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Reforms in food subsidy to reduce inflationary pressures: Moody's

Chennai, Jan 29 (IANS) Global credit rating agency Moody's Investor Service Thursday said the recommended reforms in food subsidy and distribution will reduce India's inflationary pressures and fiscal deficit. On Jan 21, a government panel had recommended reforms in the food subsidy and distribution system. In an article in the latest issue of Moody's credit outlook Moody's assoc...

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Barca reach Copa del Rey semifinal

Madrid, Jan 29 (IANS) FC Barcelona booked their place in the semifinal of the King's Cup knockout competition in Spain after they beat their opponents 3-2. While Barca were able to field the same side they played in their 1-0 first leg win, with Ter Stegen in goal and Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar leading the attack, Atletico were without suspended trip of Diego Godin and Koke, takin...

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English League Cup result

London, Jan 29 (IANS) Following is the result of English League Cup semifinal second leg match played in Sheffield Wednesday, according to Xinhua. Sheffield United 2 (Adams (77, 79) Tottenham 2 (Eriksen 28, 88) Tottenham win 3-2 on agregate Played Tuesday Chelsea 1 (Ivanovic 94) Liverpool 0 aet Chelsea win 2-1 on aggregate Final, March 1 Ch...

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Obama won't meet Netanyahu before Israeli elections

Washington Jan 29 (IANS) US President Barack Obama said that he will not meet the visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March, because the Israeli leader's US trip would be too close to the elections in his country. I'm declining to meet with him (Netanyahu) simply because our general policy is (that) we don't meet with any world leader two weeks before their election, Ob...

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Iglesias joins sports stars for restaurant venture

Madrid, Jan 29 (IANS) Singer Enrique Iglesias and tennis star Rafael Nadal have teamed up with basketball player Pau Gasol and businessman Abel Matutes Prats to open a string of Spanish restaurants. They will be called Tatel, reports Eater. The food of our country is very famous, a spokesperson for the investors said, reports people.com. There are many Spanish restaurants...

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Kelly Clarkson's new album to release March 3

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Singer Kelly Clarkson's sixth studio album, Piece by Piece, will release March 3. RCA Records announced the news Monday along with a behind-the-scenes video in which Clarkson shows that she and several others in a recording studio, reports eonline.com. Piece by Piece is Clarkson's first studio album since 2011's Stronger, though she did release the holi...

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Bird flu outbreak confirmed in 11 Nigerian states

Lagos, Jan 29 (IANS) The Nigerian government Wednesday confirmed the outbreak of bird flu in 11 states. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina, made the disclosure at an emergency meeting on avian influenza (bird flu) in Abuja, according to a Xinhua report. The states affected by the outbreak of the disease were Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Plat...

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Gaga to perform at Grammy Awards with Bennett

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Singer Lady Gaga is set to perform with Tony Bennett at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The 28-year-old took to social media Tuesday to announce the news, reports aceshowbiz.com. Me and @itstonybennett are so excited to announce we will be performing at #TheGrammys this year! Thank you to @TheGRAMMYs and our fans! Gaga tweeted. She then posted a ...

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Simulated Mars mission gutted in fire

London, Jan 29 (IANS) A simulated Mars mission held in the Utah desert in the US came to an abrupt end, when the research station was gutted in fire, media reported Wednesday. According to a Daily Mail report, the mission involved four astronauts living in isolation for two weeks in the hope of recreating the psychological effects of life on Mars. Instead, they had to deal with a...

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Beijing smog makes city 'unliveable': Mayor

Beijing, Jan 29 (IANS) Pollution and smog in Beijing has made the capital city of China unliveable, according to the mayor of the city, a report said Wednesday. To establish a first-tier, international, liveable and harmonious city, it is very important to establish a system of standards, and Beijing is currently doing this, Mayor Wang Anshun said last Friday, according to the China Yout...

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Sofia Vergara boosts workout for wedding

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Actress Sofia Vergara is said to have started working out two hours a day because she wants to be in the best shape possible when she marries fiance Joe Manganiello. The Modern Family star spending most of her spare time in the gym as she wants to wow the 38-year-old actor when she walks down the aisle, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She usually heads to Gu...

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Nick Jonas ditches 'purity ring'

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Singer Nick Jonas says he has ditched his purity ring and looks back on it as a very strange thing. The 22-year-old used to wear the rings to symbolise their commitment to avoid sex before marriage, but Jonas admits he looks back on the episode with a sense of bemusement, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I'm comfortable enough to talk about sex and other thin...

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H7N9 bird flu cases in China province rise to 25

Guangzhou, Jan 29 (IANS) Two more cases of humans being infected by the H7N9 bird flu strain was reported from China's Guangdong province Wednesday, bringing the number of people infected by the virus in the province to 25. According to a Xinhua report, an 83-year-old man in Meizhou city was confirmed infected Wednesday and was in a critical condition, the provincial health and family pl...

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Seven Houthis killed in suspected Al Qaeda attack in Yemen

Aden, Jan 29 (IANS) At least seven Shia Houthi fighters were killed and five others injured in a suspected Al Qaeda attack in Yemen Wednesday, an official told Xinhua. Unknown gunmen believed to be Al Qaeda operatives attacked the house of a tribal leader allied to the Shia Houthi group in Radda town of al-Bayda province, killing at least seven people inside, the official said on the con...

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You've to earn everything in life: Barrymore

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Actress Drew Barrymore believes in working hard to achieve something in life. While covering More magazine, Barrymore opens up about women trying to accomplish it all, reports eonline.com. I'll get in trouble for it, but I'll say it anyway: Women can't do it all. Quantum physics actually says you can't do it all, said Barrymore. Like, you can't ...

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UN chief condemns Libya hotel attack

United Nations, Jan 29 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon Wednesday condemned in the strongest terms the attack on a hotel in Libya, which killed at least eight people Tuesday. Ban expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the attack, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, according to a Xinhua report. The UN chief said: Terrorism has no p...

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Prove abducted pilot still alive: Jordan tells IS

Amman, Jan 29 (IANS) Jordan said Wednesday that it wants the Islamic State (IS) to prove that the Jordanian pilot abducted by the militant group last month was still alive. Jordan has asked the Islamic State (IS) to provide a proof of life for the Jordanian pilot it captured last year (December 2014), but we have not received a reply, Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said in a stat...

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Selena Gomez smokes for new movie

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Actress Selena Gomez was clicked smoking on the set of her upcoming film The Fundamentals of Caregiving in Atlanta. Gomez did a few screen tests last week, but Tuesday was her first day of shooting and it took place at a gas station in Atlanta. A source told eonline.com that Gomez stayed indoors to keep warm until it was time to do her scenes. ...

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Lebanon flays Israeli military escalation at border

Beirut, Jan 29 (IANS) Lebanon Wednesday condemned Israeli military escalation at the border, while stressing that it was committed to the resolution of the UN Security Council (UNSC), according to a Xinhua report. In a statement, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said: The Israeli escalation on the border...after the Shebaa operation might pave the way for dangerous possibilities that...

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Jaishankar is new foreign secretary, Sujatha Singh's tenure curtailed

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government Wednesday appointed India's envoy in the US, S. Jaishankar, as the new foreign secretary, replacing incumbent Sujatha Singh six months before her term was to end. The sudden appointment has echoes of the sudden replacement of India's then foreign secretary A.P. Venkateswaran by then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in January 1987. The ap...

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