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Loud firecrackers interrupt Sonia's last speech as President

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) As Sonia Gandhi took to the stage to deliver her last speech as Congress President after handing charge to her son Rahul Gandhi, she was forced to pause several times as the loud fireworks set off by enthusiastic party workers drowned out her voice. I can't speak, she said helplessly. She began: This is my last address to you as Congress President, as you face a ...

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3 killed in Philippines storm

Bangkok, Dec 16 (IANS) At least three people were killed and six others went missing after tropical storm Urduja struck the central Philippines, officials said on Saturday. One child was killed in a flood, an adult died in a landslide and a fisherman was killed in an accident, a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson said. The missing includ...

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World War I's forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy

Title: The Vanquished - Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923; Author: Robert Gerwarth; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 416; Price: Rs 699 Not all wars end when the fighting does is a lesson that we still have to learn. The First World War was supposed, despite all the upheaval it caused and immense destruction it left across three continents, to be the war to end a...

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Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox in $52 bn stock deal

Burbank/New York, Dec 14 (IANS) In one of the largest entertainment acquisitions, Disney is buying Twenty-First Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal in stock. The Walt Disney Company and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc announced the details on Thursday. Under the deal, Disney will also acquire the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international T...

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Gayle smashes T20 records in BPL final

Dhaka, Dec 12 (IANS) West Indies star Chris Gayle toppled several records on his way to a match winning performance for Rangpur Riders in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) cricket tournament here on Tuesday. Gayle smashed 18 sixes -- the most in a Twenty20 innings -- on his way to an unbeaten 146 runs off just 69 balls as Rangpur defeated Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs.

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PCB bans Nasir Jamshed for one year

Lahore, Dec 11 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday banned opening batsman Nasir Jamshed for a year after finding him guilty of non-cooperation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case. The 27-year-old, who has played 40 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for Pakistan, was arrested in the UK in February and released on bail after the corruption scandal of the Twenty20 ...

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Bhai Boolchand, the unsung Indian who launched trade with Ghana

Accra, Dec 11 (IANS) Not much is known about him, but it has now emerged that trade relations between Ghana and India were started by Bhai Boolchand, the first Indian to arrive in the Gold Coast -- Ghana's colonial name -- in 1890. That's some 67 years before the British colonial government granted the country independence, research by the Indian Association of Ghana has found. As far as...

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Real Madrid, Valencia win in La Liga

Madrid, Dec 10 (IANS) Real Madrid claimed an easy 5-0 win at home over a decaffeinated Sevilla in the La Liga football championship while Valencia saw off Celta Vigo to put the pressure on leaders FC Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday showed off the Golden Ball trophy he had been awarded during the week and celebrated with two goals as Madrid netted five in the first half, reports ...

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Sri Lanka opt to field against India in first ODI

Dharamsala, Dec 10 (IANS) Sri Lanka's new captain Thisara Perera won the toss and opted to bowl against India in the first One-Day International (ODI) match at the HPCA Stadium here on Sunday. For India, Rohit Sharma will also make his captaincy debut in the absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the three ODIs and three Twenty Internationals against the Islanders. Mumba...

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Basics of captaincy remain same in any team: Rohit

Dharamsala, Dec 9 (IANS) On the eve of his captaincy debut for India in the first One-day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma feels that basics of leading a side remain the same though the difference in captaining a club and the national team is big. Rohit, who has captained Mumbai Indians to three Indian Premier League (IPL) titles, will skipper the Indian team in ...

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Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Gaza, Dec 9 (IANS) Israel has targeted a number of sites of militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for earlier rocket strikes. The Israeli military said it hit a weapons manufacturing site and an ammunition store early on Saturday while a Hamas military post was also pounded by the Israeli war jets with two missiles in northern Gaza on Friday evening, the BBC reported.

9 days ago
Of surrogacy, life, relations and Partition

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) See how two women discover the best and the worst about India's surrogacy industry; discover another meaning of life from the story of a woman who one day comes face-to-face with a treasure that lay buried in her heart for very long; learn that you have to disappoint those closest to you in order to forge your own path; and flick through a new work on the horrific Partitio...

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Fast bowlers will do the damage in South Africa: Pujara

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara on Wednesday said India will bank on fast bowlers to do the damage during the South Africa tour next month. India will tour South Africa for three Tests, six One-day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I), starting with the first Test from January 5 in Cape Town. I think we (India) will be very well...

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Dhoni may return as CSK skipper after new IPL rule

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) In a decision that could see the return of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the skipper of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and some of its top players, the IPL Governing Council has allowed the returning franchises CSK and Rajasthan Royals to secure the players who represented them in the 2015 edition and were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads in 2017. It a...

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Each franchise can secure 5 cricketers for IPL 2018

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) An Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise can retain or secure through the Right to Match (RTM) clause a combined total of five players for the 2018 edition of the Twenty20 cricket tournament, it was announced on Wednesday. In another decision, returning franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals can retain or use the RTM clause to secure the players who p...

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Armin van Buuren offers masterclasses to aspiring DJs

Leiden (Netherlands), Dec 6 (IANS) Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren has teamed up with online education platform MasterClass to offer aspiring DJs and producers access to some of his tricks of the trade. The DJ announced his new venture on his Facebook account. Super proud to announce my 'MasterClass' on dance music! I'm truly excited to share my passion for producing music and DJing. ...

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Tight security in UP on 25th anniversary of Babri razing

Lucknow, Dec 6 (IANS) Authorities have stepped up security across Uttar Pradesh on the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya. Twenty-seven additional companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) have been posted all over the state. Of these, six companies each have been deployed in Lucknow and in Faizabad district, which includes the temple tow...

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Tight security in UP on 25th anniversary of Babri demolition

Lucknow, Dec 6 (IANS) Heavy security has been deployed across Uttar Pradesh, including Faizabad and Ayodhya, on the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the disputed Babri Masjid structure, police said. Twenty seven additional companies of the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) have been deployed across the state. Of these, six companies each have been deployed in the state cap...

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IPL 2018: Delhi's smog could be Thiruvananthapuram's gain

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 5 (IANS) With Delhi's smog taking a turn for the worse during the ongoing third cricket Test against Sri Lanka, Delhi Daredevils home matches in next year's Indian Premier League (IPL) may be shifted to the Greenfield International Stadium here. The stadium had won rave reviews after hosting a rain drenched Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and New Zeala...

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IPL 2018: Delhi's smog could be Thiruvananthapuram's gain

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 5 (IANS) With Delhis smog taking a turn for the worse during the ongoing third cricket Test against Sri Lanka, Delhi Daredevils home matches in next year's Indian Premier League (IPL) may be shifted to the Green Park International Stadium here. The stadium had won rave reviews after hosting a rain drenched Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and New Zealan...

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