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Manmohan's daughter putting together everything he said in 10 years

Kolkata : Author Daman Singh, daughter of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Saturday said she failed to understand why people label her father as "silent" and revealed she was coming up with a collection of "everything" he said in the last 10 years.

"One of the comments that comes up over and over again is 'what a silent man he is'. This is something which I have not really understood completely.

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Obama, Michelle to miss Taj, travel to Riyadh instead

Agra/Washington : The much-anticipated visit by US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to Agra to view the Taj Majal has been cancelled and the US first couple would instead head to Riyadh to condole the passing away of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the White House said Saturday.

Obama and Michelle "will travel to Riyadh Tuesday in order to pay respects to King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the family of the late king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz", the White House said.

Obama arrives in India Sunday on a three-day visit. He was to visit Agra Jan 27.

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45,000 security personnel to guard Delhi on R-Day

New Delhi : Over 1,000 NSG snipers along with 44,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces will be guarding the national capital on Republic Day to ensure a safe visit of US President Barack Obama.

The National Security Guard snipers will maintain a hawk-eye vigil from high-rise buildings within a two-km radius of Rajpath, from where the US president along with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be watching the Republic Day parade.

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Lata Mangeshkar praises Modi's 'Beti Bachao...' campaign

Mumbai : Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar Saturday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationwide 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' campaign for saving the girl child and fighting against female foeticide.

The 85-year-old Bharat Ratna, who is also called the 'Nightingale of India' for her melodious voice, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to wish Modi success in his new initiative on Basant Panchami, the first day of spring.

On Basant Panchami, Saraswati Puja is performed with traditional fervour as people worship idols of the goddess.

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Maharashtra to buy Ambedkar home in London

Mumbai : The Maharashtra government has decided to buy the home in London where B.R. Ambedkar lived in the 1920s, and convert it into a memorial-cum-museum, an official said here Saturday.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde, currently in London for a global academic conference, finalized the deal and made the announcement there Saturday.

According to an official in Mumbai, the deal for the 2050 sq. feet home, which was up for sale for the past few months, is expected to cost around Rs.40 crore.

Woman who triggered bomb blast in Bihar court identified

Patna : The woman who triggered the bomb blast in the premises of the Ara civil court in Bihar's Bhojpur district that killed two people has been identified, police said Saturday.

A day after two people - a woman and a police constable - were killed and more than a dozen injured in the explosion, police said a middle-aged woman, Rina Gaudh, carried the bomb and died in the blast.

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NCW records statement of Bengal woman tortured by police

Kolkata : A National Commission for Women (NCW) team led by Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam Saturday recorded the statement of the woman who was allegedly tortured by policemen in West Bengal's Birbhum district.

The victim, a homemaker, had alleged that a police team accompanied by local Trinamool Congress leaders had forcibly taken her away to a jungle Jan 17 and tortured her to extract information about her nephew, a local BJP leader wanted over his involvement in clashes in Parui in the district.

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Colors, Rishtey to also telecast India's R-Day parade

New Delhi : The 66th Republic Day parade on Jan 26 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message to the country will be telecast live for Indian and international audiences on the Colors and Rishtey channels, the feed originating from national broadcaster Doordarshan.

This is the first time the two channels will simulcast the Republic Day celebrations along with Doordarshan. The telecast will also reach out to the international markets like Middle East and North African countries, Britain and the US.

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Obama, Michelle won't see the Taj as Agra visit cancelled

Agra/Lucknow : US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will miss out on seeing the Taj during their three-day India sojourn as their visit to Agra has been cancelled, the authorities said Saturday.

Agra District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar confirmed to reporters the cancellation of Obama's visit to Agra.

A government spokesman told IANS in Lucknow that the presidential visit to Agra "for all practical purposes was over".

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'Monotheism inevitable but wasn't a break with antiquity'

By Vikas Datta,

Jaipur : Monotheism, which rose in the Middle East in the first century after Christ, was a "decisive moral and ethical" revolution that transformed the world and was almost an inevitable stage in human history. But, it did not represent a break with the classical era, say experts.

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