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BJP chooses Vijender Gupta as leader of opposition for Delhi assembly

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Vijender Gupta, one of the three successful BJP candidates in Delhi Assembly, was on Wednesday named by the party as the Leader of Opposition. Gupta, a member of the BJP's National Executive, was elected from West Delhi's Rohini constituency and has also been the president of the BJP's Delhi branch.The Bharatiya Janta Party suffered a rout in the recently held Delhi Assembly polls, with only three of its candidates securing a seat in the elections. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party won 67 out of the 70 seats on offer in the Delhi polls, becoming the first non-Congress and non-BJP party to rule the city. Feb 18, 2015
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Politicos react after Govt defends Greenpeace activist's offloading

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) justifying its decision to stop Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai from travelling to London for a meeting of the British all-party parliamentary group told the Delhi High Court that the UK, US and European Parliament bring out "heavily biased" annual reports on rights violations which could leave India "open to a potential sanction regime". BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that if government has any suspicion on the organization then it is the duty of the government to stop its activity. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also expressed similar sentiments. Congress leader PC Chacko said that the government's action is not justified. Feb 18, 2015
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Strauss-Kahn's lawyers to give closing statements

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defence lawyers prepared to make their closing statements at his trial where he has been charged with pimping on Wednesday (February 18), Feb 18, 2015
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Senior official claims Coast Guard 'blew up' suspected Pak boat, politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): In a major controversy with Defence Ministry's statement, a senior DIG of the Indian Coast Guard BK Loshali has claimed in a newspaper report that he ordered to destroy the suspected Pakistani boat which was found 365 miles off Porbandar coast in Gujarat. The news created flutter in the defence establishment and subsequently Loshali has denied saying what the newspaper has reported. Loshali has issued a statement saying, he was not heading the operation. Meanwhile, politicos have demanded the concerned authorities to clarify the entire matter. Feb 18, 2015
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BSP MLAs protest in UP assembly

Lucknow, Feb 18 (ANI): BSP MLAs on Wednesday protested in UP assembly against law and order situation in the state. Talking to mediapersons in Lucknow, BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya said that people are now frustrated and fed up with 'gundaraj' by the SP government. Feb 18, 2015
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Girl from Tamil Nadu a step away from settling down on Mars

Coimbatore, Feb 18 (ANI): A nineteen-year-old college student, Shradha Prasad, from Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu is ecstatic about inching closer to her dream of settling down on Mars after clearing the third round of the Mars One mission. Mars One is an ambitious initiative by a Netherlands based non-profit organisation by the same name, which hopes to send four people on a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024. Prasad is one of the three Indian candidates who have qualified for the fourth and the final round of the mission. The fourth round of selection will comprise of dividing the candidates into teams and test their endurance for settlement conditions on Mars. Feb 18, 2015
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Opposition terms Modi's suit auction stint as damage control exercise, BJP defends

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial suit, along with 455 other gifts given to him, is being auctioned in Surat on Wednesday to raise money to clean up polluted Ganga river. Meanwhile, the Congress party raised objections to Modi's monogrammed suit being called a 'private' gift and alleged that the latter was auctioning it in 'damage control mode'. JD (U) and TMC too took a dig at the auction and said it was a damage control exercise. PM Modi flaunted the suit with his full name 'Narendra Damodardas Modi' on it while meeting US President Barack Obama in New Delhi on January 25. Meanwhile, the BJP said that the Congress party is trying to politicize the issue. Feb 18, 2015
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From Timbuktu to the Oscars, film shows life under Islamists

When Islamist insurgents fled the fabled Malian city of Timbuktu two years ago they left a trail of destruction, but out of the ashes the story of the 10-month occupation has been turned into a film -- which is now up for an Oscar. Duration: 02:28 Feb 18, 2015
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Bihar Crisis: BJP MLAs walk out from all party meeting called by State Assembly Speaker

Patna, Feb 18 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs on Wednesday boycotted the all-party meeting which was called by the State Assembly Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary ahead of the Assembly session. The State Assembly will be meeting on February 20 for Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to prove his majority. Meanwhile, the Patna High Court on Wednesday will pronounce its judgment on the petition filed by the BJP which has challenged the Speaker's decision to recognize the Janata Dal (United) camp led by Nitish Kumar as the principal opposition. Feb 18, 2015
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MP Assembly adjourned till tomorrow after opposition uproar

Bhopal, Feb 18 (ANI): The Madhya Pradesh Assembly has been adjourned till tomorrow following a massive uproar by the Congress Party over the Vyapam scam. The Congress MLAs staged a walkout from the assembly and demanded the resignations of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Earlier on Monday, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh had alleged that Chief Minister Chouhan's name was replaced by Union Minister Uma Bharti and others in the Vyapam case. Singh alleged that Chouhan's name was replaced in the excel-sheet submitted by the Special Task Force in the court, apparently to shield him in the case. Feb 18, 2015
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Attack on Red Cross convoy in Myanmar

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Unknown attackers shoot at a Red Cross convoy in Myanmar. A witness says two people were wounded. The Myanmar Red Cross Society Feb 18, 2015
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Myanmar to revoke minority ID cards

This woman is a part-time teacher in Yangon, who's half Rohingya Muslim. Like many others of this minority group, she has a temporary white-card ID which Myanmar's government is about to revoke. ( Feb 18, 2015
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Senior official claims Coast Guard 'blew up' suspected Pak boat, Defence Experts react

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Feb 18 (ANI): In a major controversy with Defence Ministry's statement, a senior DIG of the Indian Coast Guard BK Loshali has claimed in a newspaper report that he ordered to destroy the suspected Pak boat which was found 365 miles off Porbandar coast in Gujarat. Reacting to it, Defence Expert Praful Bakshi said that such statements are always misinterpreted and added that focus should be laid on the fact that Coast Guard prevented a mishap from taking place. Major General (Retired) SR Sinho said that this statement should be taken seriously. The news created flutter in the defence establishment and subsequently Loshali has denied saying what the newspaper has reported. Loshali has issued a statement saying, he was not heading the operation. Feb 18, 2015
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Chinese community in Kolkata gears up to celebrate New Year

Kolkata, Feb 18 (ANI): Chinese community in Kolkata is gearing up to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year the Lunar New Year falls on Thursday (February 19) and ends on March 5. In the Chinese calendar, each year is represented by one of twelve animals from the Chinese zodiac. However, this year, there has been confusion around the zodiac. Some are calling it a year of Sheep, while some say it to be a year of Goat. Both are appearing in Chinese decorative material being prepared for New Year. The festival's many customs, observed by millions of Chinese communities around the globe, link back to the idea of inviting good fortune and prosperity, and chasing away bad luck. People of Chinese community residing in Kolkata gathered on streets to watch the celebrations and the famous lion dance, a traditional dance in Chinese culture. The Manager of an authentic Chinese restaurant, Mainland China, Debashish, said to attract more customers, more items have been added to the menu. Feb 18, 2015
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Modi Ji had told me beforehand he would auction the suit, says RK Virani who gifted the controversia

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): On the day when the controversial monogrammed pinstripe suit which Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore during US President Barack Obama's visit, has reportedly been able to fetch at least Rs. 1 crore, the person who gifted Modi the suit said that PM Modi had already told him that he would auction the suit later. Ramesh Kumar Bhikabhai Virani said that he had gifted the suit to Modi on the occasion of his son's wedding. As per reports, the proceeds of the auction will go to the Namaami Gange Trust Fund for the Clean Ganga project. The auction will take place over three days. Feb 18, 2015