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Maithripala Sirisena visits Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Feb 17 (ANI): Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, on Tuesday (February 17) visited one of the holiest Buddhist sites in India, where Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. He paid floral tributes to Lord Buddha statue in the Mahabodhi Temple. The Sri Lankan President also prayed under the Bodhi tree, a sacred fig near the Mahabodhi Temple which is said to be a descendent of the one Buddha sat under for three days and nights in the sixth century BC, before finding enlightenment. Sirisena, who is in India for a four-day visit, signed a nuclear energy agreement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. This is Sirisena’s first visit abroad after he assumed office last month by defeating his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in a hotly contested elections. Feb 17, 2015
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At least seven dead in Pakistan police headquarters attack

Lahore, Feb 17 (ANI): At least seven people died on Tuesday (February 17) in a large explosion and gunfire at a regional police headquarters in Pakistan's city of Lahore, police said. The explosion came from a car near the police building, said spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar, adding it was unclear if the attack involved a suicide bomber. She said three people were dead but a police officer said at least seven had died, citing colleagues in the area. It was unclear how many of the dead were police. An unidentified policeman at the scene said it looked like a suicide attack. The blast was followed by rapid gunfire, witnesses said. Pakistan has suffered two major militant attacks in the past month. Feb 17, 2015
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Politicos react after RSS says Kiran Bedi was a mistake & blames her for Delhi loss

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react as RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ said that Kiran Bedi was a mistake. The fortnightly issue has raised questions on the choice of Bedi as the chief ministerial candidate for Delhi even as it pointed out how ignoring party workers may have cost BJP in the polls. BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said that the party has taken many decisions for the polls some of which failed to deliver. AAP leader Atishi Marlena said that Bedi has been used and that Delhi has voted against divisive & communal politics. Congress leaders said that the RSS will soon start claiming that presenting Narendra Modi for the prime ministerial post was also a mistake. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi that reverse counting for BJP has started from Delhi. Feb 17, 2015
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Panchjanya, Kiran Bedi, CM Candidate, Manoj Tiwari, Atishi Marlena, KC Tyagi

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Sri Lankan Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne, on Tuesday called on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on the delegation’s visit to strengthen bilateral ties. Senaratne and Rijiju shook hands and exchanged gifts as they were accompanied by delegations of both sides in New Delhi. As per reports, Senaratne had met his Indian counterpart Jagat Prakash Nadda on Monday discussed issues regarding cooperation between the two neighbours in the health sector. The Sri Lankan delegation arrived in India on Sunday along with President Maithripala Sirisena, on his first state visit after he was elected by a landslide in January. Feb 17, 2015
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'Roy' Emerges as winner at Pakistani Box Office

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Arjun Rampal starrer film ' Roy' stole the show at Pakistani box office, despite the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. The romantic-thriller, which is the debut effort of director Vikramjit Singh and revolves around the life of filmmakers Ayesha Aamir, played by Jacqueline, and Kabir Grewal played by Arjun rampal, enjoyed a successful opening in Pakistani cinemas, and even beat 'PK's opening-day collection of Rs1.05 crore, by scooping around Rs1.25 crore on its first day, a daily reported. While there were doubts surrounding the film's box-office collections as it was being released during the opening weekend of the World Cup, but it clearly didn't affect the earnings. However, it was revealed that though the film managed to score high on box-office collections, the reports about the film were not very good. Feb 17, 2015
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Politicians express outrage after Indian origin boy shot dead in US and Hindu temple vandalized

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): In a shocking case of intolerance, a Hindu temple was vandalized with hate speech in Washington. The incident happened when unidentified miscreants sprayed swastika and painted "Get Out" on one of the walls of the temple in the Seattle Metropolitan area. The incident shocked the community in the area, prompting authorities to launch an investigation. In a separate incident, a 28-year-old Indian-American, who was shot by unknown gunmen in his family-owned liquor shop in the US, has succumbed to his injuries. Amit Patel from Edison was shot and killed in New Jersey inside Roseway Liquors in Irvington on Sunday. Politicos have expressed outrage over the incidents. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said it is extremely important to maintain religious harmony in the U.S. Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sambit Patra also said that the law should take its own course and the culprits should be punished. Senior Congress leader P.C. Chacko said the United States has no right to speak about others when they themselves are not able to protect minority communities on their own territory. Feb 17, 2015
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Reactions come in after PM Modi gives assurance to Christian community on religious tolerance

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Reactions come in from political circle as well as Christian community after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured of religious tolerance and strongly asserted his government’s commitment to ensure equal respect to all religions in India. Delhi Archbishop Anil J Couto said that the statement is very assuring and that they have full faith in the prime minister. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said that there can be differing elements in any party, but the people should focus on what the prime minister has to say. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi also supported Modi and the BJP government’s agenda. Meanwhile, Congress leaders are of the view that there is a great difference between what Modi says and what he preaches and therefore the words should be believed only when its comes into action. PC Chacko however, demanded the prime minister to make such statements in the Parliament if he believes in them. Feb 17, 2015
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Suspicious package found at Copenhagen cafe

Police say a suspcious package discovered in Copenhagen Tuesday near the same cafe where a shooting took place over the weekend contained no explosives. The area was evacuated and cordoned off with Feb 17, 2015
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At least 7 dead in Pakistan attack

At least seven people are dead after an explosion and gunfire near a police building in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore Tuesday afternoon. Investigations were under way. Its most probably a Feb 17, 2015
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Suspicious package found at Copenhagen cafe

Police say a suspcious package discovered in Copenhagen Tuesday near the same cafe where a shooting took place over the weekend contained no explosives. The area was evacuated and cordoned off with Feb 17, 2015
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Politicos react as RSS mouthpiece Organiser cautions against AAPs freebies agenda

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react after RSS mouthpiece 'Organiser' cautioned BJP on AAPs freebies agenda. AAP leader Atishi Marlena said that the RSS should only understand what people of Delhi wants and what they voted for in the national capital. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that RSS is failing to adjust to their defeat in Delhi and therefore such remarks are coming up. BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said that the defeat is not of the party but of defeat of promises made by AAP which will not be fulfilled in any time. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that politics should not be done on promises of giving services for free. Feb 17, 2015
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At least one wounded in Afghanistan blast

At least one person has been wounded after a bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Kabul Tuesday. Police say the bomb was attached to this vehicle, probably by a magnet. The blast was so powerful it Feb 17, 2015
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Congress claims involvement of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Vyapam scam, BJP smells conspiracy

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): The Congress party has made fresh allegations against the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh in connection with the 2013 Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam better known as the Vyapam scam. Addressing a press conference in Bhopal, Congress leaders alleged that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's name was removed from an excel sheet related to the scam. Meanwhile, the BJP defended Chouhan by saying that the allegation by the Congress is a conspiracy to defame the successful Chief Minister. Feb 17, 2015
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Congress imposing baseless allegations out of frustration: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Bhopal, Feb 17 (ANI): Reacting over the Congress' fresh allegations against him in 2013 Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam better known as the Vyapam scam, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that the Congress is imposing completely baseless and false allegations out of frustration. Addressing a press conference in Bhopal, Congress leaders alleged that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's name was removed from an excel sheet related to the Vyapam scam. Feb 17, 2015