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Scores of Buddhists assemble for religious festival in northeastern India

Agartala/ Bodh Gaya, Oct 13 (ANI): Scores of Buddhists congregated in the historical monastery of Tripura recently to participate in the 38th 'Kathin Chibor Dan,' one of the main religious festivals of their community. 'Kathin Chibor Dan' means 'Offering of Difficult Monk Robe', an annual colourful festival. The festival is celebrated throughout the world within one month of the conclusion of 'Prabarana Purnima'. The robe that the Buddhist monks wear is known as 'Chibar' and it is believed that the donation of robes to monks is the highest sacrifice, according to Buddhism, and the occasion marks the most significant religious festival of Buddhists. He also added that this festival spreads an important message of sacrifice. Meanwhile, Buddhist monks gathered at the religious site of Bodh Gaya to offer prayers to Lord Buddha during the festival for world peace. Oct 13, 2014
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Politicos react after ISIS flag unfurled at anti-India protest in Kashmir

New Delhi/Lucknow, Oct 13 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after an ISIS flag was unfurled at anti-India protest in Kashmir. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the centre has asked the state government to submit a report on the matter and the issue will be taken very seriously. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the matter should be investigated immediately. Political leaders from other eminent parties also appealed for a strong investigation in the matter. Oct 13, 2014
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Security Expert raises concern over Pak's letter to UN over Kashmir and emergence of ISIS in India

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): Security Expert Alok Bansal on Monday expressed concern over Pakistan Prime Minister's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz's letter to UN asking to intervene in Kashmir issue and also on ISIS raising its head in India. Bansal said that Pakistan has always tried to internationalize the issues related to Kashmir. He said that the country wants to take advantage of the opportunity to internationalize Kashmir issue though none of the nations paid any heed to the same. Further, talking about ISIS flag unfurled at an anti- Pakistan protest in Kashmir, Bansal said that it is unfortunate that there is an attraction towards Islamic state in Indian youth as they still see the glorious past of Islam now. He also said that India should frame a law against such anti-Indian elements and should go ahead with a massive de-radicalization programme. Oct 13, 2014
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Politicos react after victim takes U-turn in Meerut 'love jihad' case

New Delhi/Lucknow, Oct 13 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Monday after the victim in the Meerut 'love jihad' case took a U-turn and claimed that she ran away on her own free will. BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that issues of 'love jihad' should not be given much importance. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the family was pressurized by BJP and BJP should be blamed for the situation. CPI leader Atul Anjan and SP leader Naresh Agarwal also blamed BJP for spreading the ideology of 'love jihad' among the people. Oct 13, 2014
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Meerut 'love jihad' case: Girl takes U turn

Meerut, Oct 13 (ANI): In the recent development of Meerut's 'love jihad' case, the 22-year-old girl took a U-turn and denied allegations of gang rape and forceful conversion of religion. The victim said that she ran away with the Muslim boy on her free will. In a written statement, the girl complained to the police of threats of being killed from her own family. Earlier, the girl had alleged she was gang raped and was forcefully converted to Islam. The victim's family said that the boy has threatened the victim and pressurized her to give such a statement. Oct 13, 2014
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PM Narendra Modi addresses rally in Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri, Oct 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a rally in Ratnagiri where he lashed out at the Congress and NCP government's wrong policies. Modi said it is due to the wrong policies of the previous governments due to which development was stalled in the state. The election for 288 member Maharashtra state assembly is scheduled to be held on October 15, with the counting of the votes scheduled for October 19. Oct 13, 2014
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Modi urges people to bring majority Govt in Maharashtra

Ratnagiri, Oct 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a rally in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district. Modi urged people of Ratnagiri to vote for BJP to ensure a majority government in their state. The election for 288 member Maharashtra state assembly is scheduled to be held on October 15, with the counting of the votes scheduled for October 19. Oct 13, 2014
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Modi lashes out at NCP over corruption in Maharashtra

Ratnagiri, Oct 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a rally in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district. Modi lashed out at the NCP for indulging in corruption and stalling development. The election for 288 member Maharashtra state assembly is scheduled to be held on October 15, with the counting of the votes scheduled for October 19. Oct 13, 2014
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Residents of Visakhapatnam face lack of amenities after cyclone Hudhud

Visakhapatnam/ Bhubaneshwar, Oct 13 (ANI): Residents in the port city of Visakhapatnam faced lack of food and fuel on Monday morning after cyclone Hudhud lashed the Andhra Pradesh on Sunday leaving behind a trail of destruction in its path. The cyclone blasted India's eastern seaboard on Sunday with gusts of up to 195 km per hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least six people despite a major evacuation effort. The cyclone after passing through Visakhapatnam had hit the adjoining state of Odisha but with less intensity. The capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneshwar, saw less damage in comparison. A local from Bhubaneshwar, Naveen Mishra, said he was happy that the cyclone had passed. Oct 13, 2014
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Govt proposes to increase compensation amount for surrendering Maoists Reactions flow

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): The Central Government's proposal to increase the compensation amount for Maoists who surrender to the government has invited reactions. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that increasing the compensation amount may help in reducing the effects of Maoism in the areas most affected as more Maoists may surrender. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that the Central and State governments come up with various schemes to combat Maoism and increasing the compensation amount may also help. Meanwhile, social activist Swami Agnivesh said that increasing compensation amount will not be helpful in reducing Maoist activities; instead the entire issue should be solved by discussion. Oct 13, 2014
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Reactions flow on reports of Janata Parivar getting united against BJP

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Monday on reports of regional political parties getting united as Janata Parivar to counter the effect of BJP in the polls. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that if small political parties get united against communalism, there is no harm in it. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that these regional parties are only grouping themselves to share their woes as they are going to lose the elections. Oct 13, 2014
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Politicos react as Sharad Pawar talks of referendum on Vidarbha

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Monday after NCP Chief Sharad Pawar talked of a referendum on the separate state of Vidarbha, carved out of Maharashtra. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that there should be no place for referendum in democracy regarding division of states. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that all work should be done within the constitutional limits and placing a referendum does not come within it. Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that when Congress and NCP were in power they did not do anything for the state's development and now when it is time for accountability they are coming up with election stunts. Ahead of Maharashtra polls, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar had said that the Election Commission should hold a referendum in the Vidarbha region over demand for a separate state. He had also said that NCP will respect the separate Vidarbha verdict if it gets majority vote. Oct 13, 2014
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Politicos react after police constables shot dead in national capital

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after a police constable was killed and another seriously injured after they were shot at by three unidentified people, near a police station at Rohini's Vijay Vihar area in the capital. Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyaya said that the issue is of great concern and strong investigation should be carried out in the matter. BJP leader Nalin Kohil said that the Delhi police will look into the matter and the culprits will be apprehended. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahsid Alvi said that law and order situation in the capital city can only be stable if elections are carried out in a fair manner and government is formed Oct 13, 2014
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Political leaders react as Modi govt to formalize code of conduct of MPs

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday react as Narendra Modi government is to formalize code of conduct for Members of Parliament and state legislators. The government is seeking to avoid the kind of problems that had stalled the functioning of Parliament during the last months of the UPA II government by these measures. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is good if the government wants to bring in some code of conduct but it should be acceptable to all the legislators. Meanwhile, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should first keep a check on their corrupt and convicted leaders and then come to formalize andy code of conduct for the parliamentarians. Oct 13, 2014
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Politicos say Pak 'playing old game'as it writes to UN asking to intervene on Kashmir issue

New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday said that Pakistan is 'playing its same old game'after Nawaz Sharif's foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz wrote to United Nations asking to intervene in Kashmir issue. BJP said that Pakistan is doing what it has been doing on facing a defeat and that is, to internationalize the issue. Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Indian government will continue to retaliate if Pakistan does not budge from its activities on international border. Meanwhile, Congress and CPI leaders also condemned the letter and said that Pakistan should check on its activities before blaming India. Addressing a letter to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, Aziz Aziz said UN had an important role in the peaceful resolution of the "core" issue of JandK and that UNMOGIP, described by India as a tool of a bygone era, needed to be strengthened under the circumstances. Oct 13, 2014