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Bengaluru: "There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old-bold pilots." Try telling this to 81-year-old Air Vice Marshal Ajit Lamba (retd) and he'll laugh in your face. Such is his undying spirit.

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Shikdamakha (ASSAM): It's a movement that began during Christmas in 2012 with a competition to select the "cleanest" family in this village. The festival-specific contest in the village, located about 80 km from Assam's largest city Guwahati, has now morphed into the ambition to win the "Cleanest Village in Asia" title once held by Mawlynnong in neighbouring Meghalaya. 

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Almost 13 years after his elimination, the senior police officer who spearheaded the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF) that planned and executed bandit Veerappan’s killing during Operation Cocoon, has said that the dreaded outlaw had a strange “sixth sense”.

“On one occasion, a lizard fell on his left shoulder from a tree and this man believed it was a sign of bad luck. So he turned around and left immediately, avoiding a reception team waiting with an LMG (light machine gun).

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Thiruvananthapuram: E Ahamed, the national president of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), who passed away early today, had not only acquired an image of an able Parliamentarian and administrator but was also considered India's 'unofficial ambassador' in the Gulf countries due to his proximity with leaders in that region.

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Washington:  On the eve of him passing on the baton to Donald Trump, the outgoing US President Barack Obama wrote a parting letter to his countrymen thanking them for their support and telling that they made him a "better man" and "better President".

And before he leaves the White House one final time Friday morning to attend the swearing-in ceremony of his successor Trump at the Capitol Hill overlooking the majestic National Mall, Obama will leave a parting letter for the 45th President of the United States.

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India's largest artist ghetto, Kathputli Colony, is a curious chapter in Delhi's book of shanty clusters. While demolitions and displacements are a constant fear in most slums, the rich artistic heritage and the ethereal way of living with a sense of community and cultural ethos are what set it apart from others of its kind.

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Mumbai: After several failed attempts to interview Om Puri in the past two weeks, an interaction was finally scheduled at 11 AM today, but fate had other plans as the veteran actor breathed his last this morning.

Puri, aged 66, died at his residence Friday after a massive heart attack.

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New York: After a trapdoor spider, a speckled freshwater darter (fish), a parasitic hairworm and an extinct lizard, outgoing US President Barack Obama now has a new species on his name: A coral-reef fish.

Scientists have named a new set of small pink and yellow coral-reef fish — found exclusively within the marine protected area in Hawaii — in honour of Obama.

The fish now bears the formal scientific name, Tosanoides Obama.

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In Kerala, the year 2016 belonged to 71-year-old Pinarayi Vijayan who breasted the tape ahead of popular party colleague and arch rival V.S. Achuthanandan in the race to be the Chief Minister -- without even a whimper of protest from any quarter.

What needs to be noted is that Vijayan beat Achuthanandan even after the 93-year-old veteran emerged as the star campaigner for the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) during the assembly polls.

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At an age when most children are only engaged in games and playing, this nine-year-old knows all about the planet Mars. Meet Kautilya whose prodigious knowledge, comprehension and sharp memory is the envy of even those much ahead in age and qualification.

Here with his father and grandfather on Thursday to meet mathematician and Super 30 founder Anand Kumar, Kautilya left him most impressed by his knowledge, and confidence in talking as an near-equal in age.

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