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Tapas Pal in hospital after brain stroke

Kolkata, Aug 20 (ANI): Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Pal was on Tuesday admitted in a super specialty hospital after suffering a brain stroke. Earlier in July too, Pal (55) was admitted after a sudden spurt in his blood pressure. Paul was recently in the news for threatening to kill opposition CPI (M) workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked, a comment which drew widespread criticism and forced him to tender an apology. Aug 20, 2014
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Need to empower women: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday stressed on the need to empower women and exhorted them to raise their voice against suppression. Addressing Mahila Congress workers at Congress Sankalp Sammelan being held at Talkatora Stadium, Rahul said, that in India people worship goddesses, address women as mother/sister, but the same people molest them in buses, suppress their voices. Aug 20, 2014
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Bollywood Diva's open Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Mumbai, August 20 (ANI): The audiences were in for a visual treat as Bollywood divas Shilpa Shetty and Sushmita Sen walked the ramp in their sensuous outfits on the opening day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) in India's showbiz capital Mumbai. Former Miss Universe, Sen, looked stunning in a black gown with a transparent back as the showstopper for designer, Aman Aggarwal. Sen credited her exotic appearance to Aggarwal and said she felt sexy and eloquent in the dress. Aggarwal's collection portrayed tribal artifacts and incorporated ethnic weaving techniques, stripped tattoos and structured jewelry. On the other hand, Shilpa Shetty, looked elegant in a black slinky gown with huge prints and a draped dupatta. She grooved on the ramp with other models for fashion designer Masaba Gupta's collection themed 'wanderess'. The theme 'wanderess' is inspired by renowned poet Roman Payne's character Saskia. The line of garments was feisty, adventurous yet delicate and with a vintage feel. Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 will conclude on August 24. Aug 20, 2014
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clashes on Assam-Nagaland border: Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has defended the role of central government with regard to the clashes on the Assam and Nagaland border. He has said that central government will provide all the necessary assistance, but the onus is on the states to resolve the matter. About the firing issue he said that it is not right to blame the centre or Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) because law and order is a state subject. Centre sends forces, it is up to the state governments to regulate them. Aug 20, 2014
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IB Ministry suspends Censor Board CEO

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has suspended the chief executive officer of the Central Board of Film Certification, Rakesh Kumar, who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe. Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, said corruption will not be tolerated, and hence, Kumar has been suspended. According to sources, the CEO of the Childrens Film Society of India (CFSI), Sharavan Kumar, will assume additional charge as CEO of CBFC. Kumar was arrested in Mumbai on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.70,000 for clearing a regional movie. Aug 20, 2014
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BSE closes points 106.38 up on August 20

New Delhi, August 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 106.38 points down to stand at 26,314.29. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 22.20 points down to stand at 7,875.30. SUN PHARMA and RANBAXY were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.88% and 4.84% along with CIPLA and JPINFRATEC with an increase of 3.79% and 3.61% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include DENA BANK and BHUSHAN STEEL with a decrease of 5.06% and 4.97% along with ORIENT BANK and MUTHOOT FINANCE with a decrease of 3.63% and 3.57% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 94.75 points at 16,887.09 while the banking sector is down 51.94 points at 17,707.42 and the reality sector is up 9.73 points at 1,873.29. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 60.66 per dollar. Aug 20, 2014
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Police hold back on tear gas at Ferguson protest

Police lower their profile, and refrain from using tear gas, to allow a more orderly night of protests in this St Louis suburb 10 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Duration: 00:43 Aug 20, 2014
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Sonia targets Modi, says fake dreams were sold to people

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at Centre, saying the Narendra Modi-led NDA government sold fake dreams to Indians. Speaking at a Congress function for women workers and elected representatives on the 70th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi, she said to bring back the lost glory of Congress no stone should be left unturned. Giving a push for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill, Sonia said that Rajiv Gandhi always wanted 33 per cent of reservation for women in Parliament and Assembly. Aug 20, 2014
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Sonia says Congress committed to Women's Reservation Bill, BJP reacts

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said her party was committed to the women's reservation bill that seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in parliament and the state legislatures. Sonia said though her party was in opposition now, it was committed to the women's reservation bill and would put pressure on the NDA government for its passage in parliament. Reacting over this BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the Congress only talks and BJP performs. He asked why the Congress put the Women's Reservation Bill in hibernation when they were in power Aug 20, 2014
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Rajnath Singh calls for strengthening of civil defence organisation

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, on Wednesday emphasised on the strengthening of civil defence organisation in an effort to avert any natural disaster in future. Singh was speaking at the launch of 'Plan Scheme of Mainstreaming Civil defence in Disaster Risk Reduction'. During the conference, Singh said efforts should be made to make civil defence organisation more efficient. Meanwhile, Singh also assured to fix the problem of scarcity of essential resources. Aug 20, 2014
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Pakistan stands committed to improving ties with India: Abdul Basit

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday said that Pakistan stands committed towards improving relations with India. He also said that Pakistan wants to continue the dialogue process, which was to take place between both the nations' Foreign Secretaries. Basit's meeting with Kashmiri Separatist leaders had sparked controversy among politicians after which the Indian government had cancelled the foreign secretaries' meeting. Aug 20, 2014
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Reactions flow on PM Modi's PR office inauguration in Varanasi

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Political reactions flow as Prime Minister and Lok Sabha member from Varanasi, Narendra Modi, has opened up his PR office in order to maintain contact with the people. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that every member tries to maintain contact with public, so if Modi is doing that, he is doing something which everyone does. JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav said that all members try to keep in touch with their people so Modi is not doing anything new. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Modi's step is welcome and it will bring change in Varanasi. Modi's PR office was inaugurated by BJP President Amit Shah during a grand ceremony in the presence of BJP's UP President Laxmikant Bajpai. Aug 20, 2014
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Devotees go in trance during religious festival in Assam

Guwahati, Aug 20 (ANI): Devotees from various parts of the country thronged temple of Hindu goddess Kamakhya in Assam to witness three-day Hindu festival, Deodhani dance. The Deodhani dance festival is held to worship Hindu snake goddess Mansa, during which goats and pigeons are sacrificed. It is believed that Hindu goddess possesses a devotee's body during the festival to dance. As per Hindu mythology, one's wishes come true if they wish for something special during the festival. Aug 20, 2014