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This is the fist time such exercises were held after the PLA underwent massive restructuring initiated by President Xi Jinping, who is also the head of the military. (Photo: Representational Image/AFP)

PLA holds massive military drills in western sector

Over 10,000 soldiers with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Area Command participated in a defensive drill.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo: AP)

Pak court warns Sharif over plea on ‘knighthood’

The title given to Sharif in 1997 has been challenged in the Lahore High Court.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (Photo: Reuters)

Taiwan Prez using ‘transit to score points with US’

Tsai plans to stop in the US on her way to Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, among the island’s handful of diplomatic allies.

Business

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Indian railway minster Suresh Prabhu

Railways seeks inputs on National Rail Plan

Website launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be ready by middle of next year.

Bombay Stock Exchange

Sensex rallies 457 points to close at 26,694

Todays gain is the biggest single-day gain since October 18 when it had rallied 520.91 points.

Paytm said it aspires to enter the US market in the long run as it sees an opportunity there.

Paytm plans to become universal payment app

Company completed two billion transactions this year surpassing its own expectations.

Sports

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Haseeb Hameed was pulled out of the squad and final two Tests after he fractured a finger during the Mohali Test. (Photo: PTI)

Virat Kohli earns praise from Haseeb Hameed

Haseeb Hameed showed great temperament in the first three Tests as he scored at an average of 43.80.

Pakistan also play 5 ODIs in Australia, having retained the same 16-man squad that recently lost a Test series to New Zealand 2-0. (Photo: AFP)

Unchanged squad named by Australia for Pakistan Test

English-born Matt Renshaw will again open alongside David Warner with middle-order batsmen Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson also retained.

Madrid were left with the consolation prize of matching the club's 34-game unbeaten streak that had stood since the late 1980s. (Photo: AP)

Sevilla and FC Porto take last UCL slots

Dortmund set a group-stage record with 21 goals as it stormed back from being 2-0 down.

Life

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They found that anti-consumers seem to care less about consumption than over-consumers (Photo: AFP)

Fear of death causes buying impulse in shopaholics

Anti-consumers not influenced by thoughts of death, meaning they do not believe that resistance to consumption is a source of self-esteem.

Nadis are subtle energy channels in the human body that can get blocked due to the various reasons (Photo: AFP)

Lungs stay toxin-free due to Sanatan Kriya

Increase in pollution levels, among other things, takes a toll on lungs opening gates for a plethora of problems.

Contraceptive that women used had potent levels of synthetic hormones that mimic the effects of the natural hormone progesterone

Couples have more sex after hormonal contraception

Women in long-term relationships and use hormonal contraception, are more committed to their relationships and have more sex with partner.

Metros

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The green button would denote the toilet is clean, yellow would mean it is OK, while the red would indicate the lavatory is unclean. (Photo: Representational Image)

Now, rate public toilets in Mumbai for cleanliness

With an objective to maintain cleanliness at public toilets across Mumbai, BMC has started installing rating machines at these places.

Although smoke could be seen near A/C vents and pantograph of the train in few videos taken by passengers present on the spot, the actual reason could not be immediately ascertained, the official said. (Photo: Videograb)

Video: Last coach of Delhi Metro catches fire at Patel Nagar

Services on Blue Line were hit briefly as the incident occurred minutes ahead of the peak hour.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Photo: PTI)

90 lives lost due to demonetisation, claims Mamata

Banerjee had participated in a protest dharna in Delhi besides holding protest meetings in Lucknow and Patna last month.

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