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It's prerogative of US govt to decide how to spend tax payers' money: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Monday that it is the prerogative of the US govt to decide on how to spend the taw payers' money. He added that India does not believe that Pak is showing effort to dismantle the basis of LeT, possibly Al Qaeda and Haqqani. He added that with increasing sightings of Punjabi, Urdu speaking elements operating with terrorist groups inside Afghanistan, India is aware that these very groups also pose significant threat to members of international community working in Afghanistan Jan 5, 2015
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Protest against journalist Praveen Swami for doubting India's claims over Pak 'terror boat'

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): People staged a protest on Monday against journalist Praveen Swami for opining that the men on the Pakistani boat, which sank after being intercepted near the India- Pakistan maritime boundary, might not be terrorists. The protesters burnt papers of the Indian Express, the national daily for which Swami currently writes. Swami, in an article published on January 3, had written that he doubted India's claims of the boat being a 'terror boat' from Pakistan. He had also mentioned that new evidence was emerging that the men on board might have been small-time liquor and diesel smugglers. Jan 5, 2015
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One BSF jawan killed in fresh ceasefire violations by Pak rangers

Samba, Jan 05 (ANI): One BSF jawan was martyred in fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers at Hiranagar in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Pakistani Rangers had violated ceasefire again by targeting border posts in Kathua and Samba sectors, drawing retaliation from BSF. Scared villagers were seen running for refuge during the ceasefire violations in the area. Villagers continued to migrate to safer areas in view of the latest round of ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Over 3,500 villagers have migrated from border villages in Samba and Kathua districts. On January 3, mortar shelling by Pakistan rangers had killed two army jawans and one woman while 11 people were injured in the firing. Jan 5, 2015
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Love in limbo in rebel-held east Ukraine

Tying the knot is no simple matter in eastern Ukraine, a region plunged into conflict and uncertainty since the outbreak of a Russian-backed rebellion last year. Duration: 01:06 Jan 5, 2015
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Akali Dal holds dharna at Attari Border against drug smuggling

Attari/Amritsar, Jan 05 (ANI): The Shiromani Akali Dal held a protest near the Attari international border on Monday to pitch for "greater vigilance along the border with Pakistan" to stop the flow of narcotics into the state. The Punjab government is fighting allegations of rampant drug use and trade in Punjab especially after Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia in the drug racket. The SAD government is now trying to shift blame to the BSF. Two-hour-long sit-ins will also be held near Hussainiwala and Sadqi check points in Amritsar, Ferozepur and Fazilka border districts respectively. Meanwhie, Congress held protest against Shiromani Akali Dal in Amritsar. Jan 5, 2015
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Punjabis are not drug addicts but producers of wheat and rice: Sukhbir Badal

Atari, Jan 05 (ANI): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Monday that Punjabis should not be projected as drug addicts as they are the producers of wheat and rice. He said that Punjab is the transit state from where drugs are filtered in India and the state government takes all steps to catch hold of all those guilty. Badal added that the states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where which drugs are openly sold in shops are not highlighted by media. He further appealed to the media not to project the citizens and youth of Punjab as drug addicts. Jan 5, 2015
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Justice on two wheels in the heart of London

Dozens of British cyclists have found a new raison d'etre: to travel the land recording reckless drivers with helmet-mounted cameras and passing the evidence onto police. Duration: 02:23 Jan 5, 2015
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Hollywood star Richard Gere meets PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Hollywood star Richard Gere met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office in New Delhi on Monday. Gere gifted Modi a bunch of flowers and a Tibetan khata or scarf. Gere, who is the chairman of Gere Foundation and Global Envoy of International Buddhist Confederation, is a frequent visitor to India. The actor had last year shot for his film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 in Udaipur. Jan 5, 2015
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Mangroves: Karachi's natural defence under threat

Thick mangroves have long protected Karachi from battering by the Arabian Sea, but pollution, badly managed irrigation and years of illegal logging have left this natural barrier in a parlous state. Duration: 02:36 Jan 5, 2015
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Political parties react over 'politicizing' Pak boat issue

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political parties on Monday react over 'politicization' of Pakistani boat issue which was seen off the Gujarat coast and was later blown away. While BJP maintain that the boat was not the smuggler's vessel but has terror links. Congress said that the ruling BJP government should come out clear on the matter. Other political parties also demanded clear stand of the central government on the issue and said that India should refrain from making false claims on the matter without any evidence. Jan 5, 2015
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Ramdev knocks out Wrestler Sushil Kumar at 20th foundation day of his ashram

Haridwar, Jan 05 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev on Monday tried his hand at wrestling and successfully knocked out Wrestler Sushil Kumar at 20th foundation day of his ashram. Ramdev decided to celebrate the 20th foundation day of his ashram - Divya Yog Mandir Trust in Haridwar - in a totally different way. Ramdev said that he picked up the 'dangal' skills that he picked up during his heydays at the 'gurukul'. Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar also lauded the yoga guru's skills in the field. Jan 5, 2015
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Political parties react over Mohan Bhagwat's call for 'unity among Hindus in current scenario'

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Political parties on Monday slammed RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat after he called for unity among Hindus in the current scenario when BJP is in power. Making a strong pitch for unity among Hindus, Bhagwat said that if the Hindu society is in danger, then the entire country is also in danger. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the RSS is doing all it can under the BJP government which can divide the nation. NCP leader Majid Memon said that is Bhagwat thinks that he is the prime minister and can do anything he desires, he is wrong. JD (U) also condemned the RSS chief and said that he should realize that he does not have any political accountability. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that RSS has dividing ideology and they don't want to unite even the Hindu community. Jan 5, 2015