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Norway to take up 'Clean India' campaign in Varanasi

Varanasi, Dec 14 (ANI): Norway's ambassador to India, Eivind S Homme, met mayor of Varanasi Ram Gopal Mohale to take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cleanliness campaign in the temple town. He added that the river which flows through five states cannot be made filth-free unless the cleanliness drive is taken seriously in all of them. Meanwhile, Homme said it would be a learning experience for him. Dec 14, 2014
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Body of Indian fisherman, who died in Pak jail, awaits legal formalities

Karachi, Dec 14 (ANI): The body of an Indian fisherman, who died under mysterious circumstances in District Jail, Malir in Karachi, awaited legal formalities, an official at mortuary where the body is kept said. According to reports, 30-year-old Dev was arrested by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency in March for illegal fishing in Pakistani waters in the Arabian Sea and was found dead in his jail barracks a few days back. Jail authorities claimed that Dev had died from natural causes after complaining chest pain and no torture marks were found on his body, it was reported. Ghulam Hussain, in-charge of Edhi Morgue, said the body was handed over to the mortuary on December 11. Dec 14, 2014
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Voters in J and K queue up outside polling booths, hope for a good government

Jammu and Kashmir, Dec 14 (ANI): Voters in Jammu and Kashmir queued up outside polling stations on Sunday as the fourth phase of polling began. Voters said that vote is a powerful weapon with the public to choose good government by exercising their democratic right. There was a lot of excitement among voters, many of whom have been waiting since early morning for the polling booths to open. Voting for 18 Assembly constituencies is underway for Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The final phase of elections will be held on December 20 in the state and results will be declared on December 23. Dec 14, 2014
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Fourth Phase of Assembly Elections: Polling underway for 18 seats in J and K

J and K, Dec 14 (ANI): Voting for 18 Assembly constituencies began under the fourth phase of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. In the penultimate round of the five-phased elections in J and K, the fate of 182 candidates including two chief ministerial aspirants and Speaker of the Assembly will be sealed. Over 14.73 lakh voters including 7.05 lakh females are eligible to exercise their franchise at 1,890 polling stations in four districts of the state Srinagar, Anantnag, Shopian (Kashmir Valley) and Samba (Jammu region). Security arrangements in all the four districts have been strengthened to ensure peaceful polling. Dec 14, 2014
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Fourth Phase of Assembly Elections: Polling underway for 15 seats of Jharkhand

Jharkhand, Dec 14 (ANI): Polling began for 15 seats in Jharkhand on Sunday with former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi and three incumbent ministers testing their luck. A total of 43,48,709 voters are eligible to decide the fate of 217 candidates, including 16 women. Adequate security arrangements have been made under fourth phase in all the 15 constituencies with many being Maoist-hit. Polling will end at 5 PM in Dhanbad and Bokaro while the EVM will be sealed at 3 PM in the rest of the constituencies. Polling to 50 of the 81 seats has already been concluded in the previous three phases. Dec 14, 2014
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Two years after Nirbhaya case women feel country has still not learnt a lesson

Shimla/ Chandigarh, Dec 14 (ANI): Almost two years after the gruesome rape of a 23 year old woman in the capital led to amendment of the laws for prosecution of rapists, women in other parts of the country say they don't feel that things have changed for the better. A resident of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Phalma Chauhan, said that she felt that since the Nirbhaya incident things had only gotten worse. However, Deputy General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, Sanjay Kumar did not seem to be in agreement with the girls. Since the Nirbhaya case, a number of shocking incidents have come to light, most recently the Uber rape case. A resident of Chandigarh said that for any effective steps to be taken in this direction, the political parties must stop indulging in mud-slinging. Dec 14, 2014
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Kerala dons festive celebration of Christmas

Kochi, Dec 14 (ANI): Kerala, which has a sizeable population of Christians, is all decked up for the Christmas festival. Colourful stars, mistletoe wreaths, Santa Claus masks dot the markets. The markets in Kochi city have been drawing good crowds. Shopkeepers are witnessing a jump in the sales of delicate ribbon tassels, miniature statues of Santa Claus and other decorative pieces. The shopkeepers have imported dancing Santas, guitar-and-violin-playing Santas, hand-shaking Santas, 3D, inflatable, 360-degree-turning Santas, which are proving to be quite a hit among the customers. Christmas is celebrated with much pomp, gaiety and devotion across India. Celebrations of Christmas are marked by carols, cakes, candles, glittering Christmas trees and exchange of gifts. Dec 14, 2014
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Tito's 'Blue Train' open to tourists in Serbia

The 'Blue Train' of former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito is open to tourists in search of a trip back into the past, with visitors able to take an escorted tour of state carriages that have hosted monarchs and world leaders. Duration: 00:49 Dec 13, 2014
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South Asia Newsline- 13 December 2014

The European Parliament, on the behalf of the European Union has lauded the zeal of Kashmiris who are defying all odds and turning up in large numbers to cast their ballot. According to a press release, it asserted that the high voter turnout of 70 percent in the first two phases proves the vibrancy of democracy in India. It took cognizance of the fact that despite calls for boycott from separatist forces, the youth and women also took to the polling booths, given a serious blow to divisive politics sponsored by a neighbouring country. Dec 13, 2014
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Slain Indian security personnel's family proud of his sacrifice in 2001 parliament attack

Sonipat, Dec 13 (ANI): Family members of security personnel who died in the 2001 parliament attack said on Saturday that they were proud of the sacrifice made by him for the country. India is observing the 13th anniversary of the deadly parliament attack, in which 14 people, including five militants, six personnel of Delhi police, and three government staff, died, causing increased tensions between India and Pakistan. Garima Yadav, daughter of JP Yadav, a security personnel who was among those killed in the attack, said her father and others had laid down their lives for the country. Meanwhile, wife of Yadav, Prem Yadav, said India sent a strong message by punishing the attackers. New Delhi said the attackers, who detonated explosives and hurled grenades, belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba militant groups fighting its rule in Indian Kashmir and had intended to assassinate top political figures. Dec 13, 2014