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Telangana: Shutdown in Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam/Vijayawada /New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Anti-Telangana protests intensified in Andhra Pradesh as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions witnessed complete shutdown on Friday against the bifurcation and creation of new state. Lawmakers passed a bill to create India's 29th state on Thursday, despite mayhem in the parliament, as opponents made a futile last attempt to stop the Rajya Sabha from carving out landlocked Telangana from the coastal Andhra Pradesh. Security was beefed up in Vijayawada district and the shops remained closed in protest against the passing of Telangana Bill. The residents slammed the central government over their decision on Telangana and said that it was one-sided decision. Meanwhile, Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao hailed the efforts made by the party. Feb 21, 2014
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Kolkata pays homage to language heroes on International Mother Language Day

Kolkata, Feb 21 (ANI): People in West Bengal celebrated International Mother Language Day with fervour and paid homage to those who sacrificed their lives with an aim to provide an identity to the Bengali language. Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Abida Islam, organized a march with banners and placards in Kolkata in memory of those who died in the struggle to make Bengali the state language. The Bangla Language Movement of February 21, 1952 was a unique movement aimed at advocating the recognition of Bangla language as the region’s official language, allowing it to be used by the government. Feb 21, 2014
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Kejriwal hits out at Modi, Rahul on gas pricing issue

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): After making startling claims against Reliance Industries Pvt Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, seeking clarification on BJP's stand on the gas pricing issue. Addressing mediapersons on Friday, Kejriwal said that he has asked Modi in the letter why he is silent on the gas pricing issue. He further said that he plans to write a similar letter to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too, and distribute 10 crore copies of the letters, in various languages, across India. Feb 21, 2014
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Gen (Retd) AK Choudhary says UPA feared coup in 2012, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Retired Lt-Gen AK Choudhary, who was Director General of Military Operations in 2012, has told that the "highest levels" of the UPA government were indeed spooked by the unexpected movement of troops under former Army chief General VK Singh's command. Speaking on the same, Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said that Army is a disciplinary force and there should be secrecy on such issues and retired officers should be careful before speaking. Meanwhile, JD (U) Leader Sabir Ali said that if there is a weak government in power, powerful people of military try to seize the power. Feb 21, 2014
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We have done justice to both Telangana & Seemandhra: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that the BJP has done justice to both Telangana and Seemandhra region and if the party comes in power, further justice will be done. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill or the Telangana Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday in the face of noisy protests. The Bill was passed without any change as the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party did not press for any of the amendments moved by it following an assurance from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over several issues, including a special package to the Seemandhra region for five years. The stalemate over the Bill ended after hectic negotiations between the Congress and the BJP. Feb 21, 2014
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Bittersweet tears as divided Koreans meet after 60 years

Several hundred elderly South and North Korean relatives cling to each-other, rocking and weeping, and trading photos and faded memories as they meet after 60 years at a reunion for families divided by the Korean War. Duration: 01:29 Feb 21, 2014
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India, Bangladesh demarcate disputed border

Agartala, Feb 21 (ANI): India, Bangladesh officials demarcated the disputed border in Tripura after four days of meticulous work and expressed satisfaction. The teams from both the countries visited the bordering areas of Kashba, Kaiyardepha and Akhaura and located 250 new subsidiary border pillars, which have been newly constructed. The demarcation would help guards in manning the border, expedite various construction activities such as fencing and lighting and making of water pump houses. Director General of Bangladesh Department of Land Record and Survey (DLRS), Mohammed Abdul Mannan, said that his team had carried out the mandate given by two governments. Director of Survey of India, N R Biswal, said that confusion over land ownership would end after the demarcation. Feb 21, 2014

Politicos accuse Congress of pushing Telangana bill for electoral gains

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Politicians accused the ruling Congress of pushing the contentious Telangana bill which was passed by voice vote amid protests, chaos and walkout in the Rajya Sabha with the intent of seeking electoral gains. BSP chief Mayawati, who has been long demanding the division of Uttar Pradesh accused the ruling Congress of seeking electoral gains by division of Andhra Pradesh. Feb 21, 2014
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Modi warns Congress of 'winds of change' sweeping across nation

Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (ANI): Hitting out at the Congress, BJP's Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused the party of making false promises to youth but warned of winds of change sweeping across the nation ahead of the general elections scheduled in May. Modi accused the Congress of making false promises to the nation's youth and not using the allocated funds in the last budget for skill development training. Feb 21, 2014
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Cheteshwar Pujara appointed as brand ambassador of Gujarat EC

Rajkot, Feb 21 (ANI): The Election Commission in Gujarat roped in star cricketer, Cheteshwar Pujara, as 'brand ambassador' in the drive of a voter awareness campaign to attract more voters in the forthcoming polls. Rajkot collector, Rajendra Kumar, officially announced Cheteshwar's appointment as the state Election Commission's brand ambassador at a joint news conference. Cheteshwar Pujara, said that he would appeal the voters, young and old alike, to cast their vote. Rajkot collector, Rajendra Kumar added that for the last five years voter percentage has increased by 20 % to 70 % and this time they are expecting a larger voter turnout after Pujara becoming the face of promotional activities for the state polls. Feb 21, 2014
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Government holds tripartite talks with United Naga Council in Manipur

Manipur, Feb 21 (ANI): The 7th round of tripartite talks between the United Naga Council, Central Government and Manipur Government over the demand for an alternative arrangement for the Nagas of Manipur was held recently at Senapati district headquarters. The Centre's team was headed by joint secretary (Northeast) Shambhu Singh while UNC's 10-member delegation was led by its President L Adani. The State Government delegation included Rural Development Minister Francis Ngajokpa and Principal Secretary (Home) Dr Suresh Babu. The United Naga Council is the apex body of the Nagas in Manipur and has been demanding an alternative arrangement beyond the control of the Manipur government for the Nagas in the state. Feb 21, 2014
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Voice of Cuban exiles struggles to find audience

The US government-backed Radio/TV Marti was created in the 1980's by the Reagan administration to broadcast uncensored news to Castro's Cuba, and the network remains a significant voice for exiled Cuban-Americans. Duration: 02:29 Feb 21, 2014