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Kashmir's famed Dal lake freezes as temperature dips

Srinagar, Jan 01 (ANI): Kashmir continues to reel under extreme weather conditions leading to freezing of several water bodies, including the famed Dal Lake. The dip in temperatures is due to snowfall in the Himalayas and has adversely impacted the upper half of the country. The cold wave has also forced people to stay indoors. People in Srinagar city, who work outdoors, were seen sitting around bonfire to fight the chill on Thursday (January 01). Local boatmen also found it difficult to row their boats through the frozen Dal Lake. The Valley is witnessing the 40-day harshest winter period, known as Chillai-Kalan, which began on December 21. But the state has not received much snowfall as compared to last year even though temperatures continue to remain below freezing point in the valley. Locals say the delay in snowfall has led to spread of diseases.Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Jan 1, 2015
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Rajnath Singh launches women safety mobile app in New Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a mobile-phone based application for safety of women in New Delhi on Thursday (January 01), and also distributed pepper sprays to group of women. The app 'Himmat' was launched in collaboration with the Delhi police. Singh congratulated the Delhi police for running several self-defence classes for women and motivated them to become a role model for the police forces across the country. He also highlighted the fact that there is a need to make the force technologically empowered. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi and Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung were also present at the event. Jan 1, 2015
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Dalai Lama greets people on New Year

Surat, Jan 01 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday (January 01) called upon people to utilise their day for something new as he extended New Year greetings. The Dalai Lama fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. He has lived in India since then. A government of exiled Tibetans and tens of thousands of refugees are also based in Dharamsala. Jan 1, 2015
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India greets 2015 with special prayers

Varanasi /Amritsar / Visakhapatnam / Ujjain, Jan 01 (ANI): People on Thursday kick started the New Year celebrations by visiting shrines to offer prayers. Long queues of faithful could be seen outside major Hindu and Sikh shrines across India. The faithful believe visits to temples on the New Year day bring prosperity, good health and peace in the family. The northern temple town of Varanasi, nestled on the banks of the holy river Ganga, woke up to holy chants by priests. Foreign tourists, who regularly visit this temple town for solace, were spellbound by the elaborate rituals. In Amritsar, devotees were seen thronging the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, since early morning. Many took a holy dip before taking part in the prayers. Jan 1, 2015
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Shiv Sena demands anti-conversion law, Politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): Amid reports of Shiv Sena demanding for anti-conversion law, political leaders gave mixed reactions on Thursday. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that a law already exists in the Constitution and there was no need for a new law. Congress leaders PC Chacko and Manish Tewari also condemned the demand. CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said that the government should stop conversions being held by its supporting organizations like RSS and others. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that conversions and re-conversions are complimentary. Jan 1, 2015
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Amit Shah to visit Punjab, reports of SAD-BJP alliance split

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah will soon be visiting Punjab to hold an anti-drug debacle amid reports of SAD-BJP alliance to be split. Congress leaders Rashid Alvi and PC Chacko said that BJP can never stand an alliance. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that BJP has shown signs of being dominant to many of its allies after coming to power, which is why it is not able to sustain any of its partner. Jan 1, 2015
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Congress pulls up NDA Government for failing to end ceasefire violations by Pakistan

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday criticized the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government for failing to stop the ceasefire violations from across the border, and added that such activities by Pakistan have increased in pace since the new government took charge over seven months ago. Earlier on Wednesday there were reports of fresh ceasefire violations from Pakistani troops in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir which killed one BSF jawan- Constable Sri Ram and another jawan suffered minor injured, besides killing the four Pakistani Rangers in the exchange of firing. Jan 1, 2015
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BSF pays homage to martyr Constable Shri Ram Gawaria

Jammu, Jan 1 (ANI): The BSF on Thursday paid homage to martyr constable Shri Ram Gawaria who died after Pakistan violated ceasefire on Wednesday. Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire again by resorting to overnight firing on 15 border outposts in the Samba Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving one civilian injured on Thursday. Inspector General (IG) BSF, Jammu Frontier Rakesh Sharma said that India would launch a strong protest against Pakistan for breaking the rules of International Border. Jan 1, 2015
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India ushers in 2015 with fireworks, dance

Jaipur/ Mumbai/ Kolkata/ New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): Indians across different cities broke into dance and celebrations on Thursday to welcome 2015. Residents of India's financial capital Mumbai gathered at Gateway of India and ushered in 2015 with fireworks. People of India's pink city of Jaipur also thronged clubs and restaurants and wished each other. Indian capital New Delhi celebrated the day with fireworks. Eastern Kolkata city also gathered at Park Street and shouted countdown to wish each other new year. Jan 1, 2015
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PM Modi wishes citizens on New Year

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished citizens of the country on New Year and expressed the hope that the year 2015 brings immense happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone's lives. "Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2015! May this year bring immense happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone's lives," he tweeted. The New Year was ushered across the world over with much gusto, with people in India too joining the bandwagon celebrating with fireworks and rejoicing with other fun filled activities. Jan 1, 2015
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Pak will come to right path one day: Rajnath

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): Reacting to reports of fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the Samba Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that diplomats of both the nations are holding regular talks over the issue and added that he was sure that the country would come to the right path one day. Earlier in the day, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire again by resorting to overnight firing on 15 border outposts in the Samba Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving one civilian injured on Thursday. The firing is believed to have started around midnight. Jan 1, 2015