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Rocket, crew module success opens way for India's manned flight

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 18 (IANS) India Thursday moved a step closer to sending its own manned mission to space as well as heavy satellites when it successfully tested a next generation rocket and crew module. The country took forward its rocket technology with the successful flight testing of its heaviest next-generation rocket -- the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-M...

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Kerala's tourism campaign launched

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 18 (IANS) Kerala's tourism campaign 'God's Own Country, People's Own Tourism' - which aims to link tourism with rural areas - was launched here Thursday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy launched the campaign, which focuses on linking tourism with the mainstays of rural Kerala, including agriculture, traditional trade, village lifestyles and art forms. Chandy ...

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Investments in broadband need to ensure benefits to society

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Investments in broadband need to be encouraged and facilitated in India so that the benefits of broadband to business and society can be ensured, industry experts said here Thursday. Mobile broadband will be the platform on which the 'Digital India' vision can be delivered. Wide deployment, availability and affordability of broadband will enable the country to br...

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Man arrested for bomb threats, says wanted to have fun

Gurgaon, Dec 18 (IANS) A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday for making bomb threat calls for two consecutive days to police control rooms in Gurgaon and Delhi, police said. The man told police he wanted to have some fun. Sunny Sharma, who hails from Shiv Vihar area near Karala in northwest Delhi, worked as a salesman at a dry fruits outlet at the Vyapar Kendra in posh Sushant Lok area...

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Obama begins to construct his legacy with Cuba move

Washington, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Without the pressure of having to contest another election and with two more years left of his term, US President Barack Obama has begun to construct his legacy with the historic turn towards Cuba. The announcement came Wednesday of the re-establishment of relations between the US and Cuba after more than 50 years of hostility. The move marks a new t...

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Punjab monitoring Chandigarh bird flu situation

Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) The Punjab government was closely monitoring the bird flu situation in Chandigarh's Sukhna lake and officials have been directed to take all precautionary measures to check the outbreak of the disease, a minister said Thursday. Health and Family Welfare Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani Thursday directed health department officials to take immediate precautionary mea...

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Former Sony employee among hackers: Executives

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment feel that someone who worked for the studio is behind the massive hacking because no one from outside could so precisely target the compromising information. According to sources, the hackers belong to North Korea and their team includes former Sony employees, reports tmz.com. The strong prevailing view is that ...

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Kerala government, tyre manufactures to rescue rubber farmers

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 18 (IANS) To help rubber farmers in Kerala, top honchos of trye manufacturers agreed, after meetings with Kerala government representatives, to procure rubber at 25 percent higher price. The prices will go up from Friday. Rubber prices had been falling for some time and for the first time in years went below Rs. 100 per kilo, forcing the state government to call a...

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'Chal Guru...' has nothing to do with Asaram Bapu: Hemant Pandey

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actor Hemant Pandey says his upcoming satirical comedy Chal Guru Ho Ja Shuru is about sadhus (sages), but it has nothing to do with spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, who is currently lodged in Jodhpur jail. Directed by Manoj Sharma, the story will focus on sadhus - both genuine and fake - but it won't showcase anything about Asaram Bapu, who was arrested in September last...

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Four get life term for 1975 L.N. Mishra murder

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Four followers of Hindu sect Anand Marg were Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment here for criminal conspiracy and murder of then railway minister L.N. Mishra in 1975. District Judge Vinod Goel awarded life imprisonment to Gopalji (73), Ranjan Dwivedi (66), Santoshanand Avadhuta (75) and Sudevananda Avadhuta (79). The maximum punishment under which th...

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Crafts bazaar to offer Tibetan artisans' products

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The annual Dastkari Haat crafts bazaar, which will start from Jan 1, 2015 here, will not only bring the finest handicrafts from across the country, but will also offer intricate handicrafts from Tibet. To be held at Dilli Haat, the 29th edition will conclude Jan 15. Jaya Jaitly, president of NGO Dastkari Haat Samiti, which organises the bazaar, said in a ...

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India-born mentally ill man sentenced in Britain

London, Dec 18 (IANS) An India-born man residing in Britain has been sent to a mental hospital with a no-time limit restriction order under the Mental Health Act for killing his wife in 2009, media reported. Harjinder Pal, 34, was arrested following the killing of Kulvir Kaur, 21, at their home in London but was deemed unfit to be tried. He was detained under the Mental Health Act, the E...

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'Khamoshiyan' was my 'Haunted 2': Vikram Bhatt

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt says he had originally written Khamoshiyan to make a sequel of 2011 Haunted - 3D. Khamoshiyan was my 'Haunted 2'. I wanted to make it as the sequel to 'Haunted', Vikram said in a statement. Vikram had a discussion with Vishesh Films' Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt on making a supernatural film and when he narrated the script to them, they ...

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Maharashtra to launch web portal, app for e-governance

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) The Maharashtra government will launch a web portal and a mobile application called 'Aaple Sarkar' (our government) to encourage people to participate in e-governance and address public grievances, an official said here Thursday. The proposed web portal and mobile application shall handle citizens' grievances redressal and receive suggestions or feedback for a more ...

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Congress moves privilege motion against Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Congress Thursday moved a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for misleading the house over the Christmas holiday in Navodaya schools issue. The notice for privilege was moved by Congress MP K.C. Venugopal. Venugopal has said in the notice that the HRD ministry had issued three circulars to the Ce...

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Taliban threat looms over Pakistani jails

Peshawar, Dec 18 (IANS) As Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided to lift the moratorium on death penalties in terrorism cases, jail authorities are on their toes to tackle any terrorist activity, media reported Thursday. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa inspector general of prisons alerted the provincial government Thursday that militants might storm jails to free high profile prisoners, Dawn o...

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Cuban exiles hit out against Obama

Miami, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama's historic speech announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic ties with Havana has failed to convince Cuban exiles living in Miami who received the news as a bolt from the blue. Coward and traitor were some of the adjectives used to describe Obama by Cuban exiles and dissidents in Miami. Republican leaders such as Senator Marco...

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Intensify membership drive in Delhi: Shah

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah Thursday told leaders of the party's Delhi unit to step up the membership drive ahead of assembly elections here. According to sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shah instructed the leaders to cover all corners of the city and induct as many new members as possible. He (Shah) has asked us to project Prime Minister (Narendra Mod...

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Germany ranks first in FIFA's year-end standings

Paris, Dec 18 (IANS) The German football team topped FIFA's year-end national team rankings released Thursday, a reward for its stupendous performance in Brazil culminating in the World Cup triumph. Argentina were second and Colombia came third. Belgium were fourth ahead of the Netherlands while Cup hosts Brazil were sixth, reports Xinhua. Euro 2016 hosts France ranked seventh, j...

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Spanish club Getafe rocked by coach Contra's imminent departure

Madrid, Dec 18 (IANS) Spanish club Getafe have been rocked by coach Cosmin Contra's decision to quit and join Chinese outfit Guangzhou R&F. Contra, who arrived at Getafe towards the end of last season and helped save the Madrid-based outfit from relegation, will join Guangzhou after the Christmas break, meaning Sunday's La Liga tie away to Granada will be his last game in charge, rep...

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