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CPI-M politburo to take final call on tie-up with Congress

Kolkata, Feb 13 (IANS) With the Left Front having given its approval, the CPI-M at the end of its two-day session on Saturday said its politburo will take a final call on the issue of forming an alliance with the Congress for the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls. Chaired by veteran Marxist leader Biman Bose in the presence of general secretary Sitaram Yechury and his predecessor Praka...

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Someone close plotted Snapdeal executive's abduction: Police

Ghaziabad, Feb 13 (IANS) The Snapdeal woman executive, who was taken to Haryana and managed to return to Ghaziabad, was abducted by someone close to her, police said on Saturday. Deepti Sarna, 23, was abducted by four criminals in the garb of an auto-rickshaw driver and passengers on Wednesday night while returning home from the Vaishali Metro station. On Friday, she called up her father...

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Anand Sharma attacked in JNU, student union blames ABVP

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Congress leader Anand Sharma was attacked on Saturday by unknown assailants while participating at a protest meet held at Jawaharlal Nehru University against the police crackdown in the campus on Friday. Eyewitnesses said Sharma was repeatedly struck on his ear by an assailant which led to profuse bleeding. The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) soon issued a sta...

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Government trying to crush students' voice: Rahul

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the government was trying to crush students' voice in the country by ordering police action in university campuses. They (the government) do not understand that by crushing you (students), they are making you stronger, Gandhi said at a meet at the Jawaharlal Nehru University that was organised to protest again...

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Moderate voting in UP bypolls

Lucknow, Feb 13 (IANS) Moderate turnout was recorded in bypolls in three assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh -- Deoband, Muzaffarnagar and Bikapur -- that were held on Saturday. Bikapur constituency in Faizabad witnessed 42 percent polling, Muzaffarnagar 44 percent, and Deoband constituency in Saharanpur the highest of the three at 50 percent till closing time. Polling was p...

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Rahul, Yechury, Raja join protest against police crackdown in JNU

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI Secretary D. Raja on Saturday visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University here (JNU) to join the protests against the police crackdown on students accused of sedition. About 2000 people, including students and teachers, gathered in front of the administration block of the JNU campus...

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Andhra announces Rs.5 lakh for soldier killed in Siachen avalanche

Hyderabad, Feb 13 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday announced Rs.5 lakh for the family of Sepoy Mushtaq Ahmed, who was among soldiers killed in avalanche in Siachen Glacier last week. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also announced that the family of the slain soldier will also be allotted a house. Hailing from Parnapalle village in Atmakur mandal of Kurnool distric...

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India will not resort to retrospective taxation: Modi

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asserted that India will not resort to restrospective taxation. We will not resort to retrospective taxation. We are working towards making taxing regime transparent, stable and predictable, Modi said in his address at the inaugural event of the 'Make in India' week. The prime minister also listed a number of initiati...

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Gold slips to Rs.29,050 per 10 grams

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) After rising for 11 days, the prices of gold slipped from a 21-month high by Rs.600 to Rs.29,050 per 10 grams at the bullion market due to fall in demand. The price of silver has also dropped by Rs.50 at Rs.37,800 per kg due to less offtake by coin makers and industrial units. ...

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Sweden, India partners in many fields: Swedish PM

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Saturday said that that Sweden and India are partners in many fields and that his country's interest in India is a long-term one. Sweden and India are partners in many fields such as sustainable cities, education and health, Lofven said while addressing the Sweden Country Seminar at the Make in India Week that got underway her...

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Iraq's Shia cleric Sadr calls for government reforms

Baghdad, Feb 13 (IANS) Iraq's firebrand Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, on Saturday called for government reforms, stressing on the need for a technocrat government, among other demands. Sadr's comments follow similar demands from Iraqi political and religious elite after the failure of previous reform packages announced last summer by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Xinhua reported. <...

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Syrian army braces to approach de facto IS capital

Damascus, Feb 13 (IANS) The Syrian army was preparing to advance toward the city of al-Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, a monitor group said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army was a few kilometres from the provincial borders of al-Raqqa, following the rapid progress it has recently achieved on the desert high way near t...

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Finnish, Russian presidents to meet on border issues

Helsinki, Feb 13 (IANS) Finnish President Sauli Niinisto will visit Russia in March for talks with Russian leaders on issues relating to the border crossings between the two countries. Niinisto was invited by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday in Munich where both were attending the Munich Security Conference, Xinhua reported. The Finnish president said border-cross...

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France calls for sustainable transition in Syria

Munich, Feb 13 (IANS) French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Saturday that a sustainable transition toward peace should be organised in Syria. The solution cannot only be a military one, we need to organise a sustainable transition toward peace, Valls said while addressing the Munich Security Conference (MSC) on the second day during a session of prime ministers' debate with Russian ...

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70 percent Delhiites say corruption not reduced: Survey

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Seventy percent of the people surveyed by a citizen engagement platform associated with the BJP, believe that corruption has not reduced in Delhi under the Arvind Kejriwal government, but nearly 50 percent said they would vote for the AAP again. However, 48 percent hold the odd-even plan was a successfully executed experiment, said a survey report on first year o...

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Kejriwal orders magisterial inquiry into JNU incident

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the JNU incident where anti-India slogans are said to have been reaised. The announcement was made soon after a delegation of political leaders met Kejriwal and requested him to launch a probe to establish the authenticity of the evidence in the incident. There are claims ...

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Purab Kohli's e-Valentine's Day plans

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Moving on from flowers and cakes, actor Purab Kohli will be celebrating Valentine's Day with his fiancée Lucy Payton and their daughter Inayat with a romantic dinner via Skype chat. As Purab is currently shooting in Mumbai for Rock On 2 and Lucy is in London, instead of spending time away from each other, the couple decided to make the most of the virtual medium. <...

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Congress gives duck to AAP, says first year a failure

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) The Congress party on Saturday termed the first year of the Arvind Kejriwal government a complete failure and said the ruling party in Delhi has been finding excuses not to work, betraying those who elected it to office. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had scored zero out of hundred in its performance in the first year of its term, Delhi Congress chief Ajay ...

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AAP failed to fulfill poll promises: Delhi BJP

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Terming the first year of the AAP government in Delhi as a black year in the history of the capital, the Delhi BJP on Saturday said the city government failed to fulfill its poll promises and deceived the people. The last one year has proved to be a black year in the history of Delhi. Delhiites last year gave a historic mandate to the Aam Aadmi Party seeking a ch...

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Cruyff feels '2-0 up' in match against cancer

Barcelona, Feb 13 (IANS) Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff, who also played and coached Barcelona, feels he is 2-0 up in the first half of a match against lung cancer, stressing that latest results on the treatment have been very positive. After several medical treatments I can say the results have been very positive, thanks to the excellent work of the doctors, the affection of the peo...

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