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Stolen car linked to Indian's disappearance in Australia

Canberra, Jan 30 (IANS) A stolen car may have been involved in an Indian delivery van driver's mysterious disappearance in Australia, a police officer said Friday. Shiva Chauhan, 27, went missing after carrying out his regular deliveries May 1 last year with his locked van found next day in Keysborough, a suburb of Melbourne. Our investigations suggest a stolen Toyota Camry may h...

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35 killed in Pakistan Shia mosque blast

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 35 people were killed and over 50 injured as a blast hit a Shia mosque in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh Friday afternoon, officials said. Deputy Commissioner of the province's Shikarpur district, Hadi Bakhsh, said that 35 bodies and over 50 wounded people were at hospitals of three cities in the region, Xinhua news agency reported. Bakhsh...

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Obama to raise spending on defence, education, health

Washington, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama will present his annual budget proposals for the 2016 fiscal year next week, with proposed boosts in expenditure on defence, health and education programmes. In an article published in The Huffington Post Thursday, Obama said his budget would fully reverse the spending cuts known as sequestration that took effect in 2013 to reduce t...

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UP announces special economic package for Bundelkhand

Lucknow, Jan 30 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has sanctioned a special economic package of Rs.691.50 crore for Bundelkhand, an official said Friday. District officials in seven districts - Banda, Chitrakoot, Lalitpur, Banda, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, Jalaun and Jhansi - of the region have been asked to use this fund for special warehouses and rural infrastructure centres, the official ...

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CISF keeps safe forgetful Metro commuter's jewellery

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) A forgetful Metro commuter had good reason to be thankful to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Friday: The force kept safe and later returned a bag containing jewellery worth Rs.2.50 lakh he left at the baggage checking system in the morning. The bag was found at the roller of the X-ray baggage inspection system of west Delhi's Pratap Nagar Metro stati...

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Telecom industry concerned over service tax rate under GST: COAI

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The telecom industry is concerned at the increase in service tax from current 12 percent under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would increase the cost of service, the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) said in its budget recommendations to the finance ministry. The draft laws, rules and procedures should be circulated for comments and the final law ...

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Adani Enterprises demerges port, power and transmission businesses

Chennai, Jan 30 (IANS) The board of diversified corporate Adani Enterprises Ltd. (AEL) Friday decided to demerge its ports, power and transmission businesses and list this to simplify the structure and to unlock shareholder value. The board also decided to merge wholly-owned subsidiary Adani Mining Private Ltd. with the parent-AEL. In a statement, the company said under a composi...

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Fun, grilling session planned for 'Bigg Boss...' finale

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The stage of Bigg Boss Halla Bol will turn into a dance set, courtroom and a salon for the final episode of the reality TV show. As the show inches closer to its finale with the top five contestants -- Karishma Tanna, Gautam Gulati, Pritam Singh, Dimpy and Ali Quli Mirza - a lot of special treats and grilling sessions are planned for the contestants. Fir...

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HC slams Delhi Police on women's safety

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday slammed Delhi Police, asking why they can't hire CCTV cameras for the safety of women in the national capital, and sought a comprehensive report on the issue. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said if the government can install cameras for a visiting head of another country, why this cannot be done for...

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Depp, Heard to marry in Bahamas next weekend

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will reportedly tie the knot on his private island in the Bahamas next week. Depp and his 28-year-old fiancee got engaged in December 2013 after a year of dating and are planning for their nuptials on his island over the weekend of Feb 7 and Feb 8 in front of just 50 guests, reports pagesix.com. The accommodation on th...

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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 faced a four-and-a-half hour grilling by the CBI 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 ...

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Sarah Jane happy to have friends in debut video

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Actress Sarah Jane Dias is foraying into indie music and she is delighted that her star friends Arunoday Singh, Sapna Bhavnani and VJ Bani agreed to feature in the music video of her song Forgot to be me. I have been wanting to make my own music all my life, but I was being patient with the creative process because I think, my personal expression deserved it. 'Fo...

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Natarajan's claim on Vedanta sparks debate in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Jan 30 (IANS) Former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan's claim that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi put pressure on her to reject the green clearance to Vedanta's mining project in Odisha Friday sparked a political debate here. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) lashed out at the Gandhi family for influencing the government's decision, the ...

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Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress, attacks Rahul Gandhi

Chennai/New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan, a onetime party spokesperson who was considered quite close to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Friday quit the party, sending shock waves through its political establishment. She accused the party leadership, particularly party vice president Rahul Gandhi, of letting her down, especially during her term as environment...

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Doing show at National Games for free: Mohanlal

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30 (IANS) Superstar Mohanlal, who has been condemned for charging a hefty fee for his new musical band at the opening ceremony of the 35th National Games of India, Friday said that he is doing it for free. The report that I've charged a Rs.2 crore fee for the show is baseless. I have not taken anything as my fees. Instead I have taken only the cost of bringing in ...

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Loss in Delhi bad for Parivar, not the BJP

In politics, sometimes normalcy looks abnormal. That the Bharatiya Janata Party should be with its back to the wall in the Delhi battle is abnormal for those who have not yet recovered from the awesomeness of Narendra Modi's victory in May 2014. That was a tsunami. Tsunamis subside. Modi has risen phenomenally, riding that and another wave. A third is due, maybe after the Delhi elections...

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Youth Congress, BJYM clash: Himachal governor summons DGP

Shimla, Jan 30 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalyan Singh Friday summoned Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar and sought a report on the clash Thursday between activists of the Youth Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha here. At least 12 activists of both the groups were injured during the Youth Congress' protest here Thursday against the central government's land acquis...

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HC seeks centre's response on usage of social media by ministries

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday sought an affidavit from the central government on a plea by former BJP leader K.N. Govindacharya objecting to the government officially allowing opening of Twitter and Facebook accounts by PMO and other central government ministries in violation of the law. A division bench of justices B.D. Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva granted three-wee...

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'Khatron Ke Khiladi' sequel is better: Rohit Shetty

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Having hosted the fifth season of reality TV show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, filmmaker Rohit Shetty is convinced that its sequel - the sixth season - is packed with more action and that it's better. Shetty is also hosting the sixth season, shot with 14 celebrity contestants in the beautiful environs of Cape Town. At the launch of the new edition here, ...

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Artist's ode to the Mahatma via abstract paintings

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) An intimate yet abstract portrait of Mahatma Gandhi with his wife Kasturba, a frail-looking Gandhi during Satyagraha march and many other pivotal facets of the father of the nation are captured in an artist's work whose exhibition will open here Saturday. Ahmadabad-based artist Haku Shah's exhibition Nitya Gandhi: Living Reliving Gandhi are mounted at Art Konsult...

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