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President Pranab Mukherjee meets IIT heads

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee met authorities from all 16 IITs on Friday in New Delhi. Mukherjee, accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Education Minister Smriti Irani, addressed a Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of all 16 IITs at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the president’s official residence. The meet was focused on how IITs can implement the vision of ‘Make in India’, a vision that Modi had spoke about in his speech on Independence Day. They stressed on the need for all IITs to work together to help India become a global leader and a provider of skilled manpower. The discussion also revolved around creating a ‘Skilled India’ where there would be an integration of skill initiatives and skill development. Aug 22, 2014
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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik condemns murder of US journalist in Iraq

Bhubaneswar, Aug 22 (ANI): Condemning the killing of American journalist James Foley by ISIS militants in Iraq, noted Indian sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, created a sculpture on the beach of Puri city in Odisha. The sculpture depicting face of the journalist with a message “Don’t kill innocents” drew sizeable crowd on the beach. Four tonnes of sand was used in making the sculpture. Pattnaik said the assassination in Iraq was one of the most heinous crimes in the world. Foley was beheaded by the Islamist militant group Islamic State, an act shown in a video released on August 22 in which the group called for the United States to end its air strikes in Iraq. US President Barack Obama responded that Washington would be relentless in fighting the organization despite the killing. Aug 22, 2014
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New shopping complex in Srinagar to rehabilitate displaced Kashmiri shopkeepers

Srinagar, Aug 22 (ANI): Shopkeepers who were displaced due to the construction of a flyover in the area look forward to better days as the Kashmir government rehabilitates them with a new shopping complex in Srinagar city, which promises to be one of the biggest shopping complexes of the valley. The complex was inaugurated by chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah. Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Company (JKPCC) constructed the shopping complex to rehabilitate the shopkeepers who were displaced due to the construction of Jehangir Chowk- Rambagh expressway corridor. Decorated with the traditional Dajji Diwari (wooden work) look on the outer façade, the two- storey shopping complex at Jehangir Chowk which is estimated to cost Rs 50 crores(500 million), has a floor area of 1,42,000 square feet. Aug 22, 2014
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Politicos react on Jaitleys remark over rape affecting tourism

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Aug 22 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Friday after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated that a small incident of gang-rape in Delhi has affected tourism in the state. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that Jaitley is correct to have said so, because tourist do not like to take risk with their lives but also added that the government should assure safety in all places. NCP leader Majid Memon also said that the government should take immediate steps to ensure safety for tourists. Meanwhile, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that BJP and RSS do not respect women. Aug 22, 2014
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No question of trivializing any particular incident, was talking in general about crimes: FM gives c

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has sparked a row after he made a controversial remark about rape. Jaitley was addressing a conference of state tourism ministers in the capital where he said that “a small incident of rape” in Delhi had caused a loss of “millions of dollars in tourism". Giving clarification over his remark, Jaitley said that his speech was misconstrued and he was not referring to any particular crime but crimes in general. Jaitley has come under severe criticism for his statement as many concluded that he spoke about the December 16 Delhi gang rape case. Aug 22, 2014
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Michael Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team in new Indian soccer league

Mumbai, Aug 22 (ANI): Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League. A total of 49 foreign players were drafted during the session for the eight-franchise league, which is slated to run from October 12 to December 20. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams. Chopra, who has also played for a host of other Premier League clubs, was the only English player in the draft, which was held at a Mumbai hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea. Addressing the media persons General Manager (GM) of Kerala Blasters, Viren Disilva expressed his happiness on having Chopra as part of their team. Aug 22, 2014
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Curfew relaxed for few hours in violence-hit Assam

Golaghat, Aug 22 (ANI): Local administration relaxed curfew for six hours in violence-hit Golaghat district of Assam to allow residents to buy essential commodities on Friday. The latest wave of violence has left at least 20 dead and forced thousands to flee their homes. The situation aroused when two victims hailing from Golaghat district were hit by bullets fired by unidentified persons from Nagaland side while they were protesting against the kidnapping of two teenagers by suspected miscreants last week. A student union has withdrawn threat to block the national highway, connecting neighbouring state of Nagaland after recent spate of violence. Assam and neighbouring Nagaland are locked in a territorial dispute, claiming tracts of land along the state limits since the creation of Nagaland more than four decades ago. Aug 22, 2014
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Delhi gangrape victims parents condemn Jaitleys remark on rape affecting tourism

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Delhi Gangrape victim’s parents on Friday condemned Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remark that Delhi gangrape case has affected tourism in the state. Victim’s father said that Jaitley’s remark is condemnable as he thinks the case to be affecting an industry but does not do anything to solve it. He added that Jaitley should change policies of economy and security in the country in order to attract tourists, not play politics over rape cases. The victim’s mother also condemned Jaitley’s remark saying that if he considers that rape has caused loss to tourism, he should also realize the loss which the incident caused to the family who lost their daughter. She also said that Jaitley should work upon improving the condition in the nation, and not hurt the sentiments of parents who lost their daughters in similar incidents. Aug 22, 2014
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India will not be cowed down by anyone, says BJP chief to Pakistan

Hyderabad, Aug 22 (ANI): BJP chief Amit Shah said that India will not be cowed down by anybody and there will be no compromise on national honour and integrity. Addressing BJP workers in Hyderabad, Shah said the BJP-led government has made it clear that there will be no compromise on national pride. He said the decision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government to call off dialogue with Pakistan over the latter's move to hold talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders demonstrates India's new foreign policy. Shah took over as BJP chief on July 09. Aug 22, 2014
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Pakistani army again violates ceasefire in Kashmir, one civilian injured

Rajouri, Aug 22 (ANI): Villagers in Kashmir are living under the shadow of death as Pakistan army continues to violate ceasefire along the Line of Control. Heavy firing by Pakistan Rangers commenced last night in the area of Abdulian and Korotana from 2 AM and continued till 6 AM in the morning. One civilian has been injured after a shell hit his home near the LoC. No casualties have been reported. The Pakistani army targeted BSF posts in the RS Pura sector, forcing Indian soldiers to retaliate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his speech, recently accused Pakistan of waging a "proxy war" by sending militants to attack India. Earlier, Modi government had called off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan citing the country's meetings with Kashmiri separatists and continuous ceasefire violations. Aug 22, 2014
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Ready to foil any infiltration bid by Pakistan, say Indian soldiers

Balakot, Aug 22 (ANI): Indian soldiers posted in forward areas of India Pakistan border, in state of Kashmir say they are ready to foil any attempts by Pakistan to pump in infiltrators across the border. Kashmir has witnessed almost uninterrupted ceasefire violation by Pakistan since August 15. Heavy firing by Pakistan Rangers had commenced last night in the area of Abdulian and Korotana from 2 AM and continued till 6 AM in the morning. Commanding officer of Indian Army’s Bihar Regiment, S Chatterji said, his unit has witnessed 12 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in last month alone. But Chatterji is positive that the Indian Army, along with the paramilitary force BSF (Border Security Force), will hold their ground and stop any attempt to infiltrate by Pakistanis. Chatterji assured that in spite of difficult terrain, the border fence is guarded 24 x7and any bid to infiltrate will be foiled. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his speech, accused Pakistan of waging a "proxy war" by sending militants to attack India. Aug 22, 2014
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Uttar Pradesh gears up to prevent epidemic as flood situation remains grim

Bahraich/ Azamgarh, Aug 22 (ANI): The flood waters in Uttar Pradesh showed no sign of abatement causing fear of a possible epidemic once the water recede. The flood situation that inundated nearly 1,500 villages in the state, hasn’t improved and amidst all these there are fears of epidemics that might be caused once the water recede. Thousands were marooned in villages across nine districts of Uttar Pradesh, where the release of water from overflowing dams in neighbouring Nepal has added to the impact of the downpours. State revenue official of Bahraich, U S Upadhyay, said the administration was ready to take up the challenge, post floods. Stressing that the government is doing everything needful the state government’s irrigation minister Shivpal Yadav said his government won’t allow any hardship to be caused to people in the affected areas. Aug 22, 2014
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Hajj pilgrims undergo training session in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 22 (ANI): For the first time, a special training program was organised for aspiring Hajj pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (August 21). The two-day orientation program in Srinagar was a joint initiative by the district administration and Hajj Training Forum Bangalore and the State Hajj Committee. Based on the past experiences of pilgrims, the authorities organised the training program, where videos were played to give a real-time feel of the pilgrimage. The pilgrims were directed on what kind of suitcases and handbags to be carried. They were also asked to keep photocopies of passports and were told about the importance of the pilgrimage. Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Shah, said the first-of-a-kind training program would help pilgrims undertake pilgrimage without any hurdles. Aug 22, 2014
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Russian park of Communist achievements gets a makeover

After communism collapsed, the massive Moscow exhibition centre extolling the virtues of the planned economy fell into disrepair, but a spurt of Soviet nostalgia has given the facility a facelift. Duration: 02:10 Aug 22, 2014