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Toll in Mexico gas explosion rises to three

Mexico City, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) The toll in the powerful gas explosion that destroyed a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, has risen to three 73 others were injured, 20 of them newborns. The huge explosion occurred Thursday due to a major leak in the hose carrying gas from the truck to the building, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said. Firefighters were summ...

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Peace Party of India members join AAP in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 300 members of the Peace Party of India's Delhi unit Friday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The Peace Party of India's Delhi unit president Sher Mohammad Khan led around 300 workers to join the AAP in the presence of AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey, a statement said. The Peace Party of India's Uttar Pradesh unit general secretary Brij...

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RJD, JD-U will merge, say Lalu and Nitish

Patna/New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Six Janata Parivar parties will certainly merge soon as there is no hurdle, former Bihar chief ministers Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad announced Friday. In the wake of reports of unlikely merger of the Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal ahead of the assembly polls in Bihar later this year, both JD-U leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad s...

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'Natarajan-Gandhi tussle delayed mining resumption in Goa'

Panaji, Jan 30 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Friday said the Jayanthi Natarajan-Rahul Gandhi tussle could have resulted in the prolonged delay in resolving the crisis in Goa's iron ore mining sector. His remark came after former union minister Natarajan Friday blamed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for the slack performance of her environment ministry. The Con...

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Parrikar wants greater autonomy to defence PSUs

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Friday said the Defence Procurement Procedure and Defence Procurement Policy will be changed to provide greater autonomy to Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his ministry, Parrikar said there was a need to delegate powers to DPSUs to enable them to take dec...

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Housewives set world record with marathon bhajan singing

Shegaon (Maharashtra), Jan 30 (IANS) A group of Maharashtrian women, mostly housewives settled in Chhattisgarh, have a created a new world record of marathon singing of bhajans (devotional songs) for a staggering 27 hours and 45 minutes, a member said here Friday. The record performance - 'Longest Spiritual Songs Marathon' - included bhajans in nine Indian languages rendered continuously...

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Court martial for Sindhuratna's commanding officer

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) A court martial has been ordered for INS Sindhuratna's commanding officer found culpable in the accident onboard the Kilo-class submarine, which left two personnel dead, navy sources said Friday. Six other officers, found culpable in the accident by a board of inquiry, were meanwhile awarded letters of severe displeasure (LOSD) by the navy chief, the sources said...

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Mitt Romney not to seek presidency in 2016

Washington, Jan 30 (IANS) Republican Mitt Romney, who had lost to Democrat Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election, Friday said he would not seek nomination from his party to run for the presidency in 2016, media reports said Friday. The former Massachusetts governor shared his decision on a conference call with a small group of advisers, The New York Times reported. ...

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HC dismisses St.Stephen staffer's plea against suspension

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a plea filed by Subha Kumar Dash, the suspended administrative officer of St. Stephen's College challenging his suspension by the governing body on Dec 19 last year. Justice Valmiki J. Mehta dismissed the plea saying the governing body of college is entitled to take disciplinary action and that Dash has brought nothing on rec...

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Jaishankar to accompany Sushma on Beijing trip

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) New Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is to accompany External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her four-day visit to China beginning Saturday. Sushma Swaraj tweeted: Going to China from 31st January to 3rd February. Foreign Secretary Dr.S.Jaishankar is accompanying me. Jaishankar, who took charge of his new post on Thursday, also met Chinese Ambassador Le...

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Scientists identify biological clock to predict longivity

London, Jan 30 (IANS) A group of scientists has identified a biological clock that could help predict how long we live, according to a study. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with researchers in Australia and the US studied chemical changes to DNA to establish an individual's biological age which they compared with their actual age, the Mirror reported Friday...

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Don't frame a scheme if you can't implement it: SC tells government

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday pulled up the central government for framing schemes and them not monitoring their implementation as it frowned at the leisurely pace at which the scheme for providing hostels facilities to SC/ST students was moving. It is a scheme framed by you. If you can't implement a scheme then don't frame a scheme, the social justice bench of Justic...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, Jan 30 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $43.88 a barrel Thursday, compared with $44.08 a barrel Wednesday, the OPEC secretariat said. The OPEC reference basket of crudes is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Ex...

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HIL: Punjab Warriros beat Delhi Waveriders 3-1

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Three goals in final quarter helped Punjab Warriors defeat Delhi Waveriders 3-1 and maintain their position at the top of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) standings at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Friday. Warriors conceded an early goal from Akashdep Singh (third minute) but staged a stunning comeback in the final quarter. Christopher Ciriello (5...

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Toll in Egypt's Sinai attacks now 33

Cairo, Jan 30 (IANS) The toll in Thursday's mortar attacks that targeted security premises in Egypt's North Sinai province has risen to 33, a security source told Xinhua news agency Friday. The injured people are being transferred from Arish to Cairo by air-ambulances for better treatment, the source added. On Thursday evening, massive attacks with car bombs and mortar shells tar...

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Bagrodia, others helped AMR Iron and Steel obtain coal block unlawfully: Court

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) A special court Friday said former minister of state for coal Santosh Bagrodia, ex-coal secretary H.C. Gupta and another official of the ministry prima facie committed criminal misconduct and facilitated AMR Iron and Steel in obtaining a coal block unlawfully. It is thus prima facie clear from the overall facts and circumstances of the case that the ministry of c...

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Next inter-Syrian consultations in Moscow in a month

Moscow, Jan 30 (IANS/TASS) The next meeting between the Syrian opposition and government representatives may take place in Moscow in late February, leader of the Syrian opposition Popular Front for Change and Liberation, Qadri Jamil, said in a news conference on Friday. The agreement has been reached to entrust the Russian side, in particular, the Institute of Oriental Studies, with the ...

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Saradha scam: Mukul Roy quizzed by CBI, wants truth revealed

Kolkata, Jan 30 (IANS) Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy, considered West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's right hand man, Friday was grilled by the CBI for over four hours in the multi-crore rupee Saradha ponzi scam. Coming out of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office at CGO complex in Salt Lake in the afternoon, Roy said he wanted the truth to come out an...

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15 civilians killed in eastern Ukraine shelling

Moscow, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) At least 15 civilians were killed in the city of Donetsk by Ukrainian artillery bombardments, five of them killed in a new attack on a trolleybus, pro-Russian separatists charged Friday. Five people died in the trolleybus, said the ministry of defence of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, adding that the vehicle was servicing public transport lin...

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Coal India's 10 percent megasale earns government Rs.22,745 crore

Mumbai/Kolkata, Jan 30 (IANS) The 10 percent stake sale in state-owned coal behemoth Coal India Ltd (CIL) fetched the government Rs.22,745 crore as a total issue of 63.16 crore shares went for the auction Friday. Featuring as the biggest disinvestment exercise as well as the biggest sale ever from any private or public holding, the average bid price was higher by Rs.2.11 at Rs. 360.11 ag...

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