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Social media continues to grow as a business tool

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have millions of active users in India alone. Unlike traditional print or television advertising, users can interact with brands and give feedback through these sites. Worldwide, as many as 42% of companies rely heavily on social media for marketing purposes. Aug 16, 2014
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Congress trashes Goa BJP MLA's bikini beach plans

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Reacting to BJP Member of Legislative Assembly Lavoo Mamledar's plans to create a bikini beach in Goa, Congress Party leader Rashid Alvi said Saturday that it exposed double-faced nature of the ruling party. Goa Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat said such statements will ruin the state's image both nationally and internationally. Mamledar, who is a former police officer, had said that if tourism had to be promoted, there should be a bikini beach with entry fees in Goa. Aug 16, 2014
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3 houses collapse due to landslide in Dehradun, 7 Dead

Dehradun, Aug 16 (ANI): Three houses collapsed due to landslide after heavy rainfall in Dehradun on Saturday and the members living in them got stuck under the debris. ADG of Law and Order, Ram Singh Meena, said that the houses collapsed due to landslide. He added that 7 people have died out of which 4 bodies have been recovered and only one woman has been saved alive. Meena also said that rescue operations are going on. Aug 16, 2014
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Assamese teenager makes her mark in a Hollywood film

Assam, Aug 16 (ANI): Directed by Oscar winning director Jeffery D Brown, the film 'Sold' has received widespread critical acclaim since it opened at the 5th London Indian Film Festival and won an Audience award. The actor in lead role is Niyar Saikia, a girl hailing from Assam. She has played the role of the main protagonist, Lakshmi, a Nepali girl who becomes a victim of human trafficking. Niyar was selected from among 1,000 girls in Nepal and India who had auditioned for the role and had to participate in a workshop to prepare for the role. The 13-year old actor has been gaining appreciation for her sensitive portrayal of a child trafficking victim in the film. A student of class 9, Niyar has been acting since she was a kid and is currently a drama student at the SEAGULL drama institute. She has also done a number of Assamese movies with noted directors like Jahnu Baruah. Her parents are supportive of her career and are proud of her achievements. Aug 16, 2014
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Narendra Modi lays foundation of SEZ at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

Navi Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 4,000-crore port-based multi-product special economic zone at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust at Sheva, Navi Mumbai. Modi on the occasion said that India needs to give importance to the manufacturing sector and industry to generate maximum employment. Aug 16, 2014
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Amit Shah announces new BJP team, JP Nadda welcomes

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah, who recently took over as the Chief after Rajnath Singh, announced a new party team on Saturday. Shah's team comprises of 11 vice-presidents and eight general secretaries. BJP General Secretary JP Nadda highlighted the key points of comprising this new team. Nadda said that the new BJP office-bearers have worked for the organisation in the states and they are experienced. He also said that it is a new and young team with sixty per cent of the office-bearers aged below 50. Aug 16, 2014
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Sushma Swaraj meets Singapore's PM, Foreign Minister

Singapore, Aug 16 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday met Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister K Shanmugam. Swaraj has visited Singapore to flag off year-long celebrations to mark 50 years of relationship between the two countries. Her visit is also aimed at exploring the possibility of Singapore's involvement in major Indian infrastructure projects including the smart city project and rejuvenation of other Indian cities. Aug 16, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi must take responsibility for Congress' defeat: Majid Memon

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majid Memon on Saturday said that he is not in support of the Antony Committee Report which reportedly gave a clean chit to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for the party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Memon said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi must take responsibility for the party's poll debacle. Aug 16, 2014
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Modi talks about connecting coastal cities under Sagar Mala project

Navi Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday talked about connecting coastal cities under Sagar Mala project. Modi said that as he laid the foundation stone for the Rs 4,000-crore port-based multi-product special economic zone at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust at Sheva, Navi Mumbai. Aug 16, 2014
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Maoists demolish school building in red corridor of Jharkhand

Latehar, Aug 16 (ANI): Maoists of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) attacked a school building and damaged it in Latehar district of Jharkhand recently. The residential school, situated in Domakhar village of Garoo police station limits in the district, was previously demolished by the Maoists a year back and the rebel group had proclaimed an order to stop any construction work in this school. However, the school authorities decided to construct six classrooms with infrastructure facilities to boost study patterns and methods for the students and teachers of the school. Principal of the residential school, Suresh Kumar Gupta, said the administration had spent 16,00,000 rupees for the construction of the six rooms, which the Maoists demolished. Aug 16, 2014
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Mother Nature shoots her fury across northern India in form of landslides and floods

Tripura/ Himachal Pradesh/ Uttarakhand, Aug 16 (ANI): Heavy rainfall due to a cloudburst in various parts of India on Friday wreaked havoc, cutting-off villages, washing away roads and bridges at several places and killing scores of people. In Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, 17 people have been buried alive as dangerous landslides hit the hilly region, where torrents of rainfall have been hitting for nearly weeks now. Meanwhile, cities of Dehradun and Haridwar have not gained any sort of respite from Mother Nature’s fury as 20 persons were killed when their houses were washed away due to landslides and floods. Joint Secretary of the Disaster Management Board, Santosh Badoni, confirmed the death toll in the district. Aug 16, 2014
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Entire nation stands behind the armed forces proudly: Modi

Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday commissioned INS Kolkata to the nation. Modi congratulated the naval officers and said that the entire nation may not be in uniform but stands behind the Armed Forces with pride. Aug 16, 2014