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Serena wins Australian Open, notches 19th Grand Slam title

Melbourne, Jan 31 (IANS) Neither illness, nor second-ranked Maria Sharapova could stop the unyielding titan of women's tennis, Serena Williams, from getting her hands on her 19th Grand Slam crown after a straight sets win in the Australian Open final here Saturday. A weary Williams fought off a chest infection and a fast-finishing Sharapova but maintained the upper hand to take her sixth...

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BJP poses third set of questions for AAP

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The BJP Saturday posed its third set of five questions for AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief to answer why power tariff was raised by 7 percent in his 49-day rule last year and why the subsidy was given to the power companies directly. Noting that 189 value added tax (VAT) rai...

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Four more die of swine flu in Telangana, Andhra

Hyderabad, Jan 31 (IANS) Four more people died of swine flu in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Saturday, officials said. While three people died at the government-run Gandhi Hospital here, one woman succumbed at Ongole in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. With this, the toll in Telangana rose to 27 and in neighboring state to three this month. Three people including two w...

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Australia edges out South Korea in Asian Cup final

Sydney, Jan 31 (IANS) It was a game where both sides deserved to win but it was Australia which triumphed 2-1 in extra time to win the country's most prestigious football trophy since entering international matches in 1922. And the coaches -- South Korea's Uli Stielike and Australia's Ange Postecoglou -- aired expected disappointment and joy when the Asian Cup final finally ended here Sa...

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Bengal to compensate kin of workers killed in Tamil Nadu

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) The West Bengal government Saturday announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the families of the nine labourers from the state who were killed when an effluent treatment tank burst in Tamil Nadu's Ranipet town. Of the 10 people who died, nine hailed from the state's West Midnapore district. The government has announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh each for t...

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Devolve functions, funds for smart cities initiative, states told

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo Saturday urged the state governments to devolve necessary functions, funds and functionaries to the urban local bodies to enable them to take up the challenges under Smart Cities initiative. Supriyo was speaking at the conclusion of the two-day Consultation Workshop of States and Stakeholders on Smart Ci...

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Pawar, Dalmiya urged to take over BCCI mantle

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma Saturday called upon veteran administrators Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sharad Pawar to cleanse the Indian cricket board that has been vitiated by sidelined president N. Srinivasan. Verma also rejected reports that Srinivasan, barred by the Supreme Court from contesting the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BC...

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Sachin steals the show at National Games

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 31 (IANS) The biggest cheers as always were reserved for cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar who was one of the chief guests at the opening ceremony of the 35th National Games that got underway here Saturday night. Tendulkar was roped in by the Kerala government as the goodwill ambassador for the Games and even while Malayalam superstar Mohanlal came under flak from cer...

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India's first double hand transplant successful

Kochi, Jan 31 (IANS) Doctors at a private hospital here in Kerala have registered a rare feat of conducting India's first successful double hand transplant. The transplant was conducted at Amrita Institute of Medical Science here Jan 12 and 13 on a 30-year-old train accident victim, who received both hands of a 24-year-old road accident victim. Subramania Iyer, professor and head...

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Two-week-long 35th National Games begin in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 31 (IANS) Finally the 35th National Games got underway here Saturday evening at the brand new state-of-the-art Greenfield Stadium with more than 40,000 spectators cheering every moment. When the clock struck 6 p.m., the chenda melam (percussion) event led by Padma Shri Mattanur Sankarankutty started the programme when more than 100 chenda melam artistes made merry...

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Indian Panorama film fest inaugurated

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, along with actor Vinay Pathak inaugurated the Indian Panorama Film Festival (IPFF) here Saturday. Also present for the inauguration at the Siri Fort Auditorium here was director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan and Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka. It makes me proud t...

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Uber rape case: Prosecution completes recording of evidence

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) In just 17 days, the prosecution in the Uber rape case Saturday completed recording of evidence in a court here. The prosecution, which had in its chargesheet cited 44 witnesses, examined 28 of them, including the woman victim who identified the accused cab driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, as the one who raped her. Dropping 16 witnesses saying they were not rele...

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Warriors ready to take on Lancers in HIL

Bhubaneswar, Jan 31 (IANS) Following a thumping 3-1 victory against defending champions Delhi Waveriders in the national capital Friday, Jaypee Punjab Warriors are ready to face Kalinga Lancers at their home turf here Sunday, aspiring to maintain their winning run in the Hockey India League (HIL). Riding on three wins against Lancers, Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Waveriders, the Mohali-base...

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Tribal leader killed by suicide bomber in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 31 (IANS) A suicide bomber killed a prominent Sunni tribal leader and four of his guards in an attack in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a security source said Saturday. The incident occurred late Friday night when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden tanker truck into the house of Sheikh Lorens al-Hathaal in Nekheib area, some 400 km south of the provincial capital...

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Pune FC host Mumbai FC in I-League derby

Pune, Jan 31 (IANS) Pune FC will be keen to maintain their impressive form when they take on arch-rivals Mumbai FC in an I-League Round 4 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi here Sunday. Coming into the game after a dominant 5-2 win over Shillong Lajong FC, Pune FC will be confident going into the season's first Maharashtra derby. Despite Mumbai FC's poor st...

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Former union minister Matang Sinh arrested in Saradha scam

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) The CBI Saturday arrested former union minister Matang Sinh for his alleged complicity in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam. Sinh, who was minister of state for parliamentary affairs in the P.V. Narasimha Rao-led Congress government (1991-96), was arrested after being grilled for more than seven hours. Matang Sinh has been arrested in the Saradha...

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Replacing Salman on 'Bigg Boss' signalled women's empowerment: Farah Khan

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The fact that she has stepped into the shoes of one of Bollywood's Khans to host Bigg Boss Halla Bol, is a sign of women's empowerment, says filmmaker Farah Khan. The Dabangg star Salman Khan handed over the baton of hosting Bigg Boss Halla Bol, an extension of Bigg Boss 8 to Farah. I think a lot of people are undermining the fact that a woman replaced on...

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AAP manifesto promises full statehood for Delhi, more jobs

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The AAP Saturday released its manifesto for the Delhi assembly elections, promising full statehood for Delhi, increased focus on women's safety, making the city a trade and service hub to generate more jobs, and slashing the power tariffs and VAT rates. The manifesto promised to set up 20 new colleges, provide clean drinking water at affordable prices and a free ...

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Modi seeks full majority in Delhi, promises honest government

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday attacked the AAP, dubbing it the party of back-stabbers and betrayers, while asking voters in Delhi to give the BJP full majority in the Feb 7 assembly polls and promising them an honest government in return. Without naming the Aam Aadmi Party, Modi said: People can make a mistake once, but not again and again. One year back,...

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65 husbands jailed for violating court orders

Riyadh, Jan 31 (IANS) Courts in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh have sentenced more than 65 men to prison terms ranging from two days to three months for their refusal to implement court rulings in favour of their former wives, the ministry of justice said. The rulings said that the men either refused to pay alimony or prevented children from visiting their mothers, the Arab News rep...

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