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Indian Americans celebrate Navratri festival in New York as PM Modi is to arrive anytime

New York, Sep 26 (ANI): Indian Americans performed traditional folk dance,'garba', in New York to celebrate Navratri festival, which spans Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first US visit. People dressed in traditional attire flocked outside a Geeta Temple in the city and danced in devotion to mark the nine-day festival. Modi, who would be observing the nine-day Navratri fast during his trip, has a tight schedule which features United Nations General Assembly, a rally of Indian Americans at New York's Madison Square Garden and talks with Obama in Washington. In New York, Indians belonging to Gujarati community said Modi's visit to the US was a proud moment for them. Sep 26, 2014
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BJP to announce list of 190 candidates for Maharashtra polls on Friday after breaking apart from Shi

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): BJP is to announce its first list of 190 candidates on Friday for the Maharashtra elections to be held on October 15. Party leader Shyam Jaju confirmed the same and said that party is likely to contest in about 250 of the total 288 Assembly segments and will leave the rest number of seats for its smaller allies. Jaju said that party tried to keep the alliance intact but could not and ultimately have to break apart. The last day of filing nominations in the state is on Saturday and all parties are now making efforts to finalise the list of candidates. Sep 26, 2014
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Politicos on Modi's deals and dreams wishlist to US

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Politicos from various political parties on Friday hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a fruitful discussion with US president Barack Obama. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Frankfurt, Germany. He will leave for the United States today. On his arrival in New York, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio will call on him at Hotel New York Palace where he will be staying till Sunday. Prime Minister Modi will begin his day with paying tributes at the 9/11 Memorial and museum, followed by meeting United Nations Chief Ban Ki Moon at UN Headquarters. Sep 26, 2014
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Assam Floods: Politicos express concern over rising death toll

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Politicos on Friday expressed concern over rising death toll in Assam. The death toll due to floods in Assam has now gone up to 36 with the recovery of four more bodies on Thursday. The floods in Assam have affected close to 10 lakh people in 13 districts and rendered a majority of people homeless. Sep 26, 2014
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Assam floods: Death toll mounts to 36

Assam, Sep 26 (ANI): The death toll due to floods in Assam has now gone up to 36 with the recovery of four more bodies on Thursday. The floods in Assam have affected close to 10 lakh people in 13 districts and rendered a majority of people homeless. Two people died in Krishnai and Kukurkata areas of Goalpara district, which has been the worst hit by the floods, while one person was found dead in Tinsukia district and Guwahati. Heavy rains in Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh earlier this week led to the flood like situation. The government has set up 162 relief camps and shelters where 1.5 lakh people have taken shelter. The state government had yesterday announced a payment of Rs 3.5 lakhs to the kin of those who died in the flood. Sep 26, 2014
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Reactions come in as Sartaj Aziz says India should initiate Indo-Pak dialogue

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Reactions came in as Pakistan National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said that India should initiate dialogue with Pakistan after talks between the two nuclear-armed neighbours were called-off last month. India had cancelled foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, which was scheduled to take place in Islamabad last month, as Pakistan envoy met Kashmiri separatists ahead of the meeting, giving a jolt to renewed diplomatic efforts. Aziz said that Pakistan would resume talks if India takes the initiative. BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it should be Pakistan who should take the first initiative. Congress leader Manish Tewari blamed NDA government's bad policy towards Pakistan the reason behind such statements. Meanwhile, Security Expert Alok Bansal said that if Indian ministers would have done something like meeting separatist leaders of Pakistan, it would have been disliked by Pakistan too. Sep 26, 2014
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Bangladesh minister offers to restore abandoned railway lines with India

Agartala, Sep 26 (ANI): Bangladesh's Railway Minister Mohammad Mazibul Hoque offered to restore the abandoned railway links with India that existed before the partition to boost trade and people-to-people contact. Hoque said that he had few steps for fast implementation of Akhaurah-Agartala rail connectivity which was a very key project and both the nations were serious about it. Bangladesh will construct 10 kilometres of the 15 kilometres railway line while five kilometres fall in India. Sep 26, 2014
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Flooded Kashmir s traders battle to recover catastrophic losses

Srinagar, Sep 26 (ANI): Srinagar is battling on long road to recovery of losses due to catastrophic floods that hit the valley in over a century, while emergency workers are struggling to prevent waterborne diseases like cholera as fetid water swilled around localities of the summer capital. All the shops in the downtown area commercial hub of Lal Chowk, where the famed clock tower stands in the middle of putrid water, which used to be hustling and bustling with business activities, now bears a deserted look as the markets have been completely damaged. Depressed shopkeeper Shaukat Ahmad Khan said that every trader, hawker and shopkeeper have incurred huge losses as properties have been completely destroyed in floods. Sep 26, 2014
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One dead 8 injured in bomb attack targeting senior Pak police official in Karachi

Karachi, Sept 26 (ANI): At least one person was killed and eight others, including two women and police personnel, were injured when a bomb targeting a senior anti-terror police officer went off in Karachi late on Thursday. According to initial reports, the attack targeted senior anti-terror police officer, Senior Superintendent of Police, Farooq Awan, who was travelling in his bomb proof vehicle when it was attacked. The blast was so huge it was heard in various areas of the city. Police officials said that over 50kg of explosives were used in the blast. Awan and several others had been shifted to a private hospital in the area. Additional Inspector General of Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo told reporters that Awan had sustained minor injuries. However, an unidentified man was taken to hospital in critical condition. A hospital spokesperson later said the civilian had died in the hospital. Sep 26, 2014
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Politicos react after NCP calls off alliance with Congress in Maharashtra

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after NCP called of its 15 year old alliance with Congress and decided to fight the upcoming Maharashtra bypolls alone. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is very unfortunate that the 15 year old alliance with NCP has ended and Congress has always treated NCP equally. NCP leader Majid Memon said that Congress was not giving its decision till the last moment and had also released a list of their candidates which meant they want to break their alliance. CPI leader D Raja said that the parties will have to justify their decision. Sep 26, 2014