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Hyderabad records season's lowest temperature

Hyderabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Cold conditions prevailed in Telangana Thursday, with Adilabad recording the lowest minimum temperature of four degrees Celsius. Temperature in other areas too were below normal. Hyderabad recorded the season's lowest temperature at 9.2 degree Celsius Thursday. Adilabad in north Telangana was the coldest place in Telangana, with the mercury plummeting to ...

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Pakistan PM apprises president about all-party meeting

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday and apprised him of the decisions taken at an all-party meeting which was held in Peshawar Wednesday, The News International reported. The prime minister and president discussed the committee formed during the all-party meeting which will comprise members of political parties, armed force...

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Short-necked marine reptile discovered in China

Beijing, Dec 18 (IANS) A new species of short-necked marine reptile called Hupehsuchia from the Triassic period has been discovered in China. The reptile was found by Xiao-hong Chen from Wuhan Centre of China Geological Survey and his colleagues. Hupehsuchia is a group of mysterious Triassic marine reptiles and it is known by its modestly long neck, with nine to ten cervical vert...

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Ice Age thaw signalled 1,000 years earlier

London, Dec 18 (IANS) The Atlantic Ocean at mid-depths may have given out early warning signals - 1,000 years in advance - that the last Ice Age was going to end, says a study. Scientists had earlier thought that at the end of the last Ice Age, around 14,700 years ago, major changes occurred to the Atlantic Ocean in a period known as the Bolling-Allerod interval. Since glaciers m...

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Taliban has been attacking Pakistani schools for long

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Although it was savagery at its worst, the Tuesday attack on a school by militants is not the first time terrorists have targeted educational institutions in Pakistan. For long, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - which includes Peshawar - and Fata bordering Afghanistan have witnessed militant violence targeting schools, the Pakistani media reported Thursday. According...

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Pakistan PM meets air chief.

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Pakistan Air Force chief Zahid Rafiq Butt met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday following the terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that left over people dead. Professional and operational matters were discussed at the meeting, The News International reported, without giving details. ...

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Wolfsburg hold Borussia Dortmund 2-2 in Bundesliga

Berlin, Dec 18 (IANS) VfL Wolfsburg came back twice to share the spoils with struggling Borussia Dortmund while Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to secure a 4-4 thanks to Alexander Meier at the closer of the 16th round in Bundesliga. Second-placed Wolfsburg secured a two-all draw against relegation-threatened Dortmund in a see-saw match Wednesday. Dortmund gave away the lead twice, a...

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Four new polio cases surface in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) At least four new polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan with the total number of cases rising to 287, media reported Thursday. The new cases were reported from Nasirabad and Qilla Abdullah in Balochistan province, Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sanghar in Sindh province of the country. Official data shows that an overwhelming 96 percent of polio cases re...

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Sensex rallies over 400 points

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday surged 408.27 points or 1.53 percent as consumer durables stocks gained. All the sectors were trading in green and the rally was led by consumer durables, banking, capital goods, auto, metal, healthcare and oil and gas sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BS...

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Cockpit UV radiation similar to tanning beds

New York, Dec 18 (IANS) Pilots can be exposed to the same amount of long-wave ultraviolet (UV-A) radiation as that from a tanning bed session, says a recent research. Pilots flying for 56.6 minutes at 30,000 feet get the same amount of radiation as that from a 20-minute tanning bed session, the findings said. UV-A radiation can cause DNA damage in cells and its role in melanoma, ...

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Personality outsmarts intelligence at school

Melbourne, Dec 18 (IANS) Personality is more important than intelligence when it comes to academic success, new research says. Two personality traits - conscientiousness and openness - have the biggest influence on success in education, the research said. Conscientious are those who are disciplined and can stay focused at a task when they want to. Openness is a characteristic of ...

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Pakistan needs leaders to battle Taliban: daily

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Pakistan needs to do a lot more to fight terrorism but more than anything else it needs leaders who can take up the challenge, a leading newspaper said Thursday. Now, more than ever, the entire country has a stake in the war against an enemy that is ready to strike against us at any time, The News International said in an editorial. This is not a faraway...

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Pakistan school attack: China offers condolences, aid

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) China has offered condolences on the death of innocent people, most of them students, in a terror attack Tuesday on an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city. China also offered assistance to the victims of the Taliban attack, which left nearly 150 people dead, Xinhua reported Thursday. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong Wednesday extended le...

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Cemetery of mummies found in Egypt

New York, Dec 18 (IANS) Researchers have found a cemetery in Egypt which contains the remains of more than one million mummies. The team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in the US found the mummified remains in an area that they have named Fag el-Gamous, (Way of the Water Buffalo) after a road close to the site. Archaeologists have been excavating the Fag el-Gamous...

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High fitness level reduces hypertension risk

New York, Dec 18 (IANS) People with highest fitness levels are less likely to develop hypertension or high blood pressure, says a study. If you are exercising and you are fit, your chances of developing hypertension are much less than someone else who has the same characteristics but is not fit, said Mouaz Al-Mallah, senior author of the study and a cardiologist at Henry Ford Heart and V...

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Committed towards minorities: Mamata

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday pledged her commitment to realise the rights of the state's minorities. The Trinamool Congress chief said the Bengal government is steadfast in its efforts to realise the rights reserved for minorities section under the Indian constitution. Not only in the fields of education and culture, minorities have a...

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Converted Christians return to Hindu fold in Bihar

Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) Three of the dozen Hindus who converted to Christianity in two Bihar villages have returned to the Hindu fold after they were threatened with a social boycott, an official said Thursday. Nearly a dozen poor Hindus, including women, were converted to Christianity at Barohiya village and Gangaldeh villages in Bhagalpur district, 200 km from here, early this week.

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Indian says getting better every day after Sydney siege

Sydney, Dec 18 (IANS) Viswakanth Ankireddy, an Indian IT worker who was held hostage during the Sydney cafe siege Dec 15, said Thursday that he is getting better day-by-day with his wife's support. Ankireddy and his colleague Pushpendu Ghosh were among the people inside the Lindt Chocolat Cafe when gunman Man Haron Monis stormed the building and took them hostage Monday, The Sydney Morni...

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Pakistan prepares to execute 55 death row inmates

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Pakistan is preparing to execute 55 terrorist inmates on death row after the country ended the moratorium on the extreme penalty in terror-related cases. There are at least 522 criminals sentenced to death in terror and other cases related to serious crimes in the country, including 11 who were convicted by a military court, the News International reported. <...

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Draft rules for auctioning coal blocks issued

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The coal ministry Thursday published draft rules for the e-auction of cancelled coal blocks, inviting stakeholders' comments on, among others, the suggested floor price and its ceiling for power sector bidders. The draft rules propose tariff based reverse bidding where the end-use is power generation, and forward bidding for production of steel, cement and genera...

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