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SAARC literature festival in Agra from Feb 13

Agra : A three-day SAARC literature festival will begin in the Taj city Feb 13.

Literary luminaries from the neighbouring SAARC countries will interact, debate latest literary trends and present their literary pieces for analytical comments during the event.

The evenings will be enlivened by performances by Sufis and Darveshes. The regional Braj culture and literature will also be on display.

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Owe my Padma Shri to god: Shillong Chamber Choir founder

By Raymond Kharmujai,

Shillong : Neil Nongkynrih, founder of the world-renowned Shillong Chamber Choir that once performed for US President Barack Obama, says he owes his Padma Shri to god and the support of his ensemble and family.

"Obviously god! In my case, my lord and savior Jesus Christ. And then, of course, to the firm support of the choir, my family and all my other friends and fans of our music," Nongkynrih told IANS after it was announced in New Delhi that he was among those named for India's fourth highest civilian honour.

Cartoonist R.K. Laxman to get a memorial

Pune : Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced a memorial for legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman who passed away here late Monday.

"Laxman was not just a cartoonist - what he said through his cartoons will inspire future governments...Though he is no more, The Common Man he created will live forever," Fadnavis said Tuesday while paying homage to Laxman here.

In a rare honour, Maharashtra government accorded a state funeral to Laxman, 94, who died in a private hospital Monday after a brief illness.

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Our society behaves horrendously with women: Author Amish Tripathi

By Shilpa Raina,

Jaipur : Controversies in India are given greater prominence than pressing issues like the oppression of women that need to be brought out in public, says best-selling author Amish Tripathi, who "approaches the subject with a heart" to avoid unnecessary trouble while writing on religion.

"Please don't misunderstand me... but I fear that we don't focus on real issues that I have spoken about many times, and it is the subject of women's oppression," Tripathi told IANS in an interview on the sidelines of the Jaipur LitFest.

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UN applications of five Indian NGOs put on hold

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : Applications from five Indian non-governmental organisations for special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) were put on hold Monday after Pakistan raised issues with their requests in three cases and India in two.

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations recommended 16 organisations for special consultative status -- none from India -- and deferred action on the status of 17 others.

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State funeral for cartoonist Laxman

Pune (Maharashtra) : In a rare honour, the Maharashtra government has decided to accord a state funeral to legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman, creator of the iconic "The Common Man", here Tuesday, an official said.

Laxman, 94 died in a private hospital Monday evening after a brief illness. His last rites will be performed with full state honours at Vaikuntha Crematorium here, around 12 noon Tuesday.

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Obama, Modi bring mutual chemistry, action to business ties

New Delhi: India and the US Monday sought to give a new momentum to their business relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama displaying their personal chemistry as they sought to iron out thorny issues, promised to cut red tape and laid thrust on concrete outcomes.

Russia, India remain strategic partners: Russia

Moscow: In view of the growing strategic partnership between Washington and New Delhi, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Monday that Russia and India remain strategic partners and no external influence can affect them.

"Our relations with India have an independent value. Indian Deputy Foreign Minister Sujata Singh said Moscow remained a strategic partner for New Delhi. Ambassador Raghavan confirmed the same. I’d add that we are not only strategic partners but also close friends,” Morgulov said.

Bihar honours police officer who arrested IM chief

Patna : The Bihar government Monday awarded Police Medal to Indian Police Service officer Vinay Kumar for his gallantry in arresting Yasin Bhatkal, chief of the banned Indian Mujahideen, in 2013, an official said.

"Threat perception was very high to arrest Bhatkal. But it was a secret operation with challenge and risk," Vinay Kumar said here after being awarded on the occasion of the Republic Day.

He is posted as commandant of Bihar Military Police(BMP).

Business leaders welcome Modi-Obama vision for economy

New Delhi : India Inc. Monday welcomed the outline for growth presented by both US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the US-India Business Summit here.

Welcoming the shared vision of economic growth between India and the US, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) president Ajay Shriram said the future of both the Indian and US economies is inter-linked in the globalised world.

According to Shriram, the real need of the hour in expanding the growth and economic ties is to diversify the bilateral trade.

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