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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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Carnatic singer Sudha Raghunathan gets Padma Bhushan

Chennai : Popular Carnatic composer and vocalist Sudha Raghunathan was Sunday named for the Padma Bhushan on the eve of the 66th Republic Day.

Raghunathan will get the award for her contribution to art and music over the last three decades.

Born in a Tamil Brahmin family in Bangalore in 1977, she was initially trained in Carnatic music by her mother, a music teacher, from the age of three.

Later, she trained under B.V Lakshman and M.L Vasantha Kumari (MLV), whose student she remained for 13 years.

Advani, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh conferred Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi : BJP leader L.K. Advani, spiritual leader and philanthropist Aga Khan, actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are among the nine awarded India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, Sunday.

'US companies need to make own risk assessment on n-deal'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : US officials Sunday called the understanding on the stalled India-US nuclear deal a "breakthrough", but said it was up to the companies to do their own risk assessment before entering into commercial contracts.

The two sides have come to "an understanding of the liability" issue, and that it will operate "through a memorandum of law within the Indian system", US Ambassador to India Richard Verma told US reporters accompanying President Barack Obama.

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Obama visit: Officials too face security heat

New Delhi : Common citizens were not the only ones who faced problems due to the unprecedented security net cast around Hyderabad House and areas near India Gate in the national capital before the India-US summit level talks.

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Talks on bilateral investment treaty to resume, say Modi, Obama

New Delhi: India and US will resume dialogue on a bilateral investment treaty as the economic growth in both countries is becoming stronger and their economic partnership had strengthening, announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Sunday.

"President Obama and I have agreed that a strong and growing economic relationship is vital for the success of our strategic partnership. Economic growth in our two countries is becoming stronger," Modi said at a joint press meeting with Obama after their talks.

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