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SAARC culture ministers' meet in New Delhi to chart out 2014-17 action plan

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): India hosted the third meeting of the SAARC Culture Ministers to chart a roadmap for cultural ties in the region for 2014-17, which aims at promoting multilateral cooperation in the field of cultural relations by South Asia in the backdrop of a common heritage linking the eight- member grouping. Highlight of the meeting was setting up of a Delhi Declaration to chart a roadmap for cultural ties in the region for 2014-17. The major activities envisaged in the agenda include strengthening of cultural institutions in member-countries, cultural festivals in the region, preservation and conservation practices and promoting literacy and reading habits. Confirmations have been received that the Culture Ministers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India would participate in the deliberations. Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan would be represented by Senior Officials. Sep 25, 2014
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Influx of domestic and foreign tourists declines, business shattered in Flood ravaged Kashmir

Katra, Sep 25 (ANI): Inflow of tourists has drastically come down in the last few weeks due to the devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir, business and lives of residents have been hit amid creating fear in the minds of devotees planning to take up the pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi during busy festival season. The number of pilgrims to Vaishno Devi pilgrimage has waned during the peak festive season in the flooded valley. Floods have shattered all hopes of small as well as big businessmen. The dwindling number of pilgrims has affected small businessmen in the town of Katra from where the pilgrims begin mounting towards the Vaishno Devi shrine. Sep 25, 2014
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Farmers fret over damaged crops, stagnant water in flood-hit Kashmir

Ganderbal, Sep 25 (ANI): Farmers remained the worst hit due to massive floods in Jammu and Kashmir as stagnant water in their agricultural fields damaged crops and affected the yield. Flood fury resulted in huge losses to life, property and economy of Kashmir. The worst flooding in the valley in 60 years submerged villages and ruined crops. The farmer added that the produce from damaged crops was only for consumption for three months as large chunks of land were washed away. Sep 25, 2014
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Cabinet gives nod to clean India mission

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave nod to clean India mission, 'Swacch Bharat'. Law and Justice Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, told reporters that number of plans were piloted during the Cabinet meet. The Programme consists of components for providing individual household, community and public toilets and municipal solid waste management in all 4041 statutory towns. The Cabinet also approved setting up of Clean Ganga Fund with voluntary contributions citizens, NRIs and Person of Indian Origin toward the conservation of the river Ganga. This initiative would supplement Namami Ganga Programme. The Cabinet also approved restructuring of the "Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan" (NBA) into "Swachh Bharat" Mission (rural) by a perfect synergy for clean Ganga (Ganges). Sep 25, 2014
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Obama vows at UN to dismantle ISIS 'network of death'

United Nations, Sept 25 (ANI): US President Barack Obama vowed at the United Nations to keep up the military pressure on Islamic State militants and urged those who have joined the extremist group in Iraq and Syria to "leave the battlefield while they can."Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Obama said Islamic State must be destroyed and issued a global call for nations to come together to join a US-led coalition. Before he spoke, US-led airstrikes for the third time this week pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq. He added that the United States does not intend to occupy any countries, but "will support Iraqis and Syrians fighting to reclaim their communities." He referred to Islamic State by the acronym ISIL. Sep 25, 2014
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Kashmiri apples start flowing into market post trade slump due to floods

Poonch /Shimla, Sept 25 (ANI): Apple trade in Jammu and Kashmir, which had hit a slump during the floods, restarted after the reconstruction of a major road which had been left damaged because of the heavy rainfall. The arterial Mughal Road in Kashmir, which connects the mountainous valley with the foothills of the state, was rendered inaccessible following landslides caused by the recent heavy rainfall but has now been reconstructed and thrown open to traffic. The worst flooding in over a century had hampered the trade of Kashmiri apple, which is known world over for its taste and juice. Kashmiri apples, whose price generally wavers around rupees 100 per kilogram, are now being sold for rupees 20 per kilogram. However, the slump in the Kashmiri apple trade gave a boost to the apples of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, which are a major competitor for the Kashmiri ones. Sep 25, 2014