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India has 70 percent of world's tigers as per latest census: Javadekar

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): India is home to 70 percent of the world's tigers as per latest 2014 census, said Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday (January 20). Tigers have long been bordering extinction as they face the dangers of poaching, killings and habitat loss despite government conservation efforts. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says that the world has lost 97 percent of its tiger population in over a century. India has been struggling to keep its tiger population intact being one of the few countries where the species is found. Javadekar added that building new tiger reserves was on the government's agenda. He also said that though man-animal conflict had reduced, the government would be active in reducing the risks further. He also applauded the efforts of forest guards and environment enthusiasts and activists in helping preserve tigers. Jan 20, 2015
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Surat chemical godown catches fire

Surat, Jan 20 (ANI): A massive fire broke out at the Mahalaxmi Industrial Godown in the Pandesara area of Surat on Tuesday. The chemical godown, which caught fire at around 10 am, had oil supplies used in textile looms and gas cylinders. As per reports, the reason for the fire was a short circuit. Four cylinders in the godown also exploded due to the fire. More than two dozen fire tenders rushed to the spot and were attempting to douse the flames. Further details are awaited. Jan 20, 2015
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PM Modi meets top management of POSCO

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of multi-national steel making company, POSCO, Kwon Oh-joon and its Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Gee Woong Sung in New Delhi on Tuesday (January 20). Modi also met ambassador of South Korea Joon-Gyu-Lee. Posco's $12 billion steel plant in eastern Odisha state is the largest single foreign direct investment (FDI) project in India. POSCO officials say the company came to India to have a strong base in an emerging economy as its presence in China was below expectations. The company will have to spend 5 percent of the total investment on "enterprise social commitments". Jan 20, 2015
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Army officials, civilians take up 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' in Kashmir

Poonch, Jan 20 (ANI): Army officials and local residents in Jammu and Kashmir took up the ambitious cleanliness drive. Army personnel and civilians swept streets and gathered garbage along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district as a part of 'Clean India' mission, or 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. Army officials of the Nangi Tekri Battalion along with the civilians participated in the campaign and swept a three-kilometre stretch. Meanwhile, another resident Pashuram said that the mission should be held once in a month. India's burgeoning towns and cities are littered with garbage, the result of massive urban migration, poor civic planning and inadequate waste disposal systems, and rivers and lakes are polluted with sewage and industrial effluents. Jan 20, 2015
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US, UK demand Lakhvi be handed over to India for trial, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): The US and UK have asked Pakistan to hand over 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi to India for its trial which drew political reactions on Tuesday. BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy and GVL Narasimha Rao said that we have yet to see if U.S and U.K are serious about their statement if they stay true to their stand even after Pakistan does not do so. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Lakhvi should be handed to India as we have been constantly saying that Lakhvi is an accused in Mumbai attacks. Jan 20, 2015
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'The Sun' drops Topless Models From Page 3

'The Sun' has decided to scrap its 44-year-old tradition to feature topless models on Page 3. Its Irish edition had dropped the topless Page 3 pictures back in August 2013. Jan 20, 2015
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Organize a debate between Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and me; Congress is ready: Ajay Maken

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): The Congress party on Tuesday accepted ANI's invitation for a debate with the chief ministerial candidates of its rivals in the Delhi Assembly elections, from Bharatiya Janata Party's Kiran Bedi and Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal. Praising the idea of open debate between all the three major parties Maken further said that such an exercise will be very beneficial for Delhi's voters. Earlier in the day, AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal had invited Kiran Bedi for a public debate, after congratulating her for being nominated as BJPs chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Delhi polls. Jan 20, 2015