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Indian states gear up preparations to welcome harvest festival

Surat/ Varanasi, Jan 13 (ANI): Kites with portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama hit local markets in western India as nation gears up to celebrate harvest festival of Makar Sankranti falling on Wednesday (January 14). The festival of 'Makar Sankranti' marks the northward journey of the Sun as it enters the Capricorn zodiac. Many states in northern and western India celebrate the festival by distributing sweets among loved ones. Kite flying is a hit among youngsters and elderly alike during the festival. Shops in Gujarat have a new attraction for their customers as, with Obama's India visit scheduled for later this month, kites with portraits of him and Modi are being sold out in large numbers in the state. Jan 13, 2015
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LGBT community hopes for apology from Goa Minister

Bengaluru, Jan 13 (ANI): The Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is hoping that Goa's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar apologizes for his controversial statement. Tawadkar on Monday sparked a row by saying that government is contemplating setting up centres to make LGBT youth 'normal'. Tawadkar said that the LGBT youth will be trained and administered medicine in order to make them 'normal'. Tawadkar, however, took a u-turn over the issue saying he was misunderstood and misquoted on the issue. Jan 13, 2015

Politicos react as CBI questions SEBI member in Saradha scam

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Politicos reacted as CBI on Monday examined a whole-time member of SEBI in connection with the Saradha Chit Fund Scam. SEBI member Rajeev Kumar Agarwal was summoned to CBI's Kolkata office on Monday and was questioned for over four hours. This is the first time a serving member of SEBI has come under CBI scrutiny. CBI has also summoned senior TMC leader Mukul Roy in connection with the scam today. Jan 13, 2015
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VHP announces financial reward and support to families with four kids

Kanpur, Jan 13 (ANI): Drawing in line with Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Prachi who appealed Hindus to bear at least 4 children, VHP leader Kushal Pal Singh on Tuesday announced financial reward and support to families with four kids. Singh said that the VHP will raise awareness on the issue and will work to provide employment, educational and other opportunities to them. This came even after BJP reportedly sent a showcause notice to Sakshi Maharaj on his similar remark. Jan 13, 2015
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Pakistan supporting proxy war in J&K: Army Chief

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Tuesday said that Pakistan is supporting a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of terrorists, and this reflected Islamabad's desperation. The army chief further said that the number of terrorists gunned down by army and other forces have certainly increased in last year. Jan 13, 2015
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Security forces worked tirelessly for successful polls in J&K: Army Chief

New Delhi, Jan 13, (ANI): Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Tuesday praised the security forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir for ensuring a successful election in the state. He also hailed the high voter turnout. Gen Singh further said the active borders in Jammu and Kashmir were a great threat to the elections. He also praised the media, terming it 'vital' for national security. Jan 13, 2015
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Sports Ministers statement out of ignorance, homosexuality is natural: Goa CM

Panaji, Jan 13 (ANI): After Goa's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar created a furor by saying that the LGBT community needs cure, state Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar did a damage control saying sexual orientation is a natural thing. Meanwhile, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is hoping that Tawadkar apologizes for his controversial statement. Tawadkar on Monday sparked a row by saying that government is contemplating setting up centres to make LGBT youth 'normal'. Tawadkar said that the LGBT youth will be trained and administered medicine in order to make them 'normal'. He, however, took a u-turn over the issue saying he was misunderstood and misquoted on the issue later. Jan 13, 2015
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Abhishek Bachchan announces 60th Filmfare Awards

Mumbai, Jan 13 (ANI): Abhishek Bachchan announced the 60th Filmfare Awards at an event held in Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion Jr. Bachchan said just attending filmfare award is a matter of huge pride for every actor of our industry. The 60th Filmfare Awards will be held on January 31, at the Yash Raj Studios. It will be hosted by Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar and Kapil Sharma. Jan 13, 2015
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Pak must fight terror groups that threaten its neighbours and also US interests: John Kerry

Islamabad, Jan 13 (ANI): US Secretary of state John Kerry on his visit to Pakistan, said that the nation should fight terror groups that threaten Afghan and Indian and also US interests. US Secretary of state said this as he voiced sympathy for the victims of the December 16 attack on a Pakistani military school. Kerry said that terror outfits like LeT, Taliban and the Haqqani network pose a threat to regional countries like India and the world. Kerry, who travelled to Pakistan from India, said all militant groups should be targeted to bring security to the region. He also offered to help India and Pakistan overcome decades of distrust. Jan 13, 2015
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Indian army organizes blood donation camp in Kashmir

Budgam, Jan 13 (ANI): Indian army organised a blood donation camp in Jammu and Kashmir in a bid to reach out to the local residents. Many soldiers, along with residents, donated blood at the camp organised in Budgam district. General Officer Commanding Kilo Force of Rashtriya Rifles, Asit Mishra, said that blood donation is the highest form of humanism. Requirement of blood has always been high in the state due to militancy and insurgency activities. The army said it planned to take up similar projects in the future. There has also been an acute shortage of blood especially after the devastating floods in September last year. Jan 13, 2015
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Swapan Debnath says left women leaders tear their own blouses and claim assault, Politicos condemn

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Jan 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday condemned TMC leader Swapan Debnath after he said that left party women leaders tear their own blouses and claim assault. While addressing Trinamool supporters, Debnath said that the women activists of Left party often stoop to such a low level that they tear their own blouses and claim being assaulted. Debnath added that when these activists quarrel with their husbands and are attacked, they don't blame them, but instead frame Trinamool members. CPI (M) and BJP leaders condemned the statement and said that this comes under the shelter of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and also demanded action against the leader. Jan 13, 2015

Pope urges respect for human rights on Sri Lanka trip

Pope Francis urges respect for human rights in Sri Lanka as he begins a two-nation Asia tour on the island, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a decades-long civil war. Duration: 01:24 Jan 13, 2015
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Politicos welcome after SC gives nod to NRI voting

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday welcomed Supreme Courts decision to allow NRI voting in India. The plea had long been pending in the Supreme Court which finally gave positive results allowing NRIs to vote through e-voting. BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra said that it was a welcome step and congratulated the Central government for this historic step. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that this step would allow NRIs to actually exercise their rights as citizens of India. CPI leader Atul Anjan also welcomed the step and added that Central government should be quick in fulfilling its part of responsibilities. Jan 13, 2015
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Politicos call for adequate law & order in Delhi as police constable shot dead by Liquor Mafia

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday called for adequate law and order situation in Delhi as a Delhi Police constable was shot dead by an unidentified assailant and another died after a truck rammed a Police Control Room (PCR) Van in East Delhi's Mayur Vihar around midnight. AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that Delhi needs a stable government which takes care of the national capital, its police force and others. He said that the Delhi Police and their conditions need to be improved and that this can be done only once AAP comes to power. He also demanded compensation to family of the dead constable. NCP leader Tariq Anwar also said that there should be an operation launched in this regard and such elements should be removed. Jan 13, 2015