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It happens: Mahashivratri

Allahabad/Ujjain/Varanasi, Feb 28 (ANI): Devout Hindus revelled in the festive spirit as thousands of devotees thronged temples and congregated at the banks of holy rivers across India on Thursday to celebrate festival of 'Mahashivratri', better known as Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary, with religious fervour. The Hindu festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated every year, as devotees offer golden apple, fruits, milk and observe fast in reverence of Lord Shiva.On the auspicious occasion, the lingam, a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva, is bathed with the five sacred offerings of a cow, called panchagavya. Thereafter, the five foods of immortality - milk, clarified butter, curd, honey and sugar - are placed before the lingam. The festival also marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the 'Tandava', the cosmic dance. Feb 28, 2014
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Rahul Gandhi talks about women empowerment in Lucknow

Lucknow, Feb 28 (ANI): Focusing his energies on siding with the fairer sex ahead of the upcoming general elections, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacted with women in Lucknow on Friday. He listened to the plight of women and answered their question, giving a conclusion that states where women were suppressed would never progress. Gandhi asked women to take a stand for themselves if they want to see India shining. Feb 28, 2014
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Folk singers from the Northeast perform at DESAJ-2014 in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): The capital city came alive recently with folk performances by artists from across the country. DESAG-2014 was the event held at Pragati Maidan, on the sidelines of the New Delhi World Book Fair. Guru Rewben Mashangva from Manipur, who is better known as the King of Naga folk blues enthralled the audience along with his son Saka. Rewben played his own invented flute - Yangkahui along with a guitar and a mouth organ. Feb 28, 2014
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UP Police produce Subrata Roy in CJM court

Lucknow, Feb 28 (ANI): The UP police on Friday produced Subrata Roy in the CJM court in Lucknow. The court has reserved its order as the police sought 4-day remand of the Sahara chief. Subrata Roy has pleaded before the court to be allowed to stay at home. Feb 28, 2014
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Pistorius trial to begin amid blaze of publicity

Star Olympian Oscar Pistorius faces a possible life sentence when he goes on trial, accused of murdering his girlfriend in a Valentine's Day shooting that shocked the world. Duration: 02:02 Feb 28, 2014
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Heavy rains a curse for farmers in MP, Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces relief

Bhopal, Feb 28 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that wheat at Rs one per kg will be provided for eight months to farmers who have suffered over 50 per cent crop-loss due to rain and hailstorm in the state. The Chief Minister who visited hailstorm-affected areas also took stock of the damaged crops and held discussions with hailstorm-hit farmers. Consoling farmers, Chouhan said that the state government will provide them all possible help. Feb 28, 2014
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Modi, BJP should introspect before accusing Congress of dynastic politics: Shakeel Ahmad

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Commenting on the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad on Friday said that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi should introspect his own party before criticizing others of family politics as he was doing the same. He further said that Vilas Paswan joining the NDA did not make sense as Paswan had left BJP due to Modi's role in the Gujarat riots. The BJP and the LJP have sealed a seat-sharing pact for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. Feb 28, 2014
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Cabinet approves President's Rule in Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Friday decided to impose President's Rule in Andhra Pradesh, which is being split to create the new state of Telangana. The state has been without a chief minister after N. Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from the post and the Congress Party to protest against the passage of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, which paved the way for the creation of the new state of Telangana. Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan had recommended for a spell of central rule after Reddy's resignation. The assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh are due along with the Lok Sabha elections. Feb 28, 2014