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Two students killed in Mathura road accident

Mathura , Dec 20

Two B.Tech students of the GLA University were killed and another seriously injured in a road accident in this Uttar Pradesh town Saturday, police said.

India lost two Tests they should not have

New Delhi

Another Test is behind India, leaving a lot of ifs and buts. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is right it doesn't matter how close you were to winning - what matters is the end result. India were beaten by four wickets to go down 0-2 in the four-match series.

I might have been a Punjabi kudi in previous life: Danish singer

Hoshiarpur (Punjab) , Dec 20 She is from Denmark and lives in the US, but it does not take much of an effort to get Anita Lerche to sing - 'bhajans' in Hindi, 'shabads' (hymns) in Punjabi, even popular Bollywood numbers and other international compositions - back-to-back - any time, anywhere. She says she might have been a "Punjabi kudi" (girl) in her previous life.

From 'Boyhood' to 'Nightcrawler': Unmissable Hollywood films

Chennai , Dec 20 From the coming-of-age story of a young boy to the tale of a chef who starts a food truck and fixes his estranged relationship with his family, Hollywood managed to inspire and entertain audiences in right proportion in 2014.

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Peshawar school song: Where have all the flowers gone?

New Delhi

Ever since US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage threatened to bomb Pakistan to the stone age unless it joined the post 9/11 global war on terror, Pakistan has faced an existential tragedy of choice. It was being called upon to kill the very mujahideen it had trained to become hardened Islamic fighters, also at America's behest, to help expel the Soviet Union from Afghanistan.

Indian consulate in Sydney evacuated

New Delhi , Dec 15

The Indian consulate in Australia's Sydney city has been evacuated following a hostage taking at a nearby cafe, an official said.

Stories of the brave and a few myths

New Delhi

Inspiring real-life stories and an incredible journey to a mythical land. The IANS bookshelf this weekend has best of both worlds. Take a look.

MPs, journalists bat for children's right to good health

New Delhi , Dec 20

The second annual 'Batting for Life' Twenty20 cricket match between MPs and journalists was held Saturday where Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda called for making a "healthy India" along the lines of a "clean India".

Distress migration of workers rampant in Odisha

Bhubaneswar , Dec 19 Tens of thousands of workers from Odisha migrate to other states in search of work, with activists alleging many of them are paid low wages for hard labour and exploited. The government says it is taking steps to arrest the migration and associated socio-economic problems.

India's growth to have impact on Africa next year

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Accra (Ghana) , Dec 20 With just days to go for 2014 to end, a new study has projected a steady growth in India, which from every indication is likely to have some impact on its dealings with Africa which is also being seen as a growth zone next year.

Mamata congratulates Athletico, says ISL 'great morale booster'

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Kolkata , Dec 20

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday heaped praises on maiden Indian Super League (ISL) champions Atletico de Kolkata for their spectacular win and lauded the initiative for taking the sport to the grassroots.

Centre being partial in fertilizer allocation to states: UP

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Lucknow , Dec 20

Uttar Pradesh Saturday blamed the central government of being partial in supplying fertilizers to states.

Money in elections root cause of corruption: ex-CEC Quraishi

Kolkata , Dec 20

Money generated from scams has begun to play a role in the polling process in India while the need for funds for election is the root cause of corruption, former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said Saturday.

Sunburn used minor children for traffic duties in 2012?

Panaji , Dec 19 As Goa's political parties drum up the seasonal tempo over the ills of projecting Goa as a destination for electronic dance music (EDM) festivals, official documents have red-flagged several issues of concern vis-a-vis Sunburn, arguably Asia's biggest EDM festival.

Britain sends more armymen to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone

London , Dec 20

Britain Saturday sent its first batch of army reserves to Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola outbreak, Britain's defence ministry said.

BJP, Congress key players as Kashmir battle set to end

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Jammu , Dec 19 The fifth and final phase in Jammu and Kashmir's assembly elections ends Saturday, with the Congress and the BJP locked in a do-or-die battle in the Hindu-majority Jammu region.

Finding Bollywood stars' roots in Peshawar

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New Delhi , Dec 18

Celebrities from the Indian film world have condemned the recent bloodbath in Pakistan's Peshawar city, which has a strong connect to Bollywood. From Prithiviraj Kapoor to Dilip Kumar to Shah Rukh Khan -- they all have their roots in the city that is mourning the death of 148 people, mostly children, slaughtered by the Pakistani Taliban.

Can Modi really take on the Hindu hawks?

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New Delhi

The sudden cancellation by the saffron hotheads of the religious reconversion programmes to welcome the minorities into the Hindu fold suggests that Narendra Modi has finally decided that enough is enough.

Interest, fuel costs make Indian aviation's flight choppy

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New Delhi , Dec 19 India's civil aviation industry faced turbulent weather in 2014 even as two new airlines with foreign collaborators joined the five scheduled operators to trigger a price war that squeezed margins further, with falling fuel costs giving some respite in later months.