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Northern India continues to shiver as cold wave intensifies

New Delhi/ Srinagar, Dec 21 (ANI): Northern India grappled with extreme cold as the mercury dipped further on Sunday. People in New Delhi sat around bonfire to keep them warm and sipped cups of tea. On the other hand, Chilai Kalan - the harshest 40-day period of winter - arrived in Jammu and Kashmir with upper reaches of the valley receiving fresh snowfall. The cold wave has added to the troubles of daily wage labourers like auto drivers and rickshaw pullers and homeless people as they have no alternative but to bear the chill and earn their living. The sudden dip in temperatures is said to have been caused by snowfall in the Himalayas and has adversely impacted the upper half of the country. Meanwhile, minimum temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir have dropped to sub-zero level. People are busy preparing and stocking up for Chilai Kalan. Reportedly, this year Chilai Kalan has arrived earlier than expected, sparking fears that temperatures may dip lower than the average. Dec 21, 2014
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Biting cold adds to woes of people of J and K rendered homeless during floods

Poonch, Dec 21 (ANI): Harsh winters in Jammu and Kashmir have added to the troubles of those who were rendered homeless by the deluge almost four months back and now continue to put up in makeshift tents. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of villages were devastated by the worst flooding in decades in the Kashmir valley in September. Roads in state capital of Srinagar were transformed into stagnant canals strewn with wreckage, trash and dead animals. A flood victim, Imran Khan said around 82 families are still suffering and continue to live in tents while some are staying with their relatives. The victims also said the government had promised them to provide free food and water for six months but they have not received anything yet. The flood-hit victims are battling to survive despite going hungry, homeless and freezing in the cold weather. Dec 21, 2014
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PM Modi congratulates J-K, Jharkhand for high voter turnout in assembly polls

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand for recording a high voter turnout and said that this reflected the victory of a democracy. Prime Minister tweeted "Record overall turnout in J-K and Jharkhand Assembly polls is a victory of democracy. I congratulate the people of these states." Earlier on Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir registered its highest voter turn-out in assembly elections in the last 25 years. The Election Commission had announced that while the turnout was average 76 percent, the overall polling percentage in the state in all phases was 65.5 percent. Jharkhand also broke all previous polling records to witness over 66 per cent of turn-out in the five phases. Dec 21, 2014
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Anant Vikram Singh joins BJP

Lucknow, Dec 21 (ANI): Congress leader Sanjay Singh's son Anant Vikram Singh on Sunday joined BJP. Singh along with his supporters reached Lucknow and joined the party. He has been in news since past two to three months over the controversy about the ownership of the Amethi Palace. Uttar Pradesh BJP President Laxmikant Bajpai welcomed Singh with garlands and welcomed more to join BJP through its mobile messaging service. Dec 21, 2014
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Senior DMK leader D Napoleon joins BJP

Chennai, Dec 21 (ANI): Former Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Senior DMK leader D Napoleon on Sunday joined BJP in the presence of party President Amit Shah. Napoleon's induction into the BJP is seen as a major gain for the BJP in the run-up to the assembly election scheduled in 2016. Shah said that BJP will announce its NDA candidate before going to polls in 2016. The BJP will lead the NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu to face the 2016 Assembly polls in the State. Dec 21, 2014
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Vajpayee was my role model, decision to mark his birthday as good governance day welcome step Adva

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): BJP senior leader LK Advani on Sunday said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was his role model and that Vajpayee contributed a lot to his learning. He added that Vajpayee 's efficiency in dealing with international matters in terms of foreign policy proved very beneficial for nation. He further stated that decision of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday to be marked as 'Good Governance' Day is most suitable. Dec 21, 2014
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Vajpayee was my role model, decision to mark his birthday as good governance day welcome step Adva

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): BJP senior leader LK Advani on Sunday said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was his role model and that Vajpayee contributed a lot to his learning. He added that Vajpayee 's efficiency in dealing with international matters in terms of foreign policy proved very beneficial for nation. He further stated that decision of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday to be marked as 'Good Governance' Day is most suitable. Dec 21, 2014
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Indias IT hub runs in midnight marathon

Bengaluru, Dec 21 (ANI): More than 10,000 people participated in a midnight marathon, presently in its eighth edition, in India’s IT hub Bengaluru in Karnataka. The marathon saw runners of all age groups, professional athletes and enthusiastic runners, taking part in full enthusiasm. President of IT Rotary Club Bengaluru, Rajeev Unnikrishnan, said the purpose behind organizing the marathon is to raise funds for building toilets, infrastructure development of schools across the city and ‘Swachh Bengaluru’, which is in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India Mission. Dec 21, 2014
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Time has come to restore Hindu values in the country: VHP

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Claiming that the right time has come to restore the Hindu values in the country, VHP patron Ashok Singhal today said that they have never wanted to convert the world but only to "win over its heart". Speaking at a book launch, Singhal said it was due to their "struggle" in the last 50 years that Hindus have "regained" the lost "empire" of Delhi after 800 years. Dec 21, 2014

Amit Shah praises PM Modi's foreign policy, says BJP against forceful religion conversion

Chennai, Dec 21 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his advanced foreign policy which led to improved relations between India and other foreign nations. He also said that under the government's 'Jan Dhan Yojana', many families have been able to open their bank accounts for easy financial transactions. He also said that BJP government was successful in bringing back the 5 Indian fishermen from Sri Lanka who were given death punishment. Shah then said that the government is against forceful conversion of religion and is ready to pass an anti-conversion bill in Parliament, but it is now up to the other secular parties to take a stand. Dec 21, 2014

BJP govt aimed at controlling inflation, promoting Make in India policy: Amit Shah

Chennai, Dec 21 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the year 2014 is important in the history of India as BJP came into power with full majority. He said that the government came into power with an aim to control inflation which had gone high during UPA tenure. Shah also praised the 'Make in India' policy promoted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has enhanced the industrial set up of many foreign companies. Dec 21, 2014