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Now, Sikh 'ghar wapsi' reports from Punjab raises eyebrows

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Reactions poured in as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate, Dharma Jagran Manch (DJM), on Tuesday reconverted 40 people, including woman and children, from Christianity to Sikhism. Politicos demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the matter. Dec 31, 2014
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Politicos react on Mamata's remarks over opposing land ordinance

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that she won't allow the implementation of the land ordinance that the union cabinet has approved on Monday. Politicos reacted on her remarks on the recently passed land ordinance act. The BJP termed the TMC chief's stand as 'against the interest' of her state. Dec 31, 2014
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Security forces destroy illegal marijuana cultivation in Tripura

Tripura, Dec 31 (ANI): In a joint operation carried out by security forces and the administration, thousands of marijuana plants grown illegally in hundreds of acres in remote areas of Tripura were destroyed. Acting on a tip-off, paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), state police, excise department and state administration found illegal marijuana cultivation across the hillocks in Jarulbachi village. The total amount of Bangladesh bound destroyed marijuana is worth more than rupees 10 million and the operation is still continuing. According to officials, there are rackets involved in illegal cultivation of cannabis particularly in the bordering area where habitation is less and presence of administration very scanty. Usually the poor border population is involved in the illegal cultivation and the final harvest is smuggled to neighbouring Bangladesh from where it goes to Middle East market as it provides hefty returns. Dec 31, 2014
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Kejriwal likens his 49-day govt to Ram Rajya, Congress condemns

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal has likened his 49 days of government to ‘Ram Rajya’, opening doors for condemnation from the Congress party. Congress leaders Shiela Dikshit, PC Chacko, JP Aggarwal and Barkha Shukla Singh condemned Kejriwal’s statement saying that he ran away from his responsibilities leaving the capital in a poor condition. Dec 31, 2014
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J and K govt formation: Mehbooba Mufti to meet Governor, NPP calls for fresh polls

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir's National Panthers Party Chief Bhim Singh said on Wednesday that various political parties are meeting the Governor over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir but as no single party has got majority so a proper alliance needs to be decided upon. He also called for fresh polls by dismissing the recent ones in order to receive clear majority to a single party. PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti is scheduled to meet the Governor over government formation today. Dec 31, 2014
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Indonesia says six bodies recovered so far, search hampered by bad weather

Jakarta, Dec 31 (ANI): Indonesian search and rescue officials said on Wednesday six bodies have been recovered so far but adverse weather was hampering their operation off Borneo. Bodies as well as debris were found on Tuesday (December 30) for the first time since the AirAsia flight went missing on Sunday (December 28). Search crews have yet to retrieve the black boxes of the plane. Dec 31, 2014
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Politicos react over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, where any alliance has not yet been decided. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar aid that BJP is bent upon destroying the politics of the country by presuming various alliances only to come to power. He added that there is a huge difference between the ideologies of BJP and PDP. AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that any decision on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir should be taken considering the well-being of the citizens. Dec 31, 2014
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Poor infrastructure cripples life in PoK

Muzaffarabad, PoK, December 30, 2014:- Roads in PoK in a bad shape, Pakistan directly responsible for the poor infrastructure, people of Trarkhal waiting for concrete road for last 20 years. This road in Trarkhal is full of potholes, and unfit for travel & transportation. Its dilapidated condition speaks volume about the pathetic state of affairs here. While on papers this road is under construction for the past 20 years, and under constant repair & maintenance, drawing public funds for its annual upkeep without serving its true purpose as a highway. Traveling here continues to remain a bumpy ride. It is a result of ignorance and apathy of officials that infrastructure is so poor. Traditionally this was a trade route and earlier historically as well. Now it’s like a ‘C’ grade city with poor infrastructure, kids here have never seen a concrete road, and during rains this place turn into a dirty well, whereas in winters its snow everywhere. Ultimately, living in this sham of democracy, the common people bear the brunt of this apathy. Dec 30, 2014
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Poor infrastructure cripples life in PoK

Muzaffarabad, PoK, December 30, 2014:- Roads in PoK in a bad shape, Pakistan directly responsible for the poor infrastructure, people of Trarkhal waiting for concrete road for last 20 years. This road in Trarkhal is full of potholes, and unfit for travel and transportation. Its dilapidated condition speaks volume about the pathetic state of affairs here. While on papers this road is under construction for the past 20 years, and under constant repair and maintenance, drawing public funds for its annual upkeep without serving its true purpose as a highway. Traveling here continues to remain a bumpy ride. It is a result of ignorance and apathy of officials that infrastructure is so poor. Traditionally this was a trade route and earlier historically as well. Now it's like a 'C' grade city with poor infrastructure, kids here have never seen a concrete road, and during rains this place turn into a dirty well, whereas in winters its snow everywhere. Ultimately, living in this sham of democracy, the common people bear the brunt of this apathy. Dec 31, 2014
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Dhoni's retirement from test cricket garners mixed response

Pune/ Ranchi/ New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): The third test between Australia and India in Melbourne failed to deliver a nail-biting finish on Tuesday but ended with a draw tinged with controversy and the shock retirement of long-serving India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni from test cricket. The result secured Australia a 2-0 series victory with a match in reserve, but their triumph was quickly overtaken by the bombshell that Dhoni had pulled the pin on his 90-test career to concentrate on the shorter formats of the game. The statement issued by BCCI said, 'One of India's greatest Test Captains under whose leadership India became the Number 1 team in the Test Rankings MS Dhoni, has decided to retire from Test Cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of Cricket. Dhoni's first coach, Chanchal Bhattacharyya, said that it was the right decision taken at the right time. Former Indian cricketer Chandu Borde also backed Dhoni's decision. However, another former cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad said Dhoni could have left his captaincy and played. Another former cricketer Kirti Azad said the team would have gained from Dhoni's experience. Dec 31, 2014
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National Investigation Agency to assist Bangalore police in bomb blast case

Bengaluru, Dec 31 (ANI): National Investigation Agency (NIA) and National Security Guard (NSG) visited the blast site in India’s IT hub of Bengaluru and said every sort of assistance would be provided in probing the bomb blast, which killed one woman and wounded three others. The crude bomb exploded outside a busy restaurant on Sunday in the centre of Bengaluru packed with evening crowds, prompting a security alert in other cities. The improvised explosive device had been placed between two flower-pots near the Coconut Grove restaurant. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast. Meanwhile, Bengaluru Police Commissioner M. N. Reddi asked people not to worry as security was tightened. According to reports, the City police will use, drone aerial cameras, for the first time, to monitor New Year celebrations on MG Road and Brigade Road in the city. Dec 31, 2014
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J&K Govt Formation: Mehbooba Mufti to Meet Governor Vohra

Srinagar, Dec 31 (ANI): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti is likely to meet Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra today to discuss government-formation in the state following a hung verdict in the recently concluded assembly polls. Vohra had on Friday invited Mehbooba and BJP state unit president Jugal Kishore Sharma for separate meetings to hold discussion on formation of government in the state. Meanwhile, protest erupted in Srinagar on Tuesday against the PDP over its prospect of forming a coalition government with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A civil society group, Kashmir Citizen Forum, demonstrated in Srinagar saying BJP’s policies we.re pro RSS and anti-Kashmir. Dec 31, 2014
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PM Modi condoles families of AirAsia Flight QZ8501

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the families of those who lost their lives in AirAsia Flight QZ8501 after it presumably crashed of the Indonesian coast. The Prime Minister took to twitter to express his grief over the tragedy. "Our thoughts are with the families of those on Flight QZ8501 . We offer our condolences and stand firmly with them in this hour of grief," he posted. The Indonesia AirAsia plane, with 162 people on board, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday. According to reports, Indonesian officials have confirmed that they have found debris from the plane in Java Sea. Recovery teams are launching a massive search for victims of the crash and the plane's crucial data recorders. The reason for the crash still remains unclear. Dec 31, 2014
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Bangladesh Islamist politician ATM Azharul Islam sentenced to death for war crimes

Dhaka, Dec 31 (ANI): A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentenced an Islamist party leader A.T.M. Azharul Islam to death after convicting him of atrocities committed during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. Azharul Islam, 62, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of five out of six charges including the murder of hundreds of minority Hindus, rape, abduction and torture, prosecutors said. Prosecutor, International Crime Tribunal, Zead-al-Malim, said that of the six charges, the convict has been awarded death sentence based on three charges. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 opened an inquiry into war crimes committed during the nine-month war. The tribunals have angered Islamists who call them a politically motivated attempt by Hasina to persecute the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key part of the opposition coalition. Meanwhile, the court also observed that the war heroines should be respected and their feat should be covered in educational curriculum of the nation. Dec 31, 2014
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Yoga can help improve cardio-metabolic health

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): A new research has suggested that Yoga has the potential to improve cardio-metabolic health in people. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and metabolic syndrome are major public health problems worldwide and now, there is promising evidence that Yoga, a popular mind-body practice, could prove to be therapeutic for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.The review demonstrates the potential of yoga to have an impact on concrete, physiological outcomes that represent some of the greatest health burdens today. Dec 30, 2014