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Over 6 lakh accounts opened under PMJDY in Himachal

Shimla, Dec 19 (IANS) Over six lakh bank accounts have been opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Secretary P. Mitra said Friday while stressing there is need to focus on the rural areas. The PMJDY is getting momentum in the state and the focus should be in remote areas so that the people could be benefited by transfer of benefit directly in t...

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Execution rules changed in Pakistan's Punjab

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) With the Pakistan government deciding to end the moratorium on death sentence in terrorism cases following Tuesday's tragedy in Peshawar, the rules for carrying out the death sentence have been changed in Punjab province in an effort to expedite the execution process. An inmate on death row could be executed immediately after a black warrant is issued, The News I...

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After bail, 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi detained again

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, who was granted bail Thursday, was Friday detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) at Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail even as the court's bail order came under scathing criticism from the Pakistani media. The government has also decided to appeal in superior courts against Lakhvi's bail, Dawn reported quo...

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India wants cooperation with Mongolia to curb terrorism

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said India and Mongolia should increase their cooperation for effective prevention and detection of issues like terrorism and trans-national crimes. Singh said both the countries need increased cooperation for effective prevention and detection of crime with the growth of global terrorism, trans-national crimes like drug t...

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Adil Jussawalla wins Sahitya Akademi Award 2014

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Poet and critic Adil Jussawall's Trying to Say Goodbye is among eight books of poetry conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2014, it was announced here Friday. Apart from this, five novels, three books of essays, three of short stories, one of literary criticism and an autobiography have also won the award that recognises premier works in 22 Indian lang...

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India outraged over bail to Mumbai terror mastermind

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India was outraged Friday over a Pakistani court's decision to give bail to the Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing shock in parliament. But even as the Pakistani government, after widespread flak, said Lakhvi had been detained anew under the Maintenance of Public Order in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, In...

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Kerala government agencies to recruit nurses for Kuwait

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 (IANS) Kerala government agencies will recruit nurses for Kuwait after reports came that nurses have been cheated by private recruitment firms, a minister said Friday. We have got complaints that about 500 nurses from Kerala have been duped by recruitment agencies and are facing hardships. The recruitment fees for Kuwait is in range of Rs.1.5 to Rs.20 lakh, sta...

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Saina in last four of Superseries Finals

Dubai, Dec 19 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal Friday entered the last four of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals, registering her third straight win in Group A. World No.4 Saina defeated World No.8 Bae Yeon Ju of South Korea 15-21, 21-7, 21-17 in the final group encounter at the Hamdan Sports Complex here. ...

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Sushma Swaraj to inaugurate Kerala diaspora meet

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 (IANS) The Kerala government's Non-resident Keralite (NRK) Global Meet-2015 to be held Jan 16-17 at Kochi would be inaugurated by Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, said a Kerala minister Friday. She will be the chief guest on the first day of the event. Incidentally, this meet is being held after a gap of three years. The last such event was held soo...

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Speeding truck crushes Delhi Police officer to death

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) A 55-year-old Delhi Police sub-inspector was crushed to death by a speeding truck in the capital's Alipur area, police said Friday. Hazarilal, who was posted at west Delhi's Bhalswa Dairy police station, was going on his motorbike to Narela when he was hit by the truck from behind at around 10 p.m. in Alipur Thursday. He was on duty when the accident occurred.

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Mobile tower radiation: No telling proof of adverse health impact

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Seeking to allay fears among people about adverse impact of electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from mobile towers, an expert has said there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects. Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is...

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40,485 runners for 2015 Mumbai Marathon

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) A total of 40,485 runners will take part in the 2015 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM), to be held Jan 18. While registration for the half marathon category got oversubscribed and closed in only seven days after opening, the full marathon, DHL Corporate Champions and Champions with Disability race categories also experienced a surge in registrations, accordi...

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Shimla, Manali may get more snow from Dec 21

Shimla, Dec 19 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's popular tourist destinations of Shimla and Manali may get more snow this weekend, the weather office said Friday. A fresh western disturbance as an upper air system will hit western Himalayan region from Dec 21, said the weather office here, with chances of more rain and snow in the state. It said chances of snow in and around Shimla and M...

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BJP legislator in Rajasthan suspended for threatening official

Jaipur, Dec 19 (IANS) The BJP has suspended its Rajasthan legislator Prahalad Gunjal for allegedly threatening a chief medical and health officer (CMHO) for transfer of a male nurse, a party leader said Friday. Taking cognizance of the matter, the central leadership has suspended him from the primary membership of the party and also informed the state unit about it. These kind of matters...

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'EU needs long term Russia strategy'

Brussels, Dec 19 (IANS) European Council (EC) President Donald Tusk has said that the European Union (EU) needs to have a long term strategy for Russia. Tusk made the remarks Thursday after the EU's winter summit which he chaired for the first time since being at the helm from Dec. 1, Xinhua reported. We need a long perspective strategy because this conflict and this complex situ...

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Thierry Henry one of best footballers ever: Arsenal coach Wenger

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Friday spoke of his belief that recent retiree Thierry Henry, who played ever under his tutelage for eight years at the London club, was one of the best footballers he has ever witnessed. He's had a massive career and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for what he's done for the club.He was a combination of physical tale...

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Awaiting comeback call to play 2015 World Cup: Pietersen

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Former England captain Kevin Pietersen Friday took to Twitter to express his wish to play at the 2015 World Cup starting Feb 14 and said his phone will be switched 'on' as he hopes to get a come-back call. Pietersen wrote: The @ECB_cricket selectors meet today. Get @Eoin16 as captain and a little man called Kevin @KP24 into the side. Phone is on! In a Big Ba...

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Lok Sabha condemns Lakhvi bail, seeks pressure on Pakistan

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The Lok Sabha Friday passed a resolution condemning the release on bail of key 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and asked the government to put pressure on Pakistan to bring the matter related to the Mumbai attack case to a satisfactory conclusion. We express grave concern of the Indian people that just after the tragic killing of innocent children and other...

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Saradha scam: Madan Mitra sent to judicial custody

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra - arrested in the Saradha scam - was Friday yet again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court here. After hearing both the defence and the prosecution, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee sent Mitra to judicial custody. ...

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Leaked too many runs to tailenders: Umesh Yadav

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) After two days of cricket, India had the upperhand in the second cricket Test -- and the advantage was stretched further on the third morning, but the Australian tail came to the rescue and gave the hosts a 97-run lead by the end of their innings Friday. After having Australia six down for 247 runs, India let the lower-order off the hook -- Australia's last four w...

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