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65 killed in clashes, bomb attacks in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 25 (IANS) At least 56 people were killed in clashes between security forces and Islamic State (IS) militants across Iraq, while nine people were killed in bomb attacks targeting restaurants in the capital Baghdad Sunday, security sources said. In Iraq's Diyala province, the security forces backed by Shia militiamen and aircrafts retook control of eight villages in the rural ...

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Telangana CM drops deputy amid corruption charges

Hyderabad, Jan 25 (IANS) Sending a clear message that he will act tough on corruption, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao Sunday dropped his deputy T. Rajaiah from cabinet and inducted Lok Sabha member Kadiam Srihari in his place. Rajaiah, who was holding the medical and health portfolio, was sacked in the wake of allegations of corruption in his office and amidst criticism th...

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Manmohan, Sonia, Advani at president's dinner for Obama

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) A galaxy of personalities from various fields including politics, business and art attended the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan Sunday in the honour of visiting US President Barack Obama. Mukherjee, Obama and his wife Michele met the invitees which included former prime minster Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and...

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi named for Padma Shri

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Acclaimed filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and celebrated writer-lyricist and ad guru Prasoon Joshi were named for Padma Shri honour Sunday on the eve of 66th Republic Day. They will receive the award for their contribution to art over the years. A glance over Bhansali's films showcases grandeur and originality and his knack of story telling. Be it his Kha...

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Amitabh, Dilip Kumar conferred Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Legendary actor Dilip Kumar and megastar Amitabh Bachchan were Sunday named for the Padma Vibhushan honour on the eve of 66th Republic Day Saturday. They have been announced as the recipients of the honour, which is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, in the category of art. Dilip Kumar, who real name is Yusuf Khan, became a name to reckon ...

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Two doctors get Padma Bhushan, 16 Padma Shri

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Two members of the medical fraternity were Sunday named for the Padma Bhushan, while 16 were selected for the Padma Shri. Among the Padma Bhushan awardees is Ambrish Mithal, who is presently the chairman and head of the endocrinology and diabetes division at Medanta, the Medicity, where he has established one of India's premier diabetes and endocrinology centres....

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Advani, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh conferred Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) BJP leader L.K. Advani, spiritual leader and philanthropist Aga Khan, actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are among the nine named for India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, Sunday. The awards, declared on the eve of Republic Day, are the first Padma honours announced by the Narendra Modi gov...

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11 killed in Egypt protests

Cairo, Jan 25 (IANS) Eleven people were killed Sunday during protests across Egypt to mark the fourth anniversary of the January 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, state-run Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. The ministry of health announced the death of 11 people in clashes with security forces nationwide during demonstrations to observe the fourth anniversary of the revolution th...

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Obama visit: India, US achieve breakthrough in civil n-deal implementation

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) India and the US Sunday announced the much-anticipated breakthrough agreement on commercial implementation of their landmark civil nuclear deal, six years after it was signed, and also entered a new strategic phase of co-production of some defence projects, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting US President Barack Obama held talks marked by much warmth and c...

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Obama praises Modi, calls him tough, stylish

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his legendary work ethic, and described him as tough and stylish. Speaking at the dinner banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Obama marvelled at how Modi, the son of a tea vendor, became prime minister of the world's largest democracy. Here this evenin...

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Recognition good for northeast: Jahnu Barua on Padma award

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Multiple National Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua, who was one of the six prominent people from the northeast who were Sunday conferred with the Padma awards, believes such recognition was required for the region. Barua was named for the Padma Bhushan award. Environment activist Jadav Payeng, also from Assam, along with Lakshmi Nandan Bora, an establi...

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Space scientists feel honoured on getting Padma Shri

Chennai, Jan 25 (IANS) India's two space scientists who played an important role in the country's two inter-planetary missions Sunday said they felt deeply honoured and happy on being conferred with the Padma Shri. I feel deeply honoured. All in the family are also elated. It is the recognition for the team members, S. Arunan, project director for India's Mars mission, told IANS. ...

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US media sceptic about 'breakthrough' in n-deal

Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) The US media Sunday reported with a degree of scepticism about President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming a breakthrough on the stalled nuclear deal and progress on climate change issues. Obama had swept aside past friction with India in seeking to transform a fraught relationship marked by suspicion into an enduring partnership linking the...

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17 foreigners, NRIs among 104 Padma awardees

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Seventeen people from other countries, including a few of Indian origin, are among 104 people chosen for the Padma awards. Karim Al Hussiani Aga Khan of France has been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award. Manjul Bhargava, David Frawley, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates - all from the US - and Saichiro Misumi from Japan w...

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Obama's presence at R-Day demonstrates growing ties: Mukherjee

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee said Sunday that the presence of US President Barack Obama at the Republic Day parade will demonstrate to the world the growing ties of friendship and trust that bind the two democracies closely. In his banquet speech in honour of Obama, who is on a three-day state visit, and his wife Michelle, the president said Obama had made history ...

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Challenge now to negotiate plant price with US: Srinivasan

Chennai, Jan 25 (IANS) Senior nuclear scientist M.R.Srinivasan, welcoming the agreement reached between India and the US in the nuclear power field Sunday, said the challenge now is on discussions on the cost of the plants to be imported from the US. Onn the day when India and the US achieved a breakthrough to the logjam to allow their 2008 civil nuclear deal move forward, Srinivasan, wh...

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Actor Kota Srinivasa Rao gets Padma Shri

Chennai, Jan 25 (IANS) Veteran Telugu actor Kota Srinivasa Rao was Sunday named for the Padma Shri award on the eve of 66th Republic Day. Born in 1947, Kota, who started his acting career in theatre, made his cinematic debut in 1978 Telugu film Pranam Khareedu. Having started his career in brief character and comic roles, Kota went on to become one of the finest villains and sup...

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Filmmaker Jahnu Barua conferred Padma Bhushan

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Assamese director Jahnu Barua has been named for the Padma Bhushan honour, announced on the eve of the 66th Republic Day. He will receive the award for his contribution to art over the years. Barua, who has made National Award-winning films like And the River Flows and Aparoopa in his mother tongue, had earlier told IANS that he enjoys making Assamese fil...

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Wrestling coach Satpal gets Padma Bhushan; Sardar, Sindhu Padma Shri

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Former Asian Games gold medal-winning wrestler Satpal, who also coached inspirational Sushil Kumar, was Sunday named for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, while national hockey team captain Sardar Singh and two-time badminton World Championships bronze medallist P.V. Sinhdu were among the five sportspersons chosen for this year's Padma Shri awards. Former wome...

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Chai pe charcha moment in Modi, Obama talks

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) It was the Chai pe Charcha moment in Indian diplomacy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, known for his innovative and more personal approach to diplomatic engagements, Sunday took a stroll with US President Barack Obama in the neatly manicured lawns of Hyderabad House and also poured him a cup of tea - all without any aides. The sight of the two leaders - one the pri...

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