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Jews,Parsis etc they were prosecuted everywhere in the world accept Bharat They were prosecuted even in the homeland after muslim rulers captured those,they were given two choice either accept Islam or leave this land(just think about it) When the Zoroastrians requested asylum, the king Jadi Rana of Kathiawad-Saurashtra in Gujarat motioned to a vessel of milk filled to the very brim to signify ...

Chennai and its old Parsi flame
The art deco Casino theatre in Chennai was built in 1941 by JH Irani, an ice factory owner, and designed by his engineer-son, Firoz. Photo: N Sridharan

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested in Tehran
Iranian security agents arrested an Assyrian pastor and two Christian converts who were his guests at his Tehran residence on December 26, 2014, according to Mansour Borji, Spokesperson for the Alliance of Iranian Churches.



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Greece's Syriza on verge of outright majority in vote

Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras casts his ballot at a polling station in AthensGreece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza will easily win Sunday's election but may fall short of an absolute majority in parliament by as little as one seat, the first official projection of the vote showed. An official from Singular Logic, which processes the election results for the interior ministry, said Syriza would get between 149 to 151 seats in the 300-seat parliament, adding that the firm was officially projecting 150 seats but that there was a 0.5 percentage point margin of error. "We have a thriller over the outright majority," said Michalis Kariotoglou from Singular Logic. "We might need to wait until all votes are counted." Syriza was expected to take 36.5 percent of the vote, ahead of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' center-right New Democracy which was seen taking 27.7 percent, according to the projection based on partial results.




Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'

Pro-Russian separatists stand next to a military truck in Donetsk, eastern UkraineBy Douglas Busvine and Alessandra Prentice NEW DELHI/KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago. U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington was considering all options short of military action to isolate Russia. The European Union called an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of its 28 member states. "We are deeply concerned about the latest break in the ceasefire and the aggression that these separatists -- with Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing, Russian training and Russian troops -- are conducting," Obama told a news conference during a visit to India.




Obama reveals nuclear breakthrough on landmark India trip
By Roberta Rampton and Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defense ties, steps they hope will establish an enduring strategic partnership. The two countries reached an understanding on two issues that, despite a groundbreaking 2006 agreement, had stopped U.S. companies from setting up reactors in India and had become one of the major irritants in bilateral relations. "We are committed to moving towards full implementation," Obama told a joint news conference with Modi. "This is an important step that shows how we can work together to elevate our relationship." The new deal resolved differences over the liability of suppliers to India in the event of a nuclear accident and U.S. demands on tracking the whereabouts of material supplied to the country, U.S. ambassador to India Richard Verma told reporters.

At least 15 killed in protests on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Anti-government protesters run as police arrive during their attempt to walk into Tahrir square in CairoBy Maggie Fick and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said. In the bloodiest day of protests since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected president in June, security forces and plain clothed police fired at protesters, witnesses said. The anniversary is a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists have the resolve to challenge a government that has stamped out dissent since the then-army chief Sisi ousted elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.




 Entertainment


Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, ?Ways to Go,? was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




Oscar nominations announced for best picture
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ? The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for best motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar nominations announced for supporting actress
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ? The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for supporting actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



 Business


Eyes on Fed after ECB, other bank stimulus moves

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in WashingtonBy Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve could be key for Wall Street next week as investors get to hear from the U.S. central bank for the first time since a series of moves by its global peers, including the European Central Bank's massive stimulus plan. Thursday's larger-than-expected stimulus package from the ECB lifted U.S. stocks, helping indexes post gains for the week after three straight weeks of losses.




All eyes on Fed, Greece after ECB fires bazooka

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in WashingtonBy Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - After the surprises from central banks which rocked markets at the start of the year, the U.S. Federal Reserve will be watched as closely as ever this week to see that it doesn't stray from its own policy path. The atmosphere will already be tense as the fallout from Sunday's snap election in Greece settles and concern has grown in some quarters that central banks, which played such a big part in guiding economies through the financial crisis, are becoming less predictable. The shock of the Swiss National Bank abandoning its cornerstone currency cap had yet to fully subside when the European Central Bank said it would flood markets with over a trillion euros, more than expected, to prevent the euro zone from sliding into deflation. Canada also cut its rate out of the blue and Denmark did so twice to navigate a world of tumbling oil prices and weak growth.




Venezuela's currency woes an increasing threat to U.S. corporate profits

A cashier counts Venezuelan bolivar notes in a state-run supermarket in CaracasBy Tim McLaughlin and Svea Herbst-Bayliss (Reuters) - Venezuela's deepening economic troubles, and in particular the weakness of the bolivar and restrictive currency controls, have hurt U.S. corporate profits for the fourth quarter of 2014 and are set to inflict further pain this year. In a likely sign of things to come from a number of companies this results reporting season, Ford Motor Co on Friday said it was taking a pre-tax charge of $800 million for its Venezuela business. Ford also said that it was unable to maintain normal production in Venezuela with the availability of vehicle parts constrained. Also on Friday, diaper and tissue maker Kimberly-Clark Corp said it took a fourth-quarter charge of $462 million for its Venezuelan business.




U.S. existing home sales, economic activity gauge rise

A sign marks a house for sale by the owner in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in WashingtonThe National Association of Realtors said on Friday existing home sales increased 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.04 million units last month. "The still-tight mortgage credit conditions and more challenging first-time homebuyer affordability that were revealed by the failure of home sales to continue recovering last year remain serious concerns as we head into 2015," said Ted Wieseman, an economist at JPMorgan in New York. First-time buyers made up 29 percent of transactions in December as well as for the year as a whole, well below the level needed to boost growth in the housing market.  For all of 2014, existing home sales fell 3.1 percent, the first annual drop in four years. The housing market has struggled to maintain momentum since stagnating in the second half of 2013 following a run-up in mortgage rates.




 CBC Technology & Science


'Earthquake swarm' near Texas fracking sites alarms residents
Senaida Martinez

Even Texans, whose state has made its living from drilling for oil, are begining to worry that fracking may be causing earthquakes, Keith Boag reports.



Will the internet break up? World business leaders worry
DAVOS-MEETING/

Business leaders pushing for frictionless free trade have something new to worry about: the potential break-up of the internet, which today forms the backbone of the global economy.



Scientists design GMOs that can't escape into the wild
hi-e-coli-research

Researchers have designed a new technology that could make it impossible for genetically modified organisms to escape into natural environments.



Magnificent 'Sea Sparkle' lights up Hong Kong shores
Sea Sparkle

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially harmful to marine life, biologists say.



 Health & Weight Loss


Here's Why This Year's Flu Vaccine Isn't Working
Have you ever wondered why the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is so erratic from one year to the next? Here's the answer.

Suspected case of polio in Gurgaon
Gurgaon, Jan 24 (IANS) A suspected case of polio has been reported from near Gurgaon and samples of an 18-month-old girl child have been sent for tests, a doctor said Saturday. Symptoms of polio were noticed in the child in Heli Mandi near Pataudi, around 30 km from Gurgaon city. AFP is a sudden onset, as might be found with polio," civil surgeon Pushpa Bishnoi told IANS. Samples of the child were sent to the Central Research Institute in Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh a week ago.

How to spell V-I-C-T-O-R-Y: Students face off at district spelling bee

How to spell V-I-C-T-O-R-Y: Students face off at district spelling beeThe girl at the microphone with pink flower rain boots was Mady Fowler. Her headband was glittery silver, her shirt was hot pink and her braces were blue and green.




Snapshots: Free family film, spelling bee upcoming

Snapshots: Free family film, spelling bee upcomingLibrary presents family film Saturday




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