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It Happens : Book Fair

Jaipur, Nov 14 (ANI): The National Book Fair attracted many avid readers in India's pink city of Jaipur. Visitors thronged the six-day fair, which started, in large numbers and scanned through a plethora of books. According to the retailers, the demand of books by foreign authors surged at the fair and they sold around 60 to 70 percent foreign books. They also said that due to internet and kindle, people preferred e-books more nowadays. Over 160 stalls were set up in which 117 publications took part. Meanwhile, researchers and students preferred books of English writers due to more information and details. Readers said that in this internet age also, many of them preferred paperback or hard bound books. The National Book Fair is considered as the best platform where books in all formats are available. Also the fair raises the possibilities for interaction among the readers, authors, publishers, book-sellers, distributors, librarian and book-lovers. Nov 15, 2014
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P Chidambaram calls for amendments to AFSPA, BJP rejects

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Former Home Minister P Chidambaram has termed the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act as an "obnoxious law" that has no place in a modern, civilized country. He called for amendments to AFSPA. The BJP has dismissed Chidambaram's demand. Nov 15, 2014
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PM Narendra Modi meets French President Francois Hollande in Brisbane

Brisbane, Nov 15 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met French President Francois Hollande for bilateral talks at the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia. The G20 summit in Brisbane is focused on boosting world growth, fireproofing the global banking system and closing tax loopholes for giant multinationals. Earlier this year, France had proposed to give India a 1 billion euro ($1.4 billion) credit line to fund sustainable infrastructure and urban development projects. The credit line would be available over three years and would be delivered through the French Development Agency, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had said on his visit to New Delhi in July. Fabius had said Paris was keen to share technology and industrial development with India in the defence sector. Nov 15, 2014
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Forest officials rescue leopard in Gujarat

Junagarh, Nov 15 (ANI): Forest officials recued a leopard in Gujarat after it strayed into a village. Forest officials immediately rushed to Kotanda village in Junagarh district after farmers spot it hiding in a granary. The forest officials captured the wild animal after administering tranquiliser and took it to an animal centre. Instances of wild animals like lions, leopards and tigers straying into residential areas are not a new thing in India. Nov 15, 2014
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Now Sonia, Rahul Gandhi adopt villages, politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Followed by Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have also adopted one village each in their respective constituencies to develop them into model villages. The Congress however denied that the adoption was under the "Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana" launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month. Nov 15, 2014
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott welcomes G-20 leaders

Brisbane, Nov 15 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday welcomed all the G-20 leaders as the summit commenced in Brisbane, Australia. Abbott met each leader and shook hands with them as they arrived at the venue for the Summit. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi too was welcomed by the Australian PM after 28 years as Modi greeted him with a warm hug. Modi also had a laughter session with his Australian counterpart as he was welcomed by Abbott at the two day G-20 Summit. This followed a cultural program in welcome of the top leadership. Earlier, Modi had a meeting with the world leaders where he said that repatriation of unaccounted money abroad is a key priority for India. Nov 15, 2014
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Sareshwala lauds PM Modi for raising black money issue ahead of G-20 Summit

Brisbane, Nov 15 (ANI): Indian Businessman in Australia, Zafar Sareshwala on Saturday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising the black money issue at an informal meeting of leaders of the five-nation BRICS bloc. Sareshwala said Prime Minister Modi has a strong power of convincing people and added that the latter sets his own agendas. Sareshwala, who is said to be a strong supporter of Prime Minister Modi, further said the Indian Prime Minister does not lose sight of three things wherever he goes, that is, diplomacy, his set agendas and bringing Indian community together. Nov 15, 2014
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Activists stage theatre in Dharamsala to urge G-20 leaders to unite for Tibet

Dharamsala, Nov 15 (ANI): Members of a Tibetan non-governmental organisation in exile, Students for a free Tibet-India, performed a political theatre in Dharamsala to urge the world leaders to come together to raise the issue of Tibet at the ongoing G-20 Leaders' Summit in Australia. The activists wore masks of various political leaders during their acts and also held banners. Many Tibetan supporters carried out similar acts across the world. A cycle rally was also carried out across University of Delhi to gather support for this new approach to talk about a solution to the Tibet problem. George further added if countries like US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and India come together it will create a power to get China into talks over Tibet. Nov 15, 2014
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh assures modernisation of prisons

New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the second-phase of modernisation of prisons will begin from next financial year, while addressing a seminar by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on prison reforms. The NHRC organised a two-day national seminar on prison reforms in New Delhi, which concluded on November 14, with an aim to see that the recommendations given by it in 2011 were implemented. In his speech, Singh said that he has been to prison four to five times and has seen it very closely. He added that the situation of the prisons were quite miserable. Meanwhile, he praised the Commission for picking up this subject. He also said that NHRC chairman KG Balakrishnan’s concern of overcrowding prisons was also addressed. Nov 15, 2014
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G-20 Summit begins in Brisbane, PM Modi to focus on unaccounted money kept abroad

Brisbane, Nov 15 (ANI): The two-day G-20 summit in Australia began on Saturday with world leaders meeting to focus on growth as their top most agenda. The summit will conclude on Sunday with the release of an official communique, a rundown of what the countries have achieved and want to achieve in the future. Ahead of G-20 Summit in an informal meeting with leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told them that repatriation of unaccounted money abroad is a key priority for India. In a series of tweets MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin in his twitter handle quoted Prime Minister Modi's views relating to this issue. "Repatriation of unaccounted money kept abroad is a key priority for us-PM @narendramodi to BRICS ahead of G-20 Summit," Akbaruddin tweeted. Nov 15, 2014
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Development and Good Governance to be BJP campaign agenda for Kashmir assembly polls: Jitendra Singh

Jammu, Nov 15 (ANI): India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to start campaigning for the upcoming Kashmir polls with the agenda of development and good governance for the state. After winning the biggest national mandate in 30 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP has launched its most audacious election project yet - to win power in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir and integrate the disputed region fully into India. Minister of States in the PMO, Jitendra Singh and General Secretary of BJP, Ram Madhav addressed mediapersons in Jammu. The BJP will also be providing its election manifesto in a few days. Singh said the state was being ruled by certain corrupt families. Singh also added the locals have finally got a chance to vote for good party. Nov 15, 2014
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Police seal drug company linked to sterilization camp deaths

Raipur, Nov 15 (ANI): The Chhattisgarh Police have sealed the drug company linked to sterilization camp deaths in Chhattisgarh and detained the owner. Mahawar Pharmaceuticals, run from an upscale residential street in capital Raipur, is now at the centre of a probe for more than a dozen deaths in Chhattisgarh after 83 women were sterilized at a government-run family planning camp. More victims arrived at hospitals from villages in Bilaspur district, about 100 km from Raipur, on Thursday and Friday, a doctor at the district's main public hospital said. The factory owners, Sumit and Rajesh Mahawar deny there was anything wrong with their medicines. Inspector General of Police, Raipur, GP Singh said the investigation of the drug samples of the company was underway. Nov 15, 2014
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Expatriate Indians hail PM Modi for raising black money issue at G-20 Summit in Brisbane

Brisbane, Nov 15 (ANI): Expatriate Indians on Saturday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising black money issue at the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. Indians living in Australia said that it is great honour to have Indian PM in the country after 28 years and remained hopeful that India will go in positive direction under Modi's leadership. Meanwhile, the NRIs demanded PM Modi to grant dual citizenship for them so that they too can contribute to India's development in a number of ways. PM Modi raised the issue of black money while in meeting at G-20 Summit and said that 'repatriation of unaccounted money abroad is a key priority for India'. Nov 15, 2014