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CPI (M)s Sitaram Yechury slams Modis Independence Day address as disjointed from reality

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16 (ANI): Senior CPI (M) leader, Sitaram Yechury, came down heavily upon PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address to the nation and referred to the speech as completely disjointed from reality. Yechury also said that the speech was very high on rhetoric. Referring to Modi’s call to end communal and caste violence, Yechury wondered if the PM was addressing the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Critics say the BJP is the political offspring of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and has a deep-seated bias against India's 160 million Muslims. The party denies the charges and says it is opposed to the appeasement of any group. Harping on that sentiment, Yechury said RSS is very active in its pursuit of divisive politics, which is a major cause of communal tension. Aug 16, 2014
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Indian scientist generates power from elephant urine

Kayamkulam, Aug 16 (ANI): A young Indian scientist, Dr MG Gireeshan, who explored the formula of generating power in Kayamkulam in Kerela, said that the urine of one elephant can produce enough electricity to serve a single household for four to five days. According to Gireeshan, elephant's urine is high in electrolyte. When the electrodes are inserted into the urine sample, it undergoes electrolysis generating power. An elephant produces 50 litres urine after consuming over 200 litres of water every day.The young scientist said he is willing to offer this technology to the benefit of the general public and provide it to any agency willing to develop it and also wants it to be patented in his name. Aug 16, 2014
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Missouri violence highlights 'militarization' of US police

From high-powered assault rifles to camouflage-clad police officers perched on top of heavily armored vehicles: the violence gripping the Missouri town of Ferguson has highlighted a growing militarization of US law enforcement. Duration: 02:24 Aug 16, 2014
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"Lava Mae" shower bus cleans homeless in San Francisco

For San Francisco's homeless, keeping clean is a challenge. The city only has 16 shower stalls available for 3,500 people living on the streets. The shortage has inspired one resident to bring showers on wheels to areas in need. Duration: 02:17 Aug 16, 2014
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EU ministers agree to arm Iraqi Kurd fighters

EU ministers agreed at an emergency meeting on Friday to back the arming of overwhelmed Iraqi Kurd fighters in the face of an onslaught by Islamic State jihadists. Duration: 01:13 Aug 15, 2014
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AAP's Manish Sisodia hoists Indian flag upside down

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Friday hoisted the Indian National Flag upside down in a local park in New Delhi. The flag was placed in such a direction that, when hoisted, it waved the flag upside down. Sisodia clarified saying that the flag was tied by the organizers in such a manner that it opened in the wrong way and added that it should not be made a political issue. Aug 15, 2014
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Bangladeshis observe national mourning day to honour Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Dhaka, Aug 15 (ANI): Hundreds of Bangladeshis paid their respects to the country's founding leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Friday (August 15), who was killed by a group of army officers 39 years ago, along with most of his family. Events begun at sunrise on Friday, a national holiday in the country, with the national flag flown at a half-mast as hundreds of Bangladeshis waited in line to pay their respects to their former leader. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is one of Mujibur's daughters, visited a memorial in Dhaka to pay her respects, before visiting the Banani Graveyard where her family members are buried. Members of the political establishment were also present to pay their respects. Aug 15, 2014
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Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile wishes success to PM Modi on Independence Day

Dharamsala, Aug 15 (ANI): Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, wished Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a successful term as the country marked its 68th Independence Day on Friday. Sangey greeted Indians and said that India’s rise would mean Tibet’s growth too. Modi, who sworn-in as the PM a little over two months ago, gave his maiden Independence-Day speech in New Delhi, addressing the issues of poverty and sharing his vision of a digital India. India achieved its independence from the colonial British rule on August 15, 1947, ending more than 200 years of rule. Meanwhile, Sangay also aspired for Tibetans’ own land’s independence and for the return of spiritual leader, Dalai Lama to Tibet. Aug 15, 2014
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Several doctors fall ill after consuming I-Day sweets at Mumbai's hospital

Mumbai, Aug 15 (ANI): As many as 38 doctors fell ill in Mumbai after consuming sweets distributed at a hospital on Independence Day. Doctor Nivedita explained the situation in which the incident took place. She also stated that the doctors were offered tricolor sweets after which many gave symptoms of ill health. Aug 15, 2014
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Northeast cuisine catches the fancy of food aficionados in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Home to a large number of people from the Northeastern states, New Delhi has become a hotspot for indigenous cuisine from the region. In South Delhi's Green Park area, among the many popular northeast restaurants is Rosang cafe. Established in January this year by a Mizo couple, the outlet offers authentic cuisine from all eight northeastern states. The cafe not only attracts northeastern people settled in the national capital, but is popular among Delhi'ites and other foreign visitors. To give authentic taste of northeast to the people of Delhi, the food is prepared from organic products, herbs and spices procured from Manipur. Aug 15, 2014
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Landslide after heavy rainfall in Dehradun, CM calls for rescue

Dehradun, Aug 15 (ANI): Heavy rainfall on Friday led to landslide causing disruption in commuting for people in Dehradun. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that priority will be to clear the way in order to ease commutation and then relief operations will be provided to the people. Aug 15, 2014
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Nothing new in PM Modi's Independence Day speech: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech delivered from the ramparts of the Red Fort had nothing much or new to offer and lacked impact. Another Congress leader Salman Khurshid added that Modi’s speech was more of an election speech rather than a speech by a Prime Minister. Earlier the Prime Minister unfurled the flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort after inspecting the guard of honour. During his address, he touched upon issues related to poverty, women safety, female foeticide, the importance of the IT sector, the discontinuation of the planning commission, making India the global manufacturing hub of the future and the problem of farmer suicides. Aug 15, 2014
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More than 100 children hospitalized after eating I Day sweets given at Govt schools in Kanpur

Chaubepur, Aug 15 (ANI): About 450 students fell ill of which nearly 100 were hospitalized on Friday after consuming sweets distributed at government schools in Kanpur’s Chaubepur area. The students are being treated at the local hospital and the matter is being examined closely. DM of Kanpur, Roshan Jacob said that all efforts are being made to avoid casualties. She added that the sweet shop from where the sweets were ordered has been sealed and samples are being taken for examination. Aug 15, 2014
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Congress submits report to Sonia Gandhi on poll debacle

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): The AK Antony panel of Congress party submitted review report of its poll debacle to party chief, Sonia Gandhi, following its defeat in the general elections. The much talked about report was submitted on Thursday by former defence minister, A K Antony and his team after a meeting with 500 Congress members, including members of its various wings. Sonia Gandhi and her son, Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi were widely held responsible for the defeat. However, Antony refused to hold the Gandhis accountable for the loss. Quipping at Congress’ remark of emerging strong again, BJP said that will not happen for a long time now. Aug 15, 2014