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MEA briefing on first day of 2015 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Gandhinagar, Jan 08 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday briefed mediapersons on the first day of the 2015 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Akbaruddin said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with dignitaries from South Africa, Mauritius and Guyana and talked about increasing cooperation in trade, along with other areas mutually beneficially to their respective nations. He said that PM Modi has assured Guyana that in the list of 43 countries that are granted visa on arrival, another country Guyana was added. He also said that the prime minister has been invited to Mauritius for Independence Day of the nation on March 12 to which the PM will consider according to his schedules. Jan 8, 2015
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Young shooting suspect no Islamist: schoolmates

Nobody at the high school attended by Mourad Hamyd, 18, who has been arrested in connection with the Charlie Hebdo shootings, believes that he could have been involved, according to his classmates. Duration: 00:58 Jan 8, 2015
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NDMC to distribute LED bulbs to its employees on Holi

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): The New Delhi Municipal Council which faced criticism for spending over Rs.90 lakh to give away sweets to its employees on Holi last year has decided to distribute LED bulbs this year keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for conservation of energy. NDMC chairperson Jalaj Shrivastava said that the council is also planning to halve the domestic energy consumption by the next financial year. Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar and mountaineer Santosh Yadav will be the ambassadors in promoting the use of LED bulbs in the NDMC area. Jan 8, 2015
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Politicos demand action against Yakub Qureshi for announcing Rs 51 crore reward to Paris attackers

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday demanded action against BSP leader Yakub Qureshi who yet again spewed outrageous comments by lauding the barbaric attack in Paris and has announced Rs 51 crore reward for the attackers. He said that anyone who disrespected the Prophet Mohammed deserved death and he was ready to give the Rs 51 crore to the attackers, if they were to ask for it. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that such statements are a disgrace to the nation and also demanded that the BSP expel the leader at the earliest. Shahnawaz Hussain also demanded action against Qureshi. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that no religion allows killings and such statements should be condemned. JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav also condemned the same. Jan 8, 2015
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Prakash Javadekar cleans up his housing complex as part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

Pune, Jan 08 (ANI): Taking the ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) forward, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar cleans up his housing complex along with fellow residents in Pune on Thursday. Javadekar said the campaign would help in disciplined nation building. A campaign called 'plastic waste-free India' will be launched in Shirur area of Pune district on Friday. It will be taken at the national level after a trial run in the area, the minister added. Jan 8, 2015
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PM Modi addresses Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, call on Diaspora to participate in growth of India part-

Gandhinagar, Jan 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday formally inaugurated the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which is being held in Gujarat to mark the centenary of India's, 'Sarva Sreshtha Pravasi Bharatiya', Mahatma Gandhi's return from South Africa to India. Modi called on the Diaspora to participate in growth of India. He also invited the people to use several opportunities waiting for them in India. He said that all the countries of the world, whether developed or poor, are looking at India with immense hope and optimism. He further went on to add that Indian community is admired all around the world not due to the money they possess but the values they live with. Invoking Gandhi, Modi said his philosophies and teachings continue to inspire the world when it comes to humane development and resolving various problems facing the world. Modi also boosted the confidence of the Indian Diaspora and said that the nation has lot to offer to the world and the need is to raise the level of confidence in ourselves. Jan 8, 2015
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PM Modi addresses Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, call on Diaspora to participate in growth of India part-

Gandhinagar, Jan 08 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday formally inaugurated the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which is being held in Gujarat to mark the centenary of India's, 'Sarva Sreshtha Pravasi Bharatiya', Mahatma Gandhi's return from South Africa to India. Modi called on the Diaspora to participate in growth of India. He also invited the people to use several opportunities waiting for them in India. He said that all the countries of the world, whether developed or poor, are looking at India with immense hope and optimism. He further went on to add that Indian community is admired all around the world not due to the money they possess but the values they live with. Invoking Gandhi, Modi said his philosophies and teachings continue to inspire the world when it comes to humane development and resolving various problems facing the world. Modi also boosted the confidence of the Indian Diaspora and said that the nation has lot to offer to the world and the need is to raise the level of confidence in ourselves. Jan 8, 2015
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Police say no prisoners languishing in jails of Punjab after Punjab CM's letter demanding release

Chandigarh/Poonch, Jan 08 (ANI): Deputy General of Police in Punjab, Sumedh Singh Saini, denied claims that there are prisoners languishing in the state jails despite having completed their sentences. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal caused a flutter by seeking early release of 13 militants, including the assassins of former Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh. Badal's request comes after a resident of Punjab, Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, went on a hunger strike in November 2014 demanding the release of six convicts, including the assassins of Beant Singh. Saini said not even a single person is languishing in Punjab prisons beyond their term. Khalsa claims that keeping prisoners in prison beyond their period of conviction is a violation of human rights. Meanwhile, various Sikh organisations held a march in Poonch district of northern state of Jammu and Kashmir in support of Khalsa's hunger strike. President of District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee of Poonch, Narinder Singh, said they are hopeful the memorandum will be forwarded to Prime Minister's Office (PMO) at the earliest. Jan 8, 2015
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Voting begins in Sri Lanka's presidential election

Colombo, Jan 08 (ANI): Voting began on Thursday throughout Sri Lanka in a presidential election where incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa is facing an unexpected challenge to his rule from his former Health minister Maithripala Sirisena. Police said no incidents have been reported from any parts of the country so far.The army is on alert to provide support if needed. Election monitors have reported less violence than in earlier elections in the run up to the polling day. Voters were also keen to see the poll pass off peacefully. Rajapaksa won around 58 percent of the vote in the last election, surfing a wave of popularity that sprang from the 2009 defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists who had waged a crippling war against the government for 26 years. Although his popularity has waned, Rajapaksa called the election two years early, confident that the perennially fractured opposition would fail to find a credible challenger. Jan 8, 2015
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Sakshi Maharaj faces flak over '4 kids' remark, BJP distances itself

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday slammed BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj who stirred a row by saying that all Hindu women must produce at least four children to protect religion during a conclave of Hindu priests at Shanidham temple in Meerut. The BJP has, however, distanced his party from Maharaj's controversial statement. Jan 8, 2015
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Opposition leaders slam govt for turning into 'ordinance raj'

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): Opposition parties on Thursday slammed the Modi government for turning into Ordinance Raj'. Narendra Modi-led NDA government has issued eight ordinances in 225 days since assuming office on May 26 - an average one every 28 days. Jan 8, 2015
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Sanjay Dutt leaves for Yerwada jail as his 14 day furlough ends

Mumbai, Jan 08 (ANI): Bollywood Actor Sanjay Dutt on Thursday left for Yerwada jail after his 14 day furlough ended. Dutt had filed for an extension of the furlough the clearance of which is still awaited, said that actor. Dutt was released from the Yerwada jail on 24 December, 2014 as he wanted to bring in the New Year with his family. His initial leave of two weeks ends today. Dutt is serving 42 months of his sentence that started in May 2013, for illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle before the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. But, he has repeatedly been released on furlough and parole. The actor was out once to treat his knee, on another occasion to take care of his hospitalised wife and look after his twin toddlers, and now to celebrate New Year. Jan 8, 2015
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Sushma Swaraj says India's diaspora an 'asset'

Gandhinagar, Jan 08 (ANI): Terming India's diaspora as an asset to the nation, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said the government is determined to work closely with the overseas Indian community to leverage each other's strength to mutual benefit. Swaraj was speaking at the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas held in Gandhinagar at Mahatma Mandir complex to mark the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's return from South Africa to India. The External Affairs Minister called the event being held in Gujarat an apt one to mark the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's return to India. Jan 8, 2015
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Sunanda Murder Case: Police say investigation on, No notice issued to anyone

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): In the latest update in Sunanda Pushkar’s murder case, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Thursday that investigation in the case is underway and all perspectives are being taken care of. He further assured that no notice has been issued to anyone including Shashi Tharoor regarding inquiry or investigation, adding that all investigational updates will be shared in public. Jan 8, 2015
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Sukhbir Badal meets Rajnath Singh over release of prisoners

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the plea of SAD government demanding release of the prisoners who have completed their given sentence of punishment. Badal said that the Akali Dal government is not demanding anything wrong because some of the prisoners who have completed their sentence are very old or even blind which is why they should be released on humanitarian grounds. He added that the demands are being wrongly portrayed as supporting terrorists which is wrong. Badal also said that the Home Minister has assured legal action in the case. Jan 8, 2015