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Punjab and Haryana HC defers hearing on Ashutosh Maharaj funeral case to Monday

Chandigarh, Dec 11 (ANI): Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday deferred the case of funeral of Ashutosh Maharaj to Monday and said that further hearing in the case will take place then only. The Punjab government had moved the High Court against the order to cremate Ashutosh Maharaj, who has been in a freezer since January. The state has pleaded that the issue of cremation of Ashutosh Maharaj is "an emotional and contentious issue" that can lead to law and order problem in the region. There are three appeals in the case and the court decided to hear all on first priority on Monday. Dec 11, 2014
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Adityanath says nothing wrong in calling Taj Mahal a part of ancient temple

Gorakhpur, Dec 11 (ANI): BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on Thursday refused to budge from his statement on Taj Mahal and said that there is nothing wrong in claiming that Taj Mahal was earlier a part of the ancient Tejo Mahalaya temple. He added that if Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan can claim that Taj Mahal belongs to Waqf Board property, then it can be claimed that Taj Mahal was a part of a Shiv Temple. Dec 11, 2014
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Defence Minister pays homage to martyrs in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 11 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday paid tributes to soldiers who were killed in a militant attack in Srinagar. Parrikar, accompanied by Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, visited Badami Bagh cantonment in the city. This was his first visit to the state after taking charge of the defence ministry. Militants had sneaked into an Indian military camp in Kashmir on December 05, killing 11 soldiers and police, the worst losses for security forces in six years in the Himalayan territory claimed by Pakistan. The attack was followed by a gun battle in the state capital, Srinagar, and a grenade blast in south Kashmir. Dec 11, 2014
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Vladimir Putin meets Modi at Hyderabad House

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, with an aim to take the bilateral relations between both countries to 'newer heights'. Modi and Putin posed for the customary photograph before beginning talks on the various deals that are set to be signed between the two countries. In his talks with PM Modi, both in restricted and delegation level formats, Putin is likely to seek deeper economic engagement with "time-tested" ally India to try to minimize impact of sanctions against Russia by the US and its Western allies over the Ukraine issue. It will be the first annual summit meeting between Putin and PM Modi. Dec 11, 2014
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Opposition slams BJP after Yogi Adityanath claims Taj Mahal was built on Shiv temple

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Opposition leaders slammed BJP on Thursday after Bharatiya Janata Party MP Yogi Adityanath claimed that Taj Mahal was built on a Shiv temple. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that one who has no knowledge about history should not give such a statement. NCP leader Majid Memon said that such issues should not be given importance. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that BJP leaders always make statements to spread communalism in the country. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi expressed similar sentiments. Dec 11, 2014
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War of words continue over Agra mass religious conversions

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Alleging that the BJP and the RSS are conspiring against the country on the basis of religion, leaders of rival political parties on Thursday said that they will continue to oppose the issue of 'forced' conversion inside and outside parliament. While the BJP defended itself, the opposition leaders said that the BJP should stop pursuing politics on the basis of religion. Dec 11, 2014
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Subramaniam Swamy expresses confidence in bringing settlement on Babri Masjid issue, Politicos react

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy expressed confidence that a negotiated settlement would come through on the long drawn issue of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue. NCP leader Majid Memon said that Subramanian Swamy is not the spokesperson of Muslim and hence his statement has no meaning. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the issue is the court and hence no one should make such statements on this issue. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi expressed similar sentiments. Dec 11, 2014
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India expects fruitful outcome from Russian President's visit: MEA

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Thursday that the country is expecting a fruitful outcome from Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit. Putin arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday in an attempt to revive a historic friendship that has faded over the years, seeking to improve cooperation in energy, defence and nuclear power. He will have his first summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a time when Russia is at odds with the West over Ukraine, and its economy is stalling as oil prices tumble to their lowest point in five years. Akbaruddin said there is enormous potential in India-Russia nuclear energy cooperation. Putin and Modi are also expected to hold an interaction with Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of major companies. Dec 11, 2014