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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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Obama, Michelle star guests at President's At Home

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama accompanied by his wife Michelle were the star guests at President Pranab Mukherjee's traditional At Home reception on the manicured lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan here Monday, an event that was briefer than usual and saw a much-trimmed guest list than before. Amid stricter than usual security, with security personnel firmly keeping invited...

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Church of England consecrates first female bishop

London, Jan 26 (IANS/EFE) The Church of England Monday consecrated its first female bishop, the Reverend Libby Lane, at a historic ceremony in the Cathedral of York, in northern England. Lane, who was appointed to the post December 17, 2014, will become the eighth bishop of Stockport, a city in northern England, in an event witnessed by a thousand guests. In an interview with Rad...

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Suryakumar quits Mumbai captaincy to focus on batting

Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) Mumbai Ranji team skipper Suryakumar Yadav Monday stepped down from the top spot following his team's dismal loss by an innings and 44 runs against Tamil Nadu in an away encounter. Mumbai are placed sixth in Group A with 11 points from six games so far this season. Their only victory came against Uttar Pradesh which required a heroic effort from pacer and number nin...

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US media makes a splash with Obama's India visit

Washington, Jan 26 (IANS) President Barack Obama's historic visit to India received prominent coverage in US media with major newspapers focusing on the breakthrough on the nuclear deal and splashing pictures of the pomp and pageantry. The influential New York Times carried on top of the front page a four-column picture of Obama reviewing the guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan caption...

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With Obama in town, Delhi remains under tight security

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) An impregnable security ring with 20,000 security personnel guarding the national capital has been kept intact even after the Republic Day parade as US President Barack Obama stays overnight in the capital till Tuesday afternoon. The stringent security measures have turned the capital into a fortress for President Obama and his delegation's three-day visit.

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Murray ready to face home favourite Kyrgios

Melbourne, Jan 26 (IANS) Britain's Andy Murray Monday said he is ready to take on the challenge that will be thrown at him when he faces Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open quarter-finals. The two are going to battle it out for a semi-final spot Tuesday night. Both have met on tour once with Murray pocketing the encounter in straight sets in Toronto last year, and the Briton also...

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Leopard killed in Bengal after it injures five

Kolkata, Jan 26 (IANS) A young male leopard was Monday killed by angry villagers after it strayed into a village in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district and mauled few of them, a forest official said. The leopard strayed out of Baikunthapur forest division into Bandhunagar village where it attacked and injured five people. While forest officials had tranquilised the animal, a large number o...

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R.K.Laxman, nation's uncrowned conscience keeper

R.K. Laxman, considered by many as one of the world's greatest cartoonists, was an institution unto himself, indisputably the uncrowned conscience keeper of the nation. No politician or minister, however high or mighty, escaped his pointed satire, conveyed through a few deft strokes of his brush, especially if they committed an act of impropriety or indiscretion. Laxman's Common Man, who...

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HIL: Ranchi Rays rally to hold Delhi Waveriders 2-2

Ranchi, Jan 26 (IANS) Ranchi Rays came from two goals behind to hold defending champions Delhi Waveriders 2-2 in a Hero Hockey India League encounter at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium here Monday. Waveriders took the 2-0 lead through Akashdeep Singh (third minute) and Danish Mujtaba (27th) before the hosts got their goals from Australian Nick Budgeon (30th) and Mandeep Singh (36th).

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Obama, Michelle star guests at President's At Home

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama accompanied by his wife Michelle were the star guests at President Pranab Mukherjee's traditional At Home reception on the manicured lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan here Monday, an event that was briefer than usual and saw a much-trimmed guest list than before. Amid stricter than usual security, with Indian security and US Secret Service per...

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