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IED blast in Imphal, no casualties reported

Imphal, Jan 21 (ANI): A low intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion occurred in Manipur on Wednesday. No casualties have been reported in the blast that took place inside a crematory complex in capital city, Imphal. An eye witness, Ibechaobi said that she was heading back home when they saw smoke rising. Police reached the spot and began investigation. According to reports, the extremist organizations have further appealed to the people of Manipur to safely remain indoors supporting a total shutdown of activities from 9 PM of January 25 to 6 PM of January 26. Jan 21, 2015
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Police officials review security measures ahead of US President Obama's visit to Taj Mahal

Agra, Jan 21 (ANI): A meeting of top police officials was held in Agra city of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday to discuss the security measures to be put in place ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama. The city of historic Taj Mahal, Agra, is set to become a fortress ahead of Obama's visit on January 27. The Taj Mahal will be closed to visitors on that day. Multi-tier security arrangements are in place for US President's visit. Inspector General (IG), Agra, Sunil Gupta said that an in-depth meeting review of the security arrangements was conducted. Apart from the state police force, Agra has also asked for 10 companies of paramilitary forces from the central government. Jan 21, 2015
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Art exhibition showcases Delhi's heritage through artistic drawings

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): An art exhibition on book 'The Seduction of Delhi' written by Indian diplomat-poet Abhay K was recently held at India International Centre in New Delhi. The poems in the book are based on Delhi monuments which were well illustrated by artistic drawings by Italian artist Tarshito. The drawings have been given a very special treatment by the use of the gold and laakh which highlights the monuments beautifully. The art work was very well received by the various visitors at the event. They were mesmerized by the display of the architecture in such a unique style. The exhibition will continue till January 28 at India International Centre Art Gallery - Annexe Building. Jan 21, 2015
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Govt starts coal block allocation process

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): India's Coal Ministry on Wednesday began the process of allotment of mines to central and state public sector units, starting with the allotment of 36 coal blocks. Coal Secretary of India, Anil Swarup said the ministry has started the process of coal allocation. He said the ministry is to issue guidelines for these coal blocks and those firms which already have coal linkages will have to surrender them and once the linkages are surrendered then more coal will be made available to state-owned Coal India Limited. For schedule II (producing mines) and schedule III (blocks list) category, 23 blocks each will be put on offer. Around 167 bidders requested to visit the coal block site, he stated further. Jan 21, 2015

"I want to join IS", missing Korean teen tweeted

A missing South Korean teenager suspected of joining the Islamic State group had a twitter account, "Sunni Mujahideen", on which he tweeted his desire to enrol with the militant group according to the police. Duration: 00:49 Jan 21, 2015
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Delhi Polls: BJP's CM candidate Kiran Bedi files nomination from Krishna Nagar

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi filed nomination papers from Krishna Nagar constituency on Wednesday. Bedi was accompanied by BJP's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay. Earlier in the day, Bedi had held a roadshow and paid tribute to Lala Lajpat Rai in Krishna Nagar constituency. She had also interacted with tea and newspaper sellers in Krishna Nagar and enquired about the kind of issues they were facing. Jan 21, 2015
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Punjab records first swine flu death

Amritsar, Jan 21 (ANI): Punjab reported its first swine flu death of the year as a 55-year-old woman succumbed to the H1N1 virus at a private hospital in Amritsar city. Sarabjit Kaur was admitted in the hospital on Friday with complains of high fever and cough. Kaur also had uncontrolled diabetic condition. He informed that she had not travelled in recent past or contacted any swine flu patient. Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. With the number of swine flu cases rising in India, doctors had advised people to avoid crowded places. Jan 21, 2015
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Jaipur set to welcome authors, publishers for literature festival

Jaipur, Jan 21 (ANI): India's pink city Jaipur will welcome authors, writers, speakers at Asia's largest literary festival which begins on Wednesday (January 21). Regional language novelists and writers will rub shoulders with Man Booker prize winners and Nobel laureates at the 8th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), which will be held in Diggi Palace in Jaipur. The writers will converge in the city for five days of readings, debates and discussions. Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, is scheduled to inaugurate the festival, where over 200,000 visitors are expected. The event is seen as an agenda-setter on key issues from the global economic crisis to the rise of e-books, the current state of politics in the Middle East to the increasing importance of Indian language publishing. Jan 21, 2015
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Delhi Polls: Candidates from various political parties file nomination

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Leaders from various political parties today filed their nomination papers for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. The scrutiny of nominations will take place tomorrow, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is January 24. Polling will take place on February 7 and the counting of votes will be taken up on February 10. Jan 21, 2015
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Police arrest man for smuggling endangered lizards in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 21 (ANI): Police in Assam arrested a man from a railway station in Guwahati city for trying to smuggle 15 gecko lizards. The man identified as Sanjay Rai was trying to smuggle the endangered species to West Bengal, police officials said. He told officials he had caught the geckos from Kumarghat in Tripura and was taking them to Siliguri. Geckos have large international market value and they are transported to China from northeastern states via Nepal. There are many instances where gecko smugglers have been arrested in the city and other parts of the state. Jan 21, 2015
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School student killed in accident in Ranchi, angry mob burns buses

Ranchi, Jan 21 (ANI): A mob, angry at the death of a school student, burnt vehicles in Ranchi on Wednesday. A student of fourth standard was run over in a road accident when a bus and a car were trying to overtake each other. The student died on the spot. However, it is not clear if the student was hit by the bus or the car. Angry people spilled onto the roads, set two buses on fire and blocked traffic to protest against the student's death. In order to clear the road, the police had to chase away the angry mob. An eyewitness, Rakesh Kumar, said the mob could only be controlled once the police teams arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, another eyewitness, Pushpesh Yadav, confirmed the student died on the spot. School students too came out to protest against this accident and shouted slogans demanding justice for the deceased student. Jan 21, 2015
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PM Modi meets Myanmar's Vice President Sai Mauk Kham to improve bilateral relations

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Vice President of Myanmar, Sai Mauk Kham met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday. Kham arrived in India on Monday on a five day visit to improve the bilateral relations between the two countries. Accompanying Kham on his visit is a high-level delegation of cabinet ministers and senior officials Through this visit, both the countries are aiming to improve physical connectivity and economic links. Reportedly India is keen on expanding its commercial footprint across Myanmar. Kham is scheduled to hold meetings with other top leaders of India including President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Kham will also be visiting various places of historical importance both within and outside Delhi. Jan 21, 2015