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Dussehra brings Hindus and Muslims together

Aligarh, Oct 21 (ANI): India is a land of colourful and festive hues. And Dussehra is one such festival that is celebrated in the country with great fervour and enthusiasm. Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami celebrates the victory of good over evil. Hindus observe the day through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the goddess Durga, who is considered as Shakti or cosmic energy. Legend has it, when demon King, Mahishasur, vanquished the gods, their king, Indra, approached the Holy Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. They in turn sought the help of the divine mother Durga who, equipped with lethal weapons fought with Mahishasur for nine days and nights and eventually killed him on the tenth day. And thus every year, people across the country celebrate the day as Dusshera. Be it Jammu & Kashmir or Uttar Pradesh, everywhere goddess Durga bind together Hindus and Muslims with the thread of communal amity. Muslims in Aligarh make the effigies of goddess Durga with equal fervour and devotion. Dusshera in Doda region of Jammu & Kashmir is celebrated in different manner. As the occasion is also believed to be the day when Lord Rama vanquished the ten-headed demon king Ravana. Thus, here Hindus and Muslims together participate in Ramleela, a theatrical performance where the life story of Oct 21, 2013
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Sufi Saint Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani uniting one and all

Srinagar, Oct 21 (ANI): The socio-cultural ethos of Kashmir or Kashmiriyat is steeped in a tradition of religious tolerance, social harmony and brotherhood. It was influenced by the advent of Sufism in Kashmir in early 14th century. Sufi saints were both popular and influential because they identified themselves with established traditions and never opposed the blending of different religious customs, practices and beliefs. As a result, they attracted many followers. Even today, several Sufi shrines dot the state, drawing people from different religions in large numbers. The shrine of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani in Srinagar attracts people from different communities. Legend has it that the saint was a mystic who devoted his entire life for the betterment of mankind and preached communal harmony. His message has been internalised and is visible in the form of devotees from different faiths that come here from near and far throughout the year to pay homage to the saint. The shrine is flocked by devotees who visit it in the hope that their wishes will be fulfilled here. Oct 21, 2013
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Moscow: PM receives honorary doctorate from MGIMO

Moscow, Oct 21 (ANI): Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh on Monday became the first Indian to receive an honorary doctorate from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Singh is currently on a two-nation five day official visit of Russia and China. Oct 21, 2013
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SC refuses to stop media from reporting on cases against Asaram

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): In a major setback for self-styled godman Asaram, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to restrain media from reporting cases of sexual assault filed against him and his absconding son Narayan Sai. However, the apex court cautioned the media to responsibly report criminal cases involving Asaram and his son. The apex court also directed the media to avoid sensationalizing and present facts related to the cases involving the godman and his family members. The apex court passed the order in response to a plea moved by the godman seeking a Supreme Court ban on media reporting cases against him and his son. Oct 21, 2013
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Coalgate: Gurudas Dasgupta takes on PMO, says Govt in grip of corporates

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Monday said that crime and criminality will run in the country and corruption will continue if investigating agencies have no independence. Dasgupta, who was responding to media reports of the CBI mulling the option of closing the Coalgate case against Kumar Mangalam Birla, said that the closure of case against Birla will set a dangerous precedent. Dasgupta was also critical of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) strong defence of the allocation of the Talabira II coal block to Hindalco. The CPI (M) leaders also criticized the UPA Ministers for raising their concerns following the case against Birla in the coal scam case, and said the government is now in the grip of the corporates. Oct 21, 2013
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Pakistan denies access to foreign aid agencies in quake-affected Balochistan

Quetta, Oct 21: A 7.7 magnitude quake struck Balochistan province on September 24 followed by a similar magnitude earthquake four days later. Official figures say 376 people died and 200,000 had their lives disrupted. But, the locals claim that over 1,000 people have died. Pakistan authorities failed to provide food, shelter and medicine to those survived in Awaran, the epicenter of the disaster. Oct 21, 2013
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No rift within Delhi BJP: Harshvardhan

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Even as the central BJP leaders deferred the announcement of its chief ministerial candidate for the assembly elections in the national capital, BJP's Delhi state unit president Dr. Harshvardhan said that there is no rift in the BJP regarding any post or position. Oct 21, 2013
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Ceasefire violations in Kashmir reflect ugly reality of indo-Pak relations: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's request for US intervention in resolving the Kashmir issue, BJP senior leader Balbir Punj said that the ceasefire violations in the LoC reflects the ugly reality of the relations between India and Pakistan. He also said that we cannot trust Pakistan and only one policy will work for Pakistan that is tit for tat. Oct 21, 2013
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Jagdambika Pal on Nawaz Sharif seeking US intervention in Kashmir

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's request for US intervention in resolving the Kashmir issue, Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and whatever disputes we have with our neighboring countries, we want to engage in talks with them and find a solution in it. Oct 21, 2013
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Appeal to Seemandhra MPs to reconsider their decision to resign: Digvijay

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Even as the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana fixed November 5 as the last day for receiving suggestions on bifurcation of the state, General Secretary, Digvijay Singh on Monday appealed to all Seemandhra MPs to reconsider their decision to resign over the issue. Oct 21, 2013
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SP reconsidering maintaining ties with UPA: SP

Lucknow, Oct 21 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal on Monday said that his party will discuss about continuing their support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre. He further said that his party will discuss if there is any benefit in continuing this alliance. Oct 21, 2013
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Govt should look for other options if Pak continues to violate ceasefire: Omar

Srinagar, Oct 21 (ANI): Reacting over the continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistan in the recent times, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday asked the Central government to explore other options if Pakistan troops continue to violate ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB). Addressing people in Srinagar, Omar also questioned Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's silence on the issue and asked whether these ceasefire violations are taking place at the order of Pak PM or because he does not have any control over the prevailing situation. He further said that if the ceasefire is violated again, then a befitting reply needs to be given. Oct 21, 2013