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Yechuri meets Rajnath, demands release of arrested student leader

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri on Saturday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh regarding the JNU campus incidents and demanded the release of a student leader arrested over sedition charges. Delhi Police on Friday arrested Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar here on charges of raising an...

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Will be a disaster if Arsenal don't win league: Ranieri

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri has piled on the pressure on rival English football club Arsenal ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash, saying that it will be a disaster if the London club does not clinch the title. League leaders Leicester are five points clear of third placed Arsenal and they go into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over Manchester City.

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Modi inaugurates Make In India Centre in Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Kicking off the 'Make In India Week', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Make In India Centre at the MMRDA Grounds here along with Swedish Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Lofven and the Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Petri Sipila. Revolving around the theme of innovation, design and sustainability, the Make In India Centre showcases some of the co...

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Indian American keen to make 'neglected' Gujarati food world-famous

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) In the US, she is 'the Indian girl from Masterchef'! Indian American chef Hetal Vasavada, who has been treating her foreign friends on the reality TV show with khichdi and coconut curry soup, says food from her native Gujarat -- also the home of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- is neglected in the west. She hopes to bring the cuisine in limelight in the most traditi...

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Polling underway in Narayankhed constituency of Telangana

Hyderabad, Feb 13 (IANS) Peaceful polling was underway on Saturday in the by-election to Narayankhed assembly constituency in Medak district of Telangana. The election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the voting, which began at 7 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m. As many as 1,88,236 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. The authorities have set up 286 ...

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Indian Ambassador to Tajikistan passes away

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) India's Ambassador to Tajikistan Biraja Prasad passed away on Saturday morning. Our deepest condolences to the family of Biraja Prasad, our Ambassador to Tajikistan, who tragically passed away this morning, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted. The thoughts and prayers of the ministry and the diplomatic community are with you at this d...

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Corruption charges against umpire Rauf devastating: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 13 (IANS) The corruption charges levelled against top Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf are devastating for the image of Pakistani cricket internationally, said a Pakistani daily on Saturday. An editorial Umpire's Out in The Nation said that if match-fixing scandals of Pakistani players hurt fans across the country, then the corruption charges levelled against one of the top Paki...

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'Save bisons, peacocks, but monkeys and wild boars are a menace'

Panaji, Feb 13 (IANS) Modern techniques should be used to keep peacocks and bisons away from farmland instead of culling them, but wild boars and monkeys are a menace and could be declared vermin, says Goa's leader of opposition Pratapsingh Rane. Speaking to IANS, the senior Congress leader also said that Goa should emulate Kenya, which has managed to sustain a bounty of wildlife alongsi...

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Taiwan quake death toll rises to 112

Taipei, Feb 13 (IANS) The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on February 6 has risen to 112 with five people still reported missing, the authorities announced on Saturday. Efforts are on to locate the missing people who were believed to be trapped in the 16-storey Wei Guan building, the most seriously damaged in the 6.7-magnitude quake that hit Tainan city. The buildi...

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US presidential race turns testy

Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) Ahead of the next round of nominating contests, the US presidential race is turning testy with rival candidates of both parties attacking each other with no holds barred. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Friday threatened to sue rival Iowa caucus winner Ted Cruz, for not being a natural born citizen if the Texas senator doesn't clean up his act and stop ru...

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China to set up Antarctic air squadron

Beijing, Feb 13 (IANS) China will set up an Antarctic air squadron this year to support its scientific expeditions to the polar region, the media reported on Saturday. According to the State Oceanic Administration, it is aimed at supporting polar exploration and will serve as an air observation platform, the China Daily reported. China will continue to develop technologies and eq...

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Traffic resumes on Jammu-Srinagar highway

Jammu, Feb 13 (IANS) Traffic resumed on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Saturday after it remained closed for two days. Two-way traffic has resumed on Jammu-Srinagar national highway after snow clearance operation in Bannihal sector and landslide debris removal in Sher Bibi sector of the road were completed, said an officer of the J&K traffic department. Due to fresh s...

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Allu Arjun turns singer for 'Sarainodu'

Chennai, Feb 13 (IANS) Actor Allu Arjun has lent his voice for a special number in his upcoming Telugu outing Sarainodu, which has music by S.S. Thaman. For an EDM track in the film, Arjun has crooned alongside singers Vickey and Manasi. Both of us thought it will be nice if he sings and when I asked him, he jumped at the opportunity. He had no second thoughts about singing, Thaman told ...

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Chiranjeevi's youngest daughter set for second marriage

Chennai, Feb 13 (IANS) Megastar Chiranjeevi's second daughter Srija will wed an NRI from Chitoor in March, after her first marriage ended in divorce. The match was finalised a few days ago. It is with Srija's consent that her parents have agreed to this wedding, which will take place next month. On Thursday, Chiranjeevi's family had a small get-together at his residence to begin the cele...

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Anupama replaces Shamlee in Dhanush's 'Kodi'

Chennai, Feb 13 (IANS) Premam fame Anupama Parameswaran has replaced Shamlee in Dhanush-starrer Tamil political thriller Kodi, which is currently on the floors. Shamlee exited the project due to some date issues. The makers have brought Anupama as her replacement and she's expected to join the sets next week, a source from the film's unit told IANS. Although Shamlee briefly shot ...

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Shimla snow cheers V-Day revellers

Shimla, Feb 13 (IANS) Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh's state capital Shimla and its nearby tourist destinations on the eve of Valentine's Day celebrations on Saturday, added that extra nip in the air for couples. Shimla and its nearby popular destinations like Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda have been experiencing snowfall, triggering a rush of tourists there. We have seen snowfall for th...

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'Baahubali' to release in China in May

Chennai, Feb 13 (IANS) S.S. Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali, one of India's biggest blockbusters, will release in over 6,000 screens via E Star Films in China in May. This will be the biggest ever release for an Indian film in China, superseding Aamir Khan's 'PK', which released in 5,000 screens. The makers had planned to release the film this month, however, it had to be postponed due...

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Air pollution kills over 5.5 million people worldwide annually

Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) More than 5.5 million people worldwide die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution, and India and China together account for 55 percent of these deaths, new research has found. About 1.6 million people died of air pollution in China and 1.4 million died in India in 2013, the researchers said. The international team of researche...

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A romantic V-Day dinner for Rs.20,000 near Chennai

Chennai, Feb 13 (IANS) A romantic dinner by the beach with waves touching the feet at Rs.20,000 per couple at the InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort or wowing your lovely partner for eight more Sundays with Courtyard by Marriott's tasty brunch at a discounted rate, are two offers among others from star hotels for Valentine's Day. There is also the offer of massage, meals and a...

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US okays F-16 sale to Pakistan, India upset

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) India on Saturday reacted strongly to the US decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and said Washington's envoy will be summoned over this. We are disappointed at the decision of the (Barack) Obama administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan, the external affairs ministry said in a statement. We disagree with their rationa...

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