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Centre downplaying Maharashtra agro-crisis: VJAS

Nagpur, Dec 20 (IANS) The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) which is documenting the Maharashtra agrarian crises since 1997 Saturday disputed central figures on the farmers suicides for the current year. It questioned the figures given to the Rajya Sabha by union Minister of State for Agriculture Mohan Kundaria that only 800 farmers have ended their lives in India, including 724 in Maha...

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Saudi police kill four militants

Riyadh, Dec 20 (IANS) Saudi Arabia announced Saturday the death of four militants in an exchange of fire with police in the disturbed city of Al-Awamiyah in the Eastern Province, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The exchange of fire took place when police tried to arrest suspects who shot dead a policeman last Sunday, the Saudi interior ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

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Britain's oldest man, a Sikh, celebrates Christmas

London, Dec 20 (IANS) An Indian-origin 110-year-old Sikh man in Britain is fond of Christmas and he is already celebrating on the eve of the festival. Nazer Singh, born in Punjab, India, had not heard of Christmas until he moved to England in 1965. Now he is a huge fan, the Daily Express reported Friday. Since I came to England I take pride in receiving gifts and giving presents....

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Arrest warrant against Taliban chief, Pakistan assures Lakhvi in jail

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and nine others even as Pakistan assured India that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has not been released. The arrest warrants were issued against Fazlullah and th...

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Kurdish forces fight IS to free Iraqi town

Baghdad, Dec 20 (IANS) Kurdish security forces Saturday continued their advance to free the town of Sinjar after retaking several villages from the Islamic State (IS) radical group in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, a Kurdish official website and a security source said. The Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, backed by US-led coalition aircraft advanced in the early morning hours fr...

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Konkan Railway route to be electrified: Prabhu

Panaji, Dec 20 (IANS) Making a slew of announcements in Goa Saturday, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the Konkan Railway (KR) track will soon be fully electrified and double-lined. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) would also be inked with the Goa government to promote tourism along the KR route in the state, Prabhu said at a function organised by KR at the Karmali railway station,...

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Kashmir polls see highest turnout in 25 years, 76 percent in last phase

Jammu, Dec 20 (IANS) Braving the winter chill, an astounding over 13 lakh people, or 76 percent of the electorate, Saturday turned out to vote in the fifth and final round of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections. Officials termed the turnout historic and unprecedented and the highest in the last 25 years. This brought down the curtains on the staggered five-phase elections that were ...

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21 militants killed in Pakistan air raid

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) At least 21 militants were killed when the Pakistani army launched an air raid against suspected militants in the country's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency Saturday, the military said. Inter-Services Public Relations, the mouthpiece of the Pakistani army, said in a statement that troops backed by jet fighters pounded seven militant hideouts in Tirah Valley...

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Navneeth Prabhu in title round in Junior Open squash

Singapore, Dec 20 (IANS) Top seed Navneeth Prabhu of India entered the final of the Singapore Junior Open squash tournament defeating compatriot Neel Joshi 11-0, 11-7, 11-7 in the semi-final here Saturday. In Sunday's final, Prabhu will take on Malaysian Nicolas Chee who overcame compatriot Ishant Shah Atul Kumar 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7. In the passage to the final, Prabhu o...

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Atwal, Shiv share lead; Bhullar tied 5th in Dubai Open

Dubai, Dec 20 (IANS) Indian golfers Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal shared the lead with two others while Gaganjeet Bhullar finished tied fifth after the third round of the inaugural Dubai Open at the par-72 Els Club Dubai course here Saturday. Atwal fired four-under 68 for a three-day total of 10-under 206 while Shiv overcame two early bogeys to card three-under 69 to share the lead with Sou...

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Constable critical as car hits him

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) A 45-year-old Delhi Police constable was critically injured after being hit by a car allegedly driven by a drunk man early Saturday. The incident took place at around 12.45 a.m. in east Delhi's Pandav Nagar area when constable Raghunandan and his two colleagues were manning a police picket, a police officer said. Raghunandan was admitted to a hospital in ...

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SC should be told of Trinamool's court protests: Altamas Kabir

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Terming West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress' protests in court against the arrest of minister Madan Mitra contempt of court, former chief justice of India Altamas Kabir Saturday called for bringing the matter to the apex court's immediate attention. Demonstrations that take place when the case is being heard are contempt of the court in which the hearing is tak...

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AIIMS to provide shelter to patients, relatives in winter

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) With the slump in the temperature and cold winds sweeping across the national capital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has geared up to provide night shelters to the patients and their relatives who fail to get a bed and have to camp outside the premiere institution. Keeping in mind the increasing number of patients turning up for treatment, t...

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SSB playing important role on borders: Government

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Lauding the services of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at the Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Nepal borders, the central government Saturday said the force was playing an important role in curbing anti-national activities and international crimes. Speaking at the 51st Raising Day function of the SSB here, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said...

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Balloons, jugglers, acrobats weave mesmerising spell at ISL closing show

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Football-shaped balloons were released into the night sky, ball jugglers displayed their silken skills and acrobats showcased feats of extraordinary ability and balance before a capacity crowd at the D.Y. Patil stadium here during the ISL closing ceremony ahead of the final between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters Saturday. The darkness of the night was dissi...

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Trinamool attacks Jaitley, vows to oppose insurance reform

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Affirming its opposition to insurance sector reforms, the Trinamool Congress Saturday hit out at union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who has charged the West Bengal's ruling party of obstructing the upper house of parliament. Trinamool Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O'Brien accused Jaitley of falsehood and putting spins to things and asserted seven to eight parties...

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Rishika, Rutuja move ahead in ITF women's qualifiers

Pune, Dec 20 (IANS) Rishika Sunkara scored an easy straight set win over Arthi Muniyan, while Pune's Rutuja Bhosale had to make a rally from one set down to beat Vasanti Shinde to move into the second round of the qualifying tournament for the NECC-ITF women's $25,000 tennis tournament here Saturday. Eleventh seed Rishika won 6-1, 6-1, but now faces a tough task of competing against top ...

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Bengal girl raped by friends in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) An 18-year-old girl from West Bengal was gang raped by two of her friends, including a juvenile, in the national capital, Delhi Police said Saturday. The girl, a native of New Jalpaiguri, told police that Rahul, 20, and his juvenile friend lured her to their house in south Delhi's R.K. Puram Friday evening and raped her in turns. The girl works with a pla...

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Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing for two days

Cairo, Dec 20 (IANS) Egypt will reopen the blocked Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip Sunday and Monday in both directions, official news agency MENA reported Saturday. The crossing will also be opened to allow stranded Palestinians and humanitarian aid into the enclave, MENA said. The terminal, the only window for some 1.8 million Palestinians to the outside world, was cl...

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Arrest warrant issued against Pakistan Taliban chief

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and nine others for storming the Karachi airport in June 2014, Dawn online reported. At least 30 people, including all 10 attackers, were killed after an all-night gunfight with milita...

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