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Devotees take holy dip in Varanasi to mark 'Magh Purnima'

Varanasi, Feb 03 (ANI): Thousands of devotees took a dip at 'Sangam', the confluence of river Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in the holy city of Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of full moon day or Magh Purnima on Tuesday. Magh Purnima marks the last day of the month of Magh (January-February) in the Hindu calendar. Devout Hindus stated gathering at the river bank from early in the morning to perform religious rituals. They queued up before priests who had erected makeshift altars on the riverbanks to perform the rituals and offer prayers. Apart from taking a dip in the holy waters, devotees also donate food and clothes on this day. A devotee, Hiranand Pandey said that the tradition is being followed for years now. The month-long festival was marked in Allahabad city and was attended by over 25 lakh pilgrims. According to Hindu practice, a dip at the holy confluence breaks the cycle of rebirth. Feb 3, 2015
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Rajasthan Home Minister tests positive for swine flu

Udaipur, Feb 03 (ANI): Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria tested positive for swine flu and is recuperating in his residence. On Sunday evening, Gulab Chand Kataria complained of cold, cough, bad throat, fever. The next day he was tested for the H1N1 virus and by evening it was known that the test report was positive. According to reports, ten more people succumbed to swine flu in Rajasthan counting the death toll to 49 this year. Meanwhile, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who had tested positive for the H1N1 virus last weekend, is improving. Feb 3, 2015
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Facts relating to dubious funding of AAP 'self-evident': Arun Jaitley on AAP funding issue

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday while speaking over the AAP funding issue said that the facts relating to dubious funding of AAP are 'self-evident'. He added that the companies which are showing themselves as the donors of Aam Aadmi Party are not doing any business and have directors who have not any funding source and profit. He further said that this is the round tripping of black money into the political system. Speaking on Kejriwal's allegations of EVMs getting tampered, Jaitley said that these are all diversionary tactics of Kejriwal. Feb 3, 2015
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AAP demands SC monitored SIT probe in funding of all major parties before Delhi polls

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Amid accusations of the party receiving funds from fake companies, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded a Supreme Court monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe funding of all three major parties in Delhi polls. Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "5 AAP leaders will go to SC today at 10.30 am to submit an application for an SIT probe into funding of BJP, Cong n AAP."AAP leader Ashutosh further tweeted, "AAP will write letters to BJP and Congress presidents requesting to cooperate in SIT probe about their fundings for clean politics. Let me ask will Amit Shah and Sonia Gandhi accept AAP's proposal of SIT PROBE ? If yes then they should announce today!"The party's demand come a day after an activists group calling themselves AVAM (AAP Volunteer Action Manch), alleged that last year the party received 50 lakhs through four bogus companies that were fronts for money-laundering. Feb 3, 2015
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AAP candidate Sarita Singh's car attacked by unknown miscreants

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): AAP candidate Sarita Singh was attacked by unknown miscreants when she was returning after her poll campaigning in Rohtas Nagar. The miscreants attacked her car but Singh escaped unhurt. An FIR has been lodged. Further details on the identity of the attackers are unknown. Feb 3, 2015
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Facts relating to dubious funding of AAP 'self-evident': Arun Jaitley on AAP funding issue

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday while speaking over the AAP funding issue said that the facts relating to dubious funding of AAP are 'self-evident'. He added that the companies which are showing themselves as the donors of Aam Aadmi Party are not doing any business and have directors who have not any funding source and profit. He further said that this is the round tripping of black money into the political system. Speaking on Kejriwal's allegations of EVMs getting tampered, Jaitley said that these are all diversionary tactics of Kejriwal. Feb 3, 2015
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AAP demands SC monitored SIT probe in funding of all major parties before Delhi polls

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Amid accusations of the party receiving funds from fake companies, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded a Supreme Court monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe funding of all three major parties in Delhi polls. Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "5 AAP leaders will go to SC today at 10.30 am to submit an application for an SIT probe into funding of BJP, Cong n AAP."AAP leader Ashutosh further tweeted, "AAP will write letters to BJP and Congress presidents requesting to cooperate in SIT probe about their fundings for clean politics. Let me ask will Amit Shah and Sonia Gandhi accept AAP's proposal of SIT PROBE ? If yes then they should announce today!"The party's demand come a day after an activists group calling themselves AVAM (AAP Volunteer Action Manch), alleged that last year the party received 50 lakhs through four bogus companies that were fronts for money-laundering. Feb 3, 2015
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AAP candidate Sarita Singh's car attacked by unknown miscreants

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): AAP candidate Sarita Singh was attacked by unknown miscreants when she was returning after her poll campaigning in Rohtas Nagar. The miscreants attacked her car but Singh escaped unhurt. An FIR has been lodged. Further details on the identity of the attackers are unknown. Feb 3, 2015

Pakistani envoy hopes to bolster fragile ties with India through trade

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Pakistan ambassador to India, Abdul Basit hoped that some progress in trade ties between the two countries would help bolster a fragile peace process between the nuclear armed neighbours. Basit said that India needs to be flexible when it comes to Pakistan in terms of non-tariff barriers to trade. Basit also accused India of hardening its stand on Jammu and Kashmir when bilateral trade between the countries had seen a rise. In August last year, New Delhi withdrew from the planned peace talks in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, after Pakistan's Ambassador to India met Kashmiri separatists ahead of the meeting. Feb 3, 2015