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Over 50 killed in Pakistan Shia mosque attack

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) More than 50 people were killed and around 50 others injured Friday when a suicide bomber ripped through a Shia mosque in Pakistan's Shikarpur district, media reports said. Quoting unknown hospital sources, Dunya TV said that a teenager suicide bomber blew up himself in the mosque where around 400 people were offering Friday prayers. According to the bomb...

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Jayanthi's charges against Rahul baseless: Digvijaya

Bengaluru, Jan 30 (IANS) Allegations by former central minister Jayanthi Natarajan that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had interfered in the functioning of the environment ministry were baseless, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh said Friday. It's absolutely wrong to say that our president Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi ever interfered in the functioning of the UPA government. ...

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Has compensation been paid to Bilaspur sterilisation camp victims, asks SC

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday inquired if families of 14 women who lost their lives Nov 11, 2014, following botched-up sterilisation operations at a Chhattisgarh government-sponsored family planning camp in Bilaspur hospital were paid compensation as directed by its 2005 order. The social justice bench comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit sou...

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Fiscal deficit exceeds budget estimates in 9 months

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Indian government's fiscal deficit has exceeded the budget estimate within the first nine months of the current fiscal, data showed Friday at a time it has recovered ground somewhat by earning over Rs.22,000 crore from disinvestment in Coal India. Latest data by the Controller General of Accounts shows that deficit during April-December period was over Rs.532...

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Elderly parents held for killing son

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) An elderly couple, long tormented by violent acts of their 27-year-old alcoholic son, killed him and dumped his body in a drain after chopping it into small pieces and sought to mislead police about his whereabouts but finally confessed to the crime, police said Friday. Nand Kishore, 68, a mason, and his wife Asha Devi, 60, have been arrested for killing their so...

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Modi election rallies to be held in high security

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Following intelligence inputs of terror threats during Delhi elections, security has been stepped up for the upcoming four rallies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in separate parts of the national capital, an official said. Over 5,000 personnel will be deployed in and around the grounds where Modi will address partt rallies. This include the officials of Spec...

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Building smart cities is challenging but doable: Minister

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday asked the states to be ready to make their cities and towns smart under the central government's initiative of building 100 smart cities. Addressing a meet 'Consultation workshop with states and stakeholders' organised by his ministry to take states on board before launching the smart cities initiative, Naidu so...

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SC upholds Kerala CPI-M leader's conviction for contempt

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday upheld the conviction of Kerala CPI-M leader M.V. Jayarajan for using unparliamentary words against state high court judges but reduced the sentence from six months to four weeks simple imprisonment. A bench of Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice C. Nagappan while upholding the conviction of Jayarajan said: He has shown ...

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No leadership crisis in Congress: Anand Sharma

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Unfazed with former union minister Jayanthi Natrajan's exit, Congress leader Anand Sharma Friday dispelled concerns of leadership deficit within his party. There is no leadership crisis within the party...the party is much bigger and and it will not evaporate with the exit of small leaders like Natrajan, Sharma told IANS. Firm on his stand that former en...

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Assam to set up wildlife museum in Kaziranga

Guwahati, Jan 30 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday announced that the state government would set up a state-of-the-art interpretation centre and wildlife museum with modern 3D shows at Kaziranga. Gogoi, who visited the park Thursday to take stock of anti-poaching measures, said this would keep the flow of tourists to the park, which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site, roun...

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Give fresh contracts for express corridors around Delhi, Haryana told

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday asked the Haryana government to award fresh contracts for the construction of Eastern and Western peripheral express corridor around Delhi within two months and giving another month's time to new contractors to commence work. Taking a strong exception to inordinate delay in the completion of Eastern and Western peripheral express corridor...

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Odisha to set up more abortion centres

Bhubaneswar, Jan 30 (IANS) Acknowledging that maternal mortality rate in Odisha is quite higher against national average due to unsafe abortions, the state government has decided to set up more maternal termination of pregnancy centres (MTPs) by 2017. Addressing at a workshop here Friday, Health Secretary Arati Ahuja said while there are 155 MTPs in various health centres in the state, t...

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Toll in Mexico gas explosion rises to three

Mexico City, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) The toll in the powerful gas explosion that destroyed a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, has risen to three 73 others were injured, 20 of them newborns. The huge explosion occurred Thursday due to a major leak in the hose carrying gas from the truck to the building, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said. Firefighters were summ...

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Peace Party of India members join AAP in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 300 members of the Peace Party of India's Delhi unit Friday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The Peace Party of India's Delhi unit president Sher Mohammad Khan led around 300 workers to join the AAP in the presence of AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey, a statement said. The Peace Party of India's Uttar Pradesh unit general secretary Brij...

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RJD, JD-U will merge, say Lalu and Nitish

Patna/New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Six Janata Parivar parties will certainly merge soon as there is no hurdle, former Bihar chief ministers Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad announced Friday. In the wake of reports of unlikely merger of the Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal ahead of the assembly polls in Bihar later this year, both JD-U leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad s...

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'Natarajan-Gandhi tussle delayed mining resumption in Goa'

Panaji, Jan 30 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar Friday said the Jayanthi Natarajan-Rahul Gandhi tussle could have resulted in the prolonged delay in resolving the crisis in Goa's iron ore mining sector. His remark came after former union minister Natarajan Friday blamed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for the slack performance of her environment ministry. The Con...

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Parrikar wants greater autonomy to defence PSUs

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Friday said the Defence Procurement Procedure and Defence Procurement Policy will be changed to provide greater autonomy to Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his ministry, Parrikar said there was a need to delegate powers to DPSUs to enable them to take dec...

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Housewives set world record with marathon bhajan singing

Shegaon (Maharashtra), Jan 30 (IANS) A group of Maharashtrian women, mostly housewives settled in Chhattisgarh, have a created a new world record of marathon singing of bhajans (devotional songs) for a staggering 27 hours and 45 minutes, a member said here Friday. The record performance - 'Longest Spiritual Songs Marathon' - included bhajans in nine Indian languages rendered continuously...

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Court martial for Sindhuratna's commanding officer

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) A court martial has been ordered for INS Sindhuratna's commanding officer found culpable in the accident onboard the Kilo-class submarine, which left two personnel dead, navy sources said Friday. Six other officers, found culpable in the accident by a board of inquiry, were meanwhile awarded letters of severe displeasure (LOSD) by the navy chief, the sources said...

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Mitt Romney not to seek presidency in 2016

Washington, Jan 30 (IANS) Republican Mitt Romney, who had lost to Democrat Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election, Friday said he would not seek nomination from his party to run for the presidency in 2016, media reports said Friday. The former Massachusetts governor shared his decision on a conference call with a small group of advisers, The New York Times reported. ...

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