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Proposal to document Kaziranga Park’s biodiversity

Kolkata, Nov 22: The central government has asked scientists in northeast India to map and document the biodiversity in Assam’s famous Kaziranga National Park. According to Narayan Talukdar, Director of Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), union

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Rio 2016 one of my biggest dreams: Djokovic

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 22: Serb Novak Djokovic has described the prospect of winning gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics as one of his “biggest dreams”. The 27-year old finished top of the 2014 world rankings by clinching the ATP

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Crusading reporter poses challenge to China’s authorities

Beijing, Nov 22: Under strong security and far from the media spotlight, reporter Gao Yu went on trial Friday on charges of revealing “state secrets”, in what is seen by many as an attempt to silence a professional journalist who

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Washington Post unveils free app for Kindle

Washington, Nov 22: In a major collaboration between Washington Post and Amazon, a first after the latter bought the paper last year, a new app was launched that would deliver The Post to some Amazon Kindle tablet owners for free.

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Shuttlers Pawar, Saili reach Scottish Open semis

Glasgow, Nov 22: Indian shuttlers Anand Pawar and Saili Rane have entered the semi-finals of their respective categories at the $50,000 Scottish Open Grand Prix here. In the men’s singles quarter-final late Thursday evening, seventh seed Pawar defeated Belgian Yuhan

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Europa seems in ‘embryonic’ state in new image

Washington, Nov 22: A new “remastered” image of Jupiter’s moon Europa has made it look like the beginning of life itself – an embryo. NASA’s Galileo spacecraft took the stunning pictures of the Jovian moon in 1995 and 1998. NASA

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Meeting to set agenda for Saarc summit begins

Kathmandu, Nov 22: A day-long joint secretary-level meeting began here Saturday to set the agenda for the 18th Saarc Summit and give final touches to the Kathmandu Declaration. “Joint secretaries of the respective foreign ministries of the member states will

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India calls for more transparency in Security Council’s working

United Nations, Nov 22:  Pressing ahead with its calls for reforming the UN Security Council and expanding its membership, India has called for more transparency in its workings, accountability and openess to participation by the world body’s membership, especially in

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Thick fog closes highways, airport in China

Beijing, Nov 22: A heavy fog shrouded many parts of China’s Shandong province Saturday, closing highways and delaying flights, authorities said. The provincial meteorological observatory issued a yellow alert for heavy fog Saturday morning, forecasting visibility of less than 500

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Spanish La Liga standings

Madrid, Nov 22: Following are the standings of the Spanish first division soccer league after Friday’s match (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. Real Madrid 11 9 0 2 42 11

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Modi wishes Samajwadi Party chief on birthday

New Delhi, Nov 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday wished Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav a “long and healthy life” on his 75th birth anniversary. “On Mulayam Singh Yadav ji’s birthday I extend my greetings to him and pray

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Pleasant Saturday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 22: It was a pleasant Saturday morning in the capital with a minimum temperature of 9.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. The Met Office has forecast the sky will be clear in the day.

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Plague kills 40 in Madagascar

Antananarivo, Nov 22: At least 40 people were killed in an outbreak of plague in Madagascar, a media report said Saturday. The disease may spread rapidly as fleas on the island have been found with high levels of resistance to

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Republicans sue Obama administration over health care reforms

Washington, Nov 22: The Republican majority in the US House of Representatives filed suit against the administration of Barack Obama over the use of executive orders to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – after

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Major powers, Iran racing against time for nuke deal

Washington, Nov 22:  The world’s major powers and Iran are racing against time to reach a deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme, with another extension of the negotiations not being the focus. White House spokesman Eric Schultz Friday said Secretary of

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Ebola could be contained by mid-2015: Ban Ki-moon

Washington, Nov 22: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus could be contained by mid-2015. Ban made the observation Friday and said that the Ebola outbreak could be contained by continuing to scale

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‘Planet of the Apes ‘ left Andy Serkis in ‘agony’

Las Vegas, Nov 22: Actor Andy Serkis says his film “Planet of the Apes” left him in “agony”. Serkis played the chimpanzee in the 2011 sci-fi movie and its sequel, 2013’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. He says

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Obama defends his immigration reform plan

Las Vegas, Nov 22: US President Barack Obama has defended his immigration reform plans, which could protect five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Obama was welcomed in Las Vegas Friday with cries of “Si se puede” (Yes We Can). He

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Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood demands leader’s release

Amman, Nov 22: Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has demanded the release of its detained leader Zaki Bani Rsheid. In a statement Friday, the group said that the security forces had arrested its deputy head Zaki Bani Rsheid Thursday, Xinhua reported. “We

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Israel and Palestine agree on Gaza reconstruction: UN official

United Nations, Nov 22: An agreement has been reached between Israel, Palestine and the United Nations (UN) under which nearly 25,000 homeowners in Gaza can access materials to repair their damaged homes starting next week. This was announced Friday, by

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Ed Sheeran likes Primark pants

Las Vegas, Nov 22: Singer Ed Sheeran says since people don’t see underpants thats why he prefers Primark. The 23-year-old doesn’t see any point in splashing out on something that is “only meant to keep your junk in”, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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Lebanon won’t celebrate independence day, owing to presidential vacancy

Beirut, Nov 22:  Lebanon has cancelled all official plans to celebrate its independence day, according to media reports. The decision was taken owing to the current vacancy in the country’s presidency, Xinhua reported, citing the National News Agency. The country

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Davis Cup final: Monfils upsets Federer, brings France level

Lille, Nov 22: Gael Monfils of France stunned Swiss great Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 Friday to even up the Davis Cup final, after Stanislas Wawrinka had beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to give Switzerland the lead. The 28-year-old Monfils, ranked 19th

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Noel Gallagher gave up cocaine because he was ‘bored’

Los Angeles, Nov 22:  Singer Noel Gallagher says that while he still enjoys a bit of alcohol and cigarette, he no longer takes cocaine because he got “bored”. The 47-year-old says that he spent hours “talking about pyramids, aliens and

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Bahrain set for first election since 2011 protests

Manama, Nov 22: Bahrain will hold its first parliamentary elections Saturday, since a failed protest against the monarchy in 2011, though the Shiite opposition has called for a boycott of the elections. About 400,000 eligible Bahraini voters are expected to

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