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Love in limbo in rebel-held east Ukraine

Tying the knot is no simple matter in eastern Ukraine, a region plunged into conflict and uncertainty since the outbreak of a Russian-backed rebellion last year. Duration: 01:06 Jan 5, 2015
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Akali Dal holds dharna at Attari Border against drug smuggling

Attari/Amritsar, Jan 05 (ANI): The Shiromani Akali Dal held a protest near the Attari international border on Monday to pitch for "greater vigilance along the border with Pakistan" to stop the flow of narcotics into the state. The Punjab government is fighting allegations of rampant drug use and trade in Punjab especially after Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia in the drug racket. The SAD government is now trying to shift blame to the BSF. Two-hour-long sit-ins will also be held near Hussainiwala and Sadqi check points in Amritsar, Ferozepur and Fazilka border districts respectively. Meanwhie, Congress held protest against Shiromani Akali Dal in Amritsar. Jan 5, 2015
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Punjabis are not drug addicts but producers of wheat and rice: Sukhbir Badal

Atari, Jan 05 (ANI): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Monday that Punjabis should not be projected as drug addicts as they are the producers of wheat and rice. He said that Punjab is the transit state from where drugs are filtered in India and the state government takes all steps to catch hold of all those guilty. Badal added that the states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where which drugs are openly sold in shops are not highlighted by media. He further appealed to the media not to project the citizens and youth of Punjab as drug addicts. Jan 5, 2015
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Justice on two wheels in the heart of London

Dozens of British cyclists have found a new raison d'etre: to travel the land recording reckless drivers with helmet-mounted cameras and passing the evidence onto police. Duration: 02:23 Jan 5, 2015
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Hollywood star Richard Gere meets PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Hollywood star Richard Gere met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office in New Delhi on Monday. Gere gifted Modi a bunch of flowers and a Tibetan khata or scarf. Gere, who is the chairman of Gere Foundation and Global Envoy of International Buddhist Confederation, is a frequent visitor to India. The actor had last year shot for his film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 in Udaipur. Jan 5, 2015
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Mangroves: Karachi's natural defence under threat

Thick mangroves have long protected Karachi from battering by the Arabian Sea, but pollution, badly managed irrigation and years of illegal logging have left this natural barrier in a parlous state. Duration: 02:36 Jan 5, 2015
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Political parties react over 'politicizing' Pak boat issue

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political parties on Monday react over 'politicization' of Pakistani boat issue which was seen off the Gujarat coast and was later blown away. While BJP maintain that the boat was not the smuggler's vessel but has terror links. Congress said that the ruling BJP government should come out clear on the matter. Other political parties also demanded clear stand of the central government on the issue and said that India should refrain from making false claims on the matter without any evidence. Jan 5, 2015
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Ramdev knocks out Wrestler Sushil Kumar at 20th foundation day of his ashram

Haridwar, Jan 05 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev on Monday tried his hand at wrestling and successfully knocked out Wrestler Sushil Kumar at 20th foundation day of his ashram. Ramdev decided to celebrate the 20th foundation day of his ashram - Divya Yog Mandir Trust in Haridwar - in a totally different way. Ramdev said that he picked up the 'dangal' skills that he picked up during his heydays at the 'gurukul'. Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar also lauded the yoga guru's skills in the field. Jan 5, 2015
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Political parties react over Mohan Bhagwat's call for 'unity among Hindus in current scenario'

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political parties on Monday slammed RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat after he called for unity among Hindus in the current scenario when BJP is in power. Making a strong pitch for unity among Hindus, Bhagwat said that if the Hindu society is in danger, then the entire country is also in danger. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the RSS is doing all it can under the BJP government which can divide the nation. NCP leader Majid Memon said that is Bhagwat thinks that he is the prime minister and can do anything he desires, he is wrong. JD (U) also condemned the RSS chief and said that he should realize that he does not have any political accountability. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that RSS has dividing ideology and they don't want to unite even the Hindu community. Jan 5, 2015
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John Kerry certifies aid for Pak, says US approves of action against LeT, JeM; politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): US secretary of state John Kerry has signed off on a certification that makes Pakistan eligible for an aid package under the Kerry-Lugar Bill. The bill requires the US administration to certify that the Pakistan government has taken action to prevent "al-Qaida, Taliban and associated terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba from operating in the territory of Pakistan". The certification has sparked outrage in India. Jan 5, 2015
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Hindu Mahasabha's demand for replacing Gandhi's image on currency notes sparks controversy

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Leaders of various political parties on Monday slammed the Hindu Mahasabha over its demand of changing the image of currency notes. In a fresh move, the Hindu Mahasabha has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding Mahatama Gandhi's photo be replaced on Indian currency notes with that of Veer Shivaji, Maharana Pratap along with image of B R Ambedkar who gave the country the Constitution post-Independence. Many politicos termed it as a 'non-issue' and added that the country should instead focus on issues which are more relevant. Jan 5, 2015
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Politicos react as Congress leads, BJP loses in Chhattisgarh civic polls

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Monday after Congress leads in Chhattisgarh civic polls defeating the BJP-led state government. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that there is no fixed political party to rule a particular state because power keeps changing from party to party in democracy. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that people have now lost faith in BJP as it did not fulfill the promises. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such results will be seen in the future also. Jan 5, 2015
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All have right to choose their religion & also to disagree with my view: Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad, Jan 05 (ANI): After raising controversy over his statements, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Mondauy said that every citizen has the right to choose their religion in a democratic nation. Owaisi said that what he has said was hi personal belief and people have every right to disagree with the same. The MIM Chief also tried to make a point on ‘forceful conversion’ being done by the RSS and VHP. Earlier, Owaisi had said that Islam is the 'real home' of all religions and hence the real 'home coming' will be when people of other religions embrace it. He had also maintained that all are born as Muslims and are later converted to other religions. Jan 5, 2015
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Congress to move SC against education qualification in Rajasthan panchayat polls

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): The Congress is all set to file a petition in the Supreme Court on Monday against an ordinance brought by the Rajasthan government setting a minimum education qualification for candidates contesting panchayat polls. The ordinance stipulates a minimum education qualification of secondary education (Class X) for candidates contesting zila parishad or panchayat samiti polls and Class VIII pass to be eligible to run for the post of sarpanch. Party leader AM Singhvi and Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot claimed that the ordinance is discriminatory and against the constitutional right to equality and highly disruptive for all candidates and political parties. Pilot also reiterated that this ordinance will make SC, ST candidates and rural women ineligible to contest the panchayat polls. Jan 5, 2015
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Won't form alliance in J-K in haste, says BJP

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Asserting that all options are open for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Jugal Kishore on Monday said that his party would not form an alliance in haste as they want a stable government which would last for six years. Earlier, the BJP had stated that any attempt to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir without its inclusion will be a travesty of the mandate given by the people of the state. The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections threw up a hung verdict, with the PDP emerging as the single-largest party winning 28 seats. The BJP won 25 seats while the National Conference and Congress won 15 and 12 seats respectively. Jan 5, 2015