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2014 - Person Of The Year

Forget the cyber war which has become a reality this December. So many things happened in 2014, but one person steals the show and he is Mr Modi, a 64 year old 15th prime minister of India. First, The humble Tea almost replaced Amul. Modi also replaced BJP successfully. He was the most searched, only next to cute cat pictures and 'sunny Leone'. Dec 31, 2014
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Saradha scam: Idris Ali on his controversial statement

Kolkata, Dec 31 (ANI): TMC MP Idris Ali from Basirhat on Wednesday gave clarification over his controversial statement on Saradha scam. Earlier, he threatened to resort to violence in West Bengal if Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is framed in the Saradha scam. Dec 31, 2014
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Fire at hotel in Siliguri kills two

Siliguri, Dec 31 (ANI): Two people died in a late night fire at a hotel in Siliguri city of West Bengal on Wednesday (December 31). The fire broke out at around 1.00 am (1930 GMT) when the hotel guests were sleeping in their rooms. The fire fighters managed to rescue few people, who were immediately rushed to a local government hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire was not ascertained immediately. Preliminary reports suggested it broke out due to a short circuit. Other guests were shifted to hotels nearby. Dec 31, 2014
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Kashmir winter festival aims to attract tourists post devastating floods

Srinagar, Dec 31 (ANI): A three-day winter festival organized by the tourism department of Jammu and Kashmir is attracting people as the arrival of tourists to the state has picked up months after floods devastated the valley. Kashmir saw a major decrease in number of tourists after September deluge in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands of villages were destroyed. However, the tourism department is trying to regain what it lost with its winter event called 'Jashne Chilai-e-Kalan'. Chilai kalan is the coldest 40 day winter period in the northern state that starts from December 21. The Kashmir valley is witnessing intense cold wave with sub-zero temperatures. The purpose behind organizing this winter festival is to let people know that Jammu and Kashmir is back to normalcy.Various cultural activities are being held during the festival where dancers and musicians perform, comedy and folk theatre acts are showcased and people dress up as snowman to entertain the kids. A visitor to the event, Majid, said that such events will help promote Kashmir's culture and traditions. Dec 31, 2014

Over 100 people reconverted to Sikhism in Amritsar

Amritsar/ New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Around 120 people from 15 families were re-converted to Sikhism from Christianity in a 'ghar wapsi' (homecoming) event in Amritsar city of Punjab. Lately, there have been a lot of cases of religious conversions - mainly to Hinduism - in the country and politicians have slammed ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not taking any action against it. The families stated they originally belonged to Mazhabi Sikh community and were lured into Christianity. Reportedly, the conversion function was organised by Dharma Jagran Manch, a body associated with Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), after people expressed desire to return to Sikh faith. Many have accused that these conversions are done forcefully but Kumar said no one forced him to change his religion. Dec 31, 2014
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Police arrest 32 Maoist sympathisers in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur, Dec 31 (ANI): In a major crackdown, police in Chhattisgarh arrested at least 32 Maoist sympathizers. The operation was carried out in Bijapur district, hotbed of Maoist rebels. Most of the accused had several cases pending against them. Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Bijapur, Indira Kalyan Elesela, said some of them faced serious charges like murder etc. The rebels have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times in areas where poor, tribal villagers came into conflict with mining companies seeking resources for industrialization. Dec 31, 2014

BSE closes points 95.88 up on Dec 31

New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 95.88 points up to stand at 27,499.42. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 34.45 points up to stand at 8,282.70. ICRA and GPPL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.62% and 7.96% along with AMTEK AUTO LTD and SUZLON with an increase of 7.84% and 7.02% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 5.00% and 4.44% along with ABB and TUBE INVESTMENTS OF INDIA LTD. with a decrease of 2.63% and 1.99% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 36.27 points at 18,646.06 while the banking sector is up 64.63 points at 21,429.72 and the reality sector is up 16.17 points at 1,555.76. The Indian currency is down 0.19% at Rs 63.19 per dollar. Dec 31, 2014
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PK row: Movie running legally, no intention to stop screenings, says Fadnavis

Mumbai, Dec 31 (ANI): Amid protests by right wing groups demanding ban on the Aamir Khan- starrer movie 'PK', Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said there is no intentions of stopping the screening of a movie. Talking to mediapersons in Mumbai, he also clarified that there will be no probe against the film in the state. Dec 31, 2014
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JandK's mandate decisive and divisive, no hurry in forming govt: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu, Dec 31 (ANI): PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday met the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, NN Vohra to discuss government formation in the state. Mufti said that the mandate given by the people of JandK was both decisive and divisive and it could be a great opportunity for both Congress and NDA. She added that there was no hurry in forming government in JandK. Dec 31, 2014
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Beach bike racing draws crowd in Kochi

Kochi, Dec 31 (ANI): Huge crowd gathered at Fort Kochi Beach in Kerala to watch bikers race on sand. Bikers from Kerala and neighbouring states participated in the race which was part of the ongoing Cochin Carnival 2014. Professional and amateur bikers chased down each other to win the 30th edition of the race. The crowd enjoyed the race and cheered whenever a biker passed by. Each participant is required to have a valid license to take part. Special tyres with huge blocks of rubber are installed in a bike for better grip and to avoid skidding during the race. The bikers practice for months on the beach to participate in this event. Trainers are also available but in less numbers. Dec 31, 2014
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Cold wave persists in northern states of India

New Delhi/Kanpur, Dec 31 (ANI): North India continued to reel under cold wave on Wednesday (December 31) with dense fog throwing normal life out of gear. Night temperatures went up marginally in several places and people sat around bonfire to stay warm in the inclement weather conditions. The poor visibility also disrupted road, rail and air traffic. As trains ran behind scheduled time due to fog, passengers slept at railway stations in New Delhi. Passengers have also been complaining on trains running late. The cold wave has added to the troubles of daily wage labourers like autorickshaw drivers, rickshaw pullers and homeless people as they have no alternative but to bear the chill to earn their living. Mercury dipped further because of snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Dec 31, 2014