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Congress will not support any anti-people bills and ordinances: Ghulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): The Government on Sunday reached out to the Opposition, calling for "a spirit of mutual cooperation" ahead of the Budget session of Parliament on Monday that is expected to be a stormy affair. After the all party meeting in New Delhi, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the government should not expect support on any anti-people bills and ordinances from the Congress party. The government is looking to pass key legislation, including bills to replace a slew of ordinances in this session. Feb 22, 2015
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Philately exhibition at Aero Show attracts visitors in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 22 (ANI): A unique stall of the Indian postal department containing postal stamps of aero shows and old aircraft attracted visitors at the Aero Show 2015 in Bengaluru city. Indian postal department has exhibited stamps released on aero shows since 2003 and pictures of old aircraft on the stamps. Various national and international companies participated in the five-day biennial air show where they showcased defence equipments of the world's leading defence suppliers. Post Master General of Business Development and Mails department, Veena Srinivasan, said the stamp exhibition was based on aero philately. The commemorative stamps commemorate any event or occasion while definitive ones are usually seen in correspondence. Items like mugs and lettersets with stamps embossed over them were also exhibited at the gallery. Feb 22, 2015
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Regional RPI protests demanding arrest of Govind Pansare's killers

Mumbai, Feb 22 (ANI): Activists of the regional Republican Party of India (RPI) held a protest march in Mumbai city on Sunday demanding arrest of the killers of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare. Senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Govind Pansare died on Friday, four days after he was shot at by unidentified assailants. The protesters took to the streets shouting slogans against the state government for failing to arrest the culprits. Police rounded up several activists and RPI leader before they were released. Kolhapur police has announced a cash reward of rupees 500,000 to any person providing information about the murderers of slain leader. Maharashtra state government has set up special police teams to nab the culprits. But no arrests have been made so far. Feb 22, 2015
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People throng annual 'Rose Festival' in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Feb 22 (ANI): Nature lovers thronged the three-day annual 'Rose Festival' in Punjab on Sunday. The 43rd edition of the festival, which began on Friday (February 20), is taking place at illustrious Rose Garden in the capital city of Chandigarh. The garden has more than 50,000 rose plants and bushes. Around 829 varieties of roses, including hybrid teas, floribunda, polyanthus, miniatures and climbers, are being displayed. Folk artistes from various parts of the country are presenting their exclusive regional art forms to depict the socio-cultural ethos of India. Rose festival gave a good platform to the people to enjoy the nature and know more about the variety of flowers and plants grown in and around the city. Feb 22, 2015
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Venkaiah Naidu says general view in all-party meet expressed smooth functioning of Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): After an all-party meeting ahead of the Budget session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the general views expressed smooth functioning of the Parliament. Naidu said that the government is ready to take up discussions and suggestions on the topics demanded by the political parties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also said it was the collective responsibility of all parties to run the House as the budget sessions start Monday. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister also said that he met Congress President Sonia Gandhi today morning and extended request to her to help in smooth functioning of the Parliament. Feb 22, 2015
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Classical dancers enthrall audience at ongoing Khajuraho festival in Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho, Feb 22 (ANI): Classical dancers from across India have been mesmerising audience with their delicate and graceful moves at the ongoing world famous Khajuraho Dance Festival. The week-long festival is held in the temple city of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh to celebrate the spring season. The festival, aimed at promoting cultural and traditional dance forms, draws world renowned Indian classical dancers. The dancers performed in solos, duets and in groups to tell tales of various folklore through their dance forms. The artists also illustrated traditional Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Manipuri in an attempt to keep the dance forms alive. The annual dance festival kicked off on Friday (February 20) and will conclude on February 26. Feb 22, 2015
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JD (U) reacts as Manjhi, supporters observe black day ahead of Nitish's oath as CM

New Delhi/ Patna, Feb 22 (ANI): JD (U) leaders reacted on Sunday after Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi along with his supporters decided to observe a black day by fasting, ahead of oath taking ceremony for Nitish Kumar. JD (U) leaders Sanjay Singh, KC Tyagi, Neeraj Kumar and Shyam Rajak said that Manjhi is only trying to gain public attention by fasting and added that it might be a black day for some people but for Bihar it is a good day. Feb 22, 2015
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JD (U), Sanjay Singh, KC Tyagi, Neeraj Kumar, Shyam Rajak, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Nitish Kumar

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): As the protests against the amendments proposed in the land acquisition bill is increasing, according to reports government may revise some of the amendments of the bill, when it is taken up for discussion in the House, to pacify the farmers, and the opposition parties. Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and other farmers' groups along with opposition parties have come together on issue of land acquisition bill. Feb 22, 2015
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All-party meet ahead of budget session underway

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Ahead of parliament's Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior ministers and leaders of opposition parties are holding an all-party meeting in New Delhi called by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, to explore consensus on passing key legislations, including bills to replace ordinances on land acquisition and mining. The meeting comes even as the Communist Party and activist groups including Anna Hazare are set to protest against the Land Ordinance accusing it of being anti-farmer. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called a meeting of political parties in the evening to ensure a smooth run of the Budget Session. Feb 22, 2015
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Turkish soldiers evacuated

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced Sunday Turkish troops have completed a mission to evacuate 38 soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah in Syria. A hundred vehicles and hundres of Feb 22, 2015
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PM Modi to share thoughts with students in 'Mann Ki Baat'

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address students preparing for board exams through his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme, scheduled to be broadcast at 8 pm today. The Prime Minister had earlier urged students and teachers to share their experiences which could motivate and inspire those preparing for competitive exams. He later thanked all the people who shared their thoughts for today's programme. "Am happy that students, parents and teachers are sharing insightful thoughts for this Sunday's 'Mann Ki Baat' programme," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Feb 22, 2015
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Security forces unearth ammunition dump in Kashmir

Doda, Feb 22 (ANI): Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir unearthed an ammunition dump in Doda district. In a joint operation, army and state police stumbled upon an old militant hideout where arms and ammunition were dumped. The police conducted searches at Gandho area following a tip-off and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition. One AK-47, two 12 bore rifles, one country made pistol besides some explosives were recovered. Doda in Jammu region of the state bore the brunt of militancy in the late eighties. However, Indian security forces have neutralised most of the militant groups in the state. Feb 22, 2015
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Visually impaired experience car driving in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Feb 22 (ANI): Visually impaired people experienced car driving in Gujarat as they took part in a blind car rally on Sunday. At the rally the sighted drivers were navigated by visually impaired individuals, with their route mapped in Braille. Around 90 visually impaired navigators were selected to drive across pre-selected city circuit. The rally, which was organised by Ahmedabad Round Table 40, aims at making society aware of the challenges faced by visually impaired people. The cars in the rally also sent across other social messages such as "Save the Daughter" and "Clean India" as they bore stickers bearing the slogans. Feb 22, 2015