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Saradha Scam: Politicos react as TMC MP Debabrata Bandyopadhyay puts party in spot

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as the number of dissenters seems to grow in Trinamool Congress. The party's Rajya Sabha MP Debabrata Bandyopadhyay had said he believed that those arrested in the Saradha scam may indeed be involved. BJP leaders Sambit Patra and Siddharth Nath Singh said that there certainly is unrest in TMC because of the autocratic nature of Mamata Banerjee. Congress leader PC Chacko said that there must be conflict of interest in TMC which resulted in such statements. CPI leader D Raja said that Banerjee should better look into such matters. Jan 24, 2015
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Police rescue 250 children in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 24 (ANI): Police on Saturday (January 24) rescued 250 children in Hyderabad who were forced to work as child labourers in industries. These children were rescued during a massive search operation carried out by the police in different locations of the city. Most of the children were from Bihar, aged between eight and 13 years. These children were brought to Hyderabad after paying an advance of rupees 5000 (USD 81.40) to rupees 10,000 (USD 162.80) to their parents. Child labour is getting common in India, where slavery ranges from bonded labour in quarries and kilns to domestic work and commercial sex exploitation. Child rights campaigners say the 2006 law has never been properly implemented or enforced. Jan 24, 2015
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Political leaders condemn Digvijay Singh for calling AAP as B team of BJP

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted calling AAP as ‘B team’ of BJP. He said that AAP is the ‘B Team’ of BJP and the Congress had ‘chosen a lesser evil’ by supporting Arvind Kejriwal in forming the government in Delhi in 2013. BJP leaders slammed the Congress leader and said that instead of thinking about other parties, Singh and party leadership should take care of their ‘alphabets’ and get in place their agenda. Meanwhile, AAP leader Ashutosh said that Digvijay Singh is acting like Subramanian Swamy of BJP and that he should stop making such statements. Jan 24, 2015
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Gujarat govts circular to schools on compulsory Saraswati Puja raises controversy

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Gujarat government has issued a circular to schools on performing a compulsory ‘Saraswati Puja’ on the day of Basant Panchmi. AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas and Ashutosh have condemned this act of the government saying that government should not force people to participate in worship of a particular religion or God. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi also condemned the act of Gujarat government saying that it will spread communalism. Jan 24, 2015
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Army says security arrangements in J&K enhanced for Republic Day

Srinagar, Jan 24 (ANI): General Officer Commanding of Kashmir based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, said on Saturday that security arrangements have been enhanced in Kashmir before Republic Day. Saha said that currently the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir is stable. He added that there have been ceasefire violations in Pir Panjal area of the state and even infiltration attempts have been made but they were foiled by the army sooner or later. Jan 24, 2015
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Nation marks Vasant Panchami as devotees throng banks of River Ganges to take holy dip

Allahabad, Jan 24 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati- in Allahabad to mark the religious festival Vasant Panchami on Saturday. The festival is celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar and is also called as Saraswati Puja or the Basant Festival of Kites for Sikh. The river banks were seen flooded with people who came to take holy dip in sacred river. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Vasant Panchami. Prime Minister took to twitter for extending his wishes, hoping that the festival will bring gaiety and enthusiasm in people's life. Jan 24, 2015
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Ekta Kapoor signs deal with Dolby Atoms

Mumbai, Jan 24 (ANI): Producer Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Motion Pictures has announced that they have plans to release several of their upcoming films in Dolby Atmos, including the much anticipated "Azhar", a biopic on Mohammad Azharuddin. Dolby Atmos, a latest sound technology, unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, to create an engaging cinema experience. Introduced in 2012, Atmos has already been used by Indian films such as "Dhoom 3", "PK" and "Sivaji 3D". Jan 24, 2015
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Police recover stolen antique idols in Himachal Pradesh

Kullu, Jan 24 (ANI): Police recovered antique idols of Hindu deities in Himachal Pradesh that were stolen last month and detained the suspect in Nepal. A 17th century idol of Lord Raghunath, worth billion of rupees, was stolen from a temple in Kullu district along with idols of Lord Ganesha, Hanuman, Narsangh and Salig Ram and some silver and gold ornaments. The main idol was concealed under a stone structure in the outskirts of Kullu. The other priceless artifacts were recovered from a local market. Superintendent of Police, Surinder Verma said the suspect would be brought to India soon. Jan 24, 2015

Ajay Maken begins campaign for Delhi polls, promises to serve people if given opportunity

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Congress leader Ajay Maken began campaigning for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections on Saturday. Maken along with his party workers campaigned in the Shashtri Nagar constituency. Maken said that people are welcoming Congress’s manifesto and that if public will give him an opportunity he will surely work for their development. Jan 24, 2015
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AAP condemns as Kejriwal doesn t receive formal invite for Republic Day celebration

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): AAP leaders Ashutosh and Kumar Vishwas on Saturday condemned as Arvind Kejriwal did not receive any formal invitation for the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. They said that keeping aside political rivalries, all former Cabinet ministers should have received a formal invitation to attend Republic Day Parade celebrations. Vishwas and Ashutosh said that Kejriwal has been the Chief Minister of Delhi, with which relation he should have been invited. Jan 24, 2015
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Politicos react as EC censures Kejriwal for poll code violation

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday react as Election Commission censured AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal for his reported remarks that BJP was inciting communal riots in parts of Delhi. Terming Kejriwal as an 'anarchist', BJP leader Sambit Patra said that people of Delhi needs administration and not anarchy. GVL Narsimha Rao said that poll panel should take harshest action against the AAP chief. Party's CM Candidate also slammed him and said that she does not believe in such actions. Congress leader PC Chacko said that such statements by AAP leader show what kind of person he is. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the party wants AAP to come to power and not the BJP. Jan 24, 2015
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UAE President announces 3-day mourning for Saudi Arabia King Abdullah

Riyadh, Jan 24 (ANI): UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced three days of mourning after the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. He said the mourning would start on Friday and ordered the UAE national flag to be flown at half-mast at all government departments in the UAE and at all embassies and diplomatic missions of the UAE overseas. Earlier, King Abdullah was carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave on Friday, in keeping with local religious traditions. Wahhabi Sunni Islam, the form of religion practiced by the Saudi state, considers ostentatious displays of grief or mourning to be sinful and akin to idolatry. Before his burial, Abdullah's body was transported in a city ambulance to a mosque, where Muslim leaders, Saudi Princes, powerful clerics and billionaire Arab businessmen gathered for prayers. Jan 24, 2015
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Prime Minister Modi confers bravery awards to children

New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the National Awards for Bravery to 24 children from across the country ahead of Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the children had shown courage in the face of adversity and could not stop themselves from acting with valor, adding that they had inspired many others in the society. Modi commended the awardees for their selfless act. He urged the children to work towards their goals and dreams relentlessly. Of the 24 children, there are eight girls and 16 boys. Four will be honoured with the award posthumously. The Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, was also present on the occasion. The awardees are invited to New Delhi for the award and also participate in the Republic Day parade on January 26. Jan 24, 2015
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J and K separatist group calls for shutdown to protest Prophet's cartoons published by Charlie Heb

Srinagar, Jan 24 (ANI): A complete shutdown called by a separatist group in Jammu and Kashmir, to protest against blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Mohammad published in a French magazine, paralysed normal life. The call for protest was given by Chief of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yaseen Malik, against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which has been known for lampooning Islam. In the rally called 'The Prophet Prestige Rally', protestors shouted slogans against the magazine and demanded the cartoonists behind drawing Prophet's caricatures be hanged. Roads and markets in Srinagar wore a deserted look as shops across the valley remained shut and vehicles stayed off the roads. A protestor, Faraz Ahmed said the protest was against the disrespect shown by Charlie Hebdo against Islam. Jan 24, 2015
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US officials review security in Agra ahead of Obama's visit

Agra, Jan 24 (ANI): US security officials visited city of Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh to review various aspects ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama. The US President, along with first lady Michelle Obama, will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 on invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Republic Day celebrations on January 26. The members stayed for hours and interacted with officials regarding security preparations in Agra city. Officials paid visit to the local Sarojini Naidu Medical College to have a look at the trauma centre and other facilities. Kumar added all arrangements, including the critical care ambulance, are in place. Agra is set to become a fortress ahead of Obama's visit on January 27. The historic monument Taj Mahal will be closed to visitors on that day. Jan 24, 2015