• Moscow warns against use of force in eastern Ukraine
    12:14 AM

    Moscow, Jan 15 (IANS) Russia warned Kiev authorities against attempts to revert to use of force to resolve the Ukraine crisis, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday. “We are very worried…that the ceasefire regime, which seems to have just started to be established, is being violated. Shellings occurred regularly and

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  • US House approves amendments to Obama’s executive action
    10:13 PM

    Washington, Jan 15 (IANS/EFE) The US House of Representatives Wednesday approved two amendments proposed by Republicans to overturn the executive action measures announced by President Barack Obama in November 2014 whereby about five million illegal immigrants would temporarily avoid deportation. The House voted 237-190 to adopt an amendment to be

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  • Israeli court rejects appeals of electoral threshold raise
    9:44 PM

    Jerusalem, Jan 15 (IANS) Israel’s Supreme Court Wednesday rejected appeals against a government law which raised the electoral threshold to 3.25 percent of the votes, threatening the survival of smaller parties in the parliament. An extended panel of nine judges ruled 8-1 against the appeals, brought about by two ultra-Orthodox

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  • Do not play with fire, Hasina warns BNP-led alliance
    8:03 PM

    Dhaka, Jan 15 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday sternly warned the BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami combine against “playing with fire”. Besides sounding the warning, she made clear the government’s firm resolve to foil a campaign of sabotage and restore peace amid an indefinite nationwide transport blockade called by Bangladesh Nationalist Party

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  • Khaleda’s adviser put under ntensive care
    7:29 PM

    Dhaka, Jan 15 (IANS) Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Reaz Rahman who was shot Tuesday night has been put under intensive care Wednesday. The former diplomat was shifted to post-operative room Wednesday evening after he had been operated upon at Dhaka’s United Hospital, bdnews24.com reported. Doctors said

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  • Tharoor evades questions on Pushkar
    6:15 PM

    Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Wednesday refused to comment on the controversy related to his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death but said he was pleased to escape from breaking news to reflect on heritage at a literary fest here. Going through troubled times in his personal life, Tharoor

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  • Summoned by CBI, Mukul Roy seeks 15 days’ time, CBI refuses
    6:13 PM

    Kolkata, Jan 14 (IANS) Summoned by the CBI in the Saradha chit fund scam, Trinamool Congress general secretary and former railway minister Mukul Roy Wednesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and sought 15 days time from the probe agency for his appearance. The CBI, however, turned down his

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  • BJP leader Naqvi held guilty for poll code violation, gets bail
    5:34 PM

    Lucknow/New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) BJP leader and union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Wednesday got bail after a court sentenced him to a year in prison for violating the model code of conduct during the 2009 elections. The chief judicial magistrate in Lucknow ordered the detention of the minister of

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  • Ajay Maken to contest Delhi polls
    5:21 PM

    New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Congress leader and former union minister Ajay Maken’s name figured in the party’s second list of 25 candidates for the Delhi assembly polls that was released here Wednesday. Maken, who has been fielded from the Sadar Bazar assembly constituency, is also the Congress campaign committee

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  • H.S. Brahma likely to be appointed new CEC
    5:11 PM

    New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath will demit office Thursday after serving nearly six years in the poll panel and is likely to be succeeded by H.S. Brahma. Sources said Brahma, the senior among the two election commissioners, is likely to replace Sampath. Sampath, who was

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  • Denotify bulls as performing animals: Tamil Nadu CM
    4:53 PM

    Chennai, Jan 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Wednesday urged the central government to denotify bulls from the list of performing animals so that Jallikattu – bull taming sport – could be held in the state during Pongal festival. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the

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  • Three candidates file nominations for Delhi polls
    4:13 PM

    New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Three candidates Wednesday submitted their nomination papers for the Delhi assembly polls on the first day of filing of nominations, officials said. “Nafe Singh, an independent candidate, filed his nomination papers from Burari assembly constituency while D.K. Chopra, also an independent candidate, filed his nomination

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