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SRIHARIKOTTA: India on Friday deployed a remote sensing Cartosat and 30 other satellites, including 28 from six nations into the earth’s orbit after a copybook launch from its spaceport here. The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) roared into a clear sky after a perfect lift-off at 9.29 a.m. following a 28-hour countdown.

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NEW DELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Prime Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive here on Monday on a six-day trip to India that will also take him to Gujarat and Mumbai, the Israeli Embassy announced on Thursday. Netanyahu will hold meetings in New Delhi with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the embassy said in a statement.

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NEW DELHI: In a bid to highlight the importance of community radio services, a Commonwealth body has announced a special video competition among youth. A joint initiative of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), UNESCO and Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, the competition is open to university and college students pursuing degrees in media, communication or journalism.

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SRIHARIKOTA: India began countdown early Thursday for launching 31 satellites in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from its spaceport here, said the space agency. "The 28-hour countdown began at 5.29 a.m. in the mission control here for the rocket launch at 9.28 a.m. on Friday," said the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on its website.

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PANAJI: If Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) issues a censor certificate to 'Padmavat', the Goa government does not have a problem to screen this, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday. "If they have a censor certificate we do not have objection. If there is a law and order issue, we will look at it then," Parrikar told reporters.

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NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the slowdown in GDP and said the government's "gross economic mismanagement" decelerated India's growth story. "(The) government's gross economic mismanagement, which has decelerated the India story, speaks volumes. GDP growth slows to four year low," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a plea by Uma Devi, the widow of rationalist M.M. Kalburgi, seeking a SIT probe into his murder. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the response as Uma Devi demanded a coordinated probe in the killings of Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dobhalkar as the circumstance surrounding them were the same.

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Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, who has been named as the first brand ambassador of Sikkim, hopes India becomes more inclusive towards the “fascinating” Northeast, which he feels is a treasure waiting to be explored. “I always find the Northeast region fascinating. It is a part of India that we were not exposed to that much. In this move (appointment as brand ambassador), there is an opportunity for doing this.

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that playing national anthem in cinema halls was not mandatory. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said this while modifying its November 2016 order by which the apex court had made the playing of national anthem in cinemas mandatory.

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LUCKNOW: After a brief respite, the weather turned extremely cold in most parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow and neighbouring areas on Tuesday, officials said. Fog descended on the state capital since Monday night and continued till early Tuesday morning. The mercury was recorded at 5.5 degrees Celsius. Poor visibility hampered movement on roads and bonfires were spotted at most public places and markets.

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KOLKATA: The Coal India board on Tuesday approved non-coking coal price hike for both power and non-power consumers.The price increase is expected to push the miner's revenue up by Rs 1,956 crore for the remaining period of the current fiscal. The price revision is effective from Tuesday and the projected incremental annual revenue would be Rs 6,421 crore.

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MUMBAI: Prominent Shiv Sena leader and former municipal corporator Ashok Sawant has been stabbed to death outside his home here, an official said. According to the police, Sawant had returned home from a meeting around 11 p.m. when two persons who lay in wait, pounced on him with knives and choppers outside his house in Kandivali East on Sunday.

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BAHRAIN: Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrived in Bahrain on Monday as part of his outreach to the Indian diaspora. Congress tweeted: "Euphoric reception for Congress President Rahul Gandhi on his arrival at Kingdom of Bahrain." It also said this was Gandhi's first foreign visit since his elevation as party chief in December. "Fans and well wishers throng the Bahrain Airport to greet Congress President Rahul Gandhi," the party tweeted.

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JODHPUR: Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi of Rajasthan on Thursday issued a death threat to Salman Khan, saying the Bollywood actor will be killed in Jodhpur.“Salman Khan will be killed here, in Jodhpur. Then he will come to know about our real identity,” Bishnoi told media persons while being taken to a Jodhpur court in police security.Lawrence Bishnoi was a student leader, later he turned gangster.  

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NEW DELHI : The Congress on Thursday alleged that Narendra Modi government is not serious of getting the triple talaq bill passed in Rajya Sabha and was running from debate, and its only policy was to "divide the society".

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NEW DELHI : Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday denied breach or leak of Aadhaar data after a newspaper reported it bought unrestricted access to the details of over one billion Aadhaar numbers -- for just Rs 500. "The Aadhaar data, including biometric information, is fully safe and secure," the authority said in a statement, calling the report in The Tribune "a case of misreporting".

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NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Thursday commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence of two convicts in the 2009 Jigisha Ghosh murder case. A division bench of Justice S. Murlidhar and Justice I.S. Mehta modified the death sentence awarded to Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla by the trial court and said they would serve life imprisonment.

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NEW DELHI : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that three Indian and seven Nepalese girls, who were victims of trafficking, have been rescued from Kenya.

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NEW DELHI : The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm on Wednesday after ruckus over the violence against Dalits in Maharashtra that some opposition members blamed on the BJP and the RSS. Satish Chandra Mishra of the Bahujan samaj Party alleged that the Rashtriya Swayemsewak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were responsible for the violence against Dalits in Maharashtra.

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MUMBAI : Sporadic incidents of violence, road and rail blockages, stone-pelting, processions and protest demonstrations marred the Maharashtra shutdown called by some Dalit parties on Wednesday amid tight security across the state.

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UNITED NATIONS : The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has estimated that nearly 386,000 babies were born on New Year's Day, with India heading the list with 69,070. More than 90 percent of the births took place in less developed regions, reports Xinhua news agency.

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NEW DELHI : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons to Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader P. Chidambaram, in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in FIPB clearance accorded to INX Media in 2007, an official said on Tuesday. Karti Chidambaram has been asked to appear at the ED headquarters here on January 11 and record his statement before ED officials probing the case.

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NEW DELHI : CPI leader D. Raja on Tuesday said that the Left wants the Triple Talaq Bill to be referred to the Select Committee and accused the government of "bypassing the committees" on crucial bills.

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NEW DELHI : Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday attacked the Congress for its "confused" stand on the Triple Talaq Bill and wanted to know why it was sad while the Muslim women were happy. "These days a number of reforms are being brought in. The Triple Talaq Bill is one of them," the Minority Affairs Minister told reporters here.

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NEW DELHI : President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday wished the nation on the occasion of New Year.

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SRINAGAR : Four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers, including an assistant commandant, were injured in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Badgam district on Saturday.

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BENGALURU: The first space mission in 2018 onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) comes four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver the country's eighth navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31. India will launch 31 satellites, including the earth observation spacecraft Cartosat on January 10, from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, said a space official on Saturday.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH: We used to hear the stories about politicians who are in power or not even in power are assaulting the officials. The incident occurred again in Himachal Pradesh today. Congress MLA Asha Kumari slapped a woman constable, after she was denied entry to Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s review meeting. The event was reported outside the venue of the meeting on Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.

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NEW DELHI : A Bill for setting up a National Medical Commission that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday by Health Minister J.P. Nadda.

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MUMBAI: A massive fire broke out at a rooftop restaurant in The Kamla Trade House, a posh business-cum-entertainment hub in Lower Parel area of south-central Mumbai. Fourteen peoples, including a young woman celebrating her birthday, were asphyxiated, and at least 23 others injured, an official said. According to the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Disaster Control, the blaze reportedly broke around 12.30 a.m.

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IMPHAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that people of the northeastern states should not believe in "tendentious rumours" but depend on the government statement and assured that "no one-sided decision" would be taken on the Naga issue. He conveyed this while talking to an eight-member team of three civil organisations of Manipur who called on him on Thursday morning on the issue of the framework agreement the Centre had signed with the rebel group, NSCN(I)M on August 3, 2015.

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NEW DELHI: A war of words erupted in a meeting of a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs after BJP members objected to committee Chairman P. Chidambaram's presence, as he is also a counsel in a case related to Aadhaar in the Supreme Court. The panel met on Wednesday and the subject "National Security and Privacy Concerns relating to Aadhaar" was listed as one of the eight subjects it would be studying in the coming year.

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NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday distanced itself from the remarks of Minister of State Anant Kumar Hegde who had criticised the word "secular" and said the BJP government would "amend the Constitution" to remove the word from the Preamble.

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NEW DELHI: Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde has "no right" to be in the House or in the government, the Opposition said on Wednesday, disrupting the Rajya Sabha over the Karnataka MP's controversial remarks that the ruling BJP was "here to change the Constitution" and remove the word "secular" from it.

Opposition members vociferously raised the Hegde issue as soon as the House convened

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NEW DELHI: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday asked all opposition parties to help pass the Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament on Wednesday."I appeal to all the opposition parties to help pass the bill on Triple Talaq in the Parliament unanimously," Kumar told reporters after arriving in Parliament here.

His remarks came amid continued logjam over Congress' demand for apology

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NEW DELHI: The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, will meet on Friday to welcome new party President Rahul Gandhi and will discuss the current political issues, especially in the wake of the 2G spectrum case verdict acquitting all accused.

The Congress party said it stands vindicated after the verdict on Thursday

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