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Tears, prayers as Muslim pilgrims mark peak of hajj

Tears, flowed and prayers filled the air as the annual Muslim hajj attended by about 1.4 million believers from around the world reached its zenith on a vast plain in western Saudi Arabia Friday. Duration: 00:29 Oct 3, 2014
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Indonesians snap up 'luxury' cows for Eid festival

Every year ahead of the Muslim feast of sacrifice, a showroom in Indonesia swaps cars for hulking cows costing up to $25,000 each, seeking to lure a wealthy elite increasingly keen on ploughing money into celebrating their religion. Duration: 01:02 Oct 3, 2014
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It Happens: Navratri boost tourism in Odisha

Odisha, Oct 3 (ANI): Tourists thronged to participate in the traditional celebrations and rituals of the Hindu festival of nine nights, Navratri, in Odisha. In Bhubaneshwar, devotees thronged decorated pandals, temporary platforms, where the idol of Hindu goddess Durga is installed and sought her blessings. At the Dream Odisha, 2014, an event organised by the city-based Odisha International Centre, thirty districts from all around the state had gathered to offer their prayers to Durga and indulge in dance and merry-making. The coordinator of the organisation, Paresh Nayak said that events like these give push to the tourism in the state. People at the event performed a traditional Indian dance called dandiya, which is played with two baton-like sticks. Though the dance form is not originally from the state, it is popular in Odisha as well as other Indian states during these nine days. Navratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm and people drench into the music of Garba for nine-long-days, representing the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Oct 3, 2014
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It Happens: 132 yrs old temple adorns idols in currency notes and gold ornaments

Vishakapatnam, Oct 3 (ANI): The Vasavi Kanyaka Parameshwari Temple in Vishakapatnam, on Monday adorned its idols in currency notes and gold ornaments during the ten-day Hindu festival of Durga Puja. The money donated will be returned to the owners, who consider it auspicious to donate currency so that their businesses remain fruitful and earn revenue during the year. Meanwhile, Kolkata is filled with pandals, housing beautiful idols of Goddess Durga, where devotees are immersed in the festivities. Organisers of the Ekdalia Evergreen pandal adorned their idols with pure gold ornaments as crowds thronged to worship them. It is believed that the Goddess Durga makes her annual visit to the world during Durga Puja and the festivities are meant to welcome her. The festival culminates with the immersion of the 'Durga' idols into water bodies. Oct 3, 2014
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L Sarita Devi defends her decision to refuse bronze medal at Asiad, says it was for India

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Indian boxer L Sarita Devi, who has been shrouded in controversy at the 17th Asian Games at Incheon, on Friday defended her refusal to accept the bronze medal. Her refusal to accept her bronze medal on the podium went against the values of sportsmanship, Asian Games organisers had said, adding they were reviewing the incident and could take action against her. Devi refused to wear the medal when it was presented to her on October 01, taking it only in her hand before trying to drape it over another competitor who had beaten her in a fight the previous day. Devi had to settle for the bronze medal after losing her lightweight semi-final on Tuesday (September 30) to South Korea's Park Ji-na, who was declared a unanimous 3-0 winner. However, the boxer defended her actions, saying she did it for her country. Oct 3, 2014
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PM Modi greets nation on occasion of Vijaya Dashmi

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation today on the auspicious occasion of Dusherra, also termed as Vijaya Dashmi. "Greetings to everyone on Vijaya Dashmi. May good always prevail over evil," said Prime Minister Modi. 'Dussehra' marks the conquest of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, making it a celebration of the spirit of goodness and the triumph of virtue over vice. Oct 3, 2014
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Two Maoists surrender before BSF in Odisha

Malkangiri, Oct 03 (ANI): Two rebels working for Communist Party of India-Maoists surrendered before paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) in Odisha on Friday. It is an achievement for BSF which has been trying to tackle the Maoist insurgency in Malkangiri district of Odisha. The Maoists, who have been identified as Laxman Pujari and Chaitanya Harijan, surrendered before BSF Deputy Inspector General, KV Raghavacharyulu, at a surrender ceremony at the BSF sector headquarters. For the first time any Maoist has surrendered before BSF in Malkangiri. But the step was welcomed by Raghavacharyulu. Oct 3, 2014
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Amit Shah appeals Maharashtras OBC community to unite & work towards goals of Gopinath

Bhagwangad, Oct 3 (ANI): Amit Shah on Friday in a rally in Bhagwangad district of Maharashtra appealed to the OBC community to continue the work of development of the poor that late Gopinath Munde left behind under the leadership of her daughter Pankaja Munde. He said that the main aim of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is to work for the development and progress of the OBCs. Oct 3, 2014
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DD telecasts RSS chief's Vijaya Dashami address live, CPI condemns

New Delhi, Oct 3 (ANI): Condemning today's telecast of RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat on Doordarshan, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the telecast is a clear departure from the stated position of the government and from the practice so far public sector telecasting and broadcasting followed. Public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) today telecasted the annual Vijaya Dashmi address of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat from Nagpur. Oct 3, 2014
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PM Modi's 'Man ki Baat' touches peoples' hearts across the country

Lucknow/ Raipur/ Bhopal, Oct 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden radio address on Friday touched the hearts of people across the country. While some dubbed the Prime Minister's speech inspirational, others expressed the hope that he would lead the country towards development. PM Modi went live on AIR for about 20 minutes, in a pilot of a show he hoped would become a weekly opportunity to reach up to two-thirds of the country’s population. The maiden radio broadcast which was heard by millions of people was quickly translated into 24 Indian languages and 16 foreign ones. Oct 3, 2014
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Two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen killed in J and K encounter

Pulwama, Oct 03 (ANI): Two militants of separatist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Reportedly, the security forces got information about the presence of these militants and acted upon it. The militants opened fire while the forces were closing in on the hideout of these militants. Of the two militants killed, one has been identified as Riyaz Naikoo while the other is said to be a top militant of the outfit. Hizbul Mujahideen is a Kashmiri separatist group designated as a militant organisation by India. It is active in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. Further re-enforcement have reached the encounter site to ensure that the hiding terrorist do not succeed in escape from the area under the cover of darkness. Oct 3, 2014
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Civilians injured, houses damaged as Pak rangers resort to unprovoked firing in J and K

Poonch, Oct 03 (ANI): Some civilians sustained injuries while some lost their houses as Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing on the Indian positions along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The entire Gagrian village in the Poonch sector was affected in the firing. According to the villagers of Gagrian, the firing continued till midnight and almost all civilians stayed awake all night. The injured were taken to the hospital immediately. Ahmed said the entire locality got strong tremors as bombs started falling on the village. He added the government should initiate steps to find out permanent solution for people living on the India-Pakistan border. Oct 3, 2014
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P Chidambaram terms 'Swachh Bharat'as UPA scheme, Politicos react

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday reacted over Congress leader P Chidambaram's remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project 'Swachh Bharat Abiyan'wherein he said that the there is 'nothing new but Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan" of erstwhile Congress-led UPA Government. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and NCP leader Tariq Anwar supported the same and said that this is taken up from the congress and such campaigns are being practiced by people from times immemorial. Singhvi said that it is fine if they are taking up UPA's regime but BJP should atleast give credits to the previous government. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Congress should realize the truth and accept their defeat. Oct 3, 2014
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DD telecasts RSS chief's Vijaya Dashami address live, Congress slams

New Delhi, Oct 03 (ANI): The Congress on Friday slammed the government for telecasting RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat's address to the nation from Nagpur on the occasion of Vijay Dashmi. Congress leaders also targeted the BJP by saying that its decision are taken by RSS. Oct 3, 2014