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Classical dance festival in Shimla mesmerizes viewers

Shimla, Oct 17 (ANI): Artistes enthralled the audience by their stellar performances at the Dance Festival organized in the picturesque hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh with the aim of keeping alive the rich culture of Indian classical music. The dance festival is a four-day event organized jointly by the Language Art and Culture Department, Tourism Department of Himachal Pradesh and Music and Drama Academy of New Delhi in the famed tourist destination, Shimla. Secretary of New Delhi Music and Drama academy, Henal Aacharya, said that such events create an interest in the rich culture of India. Tourists from across the globe gathered to take a glimpse of the traditional Indian classical dance and music which enthralled the audience. An artist, NK Nayar said that it is to make Indians proud of their rich cultural heritage Oct 17, 2014
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Amal Clooney is funny, 'supremely' self-confident in real life

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): George Clooney's wife Amal Clooney is very funny, warm and supremely self-confident in real life, it has been revealed. A close family member told a leading Magazine that the human rights lawyer had a devastating sense of humor. Another family member revealed that the 36-year-old London based lawyer was a doting and pampering aunt. Oct 17, 2014
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Black Money Case: Centre appeals SC to modify its order on absolute disclosure of info

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The central government on Friday filed an application in the Supreme Court urging it to modify its order in the black money case on absolute disclosure of information pertaining to people who stashed tainted money abroad. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that information of account holders in foreign banks cannot be placed in public domain by virtue of the treaty. Petitioner and senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani said that the application is ill-advised and will harm the nation. Oct 17, 2014
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Ceasefire violations likely to affect cross border trade between India, Pakistan

Poonch, Oct 17 (ANI): With cross-border shelling by Pakistan continuing unabated, the cross-LoC (Line of Control) trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is likely to be affected in the coming days. The custodian of cross-LoC trade at Chakan Da Bagh zero point, Mohammad Bashir Lone, said that the Line of Control is a major trade point between both the nations and there has not been direct effect upon trade in Poonch district till now. Products like red chili, cumin, tamarind, bananas, mango, dry dates and dry fruits are exchanged between the two counties. The cross-LoC trade was resumed earlier this week, after around three weeks of suspension, where goods worth rupees 11.7 million were traded. Oct 17, 2014
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India becoming safe haven for militants, says Bangladeshi activist

Dhaka, Oct 17 (ANI): Bangladeshi human rights activist and journalist Shahriar Kabir said that India is turning into a safe haven for militant groups, especially Jamaat-e-Islami. Kabir was speaking at a seminar on international terrorism organised by the Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trail of the War Criminals in Dhaka. The speakers expressed concern about the recent militancy activities by Jamaat-e-Islami in India with reference to the bomb blast in Burdwan district in West Bengal during the festival of Durga Puja on October 02. The speakers urged that government of India and Bangladesh should take strict actions to prevent such militancy activities in both the nations and they also rooted for a task force to be made along with other regional countries of South Asia. The TMC leaders had blamed the Central government for the Burdwan blast saying the intrusion of members of extremist groups into the state led to the incident. Oct 17, 2014
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Black Money case: Congress targets Modi govt for its reluctance to disclose names

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The Congress on Friday targeted the Narendra Modi government for its double standards on Black money case. Citing bilateral double taxation avoidance treaties, the Centre today filed an application in the Supreme Court saying it cannot disclose the details of foreign accounts held abroad by Indians. The issue of black money has reverberated in public space for a very long time. The BJP when in the opposition repeatedly exchanged fire with the Congress for its inability to bring back black money stashed away in various tax havens, specially in Swiss banks. During the campaign all the top leaders including Narendra Modi kept promising that if necessary, they will form new laws to bring perpetrators to justice. Oct 17, 2014
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PM Modi meets top military officers at Combined Commanders' Conference

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met top military officers at the defence ministry War Room at a time when tension continues along the border with both China and Pakistan. The Combined Commanders' Conference is the first meeting of the prime minister with all top commanders, including the three service chiefs. The three service chiefs are expected to give elaborate presentations to the prime minister on the security scenario. The Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, will make the first presentation, followed by the Indian Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and the Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh. The prime minister and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley will address the conference. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Defence Secretary RK Mathur, among others are attending the conference. Oct 17, 2014
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Politicos slam Musharraf after he talks of inciting J and K people against India

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Politicos on Friday slammed Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf after he talked of inciting the people of Jammu and Kashmir against India and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan politician. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that Musharraf's statement doesn't come as surprise and it is clear that Pakistan doesn't want peace and harmony. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Pakistan has been duplicitous state and it is a open secret that the country is falling apart. NCP leader Tariq Anwar and BJD leader Jay Panda said that Musharraf's statement should not be taken seriously. Oct 17, 2014
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Congress slams Centre for not assisting cyclone victims in Odisha; politicos react

New Delhi, Oct 17(ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Congress slammed Central government for adopting 'step-motherly approach' towards the cyclone victims in Odisha. BJP leader Nalin Kohli claiming the allegations as false said that the centre along with the state government has carried out rescue operations in the flood hit-areas and ensured that relief reaches to every victim of cyclone Hudhud in time. However, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the relief didn't reach the victims in time and it shows that state and central government failed in carrying out successful relief operations in the flood hit-areas. Oct 17, 2014
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Jayalalithaa granted interim bail by SC in DA case

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case. BJP leader and a petitioner in the case Subramanian Swamy informed that the Karnataka High Court is yet to decide whether the sentence should be suspended or not and on this basis the bail was granted to her by the Supreme Court. He added that the court gave bail on the grounds that Jayalalithaa is unwell and needs treatment. She will stay at home and not go out till December 18. Oct 17, 2014
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Supporters of Jayalalithaa celebrate outside her residence after SC grants interim bail

Chennai, Oct 17 (ANI): Supporters of AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa gathered outside her residence to celebrate after the Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to her in the disproportionate assets case. Earlier, BJP leader and a petitioner in the case Subramanian Swamy informed that the Karnataka High Court is yet to decide whether the sentence should be suspended or not and on this basis the bail was granted to her by the Supreme Court. He added that the court gave bail on the grounds that Jayalalithaa is unwell and needs treatment. She will stay at home and not go out till December 18. Oct 17, 2014

Congress condemns constant attacks on north-east people

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Congress leaders on Friday condemned the constant attacks being made on people of north east in the capital and other parts of the country. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that strict action should be taken against those involved in such violent acts. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that those who try to divide the country’s unity should be severely punished. Meanwhile, Ninong Ering said that the mentality and understanding of people living in the capital needs to be changed regarding people of north east and they should be considered as a part of India. Oct 17, 2014

Reactions flow as Rajnath warns China not to threaten India

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Friday after Home Minister Rajnath Singh warned China not to threaten India regarding development of road network in Arunachal Pradesh. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that merely Home Minister's verdict will not help in fact the statement should have come from the Prime Minister's side. Congress leader Ninong Ering said that merely making statements will not be useful the government should execute it practically. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the Home Minister's statement is appreciable and will give a strong message to China. BJD leader Jay Panda said that Rajnath Singh's statement has broken the long silence India has maintained on issues relating to China. Oct 17, 2014
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Satisfied with Norway and Finland visit: Pranab Mukherjee Part -2

On Board, Oct 17 (ANI): While on his way back from official visit to Norway and Finland, President Pranab Mukherjee said that the trip was satisfactory as both nations expressed need to cooperate in various aspects. Mukherjee said that the aim of his visit to Finland and Norway was to seek expansion in education, research, innovation, investment and trade with India. He said that while on his visit to Finland, he expressed the need to cooperate against terrorism as terrorism knows no boundary and also urged the government to look at India as an investment destination and talked about the maiden 'Make in India' project. President Mukherjee also expressed gratitude on being awarded with the Helsinki Medal of Honour, a gesture which he said was 'honouring the people of India'. Finally, he said that both the countries saw great potential to enhance India's economy. Oct 17, 2014