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8 killed in Indonesia's central Java landslide

Jakarta, Dec 18 (IANS) Eight workers of a sand pit in Indonesia's Central Java regency of Magelang were killed in landslide on Monday, while eight others were rescued, Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency BNPB said. The agency's spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said further search for other workers possibly buried in the landslide was underway involving a task force of fire fighters, ...

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Modi's campaign helps BJP scrape through in Gujarat, retain electoral momentum

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The BJP just scraped through to victory in Gujarat, helped largely by the extensive campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state, but the party's lowest tally in the last 22 years can be seen as a warning bell ahead of crucial state battles in 2018 and the next Lok Sabha election in 2019. The results in Gujarat reflect some dissatisfaction with the ...

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PM to inaugurate Delhi Metro's Magenta section on December 25

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Botanical Garden on the Kalkaji Mandir stretch (Magenta Line) on December 25 after which it will be open for commercial operations, informed sources said on Monday. Modi will flag off the metro train from Noida, a DMRC official told IANS. A part of the Magenta Line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West), this s...

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'Arjun Reddy' exhausted hell out of me: Vijay Deverakonda

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actor Vijay Deverakonda says that working on Arjun Reddy sapped him. Excerpts from an interview: Q. How do you look back on the Arjun Reddy experience? It sapped me. Exhausted the hell out of me. I had to be constantly probing into the darkest areas of my consciousness, digging out feelings and tapping into emotions I had never touched in myself. Yo...

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Melting East Antarctic ice sheet may cause global sea level rise

New York, Dec 18 (IANS) The East Antarctic ice sheet -- one of the two large ice sheets in Antarctica and the largest on the entire planet -- may contribute substantially to global sea level rise, finds a study. The East Antarctic ice sheet, with more than 12,000 feet thick ice in many places, was thought to be among the most stable, not gaining or losing mass even as ice sheets in West ...

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Drunken driver rams BMW into divider

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) A speeding BMW driven by a drunken man hit a road divider and damaged the iron grille in west Delhi in the early hours of Monday, police said. The driver sustained minor injuries. Police said the accident occurred at around 3 a.m. in Rajouri Garden on Ring Road. A passerby informed police about the accident near ESI hospital. During investigation, a BMW c...

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Western societies may quit alcohol with alcosynth-laded drinks: Scientist

London, Dec 18 (IANS) People living in western countries are likely to quit alcohol in around two decades after they switch to a synthetic substance that mimics alcohol but does not harm people or cause hangovers, a British scientist has revealed. Alcosynth -- molecules, which mimic the pleasurable effects of alcohol but are not toxic, have the power to transform public health around the...

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When Raghu Rai was 'captured' by his daughter

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) As Raghu Rai turns 75, the ace photographer was presented to the audience by his daughter Avani Rai, both as a father and a photographer through a 55 minute documentary titled Raghu Rai, An Unframed Portrait, produced by Iikka vehkalahti and Anurag Kashyap and co-produced by ARTE FRANCE and the IDFA BERTHA FUND. I was not very happy initially, but now that her wo...

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40 more Rohingya villages burnt in Myanmar: Report

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 18 (IANS) The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday reported the burning of 40 additional Rohingya villages in Myanmar in a military campaign, which has led more than 655,000 people of this Muslim minority community to flee to Bangladesh. The HRW used satellite images to identify the new incidents, recorded between October and November, raising the total number of villages ...

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When rains exposed Bengaluru's infrastructure woes, civic apathy

Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) The image of Bengaluru as a garden city and the country's technology hub was dented when record rainfall this year exposed its infrastructure woes and the apathy of its municipal agencies in coping with its growing needs. As the cosmopolitan city of 10 million people witnessed phenomenal growth over the years, thanks to a thriving multi-billion-dollar global IT s...

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Power outage paralyses world's busiest Hartsfield-Jackson airport in US

Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) A power failure at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, has crippled air traffic, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,150 departing or arriving flights and stranding thousands of travellers in the US just as people begin the busy Christmas travel week. Officials said that the power outage at the airport started on ...

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Vivo V7: Best mid-range selfie smartphone till date

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) When it comes to the selfie-focused smartphones market in India, Chinese smartphone players Vivo and Oppo clearly rule the mid-price segment. Expanding its selfie-focused series, Vivo has announced two devices -- V7 and V7+ -- with the latter being made available in November. Launched now, the Rs 18,990 V7 is the scaled-down version of V7+ -- the Rs 21,99...

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Twitter to begin penalising hateful, abusive accounts: Report

San Francisco, Dec 18 (IANS) Aimed at reducing hateful content on its platform, Twitter will start penalising accounts from Monday that include hateful imagery and display names, or those who use username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behaviour, the media reported. According to a report in ReCode late on Sunday, for Twitter, the two new restrictions are attempts to c...

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Explore options to slow down ageing

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Don't be paranoid if you see your skin ageing. There are a number of solutions -- be it by using natural ingredients like jojoba rich in vitamin E and vitamin C, or by exploring skin resurfacing solutions, suggest experts. Datinderjeet Singh Tulla, Head of Department of the Dermat, Laser, Hair Transplant and Medical Services category at VLCC and Shubhika Jain, Fo...

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Rahul writes to PM, seeks package for Kerala, Tamil Nadu in wake of Ockhi

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to declare a comprehensive special financial package for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep in the wake of damage and loss of life caused by the cyclone Ockhi. Gandhi, in his first letter to Modi as party President, also called for adequate measures for strengthening the ad...

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My twin strike changed match's momentum, says Kuldeep

Visakhapatnam, Dec 17 (IANS) Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav felt that his two wickets in an over changed the complexion of the match as India thumped Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the decisive third and final One-Day International (ODI) to clinch the series 2-1 here on Sunday. India rode on a strong bowling performance to restrict Sri Lanka to 215 runs. Sri Lanka were cruising at 1...

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India clinch ODI series against Sri Lanka

Visakhapatnam, Dec 17 (IANS) India eased to an eight-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the decisive third and final One-Day International (ODI) to clinch the series 2-1 here on Sunday. The Indians dominated with both bat and ball, restricting Sri Lanka to 215 runs before Shikhar Dhawan's unbeaten century helped them canter to a big win with 17.5 overs to spare. India have now won e...

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Christians allege police high-handedness over arrests

Mathura/Agra, Dec 17 (IANS) The Christian community in Agra and Mathura on Sunday alleged police high-handedness over the arrest of seven people in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district on what it said were fabricated charges of religious conversion. The seven accused, now in judicial custody, were picked up by police from a house in a village after locals complained to the police that outsid...

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India not being blamed for collapse of WTO talks: Prabhu

Buenos Aires, Dec 17 (IANS) It is the first time that India is not being blamed for the collapse of talks at the just concluded 11th World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference here, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has said. The talks at the 11th ministerial conference (MC11) broke down earlier this week as the United States reneged on its commitment, along with other countries...

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Third ODI: India restrict Sri Lanka to low total

Visakhapatnam , Dec 17 (IANS) India rode on a strong bowling performance to restrict Sri Lanka to 215 runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Sunday. Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal did most of the damage by taking three wickets each. Yadav returned figures of 3/42 off his 10 overs while Chahal conceded 46 runs for his three wickets. Hardik Pan...

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