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Djokovic enters Australian Open quarters

Melbourne, Jan 26 (IANS) World No.1 Novak Djokovic ended Gilles Muller's inspired Australian Open run Monday night with a 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 victory over the Luxembourg native to reach the quarter-finals. In his 23rd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, Djokovic will face Milos Raonic for the fifth time. Djokovic leads 4-0 in their career meetings and has only lost one set against the Canadi...

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State should be policy-driven: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the state should be driven by policies which should be consistent so as to draw more investments, while revealing US investments in India jumped by 50 percent in the first six months of his government. State should be policy-driven. That will help investment. Consistency is another very important aspect that will br...

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Akhilesh Yadav greets Padma awardees having UP roots

Lucknow, Jan 26 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday greeted mega star Amitabh Bachchan and other personalities having links with Uttar Pradesh who were named for the prestigious Padma awards on R-Day 2015. Stating that all of these eminent personalities, through their work in different fields, have brought laurels to Uttar Pradesh, the chief minister said it was a g...

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Cartoonist R.K. Laxman dead

Pune, Jan 26 (IANS) Legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman, creator of the iconic Common Man, died in a private hospital here Monday evening after a brief illness, a family member said. He was 94. Laxman, brother of late novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha. He had been admitted to a private hospital around 1...

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Pomp, pageantry mark R-Day across India

Jammu/Kolkata/Guwahati/Chennai/Panaji/Imphal, Jan 26 (IANS) Republic Day was Monday celebrated across India with gaiety and patriotic fervour, as leaders stressed the need of rooting out corruption and working for development and asked insurgents to shun violence. The day was largely peaceful, barring two blasts in Assam and four in Manipur. Two blasts were triggered by the United Libera...

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Obama meets Congress delegation

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama met a Congress delegation Monday afternoon after witnessing the 66th Republic Day parade, said a party leader. A four-member Congress delegation, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, party president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi, and former union minister Anand Sharma called on the visiting US president at the ITC ...

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Cartoonist R.K. Laxman dead

Pune, Jan 26 (IANS) Legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman died in a private hospital here after a brief illness, a family member said Monday. He was 94. Laxman, brother of late novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha. ...

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Four blasts near R-Day function venue in Manipur

Imphal, Jan 26 (IANS) Four low intensity blasts were Monday triggered near the venue of the main Republic Day function here in the Manipur capital, police said. No one was injured. The blasts occurred at Polem Leikai, Yaiskul, New Chekkon and Hatta, all near the Kangla Fort, where the main function of the Republic Day was held. No one was injured in the blasts, a police official said.

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State should be policy-driven: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the state should be driven by policies which should be consistent so as to draw more investments. State should be policy-driven. That will help investment. Consistency is another very important aspect that will bring more investments in the country. These things will address many problems, he said at the US-India Bu...

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Woman kills mother, hangs herself in Bengal

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) A dispute over property led to a woman killing her mother before committing suicide in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, police said Monday. The bodies of Gautami Acharya was found hanging from the ceiling while that of her mother Nibha Sanyal was found at a adjacent room in their house near Barasat in the district Monday morning. There had been a d...

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NGO Let's Vote gets award for voter awareness

Hyderabad, Jan 26 (IANS) NGO Let's Vote has received the National CSO Award for its contributions towards voter awareness, education and enrolment drives during the 2014 general elections. The award was presented during the fifth National Voters Day celebrations in New Delhi Sunday. Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam gave away the awards at the function presided over by Chief El...

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Indian, Pakistani armies exchange sweets on LoC

Jammu, Jan 26 (IANS) The Indian and Pakistani armies Monday exchanged sweets on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on India's 66th Republic Day, an official said. On the proud occasion of Republic Day, troops of India and Pakistan exchanged sweets at the Poonch-Rawalakot crossing point, defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS. Soldiers of both countries also exchan...

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Indian, Chinese armies hold ceremonial border meeting

Jammu, Jan 26 (IANS) A ceremonial border meeting was held Monday between the Indian and Chinese armies on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. A ceremonial border personnel meeting on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day was held today (Monday) at the Indian border personnel meeting point hut in Chushul sector of eastern Ladakh, said a...

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Of umbrellas, caps and patriotic songs

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) With the rain playing spoilsport, the dignitaries gathered at Rajpath to witness India's 66th Republic Day parade were forced to wear caps and take cover under umbrellas and raincoats. US President Barack Obama, the chief guest at the parade, and wife Michelle were seated in a roofless bullet-proof glass enclosure along with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice Presi...

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Evidence of 'India's involvement in terrorism' conveyed to US: Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 26 (IANS) Pakistan's defence officials Monday said Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif has conveyed to top US officials vital evidence regarding India's involvement in terrorism in Pakistan, according to a media report. Briefing a senate defence committee here, the defence officials said that during his visit to the US during November last year, Gen. Sharif presented to...

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Strong defence makes South Korea Asian Cup final favourites

Melbourne, Jan 26 (IANS) Known throughout his playing days as The Stopper, it's unsurprising to see how German Uli Stielike has managed to organise his South Korea team. It has been 578 minutes since South Korea last conceded a goal. In the midst of that run has been an Asian Cup campaign in which Stielike's side has a perfect defensive record, reports Xinhua. Now, after a 2-0 vi...

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Kerala politics: Is UDF closing door on Pillai?

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 26 (IANS) The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) Monday decided not to invite one of its founders, R. Balakrishna Pillai, to its meeting to be held here Wednesday. UDF convenor P.P. Thankachen said that Pillai has not been invited. The decision appears to have come after an audio conversation between him and whistle blower Biju Ramesh, a bar owner...

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Suryakumar steps down as Mumbai cricket captain

Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) Mumbai Ranji team skipper Suryakumar Yadav Monday stepped down from the top spot following his team's dismal loss by an innings and 44 runs against Tamil Nadu in an away contest. Mumbai are placed sixth in Group A with 11 points from six games so far this season; their only victory came against Uttar Pradesh which required a heroic effort from pacer and number nine ...

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Tripura scribe dies, donates body to medical research

Agartala, Jan 26 (IANS) Tripura journalist Surendra Paul died here Monday following severe cardiac arrest, family sources said. He was 58. Paul, news editor of vernacular daily Daily Desher Katha, died at the Gobinda Ballav Pant Medical College and Hospital here. He is survived by his wife and a daughter. Later, Paul's body was brought in a big grief-stricken rally to the Agartal...

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Bengal woman tied naked to tree, beaten; opposition slams Mamata

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) A woman in West Bengal Monday alleged that she was tied naked to a tree, beaten and branded over allegations of stealing. A couple were arrested but got bail which prompted the opposition to accuse the Mamata Banerjee government of patronising criminals. Police Monday arrested a man and his wife for the incident that occurred Sunday in Kultoli in Baruipur subdivisi...

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