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Congo lift 2016 Africa Nations Championship title

Kigali (Rwanda), Feb 8 (IANS) The Democratic Republic of Congo won the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) after beating Mali football team 3-0 here. Coach Florent Ibenge's team humbled Mali in the final at the Amahoro Stadium here on Sunday, reports Xinhua. After 28 minutes, Mechak Elia gave Congo the lead on the wet ground, as it was raining, with a long shot that beat Mali...

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Narrow away wins for Barcelona, Real Madrid

Madrid, Feb 8 (IANS) Spanish football club Barcelona remain three points clear at the top of La Liga following the 23rd round of matches. An own goal from Levante defender David Navarro and an injury time goal from Luis Suarez allowed FC Barcelona take three points despite a below par display away to bottom of the table Levante on Sunday, reports Xinhua. Barcelona had the ball in...

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Hamburg held, Darmstadt shock Hoffenheim

Berlin, Feb 8 (IANS) German football club Hamburg secured a draw on home soil thanks to Nicolai Mueller's equaliser while newly promoted Darmstadt shocked relegation threatened Hoffenheim 2-0 to complete the 20th round of Bundesliga. Hamburg shared the spoils on Sunday with Cologne following a 1-1 draw. Simon Zoller opened the scoring for the visitors before Mueller restored parity to se...

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18 soldiers injured in Afghan bombing

Kabul, Feb 8 (IANS) At least 18 army personnel were injured in a bombing targetted at their bus in Afghanistan's Balkh province on Monday, police said. The blast caused a plume of grey smoke to rise. The injured were shifted to an army hospital in Shaheen Corps, Xinhua news agency reported. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. ...

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Switzerland edge Germany to reach Fed Cup semis

Leipzig (Germany), Feb 8 (IANS) Switzerland progressed into the semi-finals after Belinda Bencic and Martina Hingis won the deciding women's doubles to edge the German tennis team 3-2 in the Fed Cup quarterfinals. Bencic has large shares on Switzerland's first progression into the semi-finals in 18 years as the World No.11 upset Australian Open champion and World No.2 Angelique Kerber 7-...

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Scientists find unexpectedly cold grains in 'Flying Saucer'

London, Feb 8 (IANS) An international team has found unexpectedly cold dust grains in a planet-forming disc nicknamed the Flying Saucer, about 400 light-years from Earth. The team led by Stephane Guilloteau at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, France, measured the temperature of large dust grains around the young star named 2MASS J16281370-2431391 in the spectacular Rho Ophiuc...

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Wipro wins multi-year deal from Swedish firm

Bengaluru, Feb 8 (IANS) Global software major Wipro Ltd on Monday announced it has won a five-year IT infrastructure management deal from Assa Abloy group, a Swedish major in door opening solutions. The contract envisages consolidating Abloy's data centres in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region and implementing a cloud-based service model, including infrastructure as a ser...

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Sunny Monday morning in Himachal

Shimla, Feb 8 (IANS) It was a bright sunny Monday in Himachal Pradesh, with Shimla and its nearby hill destinations turning more picturesque after snowfall on Sunday. The minimum temperature was 1.3 degrees in Shimla, which saw 18 cm of snow, the weather office told IANS. Shimla's nearby destinations like Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda also experienced snowfall on Sunday. Snow ...

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Mild winter dips migratory bird count in Pong wetlands

Pong Dam (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 8 (IANS) Milder weather this winter has driven many migratory bird species from Pong, one of the largest man-made wetlands in the foothills of the Himalayas in the picturesque Kangra Valley in northern India, wildlife officials say. An estimation of waterfowl, both local and migratory, by the state wildlife wing conducted last week at Pong found that thei...

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Four killed in reactor blast in Hyderabad factory

Hyderabad, Feb 8 (IANS) Four workers were charred to death when a reactor exploded in manufacturing unit of pahramceutical firm in Maheswaram on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Monday, police said. Two others were injured in the explosion that occurred in Asita pharma and drugs factory in Mankhal industrial area of Maheswaram in Ranga Reddy district. The explosion caused huge fire....

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Foggy Monday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) It was a foggy Monday morning here, with the minimum temperature recorded at 9 degrees Celsius, the Met Office said. There will be a mainly clear sky ahead in the day. However, moderate or dense fog is likely to occur in the morning, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 23 degrees ...

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How a rural caste elite became urban, modern middle class

Title: Tamil Brahmans, The Making of a Middle Class Caste; Authors: C.J. Fuller and Haripriya Narasimhan; Publisher: Social Science Press; Pages: 278; Price: Rs.750 This is a fascinating, scholarly work - yet eminently readable - on how Tamil Brahmans, who for centuries were a traditional, mainly rural, caste elite, occupying the throne of a caste order, transformed over time into a mode...

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Key Indian equity indices open flat

Mumbai, Feb 8 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices opened flat on Monday amid little direction from the Asian peers. The Japanese and Australian shares were down while the markets in Singapore, Hong Kong and China were closed for the lunar New Year holiday. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened at 24,637.41 points, against the previous close at 24,61...

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26/11 attacks: Headley deposes before Mumbai court

Mumbai, Feb 8 (IANS) Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Coleman Headley, who is now an approver in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, started his deposition before a Special TADA Court via videoconferencing from a US jail, here at daybreak on Monday. Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam is leading the prosecution case while well-known criminal lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani is representing ...

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Google doodles 'father' of periodic table on birth anniversary

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Internet search giant Google on Monday dedicated a doodle to Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev on his 182nd birth anniversary. Born on February 8, 1834, Mendeleev is popularly known as the Father of Periodic Table. He formulated the Periodic Law, created a farsighted version of the periodic table of elements, and used it to correct the properties of some al...

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Ecuador striker Bolanos joins Brazil's Gremio

Rio De Janeiro, Feb 8 (IANS) Gremio have signed Ecuador international striker Miler Bolanos, the Brazilian club confirmed on Sunday. In a statement on Twitter, Gremio said they secured Bolanos on a three-year deal from Ecuadorian outfit Emelec, Xinhua news agency reported. China's Changchun Yatai and reigning Brazilian Serie A champions Corinthians were also reportedly interested...

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Tokyo stocks open lower

Tokyo, Feb 8 (IANS) Tokyo stocks lost ground from the off Monday following Wall Street's closing low at the end of last week following under par jobs data. As of 9.15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 240. 15 points, or 1.43 percent, from Friday to 16,579.44, Xinhua news agency reported. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchang...

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Emma Watson dating American tech wizard?

London, Feb 8(IANS) Actress Emma Watson is reportedly dating a 35-year-old American Ivy League graduate William Knight, who is more commonly known as Mack and describes himself as a tech and business entrepreneur wizard. According to a source, Mack is just a normal, down-to-earth guy who has nothing to do with Hollywood, and Emma loves that. The 25-year-old Watson, previously da...

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Japan to adopt parliamentary resolution to protest North Korea's missile launch

Tokyo, Feb 8 (IANS) Bipartisan lawmakers in Japan will convene on Tuesday and are widely expected to adopt a resolution protesting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) launch of a long range rocket on Sunday. Both ruling and opposition party representatives confirmed on Monday that a plenary session of each of Japan's parliamentary caucuses will convene Tuesday to adopt the...

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Kerry reaffirms US security commitment to South Korea, Japan

Washington, Feb 8 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday reaffirmed the ironclad US commitment to the security and defence of Japan and South Korea, following the satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Kerry spoke separately via phone with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida regarding the launch ...

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