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Sania in Australian Open mixed doubles third round

Melbourne, Jan 26 (IANS) The top seeded mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares entered the third round of the mixed doubles competition in the Australian Open tennis tournament here at the Melbourne Park Monday. The Indo-Brazilian pair defeated unseeded Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and American Abigail Spears 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-8 in a close contest that lasted for 93 minutes.

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PM pays tribute to the unknown soldier

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The Republic Day celebrations began Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute to the unknown soldier at the India Gate war memorial. After Modi laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial to the unknown soldier, buglers sounded the Last Post and two minutes of silence was observed. Modi then signed the Visitor's Book and headed back to th...

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Obama arrives at Rajpath in The Beast

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Rebulic Day parade chief guest, US President Barack Obama, Monday arrived at the Rajpath in his official vehicle The Beast, in a departure from tradition. The chief guest for Republic Day, as per tradition, arrives along with the president in his car from Rashtrapati Bhavan. Obama was accompanied by wife Michelle. President Pranab Mukherjee arrived separa...

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Mexican Vargas becomes WBC super bantamweight silver champion

Mexico City, Jan 26 (IANS) Mexican boxer Giovanni Rey Vargas has become World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight silver champion after defeating Argentine Nestor Paniaguain in two rounds. The fight was held at Azul Hotel in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, a southwestern Mexican resort Saturday, reports Xinhua. Vargas totally dominated the fight, taking advantage of his condition by hitt...

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Rajasekhar wants to experiment with character roles

Chennai, Jan 26 (IANS) Actor Rajasekhar, who is currently awaiting the release of Telugu comedy Gaddam Gang, says he will continue taking up hero-centric characters in films, but he is willing to experiment with interesting character roles as well. The last few years have been bad with many failures. That's when I decided I should try and experiment with some interesting character roles ...

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Colombia's Paulina Vega wins Miss Universe 2014 title

Miami, Jan 26 (IANS) Colombian beauty Paulina Vega Sunday night beat 87 contestants, including India's Noyonita Lodh, to win the Miss Universe 2014 crown here Sunday night. Bangalore girl Noyonita, 21, failed to reach the Top 10, but she had managed to pave her way into the Top 15 at the 63rd edition of the pageant. India has not won the Miss Universe crown since 2000, when now Bollywood...

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Happy time for women in Indian cinema: Shabana

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) Veteran actress-social activist Shabana Azmi has expressed hope for women in Hindi cinema, observing that roles are becoming substantial for them and are being written for all age groups. I am very hopeful. I feel the roles are becoming substantial in films that are women-centric, but even within the films themselves, Shabana said here Sunday evening at a special s...

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Advocate turns actor in 'Patra'

Chennai, Jan 26 (IANS) Sam Paul, an advocate, will enthrall Tamil movie audiences in an important role in upcoming thriller Patra. He says he thoroughly enjoyed playing a dark character in his debut film. I was approached by director Jayantan to play one of the leads in the film. It was my cold look that was instrumental in getting me this opportunity. Few people who've seen the rushes o...

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Honoured: Kota Srinivasa Rao on winning Padma Shri

Hyderabad, Jan 26 (IANS) Veteran Telugu actor Kota Srinivasa Rao, who has over 500 films to his credit, is honoured on being awarded the coveted Padma Shri. I feel honoured. It's the recognition of my work. It came to me as a surprise because I never expected it, Kota told IANS. Born in 1947, Kota, who started his acting career in theatre, made his cinematic debut in 1978 Telugu ...

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Bihar celebrates Republic Day with joy

Patna, Jan 26 (IANS) The 66th Republic Day was celebrated across Bihar Monday with joy and enthusiasm amid tight security. Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi hoisted the tricolour in Patna. Despite intelligence bureau inputs on a possible terror strike and a Maoist boycott call, hundreds of people joined the celebrations in Patna and other places across the state. According to offic...

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Rains in Lucknow hit Republic Day festivities

Lucknow, Jan 26 (IANS) Overnight rains here in Uttar Pradesh played spoilsport Monday as the Republic Day festivities were delayed by a few hours at many places. Officials said arrangements were made to ensure that the rains did not hit the main parade at the Vidhan Sabha Marg. But events to mark the 66th Republic Day were hit as participants could not reach for functions at various scho...

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Delhi wakes up to a rainy Republic Day

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Spells of light showers Sunday night and early Monday morning played spoilsport at the 66th Republic Day celebrations, where US President Barack Obama is the the chief guest. The Met Office has forecast intermittent rain throughout the day. The sky will turn partly cloudy from afternoon onwards with very light intermittent rain likely in some areas throughout the...

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Modi, Obama cheered at Rajpath

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama were greeted with loud cheers as they arrived at Rajpath for the Republic Day parade Monday. Modi arrived at the saluting dais after paying homage to unknown soldiers at the India Gate and was received by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Modi then waved at the crowd and was greeted with loud che...

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PM pays tribute to unknown soldier

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The Republic Day celebrations began Mondya with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the unknown soldier at the India Gate war memorial. After Modi laid a wreath at the eternal flame to the unknown soldier, the buglers sounded the Last Post and two minutes of silence was observed. Modi then signed the Visitor's Book and headed back to the saluting...

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Rain clouds Republic Day parade in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Republic Day celebrations in the national capital Monday were dampened with light rain since Sunday night. US President Barack Obama is the chief guest at India's 66th Republic Day parade. Despite the light showers, enthusiastic people reached Rajpath to witness the parade which showcases India's military prowess and cultural diversity. Due to the securit...

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Colombia's Paulina Vega wins Miss Universe 2014 title

Miami, Jan 26 (IANS) Paulina Vega of Colombia was Sunday night crowned Miss Universe 2014. Miss USA Nia Sanchez was crowned first runner-up, while Diana Harkusha from Ukraine was named the second runner up. Vega defeated 87 contestants, including Miss India Noyonita Lodh, who could not even make it to top 10 at the 63rd edition of the pageant held at the FIU Arena at Florida Inte...

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Modi wishes Australians on Australia Day

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday wished the people of Australia on Australia Day. Best wishes to the people of Australia on Australia Day! Will always cherish the warmth of the people of Australia during my visit last November, Modi said. ...

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Andhra governor unfurls national flag in Vijayawada

Vijayawada, Jan 26 (IANS) The Republic Day was celebrated Monday with gaiety and patriotic fervour in Andhra Pradesh. The main parade was held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here. At the first Republic Day celebration in the new state, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan unfurled the national flag and reviewed a colourful parade. He exuded confidence that the state would recover the lost gr...

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ODI tri-series: Australia to field first against India

Sydney, Jan 26 (IANS) Australian captain George Bailey won the toss and sent India in to bat in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) of the tri-series at the Sydney Cricket Ground here Monday. India squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), STR Binny, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishat Sharma.

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Rain dampens Republic Day celebrations in Agra

Agra, Jan 26 (IANS) Several spells of showers Sunday evening and into the night, and an overcast sky Monday, dampened the enthusiasm of students preparing for a smart turnout for a marchpast on Republic Day. The fields are wet and there is water-logging everywhere. The rangolis have been washed out and the flag is wet. Children are shivering, said school teacher Anubhav Kumar. Di...

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