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Astronomers discover oldest known solar-like system

Washington, Jan 27 (IANS) An international team of astronomers combing through data from the US Kepler space telescope said Tuesday they have discovered a solar system with five Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the galaxy. The parent star of the ancient system is Kepler-444, a Sun-like star formed 11.2 billion years ago, when the universe was less than 20 percent its curren...

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Armed group releases 280 children in South Sudan

United Nations, Jan 27 (IANS) A group of 280 children, some formerly recruited by an armed group in South Sudan, were released Tuesday, the Unicef said. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei State, eastern South Sudan. Further phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month, said Unicef, which helped to secure the...

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BJP names two candidates for RS polls in Kashmir

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The BJP Tuesday named two candidates - Shamsher Singh and Chander Mohan Sharma - for the Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, in an indication that informal talks on government formation with the PDP were making headway. The names were approved by Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Shah, a BJP release issued here said. Sources said the BJP ...

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Snowstorm: Travel ban lifted in New York

New York, Jan 27 (IANS) Most travel bans were lifted and transit services gradually resumed Tuesday morning in New York area after a snowstorm whose impact was far less than expected for most of the area. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo held a morning storm briefing in which he announced the reopening of roadways and public transportation in the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long...

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Modi, Obama open hearts in 'Mann Ki Baat', share values

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) It was history being made on radio. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama addressed a joint Mann ki Baat programme on radio, talking about their humble origins, their inspirations, on women empowerment and youth and values shared by two of world's largest democracies. The programme, which was recorded Monday but broadcast Tuesday, amply refle...

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Iraq to probe massacre of 70 civilians

Baghdad, Jan 27 (IANS) The governor of Iraqi province of Diyala announced Tuesday that a high-level security committee will be formed to investigate what he called the human horrific massacre involving more than 70 civilians, including women and children, in a village. Unidentified gunmen killed more than 70 unarmed civilians of Barwanah village in Diyala after they fled clashes with Isl...

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Delhi Police official booked for raping daughter-in-law

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) An assistant commissioner of police posted in north Delhi was booked for allegedly raping his daughter-in-law here, police said Tuesday. Police said a case was registered at south Delhi's Vasant Kunj Police Station Monday, after the woman alleged that her father-in-law raped her in May last year. The accused official, who was not named in order to protect the vic...

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Fairfax plans modernization of Secunderabad Railway Station

Hyderabad, Jan 27 (IANS) Canada-listed Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, which plans to invest around $1 billion in India, has prepared a plan for modernization of Secunderabad Railway Station here. A delegation of Fairfax officials led by chairman and CEO Prem Watsa met Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to discuss its plans for making Secunderabad Railway Station a world-class...

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23 killed in Ukraine fighting

Kiev, Jan 27 (IANS) Ukrainian troops and independence-seeking forces were locked in fierce fighting in eastern regions, killing at least 23 people, authorities said Tuesday. The separarists had fired 120 times on the Ukrainian soldiers over the past 24 hours, with upsurge in fighting concentrating around the government-controlled Debaltsevo town, Xinhua quoted Ukraine's army spokesperson...

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Congress rattled by Obama's successful visit: BJP

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The BJP Tuesday said the Congress was cut off from the reality of changes and rattled by the successful visit of US President Barack Obama, following criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was busy doing his own PR (public relations) and not anything concrete. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said it shows to what extent the Congress is...

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Will bring Jan Lokpal, says Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said his party was still committed to bring anti-graft Jan Lokpal legislation in the capital. Addressing people at party's Delhi Dialogue campaign in east Delhi, the former chief minister said: Media kept saying that we forgot Jan Lokpal bill, but we were waiting for the end (of campaigning). It (the bill) is the only...

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Lalu supports Obama's advice of tolerance

Patna, Jan 27 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad Tuesday praised US President Barack Obama for his advice to have religious tolerance for all. Obama has rightly advised (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for religious tolerance to all. Obama's words were also a caution for Modi not to play politics using religion, the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief told the media here. The US president Tuesday...

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SC to hear on Singur land act case in March

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court will hear, in March, the West Bengal government's plea challenging the Calcutta High Court order holding unconstitutional its legislation to reclaim 400 acres given to the Tata company for returning to the affected farmers. A bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice A.K.Sikri in a brief order said: List the matter for hearing on a non-misce...

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Three terror suspects arrested in Belgium

Brussels, Jan 27 (IANS) Police in the north-western Belgian town of Kortrijk confirmed Tuesday that three men have been arrested for suspected terrorism. The three were arrested in the nearby town of Harelbeke Monday night following a car chase by police. Police in Kortrijk confirmed Tuesday that the men have been kept in custody on suspicion of being in connection with the terro...

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Obama's India visit: From 'natural partner' to 'best partner'

New Delhi/Washington, Jan 27 (IANS) India and the US saw the forging of a closer partnership, helped in great measure by the personal and visible bonding between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, as the two sides elevated their ties with a new 'Declaration of Friendship' and also managed to pull off a breakthrough agreement on their stalled civil nuclear deal. As O...

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Poor offering their all inspired me, says Modi

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Narrating how he was offered milk and a roti made of bajra (millet) by a poor family in his days as an ascetic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said their gesture inspired him to devote his life to people like them. Addressing the nation in his Maan Ki Baat radio programme along with US President Barack Obama, Modi said he was touched by how the family tried...

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BJP names two candidates for Rajya Sabha polls in Kashmir

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The BJP Tuesday named two candidates - Shamsher Singh and Chander Mohan Sharma - for the Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The names were approved Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Shah, a BJP release issued here said. ...

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Rahul Gandhi hits Delhi campaign trail, attacks Modi

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday sought to strengthen the party's campaign for the Delhi assembly polls through a road show where he accused Prime Minster Narendra Modi of promoting his PR (public relations). Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government of doing nothing for the poor people, Gandhi said it was only the Congress part...

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Sexual harassment complaint against IIEST professor

Kolkata, Jan 27 (IANS) A girl student has filed a complaint of sexual harassment against a professor of the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) in Shibpur in West Bengal. A student has filed a complaint against a teacher through the anti-ragging helpline. The nature of complaint is that of sexual harassment, IIEST registrar Biman Bandopadhyay said Tuesday. <...

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IS threatens to kill Japanese scribe, Jordanian pilot in 24 hours

Amman/Tokyo, Jan 27 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has threatened to kill a Japanese correspondent and Jordanian pilot within 24 hours if a female suicide bomber imprisoned in Jordan is not released. In a video posted online Tuesday afternoon, Japanese war correspondent Kenji Goto appeared with a message to the Japanese government, Xinhua news agency reported. Goto...

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