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    UN chief asks Gambia parties to observe restraint
    United Nations, Dec 31 : UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday called on all parties in Gambia to exercise restraint and refrain from further violence after an attempt to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh was foiled Tuesday.

    End-September external debt swells to $455 bn
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : Recording an increase of 3.1 percent, equivalent to $13.7 billion, over the level at the close of the last fiscal in March, India's external debt in end-September stood at $455.9 billion, the finance ministry said in a statement here Wednesday.

    Five arrested from two Agra hotels
    Agra, Dec 31 : Five people were arrested Wednesday night from two hotels here, police said.

    Police mock drill: Dummy terrorists seen wearing a skull cap
    Surat, Dec 31 : An anti-terror mock drill conducted by the Surat police in Gujarat has triggered a controversy as the person, who was posing as a terrorist, was seen wearing a skull cap.

    Last-gasp winner from Dudu helps East Bengal win
    Margao, Dec 31 : East Bengal left it late, a little too late but in the nick of time to deny 10-man Royal Wahingdoh a morale-boosting draw in a tightly fought Group A Hero Federation Cup match here at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday (December 31, 2014).

    Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over firing
    Islamabad, Dec 31 : Pakistan Wednesday summoned India's deputy high commissioner and lodged a protest over the killing of two Pakistani troopers along the Line of Control (LoC).

    Jairu, Gurjinder on target as Salgaocar grab three points
    Vasco, Dec 31 : : Salgaocar proved 'two' hot to handle for a young Shillong Lajong side with no foreigners registered as they won 2-1 in a Group B Hero Federation Cup encounter here at the Tilak Maidan on Wednesday (December 31, 2014).

    Will boost investment in infrastructure, manufacture in 2015: Arun ...
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : The government will encourage public and private investment in infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Wednesday making his New Year resolution on a social networking website.

    Russia plans to increase borrowings from reserve fund
    Moscow, Dec 31 : The Russian government would ask for permission to increase borrowings from the reserve fund in 2015, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Wednesday.

    Pilgrims offer Rs.832 crore to Tirumala temple in 2014
    Hyderabad, Dec 31 : The Venkateswara temple, India's richest shrine located on the Tirumala hills in Tirupati, earned Rs.832 crore as 'hundi' collection or offerings by pilgrims during 2014.

    Russia says NATO responsible for Afghan security situation
    Moscow, Dec 31 : Russia said Wednesday NATO continues to bear responsibility for maintaining security in Afghanistan after it withdraws troops from the country.

    Infosys independent director Omkar Goswami retires
    Bengaluru, Dec 31 : Omkar Goswami, independent director on the board of IT bellwether Infosys Ltd since 2000, retired Wednesday in accordance with the company's retirement policy.

    10 films of 2014 that deserved better
    By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, Dec 31 : These films of 2014 deserved better and should have got a larger audience:

    Gold, silver import tariff values slashed
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : The government Wednesday slashed import tariff value for gold to $392 per 10 grams and for silver to $519 per kg, an official statement said.

    Give 'appropriate' response to firing: Rajnath tells BSF
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday asked the Border Security Force (BSF) to give "suitable and appropriate" reply to any unprovoked firing by Pakistan on the international border.

    Nitish gives full marks to 'PK'
    Patna, Dec 31 : Former Bihar chief minster Nitish Kumar Wednesday gave "full 10 marks out of 10" to Aamir Khan's film "PK", saying it is not only entertaining but also creates awareness.

    Government decides to unblock four websites out of 32
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : The government has decided to unblock four websites after they said they will not allow pasting of jihadi propaganda and also work with the government to remove such material as per laws of the land, the government said Wednesday.

    Shailesh Nayak given additional charge of secretary, DoS
    Chennai, Dec 31 : Shailesh Nayak, secretary, ministry of earth sciences, has been given the additional charge of the secretary of department of space (DoS). He will hold the additional charge of secretary of DoS for a period of one month effective from Jan 1, 2015, or until the new incumbent is ...

    Ghaziabad police launch door-to-door search for terrorists
    Ghaziabad, Dec 31 : Police here Wednesday launched a door-to-door cordon and search operation following an intelligence tip-off that terrorists might sneak and hide in towns in the National Capital region (NCR).

    Wheelchair-bound couple get married in Kerala
    Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 31 : Weddings are happy occasions, and even more unique if both the bride and the groom are on wheelchairs.

    Delhi man held for killing property dealer
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : A man has been arrested for allegedly killing a 73-year-old central Delhi-based property dealer to whom he owed some money, police said Wednesday.

    PAHAL on LPG to cover entire country from Jan 1
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : The direct benefit transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme - Pratyaksh Hanstantrit Labh (PAHAL) - which was re-launched in 54 districts Nov 15, will be started in the rest of the 622 districts of the country from Jan 1, 2015.

    Israeli leaders hail failed Palestinian UN bid
    Jerusalem, Dec 31 : Israeli officials Wednesday hailed the UN Security Council's rejection of a Palestinian statehood bid the night before, thanking countries for voting against it and saying unilateral moves only push peace further away.

    Amit Shah hasn't got clean chit yet: Congress
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : The CBI special court's decision to discharge BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati case was not akin to a "clean chit", the Congress said Wednesday.

    AirAsia crash: Seven bodies recovered so far
    Jakarta, Dec 31 : Seven bodies have been recovered from the Java Sea site, where the crashed AirAsia flight is believed to have gone down, at the end of the search operations Wednesday.

    Zimbabwe appoint Whatmore new coach, eye 2015 World Cup
    Harare, Dec 31 : Newly appointed Zimbabwe national cricket team coach Dave Whatmore has said he is targeting the Super Eight stage of the 2015 World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand from Feb 14.

    Ranji: Himachal, Delhi, Odisha register victories
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : Medium-pacer Rishi Dhawan's five for 53 helped Himachal Pradesh dismiss Assam for 198 in the second innings and win the Ranji Trophy match by an innings and 133 runs in Guwahati Wednesday while Delhi and Odisha completed their victories over Gujarat and Haryna, respectively.

    PDP hints at Kashmir government, BJP to react Thursday
    Srinagar/Jammu, Dec 31 : The PDP Wednesday gave enough hints that it was ready to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, while the BJP, the PDP's likely ally, said it will react formally Thursday.

    Urrutia to seek re-election as Athletic Bilbao president
    Madrid, Dec 31 : Josu Urrutia confirmed Wednesday that he will stand for re-election March 27 as the president of Athletic Club Bilbao.

    2014 was India's year of 'breakthrough diplomacy': Sushma Swaraj
    New Delhi, Dec 31 : The government has placed special significance on India's foreign policy and diplomatic outreach, making 2014 a year of "breakthrough diplomacy". But 2015 promises to take foreign policy to a higher level with 'diplomacy for development' as the theme of India's global ...

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