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There are only two stakeholders on JandK: MEA

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Pakistan's ambassador to New Delhi defended his decision to meet Kashmiri separatists earlier this week, a move that prompted India to call off planned high-level talks with the Pakistan government. He said that Kashmiri leaders are legitimate stakeholders in peaceful and viable resolution of the problem. Reacting over this, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that after signing of the Simla Agreement there are only 2 "stakeholders" on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir - India and Pakistan. Aug 20, 2014
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NHRC sends notice to Gujarat Govt. on kids swimming across bridgeless river to reach school

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that in absence of a bridge, about 125 students of five villages in Chhota Udepur District in Gujarat have to swim across the Hiran River to go to their government school in Utavadi Village in Tilakwada Taluka of District Narmada. The villagers have been requesting for construction of a bridge over the river for a very long time but in vain. Accordingly, a notice has been forwarded to Gujarat's chief secretary to submit a report within a month. Aug 20, 2014
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Need peoples' mass support: Irom Sharmila after being released from custody

Imphal, Aug 20 (ANI): Human Rights Activist and Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila was released from Custody on Wednesday after Court dropped suicide charges against her. Sharmila said that she needs mass support of the people. She also said that her battle against the removal of a draconian law will continue. She began her fast in November 2000 after 10 people were killed in a shooting at a bus stop near her home in Manipur, a remote state that borders Myanmar. Aug 20, 2014
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Separatist organisation protests in Kashmir, demands release of prisoners

Srinagar, Aug 20 (ANI): Separatist organisation, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), staged a sit-in protest on Wednesday, as they demanded the release of political prisoners languishing in jails for the past several years. The JKLF members protested in Srinagar city against the apathy of the government towards their long pending demands. The protesters, holding photographs of the prisoners, hoped for early release of people who have been arrested for protesting in the valley. JKLF vice chairman, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, expressed his ire over atrocities committed against Kashmiri prisoners in jails. Aug 20, 2014
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At least 36 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes. Duration: 01:14 Aug 20, 2014
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Tapas Pal in hospital after brain stroke

Kolkata, Aug 20 (ANI): Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Pal was on Tuesday admitted in a super specialty hospital after suffering a brain stroke. Earlier in July too, Pal (55) was admitted after a sudden spurt in his blood pressure. Paul was recently in the news for threatening to kill opposition CPI (M) workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked, a comment which drew widespread criticism and forced him to tender an apology. Aug 20, 2014
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Need to empower women: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday stressed on the need to empower women and exhorted them to raise their voice against suppression. Addressing Mahila Congress workers at Congress Sankalp Sammelan being held at Talkatora Stadium, Rahul said, that in India people worship goddesses, address women as mother/sister, but the same people molest them in buses, suppress their voices. Aug 20, 2014
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Bollywood Diva's open Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Mumbai, August 20 (ANI): The audiences were in for a visual treat as Bollywood divas Shilpa Shetty and Sushmita Sen walked the ramp in their sensuous outfits on the opening day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) in India's showbiz capital Mumbai. Former Miss Universe, Sen, looked stunning in a black gown with a transparent back as the showstopper for designer, Aman Aggarwal. Sen credited her exotic appearance to Aggarwal and said she felt sexy and eloquent in the dress. Aggarwal's collection portrayed tribal artifacts and incorporated ethnic weaving techniques, stripped tattoos and structured jewelry. On the other hand, Shilpa Shetty, looked elegant in a black slinky gown with huge prints and a draped dupatta. She grooved on the ramp with other models for fashion designer Masaba Gupta's collection themed 'wanderess'. The theme 'wanderess' is inspired by renowned poet Roman Payne's character Saskia. The line of garments was feisty, adventurous yet delicate and with a vintage feel. Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 will conclude on August 24. Aug 20, 2014
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clashes on Assam-Nagaland border: Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has defended the role of central government with regard to the clashes on the Assam and Nagaland border. He has said that central government will provide all the necessary assistance, but the onus is on the states to resolve the matter. About the firing issue he said that it is not right to blame the centre or Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) because law and order is a state subject. Centre sends forces, it is up to the state governments to regulate them. Aug 20, 2014
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IB Ministry suspends Censor Board CEO

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has suspended the chief executive officer of the Central Board of Film Certification, Rakesh Kumar, who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe. Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, said corruption will not be tolerated, and hence, Kumar has been suspended. According to sources, the CEO of the Childrens Film Society of India (CFSI), Sharavan Kumar, will assume additional charge as CEO of CBFC. Kumar was arrested in Mumbai on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.70,000 for clearing a regional movie. Aug 20, 2014
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BSE closes points 106.38 up on August 20

New Delhi, August 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 106.38 points down to stand at 26,314.29. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 22.20 points down to stand at 7,875.30. SUN PHARMA and RANBAXY were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.88% and 4.84% along with CIPLA and JPINFRATEC with an increase of 3.79% and 3.61% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include DENA BANK and BHUSHAN STEEL with a decrease of 5.06% and 4.97% along with ORIENT BANK and MUTHOOT FINANCE with a decrease of 3.63% and 3.57% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 94.75 points at 16,887.09 while the banking sector is down 51.94 points at 17,707.42 and the reality sector is up 9.73 points at 1,873.29. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 60.66 per dollar. Aug 20, 2014
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Police hold back on tear gas at Ferguson protest

Police lower their profile, and refrain from using tear gas, to allow a more orderly night of protests in this St Louis suburb 10 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Duration: 00:43 Aug 20, 2014
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Sonia targets Modi, says fake dreams were sold to people

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at Centre, saying the Narendra Modi-led NDA government sold fake dreams to Indians. Speaking at a Congress function for women workers and elected representatives on the 70th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi, she said to bring back the lost glory of Congress no stone should be left unturned. Giving a push for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill, Sonia said that Rajiv Gandhi always wanted 33 per cent of reservation for women in Parliament and Assembly. Aug 20, 2014