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Members of a northeastern tribe dazzle Chennai

Chennai, March 01 (ANI): Members of the Tangkhul tribe, mostly settled in northeastern states of India, showcased their rich tradition and cultural heritage at a function held in Chennai. Based on the theme of “Luira Phanit”, an annual sowing festival, the performance drew a good response. Dressed in traditional costumes, complete with colourful headgear and jewellery, the young tribal dancers gave a scintillating performance. The slow dance movements to the soothing beats depicting the traditional way of celebrating the festival was the highlight of the function. The festival is celebrated by the Tangkhul tribe to seek blessings of the god for a bountiful harvest. Organisers said the objective of the festival was to introduce the rich cultural heritage of the Tangkhul tribe to the mainland India. Mar 1, 2015
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Winter carnival in Kashmir a hit among tourists

Udhampur, March 01 (ANI): Tourists from northern India thronged the two-day winter carnival in Jammu and Kashmir to enjoy adventure snow sports and cultural programmes. The winter festival, organised by the state tourism department in collaboration with Patnitop Development Authority, is being held at the snow-covered Patnitop in Kashmir’s Udhampur district. A number of snow sports like skiing, sledging, tug of war and snow man building are on offer for tourists at the carnival. During winters, holidaying crowd from the plains of India and other parts of the country prefer to horde northern states of India to experience snowfall. The inflow of tourists has brought in good business for local shopkeepers. Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Mar 1, 2015
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Venezuela captures Americans suspected of espionage

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his government has detained Americans suspected of espionage. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "We've detected activity and Mar 1, 2015
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J&K CM all set to make state model of development Part - 2

Jammu, March 01 (ANI): After taking oath as chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday addressed mediapersons and said that the government will work to make Jammu and Kashmir a 'model of development' like Gujarat. Sayeed took oath as the chief minister of the state for the second time, leading a historic alliance with the BJP which will be part of a government in the state for the first time. He said that the objective is to make the alliance a turning point for the people of JandK and that he and the government will work towards the goal of better and peaceful state. Sayeed also said that the alliance with BJP in the state is out of Conviction and not Convenience. He also assured that the government's first priority will be to fight against corruption and that he has appointed the best team of officers for the same. Mar 1, 2015
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J&K CM all set to make state model of development Part - 1

Jammu, March 01 (ANI): After taking oath as chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday addressed mediapersons and said that the government will work to make Jammu and Kashmir a 'model of development' like Gujarat. Sayeed took oath as the chief minister of the state for the second time, leading a historic alliance with the BJP which will be part of a government in the state for the first time. He said that the objective is to make the alliance a turning point for the people of JandK and that he and the government will work towards the goal of better and peaceful state. Sayeed also said that the alliance with BJP in the state is out of Conviction and not Convenience. He also assured that the government's first priority will be to fight against corruption and that he has appointed the best team of officers for the same. Mar 1, 2015
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Bangladeshis mourn American blogger's death

Mourners gather in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka to pay their respects to the American blogger who was hacked to death. Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was returning from a book Mar 1, 2015
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Holi celebration kick starts in Ayodhya with gaiety and fervor

Ayodhya, March 01 (ANI): The popular festival of colours 'Holi' commenced with auspicious prayers in the temple city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. As per Hindu traditions, people in Ayodhya celebrate the annual festival in the month of 'Phalgun' (usually February-March) to propagate social amity. At the Hanuman Garhi temple, priests offered special prayers to Lord Hanuman and took out procession on streets and visited various temples in the neighbourhood. Enroute, people in the procession spray colours and exchange greetings with others. As per Hindu almanac, 'Holi' falls on March 06 this year. Mar 1, 2015

Hamas says listing by Egypt as terrorist organisation is "shocking and dangerous"

Gaza, March 01 (ANI): An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organisation is "shocking and dangerous," and in no way will affect the Islamist movement, the group said from Gaza. The Egyptian decision, confirmed by judicial sources on Saturday, is part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. Mar 1, 2015