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  • US President Barack Obama has announced that the US-led coalition was "intensifying" its efforts against the Islamic State in Syria but cautioned that it will be a "long-term" campaign and it will take time to root out the terror group. Obama said ISIL's recent losses in both Syria and Iraq prove that ISIL can and will be defeated.

    IS poses serious challenge but US will prevail: Obama

    Washington: The Islamic State (IS) terror group poses a serious security challenge but the US and the world community are going to prevail, President Barack Obama
    said today. “I think that it (IS) is very important for us to understand this is a serious challenge. IS is a virulent, nasty organisation that has gained a foothold in ungoverned spaces effectively in Syria and parts of western Iraq,” Obama told the National Public Radio in an interview.

  • New Zealand, Spain hockey teams to compete in 2016 Olympics

    Lausanne: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday confirmed that Spain women and New Zealand men have officially accepted invitations to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This now confirms the 12 team line-ups for both the men’s and women’s hockey events for next year’s Olympics, and following last week’s world rankings update, the pools are now set, according to a statement from FIH.

  • Younis unsold, Misbah picked by Islamabad in PSL Players Draft

    Karachi: Pakistan’s Test stalwart Younis Khan, who led the national team to its only World T20 title in 2009, remained unsold while captain Misbah ul-Haq was snapped
    up by Islamabad franchise on the first day of Players’ Draft for the Pakistan Super League today.

  • Afghan forces foil attack on Indian mission in Jalalabad

    Kabul/New Delhi: Afghan security forces have arrested a would-be suicide bomber and thwarted his plan to attack the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city,
    bordering Pakistan, second such incident within a week. Citing Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), officials today said the forces yesterday arrested the
    suicide bomber who was planing to attack the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

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    UEFA ‘disappointed’ in FIFA ruling banning Platini

    Nyon (Switzerland): The European football federation (UEFA) said it was “disappointed” in FIFA’s decision today to ban Michel Platini for eight years over an ethics violation, expressing support for the Frenchman’s right to an appeal. “Naturally, UEFA is extremely disappointed with this decision, which nevertheless is subject to appeal,” the governing body said of the ruling against Platini, who is UEFA’s president.

  • SAI, GAF join hands to develop Indian swimmers

    New Delhi: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Glenmark Aquatic Foundation (GAF), a public charitable trust, on Monday joined hands for the talent identification, development and management (TIDM) programme of SAI’s National Swimming Academy (SAINSA), operational at the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Swimming Pool Complex here.

  • Efforts underway for Iran-Saudi dialogue: Tehran

    Tehran: Diplomatic efforts are being made to open “direct dialogue” between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, a spokesman for Tehran’s foreign ministry said today. “Diplomatic efforts are underway between Iran and Saudi Arabia to prepare the ground for direct dialogue to resolve differences and regional issues,” Hossein Jaber Ansari told reporters.

  • Chinese docs conduct successful animal-human cornea transplant

    Beijing: Chinese surgeons today announced the successful transplant of a bio-engineered pig cornea into a human eye, a development that may help millions of people to see again. Doctors from the Shandong Eye Institute in east China’s  Shandong province said the successful transplant of a bio-engineered pig cornea into a human eye took place in late September.

  • ISL good for show, zero benefit for Indian football: Zico

    Panaji: The much touted Indian Super League (ISL) is good as a spectacle, but it does not benefit Indian football in any way, FC Goa chief coach and Brazilian legend Zico said on Monday.

  • Delhi Metro signs MoU with Solar Energy Corporation of India

    New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will now jointly collaborate on taking up an ‘off site’ solar power project, to maximise the use of renewable energy, mitigate the impact of regular increase in grid tariffs and to reduce the carbon footprint.

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    Vance Joy gifts ‘classic Sydney works’ to Taylor Swift

    Melbourne: Australian Singer Vance Joy recently presented Taylor Swift with the famous Sydney artwork, before she went on stage for the final concert of her 1989 tour in Melbourne.

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    ‘Huge public interest’ in re-allotting land to National Herald

    Chandigarh: The public in Haryana may not have ever heard of it but the then Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda saw “huge public interest” being served in re-allotting a prime piece of land in Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh, to Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) – the company that used to publish National Herald newspaper.

  • Maha asked to give security to Pak media group chief in Mumbai

    Mumbai: The Observer Research Foundation, which hosted Pakistan’s former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai despite protests, has asked Maharashtra government to provide security to the CEO of a leading Pakistan media group during his upcoming visit here. “The Observer Research Foundation Mumbai has invited Hameed Haroon, CEO of the DAWN Media Group of Pakistan, to deliver a talk at our office on December 23. The subject of the talk is ‘India

  • HC stays order suspending life sentence of 11 policemen

    Mumbai: In a blow to the 11 policemen whose life sentence was suspended for a period of six months by Maharashtra government, the Bombay High Court today granted an interim stay on the suspension order and directed them to surrender by January 4. The state government had last month passed an order by which it suspended for six months the life sentence imposed on 11 policemen convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for

  • 8 virgin beaches to visit in Maharashtra

    With the slight chills that emerge in the winters, there can’t be anything better than a warm sunbath at some of the tantalizing beaches that are not so familiar among all. This makes them fall in the category of virgin beaches that are yet to be explored. A trip to one of these will give you a soothing experience, better than any day at the spa. So take in the view of these

  • ICV protests omission of Christians from Assocham meet

    Mumbai: The Indian Christian Voice on Monday protested what it terms “a deliberate insult” to the Christians by apex trade body Assocham that failed to include any speaker from the community for its two-day seminar opening in New Delhi on Tuesday.

  • Gold, silver bounce back on good offtake, global cues

    Mumbai: Gold prices recovered smartly to reclaim the key 25K-per ten grams level at the domestic bullion market here today following good offtake from stockists and investors driven by a higher global cues. Silver also rallied on bullish speculative buying and good industrial demand.

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    RBI for fewer categories of NBFCs for effective regulation

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank is working towards harmonising regulations for non-banking financial companies to reduce the number of categories in the sector, its Deputy Governor R Gandhi said today. “Going forward, we will work towards greater harmonisation of the regulations to bring down the number of categories within the NBFC sector,” Gandhi said at an event organised here by industry body CII.