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NSA was not present in any political meeting, says Home Ministry

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Refuting the allegations of the CPI's Tripura unit, the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday clarified that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was not present in any political meeting at the Home Minister Rajnath Singh's house on January 14. There is a well-established practice of Home Ministry holding regular morning meetings to review national security and public...

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Afghan forces kill 14 IS militants in Nangarhar

Jalalabad (Afghanistan), Jan 17 (IANS) Security forces during overnight operations killed 14 Islamic State (IS) terror group militants in the eastern Nangarhar province, provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogiani said Wednesday. According to the official, units of security forces raided the hideouts of IS fighters in parts of Chaparhar district late Tuesday night killing 14 insur...

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DU launches school for transnational affairs

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) The Delhi University on Wednesday inaugurated the Delhi School of Transnational Affairs, envisaged as a platform to promote excellence in transnational, comparative and inter-disciplinary research. The school has been founded in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)'s External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division. Delhi School of Tr...

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Australian Open: Youngsters trouble top seeds

Melbourne, Jan 17 (IANS) Many of the top seeds at the Australian Open tennis tournament struggled through their second round matches here on Wednesday, as young guns put on a show for the 70,000 fans in attendance at Melbourne Park. What was supposed to be a routine match up for women's singles second seed Caroline Wozniacki, soon turned into the most exciting tussle of the day, reports ...

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ISL: Jamshedpur snap Kerala's unbeaten run

Jamshedpur, Jan 17 (IANS) Jamshedpur FC snapped Kerala Blasters FC's three-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Wednesday. Jerry Mawhmingthanga (1st minute) and veteran striker Ashim Biswas (31st) scored first-half goals to ensure the hosts got back to winning ways after going down 1-2 to FC Goa in their pre...

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Adani Power net loss widens to Rs 1,290.74 cr in Q3

Ahmadabad, Jan 17 (IANS) Adani Power on Wednesday reported that its consolidated net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 has widened to Rs 1,290.74 crore from Rs 667.89 crore loss in the year-ago period. Revenue from operations during the quarter declined 10.8 percent to Rs 4,844.46 crore, compared to Rs 5,431.5 crore in same quarter of 2016-17. EBIDTA (earnings before ...

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Haryana rapes: Khattar says don't politicise issue

New Delhi/Chandigarh, Jan 17 (IANS) As a series of rapes, gang rapes and murders, especially of minor girls, pushed the Haryana government and the state's police on the defensive, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday urged political parties not to politicise such issues. Describing the recent incidents of violence against women as unfortunate, Khattar assured people that the g...

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HC notice on plea regarding cruelty on dairy cattle

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the city government, civic bodies and others on a plea regarding cruelty inflicted on milch cattle housed at dairies in Delhi. A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar asked the authorities concerned to file status reports on the plea that claimed violation of animal rights and...

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CJI Misra likely to meet four rebel SC judges on Thursday

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Chief Justice Dipak Misra is likely to meet the four rebel judges -- Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph -- on Thursday to resolve issues relating to the allocation of cases and the functioning of the court. The meeting that was expected to take place on Wednesday did not materialise as Justice Chelameswar did not attend the co...

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Air quality deteriorates across Delhi-NCR

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) After a brief respite, the air quality of the national capital and regions around it worsened on Wednesday again, with pollution levels slipping back to severe or severe-plus category in many areas. As the pollution level went from poor to very poor over the past 24 hours due to a drop in air quality and a sharp rise in moisture-gripping effluents, the Air Qualit...

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South Korean skiers to conduct joint training with North

Seoul, Jan 17 (IANS) South Korea's ski sports federation said on Wednesday that it is considering sending the national team reserves and promising youngsters for joint training with North Korea at a resort north of the border, after the two Koreas agreed to unprecedented sports exchange ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. In a meeting at the border village of Panmunjom, the tw...

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Praneeth, Ashwini-Sikki advance at Malaysia Masters

Sibu (Malaysia), Jan 17 (IANS) India's B. Sai Praneeth and the women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy progressed to the pre-quarterfinals of the $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Wednesday. Praneeth got past Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-13, 21-13 in 44 minutes in the first round. Ashwini-Sikki took only 25 minutes t...

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Israel PM arrives in Mumbai

Mumbai, Jan 17 (IANS) Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived here from Ahmedabad on Wednesday on a two-day visit, officials said. He was received at the airport by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and senior officials. On Thursday, Netanyahu will have a packed schedule. He will interact with the best of both the worlds Mumbai has to offer - business and glam...

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Rio decides to join NDPP ahead of Nagaland polls

Dimapur, Jan 17 (IANS) Lone Naga People's Front (NPF) Lok Sabha member Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday decided to join the newly floated Nagaland Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) ahead of the state assembly elections. I have welcomed the appeal of the NDPP and formally accepted their invitation to join the party, the three-time Chief Minister told IANS. Rio joining the new political ...

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Kohli loses cool during media interaction, hits out at scribe

Centurion, Jan 17 (IANS) India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday lost his cool while answering a journalist's question during the media interaction after India's 0-2 Test series loss in South Africa. India were thrashed by 135 runs on the final morning of the second Test at the SuperSport Park here on Wednesday. The tourists had lost by 72 runs in the first rubber as well in Cape Town.

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Iran denies talks on missile programme

Tehran, Jan 17 (IANS) Iran's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied that Tehran has agreed to negotiate over its missile programme, media reports said. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi called the reports unfounded and said his country's policy and stance concerning its defensive missile programme are completely clear and transparent, and that other countries are well aware of that ...

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260 players in fray at Chennai Open chess

Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Around 260 players, including defending champion and fourth seed Grand Master (GM) Tukhaev Adam and 15 other GMs and 18 International Masters (IM), will be fighting it out for top honours at the 10th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess Tournament 2018 that starts here on Thursday. They will be crossing their swords over 64-squares on the chess board for th...

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Amineni enters quarters of ITF junior tennis meet

Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) Third seed Shivani Amineni drubbed fellow Indian Kaavya Sawhney to enter the quarter-final of the girls singles Under-18 category in the ITF Juniors tennis championships here on Wednesday. Amineni took about one hour and 35 minutes to outclass unseeded Sawhney 6-4, 7-5 at the red clay courts of the Dakshin Kalikata Sansad. She will face Shrivalli Bhamidipa...

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Saudi gives $2 bn to Yemen

Riyadh, Jan 17 (IANS) Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday ordered the transfer of $2 billion to the Central Bank of Yemen to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people, media reports said. The contribution aims to help the Yemeni people cope with the economic burdens imposed by Iran-backed Houthi militias, the Saudi authorities said in a statement. The Saudis also ...

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Koreas to march together at Winter Olympics opening

Seoul, Jan 17 (IANS) North Korea and South Korea announced on Wednesday that their delegations will march jointly at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. According to Yonhap news, the two countries reached the agreement at the border village of Panmunjom during a working meeting on Wednesday. It followed high-level talks on January 9, during which South Korea pr...

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