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Modi wishes Arun Jaitley on birthday

New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday wished Finance Minister Arun Jaitley a long life filled with good health on his 62nd birthday. Wishing you a happy birthday, dear friend and valued colleague @arunjaitley. May you be blessed with a long life, filled with good health, the prime minister said in a tweet. Jaitley, who also looks after the ministries of cor...

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Tea Scoreboard: Australia vs India, day 3, Third Test

Melbourne, Dec 28 (IANS) The following is the scoreboard at tea on day three of the third Test between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here Sunday. Australia (first innings): 530 all out India: Murali Vijay c Marsh b Watson 68 Shikhar Dhawan c Smith b Harris 28 Cheteshwar Pujara c Haddin b Harris 25 Virat Kohli batting 104...

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AirAsia flight loses contact with ATC

Jakarta, Dec 28 (IANS) An AirAsia flight bound for Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya lost contact with the air traffic control Sunday, media reported. AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact at 07:24hrs this morning, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued by AirAsia. There was no further information regarding th...

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Kohli-Rahane lifts India to 336 for three

Melbourne, Dec 28 (IANS) Ajinkya Rahane (batting 111) and Virat Kohli (batting 104) forged an unbeaten 189-run fourth-wicket partnership to propel India to 336 for three to trim Australia's lead to 194 runs at tea on day three of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here Sunday. It was Rahane's first century on Australian soil while Kohli cracked his third century of the...

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When books and controversy made strange bedfellows

New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) It was an unusual year for publishing as many legal and marketing decisions of publishers snowballed into controversies and were widely dissected and debated in public forums that criticised curbing free speech and questioned the timings and intention of the book, author and the publisher respectively. It was American author Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus: An Al...

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Kohli, Rahane partnership propel India to 336/3

Melbourne, Dec 28 (IANS) Virat Kohli (batting 104) and Ajinkya Rahane (batting 111) forged a superb unbeaten 189-run fourth-wicket partnership to propel India to 336 for three at tea on day three of the third Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here Sunday. India resumed the day at 108 for one in reply to Australia's 530 and were were in trouble at 147 for three ...

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The Wine of Life and Fate: The Rubaiyat's FitzGerald version and its influence

Call it fate but literature sometimes sees translations or adaptions becoming much more famous than the original work. Like this mid-Victorian era translation of some Persian poetry which became part of the English literary tradition, besides influencing the likes of Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, O. Henry, Eugene O'Neill, Nevil Shute, Jorge Luis Borges, Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Paramhansa...

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RSS open to re-conversion of Goan Catholics

Panaji, Dec 28 (IANS) In the midst of a nationwide row over the issue of re-conversion, a senior RSS official said that the organisation was willing to facilitate the 'Ghar Wapsi' (re-conversion) of those willing Goan Catholics, whose ancestors were forcibly converted during the colonial Portuguese era. Speaking to a select group of journalists in Goa, on the sidelines of a training camp...

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North Korea internet suffers second outage

Pyongyang, Dec 28 (IANS) Internet and 3G mobile network of North Korea were paralysed again amid bickering between the United States and the former over an earlier cyber attack on Sony Pictures. At 7.30 p.m. Pyongyang time Saturday, North Korea's internet and 3G mobile network came to a standstill, and had not returned to normal as of 9.30 p.m. Saturday, reported Xinhua. Earlier...

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Turkish Super League standings

Ankara, Dec 28 (IANS) Following are the standings from the Turkish Super League after Saturday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, and points), reported Xinhua. 1. Fenerbahce 15 10 3 2 23 13 33 2. Besiktas 14 10 2 2 23 12 32 3. Galatasaray 15 10 2 3 24 18 32 4. I...

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Fernando Torres to join AC Milan permanently

London, Dec 28 (IANS) English Premier League club Chelsea confirmed Saturday that the Spanish striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan permanently in 2015. At the beginning of the 14/15 season, Torres had moved to Milan on a 2-year loan. But he only scored one goal in 10 appearances. The news, however, may not hurt the striker's eagerness to go back to Atletico Madrid, the club...

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White House silent on North Korea's accusations against Obama

Washington, Dec 28 (IANS/EFE) The US government remained silent about North Korea's accusations against President Barack Obama, whom a spokesman of the North Korean National Defense Commission compared to a monkey and said he forced Sony to premiere the movie The Interview on Christmas Day. North Korea Saturday blamed the US for the repeated hacking attacks currently affecting its princi...

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Liam Gallagher introduces girlfriend to mother

London, Dec 28 (IANS) Musician Liam Gallagher has introduced girlfriend Debbie Gwyther to his mother for the first time. The lovebirds visited Peggy in Manchester over the weekend. The fact Debbie has met the other woman in his life - his mum - shows how serious he is about her, a friend of Gallagher told mirror.co.uk. He said Gwyther, 31, who works on the musician's mana...

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Lunch Scoreboard: Australia vs India, day three, third Test

Melbourne, Dec 28 (IANS) The following is the scoreboard at lunch on day three of the third Test between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here Sunday. Australia: Chris Rogers c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 57 David Warner c Dhawan b Yadav 0 Shane Watson lbw b Ashwin 52 Steven Smith b Yadav 192 Shaun Marsh c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami...

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Kohli leads India to 224 for three

Melbourne, Dec 28 (IANS) India lost their two overnight unbeaten batsmen but skipper Virat Kohli is leading the charge to help reap 224 for three at lunch in their first innings on day three of the third Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here Sunday. Kohli was batting on 60, accompanied by Ajinkya Rahane (batting 43), to stabilise India's innings that was in a spot o...

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India reach 224/3 at lunch on day three

Melbourne, Dec 28 (IANS) India reached 224 for three at lunch in their first innings on day three of the third Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here Sunday. Skipper Virat Kohli (batting 60) and Ajinkya Rahane (batting 43) were at the crease at lunch. India lost two wickets -- Cheteshwar Pujara (25) and Murali Vijay (68). Pujara as dismissed by pacer Ryan Ha...

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The Lachey brothers to open Sports Bar Jan 1

Los Angeles, Dec 28 (IANS) Singer Nick Lachey and his brother Drew are planning to start the New Year off with the opening of their sports bar. The brothers announced their sports bar Lachey's Bar is set to open Jan 1 in their hometown Cincinnati, Ohio, reports people.com. Don't look now, but @lacheysbar is getting ready to open 1/1! #Lacheys, Nick, 41, captioned a photo of the i...

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Over 100 suspected militants killed by Cameroon's army

Yaounde, Dec 28 (IANS) More than 100 suspected Boko Haram militants were killed and over 200 arrested during an operation conducted by Cameroon's army in Far-North Region, an army source said Saturday. The operation took place in Doble in the region bordering Nigeria, and was conducted by Cameroon Air Force and Rapid Intervention Battalion, an elite army unit Friday night, Xinhua reporte...

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Russia-EU relations to remain Moscow's priority

Moscow, Dec 28 (IANS) Relations with the European Union(EU) will remain Russia's foreign policy priority, despite the complexity of the current situation, Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Relations with the EU, our neighbour and our largest trading partner, objectively will remain one of the priorities of Russia's foreign policy in the years ahead, Xinhua quoted the ministry state...

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Brazil president named in lawsuit in US

Sao Paulo, Dec 28 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and outgoing Finance Minister Guido Mantega were among the 14 names cited in a lawsuit in a US court against Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras. The lawsuit was brought by the administration of Providence city in the state of Rhode Island. Law firm Labaton Sucharow, which represents the city of Providence, incl...

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