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Toyota to introduce its BEVs in India through 2020s

New Delhi/Tokyo, Dec 18 (IANS) Global automobile major Toyota aims to introduce its new range of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in India and other key markets through the 2020s. According to an official statement released on Monday, the global automobile giant plans to popularise electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030. Toyota's electrified vehicle strategy centers on a ...

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Jay-Z stops show to hug cancer survivor

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Rapper Jay-Z stopped a concert to invite a cancer survivor on stage for a hug. The 99 problems hitmaker called a timeout in the middle of his show at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, after spotting Christina Cruz in the crowd when he read the placard she was holding: I beat cancer twice to see you. I love you! Selfie or hug?, eonline.com reports.

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After cricket, Australian football can build bridges with India

With Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Malcolm Turnbull approving a Memorandum of Understanding on sports between the two governments, it is time to explore the potential of sports diplomacy between Australia and India. Sport is an avenue through which Australians and Indians can achieve greater inter-cultural understanding and emotional attachment. The common passion of Australians and ...

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US wartime aviator's family donates Mao's gift to China

Kunming, Dec 17 (IANS) Sons of a US aviator who helped China fight against Japanese invaders during WWII have donated two blankets, which were gifted to him by Mao Zedong, to a memorial hall in southwest China's Yunnan Province. Mao presented the blankets from Mongolia to John Paul McConnell as a token of thanks after the US pilot flew the leader to and from Chongqing in September 1945, ...

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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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You have to be worried over current state of Indian tennis: Vijay Amritraj

Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Indian tennis great Vijay Amritraj on Saturday said there is enough reason to be worried about the sport in the country, adding that if homegrown players want to make a mark abroad, there needs to be a proper system in place. You have to be worried. For the simple reason is that we won just two medals in Rio. We haven't made the World Group in Davis Cup. We haven't...

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Rahul Gandhi's hands full of challenges as party chief, needs new formulas

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Anticipated for long by his party, Rahul Gandhi took over as Congress President on Saturday, an elevation that comes at a time when the party faces an existential crisis and has huge electoral challenges in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Gandhi, 47, is the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to take the top position of the 132-year old party.

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I have your back 100 per cent, Trump tells FBI

Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said he supports the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 100 per cent, less than an hour after criticising the agency. During a speech at the FBI National Academy's graduation in Virginia, Trump heaped praise on the agency, saying it was full of great people, BBC reported on Friday. His visit comes only days after he descr...

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6.9-magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia

Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's West Java province on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said. No casualty or damage has, however, been reported. The epicentre of the earthquake was 11 km southwest of Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java province, 102 km from West Java's capital Bandung, with a depth of 107 km in the Ear...

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US reiterates 'all options on table' against N Korean nuclear threat

United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that all options are on the table to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open. The United States will use all measures necessary to defend itself, Tillerson told a high-level Security Council session on North Korea pres...

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FIFA bans head of Brazilian football federation

Paris, Dec 15 (IANS) FIFA on Friday suspended the head of the Brazilian football federation Marco Polo Del Nero for 90 days over a breach of its rules. FIFA ethics committee added that the decision bans Del Nero from any football-related activities during this period, starting immediately, reports Efe The duration of the ban may be extended for an additional period not exceeding ...

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'Industry-friendly' Ethiopia woos Bengal businesses

Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Offering a package of incentives including exemption of income tax and import duty, Ethiopia on Friday sought investment from West Bengal in sectors like infrastructure and small engineering. Ethiopia has joined the group of nations that are fast moving in economic development. My country is the fastest growing in the world and has registered a double-digit annual ...

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Pulisic wins US men's footballer of the year

Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) Nineteen-year-old Christian Pulisic has been voted the United States Soccer Federation's Male Player of the Year. By winning 94 percent of the votes, Pulisic also became the youngest winner of the award on Thursday. Landon Donovan had been the youngest winner, earning the honour at 21 in 2003, reports Xinhua news agency. The US men's team was knocked out...

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Japan imposes new unilateral sanctions on N.Korea

Tokyo, Dec 15 (IANS) The Japanese government on Friday imposed new unilateral sanctions on North Korea, which include freezing the assets of Pyongyang-based companies, in response to the launch of the country's latest ballistic missile. The new sanctions come as an addition to a long list of punitive measures imposed by Japan which affect North Korean companies of different sectors and s...

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US, Mexico vow to tackle cross-border drug trafficking

Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) The US and Mexican high-level officials met here to discuss strategies to clamp down Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) and illegal drug flow with joint efforts. Calling the TCOs and the drugs grave problems, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on Thursday told a press conference that only close collaboration can tackle the threats, Xinhua news ag...

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Trump mentally unfit to be US President: Rob Reiner

Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Actor, filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner feels that Donald Trump is mentally unfit to be the US President. Donald Trump is the single-most unqualified human being to ever assume the Presidency of the United States. He is mentally unfit, Reiner told variety.com. Not only does he not understand how government works, he has no interest in trying to find ou...

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Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor: First phase by August 2018

Aligarh, Dec 14 (IANS) In order to speed up goods traffic and ease the burden on existing rail tracks between Howrah and New Delhi, the work on the first phase of the 1,856-km Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor that runs through six states will be completed by August 2018, officials said. The first phase of the work on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor will be completed by August 20...

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Global trade conference ends without progress

Buenos Aires, Dec 14 (IANS) The 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has concluded here with a disappointing lack of results, Director-General Roberto Azevedo said. In his speech on Wednesday during the closing session of the biennial meeting, Azevedo regretted the failure of the WTO's 164 member-nations to reach substantive agreements, Efe news reported. ...

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Russia hopes top British diplomat's visit can help mend ties

Moscow, Dec 14 (IANS) Moscow expects the upcoming visit of the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to help mend bilateral relations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said. The current state and prospects of Russian-British relations are planned to be discussed, focusing on their normalization through a dialogue based on mutual respect and equal rights, she tol...

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Matildas' Sam Kerr wins Australia's Sports Personality of the Year award

Canberra, Dec 13 (IANS) Sam Kerr has been named Australia's Sports Personality of the Year after leading the national women's football team, the Matildas, for a hugely successful 12 months. Kerr's win was one of three for the Matildas at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Awards on Tuesday night with manager Alen Stajcic winning Coach of the Year and the Matildas winning Public Choi...

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