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Pak army chief signs death warrants of 6 terrorists Open in new window
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Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday signed death warrants of six terrorist, whose execution was pending.

This 'Made in India' warship is ready for export Open in new window
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This is the first time an Indian shipyard has been commissioned to design and build a warship to specifications formulated by a buyer country. This marks an important first landmark in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government's drive to increase defence exports.

A priest?s idea to tackle black money: e-rupee Open in new window
The Hindu
Arun Jaitley to release book on e-rupee tomorrow

36 entries for short film fete Open in new window
The Hindu
The maiden short film festival, December Dreams, organised jointly by the Pathanamthitta Press Club and the district panchayat, will be held at the Town Hall here on Friday.Screening of all...

South Korea bans 'pro-North' party Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
South Korea bans a political party for the first time in decades, with a court ordering a party accused of supporting the North to disband.

Audience poll yet to pick up Open in new window
The Hindu
The surge of delegates to watch the films at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is not reflected in their response to the call to vote for the audience poll to select the popular film...

Sensex up 314 points in early trade on global trends Open in new window
The Hindu
Extending its rise for the second straight session, the benchmark BSE Sensex spurted by over 314 points in early trade on Friday on firming global trend after the U.S. Fed gave indication of holdi...

Dalai Lama's star waning in the West, China official says Open in new window
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is drawing less and less attention in the West and manages to win eyeballs only with pointless suggestions that his title will die out with him, a top Chinese official told state media.

Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing Open in new window
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Eight children have been killed and a woman injured, police said on Friday, during what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns.

Rs.200 crore sought for light metro in Union budget Open in new window
The Hindu
Chief Minister writes to Venkaiah Naidu

Tata, Singapore Air venture Vistara to take off on Jan 9 Open in new window
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REUTERS - Singapore Airlines Ltd's Indian joint venture with the Tata conglomerate, Vistara, will start flying from Jan. 9, the airlines said.

Intelligence inputs warn of suicide attack by LeT terrorists on Tihar jail, Delhi Police on ... Open in new window
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Security of Tihar jail has been beefed up after intelligence inputs were received of a suicide attack by terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to free jailed terrorists.

Sensex surges 258 points; capital goods stocks gain Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday surged 258.20 points or 0.95 percent as capital goods stocks gained. Good buying was observed in capital goods, banking, auto, IT, metal and consumer durables sectors.The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,292.55 points, was trading at 27,384.77 points (at 09.28 a.m.) in the early session, up 258.20 points or 0.95 percent from the previous days close at 27,126.57 points.The Sensex has touched a high of 27,385.89 points and a low of 27,292.14 points in the trade so far.The S&P capital goods index surged by 225.63 points, bankex gained by 220.59 points, auto index inched up by 215.09 points, IT index got augmented by 157.46 points, metal index moved up by 153.33 points and consumer durables index increased by 121.03 points.The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 91.40 points or 1.12 percent up at 8,250.70 points.

Opposition disrupts proceedings again Open in new window
The Hindu
The Opposition Left Democratic Front on Thursday tried to disrupt the proceedings of the Assembly demanding Finance and Law Minister K.M. Mani?s resignation in connection with the bar bribery case...

Pages of file pertaining to Robert Vadra-DLF land deal missing from Haryana government records Open in new window
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In a new twist to the controversial DLF-Robert Vadra deal, two pages of a file pertaining to the case are missing from government records. The issue of missing pages came to light when former director general (DG) Consolidation and whistle blower IAS officer Ashok Khemka got the copy of that particular file through RTI.

Rory McIlroy and skater Irene Wust take top Reuters awards Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Double major golf winner Rory McIlroy and prolific Olympic Dutch speed skater Irene Wust have been named Reuters sportsman and sportswoman of the year after a poll of the news agency's sports journalists from around the world. Soccer World Cup winners Germany were voted team of the year, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone coach of the year, the comeback of the year went to speed skater Victor Ahn and Kei Nishikori took the breakthrough award. After off-course issues contributed to a thin 2013, McIlroy roared back this year by winning the British Open and the US PGA to double his career major tally. He then produced one of the most dominant singles displays for years to crush Rickie Fowler and set the tone for Europe's march to another Ryder Cup triumph. The year ended with McIlroy top of the world rankings and money list and undisputedly the best player in the game. The battle for the women's title was a closer affair, with many voters swayed by Serena Williams' age-defying achievements. However, in Olympic year, Wust took dominance to a new level. Her five medals - gold in the 3,000m and team pursuit and silver in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000m - matched the individual record at any Winter Games. It also took her career tally to eight, including four golds, making her the most successful Dutch Olympian of all time. Sochi was also the site for Ahn's remarkable return to the Olympic ice. Eight years after winning three golds for South Korea then switching nationalities to Russia after falling out with his federation, Ahn stormed to three more golds for his adopted nation, the most by any athlete in Sochi. Japan's Nishikori became the first male player from Asia to reach a tennis grand slam final after a stunning US Open run that included victory over world number one Novak Djokovic before he lost in the final to Croatian Marin Cilic. Simeone's place in Atletico Madrid's Hall of Fame was secured when he led the city's second team to their first Spanish League title for 18 years. He was within seconds of adding the Champions League title too before losing out to Real Madrid after extra time in the final. Soccer also produced the Reuters flop of the year in the shape of the Brazilian national team. After scuffing their way to the semi-finals in their own tournament they were blown away 7-1 by eventual champions Germany in one of the most seismic results in the history of the world's most popular sport.  ReportSportReutersLondonAtletico MadridBritish OpenUEFA Champions LeagueDiego SimeoneEuropeFameGolfGrand SlamHall of FameJapanKei NishikoriKoreaMarin CilicNovak DjokovicReal MadridRory McIlroyRussiaRyder CupSerena WilliamsSochiSouth KoreaTennisUS Openwinter gamesFriday, 19 December 2014 - 10:19amFriday, 19 December 2014 - 10:19am

30 pilgrims injured in Khammam road mishap Open in new window
The Hindu
Around 30 pilgrims were injured, three of them grievously, when the lorry in which they were travelling, was hit by a sand-laden lorry at Lankasagar crossroads in Penuballi mandal in the small hou...

Remand of 38 fishermen extended Open in new window
The Hindu
A magistrate?s court in Kayts, off the Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka, on Thursday extended the remand of 38 Indian fishermen until December 31.They were arrested by the Sri Lankan...

No solution in sight to Foxconn stalemate Open in new window
The Hindu
The management has informed the Labour Department that it will run the shifts till Saturday

Rajasthan: BJP MLA booked for allegedly abusing, threatening Chief Medical Officer Open in new window
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Another Bharatiya Janata Party leader is in the eye of the storm over the language used by him, BJP MLA from Kota Prahlad Gunjal was booked for allegedly threatening a Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) for transfer of a male nurse.

Protestors target Ashram property Open in new window
The Hindu
Deaths spark violence, police security beefed up PUDUCHERRY: The death of three women who were evicted from Sri Aurobindo Ashram sparked violent protests by activists of a few political...

Suspended Ajmal to finally play in a competitve match Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Pakistans champion off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will finally make an appearance in a competitive cricket match three months after being suspended by the ICC for an illegal bowling action.The Pakistani selectors yesterday included Ajmal in the countrys A squad for the last two matches of the one-day series against Kenya which will be played in Lahore today and tomorrow.It is a good opportunity for me to finally test out my remodeled action in a proper match, Ajmal said.I am under no pressure at all and I will try to bowl the way I used to do before and only difference is there will be some difference in my bowling action, he added.A Pakistan Cricket Board official told PTI that it was decided to finally include Ajmal in a competitive match because with little time left for the World Cup the selectors wanted to see where the off-spinner stood.He has undergone various tests and he has been bowling regularly in the nets in controlled conditions. But we want to see how he fares in a match and how he copes with the change in his action, the official said.He said if Ajmal successfully cleared the two matches than the board would start the process to send Ajmal to the ICC bowling centre in Chennai for his official bowling test to decide whether he is cleared to play international cricket again.Ajmal, 37, has already appeared in an informal test in England and spent considerable time with Pakistans former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, working on correcting his action to an extent that he bowls within the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC.

Madrasa teacher held Open in new window
The Hindu
The Nadapuram police have arrested a madrasa teacher on the charge of sexually assaulting a nine-year- old boy near Vilathapuram Kuttiyil at Purameri in the district.Noufal Sakafy, 27, of Ur...

India registers strong protest with Pakistan over bail to 26/11 accused Open in new window
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India conveys to Pakistan through diplomatic channels strong concerns of Govt & sentiments of our people on move to grant bail to Lakhvi, read the tweet.

Puducherry sisters death: political parties demand action Open in new window
The Hindu
Major political parties and a ruling party MLA staged protests here on Thursday demanding strong action against the management of Sri Aurobindo Ashram for the death of three persons who we...

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