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Jayalalithaa loyalist O Panneerselvam sworn-in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Chennai, Sep 29 (ANI): AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's loyalist O Panneerselvam was on Monday sworn in as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Panneerselvam, succeeds J Jayalalithaa who has been sentenced to four years imprisonment in Disproportionate Assets Case. Panneerselvam's oath taking was administered by Governor K Rosaiah after which his cabinet colleagues were sworn in. Panneerselvam and his cabinet ministers, including Natham R Vishwanathan and R Vaithilingam, were in tears during the oath taking ceremony. Panneerselvam took the oath along with 31 MLAs. All the ministers were members of Jayalalithaa's cabinet. Meanwhile, Jayalalithaa, has now moved to Karnataka High Court against the verdict and has asked for bail. Sep 29, 2014
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Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan issues raised at United Nations

Geneva, Sept 29: Deteriorating security situation and violations of human rights in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan were raised during the 27th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. During an event, political and human rights activists highlighted the gruesome political and security situation in Azad Kashmir, an occupied territory ruled directly by Islamabad. Exiled Kashmiri leader Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri showed his concern over the growing interference of Pakistan's Army and spy agencies in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Sep 29, 2014
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Rihanna shells out 30K pounds-a-week to look 'gorgeous'

New Delhi, Sept 29 (ANI): Rihanna shells out 30,000pounds-a-week on her beauty regime that also includes spending on eyelash and tanning experts. A source told a leading magazine that the 'We Found Love' hit maker's eyelash expert is on call 24/7 and it was not unusual for the singer to call at 11pm before a night out. The source continued that the 26-year-old singer gets laser skin tightening, oxygen facials, photo facials, even the infamous vampire facials.Sources revealed that singer's personal dermatologist is reportedly paid 6,000 pounds a week to be on call, lash expert cashes-in 3,000 pounds and her tanner nets a cool 500 pounds a day. Sources added that the Barbadian singer splurges 1,500dollars a day to make sure her favorite hair stylist accompanies her everywhere. Sep 29, 2014
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Kalki Koechlin at Dessange Paris 1st Anniversary Bash

Mumbai, Sept 29 (ANI): Bollywood beauty Kalki Koechlin was spotted at leading beauty salon chain Dessange Paris 1st Anniversary Bash in Mumbai. Dressed in a shimmery black dress by Gaviin Miguel, Koechlin looked as stunning as ever. The actress will next be seen in Happy Endings which is slated for a 22nd November release. Sep 29, 2014
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Sonakshi Sinha turns showstopper for Tarun Tahiliani

Mumbai, Sept 29 (ANI): Bollywood diva Sonakshi Sinha turned showstopper for designer Tarun Tahiliani at the Sahachari Foundation event in India's showbiz hub Mumbai recently. Clad in a stunning multi-colored sequinned floral lehenga, Sonakshi looked elegant. Well....you actually stole the entire show Sonakshi!!! Sep 29, 2014
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Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghan president

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in on Monday as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Ghani succeeds Hamid Karzai after a three-month standoff over disputed election results that fuelled tensions with local leaders and worsened Afghanistan's dire economic outlook. Both Ghani and his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah claimed to have won the fraud-tainted June 14 election, plunging Afghanistan into a crisis that threatened to trigger nationwide unrest. But, under heavy pressure from the US and UN, the two candidates eventually agreed to form a national unity government, and Ghani was declared president after an audit of nearly eight million ballot papers. Sep 29, 2014
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Rescue operations underway as death toll increases in Japan volcano

Japan, Sep 29 (ANI): According to Japanese media, rescuers have found at least five additional people in "cardiopulmonary arrest" at the summit of the Japanese volcano that erupted two days ago. At least 36 people are feared to have died after a Japanese volcano erupted without warning at the weekend, raining ash and stones on hikers. Rescuers at the peak of Mount Ontake found what may be five new victims of the Saturday eruption, which took place as the popular hiking site was packed with climbers, including children, admiring autumn foliage. Four people have been confirmed dead so far in Japan's first fatal volcanic eruption since 1991, and at least 60 have been injured. More than 500 searchers had been combing the summit. Helicopters lifted laden stretchers one by one from the mountain's summit even as the smell of sulphur strengthened at the peak, fanning fears of toxic fumes. Sep 29, 2014
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Reactions flow in after Bihar CM alleges bias against Dalit Community

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Reactions poured in from political leaders on Monday after Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi sparked controversy by stating that the temple premises and the god's idol in Madhubani district were cleansed after he visited the temple. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it is funny that the head of the state is complaining to his subjects. CPI leader Atul Anjan slamming Manjhi for his comment said that he should stop playing caste-politics as this would not benefit Bihar. However, Minister of Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan and RJD leader Manojh Jha said that it is shameful that even the Chief Minister has to face caste-based discriminations within his state. Sep 29, 2014
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In line with other ministers, Ram Vilas Paswan picks up broom for PM s Clean India Mission

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday picked up broom participating in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India Mission'. Paswan cleaned the area in front of his office in Delhi. He said that he will participate in the mission on October 02 and expressed confidence to present Mahatma Gandhi a clean India by 2019. Paswan also said that this initiative by ministers and the prime minister himself will encourage people to participate in the movement for a clean nation. He also talked about Margaret Thatcher's reference wherein she said that 'Delhi was dirtiest she had witnessed' and said that such statements need to be proved false. Sep 29, 2014
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Rajnath Singh and Kiren Rijiju applauds NDMA on its 10th foundation day

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): As National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) observed its 10th foundation day on Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and MoS for home affairs Kiren Rijiju applauded the force for its work. Singh said that the ministry has decided to restructure the NDMA to make it more effective. Rijiju said that the work done by the NDMA is admirable and the forces have worked immensely in combating natural disasters. He also said that the international agencies are also looking forward to India for its wide role in disaster management activities. Sep 29, 2014
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PM Modi wins hearts of Hindu activists at Madison Square Garden in New York

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): The interfaith leaders and activists in New York lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s motivating speech at Madison Square Garden before a chest-swelling bipartisan strength of overseas Indians. Modi made a strong pitch emphasizing his inclusive approach and agenda of cleanliness. Chief of Divine Shakti Foundation Trust, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, said that Modi has shown the true Indian spirit at Madison Square, portraying himself as a global leader in the real sense with his inclusive approach. Terming Madison Square as Modi-sun square, activist and founder of Divine Shakti Foundation and spiritual guru (preacher), Swami Chidanand Saraswati raved Modi’s speech. Hailing the mutual love-fest at Madison Square, social worker and religious preacher Sadhvi Rithambara termed the India PM as a wonderful representative of the world’s largest democracy. Sep 29, 2014
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Hyderabad police academy donates a day's salary for J and K flood victims

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that Director General of SVP National Police Academy in Hyderabad, Aruna M Bahuguna met him to donate funds for relief work in Jammu and Kashmir. Singh said that director general and the IPS officers of the academy have given their one day's salary for victims of the flood ravaged J and K. he further congratulated the academy for the noble task done. Sep 29, 2014
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Temple was washed after my visit: Bihar CM Jeetan Manjhi

Patna, Sept 29 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi kicked up yet another controversy with his remarks that the idol in a temple's premises in Madhubani district was cleansed after he visited it. Speaking at a ceremony organized to commemorate the birth centenary of three-time Dalit chief minister Bhola Paswan Shastri in Patna, Manjhi said he had visited the temple only after people had earnestly asked him to. Manjhi, who visited the temple while on campaigning in Raj Nagar, said he was informed about the incident by the mines and geology minister Ram Lakhan Ram Raman. Sep 29, 2014
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Modi attends dinner hosted by Indian Ambassador to US

New York, Sept 29 (ANI): After receiving a spectacular reception at the Madison Square Garden in New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a dinner hosted by the Indian Ambassador to the US. Among the prominent guests at that dinner was Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. The occasion was an Indian community dinner in honour of Prime Minister Modi. The dinner reception was attended by Indian Americans and Persons of Indian Origin. Meanwhile, Modi is expected to meet top American CEOs on Monday ahead of his first ever meeting with US President Barack Obama. Sep 29, 2014
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US Politicians in awe of visionary personality of PM Modi, says 'Modi becoming next Ronald Reagan'

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inspiring speech at Madison Square Garden in New York, US politicians were in awe of the visionary personality of Indian PM. US Congresswoman Carolyn B Maloney said that she had never ever seen before such excitement in Indian community for an Indian leader. She also said that she foresees India and US bond getting stronger in times to come, and went on to say that Modi has got 'something very special about him'. US Congressman Pete Sessions also applauded PM Modi and said that he will be the next Ronald Reagan as he knows how to get things done. Indian American Advisory Council Chairman Shalabh Kumar also said that Modi will be the next in line with leaders like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Sep 29, 2014