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Karnataka defers decision on Cauvery water release till Thursday

Awaiting the outcome of a meeting convened by the Centre, Karnataka Cabinet today decided to defer till tomorrow a decision on release of 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court direction.

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Cauvery row: Karnataka Congress MPs protest in Parliament, ask PM Modi to intervene

Congress MPs from Karnataka sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention on Tuesday in the Cauvery issue, urging him to convene a meeting of chief ministers of two states for an amicable settlement. About 11 Congress MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha staged a protest at the Gandhi statue in Parliament premises on Tuesday against the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water.

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Saudi Arabia Slashes Ministers' Pay, Cuts Public Sector Bonuses

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia will cut ministers' salaries by 20 percent and scale back financial perks for public sector employees, according to a Cabinet statement and royal decree broadcast on state-run Ekhbariya TV on Monday.

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Baghdad: 17 killed in bombings in shopping areas

Bombings targeting shopping areas in Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital today killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50, security and medical officials said. The Islamic State jihadist group claimed an attack in the Baghdad Jadida neighbourhood in the east of the city, saying it was carried out by a man wearing an explosive vest. Officials said at least eight people were killed and at least 29 wounded in Baghdad Jadida, although some said the area was hit by a roadside bomb as well as a suicide bomber.

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Sania Mirza continues to dominate doubles ranking

India's Sania Mirza maintained her numero uno position in the latestWTA women's doubles ranking following her recent victory in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, partnering Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.