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It Happens: Nag Panchmi

Allahabad, August 2 (ANI): Devotees thronged temples, offered and poured milk on snakes to celebrate Hindu festival, ‘Nag Panchami’ to honour serpent god on Friday. Devout Hindus in Allahabad city of Uttar Pradesh flocked temples of Hindu Lord Shiva and offered milk, water, flowers and fruits to serpents as a unique expression of devotion on the auspicious occasion. The festival is believed to bring prosperity and happiness, eradicating evil and hardships from people’s lives. Snake charmers lined the streets and attracted devotees to offer milk to snakes. Followers of Lord Shiva in Madhya Pradesh province also celebrated the festival with religious pageantry. As per scriptures, Shiva sports a snake around his neck while Vishnu reclines on a hooded couch created by Shesha Naga. The festival also holds great importance for the snake charmer community. Aug 2, 2014
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Azam Khan and Kalbe Jawad at loggerheads over Wakf Board

Lucknow, Aug 2 (ANI): The Shia community of Uttar Pradesh has urged Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to check the alleged irregularities in Wakf board appointments, which have allegedly been monitored by Urban Development and Wakf Minister Azam Khan. According to the sources, there are differences within Shia Muslims over the Wakf board appointments, which were made after Azam Khan took bribe. Aug 2, 2014
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Case filed against Aamir Khan for obscenity

Kanpur, Aug 2 (ANI): An advocate from Kanpur has filed a case against Aamir Khan, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and promoters of the film PK over the promotional poster published in newspapers. Lawyer said the _obscene picture_ has terribly hurt sentiments. The case has been filed under section 292 of the IPC, for obscenity. Aug 2, 2014
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Women rights activists slam Shiv Sena over rape editorial

Bangalore/ New Delhi, Aug 2 (ANI): Women rights activists hit out at Shiv Sena on Saturday as it termed reporting of rape cases a new fashion in its mouthpiece the ___Saamna___. Referring to a recent rape allegation against a senior police officer in Mumbai, Saamna editorial questioned the trend of women allegedly filing false complaints of rape, asking, ___has it become a fashion to file rape charges and create a sensation?_ A model has filed a rape case against deputy inspector general (DIG) of Mumbai police, Sunil Paraskar. Congress Party sought Shiv Sena___s apology over the insensitive remark. Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, Barkha Singh Shukla, also condemned the editorial. Aug 2, 2014
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Govt should resolve UPSC CSAT issue soon: Nitish

Patna, Aug 02 (ANI): Former Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Saturday said that the central government should resolve the UPSC CSAT issue soon. Talking to mediapersons in Patna, he said that the demand of the students is right. Students allege that the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination favours those who are proficient in English and discriminates against Hindi speakers. They want the test to be scrapped. Aug 2, 2014
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Arun Jaitley talks about 2014 Delhi Budget, says previous govt passed on bad economy

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): While addressing the Resident Welfare Association members at the Constitution Club in Delhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the previous UPA government did not left a very favourable situation and passed on a bad economy. Talking about the Delhi Budget, Jaitley said that the government has taken harsh decisions wherever required and done all to maintain the dwindling economy. The finance minister also said that the government has increased taxes on unnecessary items and has maintained the system in such a way that India becomes investment friendly. He also talked about the distribution system of the power, which had considerably collapsed during the UPA rule and needs to be taken care of. Aug 2, 2014
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Mixed reactions flow as CAG report on Delhi raps former government

New Delhi, Aug (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday gave mixed reactions after the CAG report on Delhi indicated that the former Sheila Dixit government failed to provide basic amenities. AAP leader Prashant Bhushan said that AAP MPs will raise the issue in Parliament. BJP's Vijay Goel also slammed the former Congress led state government. Meanwhile, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed stated that focus should be turned towards Gujarat Vidhan Sabha report which clearly stated that Modi as a CM had benefitted Reliance and Adani. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has indicted a number of Delhi government departments for wasteful expenditure, stuck infrastructure and social security projects, besides ignoring key environmental issues. Aug 2, 2014
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Two militants arrested in Agartala

Agartala, Aug 02 (ANI): Security personnel arrested two militants in Tripura and handed them over to local police for further investigation. Police officer Jayant Chakraborty said Assam Rifles personnel conducted raids and recovered objectionable materials related to National Liberation Front (NLF) ___ a militant outfit -- from the accused place. Aug 2, 2014
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PMO asks all govt departments to allow self attestation of documents

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, through a statement issued from his office, reportedly asked all government departments to allow self-certification/ attestation of documents and to reduce the use of affidavits in a bid to ease the hassles faced by the common man. All ministries and departments at the Centre and in States have reportedly been asked to make a provision for the self-certification of documents in place of affidavits. Aug 2, 2014
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Jagmeet Brar says he was misquoted and had never advised anyone to go on break

New Delhi, Aug 2 (ANI): Clarifying his earlier statement on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi taking a 2 year break, Congress leader, Jagmeet Singh Brar on Saturday cleared the air and said that he never said any such thing. Earlier he had created a flutter with his remarks on Sonia and Rahul by saying that there is "no harm" if Sonia and Rahul took a two-year break in the wake of the Lok Sabha poll debacle. Aug 2, 2014
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Maneka Gandhi's special provisions in Juvenile Justice Act get welcome gesture

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi gets a welcome step by the leaders as well as social activists equally on Saturday. Gandhi informed the parliament that the government is planning special provisions in the current Juvenile Justice Act to address heinous offences committed by children above the age of 16 years. The move was aimed to act as a deterrent for child offenders committing such crimes and will also protect the rights of the victim, she said in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, a day before. Aug 2, 2014
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Sanjay Raut on Saamna article

Mumbai, Aug 02 (ANI): Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday gave clarifications over the "Saamna" article which it supported rape accused DIG Sunil Paraskar. Shiv Sena mouthpiece "Saamna" known for blunt comments came out in support Paraskar saying that the allegations against him are motivated. It also said that accusing men of rape is a trend. Speaking to mediapersons in Mumbai, Raut said that Shiv Sena never supports people who don't respect women. He said the article says that the case should be investigated properly before coming to any conclusion. Aug 2, 2014
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Scores killed in China factory explosion

An explosion kills scores as it rips through a factory in eastern China, according to state media, injuring 150 in what appears to be an industrial accident. Duration: 00:41 Aug 2, 2014
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Politicos react as Jagmeet Brar says Sonia and Rahul should take 2 years break

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday reacted after Congress party leader Jagmeet Brar said that the central leadership including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi should take 2-years break. Manish Tewari said that Congress sure had a defeat in the LS polls but this is the time to remain unified and against the communal forces. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the party should speculate on reasons of its defeat. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh also said that everyone now wants “Gandhi free Congress”. CPI leader Atul Anjan also slammed the Congress leadership. Aug 2, 2014