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Andhra capital will be model for entire country: Governor

Vijayawada, Jan 26 (IANS) The new capital of Andhra Pradesh being developed near here will be world-class, a cynosure of all eyes and a model for the entire country, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan said Monday. Speaking at the Republic Day parade here, he said the state government has decided to build a world-class capital. I am confident this will be cynosure of all eyes and a model for the ...

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Obama meets Congress party delegation

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama met a Congress party delegation Monday afternoon after witnessing the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in the morning, sources here said. The Congress delegation, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, party president Sonia Gandhi and several other senior leaders, called on the visiting US president at the ITC Maurya hotel wh...

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South Korea regrets North's 'threat' of stern punishment

Seoul, Jan 26 (IANS) South Korea expressed regrets Monday over North Korea's threatof stern punishment against Seoul's distortion of Pyongyang's willingness toward dialogue. Unification ministry spokesman Lim Byeong-cheol told a press briefing that it was very regrettable for North Korea to distort and denounce South Korea's will to improve inter-Korean ties and even threaten the country...

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Indian eatery in Australia barred from hiring foreign hands

Sydney, Jan 26 (IANS) Australian authorities have cancelled an Indian restaurant's right to recruit foreign workers after several breaches of migration law, media reported Monday. The well-known eatery in Melbourne, which immigration authorities have refused to name, was fined A$15,300 (about $12,000) last year for various offences, including underpaying foreign staff and failing to keep...

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Women's power, pomp, Obama at R-Day parade

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) If the annual Republic Day parade is known for its pomp and splendour, the 66th edition will remain etched in the memory for two other factors - the women's power showcased during the two-hour event and the presence of US President Barack Obama as the chief guest on the occasion. Quite appropriately, the honour of leading the marching contingents was given to the...

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Washout helps India keep tri-series final hopes alive

Sydney, Jan 26 (IANS) India received two precious points that kept their ambitions of advancing to the final of the One-Day International (ODI) tri-series cricket tournament alive after their match against Australia was called off due to a downpour here Monday. Earlier, Australia captain George Bailey won the toss and put India in to bat at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The vi...

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Woman officer unfurls tricolour at Rajpath

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) With woman power as the theme for this year's Republic Day parade, there was another feather in the cap when Captain Haobam Bella Devi unfurled the tricolour at Rajpath here. Devi hails from Manipur. A second generation army officer, she belongs to the Indian Army's Ordnance Corps. According to the custom, the flag is unfurled after the president ascend...

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Australian PM criticised for knighting Duke of Edinburgh

Sydney, Jan 26 (IANS/EFE) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come under harsh criticism after granting Australian knighthood to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, Consort of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the highest awards in Australia, media reported Monday. Abbott decorated the Duke of Edinburgh because the monarchy has been an important part of Australia's life since 1788, when...

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Recognition good for cryptology in India: Bimal Roy on Padma Shri

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) Statistician Bimal K. Roy, who has been named for the Padma Shri award - one of India's civilian honours - Monday said it feels special to be recognised for his contributions to furthering cryptology in the country. It's a special feeling to be named for the Padma awards. It encourages me to continue my dedication to the field of cryptology and teach students. The ...

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Delhi turns into fortress for Republic Day

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Delhi celebrated the 66th Republic Day with a heavy deployment of policemen on the roads and at Rajpath where President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the parade with chief guest US President Barack Obama. At least 45,000 policemen, including over 1,000 NSG (National Security Guard) snipers and paramilitary personnel guarded the venue w...

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Outsiders getting fair chance in Bollywood: Ayushmann

Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) He belongs to a non-film family, but actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who tasted success with his debut film Vicky Donor, says the Hindi movie industry offers 'outsiders' like him a fair chance to prove their mettle. The film industry has a lot of acceptance towards the outsiders. It's open to outsiders, who are getting a fair chance to prove themselves. At the end of the ...

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Woman who saved Muslims in riots hoists flag in Bihar

Patna, Jan 26 (IANS) Commoner Shail Devi, who saved the lives of 10 Muslims during the communal clashes in Muzaffarpur district earlier this month, hoisted the national flag at the state Congress headquarter here Monday. In the presence of Bihar Pradesh Congress president Ashok Choudhary and a number of senior party leaders, including former ministers and legislators, Shail Devi was invi...

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Dimpy and I are nothing more than friends: Rahul Mahajan

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) After his eviction from reality TV show Bigg Boss Halla Bol, Rahul Mahajan says he didn't go inside the 'house' to solve issues with his estranged wife Dimpy. However, he feels that their bond has become stronger due to the show. While Rahul was evicted from the show Sunday night, Dimpy is one of the contestants in the race for the winner's spot. We were ...

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Kurdish fighters control 90 percent of Syrian city

Damascus, Jan 26 (IANS) Kurdish fighters now control around 90 percent of the predominantly Kurdish city of Kobani in northern Syria, a monitoring group reported Monday. The People's Protection Units (YPG) advanced in several areas in Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, after months-long battles with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Xinhua news agency reported citing the London-bas...

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Mamata government wakes up to ailing gymnast's plight

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) Days after the family of ailing gymnast Soumita Dey lamented the lack of assistance from the West Bengal government, state Youth Affairs Minister Arup Biswas Monday assured he would look into the matter. Suffering from Neurosarcoidosis since 2012 and with the lower half of her body paralysed, the former gymnast and judge in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, is undergoin...

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India-Australia ODI match washed out

Sydney, Jan 26 (IANS) The fifth One-Day International of the tri-series cricket tournament between hosts Australia and India, also featuring England, was washed out following heavy rains at Sydney cricket Ground here Monday. India were sent in to bat by Australian captain George Bailey after he won the toss. India reached 69 for two after 16 overs when rain spoiled the proceedings. <...

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Amitabh Bachchan deserves Bharat Ratna: Mamata

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said actor Amitabh Bachchan - who was been conferred the Padma Vibhushan - was a legend and he deserved a Bharat Ratna. The Padma Vibhushan to Amitabh Bachchan is not enough. He is a legend in his lifetime. He deserves a Bharat Ratna, Banerjee said on her official Facebook and Twitter handle. Bachchan, along...

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Northeastern US braces for 'historic blizzard'

Washington, Jan 26 (IANS/EFE) Residents of the states of the northeastern US were preparing for what meteorologists said would be a historic blizzard that would affect the region from Monday onward. Weather authorities have issued a blizzard warning for Philadephia, Pennsylvania and the east coast including New York, New Jersey and New England, as well as Canada, from Monday afternoon ti...

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Drogba not finished yet, says Chealsea manager Mourinho

London, Jan 26 (IANS) Jose Mourinho insists there is more to come from Didier Drogba at Chelsea as the striker says he wants to stay at the club beyond the end of the season. Mourinho led the tributes to Drogba as he was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the game by the Football Writers' Association here Sunday, reports dailymail.co.uk. Mourinho hailed Drogba, who firs...

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30 killed in Philippines clashes

Bangkok, Jan 26 (IANS/EFE) At least 30 people have been killed during clashes between the Philippine police and the Muslim rebels of the Moro Front of Islamic Liberation (MILF) in the south of the country, media reported Monday. Both parties had signed a peace agreement in March 2014 after 45 years of conflict that could be affected by the new violence. The fighting began early S...

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