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Prove abducted pilot still alive: Jordan tells IS

Amman, Jan 29 (IANS) Jordan said Wednesday that it wants the Islamic State (IS) to prove that the Jordanian pilot abducted by the militant group last month was still alive. Jordan has asked the Islamic State (IS) to provide a proof of life for the Jordanian pilot it captured last year (December 2014), but we have not received a reply, Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said in a stat...

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Selena Gomez smokes for new movie

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Actress Selena Gomez was clicked smoking on the set of her upcoming film The Fundamentals of Caregiving in Atlanta. Gomez did a few screen tests last week, but Tuesday was her first day of shooting and it took place at a gas station in Atlanta. A source told eonline.com that Gomez stayed indoors to keep warm until it was time to do her scenes. ...

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Lebanon flays Israeli military escalation at border

Beirut, Jan 29 (IANS) Lebanon Wednesday condemned Israeli military escalation at the border, while stressing that it was committed to the resolution of the UN Security Council (UNSC), according to a Xinhua report. In a statement, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said: The Israeli escalation on the border...after the Shebaa operation might pave the way for dangerous possibilities that...

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Jaishankar is new foreign secretary, Sujatha Singh's tenure curtailed

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government Wednesday appointed India's envoy in the US, S. Jaishankar, as the new foreign secretary, replacing incumbent Sujatha Singh six months before her term was to end. The sudden appointment has echoes of the sudden replacement of India's then foreign secretary A.P. Venkateswaran by then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in January 1987. The ap...

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S. Jaishankar is new foreign secretary

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) S. Jaishankar, the Indian envoy to the US, has been appointed the new foreign secretary of India. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, in a decision taken Wednesday, decided to curtail the tenure of incumbent Sujatha Singh with immediate effect. The committee, in a note put up on the website of the Department of Personnel and Training, said Jaishank...

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Australian scientists develop potential cure for peanut allergies

Canberra, Jan 28 (IANS) Australian scientists believe they have developed a possible cure for people with severe peanut allergies. Researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne have invented a particular strain of probiotics, testing the friendly bacteria on 60 children who are allergic to peanuts. The study revealed that 80 percent of the children teste...

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I-League: Mohun Bagan hold Salgaocar, East Bengal edge past Bengaluru

Margao/Kolkata, Jan 28 (IANS) Salgaocar FC were held to a goal-less draw against Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan in a third round I-League encounter here at the Fatorda stadium Wednesday. In another third round I-League encounter in Kolkata, East Bengal edged past a wasteful Bengaluru FC side 1-0 with Abhinash Ruidas scoring the winner in the 53rd minute at the Salt Lake stadium. At t...

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Who will head BHAVINI: Suspense continues

Chennai, Jan 28 (IANS) Suspense continues as to who will be named chairman and managing director (CMD) of India's fast breeder reactor power company Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI), officials said Wednesday. The suspense still continues as to the person who would be chosen as the CMD of BHAVINI. However the suspense is expected to end in a day or two, atomic power sector o...

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Forced conversion in Bengal, claims Trinamool; VHP denies

Kolkata, Jan 28 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress Wednesday claimed that over 100 Christians were converted by the VHP in Rampurhat in Birbhum district. The Hindu organisation denied the charge, even as its president Pravin Togadia said Hindus were not safe in the state due to the presence of Bangladeshi infiltrators. State minister and Trinamool legislator Ashish Banerjee c...

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Uttar Pradeh governor calls for promotion of talent

Agra, Jan 28 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik Wednesday said there was no dearth of talent in the country, it just needed to be promoted and perfected in the interest of the nation. Naik was addressing the 80th convocation of Agra University (now called Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University), during which 495 Ph.D., five D. Lit., and 81 M.Phil. degrees were given away. Stating that ...

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Syrian peace process to be prolonged: Russian minister

Moscow, Jan 28 (IANS/TASS) The peace process in Syria will be protracted and knotty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday at a meeting with participants in the inter-Syrian consultations in Moscow. Russia's efforts to assist the Syrian peace settlement are absolutely transparent, he said. We're all open to collaboration on the basis of principles of the UN Chart...

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Syrian government agrees to look at some opposition proposals

Moscow, Jan 28 (IANS/TASS) The Syrian government delegation, which is in Moscow for peace consultations, said Wednesday it is ready to look at a number of the opposition's proposals but thinks some of them are subject for more detailed discussion that might be held in Damascus. Representatives of the government delegation said they are ready to consider a concrete list of political priso...

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Mexican police chief killed in ambush

Mexico City, Jan 28 (IANS/EFE) A municipal police chief in the Mexican state of Veracruz was killed and four of his officers severely wounded in an ambush, authorities said. The attack took place early Tuesday on a highway in the southern part of the Gulf coast state. Armando Sanchez Garibay, the police commander in the town of Lerdo de Tejada, and four of his subordinates were t...

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UN deeply concerned over south Lebanon situation

Beirut, Jan 28 (IANS) The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag expressed Wednesday deep concern over the serious deterioration of the security situation in South Lebanon following the attack on the Israeli Defence Forces in the area of the Shebaa Farms. Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia militant party, claimed Wednesday responsibility for an attack that targeted an Israeli army pat...

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Emami Q3 net profits up by 21.9 percent

Kolkata, Jan 28 (IANS) Indian FMCG company Emami Wednesday said its unaudited consolidated net profit for the quarter ended Dec 31 rose by 21.9 percent at Rs.183.7 crore. For the same period last fiscal, the company had posted a net profit of Rs.150.68 crore. Net sales were up by 18.4 percent to Rs.692.26 crore during the quarter from Rs.584.67 crore in the corresponding period a...

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India seeks German support for Ganga rejuvenation

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati Wednesday called for Indo-German cooperation in rejuvenation of the Ganga river. Work has to be done with regard to access and analysis of the feasibility and prospects for and Indo-German cooperation for Ganga rejuvenation, Bharati said at a meeting with a German delegation here. Germany's Environment and Natu...

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Rs.30 lakh for family of armyman killed in Kashmir

Lucknow, Jan 28 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday announced a financial assistance of Rs.30 lakh for the family of Col. Munindra Nath Rai who was killed in a gun battle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir. Col. Rai was killed in a gunfight with Hizbul Mujahideen guerrillas in Handoora forest area near Tral town of Pulwama district. He belonged to Ghazipur distr...

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Centre plans to create special agency for Ganga cleaning

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) To check pollution in the Ganga river, the central government plans to create a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for setting up and maintaining sewage treatment plants (STPs) in 118 cities and towns located by the river. The urban development ministry has proposed to set up an SPV which will ensure that the demand-supply gap with respect to sewage treatment in urban...

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Kiran Bedi has two voter ID cards

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi assembly polls Kiran Bedi has two voter identity cards from separate addresses here, according to the Election Commission records. A scrutiny of the electoral rolls on the website of Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer showed that Bedi has voter ID cards from two addresses -- 2 Kothi, near Talkatora Stadium, Talkatora Lane, ...

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68 percent voting in Chhattisgarh panchayat polls

Raipur, Jan 28 (IANS) The first hase of the Chhattisgarh panchayat elections recorded 68 percent voting Wednesday. In the first of the three-phase elections, balloting was held for 54 Janpad panchayats of the state's 25 districts for the posts of sarpanch (village council head), panch (village council member), Janpad members, and Zila Panchayat members. According to the Chhatt...

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