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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.


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".


'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.


Obama, Modi to talk militant 'safe havens' in Pakistan

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : With US concerned about 'safe havens' in some area of Pakistan where extremists operate in virtual impunity, counterterrorism coordination would be a key topic of discussions between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Certainly the United States values the counterterrorism coordination relationship that we have with India. And we certainly are interested in discussing with them ways that we can strengthen that relationship," Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday.

Odisha man shares defence information with ISI, held

Bhubaneswar : Amid threat of a possible terror attack, Odisha Police Friday arrested a man for allegedly sharing information about the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district with Pakistani spy agency ISI.

"Iswar Chandra Behera, a contractual videographer engaged in the ITR of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) was arrested for sharing secret information about the defence related activities with an ISI agent in lieu of money," Asit Panigrahi, Deputy Inspector General (Eastern Range) of Police, informed media persons in Balasore.

Netaji pioneered the concept of overseas citizenship: Historian

Kolkata: Long before India embraced the concept of overseas citizenship, it was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose who thought of it by providing the Indian diaspora in Southeast Asia an idea of "future citizenship", an expert said Friday.

Delivering a lecture on "Bay of Bengal and its Cultural Connections" here at an event to mark the 118th birth anniversary of Netaji, Harvard University professor Sunil Amrith dubbed Netaji's effort to recognise the Indian diaspora as "a bold experiment in citizenship".


SC orders Rs.4 lakh in damages to rail passenger's kin

New Delhi:The Indian Railways will have to pay compensation to passengers for any untoward incident during their journey, including death due to cardiac arrest while running along the moving train leaving the platform.

The Supreme Court, dealing with a case, declined the Centre's plea challenging the Madras High Court award of compensation of Rs.4 lakh to the widow and children of Durai Somnathan, who had died of cardiac arrest while running along the moving train from which his wife and daughter could not get down.


Uber rape case: Fingerprints of accused match

New Delhi: A forensic expert Friday told a court here that the fingerprints of the Uber cab driver, accused of raping a woman executive, matched with the fingerprints obtained from the vehicle in which she was allegedly raped.

Senior scientific officer in the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Harender Prasad told Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja that a few fingerprints were found in the Swift Dzire car, inside which the woman was allegedly raped.


Northeastern states alerted to likely terror strikes

Shillong/Imphal: A massive security alert has been sounded across northeast India after separatist rebels announced a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations Jan 26, a home ministry official said Friday.

"We are aware that they (rebels) will be making attempts to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations. Therefore, we have placed security forces on high alert to thwart the rebels from disrupting the celebrations," Shambhu Singh, joint secretary (northeast) in the home ministry, told IANS by phone from New Delhi.


Terror havens in Pakistan unacceptable; India true partner: Obama

New Delhi: Sending a clear message to Pakistan, US President Barack Obama has said "safe havens" of terrorism within that country were not acceptable and described India as a "true global" partner.

Obama also called for those behind the Mumbai terror attacks to be brought to justice.