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Avoid politics in children's welfare: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar, Dec 20 (IANS) Expressing solidarity with the families of those killed in the Pakistan school attack, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday said issues related to children's welfare have to be taken up on a priority, ignoring political differences. The issues related to children's rights cut across considerations of political systems and geography. The entire world is...

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Batting collapse cost us dear: Dhoni

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) Six Indian wickets in the morning session on the fourth day caused the visitors' downfall in the second Test, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said here Saturday. India collapsed from 71 for one to 224 all out in the first session. That set the tone for an Australian win and their 2-0 lead in the series. Dhoni had no qualms in admitting that his batsmen messed...

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Saina loses in semis of Superseries Finals

Dubai, Dec 20 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal Saturday lost in the semi-final of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals here. World No.4 Saina lost 21-11, 13-21,9-21 to World No.9 Tai Tzy Yung of Chinese Taipei at the Hamdan Sports Complex. ...

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Done with Soumitra Chatterjee-starrer short film: Sujoy Ghosh

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh wrapped up a short film starring the doyen of the Bengali film industry Soumitra Chatterjee here Saturday. Short film over. Now to embark upon long...(sic), tweeted Ghosh of Kahaani fame. Tota Roy Choudhury and Radhika Apte are the other actors in the film, said to be a thriller. A few days ago, the Kahaani crew landed in the c...

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Germany to provide additional funding for India's green energy corridors

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Germany said Saturday it has committed an additional 500 million euros (Rs.3,900 crore) to support India in developing its green energy corridors. According to German embassy here, the funding will be released under the Indo-German bilateral development cooperation. The additional funding was approved after German Ambassador Michael Steiner and Finance ...

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Pakistan must improve fielding standards: Waqar Younis

Sharjah, Dec 20 (IANS) Pakistan coach and pace legend Waqar Younis has said his side needs to revamp its fielding standards and batting against short-pitched deliveries to be competitive enough at the impending 2015 One-Day International (ODI) World Cup in February-March 2015. Pakistan lost the fifth and final ODI against the New Zealand by 68 runs in Abu Dhabi Friday to concede the seri...

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'PK' is special for Boman Irani despite small role

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Actor Boman Irani, who has been part of all of Rajkumar Hirani's films, has a small part to play in the director's latest offering PK. But he says the movie is special for him as PK will have a social impact. The movie released Friday, and it is being lauded for being an entertainer with a purpose. In 'PK', I play the head of a news channel and it is importa...

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Pakistan, Afghanistan to carry out coordinated operations

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Pakistan's top security advisor Saturday ruled out joint operations with Afghanistan against militants, saying both counties will coordinate operations on their own side of border. Comments by Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz came after Pakistani forces stepped up actions against the militants in the border region and killed nearly 50 ...

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Sony made a mistake pulling off 'The Interview': Obama

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has said that Sony Pictures Entertainment made a mistake in pulling the movie The Interview following a cyber attack. The president spoke just hours after the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on the studio, reports variety.com. Yes, I think they made a mistak...

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Liverpool manager Rodgers rues failure to sign Sanchez

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Brendan Rodgers Friday revealed his bitter disappointment at failing to persuade Alexis Sanchez to reject Arsenal in favour of Liverpool after admitting the Chilean had been identified as the perfect replacement for Luis Suarez. Sanchez completed a £32m move from Barcelona to Arsenal following the World Cup, despite strenuous attempts by Liverpool to hand the 26-ye...

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'Link Bengal to Asian nations for Buddhist tourism circuit'

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Twenty-three Buddhist sites have been identified in West Bengal and the focus is to develop the state as the prime link to south and southeast Asian countries as part of the Buddhist tourism circuit, an official has said here. According to Arvind Alok, Chairman, Buddhist Monuments Development Council (BMDC), proposals are being finalised to get the sites sponsored ...

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Village headman gunned down in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 20 (IANS) A village headman was killed Saturday by terrorists in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, on a day when the last phase of assembly elections were held in Jammu and Kashmir. Gulam Ahman Bhat, headman of Bomai village, was shot dead from close range by militants Saturday morning. While being shifted to hospital, he succumbed to his bullet injuries, a senio...

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Five killed in US drone attack in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) At least five people were killed and several others injured in a US drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan Saturday morning, media reported. According to the report, the US unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house suspected of being a militant hideout in Data Khel area of North Waziristan, a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, ...

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Facebook app to add stickers on friends' faces

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) A Facebook app now lets you put huge emoticons and cute cartoons over your friends' faces with ease. The app called Stickered for Messenger was launched in the Google Play store Saturday, and is coming soon to the iOS App Store, techcrunch reported. So, if you want huge smiley faces on your selfies and send funny pictures to your friends on Facebook Messen...

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Cells that facilitate tumour growth identified

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) A recent study has identified the population of white blood cells that tumours use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. The results mark a turning point in cancer immunology and provide the foundation for developing more effective therapies. It was known earlier that a diverse group of white blood cells called myeloid-derive...

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Miscommunication on Dhawan's injury: Dhoni

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Saturday said there was miscommunication on the fourth morning of the second Test about the status of opener Shikhar Dhawan's injury sustained ahead of the ahead of the day's play commencing. Dhawan was injured on the wrist while batting at the nets, leaving the team think-tank in confusion regarding its impact and whether he wou...

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'Divorce' calling for Sarah Jessica Parker?

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is likely to return to star in TV comedy Divorce. The Sex and the City actress is said to be in talks to star in and produce the serial, although the pilot has not yet been finalised, reports variety.com. The half-hour comedy is described as the story of a very drawn-out divorce. If all goes well, Parker will make up one hal...

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Don't criticise her weight else she will gain more!

Toronto, Dec 20 (IANS) Women whose family members or loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more kilos, new research says. Women who were accepted by their loved ones as they were or received what the researchers call weight acceptance messages saw better weight maintenance and even weight loss than their counterparts who did not receive positive messages from their ...

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Avicii splits from girlfriend?

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Disc jockey and record producer Avicii and his girlfriend Raquel Bettencourt are said to have split after spending over a year together. Bettencourt has moved out of the hitmaker's home here, reports femalefirst.co.uk. A source told the US Weekly magazine that the 25-year-old DJ, whose real name is Tim Bergling, went to Mexico on vacation immediately fo...

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Pakistani Taliban chief killed?

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Even as the Pakistani Army intensified its anti-terrorism operations in the wake of Tuesday's Taliban attack on a Peshawar school that left 148 students and teachers dead, unconfirmed reports said that Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) chief Mulla Fazalullah was killed in an airstrike inside Afghanistan early Saturday. An unverified Twitter account of the Pakistan defence ...

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