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Politicos condemn VHP Chief_s statement claiming to fulfill _Ram Mandir_ dream

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Vishwa Hindu Parishad Chief Praveen Togadia_s statement claiming to fulfill the dream of _Ram Mandir_ has drawn flak from the political leaders. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that VHP is trying to polarize the nation on communal lines by giving such statements. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such remarks should be avoided by people of respect as they may bring communal tendencies among people. SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that Praveen Togadia and VHP_s statements do not matter and the Constitution stands beyond any party or committee. CPI leader Brinda Karat stated that the government should look into such statements and see that they do not get encouraged. Aug 18, 2014
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Former Diplomat says Pak envoy playing mischievous on meeting Separatists

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Former Indian Diplomat Rajiv Dogra on Monday said that the Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit is playing mischievous when he called for a meeting with Kashmiri Separatist leaders. Dogra said that Pakistan has started getting more chances of troubling India in terms of extending support to separatists as the Indian government has become soft towards Pakistan. He also said that nobody dared to meet the separatists during the leadership of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Aug 18, 2014
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Politicos react as Ram Jethmalani meets Geelani in Srinagar

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted over Supreme Court lawyer and former Law Minister Ram Jethmalani, who had on Saturday met Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani at his Srinagar residence. While some politicos criticized the move rest others said that it is upto Jethmalani to decide whom to meet. Aug 18, 2014
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Janmashtami Special: Festivity grips nation, devotees form human pyramid for Dahi Handi celebrations

Mumbai, Aug 18 (ANI): Hundreds of devotees on Monday celebrated Gokulashtami also named Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, and participated in the event of _Dahi Handi_ and formed human pyramid to the tunes of Govinda Aalare Aala in Mumbai city of Maharashtra. The event involves creating a human pyramid and breaking the Handi that contains curd. Devotees were heard chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. This time the organisers used the technique of rock climbing to prevent any untoward incident. It is believed that Lord Krishna was born at the midnight hours. According to Hindu mythology, Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe. Aug 18, 2014
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Sonam Kapoor promotes _Khoobsurat_ at Umang College Fest

Mumbai, August 18 (ANI): Bollywood_s fashionista Sonam Kapoor was spotted promoting her upcoming flick Khoobsurat at Umag college fest in Mumbai recently. Speaking on the occasion Kapoor said its actually cool be misfit. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Siddharth Roy Kapur, Khoobsurat is the remake of the 1980 film of the same name and stars Pakistani actor Fawad Afzal Khan in the lead role. The film is scheduled to release on 19th September. Aug 18, 2014
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Forest officials rescue leopard from a well in Vadodara

Vadodara, Aug 18 (ANI): Forest officials rescued a female leopard from an open well in Gujarat on Monday. The leopard had fallen into the well that strayed into Jaloda village of Vadodara in search of food. Forest officer, IK Pathan, said they had put a cot for the leopard to cling on and rescued the big cat through a ladder. India_s leopards are under threat, with increasing number of these spotted feline beauties being poached for their hide and body parts. Depletion of their habitat has also threatened the leopards, forcing them to stray into human settlements - attacking people, poultry birds and livestock cattle - and often getting killed in return. Aug 18, 2014
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Landslide triggered by heavy rains disconnect villages in Uttarakhand

Uttarkashi/ Dehradun, Aug 18 (ANI): Landslide on Yamunotri road in Uttarakhand, triggered by rains, caused heavy damage near Uttarkashi, cutting off several villages from rest of the state. Flooding caused continuous landslides, blocking roads and disconnecting villages. Up to 82 roads in Uttarakhand were reported unusable. Stones fell on a vehicle on Monday and authorities rushed to the site to rescue the passengers. A crane was also assigned to clear the roads. Locals also claimed that landslide had claimed one life. Meanwhile, floods triggered by heavy rains in the Himalayas have inundated nearly 1,500 villages in northern India, killing at least 28 people and leaving thousands homeless. The government weather department had issued a warning for August 14 and 15 and 16 villages were flooded after a levee broke in Uttarakhand, cutting them off from the rest of the state and marooning around 30,000 people. Aug 18, 2014
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RSS showing true colours: Congress on Mohan Bhagwats Hindu nation remark

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s controversial remark that India is a ‘Hindu nation’ has drawn flak from the Congress party. Manish Tewari said that the government should take action against such communal statements. Rashid Alvi stated that RSS has started showing its true colours of communalism. Aug 18, 2014
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Mohan Bhagwats Hindu nation remark draws flak

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that India is a ‘Hindu nation’ has drawn flak from various political parties. SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that RSS has a communal policy and always tried to divide the nation on communal lines. Meanwhile, BJD leader Jay Panda said that culturally Bhagwat’s statement is not wrong as majority of population in India is Hindu, but added that if the statement was meant to be communal it is unfortunate. Aug 18, 2014
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Pakistan provokes ceasefire violation yet again

Arnia, Aug 18 (ANI): The ceasefire was violated yet again by the Pakistani troops 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. About 20 BSF Border out Posts were affected by the fire, still troops maintained restrain and retaliated in a calibrated manner. Any reports of loss of life or material have not been reported so far. Further injuries or loss to civilian property is being ascertained. There has been a series of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in the past two months. Aug 18, 2014
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Indians soak in devotion at birth place of Lord Krishna

Mathura, Aug 18 (ANI): Thousands of devotees soaked in devotion thronged birthplace of Lord Krishna in Uttar Pradesh on Monday to celebrate his birth anniversary. Chanting hymns and carrying religious offerings, people flocked temples dedicated to the Hindu god in Mathura to mark the festival of Janamashtmi with pageantry. The priests performed rituals in the temples to mark 5240th birthday of Lord Krishna. A devotee, Nishi Khurana, said she was elated to visit Mathura to be a part of the celebration. Aug 18, 2014