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Modi can sell tea if he likes, won't become PM: Mani Shankar Aiyar

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Mocking Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meet said that Modi could never become the prime minister, and added that if he wants to sell tea at the meet, the Congress can arrange for it. Jan 17, 2014
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Fast food not major cause behind childhood obesity

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A new study has found that fast food consumption may not be the major factor in the rapid increase in childhood obesity. The study found that fast-food consumption is simply a byproduct of a much bigger problem: poor all-day-long dietary habits that originate in children's homes. The study was produced by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study's researchers found that children's consumption of fast food is only a small part of a much more pervasive dietary pattern that is fostered at an early age by children's parents and caregivers. Jan 17, 2014
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How working mums-to-be can ensure healthy pregnancy

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Some women continue to work even when they are expecting, but work-related stress can put the baby at risk. However, if proper precautions are taken, then the baby and mother can enjoy a healthy pregnancy and birth. Consuming 3 to 5 meals a day, munching on snacks through the day, taking regular breaks and exercising in moderation can help working mums relieve stress. Also, avoid being your own doctor because wrong kind of drug exposure can damage the nervous system and lead to physical malformations in the foetus. Office-going women should also stay away from alcohol, smoking and passive smoking too. Jan 17, 2014
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Sonia Gandhi accuses BJP of spreading communalism

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday at the All India Congress Committee meet assailed the BJP and said it is spreading communalism and using divisive policies in the country. She further said that secularism is of utter importance for the Congress party. Jan 17, 2014
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Congress and corruption made for each other, will leave nation together: Naqvi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said that Congress and corruption are made for each other and that both will leave the nation together when India will desire so. After Rahul Gandhi was announced as Congress' poll campaign head and not the PM candidate, Naqvi said that it hardly affects the situation. Further, commenting on Sonia Gandhi's statement that party should work in unison, Naqvi said that Congress has unity only with corruption. Jan 17, 2014
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Rahul's role is final, Congress ready for battle: Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday at the All India Congress Committee meet said that the decision taken yesterday by the party that Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be the poll panel head is final, and that the Congress was ready for the battle. She added that Congress is ready for the battle. Jan 17, 2014
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'Young India, Empowered India' should be Congress' slogan: P Chidambaram

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): While addressing at AICC meet on Friday, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the party's slogan should be 'Young India, Empowered India' and he urged for younger Congress leaders. Chidambaram while praising Congress said that every milestone and all great legislations in India's history took place when Congress was at guard. He also said that Congress is unlike other parties who fades away when not in power, and continues to work for the development of nation. Jan 17, 2014
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Kumar Vishwas on Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A day after the Congress announced that party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is not their PM candidate for the upcoming general election; Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday claimed that according to his information, Amethi is not confirming Rahul Gandhi's MP ticket. He also said that now even the sympathizers of BSP and SP wants AAP to win from Amethi. Jan 17, 2014
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It happens: CAMEL FESTIVAL

Bikaner, Jan 17 A(NI): Hip hopping displayed with amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their drivers, and bumpy neck shaking rides lured travelers for setting up a date to visit the International Camel fair at Bikaner in India's desert state of Rajasthan. The two day festival has already garnered a lot of attention and saw the presence of dignitaries and politicians who were rooting for the entire concept. At the festival, the camels were decorated in traditional Rajasthani accessories and grabbed the spotlight with their dance moves.Western tourists as well as domestic ones were spellbound by the graceful performances of vibrantly dressed dancing camels. A variety of events including camel race, camel dance, camel decoration competitions and camel wrestling were held, which the tourists termed as exquisite.Camel trading and festivals related to camels are common in Rajasthan. One of the biggest camel festivals in Asia is the Pushkar camel fair that attracts tourists from India and overseas. Jan 17, 2014
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It happens: LAMP FESTIVAL

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17 (ANI): Thousands of Hindu devotees thronged the famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram city of India's southern Kerala and offered special prayers by lighting more than one hundred thousand earthen lamps also known as "lakshadeepam" to mark the festival of harvest. Lakshadeepam literally translates as one lakh lamps. On this day, the entire temple is lit with oil lamps and in its glittering background Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha and Lord Krishna are taken out on Garudavahana in a grand procession. Sree Padmanabha temple, located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is famous for the historic Murajapam festival observed once in 6 years. The last Lakshadeepam was celebrated in 2008. The ritual still continues as an immensely grand festival and visual magnitude attracting staggering numbers to the doors of this great Temple. This is a tradition that started in AD 1750. The 56- day- long Murajapam festival, that began on 19 November 2013 concluded on Makara Sankranthi day, according to the Malayalam calendar and included chanting of three vedas (Rigveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda).This is for the welfare of the people and land. Jan 17, 2014
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It happens: FLOWER SHOW

Kochi, Jan 17 (ANI): It was a visual treat for nature lovers at the annual flower show in Kochi city of India's southern Kerala province which concluded on a colourful note. The annual flower show, which kicked-off on January 08, saw participation of exhibitors from different parts of India who showcased different varieties of flowers. People were seen enjoying the show and clicking photographs of different varieties of blooming flowers like chrysanthemum, marigold, orchids, etc. The organizers said that nearly 1,500 rose varieties, 1,000 anthurium varieties, 1,000 orchids, dahlia petunia, gerbera and salvia were put on display. This was the 32nd edition of the Cochin Flower Show: 2014 and was organised by the Ernakulam District Agri-Horticulture Society in city's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Jan 17, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi not PM candidate, will head Congress poll campaign: CWC

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi announced that the party's Vice President Rahul Gandhi will head the campaign for the upcoming general elections. Dwivedi announced this decision while addressing mediapersons after the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in the national capital. The CWC meeting was held to announce Gandhi's role for the upcoming 2014 elections and other issues. When questions were raised about Congress being tight lipped about the announcement of its PM candidate, Dwivedi retaliated that it is not a trend to be followed. Jan 17, 2014
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Danish woman gang-rape case: Two accused sent to police custody

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): A Delhi court sent two suspects to police custody till Jan 20, who were accused in the gang rape and robbery of a 51-year-old Danish tourist in the national capital. The tourist was robbed of her cash, iPad and telephone. She refused a medical examination and has since left India to return to Denmark, police said. Acting on a tip off, police nabbed two suspects and recovered some belongings from them. The lawyer representing the suspects in court, Mohammad Azam, said that they would remain in police custody for three days. The other suspects in the case are still at large. Jan 17, 2014
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India and Sri Lanka release detained fishermen

Chennai, Jan 17 (ANI): Addressing mediapersons in Chennai, Inspector General of the Indian Coast Guard SP Sharma said that jailed fishermen were exchanged with Sri Lanka. However, he said that one Indian fisherman was unwell to go on onboard and therefore a total of 51 Indian fishermen returned back. He stated this on the sidelines of three-day Coast Guard Sailing Cup 2014 that started on Wednesday. The Indian navy handed over 52 fishermen to Sri Lanka, while 51 Indians went the other way. One Indian remains in hospital in Sri Lanka and 236 others are still detained there. Some 152 Sri Lankan fishermen remain in India. Jan 17, 2014
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Pakistan keen on strong bilateral ties and more trade via Wagah border

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): In a bid to normalise bilateral trade ties, Pakistan Trade Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan visited India and in a meeting with the Confederation of Indian Industries in New Delhi, expressed his keenness to boost commerce between the two nations. Khan is in India to normalise bilateral trade ties on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation business leaders conclave. Khan, who is leading a delegation of 70 businessmen, said that efforts to enhance two-way trade through the northern 'Wagah' border between the two countries were underway. Jan 17, 2014