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S. Africa's Archbishop Tutu offers Mandela tribute

South Africa's archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu made an emotional tribute to his late friend Nelson Mandela Friday, describing him an a "incredible gift" to the nation, who transcended race and class. Duration: 01:22 Dec 7, 2013
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Young Romanian musicians struggle on low funding

The future of the Romanian arts scene is under threat with tough austerity measures in place in Europe's poorest country leaving young Romanian musicians having to leave the country in order to pursue their passion. Duration: 03:09 Dec 7, 2013

It happens: Buddhist Chanting Festival

Bodhgaya, Dec 6 (ANI): The International "Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony" began in Bodhgaya town of India's eastern Bihar state on December 2, as thousands of monks and devotees across the globe participate in it. The 10-day-long holy festival will conclude on December 12, which will be attended by senior monks and their followers from countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri-Lanka and Vietnam. Pilgrims arrived in their traditional costumes at one of the holiest Buddhist shrines, where Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment under a tree. As a part of the festivities, a monk lit up the ceremonial lamps before the recitation of the holy Buddhist scripture called 'Triptaka', which is a collection of Lord Buddha's sermons. Tripitaka, the Buddhist scripture, includes over 18,000 discourses and around 84,000 stories of Gautam Buddha. Monks from across the world gather each year at Bodhgaya, which is situated on the banks of Niranjana River and is a highly revered site for Buddhists. Dec 6, 2013

It happens: Sand Art Festival

Konark, Dec 6 (ANI): Famed sand sculptors across the globe came together for a cause, 'save water, save life' at the 3rd International Sand Art Festival at India's eastern coast of Konark. Sculptors assembled at the Chandrabhaga beach of Konark town in eastern Odisha state showcasing their extraordinary skills by creating sand art with a message. The Konark sand art festival attracted visitors across the world, an effort by the provincial government to boost the tourism industry of the province. An Indian sand art artist, Srimali said her theme was water, which is most essential for life. This year sand artistes from countries such as Canada, USA, Italy, Austria and Sri Lanka have participated. During the five-day sand art festival that kicked off on Sunday, showcases various environmental and social themes. People who enjoy gleam of sand thronged the festival in large numbers. Dec 6, 2013

It happens: Wine Festival

Nagpur, Dec 6 (ANI): Organizers held the first Wine Festival in India's orange city of Nagpur on Saturday, highlighting health benefits of the low alcoholic beverage. The two-day-long festival was organized by the 'Wine Lovers Club' and eight Indian brands promoted their drinks during the event. Wine festival was enjoyed by a large number of people smelling, shaking and tasting wine and watching bartenders juggling wine bottles. Women said that they chose wine over any other alcoholic drink because of its health benefit and also due to social bindings in Indian culture. Wine tourism would include a tourist trip to the wine refineries of Nagpur. Dec 6, 2013
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BSF personnel exchange fire with Maoists to rescue kidnapped villagers

Malkangiri, Dec 06 (ANI): In order to rescue villagers kidnapped by the rebels, the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, in Malkangiri district of Odisha, engaged in a gun battle with Maoists, in which a trooper was injured. The rebels kidnapped three villagers, including a son of village body's chief. One victim escaped from the clutches of the rebels during the gun battle while others are yet to be rescued. Dec 6, 2013
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Brave girl from Assam gets herself kidnapped to save 10 kids

Assam, Dec 06 (ANI): She was just 14 years old but when danger struck she proved that she has what it takes to save lives, even if it means putting herself in danger. In an act of bravery, 14-year-old Gunjan Sarmah volunteered to be kidnapped in order to save the lives of 10 other kids from their school van at Simaluguri in Sivasagar district of Assam. She managed to escape the dense forests on Assam-Nagaland border where she was abandoned by the kidnapper and reached a house located in the tea garden where people helped her informing the police. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi has announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for Gunjan for her bravery. The government has asked Sivasagar deputy commissioner to nominate Gunjan for the National Bravery Awards. Dec 6, 2013
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Communal Violence Bill draws flak from BJP and CPI

New Delhi, Dec 06 (ANI): The Anti-Communal Violence Bill is facing stiff opposition from the BJP and the CPI. BJP Chief Rajnath Singh raised strong objection and said that the bill is not acceptable. CPI leader D. Raja said it is the prerogative of the Parliament to examine the bill further to understand how much of rework has been done on the bill. Dec 6, 2013