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Magnitude 8.0 quake hits east of Papua New Guinea

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A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck 157 km (98 miles) east of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, prompting a warning about tsunami waves in the region. “Widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said in a message following the quake, which struck the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea ...

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Punjab Assembly Elections: Congress releases list of 61 candidates; Amrinder Singh to contest from Patiala

Chandigarh: Congress on Thursday released a list of 61 candidates for upcoming Legislative Assembly elections in Punjab. Captain Amarinder Singh will contest from Patiala. Charanjit Singh Channi and Manpreet Badal to contest from Chamkaur Sahib and Bathinda Urban respectively. Earlier, Congress Election Committee had met to take stock of the Punjab elections and commence the task of finalising candidates for ...

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Air Force personnel can’t sport beard during service, rules Supreme Court as it discards Muslim petitioner’s plea

New Delhi: In a significant judgement, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Muslim personnel can’t sport beard as long as they serve in armed forces. The apex court passed its order while responding to a plea filed by a Muslim man in which he had sought directions to be allowed to keep his beard during service. A bench led ...

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Lodha panel report: BCCI president Anurag Thakur may land in jail if perjury charges proved, says Supreme Court

New Delhi: In a huge blow for the Indian cricket board, the Supreme Court suggested on Thursday that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakurcommitted perjury by filing false affidavit. The court further added that Thakur might land in jail if perjury is proved. Hitting out hard at the BCCI president, SC said, “BCCI case-prima facia ...

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Aircel offers unlimited data usage, voice calls across all networks

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NewDelhi: Aircel launched two fresh offers for its customers with unlimited voice calling facilities and data usage across all networks on Wednesday.  According to the company, under the new offer — RC249 — customers will be given the facility of unlimited calls (local and STD) across all networks and unlimited 2G data usage, with extra 1.5GB 2G data for 4G ...

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Man, his minor son commit suicide

Ongole, Dec 14: A man and his minor son committed suicide by jumping before a running train separately at Endlacheruvu village in Donakonda mandal in Prakasham district in Andhra Pradesh today. Police said that one of the deceased Sadam Venkata Ramaiah (16) committed suicide by jumping before a running train. He was studying in 10th class in a government high ...

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HP records coldest night Keylong plunges to Minus 5.6 degree C

Shimla, Dec 14: Himachal Pradesh recorded coldest night today as minimum temperature further dipped in most parts of the state. Keylong in Lahaul Spiti district was coldest in the state with minus 5.6 degree Celsius. Met Office said mercury also went down in many tribal areas. Kalpa in Kinnuar district recorded minus one degree and tourist resort Manali minus 0.8 ...

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3 students killed in road accident in Punjab

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Phagwara, Dec 14: Three students of the Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Phagwara were killed while another sustained serious injuries when their vehicle was hit by a truck on a turn on the Madhopur bypass near Chiherru due to poor visibility caused by dense fog in the wee hours today. The accident occurred around 0330 hrs when the students were heading ...

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Karnataka minister resigns over sleaze tape

Bengaluru, Dec 14: Karnataka Excise Minister H.Y. Meti resigned here on Wednesday after a sleaze tape showing him having an affair with a woman surfaced and local news channels began airing it, an official said. The 70-year-old “Meti called on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the latter’s official residence here and submitted his resignation letter. It will be sent to the ...

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