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Delhi sees coldest Jan 29 in six years

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) It was sunny but the coldest Jan 29 in the past six years with the minimum temperature dropping four notches below the season's average at 4.8 degrees Celsius. The Met department forecast dense fog Friday morning. Thursday's maximum temperature was recorded three notches below the season's average at 18.7 degrees Celsius. The visibility at 8.30 a.m. was 7...

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Starc needs to be consistent at WC: Craig McDermott

Sydney, Jan 29 (IANS) Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott said Thursday their left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc needs to be consistent at the World Cup to give the host nation the best chance to clinch the title for a record fifth time. Starc is swinging the new ball well. It's certainly going to swing for him in Perth. He's a real weapon if he gets it right and the ball is swinging ea...

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Ranji: Rahul, Gopal lift Karnataka, Odisha dismiss Punjab for 167

Bengaluru/Mohali, Jan 29 (IANS) Lokesh Rahul's unbeaten 150 and his unbroken fifth wicket 178-run partnership with Shreyas Gopal (88 not out) Thursday lifted Karnataka to 326 for four on the first day of their Ranji Trophy league match against Uttar Pradesh, while Odisha bowled Punjab out for 167 in the first innings. After being put into bat first, defending champions Karnataka were str...

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Beating Retreat attempts Indian-Western blend, but doesn't always work

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) On a sunny evening, under a clear blue sky, with a bracing breeze fluttering the tricolour, 1,000 bandsmen of the Indian armed forces brought music alive on Thursday at the Beating Retreat ceremony which brings the curtain down on the four-day Republic Day celebrations. Over time, there have been innumerable changes in the selection of music for the occasion but ...

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Murray beats Berdych to enter Australian Open final

Melbourne, Jan 29 (IANS) Scot Andy Murray Thursday advanced to his fourth Australian Open final with a 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 semi-final win over Czech Tomas Berdych at the Melbourne Park. Murray, 27, broke Berdych's serve in the 11th game of the fourth set and clinched the match with an ace to advance to Sunday's final against either Novak Djokovic or defending champion Stanislas Wawrink...

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Israeli Arab charged with joining jihad groups

Jerusalem, Jan 29 (IANS) Israel security agency Shin Bet Thursday announced that earlier this month it arrested an Israeli Arab on suspicion of joining Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria. Amin Ahmed Salah Snobar, 24, from the village of Yasif (in northern Israel), was arrested Jan 2, after returning from Syria, where he had stayed since July 2014, Xinhua news agency quoted the Shin Bet ...

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Coal India shares set at Rs.358 each for OFS

Kolkata, Jan 29 (IANS) The Indian government, which is planning to sell a maximum of 10 percent stake in state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL), has set the floor price of each share at Rs.358 for the offer-for-sale (OFS) stated to begin Friday. The initial number of shares available for trading will be 315,818,220 which will fetch the government about Rs.11,300 crore and an additional number ...

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White House highlights Obama trip with pics and fun video

Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) The White House posted the highlights of President Barack Obama's visit to India with several pictures and a light hearted video report anchored by Indian-American Hollywood star Kal Penn. First Lady Michelle Obama @FLOTUS tweeted followers Thursday to Check out the photos of the President and First Lady at the Republic Day parade in India at go.wh.gov/ij5fVCa¿...

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Kuwait arrests activists for anti-Saudi remarks

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS) Police in Kuwait have arrested several online activists for posting remarks considered offensive to Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on social networking sites, a media report said. The National Committee for Monitoring Violations (NCV) said Thursday that the Kuwaiti secret police Wednesday arrested online activist Mohammad al-Ajmi outside his ...

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Hamas gives 17,000 Gaza youth paramilitary training

Gaza, Jan 29 (IANS) Around 17,000 youth from Gaza finished a one-week training course in paramilitary activities Thursday, which was organised and supervised by the Islamic Hamas movement's armed wing. The youths, aged between 16 and 21 years, were trained on how to get involved in gun battles and how to defend themselves by members of Hamas's armed wing al-Qassam Brigades, Xinhua news a...

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More Bodo terrorists nabbed in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 29 (IANS) Two terrorists and three ground workers of a Bodo militant group, responsible for killing over 75 people in Assam last year, were arrested from the state Thursday. The terrorists belonging to National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) were held during operations by the army and police from Chirang and Kokrajhar districts, a statement said. Arms and ...

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17 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Kabul, Jan 29 (IANS) At least 17 people were killed and 39 injured in a suicide attack at a funeral ceremony in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman Thursday. Our latest figures show 17 people were killed and 39 others wounded in Thursday afternoon's suicide bombing which took place in provincial capital Mehtarlam city, during a funeral ceremony, Xinhua news agency quoted the provin...

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Rajasthan to announce new mineral policy soon: CM

Jaipur, Jan 29 (IANS) The Rajasthan government will soon announce a forward looking mining policy that will promote mineral industry in the state as well as attract investment in the sector, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said Thursday. The new mining policy will address not only the concerns of the industry but at the same time will proactively promote the dimensional stones. It would a...

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Airlines bestow discount fair to attract flyers

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) A day after budget passenger carrier SpiceJet announced its discount scheme, full service airline Jet Airways launched its special fare offer starting at Rs.4,459. The airline's offer is valid for return journey in economy class on flights operated by Jet Airways. The offer is for bookings till March 31, for travel period on or before March 31, 2015. On W...

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Airtel to apply for Payments Bank licence

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Bharti Airtel Limited's wholly-owned subsidiary Airtel M Commerce Services Limited (AMSL) is seeking to convert its existing Prepaid Payment Instrument licence into a Payments Bank licence to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India, a company statement said Thursday. AMSL, which offers mobile money services under the brand name Airtel Money, was launched in 2011.<...

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Dr Reddy's profits decline by 7.09 percent

Hyderabad, Jan 29 (IANS) Pharmaceuticals major Dr. Reddy's consolidated net profits declined by 7.09 percent due to muted growth in the US, increased in expenses and impairment charges. Its net profit was Rs.574.53 crore for the quarter ended Dec 31, against Rs.618.42 crore during the same time period last fiscal. Consolidated net sales were up by 8.75 percent at Rs.3,843.10 crore during...

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BJP nervous, scared: AAP

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The BJP's decision to ask old and boring questions to former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal till Feb 5 clearly shows that panic has set in the party, an AAP leader said here Thursday. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav said he was amazed that the BJP has same old and boring set of questions and was making a mountain out of a mole hill. Delh...

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'Seventh Son' - Lethargically crafted script makes it generic fare

Film: Seventh Son; Cast: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue; Director: Sergei Bodrov; Rating: **1/2 The Seventh son of the seventh son sounds mystically powerful and alluring. But alas! This remains just a distant fantasy in Director Sergei Bodrov's Seventh Son. With too many tropes criss-crossing, the film is a...

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Youth Congress, BJYM activists clash in Shimla; 12 injured

Shimla, Jan 29 (IANS) At least 12 activists of both the Youth Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha were injured during a protest here against the central government's land acquisition ordinance, the police said. The Youth Congress activists, led by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's son Vikramaditya Singh, held the protest. During the demonstration, the activists smashed the windo...

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Man held for raping minor step-daughter

Gurgaon, Jan 29 (IANS) A 42-year-old man has been arrested for raping his 13-year-old step-daughter for over three years, a police official here said Thursday. The accused has been identified as Aftab Alam. Alam hails from Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur and was living here at a rented house in Kadipur. The victim, who left her studies in class seven, narrated about her pain to on...

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