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India, Maldives agree to boost cooperation in maritime security, vow to foster relations

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): India and Maldives on Thursday agreed on a roadmap to boost cooperation in maritime security along the Indian Ocean, following a delegation-level meet between visiting President, Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi. President Gayoom is on a four-day trip to India, which ends on January 04. Addressing mediapersons, Gayoom said that the countries in the Indian Ocean region must resolve issues concerning the maritime security. Gayoom said that he and his council of ministers were committed to boost bilateral ties with India and improve relations, keeping aside the past disputes. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said that India has agreed to provide a stand-by credit facility of 25 billion US dollars to Maldives for importing products from New Delhi. Jan 2, 2014
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CBI probe should continue in AgustaWestland scam even after cancellation: Defence Expert

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Retired Lieutenant General PN Hoon on Thursday said that even though India has cancelled the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, there should be a CBI inquiry to expose all the wrongdoings in the deal and the people involved. India cancelled the controversial Rs. 3,600-crore contract for 12 helicopters meant for VVIPs with UK-based AgustaWestland amid allegations that deal was riddled with kickbacks on Wednesday. The announcement came after a meeting between Defence Minister AK Antony and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday. The defence ministry has said that the "violation of a pre-contract integrity pact" led to the decision. Jan 2, 2014
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Adarsh scam report partially accepted after Rahul Gandhis objection

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): The Maharashtra government on Thursday partially accepted the Adarsh housing scam report. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan made the announcement at a press conference after a meeting of the state cabinet. The stage for review was set after Rahul Gandhi last week disapproved the decision of the state government to reject the commission report and said it should be reconsidered. Chavan said legal action will be initiated against 25 ineligible members of the housing society. Jan 2, 2014
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Festive fervor grips Northeast as people come together to celebrate Christmas

Manipur/ Tripura, Jan 02 (ANI): Carols, Christmas trees, prayers and cakes…it was Christmas time again!! Things are improving in Manipur and the people celebrated the birthday of Jesus Christ, with enthusiasm. People from different faiths visited churches to offer prayers on the festival that sends out a message of love and brotherhood. Everybody wished for peace and prosperity in the region. In Tripura also, people from all religions came together to celebrate the festival with enthusiasm. Hundreds gathered at the Santir Rani church in Agartala to take part in the annual Christmas Eve midnight mass. Markets were crowded with people of all age groups buying gifts and cakes for their loved ones. Carol singing, dances, and other forms of merrymaking marked the occasion. People were busy decorating Christmas trees at homes and churches. Jan 2, 2014
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North India shivers under grip of enduring cold wave

Amritsar/ Kanpur/ Shimla, Jan 2 (ANI): Large swathes of north India bore the brunt of cold wave and icy winds as temperature in several parts of the region breached the sub zero level, with hill-town of Shimla and Punjab witnessing coldest nights. Cold waves swept parts of northern region with minimum temperatures hovering around several notches below normal even as fog reduced visibility in the morning at some places. Jan 2, 2014
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Pervez Musharraf suffers severe heart attack, in ICU: Reports

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has reportedly been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology. Local media reports are saying that he is suffering from a heart-related ailment that he experienced while heading towards a special court for a hearing of treason case filed against him. Jan 2, 2014
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Arvind Kejriwal wins trust vote in Delhi Assembly

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal won the confidence motion in Delhi Assembly on Thursday after delivering an emotional speech. The Aam Aadmi Party government sailed through the confidence motion getting 37 votes in favour with seven Congress MLAs, one from JD (U) and the lone Independent Rambeer Shokeen voting in favour with the Bharatiya Janata Party (31) and Shiromani Akali Dal (1) against it. Jan 2, 2014
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Infosys ex board member V Balakrishnan joins AAP

Bangalore, Jan 02 (ANI): Former chief financial officer of IT firm Infosys, V Balakrishnan, joined Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday. Balakrishnan refused to comment on contesting parliament polls from Bangalore. He stated that AAP had revolutionised politics in this country. Jan 2, 2014
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Somalia's Shebab boasts of twin bombing killing 11

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab said Thursday it carried out a twin bombing of a hotel in Mogadishu that killed 11, boasting it was the start of its campaign for the new year. Duration: 00:38 Jan 2, 2014
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BJP slams price hike of non subsidized LPG cylinders

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Oil companies have increased the price of non-subsidized cooking gas (LPG) cylinders by Rs 220. Following the increase, a 14.2 kg non-subsidized cooking gas cylinder in Delhi will cost Rs 1,241, up from Rs 1,021. Reacting on the same, BJP Vice-President, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said that the LPG price should be regulated. Jan 2, 2014
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Not scared, people have faith in us: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who will have to prove in the state legislature on Thursday that his Aam Aadmi Party has the numbers to continue to govern Delhi said that people have faith in his party and he is not scared. Jan 2, 2014
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Maldives President seeks India's leadership to resolve issues of the region

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who is in India on his first official foreign visit after winning the elections in November has said that they looked up to India's leadership in the salvation from poverty and on regional and global issues. Gayoom met his Indian counterpart, President Pranab Mukherjee, and was accorded a ceremonial reception on Thursday. Jan 2, 2014
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Manish Sisodia moves confidence motion in Delhi Assembly

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): AAP leader, Manish Sisodia on Thursday moved motion of confidence in Delhi Assembly. Sisodia said that his party didn't compromise to form the government. He also added that the Delhi voters have given AAP moral majority and his government wants to end the VVIP culture and corruption in politics. Jan 2, 2014
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Harshvardhan accuses Kejriwal of joining hands with Congress

New Delhi, Jan 02 (ANI): BJP leader Harshvardhan on Thursday criticized Arvind Kejriwal and AAP for joining hands with the Congress party. Addressing the Delhi Assembly, he questioned the reason behind the alliance with the Congress. He also said that Kejriwal during his election campaign had promised that if his party comes in power he will send all the corrupt leaders of the Congress party behind bars and now he is joining hands with the same. Jan 2, 2014
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Arvind Kejriwal government to face crucial trust vote today, Congress says will support

New Delhi, Jan 2 (ANI): Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government will seek a vote of confidence on the floor of Delhi Assembly on Thursday, AAP, which emerged as the second largest party in the election with 28 MLAs requires the support of 8 more MLAs to cross the half way mark of the 70-Member Delhi Assembly. Speaking on the same, Congress leader Jagdish Tytler said that it will continue to lend outside support to the AAP government. However he said that he will not criticize Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal at the moment as everyone will come to know about his governance in the coming three months. Jan 2, 2014