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Devotees regardless of religious affiliations pay obeisance at Sufi shrine in Kashmir

Kashmir, Aug 12 (ANI): The socio-cultural ethos of Kashmir or Kashmiriyat is steeped in a tradition of religious tolerance, social harmony and brotherhood. It was influenced by the advent of Sufism in Kashmir in early 14th century. Sufi saints were both popular and influential because they identified themselves with established traditions and never opposed the blending of different religious customs, practices and beliefs. As a result, they attracted many followers. Even today, several Sufi shrines dot the state, drawing people from different religions in large numbers. For instance, there is the shrine of Mohammad Subhan Baba Sahab in Srinagar, which attracts people from different communities. Aug 12, 2014
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Independence Day Flower Show mesmerizes visitors in Bangalore

Bangalore, Aug 12 (ANI): A floral replica of the royal Mysore palace at the Independence Day Flower Show in Bangalore city left visitors mesmerised with its beauty and grandeur. Lal Bagh palace holds the Republic Day Flower show in January and the Independence Day Flower Show in August every year. The Independence Day Flower Show in Bangalore is currently the 200th edition, which was inaugurated by the state chief, Siddaramaiah and will continue till August 17. The major attraction this year is a replica of the royal Mysore Palace and the Dassara procession made of three hundred thousand roses. Elephants, horses and soldiers made of flowers are also on display at the show. The palace is 45-feet long, 12-feet wide and 27-feet high. Aug 12, 2014
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National flag business booms in Tamil Nadu ahead of Independence Day

Coimbatore, Aug 12 (ANI): Several days ahead of the 68th Independence Day celebrations in India, the national flag business booms in Coimbatore city of Tamil Nadu. Over two lakh cotton flags were produced in the state last year and this year in wake of the new government, the Indian flag manufacturers have produced over three lakh tri coloured flags. The flag printers in Coimbatore claim that they produce around 5000 flags daily and this year they are working day and night and hence their labour also has doubled. Jayakumar, a flag manufacturer, said that the flags manufactured by them are sent to various southern states and to various cities in Tamil Nadu itself. Aug 12, 2014
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Life stirs in Gaza as 72-hour truce holds

Israel and Hamas on Monday stuck to a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza as Egyptian mediators launched fresh talks with negotiators aimed at securing a permanent cessation of hostilities. Aug 11, 2014
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MG Vaidya backs Mohan Bhagwat, says Hindustan means land of Hindus

Nagpur, Aug 11 (ANI): RSS Member MG Vaidya has backed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement that the cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture. Vaidya said that the original name of the country is Hindustan, which means it's the land of Hindus. Aug 11, 2014
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PM Narendra Modi to visit Kargil & Leh, preparations underway

Kargil, Aug 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the 330 km Leh-Srinagar transmission line and inaugurate two hydro-power projects in the Ladakh region during his day-long visit to Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday. Preparations are underway for Modi’s first visit to the cold desert region and second to the state after he took over as the prime minister. The prime minister will inaugurate the Chutak hydro-electric power project in Kargil and Nimoo Bazgo project in Leh district. Meanwhile, organizers as well as local residents expressed happiness on first PM’s arrival in the region during normal situations. Aug 11, 2014
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Cross border firing creates panic among villagers in Kashmir

Arnia, Aug 11 (ANI): Pakistan Rangers pounded border villages of Arnia town with mortar shells in Jammu and Kashmir creating panic among the civilian populations along side the border. The fresh ceasefire violation comes ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ladakh region's Leh and Kargil districts on Tuesday, where he is going to inaugurate power projects and address troops in Leh. Two BSF soldiers and two civilians got injured in unprovoked firing. Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing on Sunday night (August 10) and the BSF also retaliated in Arnia sector of R S Pura in Jammu district. Reportedly the firing stopped at around 7a.m on Monday (August 11). The injured BSF soldiers and civilians were admitted in a government hospital in Jammu district. Aug 11, 2014
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Tribal people in flood-hit Odisha blame authorities for inaction

Cuttack, Aug 11 (ANI): Tribal people in flood-hit Odisha have blamed the state authorities for not providing any relief to them even as the situation continues to remain grim in most of the places. Reportedly, the death toll climbed to 45 and over 3.29 lakh people were affected as floods devastated low lying areas of Odisha. In Cuttack district, a flood survivor, Brundaban Azad, said the authorities were not doing anything to prevent diseases. Though the floodwater receded in some place, 20000 people from 445 villages of Cuttack are still marooned. People complained they did not get any relief from the state government, adding there is no drinking water facility and they are bound to drink contaminated water. Aug 11, 2014
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Expert on Sachin Tendulkar getting leave of absence from Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): Sachin Tendulkar was granted leave of absence from Rajya Sabha on Monday. The Rajya Sabha chairman granted him leave for the entire session. Deputy chairman PJ Kurien said Tendulkar has requested permission to be absent from the house, citing "personal and professional commitments" and "family exigencies". Sachin along with Bollywood star Rekha had earlier come under attack in the Upper House over their regular absence from the Parliament. Aug 11, 2014
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Delhi's LG Najeeb Jung flags off low cost vegetable vans

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): To control inflation, Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung flagged off several low cost vegetable vans on Monday. Jung said that such efforts are being arranged for last 3-4 months and the government will eventually try to increase the same. Last month, Jung convened a meeting of senior officials to review the prices of essential items like onions and potatoes. Aug 11, 2014