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Bihar celebrates Republic Day with joy

Patna : The 66th Republic Day was celebrated across Bihar Monday with joy and enthusiasm amid tight security.

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi hoisted the tricolour in Patna. Despite intelligence bureau inputs on a possible terror strike and a Maoist boycott call, hundreds of people joined the celebrations in Patna and other places across the state.

According to officials, the chief minister hoisted the national flag instead of Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, following directives from the union home ministry.

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Obama visit: India, US achieve breakthrough in civil n-deal implementation

New Delhi : India and the US Sunday announced the much-anticipated breakthrough agreement on commercial implementation of their landmark civil nuclear deal, six years after it was signed, and also entered a new strategic phase of co-production of some defence projects, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting US President Barack Obama held talks marked by much warmth and camaraderie.

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Two fallen bravehearts to get Ashoka Chakra on Republic Day

New Delhi : Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh will be posthumously awarded the nation's highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra, at the Republic Day parade Monday.

Both of them laid down their lives while fighting heavily-armed terrorists in separate gun-battles in Jammu and Kashmir last year.

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India, US elevate strategic partnership with Declaration of Friendship

New Delhi : "Chalein saath saath; forward together we go", said India and the US Sunday as they agreed to elevate their long-standing strategic partnership with a Declaration of Friendship to strengthen and expand the ties between the two countries.

"'Sanjha Prayaas, Sabka Vikaas; Shared Effort, Progress For All'. Each step we take to strengthen the relationship is a step towards shaping international security, regional and global peace, prosperity and stability for years to come," the declaration said.

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17 foreigners, NRIs among 104 Padma awardees

New Delhi : Seventeen people from other countries, including a few of Indian origin, are among 104 people chosen for the Padma awards.

Karim Al Hussiani Aga Khan of France has been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award.

Manjul Bhargava, David Frawley, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates - all from the US - and Saichiro Misumi from Japan will receive the Padma Bhushan.

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Obama's presence at R-Day demonstrates growing ties: Mukherjee

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee said Sunday that the presence of US President Barack Obama at the Republic Day parade will demonstrate to the world the growing ties of friendship and trust that bind the two democracies closely.

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Challenge now to negotiate plant price with US: Srinivasan

Chennai : Senior nuclear scientist M.R.Srinivasan, welcoming the agreement reached between India and the US in the nuclear power field Sunday, said the challenge now is on discussions on the cost of the plants to be imported from the US.

Onn the day when India and the US achieved a "breakthrough" to the logjam to allow their 2008 civil nuclear deal move forward, Srinivasan, who had negotiated on behalf of India with Russia for supply of reactors for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), was named as one of the Padma Vibushan awardees.

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Padma Shri a pleasant surprise: P.V. Sindhu

New Delhi : Top Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu was happily surprised when she got to know that she will be conferred India’s fourth highest civilian honour - the Padma Shri -- and said the award will only motivate her to do better in the future.

“It feels really good. I am really happy to get this award. This will further motivate me to do better and win more matches and tournaments. My family is also very happy. I really did not expect this honour and it comes as a very pleasant surprise,” Sindhu told IANS over the phone from Hyderabad.

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Four spiritual leaders conferred Padma award

News Delhi : Jagat Guru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya and three other spiritual leaders, including a NRI in Portugal, were Sunday conferred with Padma awards.

Swami Rambhadracharya, from Uttar Pradesh, was among the nine awarded India's second highest civilian honour, the Padam Vibhushan.

Swami Satyamitranand Giri from Uttar Pradesh, and Shivakumara Swami from Karnataka were among the 20 recipients of the Padma Bhushan, a home ministry release said.

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India faces no pressure to curb carbon emission: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the US-China climate deal imposed no pressure on India to roll back its carbon emission, but described climate change as a "bigger pressure" that warranted action from all.

"It's my feeling that the agreement, that has just been concluded between the United States and China does not impose any pressure on us," Modi said in response to a question at a joint media meet with US President Barack Obama following their summit-level talks.

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