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Alexis Tsipras sworn in as Greek PM

Athens, Jan 26 (IANS/EFE) The leader of the leftist Syriza formation, Alexis Tsipras, took office Monday as Greece's new prime minister after declining to swear the traditional oath before god and vowing to uphold the constitution to President Károlos Papulias. After the ceremony, Tsipras and Papulias signed the decree that will pave the way for Tsipras to become Greece's youngest-ever ...

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Modi, Obama unveil steps to take business, trade ties to new high

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) India-US business links were set for a quantum jump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance of consistent policies, welcoming environment and predictable taxes while US President Barack Obama announced steps to take trade and investment to $4 billion. He however raised issues like intellectual property rights. Over the next two years, our Export Imp...

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India, US to add commercial ties to strategic dialogue

Washington, Jan 26 (IANS) Recognising the importance of their deepening economic and commercial ties, India and the US have decided to expand their annual strategic dialogue into a US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, according to US officials. The expanded dialogue would now be jointly led from the US side by Secretary of State John Kerry and US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker ...

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Obama, Modi bring mutual chemistry, action to business ties

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) India and the US Monday sought to give a new momentum to their business relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama displaying their personal chemistry as they sought to iron out thorny issues, promised to cut red tape and laid thrust on concrete outcomes. Attending two back-to-back business events on second day of the Obama visit, both...

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Rahul Gandhi condoles R.K. Laxman's death

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday condoled the death of legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman, saying his loss will be mourned by the whole nation. Through his (Laxman's) cartoon, he held up a mirror to society - making us laugh at ourselves, while putting the concern of the common man at the forefront, Gandhi said. He described Laxman as an incisive...

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Ansari condoles Laxman's death

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Vice President Mohmad Hamid Ansari Monday condoled the death of famous cartoonist R.K. Laxman saying he touched lives of millions by his incisive humour. Laxman, best known as the creator of 'The Common man', touched the lives of millions of our countrymen by his incisive humour and Asocially relevant messages expressed through his immensely popular cartoons, Ans...

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N-deal 'breakthrough' is about how to resolve issues: US

Washington, Jan 26 (IANS) The breakthrough understandings on the India-US nuclear cooperation are on how to resolve the issues and break a logjam for the last six years rather than a done deal, according to US officials. The understanding is on necessary information sharing and contact between the two governments on critical issues including liability that have been an impediment to movi...

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R-Day sweets render 35 Odisha students ill

Bhubaneswar, Jan 26 (IANS) As many as 35 students of an Odisha school had to be hospitalised as they fell ill after eating contaminated sweets on the occasion of 66th Republic Day celebrations. Students of Bileigarh Primary School in the state's Bargarh district were taken ill after eating sweets that were distributed while celebrating the Republic Day in their school, an administrative ...

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Find fate of Buxa tigers: Valmik Thapar asks Bengal

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) Tiger expert Valmik Thapar Monday urged the West Bengal government to find out the plight of tigers in the Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in northern part of the state, in the light of no photographs emerging to substantiate the claim of presence of three big cats. I think in West Bengal its a big wake up call for your forest department, for your chief minister (Mamata B...

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Russia, India remain strategic partners: Russia

Moscow, Jan 26 (IANS/TASS) In view of the growing strategic partnership between Washington and New Delhi, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Monday that Russia and India remain strategic partners and no external influence can affect them. Our relations with India have an independent value. Indian Deputy Foreign Minister Sujata Singh said Moscow remained a strategic partne...

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Cartoonist R.K. Laxman is dead

Pune, Jan 26 (IANS) Legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman, creator of the iconic The Common Man, died in a private hospital here Monday evening after a brief illness, his son said. He was 94. Laxman, brother of late English novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha. He had been admitted to a private hospital arou...

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Modi, Obama unveil steps for new high to business, trade ties

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) India-US business links were set for a quantum jump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance of consistent policies and welcoming environment leading to US President Barack Obama announcing steps to lead to $4 billion trade with and investment in India. Over the next two years, our Export Import Bank (EXIM) will support $1 billion Made In America goods expor...

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HIL: Punjab Warriors beat UP Wizrads 3-2

Mohali, Jan 26 (IANS) Punjab Warriors registered their second victory in this year's Hero Hockey India League (HIL), beating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 3-2 at the Hockey Stadium here Monday. Warriors got their goals from Varun Kumar (12th minute), S.V. Sunil (27th) and Sandeep Singh (42nd), while Wizards skipper V.R. Raghunath converted two penalty corners in the seventh and 53rd minute. <...

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Mamata government wakes up to ailing gymnast's plight

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) Days after former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa announced financial assistance, the West Bengal government Monday said it will bear the medical expenses of the bed-ridden gymnast Soumita Dey. Suffering from Neurosarcoidosis since 2012 and with the lower half of her body paralysed, the former gymnast and judge in the 2010 Commonwealth Games is undergoing...

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Pakistan greets India on R-Day

Islamabad, Jan 26 (IANS) Pakistan Monday greeted India on the occasion of its 66th Republic Day and sought to forge friendly ties between the two countries. In wishing the people of India progress and prosperity, it is our sincere wish to forge friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries. Pakistan remains committed to developing friendly relations with India on the basis...

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Bihar honours police officer who arrested IM chief

Pat Jan 26 (IANS) The Bihar government Monday awarded Police Medal to Indian Police Service officer Vinay Kumar for his gallantry in arresting Yasin Bhatkal, chief of the banned Indian Mujahideen, in 2013, an official said. Threat perception was very high to arrest Bhatkal. But it was a secret operation with challenge and risk, Vinay Kumar said here after being awarded on the occasion of...

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Business leaders welcome Modi-Obama vision for economy

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) India Inc. Monday welcomed the outline for growth presented by both US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the US-India Business Summit here. Welcoming the shared vision of economic growth between India and the US, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) president Ajay Shriram said the future of both the Indian and US economies is inter-link...

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Modi, Obama announce steps to take business links to new high

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) India-US business links were set for a quantum jump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance of a welcoming environment serving as cue for US President Barack Obama to announce steps that will lead to $4 billion trade with and investment in India. Over the next two years, our Export Import Bank (EXIM) will support $1 billion Made In America goods exports to ...

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Modi condoles R.K. Laxman's death

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday condoled the death of eminent cartoonist R.K. Laxman, saying India will miss you. We are grateful to you for adding the much needed humour in our lives and always bringing smiles on our faces, he said in a statement. My condolences to the family and countless well-wishers of a legend whose demise leaves a major void in ...

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R.K. Laxman: The Uncommon Man passes into history

Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) A story in the media goes that one day a few decades ago, The Times Of India (ToI) cartoonist and creator of The Common Man, R.K. Laxman, retired. The following day, the legend's cartoon was not to be found as readers rubbed their disbelieving eyes over their morning cuppa. Sustained letters and calls to the ToI offices from the loyal and casual readers finally led ...

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