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Biting cold adds to woes of people of J and K rendered homeless during floods

Poonch, Dec 21 (ANI): Harsh winters in Jammu and Kashmir have added to the troubles of those who were rendered homeless by the deluge almost four months back and now continue to put up in makeshift tents. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of villages were devastated by the worst flooding in decades in the Kashmir valley in September. Roads in state capital of Srinagar were transformed into stagnant canals strewn with wreckage, trash and dead animals. A flood victim, Imran Khan said around 82 families are still suffering and continue to live in tents while some are staying with their relatives. The victims also said the government had promised them to provide free food and water for six months but they have not received anything yet. The flood-hit victims are battling to survive despite going hungry, homeless and freezing in the cold weather. Dec 21, 2014
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Northern India continues to shiver as cold wave intensifies

New Delhi/ Srinagar, Dec 21 (ANI): Northern India grappled with extreme cold as the mercury dipped further on Sunday. People in New Delhi sat around bonfire to keep them warm and sipped cups of tea. On the other hand, Chilai Kalan - the harshest 40-day period of winter - arrived in Jammu and Kashmir with upper reaches of the valley receiving fresh snowfall. The cold wave has added to the troubles of daily wage labourers like auto drivers and rickshaw pullers and homeless people as they have no alternative but to bear the chill and earn their living. The sudden dip in temperatures is said to have been caused by snowfall in the Himalayas and has adversely impacted the upper half of the country. Meanwhile, minimum temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir have dropped to sub-zero level. People are busy preparing and stocking up for Chilai Kalan. Reportedly, this year Chilai Kalan has arrived earlier than expected, sparking fears that temperatures may dip lower than the average. Dec 21, 2014
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Politicos slam Ashok Singhal over his 'Islamic terrorism' remark

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday slammed VHP Leader Ashok Singhal over his 'Islamic terrorism' remark. Singhal had said that the danger of 'Islamic terrorism' can be seen in Europe and can wage a war in other parts of the world too. Referring to the BJP government, he said Hindus have come back to power in Delhi after Rajput King Prithviraj Chauhan lost it in the 12th century. Congress as well as CPI (M) slammed the VHP and the BJP government at the centre for communalizing the nation. Dec 21, 2014
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Time has come to restore Hindu values in the country: VHP

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Claiming that the right time has come to restore the Hindu values in the country, VHP patron Ashok Singhal today said that they have never wanted to convert the world but only to "win over its heart". Speaking at a book launch, Singhal said it was due to their "struggle" in the last 50 years that Hindus have "regained" the lost "empire" of Delhi after 800 years. Dec 21, 2014
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Indias IT hub runs in midnight marathon

Bengaluru, Dec 21 (ANI): More than 10,000 people participated in a midnight marathon, presently in its eighth edition, in India’s IT hub Bengaluru in Karnataka. The marathon saw runners of all age groups, professional athletes and enthusiastic runners, taking part in full enthusiasm. President of IT Rotary Club Bengaluru, Rajeev Unnikrishnan, said the purpose behind organizing the marathon is to raise funds for building toilets, infrastructure development of schools across the city and ‘Swachh Bengaluru’, which is in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India Mission. Dec 21, 2014
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Vajpayee was my role model, decision to mark his birthday as good governance day welcome step Adva

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): BJP senior leader LK Advani on Sunday said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was his role model and that Vajpayee contributed a lot to his learning. He added that Vajpayee 's efficiency in dealing with international matters in terms of foreign policy proved very beneficial for nation. He further stated that decision of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday to be marked as 'Good Governance' Day is most suitable. Dec 21, 2014
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Vajpayee was my role model, decision to mark his birthday as good governance day welcome step Adva

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): BJP senior leader LK Advani on Sunday said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was his role model and that Vajpayee contributed a lot to his learning. He added that Vajpayee 's efficiency in dealing with international matters in terms of foreign policy proved very beneficial for nation. He further stated that decision of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday to be marked as 'Good Governance' Day is most suitable. Dec 21, 2014
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Senior DMK leader D Napoleon joins BJP

Chennai, Dec 21 (ANI): Former Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Senior DMK leader D Napoleon on Sunday joined BJP in the presence of party President Amit Shah. Napoleon's induction into the BJP is seen as a major gain for the BJP in the run-up to the assembly election scheduled in 2016. Shah said that BJP will announce its NDA candidate before going to polls in 2016. The BJP will lead the NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu to face the 2016 Assembly polls in the State. Dec 21, 2014

BJP govt aimed at controlling inflation, promoting Make in India policy: Amit Shah

Chennai, Dec 21 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the year 2014 is important in the history of India as BJP came into power with full majority. He said that the government came into power with an aim to control inflation which had gone high during UPA tenure. Shah also praised the 'Make in India' policy promoted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has enhanced the industrial set up of many foreign companies. Dec 21, 2014

Amit Shah praises PM Modi's foreign policy, says BJP against forceful religion conversion

Chennai, Dec 21 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his advanced foreign policy which led to improved relations between India and other foreign nations. He also said that under the government's 'Jan Dhan Yojana', many families have been able to open their bank accounts for easy financial transactions. He also said that BJP government was successful in bringing back the 5 Indian fishermen from Sri Lanka who were given death punishment. Shah then said that the government is against forceful conversion of religion and is ready to pass an anti-conversion bill in Parliament, but it is now up to the other secular parties to take a stand. Dec 21, 2014
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Attacks increase since handover to Afghan forces

The number of attacks on Afghan security forces has dramatically increased since the transfer of combat duties from international troops and many fear this will only get worse with the full withdrawal fast approaching. Dec 21, 2014
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Venkaiah Naidu appeals opposition to let RS function, says voluntary conversion not wrong

Hyderabad, Dec 21 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday appealed the opposition parties to let the Rajya Sabha function efficiently. He said that the opposition can debate, discuss, decide and oppose the bills proposed but the obstructions tactics needs to be stopped as it is not in interest of people. Further, talking about the conversion or re-conversion issue, Naidu said that people are getting converted voluntarily and that there is nothing wrong if that is happening. If also said that if in any case, force is being used then the state government will take action and if it fails to do the same, the central government will make a law over the same and this needs cooperation by opposition. Dec 21, 2014
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UN Chief Ban Ki- Moon pledges to stand with Ebola-hit countries

Guinea/ Mali, Dec 21 (ANI): United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visited Guinea and cautioned that much remained to be done to wipe out Ebola in the West African country. During his visit to the Guinean capital, Ban said that joint national, regional and global efforts have significantly slowed the spread of the deadly virus and pledged to support Guinea in its fight against the disease. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan reminded representatives from donor nations that back in May the Guinean government had reported no Ebola cases, and emphasized the importance of community engagement. During a press conference alongside Guinean President Alpha Conde, Ban offered the help of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). Ban and Conde, accompanied by Chan, as well as his Special Envoy for Ebola, David Nabarro, and the head of UNMEER, Anthony Banbury, later visited an Ebola facility run by the French military. Flying on to Mali later, Ban met with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in Bamako. Dec 21, 2014
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RSS Chief calls India a 'Hindu Rashtra', Politicos condemn

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Politicos on Sunday condemned RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat after he described India as a 'Hindu rashtra' and made a strong pitch for Hindu awakening. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that he agreed with Bhagwat's statement. However, Congress leader Rashid Alvi slamming Bhagwat said that RSS leaders are harming the nation's peace. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar and CPI leader D Raja also expressed similar sentiments. Dec 21, 2014
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Politicos react as Jaitley firm on pushing coal and insurance bill despite political obstructionism

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserted that the government is "determined" to push through the Insurance Bill and the Coal Bill, despite political obstructionism. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the government is trying to pass many bills which are beneficial for the country but the opposition is obstructing by creating a ruckus in the parliament. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is on the parliament to decide which bill has to be passed. JD (U) Ali Anwar said that his party will make the best efforts to not to let the bills pass. Dec 21, 2014