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The Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa Jayaram gestures as she speaks onstage during the Global Investors Meet 2015 at the Chennai Trade Centre in the Indian city of Chennai on September 9, 2015. The southern state of Tamil Nadu is expecting investment from foreign investors to encourage industrial development. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Sikh man along with his three Muslim friends, who were kicked out of an American Airlines flight last month because their appearance made the captain uneasy, sued the airline for $9 million.

In a bid to attract more students and contain dropouts, West Bengal’s education department will provide school shoes free of cost to all students in government primary schools till class four.

Pollutants in the air reduced by up to 18 per cent during the odd-even scheme that regulated the plying of four-wheelers on Delhi roads for a fortnight, according to a US study. It found “stark reductions” in pollutants around the noon hours from January 1 to 15.

Tamil Nadu Chief J Jayalalithaa launched a round-the-clock “Amma Call Centre” to ensure faster response to grievances. The action taken on the grievance will also be shared with the caller through SMS.

Yasutaro Koide, the world's oldest man, died at the age of 112 in Japan. The world's oldest person is an American woman, 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York.

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The latest questions being raised in the suicide of PhD student Rohith Vemula at the Hyderabad Central University is this: why did the Ministry of Human Resources write four letters on the matter? Here’s all you need to know. The Opposition, meanwhile, was demanding the resignations of Central Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya for allegedly driving the Dalit scholar to suicide.

In a first, three minors from Madhya Pradesh accused of murder of their classmate would be examined to decide if they should be tried as adults or juveniles under the revamped Juvenile Justice Act.

Pakistan’s slow probe on the Pathankot attack means the Jaish-e-Mohammed men may be freed. A total of 35 operatives, including its founder Masood Azhar, were detained by Pakistani authorities but there has been no other progress in the investigation, sources said.

The Bihar government announced 35 per cent reservation for women in government jobs in the state at all levels. The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

At a rally in Kokrajhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised Central largesse in Bodoland but with strict monitoring of funds. “The solutions to all the problems in Bodoland lie in development,” he said.

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The results for the first phase of the National Family Health Survey 2015-16 were heartening. It showed dramatic improvements in maternal and infant mortality, immunisation coverage, nutrition and such criteria in 13 states. The last survey was done a decade ago.

Indian Army dogs will take part in the Republic Day Parade on 26 January after a gap of 26 years. The Army, which has about 1,200 Labradors and German Shepherds, have selected 36 canines to march down the Rajpath with their handlers.

Actor Asin Thottumkal married Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma in a private ceremony attended by family and close friends at a resort hotel in Delhi.

Bima Bharti, JD(U) MLA in Purnia district of Bihar, allegedly helped her husband Awadhesh Mandal escape from the police station. A manhunt is on for Mandal, who is accused in more than 100 cases of murder, extortion and loot.

Twenty-six years after the Kashmiri pandits were forced to flee the valley, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah said the onus was on them to return. “Don't wait till the last guns stop firing. Come home!” he urged. “Who are you waiting for? Don't wait. You think Farooq Abdullah will come, hold your hand and take you there?” he asked.

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Journalist Bhupendra Chaubey is a defender Sunny Leone neither sought, nor needed. It's time Chaubey, and his ilk, find someone else to shower their faux heroism on. Here’s one in praise of Sunny Leone facing a smug and judgmental interviewer.

“I will clam up if you want it on record,” he said, and I thought that was the essential problem with Rahul — the lack of confidence to take on the world without having to hide behind off-the-record interactions and the resultant malicious misrepresentations, writes Sujata Anandan in the Hindustan Times. Rahul Gandhi needs to work on his charm offensive, she says.

It is puzzling why India would pick a battle with China outside of its own neighbourhood, when it benefits India to engage China in promoting infrastructure and fighting terror in the neighbourhood, writes Suhasini Haidar in The Hindu.

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