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Buddhists across globe celebrate birth of Buddha

Bihar/ Uttar Pradesh, May 14 (ANI): Buddhist monks across the globe carried jars of holy water for supplies on Vesak Day, commonly known as "Buddha's birthday" during a holy water ceremony. Buddha's birthday, or Vesak Day (or Wesak), is celebrated on various dates in the spring throughout the world, and each Buddhist culture has its own traditions for the day. The devotees also offered prayers and performed customary rituals at the sacrosanct Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha was enlightened. Sarnath, the place where he attained enlightenment, in Uttar Pradesh also exhibited the same show of divinity as people celebrated Lord Buddha's birthday, with equal fervour. The day is also commemorated as his death anniversary. May 14, 2014
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JD (S) rules out possibility of extending support to NDA

Bangalore, May 14 (ANI): Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Wednesday did not give much credence to exit polls and ruled out any possibility of extending support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA or its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi. Commenting on exit polls predicting a win for the BJP-led NDA and whether the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) could become a likely partner of that alliance, Deve Gowda brushed it aside, saying such an event was distant. May 14, 2014
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Confident of NDAs win, Gujarat CMs name to be announced soon: Rajnath

Ahmedabad, May 14 (ANI): BJP President Rajnath Singh on Wednesday expressed his confidence over NDA’s victory. He also said that the party cannot decide the Cabinet before announcement of results. Singh said that Narendra Modi will be the next PM and added that the role of all leaders will be decided in a meeting in the presence of all senior leaders. He also stated that Gujarat’s Chief Minister’s name will be soon announced once it is decided. May 14, 2014
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Donetsk to face 'major problems' with exports

As Ukraine faces plunging deep into recession this year, an economic expert said that the region of Donetsk will "face major problems" with exports to countries that do not recognise the results of the pro-Russian referendum. Duration: 01:11 May 14, 2014
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Qat habit drains Yemen's precious groundwater

Mountainous Yemen is blessed with more water than its Arabian desert neighbours but the national passion for the stimulant plant qat threatens to exhaust that precious resource. Duration: 02:37 May 14, 2014