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Samaraweera's India visit reflects importance Colombo places on New Delhi: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday stated that Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera's visit of India was highly reflective of the importance Colombo places on its ties with New Delhi. Akbaruddin further stated that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a fruitful discussion with Samaraweera, where the two leaders discussed issues on which both nations place importance. Earlier this month, Sri Lanka went to polls, with 19 candidates contesting the elections. Maithiripala Sirisena was voted the new President, beating the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa after securing 51.28 percent of the votes cast. Jan 18, 2015
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Congress announces Lovely not to contest Assembly elections

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Congress leader PC Chacko on Sunday announced that Arvinder Singh Lovely will not be contesting the upcoming Delhi Assembly Polls as he will be looking after the organizational work for elections. He added that candidate replacing Lovely for a particular seat shall be announced tomorrow by the party. Jan 18, 2015
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Security forces launch offensive against Maoist rebels in Jharkhand

Khunti, Jan 18 (ANI): Security forces have launched a major offensive against Maoist rebels in Jharkhand, said a senior police official. Security forces and police are raiding hideouts in Gumla, Simdega, Ranchi and Singhbhum districts of the rebel outfits' hotbed. According to police, PLFI cadres are engaged in collecting levy from contractors, small industrialists, traders and transporters. A police report in 2014 said PLFI carried out as many incidents as CPI (Maoist). The Maoists, also known as Naxals in India, are inspired by the political philosophy of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Jan 18, 2015
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Authorities baffled by mysterious death of fish in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur, Jan 18 (ANI): Senior district officials and members of Pollution Department have rushed to Gorakhpur after thousands of fish were found dead in Rapti River. Officials have warned villagers not to take and eat fish as the exact cause of the death is not yet known. There was a mad rush of villagers to catch fish once the news spread. A senior district official, Ranjan Kumar, said they were probing the mysterious death of fish. Dr. Ranjana Tripathi of the pollution department said that the initial findings pointed towards toxicity in the river water. Local municipal authorities have also visited the spot and are in the process of cleaning the river with some chemicals. Jan 18, 2015
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Delhi Polls: AAP members gradually joining BJP, Kejriwal might too: Congress

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely on Sunday while commenting on Kiran Bedi's joining BJP said that all the AAP members will gradually join BJP. He added that keeping in pace with the other AAP leaders joining the BJP, party chief Arvind Kejriwal too might join the ruling party sooner or later. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that he is confident that 'Iron lady' will emerge as winner and 'I run man' will lose. However, AAP leader Ashutosh said that what matters in the upcoming polls is that whether BJP will work for the people of Delhi. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi recently joined BJP as Delhi is gearing up for assembly polls. Jan 18, 2015
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Workers brave snow to rebuild flood-ravaged Kedarnath

Kedarnath, Jan 18 (ANI): The revered temple town of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, which was ravaged in flash floods in June 2013, is being built again ahead of the pilgrimage in the extreme weather conditions. The popular pilgrimage route known as the “Char Dham Yatra” because of its four temple towns of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri - attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees every year. The floods, triggered by heavier than normal and early monsoon rains, killed at least 822 people and displaced tens of thousands of inhabitants in Uttarakhand, a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims due to its shrines and temples. Now the reconstruction work is in full swing as the workers, well-protected with enough layers in sub-zero temperatures, continue to work undeterred. Jan 18, 2015
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Politicos react on EC's notice to Kejriwal over his allegations against Satish Upadhyay

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday react as Election Commission issues notice to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal over his allegations against Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay. AAP leader Ashutosh said that the legal team of the party will respond to the notice and also said that the BJP has relations with the power discoms in Delhi. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the EC has taken strong note of Kejriwal's actions. Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain also welcomed the move by the Election Commission and said that Kejriwal is has framed wrong case against the BJP leader. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the poll panel should carry on with its duties. Jan 18, 2015
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I proposed Maken's name for heading Congress's campaign in Delhi: AS Lovely

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely on Sunday said that he is no conflict with Congress after Ajay Maken was made the face of Congress's Delhi campaign. He added that he had himself proposed Maken's name for heading the party campaign in Delhi. He further stated that he and Maken have a very good understanding of each other. Jan 18, 2015

Politicos react after Arun Jaitley hit at Censor Board on resignation of its members

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Sunday over the controversy of Censor Board members resigning alleging corruption and interference from government, after which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wrote an article defending the government. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that there is no interference from government into the work of Censor Board. BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra also said that Congress party interfered in the Censor Board's work. AAP leader Ashutosh, however, criticized the BJP government for putting blames on UPA government. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that BJP government is not able to maintain its relation with the autonomous bodies like Censor Board. Jan 18, 2015
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Police constable arrested for throwing girl off roof

Badaun, Jan 18 (ANI): A police constable was arrested for allegedly throwing a 17 year old girl off the roof of a police station in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. The girl, who is being treated at a hospital in Bareilly, has sustained serious injuries on her head and pelvic bone following the incident. The police have registered a case of charging attempt to murder against the accused and are waiting to record the girl's statement. The police had filed a First Information Report (FIR) on Saturday, after the mother of the victim reportedly alleged that the accused constable had called her daughter, who had left home for tuition in the evening, to the police station where he is posted. The incident comes just days after two constables were arrested for raping a 14 year old girl in the district. Jan 18, 2015

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera meets Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Jan 18 (ANI): Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Sunday. Samaraweera arrived in New Delhi on Saturday to hold bilateral talks Swaraj. MEA Spoekesperson Syed Akbaruddin's tweet confirmed that the Sri Lankan minister said the nation sees India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a huge opportunity. He had also said that the visit to India within 5 days of President's swearing-in shows the nation's priority, the tweet further said. Ahead of his visit, Sri Lanka released 15 Indian fishermen and now no Indian fishermen are in island nation's custody. The meeting between the two foreign ministers would be a first high-level discussion since new government was installed in Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena. Jan 18, 2015