Entrepreneur takes up revival of wooden ceiling artwork in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 19 (ANI): In a bid to keep heritage of wooden ceiling art or 'Khatamband' alive in Jammu and Kashmir, a young entrepreneur revived it by using polystyrene. 'Khatamband' is an art in which small pieces of wood are fitted into each other in patterns to form the ceiling. The process is hand crafted and without using nails. Small floral or geometrical squares are fitted through tiny grooves and the entire structure then is fitted on the ceiling. However, now the art is slowly dying and entrepreneur Yaseen Yousuf Khan has taken up its revival, using polystyrene and machines instead of wood. Jan 19, 2015

Low production, high export demand ups prices of cumin

Rajkot, Jan 19 (ANI): Prices of spice cumin have shot up due to less production and high demand in foreign countries, merchants in Gujarat said. Merchants predict a further hike in cumin prices in the coming days as they foresee a sharp drop in production. They said the prices could increase by another 10 percent. The crop was severely affected due to scant rainfall in the western belt of the country. The increase in demand of Indian spice in countries like US, UK and Singapore also led to rise in prices. While consumers are net losers who are forced to pay much higher prices, farmers are happy that the low production has been offset by good prices. Jan 19, 2015

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera meets PM Modi

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office on Monday. Reportedly, Samaraweera is carrying an invite for PM Modi to visit the island nation. On Sunday, Sri Lanka and India had pledged to deepen their relations and had agreed to work "closely and extensively".Ahead of his visit, Sri Lanka released 15 Indian fishermen and now no Indian fishermen are in island nation's custody. Jan 19, 2015
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Salman Khan hit-and-run-case: Doctor seeks police protection

Mumbai, Jan 19 (ANI): The public prosecutor in the 2002 hit-and-run case of Bollywood actor Salman Khan said the doctor who had collected the blood samples of the actor has requested the sessions court for police protection. Gharat also said the defence advocate was not well and asked for a new date for the next hearing. He also said that two witnesses were supposed to depose in the court, but they would be present on January 22. Jan 19, 2015
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Congress releases booklet of 'U-Turn' targeting Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Congress party on Monday released a booklet of 'U-Turn' targeting AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on the promises which he made but failed to fulfill. Congress leader Ajay Maken said that a booklet has been compiled mentioning the u-turns taken by Kejriwal during his government. Maken said that Congress wanted the people of Delhi to decide if they wanted to give the responsibility of running the government to an irresponsible man who can only sit on protests. Maken further said that a complaint has been filed with the Election Commission from Congress' side over Kejriwal's 'bribe' statement which was like defaming the voters of Delhi. Jan 19, 2015
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Opposition flays BJP for induction of Kiran Bedi, BJP clarifies

New Delhi/ Noida, Jan 19 (ANI): Major political parties snubbed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday (January 19) after it inducted former IPS officer and social activist, Kiran Bedi, ahead of polls in Delhi. Bedi was one of the core members of social activist Anna Hazare's team and supported him throughout his fight against corruption and formulation of an Ombudsman Act. AAP leader Ashutosh said the decision to induct Bedi would backfire on BJP. Congress leader PC Chacko also said Bedi would prove to be a liability to BJP. BJP leaders Jagdish Mukhi and Harsh Vardhan have defended the move and said Bedi would infuse party workers. Polls in Delhi will be held on February 07 and results will be declared on February 10. Jan 19, 2015