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Denied visa, Punjab woman commits suicide

Chandigarh, Dec 17 (IANS) Denied a visa to travel abroad, a 21-year-old woman committed suicide by setting herself on fire in her village near Amritsar, police said on Sunday. Police have initiated inquest proceedings and sent the body for postmortem. Pooranpreet Kaur, according to her family, was depressed after her visa to go abroad was rejected. She set herself on fire at her ...

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Alleged North Korean agent arrested in Australia

Canberra, Dec 17 (IANS) A 59-year-old man from Sydney has been arrested for allegedly acting as an economic agent of North Korea, the Australian Federal Police said on Sunday. The man, identified as Chan Han Choi, has been charged with brokering sales and discussing the supply of weapons of mass destruction, Efe news agency reported quoting a police statement. Chan, who is a natu...

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I-League: Aizawl get ready for first northeastern derby

Aizawl, Dec 17 (IANS) Aizawl FC's home fans will once again rally towards the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium to cheer their home team as they prepare to face neighbours Shillong Lajong in an I-League clash here on Monday. This will be defending champions Aizawl's last home game before Christmas and three points against Lajong will be a satisfactory Christmas present for their fans. Aizawl...

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Alleged North Korean agent arrested in Australia

Canberra, Dec 17 (IANS) A 59-year-old man from Sydney has been arrested for allegedly acting as an economic agent of North Korea, the Australian Federal Police said on Sunday. The man, identified as Chan Han Choi, has been charged with brokering sales and discussing the supply of weapons of mass destruction, Efe news agency reported quoting a police statement. Chan, who is a natu...

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Cave paintings treasure trove found on Indonesian island

Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) Researchers have found that a tiny Indonesian island, previously unexplored by archaeologists, is very rich in ancient cave paintings dating from at least 2,500 years ago. The team uncovered a total of 28 rock art sites on the island of Kisar which measures just 81 square kilometres and lies north of East Timor. The paintings portray boats, dogs, horses and ...

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Brazilian Vinicius to join Real Madrid after 2018

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 17 (IANS) Rising football star Vinícius Júnior who plies his trade for Brazilian club Flamengo on Sunday said he intends to join Real Madrid after 2018. The 17-year-old Brazilian who has already signed a deal to play for Real Madrid which will be effective after his 18th birthday on July 12 said he will think about joining the Spanish giants after new year. ...

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Car bomb hits NATO convoy in Kandahar, kills civilian

Kandahar (Afghanistan), Dec 17 (IANS) An Afghan woman was killed and four civilians wounded when a suicide car bomb struck a NATO-led coalition forces' convoy in Kandahar city on Sunday, an official said. The blast occurred around 2 p.m. local time in Police District 5 of Kandahar city, capital of southern province of Kandahar, along a road which connects the city to the international ai...

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Cyclone Ockhi: Kerala awaits nod to make presentation to Modi

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (IANS) Even as Kerala has sought Rs 1,843 crore from the Centre to compensate for the damage caused by cyclone Ockhi, the state government is awaiting a nod for making a presentation to the Prime Minister during his Tuesday visit. According to state government sources, no permission to make the presentation to Narendra Modi, during his visit here for a few hour...

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Argentine midfielder Desabato joins Vasco da Gama

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 17 (IANS) Brazilian football club Vasco da Gama have signed Argentine midfielder Leandro Luis Desabato in a bid to bolster their squad for the 2018 season. Desabato will be tied to Vasco for two years after the outfit came to financial terms with his former club Velez Sarsfield, reports Xinhua news agency. I am really excited about being given the chance to pl...

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Australian arrested for being 'economic agent' for N.Korea

Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) The Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Sunday arrested a man from Sydney for allegedly acting as an economic agent for North Korea with the intent of raising revenue for the Pyongyang government. Authorities have identified the man as South Korean-origin Chan Han Choi, 59, CNN reported. The AFP said the man, a naturalised Australian citizen, brokered the sal...

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Gold worth over Rs 3 crore seized in Bengal, Assam; 4 held

Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) In separate operations in Assam and West Bengal, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized 10.5 kg gold valued at Rs 3 crore in the international market. It was smuggled into India from neighbouring countries, the agency said on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, officers of DRI Guwahati raided a rented residential premises in Shantipur hill side of the ...

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Iraqi forces launch operation to clear IS remnants in Iraq

Baghdad, Dec 16 (IANS) Iraqi security forces launched an operation on Saturday to hunt down remnants of Islamic State (IS) militants in the rugged rural areas in northern central Iraq, the Iraqi military said. On Saturday morning, the troops backed by para-military Hashd Shaabi brigades advanced from three directions to clear Mteibijah area near the border between the provinces of Salah...

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Japan-India Sports Exchange programme conducted

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore attended the Japan-India Sports Exchange event at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here on Saturday, with promotion of judo in India being a key feature. The function was co-organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Embassy of Japan as a kick-off event for the long-term cooperation in the field of Judo and oth...

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Tripura CM urges Bangladesh to open Chittagong port for northeast

Chottakhola (Tripura), Dec 16 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Saturday urged the Bangladesh government to allow India's northeastern states to use the Chittagong port for the development of the landlocked region. Sidelining the pending unresolved issues between the two countries, Bangladesh must allow the northeastern states of India to use the Chittagong international seap...

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Nagaland gets six new Cabinet Ministers, including one from BJP

Kohima, Dec 16 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on Saturday inducted six new members in his Cabinet, ahead of the assembly elections in February-March 2018. Governor P.B. Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to Naga People's Front (NPF) legislators P. Longon, C.L. John, Vikheho Swu, S.I. Jamir and Kuzholuzo Nienu and Bharatiya Janta Party's P. Paiwang at a simpl...

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Deepak Dobriyal wants to 'rescue' late Kundan Shah's film

Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) Deepak Dobriyal is enjoying his success after Hindi Medium and says that the film completely changed his image as an actor. He also says that he now wants to rescue late Kundan Shah's short film soon. The film changed my image as a comic actor. As the father of an economically challenged family desperate to see his son go to an English medium school, I got a ch...

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Real Madrid join race to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 16 (IANS) Spanish football giants Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur. The 21-year-old Brazilian has already been linked with Barcelona, having been photographed wearing their jersey following talks with the Catalan club earlier this month, reports Xinhua news agency. They are two big clubs. I think that it is recognition of the h...

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Films are still hero-centric: Juhi Chawla

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Juhi Chawla feels there is a lot of pressure on the girls on-screen today, and wonders if wearing shorter dresses and aiming for a size-zero frame is really an expression of freedom. The actress says a lot has changed for women in showbiz, but some aspects continue to remain the same. The actress, who joined the team of Epic channel's TV show Sharanam as a narrat...

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A year of comparative normalcy, but permanent peace eludes J&K

Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 16 (IANS) Even though permanent peace remained a distant dream for the people of beleaguered Jammu and Kashmir, 2017 was a comparatively better year for the state -- security forces registered huge successes against militants, mainstream politicians once again moved out to meet people, the Centre appointed a special representative for a sustained dialogue, and the common man f...

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Olympic gold medallist Weverton joins Palmeiras

Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dec 16 (IANS) Olympic gold medal-winning goalkeeper Weverton has joined nine-time Brazilian Serie A champions Palmeiras, the club has announced. Weverton signed a five-year contract, the local football giants said on Friday after an agreement with his former club Atletico Paranaense, reports Xinhua news agency. The 30-year-old was Brazil's first-choice goalkee...

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