide open, Cameron has said while estimating the reactions that the sequel will generate, reports eonline.com. The Oscar-winning director told Empire magazine that the frames-p...

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'I saw humans on Mars in 1979': Ex-NASA employee

New York, Nov 27 (IANS) A woman claiming to be a former NASA employee has stated that while watching some footage, she saw two humans walking on the Red Planet towards the Viking Mars lander in 1979. Calling herself Jackie, the woman reportedly placed a call to Coast to Coast AM radio station in the US, claiming she saw two humans walking on Mars, the International Business Times reporte...

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