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Pope Francis arrives in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis urges respect for human rights in Sri Lanka as he begins a two-nation Asia tour on the island, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a long civil war. Duration: 00:32 Jan 13, 2015
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Defiant Charlie Hebdo returns with Prophet Muhammed on cover

Paris, Jan 13 (ANI): Up to 3 million copies of Charlie Hebdo could hit newsstands this week, dwarfing its usual print run of 60,000 in response to soaring demand for the first edition of the satirical weekly since last week's deadly attacks by Islamist militants. The French satirical magazine will come back with a bang defying the attackers by putting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed on its cover, as the government on Monday announced the deployment of 10,000 soldiers to boost security. Liberation newspaper, now temporarily housing Charlie Hebdo operations, revealed the front page of "survivors' issue" via Twitter late on Monday as the edition is due to be out by Wednesday. The cover page shows an image of the Prophet Mohammad holding a sign saying Je Suis Charlie which means I am Charlie below the headline All is forgiven. Jan 13, 2015
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Arvind Panagariya takes charge as NITI Aayog Vice Chairman

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Noted economist Arvind Panagariya took charge as the first Vice-Chairman of the newly-created NITI Aayog on Tuesday. The government had announced the appointment of Vice-Chairman, 2 full time members, 4 ex-officio members (Union ministers) and 3 special invitees for the Aayog on January 5. NITI Aayog has replaced the 65-year old Planning Commission, a vestige of the socialist era. As per the notification, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the Chairman of the body. Jan 13, 2015
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BJP issues show cause notice to Sakshi Maharaj, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): The BJP has issued a show cause notice to Sakshi Maharaj in response to his recent controversial statements. The party has reportedly given him ten days to reply to the notice. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the party will take action if any of its leaders says something controversial on a personal basis. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Sakshi Maharaj is a symbol of communalism in the country. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the notice to Sakshi Maharaj is a fake play by the party. Jan 13, 2015
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Plummeting temperatures in Kashmir boost sales of woolen garments

Srinagar, Jan 13 (ANI): As the cold wave continued unabated in Jammu and Kashmir and temperatures dropped below zero, residents thronged to shops selling woolen garments to keep themselves warm. Kashmir valley is in the midst of 40-day-long Chillai Kalan, believed to be the harshest winter period which had begun on December 21, 2014. The sale of the woolen wear has increased manifold due to plummeting temperatures. Residents in capital Srinagar are forced to stay indoors due to persistent cold wave conditions. And with mercury dipping, customers are lured with a variety of sweaters and jackets. Weather in the valley remains dry and cold as it did not receive much snowfall. Even the famed Dal Lake is in frozen state. Jan 13, 2015
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Bangladesh PM hits out at BNP Chief Khaleda Zia

Dhaka, Jan 13 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took a dig at chief of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda Zia, and said she was a leader of militancy and terror. The prime minister said that the trial of war criminals would continue and no one can obstruct it. She also said that Khaleda held countrymen hostage in the name of blockade. Bangladesh stepped up a crackdown on BNP, arresting its vice-president amid anti-government protests that left seven dead and injured hundreds. Khaleda has demanded that Hasina give up her post, with a new vote to be held under a neutral administration. Meanwhile, Hasina assured people of developing the country to golden Bangladesh on 50th Independence Day. Jan 13, 2015
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Sadhvi Prachi refuses to budge from her 4 kids remark, accuses Sonia Gandhi of being anti-Hindu

Haridwar, Jan 13 (ANI): BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi refused to budge from her controversial remark wherein she said that every Hindu woman should bear at least 4 kids and that gahr wapsi should be made legal. She said that she stands by her statement and that Hindu community needs to have four children if they want to save India from becoming Pakistan. Prachi also targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi accusing her of being anti Hindu. Jan 13, 2015
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Joint survey on India- Myanmar bus service begins

Imphal, Jan 13 (ANI): A joint team of officials from India and Myanmar began a field survey for the proposed Imphal-Mandalay passenger bus service. Ten officials from Myanmar arrived in Imphal to survey the 579-kilometer-long road route from there to Mandalay together with Indian officials. Manipur's Transport Secretary, M Laxmi Kumar said the bus service is in its final stage. The Indian government had already sent a draft report regarding the same to the government of Myanmar and is awaiting its response. The Indian team would submit their report to the Central government for inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two nations. Jan 13, 2015