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Borders sealed for R-Day in northern West Bengal

Siliguri, Jan 25 (IANS) Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place across northern West Bengal including sealing the international borders with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh ahead of Republic Day. To prevent any untoward incident including militant attacks, security personnel are keeping vigil, while quick response teams have been put on standby. At least 100 vehicles ...

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Obama visit: India, US achieve breakthrough in civil nuclear deal

New Delhi Jan 25 (IANS) India and the US Sunday announced the much-anticipated breakthrough agreement on commercial implementation of their landmark civil nuclear deal, six years after it was signed, and also entered a new strategic phase of co-production of some defence projects as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting US President Barack Obama held talks marked by much warmth and cam...

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India faces no pressure to curb carbon emission: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the US-China climate deal imposed no pressure on India to roll back its carbon emission, but described climate change as a bigger pressure that warranted action from all. It's my feeling that the agreement, that has just been concluded between the United States and China does not impose any pressure on us, Modi said in res...

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US agency to help develop smart cities in India

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Sunday signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh to support the development of smart cities in these states, it was announced here. The MoUs with specific reference to development of Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam as smart cities were signed ...

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Airlifting of people stranded in Ladakh begins

Jammu, Jan 25 (IANS) Airlifting of people stranded in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region, due to the landslide blockade of a river, began Sunday, the state government said. Following the directions of Governor N.N. Vohra, the divisional commissioner, Kashmir has made arrangements for airlifting of people from Zanskar who have been stranded due to the stoppage of movement of people on the ...

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Padma Bhushan for wrestling coach Satpal; Padma Shri for Sardar, Sindhu

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Iconic wrestler-turned-coach Satpal was Sunday named for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, while national hockey team captain Sardar Singh was among the five sportspersons chosen for this year's Padma Shri awards. Women's badminton star P.V. Sindhu, former women's hockey captain Saba Anjum, Arunima Sinha -- the first woman amputee mountaineer to climb Mount Ev...

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Actresses should make informed choices on item numbers: Shabana

Kolkata, Jan 25 (IANS) Veteran actress-social activist Shabana Azmi Sunday said actresses should make informed choices on accepting item numbers as such sequences lead to sexualisation of children. I am saying let it be an informed decision. I am not going to dictate this is what you should do. But be aware that when you do a song like that it is leading to the sexualisation of children ...

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Minor fire at Russian embassy in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) A minor fire broke out at the Russian embassy here Sunday morning, an official said. The fire broke out around 10 a.m. at the ground floor of the Mini Health Club at the Russian embassy in Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave. Six fire tenders were rushed to the spot and they took an hour to douse the fire, said an official of the Delhi Fire Service. P...

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Two Beasts in Obama's 60-vehicle carcade in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Visiting US President Barack Obama's 60-vehicle motorcade which drove down the roads of the Indian capital Sunday included his two Beasts, the armoured presidential limousines, on the first day of his three-day visit. The huge motorcade was also escorted by Delhi Police gypsies. The route was out of bounds for the general public during the US president's movement...

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Carnatic singer Sudha Raghunathan gets Padma Bhushan

Chennai, Jan 25 (IANS) Popular Carnatic composer and vocalist Sudha Raghunathan was Sunday named for the Padma Bhushan on the eve of the 66th Republic Day. Raghunathan will get the award for her contribution to art and music over the last three decades. Born in a Tamil Brahmin family in Bangalore in 1977, she was initially trained in Carnatic music by her mother, a music teacher,...

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Breakthrough on n-deal; companies need own risk assessment

Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) A different understanding of India-US relationship by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a breakthrough on the nuclear deal, but companies need to assess their own risks, US officials said Sunday. The understandings on the nuclear and other issues were a sign that the US and India are moving past snags and toward a relationship in whi...

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Advani, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh conferred Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) BJP leader L.K. Advani, spiritual leader and philanthropist Aga Khan, actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are among the nine awarded India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, Sunday. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, journalists Swapan Dasgupta and Rajat Shar...

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Padma Bhushan for wrestling coach Satpal; Padma Shri for Sardar

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Iconic wrestler-turned-coach Satpal was Sunday named for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, while national hockey team captain Sardar Singh was among the five sportspersons chosen for this year's Padma Shri awards. Women's badminton player P.V. Sindhu, former women's hockey player Saba Anjum, Arunima Sinha -- the first woman amputee mountaineer to climb Mount E...

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'US companies need to make own risk assessment on n-deal'

Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) US officials Sunday called the understanding on the stalled India-US nuclear deal a breakthrough, but said it was up to the companies to do their own risk assessment before entering into commercial contracts. The two sides have come to an understanding of the liability issue, and that it will operate through a memorandum of law within the Indian system, US Ambas...

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30 policemen killed in Philippines

Manila, Jan 25 (IANS) At least 30 Philippine policemen were killed in a gun battle with alleged members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the province of Maguindanao Sunday. Police said the clashes occurred in the early hours of the day in Mamasapano town. Restituto Padilla, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said ar...

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Pakistani militants may attack Odisha on R-Day: Officials

Bhubaneswar, Jan 25 (IANS) Odisha has received intelligence inputs that Pakistani militants may attack the state on Republic Day, officials said Sunday. We have sounded a high alert in all districts after receiving intelligence inputs that Pakistani groups are trying to attack the state. We have asked all police superintendents to be on alert, while the coastal security has been strength...

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Morocco to play friendly against Uruguay in March

Rabat, Jan 25 (IANS) The Moroccan football team will play a friendly match with Uruguay March 28, the country's football federation announced Sunday. The match will be played in Agadir, a resort on the Atlantic coast, reports Xinhua. Morocco cancelled a friendly match with Brazil which was scheduled to take place next March in Agadir. The match was cancelled because the Moroccan...

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Obama visit: Officials too face security heat

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Common citizens were not the only ones who faced problems due to the unprecedented security net cast around Hyderabad House and areas near India Gate in the national capital before the India-US summit level talks. Eyewitnesses said Indian Ambassador to the United States S. Jaishanker and Joint Secretary (America) Vinay Kwatra of the External Affairs Ministry had ...

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Cloudy Saturday, Republic Day may have foggy morning

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Delhi witnessed a cloudy Sunday with the maximum temperature remaining three notches below the season's average at 18.3 degrees Celsius. On Monday, the 66th Republic Day is likely to have dense fog in the morning. The minimum temperature was recorded one notch above the season's average at 8.5 degrees Celsius Sunday. Monday morning is likely to see dense ...

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Vote enthusiastically in Delhi polls: Najeeb Jung

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Hoisting the Tricolour on the eve of the 66th Republic Day, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Sunday appealed to the people of Delhi to participate enthusiastically in the Feb 7 Delhi assembly polls. We are at the cusp of welcoming a new elected government and I sincerely appeal to all the voters of Delhi to participate wholly and enthusiastically in the electoral ...

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