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It happens: BAMBOO ORCHESTRA

Kochi, Dec 20 (ANI): Folklore musicians, 'Vayali Folklore Troupe' enthralled the audience as they played near-extinct original folk songs on entirely handmade bamboo percussion instruments in India's southern Kochi city. The troupe from Thrissur district in Kerala is now gaining popularity and is known as the "Bamboo Band" locally and is receiving calls to conduct such shows in public for entertainment and special functions. The instruments for the bamboo orchestra are hand-designed, given its final form at Kattappana in Iduki district of Kerala and the raw material is procured from the pristine hills of Wayanad. In the orchestra, the flute is the lead instrument. Among other instruments are Mulam Chenda, Mulam Thudi and Mazha Mooli. The team has come up with innovative instruments as well, an example being a five-drum set, The cylindrical instruments are characteristic of the African 'Conga'. The drumhead is a calf-skin cover fastened with strings of rope while the base is left open and struck with bare hands.The annual event is being organised by the Kerala State Bamboo Mission of the Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion under the Department of Commerce and Industry. Dec 20, 2013
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AAP on Arvinder Singh Lovely's remark

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): The AAP on Friday stated it is not indulging in any war of words with any political party but has a proper action plan, after Congress Delhi president Arvinder Singh Lovely said that the AAP should not test the patience of Congress. The party also said that it is a new inning to see political transformation in a new way. Dec 20, 2013
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US treatment of diplomat atrocious, apology is must: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Friday said the United States of America authorities have behaved atrociously with Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. He wanted the United States to make good its actions. He added that the minimum demand made by India needs to be done by the US. Dec 20, 2013
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India must insist that US drop charges against Khobragade and apologize: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday were unanimous in their insistence that the United States must drop visa fraud charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and apologies to her and the Government of India for what it called an unnecessary incident of mistreatment that could affect bilateral ties between the two countries. Dec 20, 2013
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Sailor Captain Sunil James reaches Mumbai, thanks PM

Mumbai, Dec 20 (ANI): After long wait and struggle for the family of Captain of Indian Merchant Navy, Captain Sunil James finally reached Mumbai to perform last rites of his 11-month son, Vivan who passed away while James was in Togo Jail. James, on his return, thanked Indian Prime Minister and Togo President among others for his release. The Indian merchant ship captain was under arrest in Togo since July for allegedly aiding pirates. Dec 20, 2013
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Congress dont see Narendra Modi as competition: Meem Afzal

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): As the speculations of DMK favoring BJP following DMK Chief M Karunanidhi’s praise to Narendra Modi are doing rounds, Congress Spokesperson Meem Afzal said that the party doesn’t see Modi as a competition. He said that it may have come due to Tamil Nadu local politics which hardly matters to Congress. Dec 20, 2013
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AK Ganguly insulting other judges, should resign: Shivanand Tiwari

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): After Former Supreme Court Judge AK Ganguly was denied a copy of the law intern's affidavit on grounds of confidentiality, JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said that Ganguly is insulting other judges too and should resign soon. He said that if there had been some other person accused of a case like this, would he, as a judge, have allowed him to continue with his position. Dec 20, 2013
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Congress delayed reservation to jats: Naqvi

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday slammed UPA and Congress for delaying reservation to the jats. He said that it is taking all these decisions after they have realized that they are left with only few months in power and they can't implement the decisions they have taken now. He further said that his party had raised the issue of jat reservation several times but Congress had always opposed it. Dec 20, 2013
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US denied dropping case against Devyani, Indian politicos remain firm for apology

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): After the US hardened its stand on Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and denied dropping the case, Indian politicos remained firm on its demand and asked for the same. Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said that US should drop charges and drop all the cases against Khobragade. Further, BJP leader Kirti Azad said that there should be seriousness in the case and apology is demanded. Congress leader Jagdambika Pal also followed the suit. Meanwhile, BJD leader Jay Panda said that firmness on the stance should be changed as US is a friendly nation. Dec 20, 2013
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BJP grateful to Karunanidhi for supporting Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that it is grateful for the vote of confidence shown to its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu chief Minister M Karunanidhi. BJP leader Balbir Punj said that Modi's style of administration has got lot of applause all over the world. Punj was reacting to Karunanidhi's praise of Modi on Thursday. Dec 20, 2013
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AAP must not test Congress' patience: Arvinder Singh Lovely

New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): Congress Delhi president Arvinder Singh Lovely on Friday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) got the votes by talking bad things about the Congress party and it should not test its patience. Lovely also said that AAP got the numbers because of promises made in its manifesto and talking bad about the Congress. Dec 20, 2013
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Adarsh probe report to be tabled in House, BJP set to demand for discussion

Nagpur, Dec 20 (ANI): As the Maharashtra government is to table the controversial Adarsh Commission report in the state legislature on Friday, BJP is all set to demand for discussion over the same and not allow the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to escape the same. BJP leader Vinod Tawde said that enquiry should be made on all people involved bereft of the positions they handle. Meanwhile, Congress leader Harshvardhan Patil said that the party is not running from the investigation and that the due process will be carried on. Dec 20, 2013