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Dutch MP to be charged with racism

Brussels, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) The Dutch public prosecutor's office announced Thursday that it will bring charges against controversial politician Geert Wilders for inciting hatred in a speech he gave criticising the presence of Moroccans in the Netherlands. Politicians may go far in their comments under the right to free speech, as a statement by the prosecutor's office said, but that free...

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Obesity can be considered disability, EU court rules

London, Dec 18 (IANS) The European Union's (EU) highest court has ruled obesity can be considered as a disability in certain circumstances even if someone's gross obesity is caused by overeating or gluttony. The European Court of Justice heard the case after a Danish court asked it to consider the case of a male childminder in Denmark who claimed he was sacked for being too fat, BBC repo...

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478 complaints of poll code violation in Kashmir: EC

Jammu, Dec 18 (IANS) As many as 478 complaints of violation of the model code of conduct have been received by the Election Commission since the beginning of the five-phase Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, a poll panel official said. Also 92 incidents of violence relating to the poll campaign were reported from different parts of the state, which resulted in injury to 117 people, ch...

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Chandigarh avian flu: Culling of birds begins

Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) Authorities in Chandigarh Thursday evening started culling of all birds in and around the city's famous Sukhna lake after a dead goose was confirmed with the H5N1 (avian influenza or bird flu) virus. On communication received from the central government, culling of all birds in the vicinity of Sukhna lake -- ducks and geese, live or dead -- will be done and buri...

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Sonia Gandhi hospitalised, stable

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi was Thursday admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition was stable, a hospital official said. Sonia Gandhi was today (Thursday) admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital around 5 p.m. She has an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition is stable and she is unde...

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Pope welcomes resumption of US-Cuba ties

Vatican City, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Pope Francis Thursday welcomed the decision of the US and Cuba to take steps towards normalizing relations, noting that we are all happy to see how two peoples who had been distant for years have moved a step closer. US sources credit the Vatican and Pope Francis personally for acting as go-between in organising secret talks and facilitating the breakthrou...

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Iran backs Russia's Syria talks initiative

Tehran, Dec 18 (IANS) Iran backs talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups, a senior Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying by media Thursday. Iran supports Russia's recent initiative to host a Syrian-Syrian dialogue in an attempt to end the three-year-old conflict in the country, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, according to Xinhua which c...

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No proposal to reduce employees age: Government

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) There is no proposal to reduce the age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years, the government announced Thursday. Attention of the government has been drawn to some news items appearing in a section of the press regarding proposal of the central government to reduce the retirement age of central government employees from 60 years to 58 years, a...

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Iraq calls for closer anti-terror cooperation

Baghdad, Dec 18 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Thursday urged Arab nations and the world to work even more closely with Baghdad in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Abadi made the statement at a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Abdullah Ensour, who is on an official visit to Baghdad. He said the IS was not only a threat to ...

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TiE launches 'billion dollar babies' project for startups

Hyderabad, Dec 18 (IANS) The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Hyderabad chapter Thursday launched the Billion Dollar Babies (B$B) project for the startups. An initiative of TiE Silicon Valley Chapter, the B$B project will select few startups from India which have a potential to become a $1 billion company. The program aims to help select Indian product startups reach $1 billion in globa...

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Jadavpur University chancellor warns against convocation boycott

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Nearly three months after Jadavpur University erupted in protests over a police crackdown on agitating students, yet another showdown looms large with many students set to boycott the convocation even though West Bengal Governor and university chancellor K.N. Tripathi has warned against it. The Jadavpur University Teachers' Association (JUTA) along with a large sec...

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Sonia Gandhi hospitalised, stable

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi was Thursday admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition was stable, a hospital official said. ...

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Reconstituted CBDT to meet income tax officers Monday

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The recently-reconstituted Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) will hold its first meeting on Monday to review tax collection, an income tax department source said Thursday. The source told IANS that the six-member CBDT, which has four new members, is slated to hold a meeting via video link with senior tax department officers from across the country Dec 22. <...

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Pre-order Burger King feast before restaurant launch in Mumbai

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) A day prior to the Burger King restaurant launch here, burger lovers can pre-order their feast, courtesy online food ordering platform foodpanda.in. The chain's restaurant launch in Mumbai is due to be held in Infiniti Mall in Malad here Saturday, and the idea behind the association with foodpanda.in was to deliver their offerings a day prior to the launch. ...

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Chinese village petitions to expel HIV-infected eight-year-old

Beijing, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) The inhabitants of Shufangya, a village in China's southwestern Sichuan province, have been collecting signatures on a petition to expel an eight-year-old boy from the village because he is infected with the HIV virus. The official newspaper Global Times reported Thursday that more than 200 people, including the boy's own grandfather, signed the petition asking...

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When Tihar inmates laughed their heads off

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) It was an unusual day in Tihar Jail when laughter echoed from the prison, thanks to comedians Bharti Singh, Amit Tandon and Zakir Khan who performed live for the inmates as a part of television channel Comedy Central's Spread The Cheer campaign. The prisoners Thursday assembled in Jail No 4 compound to enjoy the rib tickling performances, and they even expressed ...

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Cameroon army kills 116 Boko Haram militants

Yaounde, Dec 18 (IANS) Cameroon's army killed 116 Boko Haram fighters Wednesday when the insurgents attacked an army base in the far north region of Amchide, the country's defence ministry said Thursday. Cameroonian defence and security forces repulsed a massive attack conducted by about 3,000 suspected militants of the Nigerian Islamic Boko Haram from Wednesday to Thursday, Xinhua repor...

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Finding Bollywood stars' roots in Peshawar

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Celebrities from the Indian film world have condemned the recent bloodbath in Pakistan's Peshawar city, which has a strong connect to Bollywood. From Prithiviraj Kapoor to Dilip Kumar to Shah Rukh Khan -- they all have their roots in the city that is mourning the death of 148 people, mostly children, slaughtered by the Pakistani Taliban. For years, Pakistan has l...

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Parties condemn bail to 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Politicians, cutting across party lines, Thursday condemned a Pakistani court's decision to grant bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people dead. They also expressed doubts whether Pakistan was serious enough in its fight against terrorism. The fight against terror cannot be duplicit...

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Delhi Police reunites two missing children with families

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Two missing children finally met their families Thursday following a drive launched by Delhi Police for restoring children staying in government run observation homes in the city to their families. The two children aged 10 years and 13 years were missing for the past few months from Delhi's Harsh Vihar and Rajasthan's Bhiwadi. Both were lodged at south Delhi 'Bal...

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