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Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis meets Ram Vilas Paswan; seeks extension of subsidy on raw sugar exp

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday and sought extension of subsidy on raw sugar exports and hike in import duty on the sugar to 40 percent to help cash-starved mills clear cane arrears to farmers. Fadnavis also demanded creation of buffer stock of 50 lakh tonnes of sugar at factory level in the state and increase mandatory ethanol blending with petrol from the current 5 percent to 10 percent. Paswan said that sugar products should be used with diverted with ethanol. Jan 17, 2015
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Mamata Banerjee says will create lakhs of Mukul Roy if CBI arrests him, Politicos condemn

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday condemned West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee for saying that she will create lakhs of Mukul Roy if CBI arrests him in Saradha scam case. Leaders alleged that Banerjee is notifying that she will sponsor more corruption from her party. Banerjee said this at a closed door meeting with party leaders. CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta that let them protest and that law will take its own course. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that by this statement, West Bengal CM is saying that she will continue with corruption. Sambit Patra said that people of West Bengal will give a befitting reply to TMC chief. Jan 17, 2015
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Our mobile phones are teeming with bacteria!

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A new study has recently provided a deeper insight into how filthy mobile phones are that people use in their daily life. The study revealed just how much bacteria is on the phone and it's pretty gross, an online portal reported. Bacteria use all sorts of things as vectors in order to transmit insects, water, food, coughs and sneezes, or sexual contact. Many of the phones showed the biggest and clearest blotch of bacteria growing around where the "home" button was. Most of the bacteria is harmless but disgusting. Jan 17, 2015
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Court sends Jagtar Singh Tara to 5 day remand in Former Punjab CM Beant Singh murder case

Patiala, Jan 17 (ANI): Patiala court on Saturday sent key accused in Former Punjab CM Beant Singh murder case, Jagtar Singh Tara to 5 day police remand. Jagtar Singh Tara's lawyer said that they were asking for 12 day remand but were allowed only 5 days remand. He said that there is no link or evidence against Tara and that the other party is trying to make the case high profile. Jan 17, 2015

Politicos react as more Censor Board members resign

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Politicos gave mixed reactions on Saturday as 9 more members of the CBFC resigned a day after its Chairperson Leela Samson’s resignation. On Friday, Leela Samson had resigned citing reasons of ‘interference and corruption’ after the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) apparently cleared the controversial film Messenger of God (MSG) that stars Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Jan 17, 2015
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We resigned in support of Leela Samson: Ira Bhaskar

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Outgoing Central Board of Film Certfication (CBFC) member Ira Bhaskar on Saturday said the resignation of all members was in support of Leela Samson, the former chairperson of the statutory board. She also said that a joint letter of resignation in which nine people have signed was submitted. Bhaskar, a professor of cinema studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University also cleared that the reason for resignation was not the movie Messenger of God (MSG). Bhaskar also said that the Board continued working on extension even after its term was over. Bhaskar resigned on Friday after Leela Samson stepped down as the board's chairperson. She cited the discrepancies in board as the reason for her deciding to quit. Jan 17, 2015
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Politicos present a differing view as opinion poll predicts hung assembly in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday presented a differing view even as opinion poll predicted a hung assembly in Delhi. A fresh opinion poll has predicted a hung assembly in Delhi with BJP finishing with 34 seats and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stuck at 28 seats, the same as last time. Congress leader PC Chacko said that the mood of people of Delhi is different and that they have been seeing the condition of the national capital since past few months. He said that the people of Delhi will bring up something major for Congress. Meanwhile, BJP too had a differentiating opinion on this. The party leaders said that Delhi will give clear mandate and that the party will emerge victorious. Jan 17, 2015

Reactions come in as Pune McDonalds throws out a street kid willing to buy Fanta float

New Delhi/ Jaipur, Jan 17 (ANI): Reactions come in as Pune McDonalds restaurant threw out a street kid who was willing to buy a Fanta float. Child rights activist and Congress leader called it inappropriate and against the very fabric of Indian Constitution. Although, following the shameful act, McDonalds India said that appropriate action would be taken in case of any act of breach. The McDonalds India issued a statement wherein it said, “We shall be examining if our employees have in any manner breached basic courtesy and respect and take appropriate action. We wish to affirm that we treasure and respect everyone in equal measure and do not support any form of discrimination. We are investigating internally an issue that has been reported on an incident involving a street child.” Jan 17, 2015

Police arrest Islamic State sympathiser in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 17 (ANI): Police in Hyderabad arrested an Islamic State (IS) sympathiser when he was about to board a flight to Dubai. The police detained 22-year-old engineer Salman Moinuddin at the airport. After interrogation, police said Moinuddin confessed that he was going to join the IS along with his British-national girlfriend Nicky Joseph. They had planned to meet in Dubai and then travel to Syria through Turkey. Sudarshan added an investigation is underway in the matter. However, Moinuddin’s father evaded questions from media. Jan 17, 2015
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NC MLA Abdul Majid Larmi attacked by suspected militants

Kulgam, Jan 17 (ANI): National Conference MLA Abdul Majid Larmi was shot at by suspected militants in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Saturday. Larmi's PSO was injured in the incident. The minister was rushed to a hospital in Anantnag and is undergoing treatment. Police is investigating in the matter to find out about the attackers and purpose behind the same. Further details are awaited. Jan 17, 2015

Mukteswar Dance Festival attracts tourists in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Jan 17 (ANI): Tourists from across the world thronged Bhubaneswar city which hosted a three-day annual traditional dance festival this week. Classical Odissi dancers perform in the backdrop of the ancient Mukteswar temple. Named after the temple, the annual Mukteswar Dance Festival is very popular among foreign tourists who come here to witness India’s traditional dance forms. The festival featured both male and female performances in solos, duets and groups, in the backdrop of the 9th-10th century Mukteswar temple which was lit, giving the dances an eerie yet heavenly feel. Jan 17, 2015

Rajasthan on alert after spurt in swine flu cases

Jaipur, Jan 17 (ANI): Authorities in Rajasthan have been on alert after a spurt in swine flu cases. So far, seven people have died due to swine flu in the state this year. The administration has set up special counters in premier hospitals and deputed special teams of doctors to monitor the situation. Health officials said the virus had weakened in the past two-three years, but its re-emergence was a cause for alarm. The premier Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur has examined 44 samples of swine flu and admitted seven of them since January 01, 2015. Swine flu is caused by the H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. Jan 17, 2015

Seven Maoist sympathisers surrender in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur, Jan 17 (ANI): Seven Maoist sympathisers surrendered before authorities in Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, Komal Singh said the surrendered Maoist sympathisers would be rehabilitated and provided monetary assistance as per government schemes. Chhattisgarh is a hotbed of Maoist rebels and security forces have mounted major operations against them. The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Jan 17, 2015

Foggy morning in Delhi: road traffic, train and flight schedules affected

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Delhi woke up to another foggy morning on Saturday disrupting normal life. Apart from road traffic, 68 flights were delayed and six cancelled. The fog also affected the movement of trains with more than 50 delayed and eight rescheduled. The minimum temperature early on Saturday morning was recorded at 8.4 degrees Celsius. The national capital had also witnessed a foggy morning on Friday. Jan 17, 2015