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No mixing drinking and driving, revellers warned

Continuing their campaign against drunken driving, Delhi Police Saturday warned the denizens of the city to obey rules on New Year’s Eve and strictly eschew drunken driving. “We are prepared to come down heavily on all violations, particularly drunken driving,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg posted on the force’s Facebook page which has more than 90,000 followers. “Are ...

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President greets the nation for New Year

President Pratibha Patil Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of New Year. She expressed the hope that 2012 would bring happiness to the nation. “On the joyous occasion of the New Year, I extend my greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens for a happy and prosperous New Year,” said an official communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. ...

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Cancer-causing chemical found in peanuts, cooking oil

 Food safety regulators in a Chinese province have detected carcinogenic substance Aflatoxin in peanuts and cooking oil. The chemical was found in the food items in Shenzhen city of Guangdong province,  reported. The cancer-causing substance triggered a health scare earlier this week after being found in milk products. Aflatoxin occurs naturally in the environment and is produced by certain types ...

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No white New Year’s Eve for Himachal’s hill stations

 Hill stations in Himachal Pradesh will miss a white New Year’s Eve as hardly any snow has fallen in the past few days. In the state capital, a bright, sunny but bone-chilling Saturday dashed the hopes of revellers to celebrate the last day of 2011 amidst snow. Besides Shimla, other popular destinations like Kufri, Narkanda, Kasauli, Dharamsala, Palampur, Chamba, Dalhousie ...

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6 held for sex attack on teenaged Chinese girls

 Six men have been arrested in China for breaking into a school dormitory and sexually assaulting teenage girls. Police in Pubei county of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region said that nine men scaled a wall and entered the dormitory of the Guantong Middle School around 2 a.m. Dec 17. The gang sexually assaulted girls in their beds and one student was ...

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Rat-borne disease kills 10 in China

 A fatal disease spread by rats has claimed 10 lives in an eastern Chinese province this year, officials said. Between October and November alone, around 140 people in Qingdao of Shandong province were diagnosed with haemorrhagic fever that can cause kidney failure, the Shanghai Daily reported. The outbreak occurred mainly in the rural outskirts of Qingdao, said officials. Symptoms for ...

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Russell Brand files for divorce from Katy Perry

Comedian Russell Brand, who married Katy Perry in India in 2010, has filed for divorce from his singer wife. But he has vowed they will remain friends forever. “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends,” Bradnd as said. The couple reportedly had a “massive fight” over the festive season ...

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Kashmir in deep freeze, Leh records minus 18

As scores of tourists arrived in picturesque Kashmir to usher in the new year, the temperatures continued their free fall with Jammu and Kashmir summer capital recording a bone-schilling minus 4.3 degrees Celsius Saturday. “Leh recorded minus 18.4 degrees, the lowest so far this season, while the Kargil town had minus 15 degrees,” Sonam Lotus, director of the local weather ...

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Tunisian swimmer Mellouli voted Arab sportsman of the year

Beijing Olympic swimmer Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia was voted the best Arab sportsman of the year 2011 by the Egyptian magazine, Al Ahram al Arabi. Mellouli, who recently won 15 gold medals at the Doha Arab Games, is also the 1500m world champion and the Arab world’s unique Olympic gold medallist, reports Xinhua. Meanwhile, Tunisia’s football team Esperance Sportive de ...

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15 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

At least 15 suspected Taliban militants have been killed and 55 arrested in a countrywide crackdown in Afghanistan by police, army and NATO forces, the government said Saturday. The Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and international coalition forces launched 18 joint operations in Kunar, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Takhar, Baghlan, Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost and Herat provinces, Xinhua reported ...

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Passengers at Raipur airport more than double

The Raipur airport recorded a passenger flow of over 70,000 people per month in 2011 as compared to 30,000 a month in 2010, airport officials said Saturday. “The monthly movement of passengers from Raipur airport was about 30,000-35,000 in 2010 while the figure has gone up to 70,000-80,000 a month in 2011,” Raipur’s Mana airport in-charge Anil Roy and air ...

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Heavy rains leave four dead in Thiruvananthapuram

Heavy rains and floods here Saturday have left four people dead and one missing in the aftermath of cyclone Thane which hit the Tamil Nadu coast near Cuddalore Friday. At least 33 people were killed as cyclone Thane hit the Tamil Nadu coast near Cuddalore Friday morning, leaving a trail of death and destruction in the state and Puducherry. Speaking ...

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Police check-post set ablaze protesting man’s killing

A police check-post in Pakistan was Saturday set on fire by an angry family protesting the death of one of its members in police firing. The man was killed in a gun-battle in Faisalabad city in Punjab province when police were trying to arrest a wanted criminal, Geo News reported. Sources said the family members placed the body on Jaranwala ...

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Omar compliments people for peace in 2011

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday complimented the people of the state for making 2011 one of the most peaceful years in decades. “As 2011 draws to a close, my heartfelt gratitude to the people of J&K for one of the most peaceful years in decades. It was ALL your doing,” Abdullah, who faced flak when 2010 ended ...

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