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Rahul Gandhi's event gets low media coverage

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Gandhi's visit is part of his interactions with Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs). "I am here to tell you what you mean to your country, you are important, to tell you that there is a serious problem at home, and to tell you are part of the solution". Read More »

H-1B Visa Rules: Latest Development Seen 'Positive' For Indian IT

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The H1-B visa issue caught fire after a US- based news agency, McClatchy DC Bureau, last week reported that the USA was mulling new H-1B regulations to prevent the visa extension. There were reports that the Trump administration was considering tightening H-1B visa rules and end extensions, which could have led to the deportation of 7,50,000 Indians. Read More »

PIO Parliamentary conference today

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He also hailed them as India's partners in development and said the laurels they earned in their "karmbhoomi" reflected favourably on their motherland. This, the prime minister said, had happened due to far- reaching policy changes ushered in by his government, with "reform and transform" being its guiding principle. Read More »

These are Trump's deleted tweets

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So much so that.there has never been a day that I wished Hillary Clinton were President. It made no mention of his name, but Twitter appears to have offered an explanation Friday for refusing to ban President Trump despite outcry from some users of the social media service. Read More »

Court denies bail to Ryan murder accused

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A civic court also granted bail to bus conductor Ashoke, who was arrested earlier for allegedly murdering the class 2 student, on November 21. The Special Children's Court on Monday rejected the bail plea of the 16-and-half-year-old student, accused of killing seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur on the premises of Ryan International school here on September 8, 2017. Read More »

More than 100 artists sign pledge supporting Lorde's Israel decision

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Israel's Culture Minister Miri Regev urged Lorde to reinstate the Tel Aviv performance. The New Zealand musician had been due to perform in Tel Aviv on 5 June, but chose to pull out on Christmas Eve after criticism from activists in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions ( BDS) movement , which campaigns for Palestinians' rights. Read More »

Hazard Says He Will Sign New Contract On One Condition

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Real Madrid have been in constant contact with club scouts over the performances of Hazard and his situation at Chelsea , where it has become uneasy due to the interest. Speaking to SkySports Balague said, "Courtois wants to go to Real Madrid ". He came through the Milan youth academy and, despite the recent fallout with fans, has insisted he is still happy at the club, per Mediaset Premium (via Football Italia ): "I have a four-year contract and I am happy here". Read More »

Putin hails 'eternal Christian values' during Russian Orthodox Christmas celebrations

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The fact many Eastern Orthodox now celebrate Christmas on December 25 adds to the confusion, especially since those who celebrate on January 7 are still really celebrating on December 25. In Egypt, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attended an Orthodox Christmas service at a new church in a symbolic act of solidarity with his country's embattled Christian community, the Copts. Read More »

Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce still unclear

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The CDC says it is still trying to track down the source of the outbreak, but in Canada, health officials have linked the infections to a common food: romaine lettuce. This includes any pre-packaged lettuce, open-air lettuce or salad mixes and blends that contain romaine lettuce. "In the United States, state and local public health officials are interviewing sick people to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started". Read More »

Saudi women score access to football matches

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In September 2017, Saudi Arabia announced that it would allow women to drive, ending a long-standing policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. During the official tournament dinner hosted by Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud, President of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports, Al-Turki, said: "Things are changing in Saudi, and they are changing fast. Read More »

DIAL to meet airlines on Monday to discuss Republic Day closure

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The 13 flights which were delayed in arriving at the SVPI airport include six domestic flights from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, two from Delhi, one each from Pune and Chennai. Airlines including the SpiceJet, Indigo and Jet Airways informed that their services have been hit. If IGI cancels flights, it would mean fare hike for the other operating flights during those nine days. Read More »

Netanyahu Backs Trump on Palestinian Refugee Agency

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants a United Nations agency serving Palestinian refugees to "disappear" because he believes their descendants are a threat to Israel's existence. He said United Nations money for them should be transferred gradually to its global refugee agency UNHCR "with clear criteria for supporting genuine refugees and not fictitious ones, as is happening today under UNRWA". Read More »

US Vice President Mike Pence to travel to Middle East next week

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Pence will then spend two days in Israel, where he will visit Jerusalem's Western Wall and the city's Holocaust memorial and give a speech to the Israeli parliament. Many U.S. allies disagreed with Trump's decision, as no other country has its embassy in Jerusalem, under a long-standing worldwide consensus that the city's status should be decided in a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Read More »

Philander takes six as South Africa beat India in first test

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Well, it's hard to know if the young local was rejoicing at the extra business day or mocking at the Indian supporter. India have never yet won back-to-back Tests in South Africa: they have only clinched two in total, one in 2006/07 (Wanderers) and another in 2010/11 (Kingsmead). Read More »

BONOKOSKI: The curious case of Joshua Boyle and Justin Trudeau

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As to the rest of us, myself and the children, we are healthy and holding up as well as well we can". It's the latest twist in the odd story of Boyle, the son of a Canadian tax court judge. But, Boyle said, his wife might enjoy speaking about her memories of her childhood home, and so she did, writing to the paper about the joys of being home-schooled, visits to local carnivals with her dad Jim, and sledding on a neighbour's ravine. Read More »

SC favours 85% pictorial warning on tobacco packs

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The bench, headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra , said that the health of the citizen was more important than business considerations, reported News18. Initially one may start with smoking or chewing tobacco as an "adventure, but gradually it becomes a habit and, thereafter, it gets converted to addiction". Read More »

Escaped Enfield prisoner may have stowed away under vehicle, officials say

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He was last seen around 10:30 am Sunday. Semple said investigators believe Mercado, who has a prominent tattoo near his left eye, may be in the Hartford area. Channel 3 did some digging on Mercado's criminal history. He also has convictions for interfering with a police officer, theft of a firearm, and failure to appear in court, according to Judicial Branch records. Read More »

Japan, ROK reaffirm stance on N. Korea

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Toward that end, the two sides held in-depth discussions on ways to stably manage the situation and engage North Korea in meaningful dialogue, it said. President Moon Jae In had said the 2015 deal, under which Japan apologised to victims and provided 1 billion yen (S$11.8 million) to a fund to help them, was seriously flawed and set up a panel to probe the deal endorsed by the previous government. Read More »

Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to MS anti-gay law

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The law prevents the state of MS from pursuing discrimination complaints against organizations or people that make decisions based on moral and religious beliefs about sexuality. "Every day that HB 1523 remains in effect in MS, we will keep fighting to ensure that this blatantly unconstitutional law is relegated to the dustbin of history". Read More »

Russian Federation thwarts drone attacks on its bases in Syria

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Seven UAVs were eliminated by the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile complexes operated by the Russian air defence units on 24-hours alert. Read alsoAnother Russian lie exposed: journo publishes photos of Russian warplanes damaged at Syrian baseOn Saturday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, said the base was targeted by drones belonging to an "Islamist faction" operating in the area, citing sources. Read More »

Deputy McCartney of Yelm Fatally Shot

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A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot late Sunday while responding to a home invasion in the Frederickson area near Graham had lived in Yelm, and had previously worked for the Hoquiam Police Department. By 6:30 a.m., they'd opened everything except 200th Street East from 42nd Avenue to 50th Avenue. "We have somebody who is very risky out there", Troyer said. Read More »

Rep. Ed Royce to retire, joining stream of Republicans leaving Congress

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U.S. Representative Ed Royce , the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said on January 8 that he will not run for another term in Congress. Democrats have launched a grassroots effort to try to regain control of Congress, and Royce's seat was a prime target. Royce's district backed Hillary Clinton for president by 9 percentage points in 2016. Read More »

Coachella Says No to Marijuana Despite California Legislation

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The major music festival made a decision to ban marijuana use on their grounds during this year's incarnation despite the fact that California has legalized recreational use for adults, reports Billboard . This year, the mighty festival's second weekend landing on 4/20, which is just a sad coincidence because there will be no cannabis allowed on festival grounds, despite California legalization. Read More »

Australian gays say 'I do' as marriage reform kicks in

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The couple Wednesday shortly after midnight in an intimate country ceremony attended by 50 of their closest family and friends at Summergrove Estate at Carool in the New South Wales Northern Rivers Hinterland. Australia is now the 25 country globally to recognise same-sex unions. Melbourne couple Ron Van Houwelingen, 50, and Antony McManus, 53, echoed Ms Hickson's feelings about the postal vote and said no country should have to endure the same "horrendous" process to legalise gay marriage. Read More »

Indian state bans loudspeakers at religious, public places

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The ban is specifically in religious and public places. The order, however, invited objections from the Muslim community, who attemtped to prevent the police from taking down the loudspeaker. The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the removal of unauthorised loudspeakers from religious and public places in the state. This was asked on December 20th. Read More »

Azarenka pulls out in Australia

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Azarenka has not featured on the WTA Tour since Wimbledon in July, sitting out the US Open and the Fed Cup final due to the childcare issue. The former world no. Azarenka's wild card will go to Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic. In the meanwhile, she split with her boyfriend and they began a legal dispute over child's custody, which forced Azarenka to miss the US Open and the rest of 2017 season. Read More »

Turkish foreign minister seeks 'new beginning' with Germany

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The foreign ministers said they were keen to make amends after a fall out after Ankara rounded up supporters of a failed 2016 coup, and a German-Turkish journalist was detained. Cavusoglu stressed the importance of "sincere cooperation" and acknowledged differences over Turkey's stalled bid to join the European Union. Gabriel said he had discussed the arrest of Deniz Yucel , a prominent German-Turkish journalist who has been jailed in Turkey pending trial on charges of spreading propaganda ... Read More »

Southwest Kansas Lawmaker Apologizes For Racist Remarks

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Before Alford issued his apology, Darrell Pope, the president of the NAACP's chapter in Hutchinson, said: "He is an idiot and that shows how oblivious Kansans are to selecting representatives to put someone like that in there to represent them". Read More »

Day 2 of Dakar Rally puts France's Despres in the lead

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Peterhansel, the most successful Dakar driver with 13 titles - 6 in motorcycles and 7 in cars - was outside the top-10 and complained about bad visibility hampering him in identifying the shape of the small dunes, which looked as hard as the higher ones which he is used to tackling. Read More »

PM Modi to address annual conference of DGPs, IGPs in MP

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Holding the conference outside the national capital is in line with the Prime Minister's vision that such conferences should be held across the country, and not just be confined to Delhi. He said while openness was getting increased acceptance worldwide, there was a need for greater openness among the States too, on security issues. He said that security can not be achieved selectively, or alone. Read More »