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Samaraweera's India visit reflects importance Colombo places on New Delhi: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday stated that Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera's visit of India was highly reflective of the importance Colombo places on its ties with New Delhi. Akbaruddin further stated that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a fruitful discussion with Samaraweera, where the two leaders discussed issues on which both nations place importance. Earlier this month, Sri Lanka went to polls, with 19 candidates contesting the elections. Maithiripala Sirisena was voted the new President, beating the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa after securing 51.28 percent of the votes cast. Jan 18, 2015
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Delhi Polls: AAP members gradually joining BJP, Kejriwal might too: Congress

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely on Sunday while commenting on Kiran Bedi's joining BJP said that all the AAP members will gradually join BJP. He added that keeping in pace with the other AAP leaders joining the BJP, party chief Arvind Kejriwal too might join the ruling party sooner or later. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that he is confident that 'Iron lady' will emerge as winner and 'I run man' will lose. However, AAP leader Ashutosh said that what matters in the upcoming polls is that whether BJP will work for the people of Delhi. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi recently joined BJP as Delhi is gearing up for assembly polls. Jan 18, 2015
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Authorities baffled by mysterious death of fish in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur, Jan 18 (ANI): Senior district officials and members of Pollution Department have rushed to Gorakhpur after thousands of fish were found dead in Rapti River. Officials have warned villagers not to take and eat fish as the exact cause of the death is not yet known. There was a mad rush of villagers to catch fish once the news spread. A senior district official, Ranjan Kumar, said they were probing the mysterious death of fish. Dr. Ranjana Tripathi of the pollution department said that the initial findings pointed towards toxicity in the river water. Local municipal authorities have also visited the spot and are in the process of cleaning the river with some chemicals. Jan 18, 2015
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After Kiran Bedi and Shazia Ilmi, expelled AAP leader Vinod Kumar Binny joins BJP Part - 2

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Expelled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Vinod Kumar Binny on Sunday joined the Bhartiya Janta Party, ahead of the assembly elections in Delhi. The former AAP leader had met BJP Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay on Saturday. Binny had targeted party leader Arvind Kejriwal after the last Delhi elections following which he was expelled from the party. Jan 18, 2015
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After Kiran Bedi and Shazia Ilmi, expelled AAP leader Vinod Kumar Binny joins BJP Part - 1

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Expelled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Vinod Kumar Binny on Sunday joined the Bhartiya Janta Party, ahead of the assembly elections in Delhi. The former AAP leader had met BJP Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay on Saturday. Binny had targeted party leader Arvind Kejriwal after the last Delhi elections following which he was expelled from the party. Jan 18, 2015
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Security forces launch offensive against Maoist rebels in Jharkhand

Khunti, Jan 18 (ANI): Security forces have launched a major offensive against Maoist rebels in Jharkhand, said a senior police official. Security forces and police are raiding hideouts in Gumla, Simdega, Ranchi and Singhbhum districts of the rebel outfits' hotbed. According to police, PLFI cadres are engaged in collecting levy from contractors, small industrialists, traders and transporters. A police report in 2014 said PLFI carried out as many incidents as CPI (Maoist). The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Jan 18, 2015
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Workers brave snow to rebuild flood-ravaged Kedarnath

Kedarnath, Jan 18 (ANI): The revered temple town of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, which was ravaged in flash floods in June 2013, is being built again ahead of the pilgrimage in the extreme weather conditions. The popular pilgrimage route known as the “Char Dham Yatra” because of its four temple towns of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri - attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees every year. The floods, triggered by heavier than normal and early monsoon rains, killed at least 822 people and displaced tens of thousands of inhabitants in Uttarakhand, a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims due to its shrines and temples. Now the reconstruction work is in full swing as the workers, well-protected with enough layers in sub-zero temperatures, continue to work undeterred. Jan 18, 2015

Politicos react after Arun Jaitley hit at Censor Board on resignation of its members

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Sunday over the controversy of Censor Board members resigning alleging corruption and interference from government, after which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wrote an article defending the government. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that there is no interference from government into the work of Censor Board. BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra also said that Congress party interfered in the Censor Board's work. AAP leader Ashutosh, however, criticized the BJP government for putting blames on UPA government. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that BJP government is not able to maintain its relation with the autonomous bodies like Censor Board. Jan 18, 2015