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'Duty of all citizens to promote harmony': Munawar Faruqui’s bail plea rejected by Madhya Pradesh HC
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'Duty of all citizens to promote harmony': Munawar Faruqui’s bail plea rejected by Madhya Pradesh HC

The court concluded that there was prima facie evidence to suggest that Faruqui had intended to outrage religious feelings 'under the garb of stand-up comedy'

Economic Survey to be presented in Parliament tomorrow; all you need to about FinMin's flagship report on economy
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Economic Survey to be presented in Parliament tomorrow; all you need to about FinMin's flagship report on economy

The Economic Survey 2021 is of particular significance as it during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely to outline plans to put the economy back on track

Daniel Pearl murder case: Pakistan Supreme Court orders release of prime suspect Omar Saeed Sheikh
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Daniel Pearl murder case: Pakistan Supreme Court orders release of prime suspect Omar Saeed Sheikh

Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, was abducted and beheaded while he was in Pakistan investigating a story on the links between the ISI and Al-Qaeda

Joe Biden orders withdrawal of rule rescinding work authorisation for spouses of H1-B visa holders
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Joe Biden orders withdrawal of rule rescinding work authorisation for spouses of H1-B visa holders

Indians are among the biggest beneficiaries of the Obama-era rule which allowed H-4 visa holders to legally seek employment in the US, according to a report

India slips six positions to 86th in corruption perception index 2020
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India slips six positions to 86th in corruption perception index 2020

India scored 40 points in the index which uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is 'highly corrupt' and 100 is 'very clean'. A total of 180 countries were featured in the index

UNSC reforms: China's foreign minister calls for 'package solution' acceptable to all UN members
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UNSC reforms: China's foreign minister calls for 'package solution' acceptable to all UN members

India, Germany, Brazil and Japan, who formed the G4 bloc to press for their inclusion as permanent UNSC members, have been calling for a "decisive push" for the long-delayed reforms

Sri Lanka Cricket's selection committee chairman Ashantha de Mel quits after 2-0 Test series sweep by England
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Sri Lanka Cricket's selection committee chairman Ashantha de Mel quits after 2-0 Test series sweep by England

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement that Ashantha has resigned from the post with immediate effect, citing personal reasons.

Princepal Singh’s confidence, range improving, but unlikely to get ‘significant minutes’, says G League Ignite coach Brian Shaw
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Princepal Singh’s confidence, range improving, but unlikely to get ‘significant minutes’, says G League Ignite coach Brian Shaw

Ignite's coach Brian Shaw says Princepal Singh's confidence, stamina, strength, and range have grown since he joined the G League team, but says he is unlikely to get 'significant minutes' on the court for the team.

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo broke coronavirus travel restrictions with trip to a mountain resort, say reports
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Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo broke coronavirus travel restrictions with trip to a mountain resort, say reports

Juventus striker Ronaldo allegedly travelled to Courmayeur, 150 kilometres north-west of the Serie A club's Turin headquarters, for his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez' birthday.

Farmers' protest in UP's Baghpat ends days after R-Day violence; police used lathicharge, claim protesters
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Farmers' protest in UP's Baghpat ends days after R-Day violence; police used lathicharge, claim protesters

The farmers accused the UP Police of resorting to lathicharge to clear the sit-in late on Wednesday night, however, police claimed the protest ended after a consensus was reached through talks

Curbing TV programmes which incite violence as important as providing 'lathis' to policemen: SC tells Centre
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Curbing TV programmes which incite violence as important as providing 'lathis' to policemen: SC tells Centre

The top court also slammed the Centre for 'doing nothing' to curb hate news while hearing a batch of pleas on the TV coverage of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the onset of the COVD-19 pandemic

Ex-Sri Lanka pacer Dilhara Lokuhettige found guilty of fixing under ICC Anti-Corruption Code
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Ex-Sri Lanka pacer Dilhara Lokuhettige found guilty of fixing under ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Lokuhettige was found guilty on all three counts after being formally charged in November 2019 before a three-member tribunal, the International Cricket Council said.

World Economic Forum: India will make more COVID-19 vaccines available, says PM Narendra Modi
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World Economic Forum: India will make more COVID-19 vaccines available, says PM Narendra Modi

Addressing the WEF summit at Davos through video conferencing, the prime minister said that India is amongst the countries that have successfully controlled the coronavirus

COVID-19 pandemic: DGCA extends suspension of international flights till 28 February
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COVID-19 pandemic: DGCA extends suspension of international flights till 28 February

Special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral "air bubble" arrangements with selected countries since July

Sourav Ganguly 'stable', undergoes fresh angioplasty with two more stents implanted
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Sourav Ganguly 'stable', undergoes fresh angioplasty with two more stents implanted

Earlier in the day, doctors carried out a series of medical tests on Ganguly, who was hospitalised on Wednesday for the second time in a month, because of a cardiac condition.

China starts using anal swabs to test 'high risk' people for COVID-19, says it's more effective
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China starts using anal swabs to test 'high risk' people for COVID-19, says it's more effective

The anal swabs method 'can increase the detection rate of infected people' as traces of the virus linger longer in the anus than in the respiratory tract, a senior doctor from Beijing, told CCTV

India vs England: Series opener only a week away but TV rights remain undecided in UK
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India vs England: Series opener only a week away but TV rights remain undecided in UK

Sky remains the front-runner to secure them, having shown most of England's tours over the past three decades, the report stated.

Pakistan vs South Africa: Spinners trigger late collapse for Proteas on Day 3 as hosts regain control of first Test
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Pakistan vs South Africa: Spinners trigger late collapse for Proteas on Day 3 as hosts regain control of first Test

South Africa, who had been bowled out for 220 in the first innings after electing to bat, reached 187/4 at stumps with two days to play.

India vs England: Ex-coach Andy Flower says visitors have ‘formidable players’ to get into winning positions
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India vs England: Ex-coach Andy Flower says visitors have ‘formidable players’ to get into winning positions

He was obviously referring to the likes of skipper Joe Root along with the pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and not to forget that powerhouse of all-round talent called Ben Stokes.