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EU steps up assistance to tackle Syria crisis

Brussels, Jan 30 (IANS) The European Union (EU) increased its humanitarian assistance to deal with the Syria crisis by 136 million euros (about $154 million), the European Commission announced here Thursday. According to a Xinhua report, half of the funding was to go towards meeting the needs of people within Syria, and the other half to the Syrian refugees and host communities in neighb...

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Taylor Lautner dating a model

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Actor Taylor Lautner, who was previously linked to actress Marie Avgeropoulos, is dating 20-year-old model Raina Lawson. It's new, eonline.com quoted a source as saying. Earlier this month, the actor and longtime girlfriend Avgeropoulos had split up. The Twilight star was also romantically linked to actress Lily Collins and singer Taylor Swift....

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IS destroys 10 Saddam-era palaces in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) Islamic State (IS) militants blew up 10 palaces from the Saddam Hussein era (1979-2003) in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, the birthplace of Hussein, the late president of the country. According to police sources, among the palaces destroyed was Al Faruq, the largest presidential palace, which was built in Tikrit, the capital of the Saladin province, 170 km north of ...

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Minor raped by step-father in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) A 10-year-old girl was raped by her step-father at her home here, police said Thursday. The accused has been arrested. Police said the complaint was lodged at Timarpur police station in north Delhi, after the victim informed her school teacher Thursday morning. The girl told police that her step father, who is a labourer, raped her in the absence of her m...

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Sujatha Singh's farewell note stresses on MEA's 'institutional strength'

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Sujatha Singh, whose service as foreign secretary was curtailed seven months before her two-year term was to end, in her farewell letter to colleagues stressed on the institutional strength of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) and that no individual is larger than the institution. In a letter dated Jan 28 (Wednesday), she said she is seeking early retirement...

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Don't act mechanically with child trafficking, SC tells government

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday pulled up the central government for acting mechanically in forwarding to it the information furnished by the state governments on the steps taken by them for eradicating child trafficking without examining it. It can't be a mechanical thing. You are not a post office, said a bench of Justice Anil R. Dave, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Jus...

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Seven killed in Mexico gas explosion

Mexico City, Jan 29 (IANS) At least seven people, including four children, were killed when a gas explosion ripped through a government hospital here Thursday, a media report said. More than 50 people were injured, among them 22 children, CNN quoted Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera as saying. Besides, an unknown number of people were trapped inside the building, according to the ma...

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NGT refuses to revoke ban on Meghalaya rat-hole mining

Shillong, Jan 29 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Thursday did not revoke its interim ban on rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya, but extended the validity of royalty payment and transportation of extracted coal kept in the open. The tribunal's special circuit bench, eastern zone, comprising of Justice U.D. Salvi and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee also directed the Meghalaya gover...

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Jaishankar takes over as foreign secretary, Sushma says was in loop

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) S. Jaishankar, India's envoy to the US who was seen as having played a catalytic role in the turnaround in bilateral ties, Thursday assumed charge as foreign secretary, a day after the government in a late-night announcement curtailed the two-year tenure of incumbent Sujatha Singh seven months before her term was to end. Jaishankar, who took charge in the morning...

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Two Uttar Pradesh legislators unseated

Lucknow, Jan 29 (IANS) Two legislators in Uttar Pradesh were disqualified as members of the state assembly Thursday by Governor Ram Naik for their illegal acts, including taking government contracts while in office, an official said. Legislators are Bajrang Bahadur of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Uma Shankar Singh of the Bahujan Samaj Party. The Lokayukta had recommended termin...

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Pakistan shelling in Jammu district, three civilians injured

Jammu, Jan 29 (IANS) Three people were injured Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district following heavy shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the international border, police said. The Border Security Force retaliated to the firing. Pakistan Rangers used mortars to target civilian habitations in R.S. Pura and Arnia areas of Jammu district Thursday evening. Three people indentified as Bho...

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Vasanthakumar new chief justice of Kashmir

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Justice Narayanan Nadar Paul Vasanthakumar of the Madras High Court has been appointed the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, it was announced Thursday. President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Justice Narayanan Nadar Paul Vasanthakumar as the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, an official statement said here. The appointme...

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NGT seeks more information about tanneries on Ganga banks before ruling

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal Thursday sought more clarification on key issues before deciding the fate of about 700 Kanpur-based tanneries on the banks of river Ganga, termed as highest sources of pollution in one of its earlier observations. The bench, chaired by Justice (retd.) Swatanter Kumar, Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam Board, UP Pollution C...

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Pune FC beat Shillong Lajong 5-2 in I-League

Pune, Jan 29 (IANS) Striker Thongkhosiem Haokip scored the first hat-trick of the 2014-15 I-League as Pune FC trampled Shillong Lajong 5-2 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here Thursday. Japansese midfielder Ryuji Sueoka and Montenegrin striker Darko Nikac scored the other two goals for the home side while Durga Boro and Trinidadian forward Cornell Glen reduced the deficit fo...

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Rahul attacks Modi over costly suits

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to bring back black money stashed aboard and wearing costly, personalised fabric suits. He (Modi) said he would bring back black money stashed abroad and deposit Rs.15 lakh in the bank accounts of each one of us. But did you get any Rs.15 lakh? He has money to wear s...

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Indian woman dies in Oman accident

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS) An Indian woman died and three people were seriously injured when the car they were travelling in hit an electric pole in Oman's Sur city, a media report said Thursday. Khadeeja died of burn injuries in the accident near Ras Al Hadd Wednesday. The driver of the car, a woman co-passenger and Khadeeja's son were battling for life in hospital, Times of Oman reported.

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Over 50 countries to participate in BioAsia 2015

Hyderabad, Jan 29 (IANS) Over 50 countries will participate in BioAsia 2015, the annual international life sciences conference scheduled here Feb 2-4. Over 100 speakers at 40 sessions will speak during the event whose theme is 'New era of life sciences - opportunities in transition'. BioAsia provides an opportunity to explore business partnerships between the industry and academi...

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Muslim woman editor arrested for reprinting 'Charlie Hebdo' cartoons

Thane (Maharashtra), Jan 29 (IANS) The woman editor of an Urdu daily was arrested for reprinting a controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed which was first published by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo but later released on bail, police said Thursday. Shirin Dalvi, the editor of Avadhnama, was arrested by Mumbra Police Wednesday and produced before a magistrate who granted her bail. <...

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Bollywood myths help Indian stalker escape conviction

Sydney, Jan 29 (IANS) An Indian stalker's excuse that Bollywood films encouraged him to excessively approach women helped him avoid conviction in the Australian island state of Tasmania, a media report said Thursday. A judge in the Tasmania capital Hobart took into account the cultural background of 32-year-old Sandesh Baliga and let him go with a restraining order, Australian Broadcasti...

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17th century cannon found in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 29 (IANS) A cannon dating to the 17th century and believed to have been used by the forces of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb during the attack on Golconda Fort here has been recovered here, police said. The six-feet-long cannon was found by a person during digging work at Nayapul near Musi River in the old city of Hyderabad. Acting on a tip-off, police recovered the antique from...

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