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North Korea threatens to 'blow up' White House

Seoul, Dec 22 (IANS) North Korea has accused the US of conniving with the makers of the controversial film The Interview to hurt the dignity of the country's supreme leadership and threatened to blow up the White House. North Korea threatened more attacks against the US government and other American institutions in the wake of the Nov 24 cyber attack on Sony Picture Entertainment, which ...

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Sensex gains on global cues; bank stocks roll

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) Tracking the global cues and recovery of rouble, a benchmark of Indian equities markets made healthy gains in Monday's trade - up 329.95 points. The markets opened on a positive note and later traded sideways, but recovered in the second half ahead of December futures and options expiry. The sentiments were bouyed by a positive outlook from the recently conc...

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Peshawar school attack warning was given in August

Peshawar, Dec 22 (IANS) Government departments in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province were warned of an imminent attack on the Army Public School months before the carnage unfolded in Peshawaron Dec 16. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa home ministry stated that the Taliban commander Khaksar in Orakazi, a part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), along with two other terrorists, Bi...

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Despite intelligence, Mumbai attack wasn't foiled: NYT

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) In one of the most devastating near-misses in spycraft, intelligence agencies of India, the US and Britain failed to foil the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack despite information from high-tech surveillance and other tools, The New York Times said Monday. The daily said it had pieced together the story from classified documents, court files and dozens of interviews w...

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Vistara to launch operations in Delhi-Mumbai sector

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Tata's full service carrier Vistara, in partnership with Singapore Airlines, Monday said it will commence commercial operations from Jan 9 2015. According to the airline, it will initially start operations on the Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes. When asked about the timing of the launch, as the aviation industry is facing volatil...

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Police station chief shot dead in Bihar

Patna, Dec 22 (IANS) A police officer was shot dead in broad daylight Monday by unidentified attackers in Bihar's Saran district, officials said. Sanjay Kumar Tiwari, officer in-charge of Ishuapur police station, was killed by three motorcycle-borne unidentified attackers near Kadia railway crossing, a district official said. Tiwari was on the round duty at the time of incident, ...

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Be kind to the homeless this winter, appeals Delhi's Lt Gov.

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung Monday made an emotional appeal to Delhiites to help the city's homeless by giving them clothes, saying that displaying yeoman kindness was a rare opportunity in life. Jung's appeal came on a day which recorded coldest Dec 22 in the last five years.The minimum temperature dipped to 4.2 degrees Celsius. According to the Delhi...

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India win gold at the U-16 Chess Olympiad

Kolkata, Dec 22 (IANS) India justified their top billing to win the gold in the Under-16 Chess Olympiad held at University of Gyor in Hungary. India overcame stiff competition from formidable teams like Russia and Iran to claim first place in the ten-round tournament that ended Sunday. Russia and Iran took the second and third spot respectively. International Master (IM) Arvind C...

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Siddharth and Gargi win U-14 tennis titles

Pune, Dec 22 (IANS) Siddharth Sable and Gargi Pawar made a quick work of their respective opponents to win the boys' and girls' titles in the Solaris Club All-India Ranking (Under-14) Championship Series tennis tournament at the Mayur Colony Solaris Club here Monday. Third seed Sable defeated Archit Sinha 6-2, 6-4 while Gargi registered a facile 6-3, 6-1 win over Aishwarya Andalkar to ea...

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Separated by deportation, couple wed at US-Mexico border

San Diego, Dec 22 (IANS/EFE) A couple separated by deportation have realised their dream of getting married in a religious ceremony at a fence dividing the cities of Tijuana in Mexico and San Diego in the US. Cecilia Garcia traveled from Chicago to Mexico to reunite with her now husband, Hugo Enrique Velazco, who was deported to Mexico in 2012 after living in the US for 27 years. ...

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Disappointing that my father did not believe me: Joe Burns

Melbourne, Dec 22 (IANS) Joe Burns, who is set to make his international debut for Australia in the third Test against the Indians at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) starting Dec 26, said he was disappointed that his father did not believe his selection in the Australian squad. My Dad didn't believe me, so that's a little bit disappointing, Burns was quoted as saying by the Courier Ma...

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Social networking platform to help insomniacs

London, Dec 22 (IANS) An expert from Loughborough University in Britain has developed a social network platform called 'Sleepful' to help insomniacs access online a promising talking therapy. Called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), the therapy is based on evidence that falling asleep is strongly influenced by two psychological processes - learning and thinking. ...

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New material promises the thinnest-ever imaging device

New York, Dec 22 (IANS) Researchers from the Rice University in the US have developed atomically thin material that may result in the production of the thinnest-ever imaging device. There are many two-dimensional materials that can sense light, but none are as efficient as this material, said Robert Vajtai, a senior faculty fellow. This material is 10 times more efficient than th...

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Indian firms' November borrowings up 60 percent at $3.5 bn

Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) Indian firms raised $3.49 billion from foreign markets in November, which was a whopping over 60 percent higher than that garnered a year ago, Reserve Bank of India data showed Monday. Domestic companies had raised $2.18 billion from overseas markets in the same month last year. Of the latest borrowings, $1.52 billion was raised through the approval route,...

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Spanish princess to face fraud trial

London, Dec 22 (IANS) Spanish King Felipe VI's sister Princess Cristina is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's business dealings, media reported Monday. It is the first time in modern Spain that a royal will be put in the dock to face trial, BBC reported. Her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, is accused of embezzling millions in public funds with a former busin...

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Create more job opportunities: Himachal CM

Shimla, Dec 22 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Monday asked the government departments to revise their policy to enable creation of additional job opportunities for youths. I feel youths need quality and certified skills to tap the vast potential of skilled manpower requirements, he said at a workshop here. The chief minister said the state has approached t...

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Make in India to be highlighted at PBD, 3,000 diaspora to attend

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The Modi government's key programmes, including Make in India, would be highlighted during the Jan 7-9 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, that is expected to see around 3,000 Indian diaspora attending. The annual PBD is being held in Gandhinagar to mark the centenary of the return of the sarva sreshtha pravasi Bharatiya or foremost ...

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Renault India to launch Lodgy next year

Chennai, Dec 22 (IANS) French automobile maker Renault Monday announced that it would launch its seven-seater multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) Lodgy in India next year. Sharing the first official image of the model with the media, Renault India said the company is taking major steps to increase its presence in India and will be entering the volume and growth segments. It is learnt the...

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Bihar reels under cold wave

Patna, Dec 22 (IANS) The intense cold conditions continued to affect life across Bihar Monday and people are unlikely to get any respite over the next 24 hours, weather officials here said. Weak sun rays Monday after cloudy Sunday failed to provide any relief from cold. The icy winds with foggy conditions have forced people to stay indoor, said R.K. Mohapatra, regional weather official.<...

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Pappu Yadav throws paper in Lok Sabha, reprimanded

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Acrimonious scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha Monday as opposition parties protested the conversion issue and RJD MP Pappu Yadav allegedly threw a paper at Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai As the Lok Sabha reconvened after an adjournment over the conversion issue, opposition parties demanded a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter. Howev...

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