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Greece to shun auditors of EU-ECB-IMF 'troika'

Athens, Jan 31 (IANS) Greece was headed for a collision with its lenders, with the government announcing its intention to shun the auditors of the European Union (EU)--European Central Bank (ECB)--International Monetary Fund (IMF) troika. Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said after talks with the head of the Eurogroup of EU finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, that the govern...

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'Game of Thrones' season 5 trailer launched

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Revenge will be a key theme in the next instalment of Game of Thrones, the newly launched trailer of the show's fifth season has revealed. The trailer debuted during the IMAX screening of the show and was released online Friday. It sees some of the many characters of the show, including Lord Petyr Baelish, Sansa Stark, Lord Varys, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow a...

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Lebanon complains to UN against Israel

Beirut, Jan 31 (IANS) Lebanon Friday complained to the UN against Israel's retaliation, following the Hezbollah operation in Shebaa Farms, at the intersection of the Lebanon-Syria border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Lebanon's envoy to the UN, Nawwaf Salam, said Israel's shelling violated the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1701, according to a Xinhua report, which cited ...

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Minaj, Avicii, Drake to headline Wireless Festival

London, Jan 31 (IANS) Singers Nicki Minaj, Avicii and Drake are said to be headlining Wireless Festival this year. It will be Minaj's first return to the annual British music event this summer since her appearance in 2012, while Drake had to pull out of headlining the three-day music event last year due to illness, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Nicki is going to be the main attracti...

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Clashes in Iraq kill dozens of jihadis

Baghdad, Jan 31 (IANS/EFE) Dozens of Islamic State (IS) jihadis, and at least 16 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed, and 77 people were injured in intense fighting in several Iraqi provinces Friday. An Iraqi police source said that IS militants launched a major offensive on three different fronts against the city of Kirkuk, 250 km north of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad....

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Reputation tarnished by low and dirty stories, says Sujatha Singh

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Two days after she was abruptly relieved of her post, former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh said Friday that her reputation has been tarnished by adverse stories coming out about her on social media and that it was not necessary to get low and dirty. Singh, who sought early retirement after the Narendra Modi government appointed S. Jaishankar to replace her Wedn...

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Over 50 killed in Pakistan Shia mosque attack

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) More than 50 people were killed and around 50 others injured Friday when a suicide bomber ripped through a Shia mosque in Pakistan's Shikarpur district, media reports said. Quoting unknown hospital sources, Dunya TV said that a teenager suicide bomber blew up himself in the mosque where around 400 people were offering Friday prayers. According to the bomb...

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Jayanthi's charges against Rahul baseless: Digvijaya

Bengaluru, Jan 30 (IANS) Allegations by former central minister Jayanthi Natarajan that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had interfered in the functioning of the environment ministry were baseless, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh said Friday. It's absolutely wrong to say that our president Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi ever interfered in the functioning of the UPA government. ...

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Has compensation been paid to Bilaspur sterilisation camp victims, asks SC

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday inquired if families of 14 women who lost their lives Nov 11, 2014, following botched-up sterilisation operations at a Chhattisgarh government-sponsored family planning camp in Bilaspur hospital were paid compensation as directed by its 2005 order. The social justice bench comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit sou...

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Fiscal deficit exceeds budget estimates in 9 months

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Indian government's fiscal deficit has exceeded the budget estimate within the first nine months of the current fiscal, data showed Friday at a time it has recovered ground somewhat by earning over Rs.22,000 crore from disinvestment in Coal India. Latest data by the Controller General of Accounts shows that deficit during April-December period was over Rs.532...

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Elderly parents held for killing son

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) An elderly couple, long tormented by violent acts of their 27-year-old alcoholic son, killed him and dumped his body in a drain after chopping it into small pieces and sought to mislead police about his whereabouts but finally confessed to the crime, police said Friday. Nand Kishore, 68, a mason, and his wife Asha Devi, 60, have been arrested for killing their so...

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Modi election rallies to be held in high security

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Following intelligence inputs of terror threats during Delhi elections, security has been stepped up for the upcoming four rallies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in separate parts of the national capital, an official said. Over 5,000 personnel will be deployed in and around the grounds where Modi will address partt rallies. This include the officials of Spec...

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Building smart cities is challenging but doable: Minister

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday asked the states to be ready to make their cities and towns smart under the central government's initiative of building 100 smart cities. Addressing a meet 'Consultation workshop with states and stakeholders' organised by his ministry to take states on board before launching the smart cities initiative, Naidu so...

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SC upholds Kerala CPI-M leader's conviction for contempt

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday upheld the conviction of Kerala CPI-M leader M.V. Jayarajan for using unparliamentary words against state high court judges but reduced the sentence from six months to four weeks simple imprisonment. A bench of Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice C. Nagappan while upholding the conviction of Jayarajan said: He has shown ...

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No leadership crisis in Congress: Anand Sharma

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Unfazed with former union minister Jayanthi Natrajan's exit, Congress leader Anand Sharma Friday dispelled concerns of leadership deficit within his party. There is no leadership crisis within the party...the party is much bigger and and it will not evaporate with the exit of small leaders like Natrajan, Sharma told IANS. Firm on his stand that former en...

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Assam to set up wildlife museum in Kaziranga

Guwahati, Jan 30 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday announced that the state government would set up a state-of-the-art interpretation centre and wildlife museum with modern 3D shows at Kaziranga. Gogoi, who visited the park Thursday to take stock of anti-poaching measures, said this would keep the flow of tourists to the park, which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site, roun...

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Give fresh contracts for express corridors around Delhi, Haryana told

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday asked the Haryana government to award fresh contracts for the construction of Eastern and Western peripheral express corridor around Delhi within two months and giving another month's time to new contractors to commence work. Taking a strong exception to inordinate delay in the completion of Eastern and Western peripheral express corridor...

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Odisha to set up more abortion centres

Bhubaneswar, Jan 30 (IANS) Acknowledging that maternal mortality rate in Odisha is quite higher against national average due to unsafe abortions, the state government has decided to set up more maternal termination of pregnancy centres (MTPs) by 2017. Addressing at a workshop here Friday, Health Secretary Arati Ahuja said while there are 155 MTPs in various health centres in the state, t...

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Toll in Mexico gas explosion rises to three

Mexico City, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) The toll in the powerful gas explosion that destroyed a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, has risen to three 73 others were injured, 20 of them newborns. The huge explosion occurred Thursday due to a major leak in the hose carrying gas from the truck to the building, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said. Firefighters were summ...

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Peace Party of India members join AAP in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 300 members of the Peace Party of India's Delhi unit Friday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The Peace Party of India's Delhi unit president Sher Mohammad Khan led around 300 workers to join the AAP in the presence of AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey, a statement said. The Peace Party of India's Uttar Pradesh unit general secretary Brij...

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