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Indian embassy in Beijing cancels Republic Day ceremony due to coronavirus

PTI Beijing The Indian embassy in China on Friday cancelled the Republic Day ceremony in view of the coronavirus outbreak which has killed 25 people and infected over 800 others. The Indian mission here took to social media to announce the cancelation of the celebrations scheduled for January 26. “In view of the evolving situation due to the coronavirus outbreak …

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Saibaba birthplace row: Pathri locals to move court

Aurangabad: Residents of Pathri in Parbhani district on Thursday decided to approach court to get legal sanctity to their claim that 19th century saint Saibaba was born in their village. Members of the Sai Janmabhoomi Pathri Sansthan said they will file a petition in the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court with evidence to prove that Saibaba was born …

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Muslims in India safer than most other places in world: Goyal

Davos: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said Muslims in India are safer than most places in the world.  “India is probably one of the most inclusive societies in the world,” Goyal said here at a session on ‘Strategic Outlook: India’ at the WEF 2020.  “India is a country which welcomes all diverse viewpoints, all diverse opinions, the Muslims in …

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Brexit bill crosses UK Parliament finish line

London: The UK’s so-called divorce agreement with the EU has crossed the Parliament finish line, setting in motion the final stages for Britain’s exit from the 28-member economic bloc on January 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the European Union (EU) Withdrawal Agreement Bill has cleared its parliamentary stages and is now awaiting …

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China locks down two cities to curb virus outbreak

Wuhan: China locked down two major cities in a province at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak on Thursday, banning planes and trains from leaving in an unprecedented move aimed at containing the disease which has already spread to other countries.   The respiratory virus has claimed 17 lives since emerging from a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, …

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World leaders rally in Jerusalem against anti-Semitism

Jerusalem: Dozens of world leaders descended upon Jerusalem on Thursday for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating modern-day anti-Semitism.  Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Prince Charles, Vice President Mike Pence and the presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria were among the more than 40 dignitaries attending the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides …

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Proposal ensuring proscribed entities not granted Consultative Status approved: US

United Nations: The UN has approved India’s proposal to ensure that applications by NGOs seeking consultative status with the world body’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) are not from individuals and entities proscribed by the UN Security Council. The move will guarantee that persons and entities banned by the UNSC are not associated with the world body. Counsellor in India’s …

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Bodies of eight Indian tourists under post-mortem in Nepal

Kathmandu: The bodies of the eight Indian tourists, including four minors, who died due to possible asphyxiation in their room at a mountainous resort in Nepal are undergoing postmortem here on Wednesday and would be flown back home on Thursday, according to a senior Indian official. Tragedy struck a group of 15 tourists from Kerala when eight of them, including …

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Lanka President wants civil war disappearances probed

Colombo: Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants a probe into the disappearances of over 20,000 people in the country’s brutal civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels, his office has said in a clarification after the Sri Lankan President declared the missing persons “dead” in a first-ever admission to a UN official. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former wartime defence secretary who played a key role …

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UK’s Prince Harry, Meghan warn media over photos

​London: Britains Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have started their new life in Canada after stepping down from their royal duties, even as they have issued a legal warning to the media for clicking their pictures without consent. According to a royal source, the publication of photographs showing the Duchess of Sussex hiking with baby Archie and their …

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