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US officials review security in Agra ahead of Obama's visit

Agra, Jan 24 (ANI): US security officials visited city of Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh to review various aspects ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama. The US President, along with first lady Michelle Obama, will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 on invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Republic Day celebrations on January 26. The members stayed for hours and interacted with officials regarding security preparations in Agra city. Officials paid visit to the local Sarojini Naidu Medical College to have a look at the trauma centre and other facilities. Kumar added all arrangements, including the critical care ambulance, are in place. Agra is set to become a fortress ahead of Obama's visit on January 27. The historic monument Taj Mahal will be closed to visitors on that day. Jan 24, 2015
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J and K separatist group calls for shutdown to protest Prophet's cartoons published by Charlie Heb

Srinagar, Jan 24 (ANI): A complete shutdown called by a separatist group in Jammu and Kashmir, to protest against blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Mohammad published in a French magazine, paralysed normal life. The call for protest was given by Chief of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yaseen Malik, against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which has been known for lampooning Islam. In the rally called 'The Prophet Prestige Rally', protestors shouted slogans against the magazine and demanded the cartoonists behind drawing Prophet's caricatures be hanged. Roads and markets in Srinagar wore a deserted look as shops across the valley remained shut and vehicles stayed off the roads. A protestor, Faraz Ahmed said the protest was against the disrespect shown by Charlie Hebdo against Islam. Jan 24, 2015
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Prime Minister Modi confers bravery awards to children

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the National Awards for Bravery to 24 children from across the country ahead of Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the children had shown courage in the face of adversity and could not stop themselves from acting with valor, adding that they had inspired many others in the society. Modi commended the awardees for their selfless act. He urged the children to work towards their goals and dreams relentlessly. Of the 24 children, there are eight girls and 16 boys. Four will be honoured with the award posthumously. The Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, was also present on the occasion. The awardees are invited to New Delhi for the award and also participate in the Republic Day parade on January 26. Jan 24, 2015
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Dancing cop becomes a rock star like figure among riders in Indore

Indore, Jan 24 (ANI): Moving his feet and hands in sync with the fast moving lights on a busy intersection, a traffic cop in Madhya Pradesh has virtually become a traffic stopper. Unlike his colleagues, Ranjit Singh is a rock star for his fans who are thrilled with his dancing skills with which he controls the maddening crowd and unruly drivers. Singh is constantly on the move at the busiest cross-section at Mahatma Gandhi Road in Indore as he moonwalks from one corner to another to ensure smooth ply of traffic. Synchronising his moves with the timings of traffic signals is what sets Singh apart from other traffic policemen. Singh's moves have started paying off. He said there is a visible improvement in the traffic sense of the locals. He has become a role-model for drivers and pedestrians alike. Singh has been felicitated by authorities for his unique style of disciplining the roads and the chaotic traffic, having received a total of 46 awards so far. Jan 24, 2015
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Residents expect Obama to speak on Kashmir issue while on his visit to India

Srinagar, Jan 24 (ANI): Residents of Jammu and Kashmir expected US President Barack Obama to speak about Kashmir issue and help improve relations between India and Pakistan. Obama will arrive in India on Sunday for the second time during his tenure, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st century. He was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be the first US President to attend Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26. Meanwhile, residents of the valley said that Obama could set a peaceful mood between India and Pakistan. Militants have been targeting security bases in Kashmir since 1990s, when there was a full-blown insurgency against Indian rule in a region over which India and Pakistan fought two of their three. Jan 24, 2015
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Bhopal gas victims urge US President Obama for justice ahead of his India visit

Bhopal, Jan 24 (ANI): Victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, world's worst industrial disaster, called upon US President Barack Obama to ensure justice for survivors by directing Dow Chemicals to appear for hearings and clean toxic waste. In the early hours of December 3, 1984, around 40 tons of methyl isocyanate gas accidentally leaked from a pesticide factory owned by US multinational Union Carbide Corp. and was carried by the wind into the surrounding slums. Social activist Satinath Sarangi said they have called upon Obama and demanded extradition of John Macdonald, secretary of Union Carbide. Obama will arrive in India on Sunday for the second time during his tenure, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st century. Jan 24, 2015
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Amnesty remains worried on human rights after Saudi King death

The Secretary General of Amnesty International says in Davos, that the death of Saudi Arabia's King was not a surprise and that Amesty remains concerned with "the complete lack of basic human rights in that country." Duration: 00:58 Jan 24, 2015
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DRC opposition calls for people to unite against Kabila

Senators in the Democratic Republic of Congo delayed a vote on hotly contested legislation that would extend President Joseph Kabila's rule, following days of deadly clashes between protesters and police. Duration: 00:50 Jan 24, 2015
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Iraqs displaced Yazidis hunker down for winter

Last summer, tens of thousands of Yazidis faced searing heat as they fled a murderous jihadist onslaught in northern Iraq, but many survivors are now shivering in the snow. Duration: 00:58 Jan 24, 2015