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Foreign Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan called off

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Taking a strong stand after Pakistan envoy held an hour-long meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders in Delhi on Monday, India has called off its Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan. Amidst a staunch criticism from the opposition leaders, the government called off the talks which were scheduled to be held on August 25. Aug 18, 2014
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Sri Lankan Buddhist pilgrims perform special prayers for peace, tranquillity in Bihar

Bodh Gaya, Aug 18 (ANI): Around 160 Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka performed a special prayer for world peace and tranquillity at holy town Bodh Gaya of Bihar on Monday. Monks prayed and chanted lines from their holy texts under the sacred Bodhi tree under which Lord Buddha gained enlightenment some 2500 years ago, which still exists. Aug 18, 2014
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Zoroastrians celebrate their New Year day across India

Surat/ Nagpur, Aug 18 (ANI): Zoroastrians in India celebrated their New Year, Navroz, with much enthusiasm and fervour on Monday. Navroz, the New Year in the Persian calendar, is also referred to as Persian New Year. As a part of their tradition and custom known as spring clean, the Parsi community clean their homes and make preparations to welcome the new spring season with freshness. A visitor to the fire temple in Surat, Mahrooq, explained in detail the activities carried out in the day and how the Parsi community celebrates the festival. Nargis Broacha, a Zoroastrian woman in Nagpur, said the preparation start 10 days in advance for the New Year. The Parsi New Year is celebrated by visiting temples, eating sweets, by putting torans, pictures and performing prayers. Aug 18, 2014
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Arun Jaitely on Indo-Pak secretary level talks called off

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Expressing disappointment, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that provocations like ceasefire violations and more seriously holding talks with Kashmiri separatists show that Pakistan does not want to normalize relationship with India. In a strong message to Pakistan, Jaitley asserted that Indian armed forces are fully prepared to respond to any ceasefire violation by it. Aug 18, 2014
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Assange says will leave London embassy _soon_

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Monday he would _soon_ leave Ecuador_s embassy in London but his organisation played down the comment, saying he would not depart until there was an agreement with Britain_s government. Duration: 01:11 Aug 18, 2014
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Idols of Lord Ganesha to cost more in Pune ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

Pune, Aug 18 (ANI): Artisans in Maharashtra increased prices of idols of Lord Ganesha, ahead of popular festival of _Ganesh Chaturthi_, which marks re-birth of the god. People making various idols of the Hindu god in Pune city said the price hike was due to inflation as labour charges had increased. Shopkeepers also say that idols made of clay will cost more as they are made by hand and it involves more hard work when compared to those made by Plaster of Paris. Aug 18, 2014
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Quran verses written in calligraphic styles attract visitors in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 18 (ANI): Visitors thronged Srinagar city in Jammu and Kashmir to see age old manuscripts written in different calligraphic styles put on display at an exhibition. A three-day exhibition, showcasing Quran, the Islamic holy book, written in fine calligraphy on various media attracted people. Copies on display ranged from ancient and medieval manuscripts to texts in the digital format. The exhibition was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages department in a bid to aware the youths of valley regarding the religious asset. The main attraction of exhibition was one of the rarest first Quran manuscripts hand-written in 1237 AD by Fateh-ullah Kashmiri. Aug 18, 2014
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Girl_s medical done and accused arrested: Police on rape case in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, Aug 18 (ANI): UP police on Monday informed that the accused in the alleged rape case in Ghaziabad District_s Loni area has been arrested and the victim_s medical test has been done. Angry protesters on Monday clashed with the police over a nine-year-old minor girl being allegedly raped by a 65-year-old man in Ghaziabad District_s Loni area. The protestors damaged a police vehicle and some property. Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the area and Rapid Action Force has been deployed to prevent any flare up. Aug 18, 2014
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Market Update: Nifty, Sensex hit new all-time highs

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Monday scaled new record highs of 7,848.30 and 26,320.66 respectively in afternoon trade on the back of rally in banking, auto, capital goods and oil and gas sector stocks amid sustained capital inflows. Aug 18, 2014
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_Surf_s up_ in South Africa_s shacklands

South African teenagers are finding a refuge from gangland violence by taking to their surf boards. About 250 youths are being taught how to surf by Waves for Change, an NGO using the sport to reach young people suffering from trauma. Duration: 01:56 Aug 18, 2014
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Ram Mandir has been our agenda and we will continue to work for it: Praveen Togadia

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Vishwa Hindu Parishad Chief Praveen Togadia on Monday stayed firm on his controversial remark over fulfilling the dream of 'Ram Mandir'. Togadia said that the construction of Ram temple has been the agenda of VHP since last many years and VHP will continue to work towards it. Togadia's remark has drawn flak from the political parties earlier in the day. Aug 18, 2014
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Politicos react as Pakistan provokes ceasefire violation yet again

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted as Pakistan violated ceasefire yet again throughout the Sunday night. According to the BSF, Pakistan rangers resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling throughout the Sunday night in Arnia and R S Pura area. There has been a series of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in the past two months. Congress leader Manish Tewari and NCP leader Tariq Anwar criticized Pakistan for violating cease fire time and again. Aug 18, 2014
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KCR says want to be Hitler to stop injustice, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted over Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who has called himself Hitler. Defending Telangana government_s controversial decision to hold an intensive household survey on August 19, Rao on Sunday had said that he will be like Hitler to stop _injustice_. NCP leader Tariq Anwar and RJD leader Manoj Jha said that he should take back his comment immediately. Aug 18, 2014