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Russia has no strategic plan for economic crisis: Minister

Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev has admitted that the government does not have a strategic plan to overcome the economic crisis in the country, noting that its responses to the challenges of the moment are reactive. Ulyukayev's remarks came in an interview published Thursday by the Vedomosti newspaper. We have many plans to replace...

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Shraddha, Shivam win i-genius Young Singing Stars competition

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Delhi-based Shraddha Shree and Shivam Ahuja won Max Life Insurance's i-genius Young Singing Stars competition and bagged an album contract each with Universal Music Group. The grand finale, which took place here Thursday, witnessed performances by 10 finalists who were chosen from 1.26 lakh participants. The two winners Shraddha, 14, from the seniors team a...

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Bangladesh replaces judge hearing Khaleda Zia case

Dhaka, Dec 18 (IANS) The Bangladesh government has appointed a new judge for the court trying graft cases against Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the country's main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Law ministry officials said the ministry's Joint Secretary Abu Ahmed Jamadar would replace Basudev Roy of Dhaka's Third Special Judge's Court, bdnews24.com reported. On the S...

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Police vow thorough investigation of Peshawar carnage

Peshawar, Dec 18 (IANS) As the police piece together the evidence about the worst terror attack to have hit the country, Inspector General (IG) of Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nasir Durrani, vowed Thursday that all inadequacies in the system would be removed. Addressing the media, Durrani said that the crime scene had innumerable items lying about and specialised army teams were present at...

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SC extends Jayalalithaa's bail

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday extended the bail of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa by another four months as it asked the Karnataka High Court to decide on her appeal challenging her conviction in the corruption case within three months. Noting that Jayalalithaa had complied with its Oct 17 order of filing her appeal in the high court along with all...

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Hazlewood set for place in elite 200-club, says McGrath

Brisbane, Dec 18 (IANS) Pace legend Glenn McGrath has said Australia's latest fast bowling sensation, Josh Hazlewood, will join the country's exclusive 200-wicket club in due course of time. McGrath's comments came after the young pacer began his career in a sensational fashion, claiming five wickets for 68 runs, becoming the 33rd Australian to take a fifer on Test debut and 16th to do s...

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SC dismisses Maharashtra plea on reservation

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a Maharashtra government plea challenging a Bombay High Court order staying operation of an ordinance providing for reservation to Marathas and Muslims in education and government jobs. A bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice R.K.Agrawal, while declining to interfere with the high court's interim ord...

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Don't think Sarita was given a big penalty: Vijender

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh Thursday said the International Boxing Association (AIBA)'s decision to ban female pugilist L. Sarita Devi for a year was not a big penalty and the punishment will pass swiftly. The 29-year-old Sarita was also fined 1,000 Swiss francs ($1020) for refusing to accept her 2014 Asian Games bronze medal Oct 1. It...

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Bangladeshi held with gold valued at Rs. 34 lakh

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) The BSF Thursday seized gold valued at over Rs.34 lakh in the international market from a Bangladeshi smuggler near the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal, officials said. The smuggler was arrested during a special operation in North 24 Parganas district, a Border Security Force (BSF) spokesman said. In a special operation, we intercepted Farooque Sard...

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Government introduces bill to amend Lokpal Act

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The government Thursday introduced a bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokyuktas Act which will pave the way for inclusion of the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha as a member of the panel to select the chairperson and members of the anti-corruption body. Under the existing act, the Leader of Opposition is included in the panel but there is no such leader in the...

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Discretionary quota allocation of plots, houses in Odisha scrapped

Bhubaneswar, Dec 18 (IANS) The Odisha cabinet Thursday decided to cancel allotment of all houses and plots made under the discretionary quota (DQ) since Jan 1, 1995. The cabinet also decided to conduct a vigilance inquiry and initiate criminal proceedings against those who produced false affidavit to get plots and houses under discretionary quota meant for martyrs, sportspersons and dist...

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Mamata plays alliance card, opposition questions her acceptability

New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Looking for prospective alliance partners for her Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said nobody in politics was untouchable and asserted she was open to talks with other parties. The opposition in West Bengal - the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) lost no time in slammi...

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Himachal HC sets asides income tax order on CM's case

Shimla, Dec 18 (IANS) In a major relief to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the high court Thursday set aside the decision of the income tax commissioner to transfer his and his family's income tax returns cases from Shimla to Chandigarh. The impugned orders dated July 14, 2014 is quashed and set aside, a division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlo...

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Fog disrupts flights, trains in Delhi, no respite Friday

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The national capital experienced a chilly and foggy Thursday, and over 20 trains and several flights were affected. Friday is expected to see similar weather, the Met Office said. According to an official of the Northern Railway, 15 trains coming to Delhi were delayed due to fog while nine were rescheduled till 5 p.m. Six flights were diverted, said an of...

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SC rejects plea challenging Coal Ordinance

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a plea challenging the ordinance on coal blocks, providing for retrospective recovery of a levy of Rs. 295 per metric tonne of extracted coal and linking its payment as a qualification to participate in the cancelled coal blocks' auction. The Coal Mines (Special Provision) Ordinance, 2014, was promulgated for the allocation of...

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Navi Mumbai airport to take off by 2019: Maharashtra CM

Nagpur, Dec 18 (IANS) The decks have been cleared for starting work on the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) and it will be operational by 2019, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here Thursday. All obstacles to the project have been overcome and we plan to make it (NMIA) functional by 2019, Fadnavis informed the Maharashtra Legislative Council here.

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IS supporter's police custody extended by 15 days

Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) A court here Thursday extended the police custody of alleged Islamic State (IS) supporter Mehdi Masroor Biswas by 15 days for further interrogation on charges of waging war against a country which is at peace with India, police said. We produced Mehdi in the sessions court on expiry of his five-day custody to further interrogate him on his postings in the social ...

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Ban on death penalty moratorium government's negligence: Ex-judge

Peshawar, Dec 18 (IANS) As the Pakistan government is wrapping up mercy appeals of convicts after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif revoked the moratorium on death penalty, former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry termed the moratorium as the government's negligence, media reported Thursday. The former chief justice stated that it should not have been enforced, according to ...

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28 kg gold seized from Siliguri, four nabbed

Siliguri, Dec 18 (IANS) A total of 28 kg of gold, valued at over Rs.7 crore in the international market, was seized in this West Bengal town Thursday. Four smugglers, including two from Nepal, were arrested, an official said. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sources said the seized yellow metal included 23 gold bars - each weighing one kg - and 18 gold biscuits of weight between...

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Security tightened at Bodh Gaya temple

Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) Security was Thursday tightened at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya after the terror attack in Pakistan's Peshawar city, a top official said. We have tightened security at the temple following an intelligence alert after the terror attack in Peshawar, Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said. Tiwari and other senior police officials Wed...

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