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China withdraws renowned human rights lawyer's licence

Beijing, Jan 17 (IANS) Authorities have withdrawn the licence of Chinese lawyer and human rights activist Yu Wensheng following the publication of an open letter critical of President Xi Jinping. I was expecting it because in recent years I was involved in many human rights cases, said the lawyer, who has fought numerous cases on behalf of dissidents and activists. On Monday, the...

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Veganism is the hottest food trend in Israel

Haifa/Tel Aviv, Jan 17 (IANS) Amira, a housewife belonging to the Druze community, is busy chopping vegetables in her home in Dalyat el Carmel, a serene and quaint town in the Carmel mountains near Israel's Haifa city. It takes her about an hour to roll out five vegan Middle Eastern dishes which are fresh and healthy. Veganism has gained popularity in Israel and is a growing trend. Most ...

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New Vincent van Gogh drawing unveiled in the Netherlands

The Hague, Jan 16 (IANS) A drawing that had for several years been studied by experts was on Tuesday confirmed to have been created by the Dutch post-Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh. The black and white drawing, which depicts Paris' Montmartre hill and a stone quarry beside it in a rural setting, had been part of the Van Vlissingen Art foundation's collection and under investigatio...

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CBI files chargesheet against 95 in Vyapam scam

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The CBI on Tuesday said it has filed a chargesheet against 95 people in the multi-crore-rupee Vyapam examination scam linked with the 2011 Pre Medical Test (PMT) case. Those named in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chargesheet include 83 candidates, four Vyapam officials and eight middlemen in a case relating to irregularities in Samvida Shala Shikshak ...

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ED summons Lalu's son-in-law in money laundering case

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) In connection with its ongoing probe into the 2006 IRCTC hotels maintenance contract case, the Enforcement Directorate has summoned RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son-in-law Rahul Yadav for questioning on Wednesday over a Rs 1 crore loan he had given to his mother-in-law Rabri Devi. The ED wants to know the source of the money given to Rabri Devi, suspecting that it may...

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Maharashtra NGO to tackle grievances of sitting judges

Pune (Maharashtra), Jan 16 (IANS) In an unique initiative, an NGO, 'Law and Order' comprising prominent citizens, retired judges of the Supreme Court, High Courts and District Courts will now take up grievances of sitting judges across the country, an official said here on Tuesday. The initiative - which comes against the backdrop of last week's unprecedented media interaction of four se...

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ED summons Lalu's son-in-law in money laundering case

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday said Rahul Yadav, son-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, will be questioned over Rs 1 crore loan he had given to his mother-in-law Rabri Devi. The questioning pertains to ED's ongoing probe into a money laundering case against Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti, a Rajya Sabha MP. The ED wants to know the source of the ...

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Giggs named new Wales coach

Cardiff, Jan 16 (IANS) Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has signed a four-year contract to be the new chief coach of the Wales football team which failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Giggs, 44, on Monday signed the contract to lead the team in the UEFA 2020 European Championship and the qualifying stage for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, set to be held in Qatar, reports Efe. ...

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This budget will be Modi government's biggest challenge in 4 years

Unlike most countries, the budget is usually an eventful affair in India and is a heated topic of national conversation around the time of its release. The underlying national interest behind it is mostly because the budget holds something for everyone -- ranging from a small farmer to a big industrialist. However, from this year onwards, much of its sheen will be off by a bit. The tinke...

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Modi to inaugurate project commencement of Barmer refinery

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the commencement of the work of an oil refinery in Rajasthan's Barmer district on Tuesday and also address a public rally there. Looking forward to visiting Rajasthan. Will attend a programme to mark the commencement of work for the Rajasthan Refinery at Pachpadra, in Barmer and will also address a public meeting, Modi...

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IMF wants China to review trade restrictions for global economy

Hong Kong, Jan 15 (IANS) As a key growth driver, China should review its trade and investment restrictions for improving the global economy, a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said on Monday. China should be open to look at its own restrictions on trade and investment, which have generated criticism from some trading partners, IMF's First Deputy Managing Director David L...

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BJP in talks with more Meghalaya MLAs

Shillong, Jan 15 (IANS) The BJP is still negotiating with four-to-five sitting Meghalaya legislators to contest the ensuing assembly elections on its party ticket, BJP leader Alexander Hek said on Monday. We are still in talks with four-to-five legislators who are part of the ruling and opposition. I would not like to spell out their names since we are in a negotiating stage, Hek said.

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Australian Open: Nadal starts campaign in style

Melbourne, Jan 15 (IANS) Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal commenced his Australian Open campaign with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic in the opening round of the men's singles competition here on Monday. The top ranked and top seeded Nadal wrapped up the win in 94 minutes to send a warning to the rest of the men's singles field, reports Efe...

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Gurugram guzzles over 4 lakh beer cans, 1.24 lakh liquor bottles daily

Gurugram, Jan 15 (IANS) Gurugram - the Millennium City, on an average, consumes over four lakh beer cans and nearly 1.24 lakh bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) and country liquor (CL) daily through authorised vends, according to Haryana government data. And this figure does not include the liquor quota allotted to the armed forces personnel! According to data compiled ...

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Independent MLA quits Meghalaya Assembly, joins NCP

Shillong, Jan 15 (IANS) Former Meghalaya Minister and Independent legislator Saleng A. Sangma on Monday resigned as Assembly member and joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ahead of state elections. The ninth Meghalaya Assembly, comprising 60 members, was constituted on March 1, 2013, and its term expires on March 6. The strength of the 60-member Meghalaya assembly has com...

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Modi to launch 'work commencement' at Barmer refinery

Jaipur, Jan 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday launch what is being described as work commencement for one of the country's most modern refineries in Rajasthan's Barmer district -- five years after Sonia Gandhi, then the Congress president, had laid its foundation stone. The function will be held at 12.30 p.m. in Pachpadra, some 450 km from state capital Jaipur. The R...

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5 laws women need as urgently as ban on triple talaq

In its urgency to push through the Triple Talaq Bill, the government appears to have overlooked five criminal laws relating to women and marriage identified in 2015 by a government committee as needing immediate political attention. These are: Criminalising marital rape; clarifying the definition of cruelty by husband and his relatives,;plugging a loophole in the anti-dowry law; ensuring...

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Justice Mudgal hopes bill against sports fraud will be passed soon

Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Expressing hope that the long pending anti-sports fraud bill will finally see the light of the day, retired Chief Justice of the Haryana and Punjab High Court Mukul Mudgal on Sunday said current union Sports Minister and Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is making changes for the good which will soon reflect on various sporting disciplines. I hope it (th...

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Justice Mudgal hopes bill against sports fraud will be passed soon

Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Expressing hope that the long pending anti-sports fraud bill will finally see the light of the day, retired Haryana and Punjab Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal on Sunday said current union Sports Minister and Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is making changes for the good which will soon reflect on various sporting disciplines. I hope it (the bill) comes thro...

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Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

Washington, Jan 14 (IANS) Chelsea Manning, a former soldier and transgender citizen who was jailed for leaking confidential US government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the US Senate from the state of Maryland, according to Federal Election Commission records. Manning will challenge Democrat Ben Cardin who has occupied the post of senator for two terms and will run for reel...

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