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Ashoka Chakra for two fallen bravehearts on Republic Day

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh were Monday posthumously awarded the nation's highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra, at the Republic Day parade. Both of them laid down their lives while fighting heavily-armed terrorists in separate gun-battles in Jammu and Kashmir last year. Their widows received the award from Presiden...

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20-year-old woman goes missing from Taj Mahal

Agra, Jan 26 (IANS) A 20-year-old woman who had come to visit the Taj Mahal with her parents and younger brother went missing while standing in a queue at the monument, police said Monday, adding she has still not been traced. Daughter of Mumbai realtor Farooq, the woman, a CA student, was suddenly found to be missing from the queue she was standing in. Her family frantically searched fo...

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Clarke powers through wet training session at SCG

Sydney, Jan 26 (IANS) Australian skipper Michael Clarke braved the pouring rain, powering through a wet training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Monday to continue his race against the clock to be fit for the ICC Cricket World Cup. According to Cricket Australia (CA) website, the inured skipper ran lap after lap at a good pace and appeared unimpeded on his surgically repa...

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'Modi', 'Barack' chatted like old friends

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The friendly warmth and camaraderie between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama was on full display Monday as the two chatted and laughed like old friends over a two-hour period while watching India's Republic Day parade and pageantry. A day after the two leaders - one the prime minister of the world's largest democracy and the other...

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Nishikori sets up quarterfinal clash with Wawrinka

Melbourne, Jan 26 (IANS) World No.5 Kei Nishikori is through to the Australian Open tennis tournament quarterfinals for the second time after overcoming Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets here Monday. The Japanese will look to reach the semi-finals at Melbourne Park for the first time when he faces defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the last eight after winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 Mo...

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Jamie Dornan's strict routine for 'Fifty Shades...'

London, Jan 26 (IANS) Jamie Dornan says he worked really hard to prepare for his role in Fifty Shades of Grey. However, he said he was realistic about what he would achieve. Dornan plays Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of the eponymous novel. And while the actor was keen to get into shape for the role, he says that he was not aiming to be likes Chris Hemsworth by the end of his wo...

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Wonderful: Jaya Bachchan on filmmakers' fancy for literature

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan said it's a wonderful trend in Indian cinema that filmmakers are going for subjects based on published literature and said this augurs well for women in cinema. I think a new trend that has started is that people have started taking subjects from published literature in our country, Indian literature or even others (like William Shakes...

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Two blasts in Assam on Republic Day, no injuries

Guwahati, Jan 26 (IANS) Suspected militants from the anti-talks faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom Monday triggered two blasts near Digboi town in Tinsukia district. While one blast was triggered on the outskirts of Digboi town, another blast took place near a drain in the town. Both were low intensity crude bombs and there is no injury or any damage, Tinsukia Superintendent ...

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Redmayne, Moore named best lead actors at SAG Awards

Los Angeles, Jan 26 (IANS) Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore won for best lead actor and actress for The Theory of Everything and Still Alice respectively at the 21st edition of Screen Actors Guild Awards held here Sunday night. SAG Awards 2015, that honoured the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2014, took place at the Shrine Auditorium here. J.K...

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Onus on citizens to make India great: Goa CM

Panaji, Jan 26 (IANS) Every Indian citizen has to commit himself to make India the world's greatest country, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said after hoisting the national tricolour in Panaji Monday. Obstacles are being created for our democracy in the form of regionalism, linguistic disputes and border skirmishes. It is sad that attempts are being made to weaken India with these dis...

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ZimaFest concludes with a bang in Goa

Candolim (GOA), Jan 26 (IANS) After a series of electrifying performances, ZimaFest - a live musical festival here, came to an end with adrenaline pumping acts by Indian artistes The F16's, Madboy/Mink and DJ Nishan. The event, which saw an amalgamation of Indian and Russian DJs and bands, was aimed at strengthening the bond between the two nations with the help of music. ZimaFes...

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Flypast mesmerises spectators despite weather woes

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Despite a heavily overcast sky and light drizzle, the flypast, which marks the culmination of the Republic Day parade, as usual mesmerised the spectators Monday. The flypast had around 30 aircraft, a mix of surveillance, transport and fighter planes. With US President Barack Obama as the chief guest, the flypast included three American aircraft acquired o...

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India Fashion Week 2015 to start March 25

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The 2015 autumn-winter edition of the India Fashion (IFW) will begin here March 25, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has announced. The five-day fashion extravaganza will be held at Pragati Maidan, and if reports are to be believed, it will happen sans its title sponsor of nine years, Wills Lifestyle. We are delighted to announce the dates for t...

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Russell hails team effort in Windies triumph

Port Elizabeth, Jan 26 (IANS) Andre Russell, the hero of the fourth One-day International (ODI), has praised the team effort which gave the West Indies their first victory of the five-match series against South Africa. The Caribbean side beat South Africa by a single wicket with nine balls to spare at St. George's Park here Sunday night, with Russell blasting an unbeaten 64 from 40 balls...

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Pomp, women's power on display at Republic Day parade

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) More than the pomp, this year's Republic Day parade Monday will be remembered for 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 one drawn from the three services, while the Indian Army, the Indi...

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India, China must not fall into rivalry trap: Chinese daily

Beijing, Jan 26 (IANS) India and China must not fall into the trap of rivalry set by the West, a Chinese daily said Monday alluding to US President Barack Obama's second visit to India and being the chief guest of the Republic Day parade. Many reports by Western media have pointed out that the US, regardless of historical complications, is putting more efforts into soliciting India to ac...

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Two killed in shooting inside New York shopping mall

New York, Jan 26 (IANS) Two people were killed in a shooting inside a department store here, Xinhua reported citing authorities. The shooting took place around 2.45 p.m. Sunday at the Home Depot store on 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Lower Manhattan. Police confirmed that one man was declared dead at the scene, and another was pronounced dead at the hospital. The victim...

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Meghalaya adopts new developmental initiatives

Tura/Shillong, Jan 26 (IANS) Chief Minister Mukul Manda Sangma Monday said that the government has adopted a new paradigm of developmental initiatives to bring in rapid socio-economic transformative changes in Meghalaya. We have adopted a new paradigm in developmental initiatives to bring in rapid socio-economic transformative changes to generate new opportunities for sustainable livelih...

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Rajasthan celebrates Republic Day

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) The 66th Republic Day was celebrated across Rajasthan Monday with gaiety and enthusiasm. Governor Kalyan Singh unfurled the national flag in the Sawai Mansingh Stadium at a function in Jaipur. Kalyan Singh said in his speech that everyone should work for the development of the state. The state government is working on a strategy to provide employmen...

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Government's new initiatives displayed at R-Day parade

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The new initiatives by the Narendra Modi government such as Make in India and the Jan Dhan Yojana found a prominent place in the 66th Republic Day parade Monday as the tableaux rolled down the majestic Rajpath. The department of financial services' tableau on the 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana' highlighted the uniqueness of the campaign which aims at bank accoun...

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