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Muslims in Varanasi take part in Hindu festivals with utmost respect, spreading communal harmony

Varanasi, Sept 22 (ANI): Situated on the banks of the river Ganga, Varanasi, located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is famous for its Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb – a culture of harmony between different faiths - that is religiously upheld by its residents. One such instance where this age old ethos came into existence was in school, where children belonging to Muslim community participated in a cultural event dedicated to Hindu festival. The school, Unique Academy, believes in communal harmony and thus to bring this upbringing of India's ethos among children, it keeps on organising such events. Instances such as these present a beautiful example of inter-faith understanding and bonding which is the essence of the composite culture of India. Sep 22, 2014
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Pakistan exploiting Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit, Sep 22: Poor infrastructure growth, poverty, unemployment and security continue to trouble the people of Gilgit Baltistan. People here are still deprived of their fundamental rights. Small and marginal traders in the region decry the imposition of taxes by the Pakistan government. Gilgit-Baltistan being a disputed region, Pakistan has no right to impose taxes on the people of the region. In an estimate, Pakistan takes away over Rs. 60 billion from the area under different taxes every year, but in return, gives nothing to the indigenous people. Gilgit Baltistan was annexed from the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and is strategically located between Pakistan, India, China and Afghanistan. It has been forcibly controlled by Pakistan for decades now. Since the setting up of the de facto provincial government in Gilgit Baltistan in 2009, Islamabad's exploitation of the region has gained momentum. Sep 22, 2014
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Last meeting on efforts to save alliance tomorrow, Congress proposal of 124 seats not acceptable: N

Mumbai, Sep 22 (ANI): After NCP core committee meet ended on Monday, party leader Praful Patel said that that there will be a last meeting tomorrow in efforts to save alliance between the NCP and Congress. Patel said that Congress’ proposal of 124 seats is totally not acceptable as the party had demanded equal number of seats. Patel also said that unlike the accusations, there are no separate agenda of the party and its just a desire to grow as a party. He also said that the party is trying to save the alliance and Tuesday’s meeting will be last such attempt in this regard. Sep 22, 2014
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Arterial road damaged during Kashmir rainfall reopens after reconstruction

Jammu & Kashmir, Sep 22 (ANI): The arterial Mughal Road in Kashmir running between the towns of Buffliaz and Shopian, which was rendered inaccessible following landslides caused by the recent heavy rainfall, has been reconstructed and thrown open to traffic. The road has been witnessing heavy traffic ever since it was opened. Residents of Buffliaz, heaved a sigh of relief after the Mughal Road, which is crucial for connectivity to Kashmir, opened up. Vehicles carrying relief material for Kashmir flood victims and other necessary items have been passing through this road which offers the shortest route to Kashmir. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Commanding Officer, Pankaj Kapur, told reporters that the connectivity to Poonch has been opened from both sides, including Mughal Road and Rajouri on a war footing. Sep 22, 2014
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Woman Lawyer consumes poison in Supreme Court premises

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): A woman lawyer allegedly consumed poison in the Supreme Court premises on Monday. The woman claimed that she had been gang raped in November 2013 and no action was taken so far in the matter. Commenting on the incident Lawyer Kamini Jaiswal said it is a bad reflection of the system and she is glad that the Court has taken cognizance of the situation. Eyewitness and lawyer Avneesh Kumar said that the woman was sent to a hospital with a lawyer since she had consumed poison. Sep 22, 2014
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Tribals in Jharkhand launch anti liquor campaign

Lohardaga, Sep 22 (ANI): Hundreds of tribal women in a village of Lohardaga district of Jharkhand launched an anti liquor campaign on Monday to make their village hooch free. The women went on a rampage to destroy material used to produce country-made liquor in the villages. A tribal anti liquor activist, Malti Devi said that the campaign has been launched to make the state addiction free. Earlier, in a similar movement in 1991, women from the villages of Andhra Pradesh addressed the growing alcohol dependency among men and the consequent domestic abuse and squandered household income by staging protests aimed at forcing out local liquor traders. Sep 22, 2014
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Varun Gandhs supporters pelt stones at Shyama Charan Guptas residence for his anti-Maneka Gandhi

Allahabad, Sep 22 (ANI): The supporters of Varun Gandhi on Monday pelted stones at the house of BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta, who had criticised Women & Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi for pitching in for her son as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. Gupta's statement has infuriated Varun's supporters who burnt his effigy and also pelted stones at his residence. The protesters also shouted slogans and tore the posters outside his residence in Allahabad. They also demanded an apology from Gupta for his statement. The Allahabad MP said, "It is a statement made in haste. She should not have said this. Like her others will also pitch in for their children." Sep 22, 2014
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Mixed reaction in Kabul to Afghan power deal

Afghans react following a power-sharing deal between two rival political camps that sees Ashraf Ghani named as president-elect and Abdullah Abdullah as 'CEO'. Duration: 00:56 Sep 22, 2014
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BSE closes points 116.32 up on September 22

New Delhi, Sept 22 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 116.32 points up to stand at 27,206.74. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 24.85 points up to stand at 8,146.30. GITANJALI and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 5.96% and 5.65% along with TATAMOTORS and ONGC with an increase of 3.80% and 3.32% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include SUZLON and INFRATEL with a decrease of 9.80% and 5.70% along with BHUSHAN STEEL LTD. and NATIONALUM with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.41% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 176.10 points at 18,269.83 while the banking sector is up 52.99 points at 18,532.20 and the reality sector is down 14.24 points at 1,759.93. The Indian currency is down 0.02% at Rs 60.80 per dollar. Sep 22, 2014
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Incessant showers dampen Navratri spirit, worry idol makers in Tripura

Agartala, Sep 22 (ANI): With the festivities of the ‘Navratri’ or nine glorious nights of Hindu goddess, Durga round the corner, incessant rainfall dampened the spirit of idol makers who worry it might adversely affect their sales in Tripura. Artisans in state capital, Agartala, remain apprehensive as idol-making has been delayed due to the rains and efforts have to be geared up to complete the work on time. An artisan, Khokan Rudra Paul, said they have to employ more workers to complete the backlog that has occurred because of the rains. Usually, by this time, the artisans complete the mud work of the idols and shift the idols for colouring and last finishing, but this year because of the heavy rains, the idols are still wet and work has halted. The artisans use polythenes to cover the idols from the rain water. If the shower continues for a couple of days more, they would have to hire blow lanterns and gas flames to dry the idols. Sep 22, 2014
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Maharashtra seat sharing row: Going to meet Sonia Gandhi to finalize seats which are left, says Prit

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said that Congress has done its exercise of finalizing the candidates and he will be meeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary in-charge to finalize the seats which are left. He further said that the two parties share a friendly relation. The NCP on Monday held a Core Committee Meet to discuss the seat sharing with Congress for the upcoming Maharashtra elections. Sep 22, 2014
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Rajnath Singh visits BSF headquarters, says forces strongly dealing with militant issue

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday visited the BSF headquarters in Delhi and said that the BSF, Paramilitary Force & Indian Army are strongly dealing with the militants issue facing the nation today. Singh also held a meeting with the BSF officials and received guard of honour. He assured finding a solution to the ongoing problems of infiltrations and militants attack. Further, talking about the rescue operations in flood hit Jammu & Kashmir, Singh said that the central government is ready to do everything for the state and there will be no shortage of funds from the government. Sep 22, 2014