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A desperate India undertook ‘Shuddhi Yatra’ to end corruption, says PM Modi

New Delhi [India], Dec.31 : Addressing the nation on New Year’s Eve on the impact of demonetisation and the roadmap ahead for the economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India has gone through a massive cleansing process and

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Bipin Rawat takes over as Army chief

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat today took over as the 27th chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army succeeding Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who retired after 42 years of service. Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa also took charge as the

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Will carry Jayalalithaa’s legacy forward, says Sasikala Natarajan

Chennai (TN) [India], Dec. 31 : Sasikala Natarajan, a close aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday said she would carry forward former chief minister Jayalalithaa’s legacy. Taking charge as AIADMK general secretary, Natarajan broke down

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Syria conflict: UN to vote on Syria ceasefire deal

The UN Security Council is to vote on a Russian resolution endorsing the ceasefire agreement in Syria. The draft text calls for rapid access for the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Syria. It also expresses support for a political process

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New Year celebrations: Fireworks light up Sydney Harbour

A massive fireworks display has lit up Sydney Harbour as Australia’s largest city ushered in 2017. Some 1.5 million revellers had been expected to turn out on the waterfront. Earlier, Auckland in New Zealand has become the first major world

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Iraq Baghdad: Dozens dead as twin bombs rip through market

At least 28 people have died in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in a double bombing claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS). The explosions happened one after another in the busy al-Sinak market. More than 50 people were injured. Police said

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Cash withdrawal limit from ATMs increased to Rs 4,500 per day

NEW DELHI: The RBI has decided to increase the cash withdrawal limit from ATMs to Rs 4,500 per day from the present Rs 2,500 with effect from January 1. However, there is no change in the weekly withdrawal limits, which

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98 Hindus killed, 357 injured in 2016 in Bangladesh, says report

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Dec. 30 : According to a report made by Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajote (BJHM), at least 98 people from the Hindu community have been murdered and 357 others injured across the country till December 29 this year. Revealing

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Departing UN chief Ban Ki-moon bids a fond farewell to staff

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joked that he feels like Cinderella, as he prepares to step down at midnight on 31 December 2016. The top diplomat beamed as he told a room full of UN staff: “I have just two

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Kennedy cousin’s murder conviction reinstated

The murder conviction of a relative of the Kennedy family has been reinstated by the US state of Connecticut’s supreme court after being overturned by a lower court. Michael Skakel, whose aunt Ethel was the widow of Robert Kennedy, was

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Merkel: Islamist terror is ‘greatest threat’ to Germany

Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year message. Referring to the deadly truck attack in Berlin by a Tunisian asylum seeker, she said it was “sickening” when acts of terror

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Russia-US row: Trump praises Putin amid hacking expulsions

US President-elect Donald Trump has praised Vladimir Putin after the Russian president ruled out a tit-for-tat response to the expulsion of diplomats in a row over hacking. Mr Trump tweeted: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always

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India opens first school for transgender pupils

A residential school for transgender people has been opened in the Indian city of Kochi, to help adults who dropped out of school finish their education. Transgender people can face judgement and hostility in India, and around half of them

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China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. Conservation groups hailed the decision as “historic” and a “game-changer” for the future of elephants. The move follows a resolution at the Convention

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India’s first transgender college principal resigns

India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay has submitted her resignation after about one-and-a-half years in office, expressing frustration at “non-cooperation” of a section of teachers and students of her institution. Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta on Thursday said he

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