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Jayalalithaa seeks special grant from Modi for flood victims

Chennai, Dec 14  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide additional special sanction to rehabilitate the hundreds of thousands hit by floods.

She said in a letter to Modi to give the necessary instructions to the ministries of housing and urban poverty…

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December 16 gang-rape: Order on juvenile convict reserved

New Delhi, Dec 14 The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea against the release of the “unreformed” juvenile convict in the December 16, 2012, gang-rape.

The centre sought extension of his stay in observation home till all aspects including, mental…

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Talks with Pakistan will mark beginning of peace: Sushma

New Delhi, Dec 14  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday that re-engaging with Pakistan under a comprehensive bilateral dialogue will mark the beginning of peace and development in the region.

“A comprehensive bilateral dialogue will mark beginning of peace and development as continued estrangement was a hurdle…

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Chinese yuan weakens to four-year low

Beijing, Dec 14  The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi (yuan) weakened on Monday for the sixth consecutive day to its lowest level against the US dollar since July 2011.

The yuan weakened by 137 basis points to 6.4495 on Monday, Xinhua quoted the China Foreign Exchange…

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Neymar better than Ronaldo: Alves

Rio De Janeiro, Dec 14  Barcelona full-back Dani Alves believes Neymar has surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo and trails only Lionel Messi in the world’s best player rankings.

In an interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo on Sunday, Alves criticised Ronaldo for a perceived unwillingness to defend and called Neymar…

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It was rare for actresses to workout earlier: Shilpa Shetty

Mumbai, Dec 14  Actress and entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra, known for her fit frame, says actresses weren’t too much into working out when she had joined the glamour industry.

“Nowadays everybody is fit, but when I joined the industry, it was rare to see actresses who were into working…

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Meeting with Nadal leaves Deepika Padukone star-struck

New Delhi, Dec 14 Bollywood’s ‘Mastani’ Deepika Padukone was star-struck after meeting Rafael Nadal here, and thanked the Spanish tennis legend for giving her “memories” to cherish for a lifetime.

The actress is in the national capital to promote her forthcoming film “Bajirao Mastani”, but she made the…

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India, Japan ink 3 agreements for railway cooperation

New Delhi, Dec 14 India’s railway ministry on Sunday said three agreements has been signed with Japan during the ongoing visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, including on a loan for high-speed rail link between Ahmedabad and Mumbai using Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train technology.

“The (Japanese) loan…

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Everyone should be able to live without fear and prejudice: President

Kolkata, Dec 14 Averring that acceptance and belief in pluralism was core to India’s unity amidst diversity, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the social fabric would remain strong if every individual irrespective of caste, creed, language, region and religion can live “without fear and prejudice”.

“India prides itself…

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Want to stay safe, don’t take VIP security: Parrikar

Panaji, Dec 14  If someone really wants to stay safe, they should not take VIP security cover, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday.

At a function in Panaji organised by the Goa unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party to celebrate the former Goa chief minister’s 60th birthday, Parrikar…

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