PM Modi says committed to meeting budget deficit goal

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he is committed to meeting this year's budget deficit target, welcoming a cut in interest rates by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the back of falling inflation. In a speech, Modi said his government would cut wasteful spending, streamline the payment of welfare benefits and raise investment in roads and railways to boost economic growth in Asia's third-largest economy. Modi's comments signalled his assent to RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's call for "sustained high quality fiscal consolidation" as a condition for further monetary easing after a surprise quarter-point cut on Thursday. The 64-year-old prime minister said it would be difficult to revive economic growth but promised to deliver incremental reforms. Jan 17, 2015
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Cashier spikes tea of three colleagues, drives off with Rs 2cr

Mumbai, Jan 17 (ANI): An employee of a security agency allegedly spiked the tea of his three colleagues on a cash delivery van and scooted with Rs 2 crore after his accomplices waylaid the vehicle in Vile Parle on Friday. Police said the incident took place in Western Express Highway late Friday night and a hunt was on to nab the prime accused Sadre Alam and his three associates. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Virendra Mishra, said Alam asked his three colleagues to stop the van at Worli under pretext of some work and later brought tea for his colleagues, which was spiked with sedatives. Mishra said Alam and his three associates entered the van after two guards fell conscious and the driver felt drowsy. The accused opened the security locker with help of Alam and decamped with the cash. Jan 17, 2015
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South Korea's outlaw tattoo artists

Tattoos have hit the mainstream in South Korea but the law is lagging behind, leaving the growing number of Korean tattoo artists vulnerable to prosecution on the whim of local authorities. Jan 17, 2015
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India steps up security in border towns ahead of Republic Day

Amritsar, Jan 17 (ANI): Security has been tightened across India ahead of Republic Day's celebrations on January 26. Extra vigil is being mounted at border towns as Indian security agencies fear militant attacks from across the border ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to the country. Obama will be the first US President to attend a Republic Day celebration. He is the only US President to visit the country twice while in office. India security officials have said around 200 militants are waiting to cross over from across the border. Jan 17, 2015
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100 feared dead after boat sinks in C. Africa

Nearly 100 people are feared dead in the Central African Republic after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the strife-torn country, officials say. Duration: 00:42 Jan 17, 2015
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Muslims around the world rally against Charlie Hebdo

One person was shot and another injured in clashes between anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and police outside the French consulate in Pakistan's Karachi, an AFP correspondent at the city's main hospital said. Jan 17, 2015
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Families reunited in Havana as US eases travel with Cuba

The United States eases travel and trade restrictions with Cuba, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. Duration: 00:58 Jan 17, 2015
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Interfaith leaders gather in solidarity at a London mosque

The Muslim Council of Britain met with other religious leaders at a London mosque in show of solidarity against terrorism, with the general secretary of the umbrella organisation urging people to exercise 'freedom not to offend'. Duration: 00:54 Jan 17, 2015
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US, UN warn Myanmar over growing religious tensions

A top American diplomat decries growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warns the use of faith for political ends is "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country. Duration: 00:59 Jan 17, 2015
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Saradha scam: Madan Mitra's judicial custody extended till Jan 30

Kolkata, Jan 16 (ANI): A court on Friday extended the judicial custody of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra till January 30. Mitra was arrested in connection with the Saradha scam. After hearing both prosecution and the defence, the court rejected Mitra's bail plea and extended his custody by 14 days. He was presented in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate H. Mukherjee on the expiry of his earlier judicial remand. Jan 16, 2015
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Moral Policing: Couple brutally thrashed by hooligans in Maharashtra

Latur, Jan 16 (ANI): In a shocking incident of moral policing, a young couple was beaten brutally by Ganimi Kawa organisation in a park after being spotted by the group in Latur district of Maharashtra. According to reports, the city police has taken the matter into consideration and registered a case against 4 people of the organisation including Balaji Godse, the head of the group. Ganimi Kawa is a rural-based organisation which involves in moral policing. Local police has registered a case against the accused. The assault was filmed by the gang on a phone and circulated on WhatsApp to shame the victim in her village. Jan 16, 2015