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At least six civilians injured in cross border firing by Pak rangers

Poonch, Oct 02 (ANI): At least six civilians were injured after Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian positions of de-facto border, Line of Control (LoC), in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. The ceasefire violations by Pakistan were met with retaliation by India's paramilitary Border Security (BSF) Force. The injured were later taken ti a government hospital in Jammu district. Father of an injured person, Khalil Ahmed said people started fleeing after there was firing for a long period. The fresh violations came after a gap of one month and four days along India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir. Oct 2, 2014
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Festive fever grips Bangladesh as devout Hindus offer prayers to Goddess Durga

Dhaka, Oct 02 (ANI): Festive fever gripped Bangladesh as devotees congregated at temples and community marquees to offer prayers to mother goddess Durga across the country. Devout Hindus of all ages offered prayers to the goddess during the celebrations for Durga Puja. Among the prominent spots was the shrine of Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka. The rituals commenced with Kumari Puja where young girls are worshipped as incarnation of the Goddess. Hundreds of members of the Hindu community in Bangladesh performed the Kumari Puja, which is a part of their biggest festival Durga Puja. The word 'Kumari' which means virgin is a name of the goddess Durga as a child. Oct 2, 2014
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BSF wields broom encouraging Pak to do same even as Indian Army pledges to keep India clean

RS Pura/ New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): As Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' on Thursday, Army and BSF is not left far behind. BSF and Army officials too wielded brooms at the Charar-i-Sharif. Later, Pakistan rangers were also seen cleaning their area upon witnessing the BSF jawans in RS Pura tidying up their post. Meanwhile, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag also participated in the 'Clean India Mission' and encouraged the army officials to come out and make an effort to keep the nation clean. He along with other Army personnel also took pledge to keep nation clean and encourage others to do the same. Oct 2, 2014
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Navratri boost tourism in Odisha

Bhubaneshwar, Oct 02 (ANI): Tourists thronged to participate in the traditional celebrations and rituals of the Hindu festival of nine nights, Navratri, in Odisha. In Bhubaneshwar, devotees thronged decorated pandals, temporary platforms, where the idol of Hindu goddess Durga is installed and sought her blessings. At the Dream Odisha, 2014, an event organised by the city-based Odisha International Centre, thirty districts from all around the state had gathered to offer their prayers to Durga and indulge in dance and merry-making. The coordinator of the organisation, Paresh Nayak said that events like these give push to the tourism in the state. People at the event performed a traditional Indian dance called dandiya, which is played with two baton-like sticks. Oct 2, 2014
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Gujarat Students draw Mahatma Gandhi on their arms to pay tribute to iconic leader

Rajkot, Oct 02 (ANI): Thousand school girls in Gujarat paid tribute to independence leader and peace icon Mahatma Gandhi by drawing his tattoo on their arms and setting a new record of completing it in eight seconds. Students of Kadvibai Virani School in Rajkot district from class 7 to 12 took part in the tattoo making competition as part of Gandhi's birth anniversary celebrations. The record is likely to find a place in Limca Book of Records. She also said through this record the students got to know the life and messages of Mahatma Gandhi. A member of the British Council was also present at event and was thrilled to see how fantastic the girls were. India observes October 02 not only as Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary but also as International Day of Non-Violence, the ideal that Gandhi fought for throughout his life. Oct 2, 2014
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People complain of poor sanitation even as PM Modi launches 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

Bangalore/ Kolkata/ Varanasi/ Thrissur, Oct 02 (ANI): Even as ministers and government officials across India wielded broom and swept streets and offices as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' that aims to clean up the nation by 2019, residents complained their cities are flooded with overflowing garbage dumps and waste along the roads. A resident of Bangalore city in Karnataka, Kiran said everyone will have to work together to make this drive a success. Although a number of people seemed inspired with the initiative, others rued the sorry state of the administration in this field. Some people complained the local authorities do not take any step to maintain garbage disposal system due to which they have to bear the stench coming out of open dump yards. Even Modi's constituency, the holy town of Varanasi, does not present a rosy picture. Oct 2, 2014
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Asian Games: India bags gold in Hockey, beats Paksitan

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): India bagged gold at the 17th Asian games after Indian hockey men's team defeated Pakistan in the finals. India beat Pakistan 4-2 in penalties to win gold and a place in Rio Olympics. The team scored 4th and 5th goal to add another gold to India's medal tally. The team was lead by Sreejesh. The Indian hockey team had last won Asian Games gold in 1998 in Bangkok. The Indian women's relay team consisting of Priyanka Pawar, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and Poovamma also bagged a gold 4x400m women's relay with the perfect timing of 3:28.68. Oct 2, 2014
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Libya militias continue military operations

Libya's Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) militia fighters continue military operations at a position they took from a rival militia in the southern part of the town of Wershfana, some 27 kilometers west of the Libyan capital. Duration: 00:35 Oct 2, 2014
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'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' team accepts PM Modi's 'Clean India' challenge

Mumbai, Oct 02 (ANI): 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' team on Thursday accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's challenge of 'Clean India'. Producer of the Soap opera, Asit Kumar Modi said that this is a great opportunity and a subject of honour. He said that the whole team will work on the same. Meanwhile, Actor Disha Vakani playing the role of 'Daya' and Shailesh Lodha in the role of 'Tarak Mehta' also accepted the challenged and thanked PM Modi for such an honour. Modi launched the campaign on Thursday and aims to make India clean by 2019. Oct 2, 2014
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PM Modi and Vice President Hamid Ansari pay homage to Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 103rd birth anniver

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid homage to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat, whose 103rd birth anniversary coincides with Mahatma Gandhi. Later, Vice President Hamid Ansari also paid tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat. Meanwhile, Congress Presidnet Sonia Gandhi and Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also visited Vijay Ghat and paid floral tribute to Shastri. Modi also paid respect to Shastri via twitter. He described Shastri as a man "with strong determination" and "a symbol of simplicity" and "a person who gave India the slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan". Senior Congress leader Anil Shastri, son of Lal Bahadir Shastri, was also present earlier at Vijay Ghat to offer his tribute to his father. Oct 2, 2014
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Mixed reactions pour in after PM Modi lauches 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

New Delhi/Bhopal/Mumbai, Oct 2 (ANI): Political leaders poured in mixed reactions on Thursday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. BJP President Amit Shah said that after a long time a social issue has been raised through such a big campaign. Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said that he hopes BJP is not using the campaign to get footage and is really working towards cleaning India. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that he hopes to see a clean India in the near future. However JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav said that nothing much is going to come out of this campaign. Oct 2, 2014