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Sports Ministers statement out of ignorance, homosexuality is natural: Goa CM

Panaji, Jan 13 (ANI): After Goa's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar created a furor by saying that the LGBT community needs cure, state Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar did a damage control saying sexual orientation is a natural thing. Meanwhile, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is hoping that Tawadkar apologizes for his controversial statement. Tawadkar on Monday sparked a row by saying that government is contemplating setting up centres to make LGBT youth 'normal'. Tawadkar said that the LGBT youth will be trained and administered medicine in order to make them 'normal'. He, however, took a u-turn over the issue saying he was misunderstood and misquoted on the issue later. Jan 13, 2015
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Security forces worked tirelessly for successful polls in J&K: Army Chief

New Delhi, Jan 13, (ANI): Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Tuesday praised the security forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir for ensuring a successful election in the state. He also hailed the high voter turnout. Gen Singh further said the active borders in Jammu and Kashmir were a great threat to the elections. He also praised the media, terming it 'vital' for national security. Jan 13, 2015
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Pakistan supporting proxy war in J&K: Army Chief

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Tuesday said that Pakistan is supporting a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of terrorists, and this reflected Islamabad's desperation. The army chief further said that the number of terrorists gunned down by army and other forces have certainly increased in last year. Jan 13, 2015
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VHP announces financial reward and support to families with four kids

Kanpur, Jan 13 (ANI): Drawing in line with Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Prachi who appealed Hindus to bear at least 4 children, VHP leader Kushal Pal Singh on Tuesday announced financial reward and support to families with four kids. Singh said that the VHP will raise awareness on the issue and will work to provide employment, educational and other opportunities to them. This came even after BJP reportedly sent a showcause notice to Sakshi Maharaj on his similar remark. Jan 13, 2015

Politicos react as CBI questions SEBI member in Saradha scam

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Politicos reacted as CBI on Monday examined a whole-time member of SEBI in connection with the Saradha Chit Fund Scam. SEBI member Rajeev Kumar Agarwal was summoned to CBI's Kolkata office on Monday and was questioned for over four hours. This is the first time a serving member of SEBI has come under CBI scrutiny. CBI has also summoned senior TMC leader Mukul Roy in connection with the scam today. Jan 13, 2015
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Indian states gear up preparations to welcome harvest festival

Surat/ Varanasi, Jan 13 (ANI): Kites with portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama hit local markets in western India as nation gears up to celebrate harvest festival of Makar Sankranti falling on Wednesday (January 14). The festival of 'Makar Sankranti' marks the northward journey of the Sun as it enters the Capricorn zodiac. Many states in northern and western India celebrate the festival by distributing sweets among loved ones. Kite flying is a hit among youngsters and elderly alike during the festival. Shops in Gujarat have a new attraction for their customers as, with Obama's India visit scheduled for later this month, kites with portraits of him and Modi are being sold out in large numbers in the state. Jan 13, 2015
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Three Maoists killed in an encounter in Jharkhand

Hazaribagh, Jan 13 (ANI): Security personnel killed three Maoists in an encounter in Jharkhand. Following a tip-off, the district police coordinated the entire operation with paramilitary Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) and Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA). Kumar also urged the Maoists to give up arms and join the mainstream by surrendering under government's rehabilitation schemes. Police also recovered a 303 gun, an AK-47 from the slain Maoists. The Maoists, also known as Naxals have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times. Jan 13, 2015
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US military's Twitter and YouTube account hacked by ISIS

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the US military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group. In an apparent propaganda coup, the hackers replaced CentCom's usual logo with the image of a hooded fighter and the words "CyberCaliphate" and "I love you ISIS. American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS," the hackers posted on the US Central Command Twitter feed. "In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad," the Centcom Twitter feed further said. Subsequent posts on the Centcom twitter account read, "Pentagon Networks Hacked! China Scenarios" and "Pentagon Networks Hacked.Korean Scenarios." Jan 13, 2015
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Huge cache of ammunition recovered from police constable in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 13 (ANI): Police recovered huge cache of ammunition, including a grenade, from a police constable in Guwahati city of Assam. The constable was detained at Guwahati railway station while trying to transport the ammunition to neighbouring state of Bihar. Police officer, Sisir Bhatta said that the arrested constable is a cadre of the Meghalaya Police. Rai, in his defence said that he did not intend to give the bullets to anyone. Reportedly, Guwahati police has sought help from Meghalaya Police in order to proceed with the investigation. Police is interrogating Rai to find out the origin of the pilfered ammunitions recovered from him. Jan 13, 2015
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Haven't received any showcause notice from BJP: Sakshi Maharaj

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj on Tuesday denied receiving any showcause notice from the party over his controversial statement wherein he said that Hindu woman must give birth to at least four children to protect the religion. Sakhshi Maharaj rubbished media reports in this regard as untrue. According to reports, the notice has been sent on the direction of BJP President Amit Shah and Sakshi has been asked to respond within 10 days his position on why he continued to make "controversial statements which go against the party line despite having been warned." Jan 13, 2015
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Politicos react as EC announces date of Delhi assembly polls as Feb 07

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react as Election commission announced dates for Delhi Assembly Polls as February 07. BJP leader Prabhat Jha expressed confidence on the party and said that BJP will come out victorious in Delhi too. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the media and others should stop speculating and that the party is lead by the working committee. AAP leader Manish Sisodia also said that the party is ready for the polls. Meanwhile, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the election will be tough as all the three parties are standing strong. Former Samajwadi Party Leader Shahid Siddiqui also drew varied speculations on the political scenario in the national capital. Jan 13, 2015